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Places to Visit on the southern Costa Blanca & Costa Calida

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The Southern Costa Blanca or White Coast as the name means, has an average of 320 days a year of sunshine and maintains an average year round temperature of 24°C. According to the World Health Organisation the area has the "healthiest climate in the world".

This is caused by the combination of constant year round warm temperatures and the three huge salt lakes rich in minerals of "Laguna de la Mata" (now a conservation area) and the "Salina de San Miguel" that surround Torrevieja and the salt lakes of Lo Pagan on the Costa Calida.

The natural salt lakes dry the air, therefore reducing humidity and producing a healthy atmosphere beneficial for people who suffer with chest problems, arthritis, rheumatism etc. These lakes are also home to a host of wildlife including large flocks of Flamingos.

The Costa Blanca beaches are famous throughout Europe with long stretches of soft white sand and sparkling clear Mediterranean sea. Each boasts the European Blue Flag awarded for clean beaches and totally unpolluted water.

Most of the towns hold large traditional daily street markets and spectacular festivals and processions taking place all year around but also have the modern amenities such as newly constructed hospitals, shopping outlets and sports centres, etc.

Below are just a small selection of the varied activities and trips available to do in our area.

Alana Adventura

Based in Blanca within the beautiful Sierra Espuña mountainous region of Murcia, you can go white water rafting or kyaking for the day slowly drifting down the river through many villages. Join their groups for a truly enjoyable experience.
www.alana-aventura.org Tel: 670 060 923

Algar Waterfalls

This is a beauty spot that is run with the visitor's participation in conservation and development of "Fonts de l'Agar and its surrounding area.

Visit the riverside, a walk along the paths and bathing in its various pools and waterfalls. Don't forget your swimsuits! First aid post, camping for one day with WC and showers, reception centre and parking.

Place: It is situated on the road to Callosa, 35 Km from Calpe and Benidorm. Combine a visit with a visit to Guadalest. Tel/Fax: 96 588 21 06

Aqualandia

This is a huge water amusement park for adults and children. It is situated on the west side of Benidorm against a hill near Mundomar and Benidorm palace. Don't forget the sun cream!
Tel: 96 586 40 06 or 07 www.aqualandia.net

Aquapolis, Torrevieja

A fun day out for all the family. Aquapark in Torrevieja.
Time: Open from 10am until 7pm. Tel: 965 715 611.

Benidorm Palace

Special and spectacular varied dinner show. Three-hour floor show and dancing with music provided by a live orchestra.

Alternatively you can book tickets in the travel agent next to the Cam Bank in Commercial Centre 1 in La Marina.
Time: Doors open at 21.00.
Tel: 96 585 16 60 or 61 (Reservations)

Bus Trips

If you prefer to be taken to the many different places to visit you can always hop on one of the many coaches operating locally.

Viajes Rosa Tours go to many destinations and very cheaply so give them a call on
Tel: 966 717 783

Calpe

A visit to Calpe itself is recommended. Have lunch in one of the many restaurants which specialise in local fish dishes.

Calpe Ifach

The Phoenicians called the Rock of Ifach the Northern Rock, to distinguish it from Gibraltar, the Southern Rock, as these were the only spectacular promontories they encountered in their travels to the western shores of the Mediterranean.
Ifach is indeed a large rock, measuring 332m in height. Today, it is being transformed into a nature park to protect its unique vegetation and over 300 species of animals, including colonies of sea birds that use it as a nesting area.

Located here is a nature school where local carnations and even original Robertonian orchids can be admired. The park itself can be reached up a zigzagging track leading to a panoramic view over the entire Marina Alta coastline.

Cartegena

This city is a must to see. As you enter the city, you will find within, a wealth of history and beautiful architecture. Along the port area which is used by the Navy, there are an array of restaurants when you can sit and relax around the harbour and see on certain days the huge cruise ships that come in from all around Europe.

The city holds a wealth of Roman history within it's walls including the well preserved Roman Ampitheatre, the Casa de la Fortuna with it's underground remains of a working Roman house which would have been owned by a rich domina.

The Punic wall which surrounded the city in medieval times, the panoramic lift plus many other historic sites to explore. You can browse the modern day shops also or sit in bars and restaurants within the city and watch the world pass by.

Castle of Santa Barbara, Alicante

This is well worth a visit for the magnificent views of Alicante and the surrounding area. Don't make our mistake and try to walk up the hill to the castle. If you are travelling by car, follow the signs on the N-332 to the Puerto.

When you reach the Puerto, you will see signs for Parking. Once parked, walk along the promenade until you reach the beach. Continue until past the Tourist Information office, just after this there is a bridge crossing the dual carriageway.

Cross the road and follow the signs to the Castle. You will enter a tunnel which takes you to the lift up to the Castle.

