Costa Blanca's Lakes
When enjoying a holiday on Spain's beautiful Costa Blanca there is always a good choice of attractions and activities to keep visitors of all ages entertained, but with a vast interior of wonderful countryside to explore it's nice to venture further afield and Costa Blanca's lakes provide for a great family day out. When the weather is hot it's always nice to spend leisure time near the water, be it at one of the regions superb aqua parks, spending lazy days on the beach, river rafting or enjoying a swim and picnic at one of Costa Blanca's lakes.
The region has a mix of fresh water and salt lakes where a variety of activities can be enjoyed such as bird watching along the shores of Torrevieja and Santa Pola's salt lakes, hiking the nature trails around the lovely Guadalest lake or enjoying the adventure activities on offer at Lake Pedrera. Also worth a mention is the vast salt lake, often referred to as an inland sea called the Mar Menor which is on the northern border of Costa Blanca and a mecca for water and wind sports as well as a popular place for curative mud baths.
Slightly inland from the popular resort area of Orihuela Costa is Lake Pedrera and due to its location near the village of Torremendo, is also often referred to as Lake Torremendo. The lake is a popular fishing spot with local Spaniards and many of the British expats living in Orihuela Costa where the main fish species is carp, although it is also possible to catch black bass and catfish. The waters are clean and calm enough to enjoy swimming and, although there are not many shady spots, the lake shores are great for a picnic or just to explore the hiking trails. Situated close to the lake shore, visitors can enjoy a superb selection of thrills & spills at either Lo Rufete Multi Adventure Park or Casa la Pedrera Multi Activity Centre where there is archery canoeing, kayaking, quad biking, horse riding, paintball, shooting and zip-line.
Torrevieja-La Mata Salt Lakes
Since the early 1800's Torrevieja and neighbouring La Mata have been producing course salt for industrial use on Europe's icy roads and their salt industry is still thriving to this day. The two large salt lakes are home to an interesting array of flora & fauna and have been declared Natural Parks where visitors can enjoy hiking the nature trails or have a dip in the buoyant water that, due to the high salt levels gives a similar sensation to floating on the Dead Sea. Running next to Torrevieja's salt lake is one of Spain's ‘Greenways' that are disused railway tracks converted into hiking, cycling and horse riding trails where visitors will get to see the resident pink flamingos and other varieties of bird life.
Lying between the coastal town of Villajoyosa and the inland village of Orxeta is a further good fishing spot at Lake Amadorio, or Embalse de Amadorio which is the Spanish word for a lake or reservoir. The lake is only about 15 kilometres from Benidorm and provides visitors to the area an alternative to the beach where a pleasant day out can be enjoyed fishing and swimming. One day fishing permits can be purchased here for around 12€ and if you're keen to fish for carp there is no need to bring along fancy bait as you will do just as well with sweetcorn or a bit if bread. Other fish species include pike, zander, catfish and black bass.
Located in the beautiful Guadalest valley about 25 kilometres from Benidorm, this is the most picturesque of the Costa Blanca's lakes and also the most popular. Part of its popularity is due to it being close to Spain's most visited mountain village, Guadalest which attracts thousands of visitors each year. Also not far from the lake is the stunning Algar Waterfalls which makes it possible to visit the lake, village and waterfalls all in one day. Being in the more fertile north Costa Blanca the lake's shoreline is fringed with pine forest and lush vegetation where there are many superb spots to enjoy swimming and a picnic. Visitors can get around the lake on a solar powered boat cruise or explore the many fascinating nature trails.