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Cities & Towns

Alicante : 40 mins
Alicante is the provincial capital and is the main city of the Costa Blanca. It is an easy drive from Las Ramblas.

It is a prosperous and bustling coastal city, which in spite of its many foreign tourists, remains truly Spanish.
It dominated by the ruins of its ancient castle of Santa Barbara and has everything you would expect of a Mediterranean city: baroque buildings, churches, museums, excellent restaurants and very interesting shopping.

Alicante's palm-lined avenues, seafront paseos, excellent beach and marina, surrounded by quality restaurants and bars, make it perfect for a day trip.
Villamartin Plaza

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Murcia : 25 mins
Murcia is the capital city of the province of Murcia.

Much of the province is planted with fruit, olives, rice, nuts and vegetables . Inland lie arid and beautiful mountain ranges, vineyards, historic towns and forgotten villages – where few tourists venture.

Murcia is known as the “capital of Baroque”, as no other Spanish city can equal the number of monuments built in this style. Everywhere can be found churches and civil buildings with exuberant facades. The many palaces and stately houses are mostly situated around the lively and bubbling streets of the old quarter.

Murcia is a truly Spanish city which makes few concessions to tourism and apart from its excellent restaurants and bars serving local cuisine and tapas, offers excellent facilities for shopping.



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Elche : 20 mins
Elche is Europe’s greatest palm grove and is approximately 20 minute’s drive from Las Ramblas.

More than 300,000 palm trees grow in Elche, in verdant parks and shady squares and lining streets and gardens. Elche was originally an Iberian village – Illici – colonized later by the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. It is thought that the palm groves originated in Phoenician times and today they are protected against felling by law.

Elche stands on the Vinalopo rive and is Spain’s shoe-manufacturing capital. It is a stronghold of the Valencian language and one of the most historic towns in the region.

Elche is famous for the Cleto-Iberian Dama d’Elx stone bust, found in 1897 and now in Madrid’s archeological museum. The elegant headdress of the bust shows her to have been a woman of power and standing. The Dama d’Elx is is thought to be of a high priestess carved from limestone by Iberian sculptors around 475BC. A copy may be seen in the Huerto del Cura gardens in Elche.



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Orihuela : 15 mins
This is the main town of Orihuela Costa and it is absolutely charming. Everywhere you look, you will find hidden gems – churches, domes, hidden courtyards, spectacular fountains in the main Square and much, much more.
After sunset, this place – like Torrevieja – springs into life. People come out in their best clothes and sit gossiping in the squares. There is a special children’s play area, just off the main square.

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Torrevieja : 15 mins
Torrevieja is a place where once sailing ships from Cuba anchored in the docks ready to load salt from the local salt flats in the 19th century – and is the birthplace of the “habanera.

In 1828 and 1829 there were substantial earthquakes in Torrevieja and, because of this, there is little historic architecture. The city was rebuilt in a “grid system” and is largely modern. However, it has seen a lot of investment over recent years and is well worth a visit or two!

It has plenty of atmosphere and local colour. The main paseo has been redeveloped and is a great place to promendade – from the modern plaza opposite the marina, down through the ethnic street market (open every evening) and along the sea-front, where there are numerous bars and restaurants. The locals promenade at night along the sea-front and around the walls of the marina until very late.

The old Casino is great place for an apéritif or nightcap – and the streets of the town centre are largely pedestrianised with many interesting boutiques.

There are also great restaurants and bars – and even nightclubs for those who have the energy.

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