Alicante is a popular tourist destination, with gorgeous sandy beaches and is the home to Benidorm – recently made popular thanks to the ITV hit by the same name.
There are some impressive attractions in this area to visit, if you’re happy to move away from the sun lonuger. Why not hire a car, take the bus or book an organised excursion to visit the places of interest of your personal choice?
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Waterfalls at Algar
As the pure, icy cold waters of the River Algar flow down the mountain from their source, they gather in a series of waterfalls, lakes and pools known as the Fuentes del Algar or Fonts del Algar (Fonts de l’Algar), close to Callosa de Ensaría.
The falls and pools of freezing water constitute one of the most major attractions in Alicante.
Why not trek upstream alongside the river, take a swim in a refreshing pool or a shower under a waterfall, have a picnic on the riverbank, or simply amble leisurely through the arboretum and taste a fresh orange juice or sample a medlar, níspero, the local fruit crop of the region?
Whatever you might choose to do, the Fonts del Algar are well worth a visit. A word of warning when wading, though! The pebbly river bottom can be tricky. Don’t forget your jelly shoes!#
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A good idea would be to incorporate both mountain locations into one trip – the waterfalls in the morning and a visit to the mountain fortress of Guadalest in the afternoon – or vice versa.
It is impossible not to be impressed by Guadalest, El Castell de Guadalest, built in medieval times as a fortress to guard the Muslim village.
Entering through a 15 metre-long tunnel in the rock, you’ll walk by the lovely landmark bell-tower, with its white walls and orange-tiled roof, before ascending the cobbled street into the village,
On your right the 18th century Baroque Catholic church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, as well as shops selling leather goods, pottery, jewellery and other artesanía.
At the top of the hill, as the road opens out into a large square, head over to one of the vantage points to your right and marvel at the sight that unfolds below.
The blue waters of the Guadalest reservoir against its gigantic, steep-sided backdrop of rugged mountains is totally jaw-dropping.
For something a little bit different, why not catch a solar-powered boat trip across the water and admire the eagle’s nest above that is El Castell de Guadalest?
Don’t forget your sunglasses: the buildings are white and brightly reflect the sun. A pair of binoculars, if not too bulky to carry, would be great for fully appreciating the awesome scenery.
If you are looking for a bargain to take home from your holiday, Benidorm holds not one, but two of the largest street markets on the Costa Blanca.
They are held in the Old Town, behind the train station, and in the Rincón, close to the Hotel Pueblo, every Wednesday and Sunday morning until about 1pm.
Don’t forget it is a must to barter with the stall-holder to try to get the price of your purchase down. They will be expecting it so don’t feel rude.
Between them, they sport just short of 2000 stalls displaying a vast selection of leather goods, linen wares, watches, jewellery, pottery, pictures, house wares and many more, so you are bound to find something to your taste.
Because of the huge numbers of people at the markets, the aisles between the stalls are quite crowded so always keep your purse safe in case of pickpockets and, when buying brand–name jewellery or designer goods, do beware of fakes.
After a visit to the market, why not pop down to Benidorm’s fabulous sandy beach, where you can find water sports, or maybe take a leisurely boat-trip to Peacock Island?
Or maybe call into one of the many cafes for tapas and a glass of Rioja…
If you prefer something a bit livelier for your night-life, why not go for a delicious meal and watch a fabulous show? If you do, then Benidorm Palace, on Avenida Severo Ochoa, is certainly the place for you.
Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the show plus a drink would cost you €32 per person, whilst the price of the show and a meal would be either €52 or €62, depending on your menu choice.
Don’t worry if you are not an aficionado of beef or pork though, a vegetarian menu is also available.
Book your tickets online or purchase them at the ticket office from 10am. Doors open at 8.30pm and dinner is served at 9.00om, so relax over your drink or meal before the spectacular starts at 10.00pm.
Order your carriage for 12.30pm and hope it hasn’t already changed back into a pumpkin! Benidorm Palace is always an enjoyable evening out.
The prime meridian line is an imaginary great circle line running north to south, longitude 0o, separating east and west through Greenwich in London.
This line continues southwards and just happens to skim the coast slightly to the east of Altea. For those of you who adore harbours or messing around in boats, you will be in your element down at the Greenwich Marina.
There’s nothing quite like strolling along a wharf, admiring the fishing boats, the launches and the sailboats moored along its length, before taking a table at a classy quayside restaurant.
Order a refreshing Ensalada Murciana with a bottle of vino tinto and just watching the nautical world go by, while the occasional Sunseeker noses its way into the marina, from one of the Balearic Islands - Ibiza and Formentera are only 65 miles away from the Greenwich Marina by sea.
On one weekend in August, the Greenwich Marina is also the ideal place from which to observe the magnificent fireworks of the Castell de l’Olla.