Sightseeing, activities near Calpe Spain, Costa Blanca

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Some interesting visits.

Algar Waterfalls This is a beauty spot that is run with the visitors participation in conservation and development of "Fonts de l'Algar" and its surrounding area.  Visit the riverside, a walk along the paths and bathing in its various pools and waterfalls.   Don't forget the bathing-wear.
First aid post, camping for one day with WC and showers, reception center, parking.
Tel.- Fax : 96/588.21.06  on the road to Callosa, 35 Km from Calpe and Benidorm

Alicante The Capital Alicante or Alicant is situated in a bay which is closed in to the north by Cabo Las Huertas and to the south by Cabo Santa Pola, and enjoys pleasant temperatures all year round with average of 18 degrees.
A tour in the city would usually start in the Paseo Maritimo, a promenade, or Explanada de Espana where both tourists and local people stroll under shade provided by two rows of tall palm trees.
The Iglesia de Santa Maria is in the square of the same name and is one of the city's most famous monuments.
Municipal Art Museum (tel.: 514.07.68) in the Casa de la Asegurada where paintings are on display.
The Symbolis Fortress, the Castillo de Santa Barbara, is located 200 metres up on Benacantil hill.  This castle comprises three different enclosures each at different heights on the bare rock.  The lower enclosure dates from the Bourbon era, the middle precinct from the sixteenth century and the upper is part of the site of the original fortress.  The castle had drawbridges, dungeons, living quarters for the nobility, turrets, a gunpowder arsenal and the eighteenth century chapel, Ermita de Santa Barbara.   It can be entered from Paseo de Gomiz through a tunnel 200 metres long which has been dug into the rock.  At the end of the tunnel are two lifts which go up to the fortress.
Hemmed in by the port to the south and the Grossa mountains to the north, playa (beach) of Postiguet, in the heart of the city, is very popular in the summer.

Altea Hills Yachts Visit Altea Hills and enjoy a stroll around the Greenish Marina, probably the most exclusive and home of some of the biggest luxury yachts on the Costa Blanca. Join the N-332 near Calpe and follow it towards Altea, after the tunnels, pass the Astondoa yacht brokerage and turn left, down the hill just before the Planesia Supermercado follow the road until the marina near the apartments. Enjoy a meal or a drink at one of the bars inside the marina. You can charter boats from here and is also a diving excursion leaves from the marina.
Address is Marina Greenish, Altea hills, N-332.

Aqualandia

Visit Aqualandia Benidorm
Huge water amusement park for adults and children.  Aqualandia offers you an unforgettable day for the whole family.  Situated on the west site of Benidorm against a hill near Mundomar and Benidorm Palace.  You have to visit this one, don't forget your sun cream.
Tel.: 96/586.40.06 or 07.

Aquascop Discover the fantastic underwater world in the waters of Benidorm's Island and Calpe. Departures from the port and the street Rincon de Loix, first departure at 10.00 and go every hour.  You can also visit the island.
Benidorm Tel.: 96/585.00.52

Benidorm This is the city which best represents the phenomenon of tourism.  With its fine sandy beaches, more than 300 hours of sunlight per year and humidity levels which never fall below 65 per cent, this is a wonderland all year round.
Those seeking Arab heritage, in addition to a sultan, should made for the old part of the town which is made up of a series of streets pointing towards the sea.
Discos and bars can be found along the Avenida de Filipinas and the surrounding area.

Benidorm Palace Special and spectacular varied dinner show.   Three-hour floor show and dancing with a orchestra.
Doors open at 21.00.   Reservation: tel.: 96/585.16.60 or 61
mailto Benidorm Palace: info@benidorm-palace.com


Calpe Ifach The Phoenicians called the Rock of Ifach the Northern Rock to distinguish it from Gibraltar, the Southern Rock, as these were the only spectacular promontories they encountered in their travels to the western shores of the Mediterranean.
Ifach is indeed a large rock, measuring 332m in height.  Today, it is been transformed into a nature park to protect its unique vegetation and over 300 species of animals, including colonies of sea birds that use it as a nesting area.  Located here is a nature school where local carnations and even original Robertonian orchids can be admired.  The park itself can be reached up a zigzagging track which is compulsory climbing for anyone anxious to get a panoramic view over the entire Marina Alta coastline.   Mountaineers use the southern face for practice, as it drops straight down to the sea.

Calpe
Old Town
For some years running in the summer, Arts and Crafts Fair is been held in the Old Town center of Calpe every day except Mondays.  During June to September, the Calle José Antonio and the Plaza de Espana will present a lively scene in the evening, not only artists and craftsmen by putting up their stands but there are also workshops and live entertainment as well as an art exhibition.
The program of the week or for details : tel.: 965.732.269 English spoken.

