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Torrevieja Aquopolis

The Torrevieja Aquopolis water park is one of the largest on the Costa Blanca and is located just off the N332.


The park is open from June until September between the hours of 11;00am and 7:00pm.

Address:
Aquopolis
Finca de la Hoya Grande
03180 Torrevieja
Tel : (00 34) 96 571 58 90
For more information, please visit www.torreviejainformation.com/torrevieja-water-park/ or full lots of pictures and maps, please look at the Spanish sitewww.aquopolis.es/torrevieja


Aqualandia

Aqualandia is a huge water amusement park for both adults and children, situated on the west side of Benidorm against a hill near Mundomar and Benidorm Palace.



Aqualandia is to be found just off the A7 or N332 in Benidorm. This is approximately one hour from Las Ramblas.

The park contains a number of different themed areas all surrounded by lush foliage and naturally shaded areas. Water chutes are everywhere, all different and offering a unique experience. Check out the list of areas on the website below. Shops and restaurants and picnic bars are available within the park offering pizzas, burgers, paella etc. Aqualandia is definitely worth a visit.
For more information, please visit www.bestinspain.com/attractions/detail_attractions/aqualandia/aqualandia.shtml

Aquariums/Safari Parks


Mundomar

Mundomar is a marine and exotic animal park, open all year apart from Christmas Day and January 1st.
It is situated near Benidorm, approximately one hour from Las Ramblas.



The park offers flamencos, turtles, sea-lions, a bat cave (with over 80 species of nile bats), seals, an aviary, parrots, penguins, and a dophinarium where the dolphins perform a daily show.
Additionally, there are restaurants, shops and spectacular shows of animals in their natural habitat from inside the mysterious grounded “galleon”.
For more information, please visit www.mundomar.es/gbmundomar/sphome.asp

Rio Safari Park

A great day out can be had at the Rio Safari Park, located on the Elche - Santa Pola road. Drive north on the N332 towards Alicante and take the CV-865 towards Elche at Santa Pola. The park is located 4 kms from Santa Pola. This is approximately 25 minutes drive from Las Ramblas.
The park features many different types of animals, including lions, tigers, primates, many crocodiles, exotic birds & dolphins. Other attractions include swimming pools & water slides. There is a daily dolphin show.
Further details and prices can be obtained by calling +34 966 63 82 88.



Vergel Safari Park


Just beyond the town of Ondara on the Northern shoulder of the Costa Blanca, lays the famous Vergel Safari Park.
This is a bit of a drive from Las Ramblas – probably an hour and three quarters…. The park is approximately one hour’s drive from Alicante on the main A7 motorway, which you can easily join at La Zenia. Alternatively you could take the N-332 coastal road past Alicante towards Valencia, turning off at Pego on the C-311 just after Ondara.
The park features lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, zebras, a series of primates and Iberian wolves roaming free in wide open natural terrain.



Although the majority of the park is a strictly “stay in your car” zone, there is also a “safer” area where you can walk free amongst some of the less dangerous animals such as pigs, ponies and other domestic breeds. There is also a seal and dolphin area, where shows are put on several times per day.
Additionally there are go-carts, mini trains and children’s play areas, making this a great day out for all the family.
The park is open during the summer months from 10am-7pm and winter months from 10am-5pm.
For further information contact the park direct on +34 966 439 808.

Aitana Safari Park



Located high in the Aitana mountain range, near the village of Sella and approximately 33km inland from Benidorm, is the acclaimed Aitana Safari Park.

This is a similar distance from Las Ramblas as the Vergel Safari Park. Take the A7 motorway or the N-332 coastal road to Villajoyosa and then head towards La Sella, passing through Orxeta. The park is approximately 15 km after La Sella, near the town of Penaguila.
Following a set trail, there are many animals to see, including lions, tigers, elephants, buffalo, zebra and giraffe.
There is also a children’s zoo for the little ones to enjoy and the “Daktari Park” which is a nursery used to raise the youngest animals. Other facilities include a picnic area and restaurant specialising in local foods.
The Aitana Safari Park opens at 11am daily throughout the year.
For further information contact Safari Aitana direct on 965 529 273 or visit http://www.safariaitana.com/

Theme Parks


Terra MÍtica



Paramount’s Terra MÍtica is the first real theme park in Spain. It is not an amusement Park. It offers all visitors something different: a theme park that recreates the lost civilisations of the Med: Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia, and the Islands. Its main rides take you back to the myths and legends of these ancient cultures with state of the art technology, special effects, animatronics and digital imagery.
The daring can experience falling from great heights on the flight of the phoenix and great speed on one of the largest wooden roller coasters in Europe. The older visitors will enjoy the excitement and entertainment of the virtual dark rides, stories and legends told with the help of technology. Children will enjoy mini replicas of the main rides in each area. i.e. water flume, roller coaster etc.




Terra MÍtica is divided into five areas, four of them surround a lake that symbolises the Mediterranean Sea, from which emerges the fifth area, The Islands:

AREA 1 - "Egypt, Land of Pharaohs".
AREA 2 - "Greece, The home of the Gods".
AREA 3 - "Rome, The Frontier".
AREA 4 - "Iberia, The Warm Shores"í
AREA 5 - "The Islands, The Great Journey"

Terra Mítica is a park for all ages due to the wide variety of its thirty rides and attractions.
Usually open from March onwards, the usual opening hours are 10.00am until 8.00pm and then 10.00am until midnight in the months of June, July and August.
It is approximately one hour’s drive from Las Ramblas towards Benidorm on either the N332 or the motorway A7, exit 65A.
For further information, please visit the official website www.terramiticapark.com

Excursions and days out

Cuevas de Canelobre (Candelabra Caves)

The little town of Busot offers its visitors the Caves of Canelobre, situated a distance of 24 kms from the city of Alicante and 40 kms from Benidorm, at a height of 700 meters on the northern side of Cabeço d'Or. The interior of the caves boasts one of the highest vaults in Spain, which looks very similar to a cathedral's.

