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Guardamar Tapas Route

Guardamar organizes its third route of tapas. This time the theme is the Tapas with a history inspired by the ancient Arab culture.  The tapas route is from the 17th of October till the 9th November.  The Tapas including a drink cost 1 euro 90 so no excuses to not try them.

Guardamar Tapas Route

Guardamar Tapas Route

The route is organized by the Town Council and the theme had been choses due to the Islāmic History of Guardamar.  You can get the Map of the route at each of the participating restaurants or at the The Tourist Office , you can recognize the participating restaurant or bar by a moorish drawn person outside.  In total there are 14 places where you can enjoy a Tapa.

At each restaurant you can get a stamp which allows you to vote for your favorite tapa in the end and win a prize.  The maps should be deposited before the 11th of November if you want to take part in this prize drawing. Else you can just keep them as a nice memory.

Map Route Guardamar Plan

Map Route Guardamar Plan

Prizes for participating establishments :

1) Best Cover Award elected by popular vote from customers. The establishment winner will receive a plaque and a prize of € 200.00.

2) Participation in the course of the CDT of Torrevieja “Tapas and Pinchos”

Awards for clients and consumers

1) Award “Buy Guardamar.” 5 gift vouchers for € 100 in purchases, offered by the City of Guardamar, consume in any setting will be drawn Guardamar.

2) Popular Jury Award . Three meals or dinners (choice) for two people will be drawn, the maximum amount of 35.00 € per person. Entered to win those customers who have collected 6 different stamps and deposit the map-route sealed and filled in the Tourist Office until November 11, 2014 (inclusive), with all required data, otherwise it will be deemed null participation.

The draws will be public and will be held on November 14, 2014 at 12: 00h in the Hall of City Hall.

The awards ceremony will be public and will be held in the Council Chamber of City Hall, conveniently communicating the winners day and time.

Participating establishments:

THE BARRACA – C / Jorge Juan s / n Tel 671 03 May 44.
THE ÑORA -.. Avda Els Pins, Tel 96 672 58 54 70
HOTEL Guardamar -.. Puerto Rico Avda 11 96 572 96 50 Tel
GARDEN RESTAURANT ( SOUTHERN HOTEL) – Avda Llibertat, Tel 96 572 64 83 40..
PIL PIL – C / Gate of Cairo, 3 96 672 81 92 Tel.
KIOSKO PARK – Avda Cervantes s / n Tel 646 96 20 16..
MESÓN LAURA -.. Avda Las Dunas, Tel 96 672 35 59 41
Avda del Peru CASABLANCA, 2 Tel 96 672 58 22..
CAFETERIA HERNANDEZ -. C / San Jose, Tel 107 671 18 October 29
Arroceria Candela – C / Brasil 4 96 572 98 04 Tel.
YACHT CLUB -.. Avda Port s / n Tel 96 672 82 94
FOAM BREWERY – C / Blasco Ibáñez esq. Cartagena Tel 691 91 59 57.
CHEMA RESTAURANT -.. Avda Cervantes s / n Tel 96 572 85 12
MAR HOTEL EDEN – Avenida Mediterraneo, Tel 96 572 19 92 13..
HOUSE PACO – Mediterranean esq Avda.. C / La Paz Tel 96 672 55 56.
GALICIA RESTAURANT – C / Cartagena, 19 96 672 59 77 Tel.
MIGUEL -. C / San Pedro, Tel 644 29 25 53 38

Ikea Alicante

A new Ikea Alicante store.

In Alicante a new Ikea Alicante  Furniture store will open it doors in 2015.
The Ikea will be located in Rabasa Alicante. There shall also a new shopping center will be build. Also next to this, there will be a new construction site. On this site will include housing beside the shopping center.  Up to 13.500 houses are planned to be build next to the shopping center. The new Ikea Alicante will occupy 300 000 square meters. The Ikea will provide for 9000 direct and indirect jobs in the city.

The Ikea is estimated to bring around 5 million customers each year to Alicante. So this would definitely be a major boost for the entire region.  The Job opening will be directed at mostly people from Alicante. So that  is more environmentally friendly. The employees will drive easily to their nearby work each day. Till now all this is just a rumor.

The Ikea in Alicante will be closer for most people than the newly build Ikea in Valencia  or the on in Murcia.

The commercial site will also include an  120 000 square metres for restaurants, offices and commercial buildings.

Other planning ?