Castillo Conde de Alfaz Return back eight hundred years to the Castle of the Count of Alfaz and enjoy a dinner typical of this age together with the Count.  See how the knights fight on foot and horseback to defend their honor and save themselves from the Pit of Terror ...  A place which you too can visit.. if you dare...End your night in the great disco "The Torture Chamber"
Tel.: 96/686.55.92 or 93  In Alfaz between Altea and Benidorm.
From Calpe : 17 Km. and Benidorm : 3 Km.

Cactuslandia A personal garden transformed into cactusland, 1.000 different species of cactus and other succulents, tropical fruit trees, several species of parrots, parakeets, exotic birds and others. A wonderworld of shapes and colors.  Bar and sale of cactus.   Also a collection of fossils, mineral stones, shells, butterflies.
On the road between Calpe and Altea.  Entrance at the top of a hill, seaside.
Tel.: 96/584.22.18  -  La Galera del Mar, 26  -  Altea

Guadalest
Monastery
Visit the old fortified monastery in Guadalest, 22 Km. inland from Benidorm on the road 3313 to Alcoy.
From Calpe take the road to Alcoy over Callosa.
Guadalest
Museum
The town of Bethlehem.  Typically Spanish architectural scale models and doll's houses, all in miniature.  Authentic and realistic, as their construction is not in plastic, plaster, cardboard nor paint.  It is unique in the world.  15 Years in the making, possibly the highlight of your trip.
Museum Antonio Marco  -  C./.La Virgen,2  -  Guadalest  -   Tel.: 96/588.53.23

Jeep Safari

4 x 4
Cabrio
4 x 4 : Discover the real Spain.  A complete full day of adventure, action and sensation through the magnificent country-side of the Costa Blanca: mountains, valleys, picturesque villages, rivers and jungle also swamps.  Drive yourself or let yourself driven.
Cabrio : New and exclusive.  A whole day excursion with brand-new luxury Cabrio's.   Enjoy the beautiful country side while you are driving or while you are being driven.  Suitable for all ages.
Av. Penetracion s/n.  -  Complejo Admiral 1, local 5  -  Benidorm   -  Tel.: 96/680.71.24

Karting Benidorm Rent a go-kart on a great track and enjoy this exciting sport in one of Europ's best tracks.
On the road from Benidorm to Villajoyoga just outside Benidorm.  Tel.: 96/589.46.76

Karting
La Font Santa
Teulada
La Font Santa karting is one of the all time great tracks and is owned by the father of the junior champion of Espana, Adrian Valles. The track is near Teulada.
You can rent children kart, biplaza kart, leisure kart or 70mph prokarts, 90mph competition karts. It also has a shop dealing in karts and a bar and terrace overlooking this amazing championship course.
The adress is: Ctra. Moraira-Teulada km.3 - Teulada. Tel.: 96.574.14.69
Free transport to the track tel.: 919.11.24.69

Limon Expres
Benidorm - Gata
Traveling on the Limon Express is a pleasant excursion, along the Costa Blanca.  It offers a five-hours journey through Benidorm, Altea, Rock the Ifach and Teulada and other naturals places you can't otherwise reach.  The old tourist train stops in Gata de Gorgos where passengers visit a guitar factory and are shown typical handicraft.  On the way back, going South, passengers can enjoy the wonderful west Mediterranean landscape from heights of this coast while sparkling wine is served.
Reservations - info : Tel.: 96/680.31.03  Fax.: 96/680.85.21

Mundomar

Link to Mundomar Benidorm
Marine and exotic animal park near aqualandia.  Mundomar is a unique adventure, its main characters is being beautiful with exotic marine animals.  These can be observed in their natural environment.  You will learn from them and enjoy yourself sharing with them the mysterious corners of a fascinating, enchanting park.  The parrots will entertain you.  They are as crafty as they are talkactive.  Admire their flashy and exotic colors.  Go through its outstanding landscape and cross its lakes.   Penetrate deeply into its vegetation and explore its paths.  You will see impressive waterfalls and sheer, precipitous rocks.  Enjoy a fascinating encounter with the dolphins and seals.  They are real stars of the park.  These loveable and intelligent beings will surprise you with all their acrobatics.
Address : Sierra Helada, s/n - Rincón de Loix - Benidorm (Alicante)
Information Tel: 96-586.91.01 or 02 or 03

Marco polo
expediciones
Here you can : sail -catamaran, parapente, rent city race or mountain bikes, rock climbing, diving, jeep- and moon- and sunrise safari's and even canyonning.
Av. de Europa, 5 - 03500 Benidorm.        Marco Polo Expediciones    
Tel. / Fax: 0034 96 586 3399
Movil: 608463001


Pola Park Fun attraction park for children.  20 Km under Alicante on the road N-332 to Santa Pola and Cartagena.  - Tel.: 96/541.70.60 .   Near Rio Safari Park Elche.