During your visit you can admire the varied and whimsical forms that the rocks have created: candelabra, animals and many other spectacular shapes. On certain occasions the unsurpassable acoustic and atmospheric conditions of the caves are used to provide musical entertainment.

Cuevas del Canalobre is a single huge chamber 150 metres long, containing many dripstones, some of them looking like a candelabra, giving the cave its name. The cave is beautifully lit with coloured lighting to bring out the natural colours and highlight the fantastic shapes.

The chamber has excellent acoustics, so it is often used for concerts and folk festivals and a large stage has been built for such events.

The entrance is high on the slopes of the Cabezón de Oro (Golden Head) in a dry and hot bare karst region, and the visitor has a beautiful view of the Province of Alicante and the Mediterranean. There are several paths in the area for good walking and hiking routes to enjoy the natural and unique views over the whole region.

And what better to get your strength back than to visit the local cafes and restaurants of Busot offering an exquisite range of cuisine.

Note that the cave is very popular in the summer since there are frequent coach trips from the tourist centers along the coast.

Opening times are:

October to June - 11.00 – 17.50
Easter Week - 10.30 – 19.50
July – September – 10.30 – 19.50
Closed Christmas Day and January 1st.
For further information call +34 965 69 92 50

Isla de Tabarca (Island of Tabarca)

The guitar shaped Island de Tabarca is 2 km long and lies about eleven miles off the coast, south of Alicante. The total length of the island is 1800m and the width is no more than 450m at its widest point.

It is a fascinating place to visit during your holiday. The numerous little bays boast perfectly clear water. In addition to the high-quality water, the island also offers a number of exquisite restaurants. Since there are no cars on the island, it still a relatively untouched island where you can relax – almost like travelling back in time!



The history of Tabarca is very curious: the earliest writings about the island are attributed to the Greek historians Strabo and Ptolemy and it is reputed to be the island upon which St Paul disembarked, giving his name to the original settlement established here.

In the middle ages, it became a refuge for Berber pirates. In order to drive them away and finally banish them, Carlos III fortified the island in 1760. In 1768, he established a village, which initially consisted of 600 Genoan fishermen. These were prisoners Carlos had paid to have set free from the Tunisian port of “Tabarka”, near Algeria and this gave birth to the island’s new name. This is the reason why Italian names like Parodi, Ruso or Chacopino are still common on the island today. The whole area is enclosed by the city wall, which was proclaimed a national monument in 1964.

The historical relics are also worth a visit, such as the entrance gates, the Torre de San José, a building which was constructed in a pyramid shape and which was in former times used as a prison, and the church of San Pedro and San Pablo (1779).

The former house of the governor is also a remarkable building. Apart from anything else because it was converted to the first and only existing hotel on the island. The total number of inhabitants does not exceed 40. If you want to spend a night on this quiet island, you can book a room in the hotel on +34 965 114 260.
There is a narrow footpath leading around the whole island. Walking along this path, you can indulge in a magnificent view of the coast. You can also visit the stone cave "Llop Mari", also an ideal place to watch water birds and fishes.

A protected sea park surrounds the island, the home of many types of fish and water turtles.
There is also a small beach with fine sand on Tabarca – only about 250 m long and 25 m wide!
You can get to the Isla de Tabarca by boat either from Alicante, Santa Pola or Torrevieja. The boats run daily. The fastest boat takes only 45 min.

For more information, please see http://www.terra.es/personal/vtin99/primera.htm

Parque Natural de Sierra Espuña

About an hour’s drive from Las Ramblas, south west of Murcia, you can visit the beautiful mountain park of the Sierra de Espuña.

Covering some 18,000 hectares, the National Park of the Sierra de Espuña is well worth day trip. Steep mountain roads wind up and down between pine trees, with viewing places to take in the breathtaking views. Wildlife is in abundance, both on the ground and in the area – you will see plenty of bird of prey…



You can park in one of the numerous car parks and follow the marked trails. They are well sign-posted, with signs along the way pointing out interesting sites. For example, there is a dinosaur trail…

Don’t forget the camera – the views are spectacular! Serious walkers will be in their element, but there is plenty for those wishing to just take a gentle stoll.
There are a number of picnic areas and also a few restaurants, where you can have freshly made paella and other local specialities.

Mar Menor

The Mar Menor (little sea) is the inland sea separated from the Mediterranean by La Manga (the sleeve) del Mar Menor, or what is better known as the La Manga strip. The north end of the Mar Menor is about 15 minutes drive from Las Ramblas at San Pedro del Pinotar on the N332.

The 22km long La Manga strip, only adjoining the mainland at its southern tip, creates the salt-water lagoon.



Both sides of the La Manga strip have something to offer. The Mediterranean side has magnificent sandy beaches and the Mar Menor side is reputed for its warm, shallow waters that are ideal for children. During the summer months there are various water sports available at many different locations along the strip, including windsurfing, water-skiing, jet skiing, sailing and pedalos. Also nearby is the world famous La Manga Club resort, where you can indulge in a multitude of sporting activities, the most popular being golf, followed by tennis.

Nightlife is prevalent in parts of the strip in the summer months, with a good collection of restaurants, bars and casinos. Large hotels and apartment complexes also offer a variety of evening entertainment, mainly during the summer season.

Los Alcazares is situated on the western shore of the Mar Menor. The mineral rich waters of the Mar Menor are renowned for their health-giving properties and the town still has thermal baths, which have existed since Roman times.