Unfortunately some false rumours have surfaced of the Ikea being built across La Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre in Orihuela Costa. Although this would have been a great place to build an Ikea.

In Alicante it can simply attract more tourist from the North side of Costa Brava like Benidorm and Calpe. So people from Orihuela Costa will have to choose either drive 30 minutes to the Shopping Centres in Murcia and visit the Ikea there. Or go to Alicante which takes you around 45 Minutes.

For the Moment people can visit the Ikea in Valencia or the Ikea in Murcia.

This article will be update as soon as we hear more news.

Update Ikea Alicante.

 After years of struggle  for Ikea a final decision could be close to a solution in the nearby future.
The mayor of Alicante  and the company admitted  that they were negotiations.
But nothing has been concreted till now.

However the mayor said that there will be an announcement early in the spring 2017.
The plans are that the Ikea would open an extreme large store on a 50 000 square meters area. Alongside with an other medium size shops. More specifically in the Rabasa area.
nearby the Decathlon.

Ikea Alicante

Ikea will open a new furniture store in Alicante

Top 5 cities to visit in Spain

Top 5 cities to visit in Spain.

First, Spain is one of Europe’s favorite gateways. The growing is even higher since the crisis in some other favorite holiday places.The Spanish tourism has begin at his revival. And not only the tourism but also the economy.

 To spend your holiday , what  is on your wish-list ?

 

To sum up : sSandy wide beaches and a blue sea, a very good cuisine and a very old culture .
Or beautiful landscape and coasts , a night-life,  many fiestas and festivals ?

In fact , Spain got it all.

Indeed, the places we have chosen, for visiting Spain got the right mix of it all.

See you ASAP :  As sunny as possible .

 San Sebastian is in the Top 5 cities to visit in Spain.

 

Top 5 cities to visit San Sebastian

Top 5 cities to visit

 

On our holiday in France in St Jean de la Luz , we have crossed the border and traveled to San Sebastian. For us it became one of the Top 5 cities.
In fact, San Sebastian is a elegant and very beautiful city.
As it is located in the north east of Spain. In the region called  Basque.
San Sebastian is well situated in a banana-shaped bay between two mountains.
Facing the bay lays the island of Santa Clara.

First, San Sebastian have a history of family resort but also of luxury. It was well known by the elite in the 19th century.
Next, the place worth visiting is “ Plaza  de la Constitucion”. We loved the beautiful avenue with arcades and  houses with the balconies.
Then, the church nearby is the Santa Maria del Coro. The church has a baroque portal.
At the top of the hill,  is a statue of Jesus Christ. And you can find the ruins of the Castillo de Santa Cruz de la Mota with old guns .

View more information about San Sebastian

 

Barcelona is on 4 one of the Top 5 cities to visit. 

Top 5 cities to visit

Top 5 cities to visit

First, Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region.
Second the city is the largest city after Madrid.
Next, the Catalonia region is located in the North West of Spain, nearby the Mediterean sea.
As a result, that the city has a large harbor.
Even if Barcelona a part of Spain, the language is Catalan.
One of the most famous people of Barcelona is the architect  Gaudi .
As a result, the Sagrada Familia is not only the main symbol for Barcelona but also for Gaudi.

View more information about Barcelona

Valencia is on number 3 of the Top 5 cities to visit in Spain

Top 5 cities to visit

Top 5 cities to visit

 

Indeed, also Valencia is one of the Top 5 cities.
In fact, Valencia is the third largest city of Spain. It is located nearby the Mediterranean Sea at the east coast. So a warmer climate than Barcelona and San Sebastian.
Further, Valencia is a very vibrant city.

First, the city got beautiful beaches, nice restaurants and bars.
Next, the culture lover finds very interesting museums and art galleries.
In Valencia there are also many large parks and plaza’s to discover
Then, the trendy night-life attract many young tourist
Naturraly, Valencia got a wonderful Mediterranean climate.
The most important attraction of Valencia is  “Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias”. It is the city of art and sciences. Indeed, the place to be for museums and aquarium.

Moreover, view more information about Valencia

 

 

2 Granada

Top 5 cities to visit

Top 5 cities to visit

To begin with, Granada is number two on my personal Top 5.

This wonderfull city is in Andalusia.
Located in the south-east of Spain and is the capital of the province of Granada .
In fact, Granada is the witness of the mix of cultures. To sum up : the Muslims, the Jews and the Catholics.

