The Costa Blanca beaches are famous throughout Europe with long stretches of sand and sparkling blue sea. Many have the European Blue Flag awarded for clean beaches and totally unpolluted water.
Festivals and Markets
Most of the towns hold traditional street markets each week and spectacular festivals and processions throughout the year but also have modern facilities such as hospitals, shopping outlets and sports centres, etc.
Restaurants and Bars
There is always a wide choice of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets and in most places you can still get a very reasonably priced ‘menu of he day’.
The following is a choice of the many things to do and see in the area.
This is a huge water amusement park for adults and children. It is situated on the west side of Benidorm and has many slides, pools and rides to suit all ages – the huge swimming pool with wave machine is always popular. Well organised and laid out with plenty of helpful supervising staff . Bars and picnic areas – you can take your own food (no glass).
The Ifach is a large rock, attached to the mainland which is now a nature park. You can climb up to the top (make sure you have the right footware) and enjoy the spectacular views or simply visit the museum and information centre.
A personal garden transformed into cactusland. 1000 different species of cactus and other succulents, tropical fruit tees, several species of parrots, parakeets, exotic birds and other exhibits. A wonderworld of shapes and colours. Also a collection of fossils, mineral stones, shells, butterflies. Refreshments are available. On the road between Altea and Calpe.
Place: La Galera del Mar, 26 – Altea – Tel: 96/584 22 18
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.
This is a beautiful old monastery town in the hills with spectacular views. There are several interesting museums, shops and restaurants and you can walk up past the twelve stations of the cross to the peaceful cemetery at the top. It gets busy so get their early and combine with a visit to the nearly Algar waterfalls.
A marine and exotic animal park near Aqualandia, Mundomar is a special day out for children. It has attractive grounds, many different birds and species to see and the main attraction is the dolphin and sea lion shows.
Terra Mitica – Theme Park
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.
Website: Terra Mittica Park
Wine Tasting and Tapas at La Bodega del Garroferal
During your stay in Javea why not take time out for a drive inland to visit the charming privately owned Bodega del Garroferal in Murla, just a little further on from Jalon and Alcalali. The drive itself is delightful and you can enjoy the spectacular scenery on the way.
Peter and Helen Arnold, having produced wine for many years in both Germany and South Africa, decided to set up their own winery in Spain and are increasing their production each year. They will give you a tour of the vineyards, explaining the various stages of the grape production and happily answering any queries or questions you may have.You can then visit the cellars and enjoy a wine tasting session which includes tapas. There are two reds, one rosé, two whites and a sparkling wine to choose from. The tour lasts about 1 and a half to 2 hours and groups of up to approx 20 people can be accommodated.
This is a delightful way to spend a couple of hours on a summer evening or if you are on holiday in the cooler months during spring and autumn you can combine a daytime visit with lunch at one of the many traditional bars and restaurants in nearby Jalon or Alcalali.
Visits by appointment only.