Prehistoric natural cave

Cave in Busot, Spain

Busot offers its visitor the Caves of Canelobre, situated at a distance of 24 Km. from the city of Alicante, 60 Km from Calpe, at a high of 700 m. on the northern side of Cabeco d'Or.  The interior of the cave has got one of the highest vaults in all Spain, and is very similar to a cathedral.  During a visit one can admire the varied and whimsical forms that the rocks have adapted: candelabra, animals and many other spectacular shapes.  On certain occasions the unsurpassable acoustic and atmospheric conditions of the caves are availed of to provide entertainment whose main protagonist is music.
Tel.: 96/569.92.50  -  Busot at Alicante, motorway A7 exit 67 to El Campello, exit the road N-332 near El Campello to road N-340 Alcoi-Xixona to the cave in Busot.
mailto Canelobre Busot : canelobre.busot@tsc.es

Prehistoric natural cave Visit this magnificent natural cave with at a length of more than 300 m. and its stalagmites and stalactites  and admire the great numbers of domes which at times rice to a height of more than 20m.  The cave is situated on the road between Pedreguer and Benidoleig, and still bears witness with many human as well as animal bones of an age more than 50.000 years ago.
Las Calaveras Benidoleig  -  Tel.: 96/640.42.35  -  03759 Benidoleig - Alicante
Situated inland between Gata and Ondara, surrounding area Javea - Denia

Safari Park
Aitana
35 Km. from Benidorm on the road between Colecha and Sella.  Park is about 1.500.000 m² big at a altitude of 1.000 m.  Bar and restaurant.  It's OK.
Tel.: 96/552.92.73  -  Penaguila

Safari Park
Vergel
Enjoy a new sensation seeing the lions and tigers in complete freedom.  Come on a safari and admire the leopards, jaguars, iberian wolves, primates and hundreds of totally free animals.  Astonish yourself with serpents with examples of more than 90 kg.   Various attractions: parrot show, elastics beds, boats, congo train, horses and exotic ride on a dromedary.  Infantile park, restaurant service.
Tel.: 96/643.98.08     Fax.: 96/575.06.42   -  mailto Safari Park Vergel : Safari@colortex.net
on the road C-3311 near Denia, motorway A-7 exit 61.
Vergel-Pego s/n  -  03770 El Vergel

Safari Park
Rio
Rio Safari Park Elche is the ideal spot to enjoy nature and to watch tigers, lions, camels, monkeys, hippopotamus,...  from its boats.  You can also visit the first farm exhibition with more than 200 crocodiles of all sizes.  Rio's Safari's 6000 fully grown palm trees create an unique tropical setting.
A professional team records with a video camera your promenade by boat and in a few minutes they turn your visit into a great audio-visual montage.
Tel.: 96/663.82.88  - On the road from Santa Pola  to Elche, 120 Km from Calpe.

Terra Mitica
Link to Terra Mitica Benidorm

 

In July 2000, a new enormous theme park opened in Benidorm.
It's located against the mountain hill, inland to the village Finestrate, you can't miss it.
More specific information about the theme parc, see the link at the bottom of this page or here.     

Valencia

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
The largest urban complex in Europe for Cultural, Educational and Leisure Expansion.  The Ciudad de las Artes Y las Ciencias, symbol of the Community of Valencia for the XXIst Century, has been designed as a site for relaxation, a place to learn by having fun.
It is to be a unique 350.000m² urban area, built alongside the former bed of the River Turia: its content and unique buildings, works of the architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, will allow enjoyment with Art, Science and Nature.
A social and cultural complex with four large areas.
L'Hemisfèric: three remarkable productions on a 900m² concave screen, with a soundtrack in four languages and six-channel stereo: Planetarium, Dome Cinema and Laserium.
L'Oceanografic: an underwater city allowing visitors to enter into different marine habitats, in the centre the floating underwater restaurant.  Two areas: a recreational area where all types of entertainment activities will take place, and a large aquarium comprising a series of lakes and lagoons with different water types, coasts and islands with coastal geological formations.
Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe: Science and Discovery.  A magnificent 41.000m² construction is the house, international model and reference for the scientific development.  A centre where the visitor will be able not only to look and touch, but also feel : a museum of sensations.  The three fundamental pillars are: an interactive museum complex, an information server centre and an exhibition area for high-technology companies.
Palacio de las Artes: the flexibility of this multi-use area, dedicated to the creation and expansion of all the scenic Arts, will enable a wide variety of cultural uses.  It is equipped with the finest and most modern equipment to perform great plays, operas and music spectacles.  There are three auditoria: the main hall, chamber hall and the open-air auditorium.
C.A.C. , S.A.:Arzobispo Mayoral, 14-2° - Valencia - Spain.
Tel.:(34)963.525.507  Fax.: (34)963.526.023    info: 902.100.031   L'Hemisfèric    