El Huerto Del Cura (The Curate's Orchard), National Artistic Garden, Elche (Elx)

This is a garden of 13,000 m2 where you can see a large cactus and palm-tree collection with species from all over the world. About a thousand palm-trees surround ponds, rockeries and promenades.
Place: Porta de la Morera, 49, 03203 Elche (Elx)
Tel/Fax: 965 45 19 36

Go-Karts & Paintballing

There are different categories of Karts and tracks including the baby kart tracks for ages 5 to 10 years old, junior tracks from 10-15 years old and adult tracks. The entrance is just off the N-332 near Playa Flamenca.
Tel/Fax: 965 32 80 69
Go-Karts Mar Menor. The entrance is near San Javier Airport just off the AP7 Exit 784.
Tel/Fax: 868 104 550 www.gokartsmarmenor.com

Guadalest

This is a beautiful town in the hills with spectacular views over the surrounding areas and turquoise blue lake behind it's hill. There are several museums, including a Museum of torture and the unique Antonio Marco Museum where you can see miniatures of many things too small to see with the human eye. Visit the old fortified monastery.

Jalon Valley - Valley of Wine

The Jalon valley is named after the Jalon river, it flows through the village Jalon (some road signs say Xalo), which lies some 7 km from Benissa. The famous Jalon wines, strong red and the sweet mistela or moscatel wine are sold in two bodegas, where you are encouraged to try the produce. You can buy the wine by the litre.

Every Tuesday a market - vegetables, clothes, shoes etc. - is held in the square and the adjacent streets.

On Saturday mornings an enormous car boot sale and antique market is held on the area opposite the bodega under the huge eucalyptus trees and is well worth visiting.

Mundomar

Marine and exotic animal park near Aqualandia. Mundomar is a unique adventure; its main attraction is that it is a beautiful setting with exotic marine animals. Enjoy a fascinating encounter with the dolphins and seals. They are the real stars of the park.
Place: West side of Benidorm
Tel: 96 586 91 01 or 02 or 03

Murcia City

The beautiful cosmopolitan city of Murcia with its many restaurants, tapas bars, designer clothes shops, baroque cathedral and bull fighting ring and the largest shopping mall in Europe is a must to visit for the day.

Safari Park Rio

Rio Safari Park Elche is the ideal spot to enjoy nature and to watch tigers, lions, camels, monkeys, hippopotamus ….. From its trains. You can also visit the first farm exhibition with more than 200 crocodiles of all sizes. Rio Safari's 6000 fully grown palm trees create an unique tropical setting.

A professional team records with a video camera your journey by train and will turn your visit into a great audio-visual souvenir.
Place: On the road from Santa Pola to Elche.
Tel: 966 63 72 88

Tabarca Island, off Alicante

Take the 45 minute boat trip from Torrevieja Port to the lovely island of Tabarca. The Island of Tabarca, a village fortified by King Carlos III, is the only inhabited island on the Costa Blanca. With St Pauls church, the Govenor's house, St Joseph's tower and the lighthouse.

Tabarca also offers shops, beaches, coves, jet skiing, pedaloes and a variety of typical dishes in the many restaurants.

Terra Natura – water and animal park (Murcia)

You can split the day with the kids and spend half in the water park and half looking around all the exotic animals in the animal sanctuary. Visit Kenya, Zanzibar and The Iberian Peninsula
www.terranatura.com Tel: 902 505 560

Terra Mitica - Theme Park (Benidorm)

The Mediterranean's major theme park, on the outskirts of Benidorm is well worth a visit and has attractions for all ages. You can buy a 1 day, 2 consecutive days ticket, 3 days non-consecutive ticket or an Evening Ticket. The Park is open all week from Mid-March - October, at weekends during November and December (all week Christmas week) and reopens in March.

Follow the N-332 to Alicante and then join the Autopista A-7 (signpost to Valencia). As you approach Benidorm you will see the signs to Terra Mitica clearly marked, salida (exit) 65-A. (NB the A-7 is a toll road).
Tel: 902 020 220 www.terramiticapark.com

Paramount Theme Park

This is to be built on 108 acres of land in Alhama de Murcia just 20 minutes from the new international airport at Corvera which is expected to open in 2013 and 20 minutes from the beaches of the Mediterranean and the Mar Menor.

The location of the park is just ten minutes from the Condado de Alhama resort. With over 300 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 21 degrees in the region, Samper described the park as the “envy of Europe”. The park will feature four main areas.

Theme Park Zones
The first area called “City Adventure” will include three major attractions. One of them will be based on the film Titanic and will feature a huge reproduction of the ocean liner. This area will also host one of three roller coasters to be built in the park based on “The Italian Job” and a virtual reality feature entitled “Mission Impossible”.

The second area, “Lost Valley”, will feature a water ride recreating a trip down the Congo river along with a recreation of the crypt from Tomb Raider and a rollercoaster based on the legend of Beowulf.

Especially designed for children is the “Woodland Fantasy” area. A more tranquil offering, dominated by a large tree and featuring magic workshops and interactive adventures including one based on the “Spiderwick Chronicles”.

Plaza Futura is the cutting edge technology area which will feature Star Trek and a spectacular recreation of “War of the Worlds”. Not for the faint hearted this area will feature a passage of terror based on the feature film “Paranormal Activity”.

The centerpiece of the park will be an avenue flanked by hotels, restaurants and a shopping centre with a pavilion focusing on the attractions of the region of Murcia and Spain.

Over one billion Euros is to be invested in the park which will employ in excess of 10,000 people during the course of construction. The park will also contain an auditorium with capacity for 15,000 people and the largest convention centre in the region of Murcia capable of accommodating over 3,000 people in its main hall.