Costa Blanca Attractions
Wherever you may choose to stay during a holiday on the beautiful Costa Blanca, you are never too far from a fantastic choice of attractions. This wonderful part of Spain boasts over 200 kilometres of coastline and a diverse interior of dusty plains, lush valleys, forest and mountains where visitors can explore secluded coves and bays, vast natural parks, lakes and waterfalls, historical monuments and ancient mountaintop villages. The area's towns and cities offer further attractions, golden sand beaches, superb entertainment and vibrant nightlife.
The Costa Blanca is a superb area to visit for families and there are some great things to do and places to visit such as the famous palm groves of Elche which have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are the largest palm groves in Europe. A visit to the groves can be twinned with a tour around one of the city's equally famous shoe factories. Not far from Elche is the mesmerising Carmen del Campillo Tea House, a beautiful old Arabic villa with stunning gardens and a great selection of teas, coffee, cakes and pastries.
El Rancho Horse Riding is located on the shores of Torrevieja‘s large salt lake where visitors can enjoy a variety of horse treks as well as pony rides for the younger children. Also situated on the lake shore is Mesón Villa Salada that offers a horse riding school, treks around the lake and a superb restaurant where dazzling flamenco dancing and mesmerising Andalusian horse shows entertain the crowds in the evening. Located in Torrevieja's harbour is the Delfin Submarine Museum which is an actual decommissioned naval sub that has been lovingly restored and showcases what life must have been like for submariners during war time.
There are a whole host of exciting attractions throughout the Costa Blanca that can be enjoyed by all ages. A favourite with kids young and old are water and theme parks where thrilling rides and shows keep the crowds entertained. Aqualandia in Benidorm is the largest of the water parks and boasts the highest standing water slide in Europe. Also in Benidorm, Terra Mitica Theme Park makes for a great day out, and a combination of water slides and an animal park can be enjoyed at Aqua Natura and Terra Natura theme parks. The excitement continues around Torrevieja's salt lake where visitors will find two superb adventure parks, Lo Rufete Adventure Park and Casa La Pedrera Activity Centre, both offering a good selection of fun activities.
Even during the winter months visitors can enjoy a variety of indoor attractions on the Costa Blanca and a popular family activity is 10 pin bowling. There are a number of venues to play a few games of 10 pin bowling including a chain of Ozone Leisure Centres where other fun activities include mini golf, trampolines, arcade games and children's play areas. A fairly new attraction in Torrevieja is Pettum SkyZone Trampolines where wall to wall trampolines, free jump zones and a foam pit zone provide great fun for all ages.
Boasting animals from 5 continents, the huge Safari Park Aitana offers a genuine safari experience where visitors can choose to view the animals from their own vehicle or take a tour in one of the parks jeeps. On a smaller scale, Rio Safari Elche has different animal zones as well as a mini aqua park and go-kart track. The stunning Algar Waterfalls is a superb place to visit during the hot summer months where the mountain river remains icy cold and a number of rock pools provide the perfect setting to enjoy a picnic and refreshing swim. Here visitors will also find one of the largest cactus gardens in Europe and the kids favourite, Dino Park Algar.
Further countryside attractions include a number of spectacular caves to visit, great lakes for swimming and fishing and a selection of island boat trips. Lying 3 miles off the cape of Santa Pola, Tabarca Island is the Costa Blanca's largest and only inhabited island and has been declared a protected bird sanctuary and marine conservation area. Famed for its seafood restaurants, the island receives up to 3,000 visitors per day in the peak summer season.