Valley of Wine The Jalon valley is named after the Jalon river, it flows through the village Jalon, which lies some 7 Km. from Benissa, 15 Km. from Calpe.  The famous Jalon wines, strong red and the sweet mistela or moscatel wine, are sold in two bodegas, where they encourage you to try out their product.  You buy the wine by the liter, so take your bottle(s) along.  The other bodega is privately owned, has an extremely pleasant renovated interior, and sells local wine as well as bottled wine.
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 waste land opposite the bodega under the huge eucalyptus trees, well worth going to.
Visit also my friend at " La Pensión de Jalón ", single and double rooms with shower and toilet, garden, solarium, terrace, swimming pool.  All year open.   Very friendly Dutch people, know many languages.
The pension is situated over the river-bridge, first road on the right and than again first road on the left.
Beatrice Goffin
You can walk through the history of the area and discover the ancients footpaths, the ruins of the moorish castles, the plants, flowers, the old wells and the picturesque villages.
La Pensión de Jalón  -  Cno.Castellet, 5   -   03727 Jalón -Alicante  -  Espagña (Spain)
Tel./fax: 00.34.96.648.01.71

Costa Blanca
Mountain trip
Wax Museum 113 Sculptures : royal families, politicians, art, music, horror, cinema, far west, sports, toros ...
Tel.: 96/680.84.21  -  Museo de Cera  -  Avda. Mediterranea,8   -  03500 Benidorm.

Restaurants Restaurant "Baydal"  -  Av. del Puerto,12  -  03710 Calpe - Tel.: 96/583.11.11
at the port, great paëlla.
The paella is undoubtedly the simple and traditional top dish.  It is a speciality which enjoys international prestige and it is served in all the restaurants of the Land.   The original recipe calls for locally grown rice, rabbit, chicken, snails, green beans, tavella (a yellow haricot type bean), tomatoes, olive oil, salt and saffron.   A number of variations to this traditional paella are accepted.

Restaurant "Regata"  -  Edif.Ifach III - Playa Levante  - Calpe   -  reservation tel.: 96/583.32.51
Closed on Wednesday.  Open : 12.30 -14.30 and 19.00 - 21.30.
Dutch-French kitchen, bouillabaisse, mariscos, carnes.  At the corner of hotel Esmeralde, seaside.

Restautant "La Gran Muralla"  -  Avda.Diputacion, s/n - 03710 Calpe - Tel.: 96/583.23.33 or 583.56.83
Situated on the road with the footbridge.   Well know good Chinese restaurant, Friday buffet, please make a reservation to have a place at the central room.
Restaurante Chino " Le Gran Muralla "

Medical Practice Dr. Berghezan  -  Clinica Europa  -  Calle Corbeta,11  -   03710 Calpe
Tel.: 96/583.35.82 .  GSM: 907.08.80.61.  Always available - emergencies.
Near supermercator Mas y mas - Total garage, direction to the town-center. - Visits also Imperial Park.  Language : English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish.  Studied in Leuven - Belgium.  Personal we are content of his practice.

Rent a car Unlimited kilometers, third party insurance collision damage waiver.
Benidorm : Auriga  - Via Emilio Ortuno, s/n  -  Tel.: 96/585.05.00   Fax: 96/585.16.04
Calpe : Auriga  - Avda.Gabriel Miro, 8  -  Tel.: 96/583.00.91  Fax: 96/583.00.91
On the web : Aurigacar          mailto Aurigacar : info@aurigacar.com

Calpe : Victoria  -  Avda. Generalitat Valenciana, 2 -   03710 Calpe
Tel.: 96/583.02.54     Fax : 96/583.20.00
On the web : Victoria             mailto Victorias : victoriacars@ctv.es

Benissa : Carginer  - Avda. La Fustera 1 -   03720 Benissa
Tel.: 96/573 05 19        Fax : 96/573 22 20
On the web : Carginer             mailto Carginer : rentacarginer@worldonline.es

 

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