The best , in the city is located one of the most famous monuments of Spain, the Alhambra.
As you can see, it is a beautiful city that is surely worth the visit.
Nearby the city is the Sierra Neveda.

Moreover, view more information about Granada 

 

 

Cordoba is number one in the the Top 5 cities to visit.

 

Top 5 cities to visit in Spain Cordoba

Top 5 cities to visit in Spain Cordoba

 Iif you did not noticed before : we like Andalusia.
One of the city’s who are in the Top 5 cities worth visiting is Cordoba.
Granada, Cordoba and Seville are the city that stole our heart.

Cordoba is located in the heart of Andalusia, and surrounded by thousands of olive trees.

Cordoba is siuated nearby  the Gualaquivivir river .
It is one of the oldest city.
Cordoba is a cultural rich city with a history in several historical periods.

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YourSpain

Welcome on YourSpain on the net.
Your Source for traveling or Living across the Spanish East Coast.

We also recently launched a new page for our dutch or belgium visitors MijnSpanje

About YourSpain

On YourSpain we focus ourselves on making and providing a guide for Tourists and Locals.
We bring you information of the Spanish east coast which means from Alicante till Almeria.
We bring you tips and hints,places to see in Spain. Like for example where to hire a car at the Alicante Airport.
Where is the best place to go out in Torrevieja or where can you find a great restaurant in Orihuela Costa.

Costa Blanca.

We focus ourselves on providing information about the Costa Blanca.
Which is known as the white coast because of its beautiful sandy white beaches.
The Costa Blanca is situated along the east coast of Spain. The Costa Blanca is the perfect place to live, it has a nice and soft winter. And is not as hot as its southern neighbour the “Costa Del Sol” with cities like Almeria.
The World Health Organisation even ranked this as one of the best climates in the world. Because of the nice warmth during the year its is perfect for people with arthritis. So they come and live here.

The Mar Menor is especially perfect for these people due to its shallow water and natural Mud Baths in Lo Pagan Mar Menor.

Maybe you are thinking about buying a house in Spain so you need an NIE number in Spain. Well we made a short guide explaining what it is and when you need it .

Local Markets and shopping malls.

Which souvenirs to buy at the local markets and where those markets are located.
Perhaps you’re more the person who fancy a swim at a aqua park then check out the aqua parks located in and around the Costa Blanca. We got the perfect guide for the Water Parks in Torrevieja.

Or you just want to go shopping and spend time in the multiple beautiful shopping centers like La Zenia Boulevard or perhaps Habaneras.
Even in Murcia there are many shopping centers. So if there is a rainy day it’s the perfect time to visit one the Murcia Shopping Centers.
If you prefer a typical Spanish city with a modern touch to it Cartagena is definitely worth a visit.
It originated before roman time and many roman buildings still exist in the city.

Nature

If you’re more a calm and nature person we also have the ideal road trips or the places. Where you can totally relax surrounded by some beautiful nature scenes or lovely beaches.
Spain is a country with many opportunities.
There are some beautiful places that sometimes are only a  couple of kilometers from where you stay.  You can visit the Mountain like the “Sierra Helada” or the perhaps the “Mar Menor” with its mud baths in Lo Pagan. Or maybe “La Mata” is more suitable  for you. Or the beautiful beaches just before Cartagena.

We offer practical guides for most situations in the Province of Alicante and Murcia . But we also give information about  the rest of Valencia like the information about the Ikea in Valencia or the upcoming Ikea Alicante.  Ikea has been investing lately heavily in the Region due to its popularity in Spain and also many expats that want to buy similar furniture like they had in their first homes.

Your Spain is monthly updated with new info or site improvements.

 

About YourSpain

YourSpain is a website that i originally made as student studying a Bachelor of Information Technology and Computer sciences.
Because the best way to learn something is by practicing it.
So then i got the Idea why not combine two of my interests Spain and building Websites.
And so the idea for YourSpain originated.

Technical details: originally this was an html 5 page with css and jquery later on i upgraded the site and had rebuild it using php.

Who am i ?

I am Tim Tijssens  a Belgium student and I also contain a blog called RiceOrNoodles.

Alicante Airport

Alicante Airport

View of Alicante Airport

Alicante Airport (airport code ALC) is also called El Altet. Now it is one of the biggest airports in Spain.

A busy airport.

Presently Alicante airport is in the top 50 of Europe busiest airports.
More than 80 % of the passenger flights are international.
In the past , , Alicante Airport handled 10.000.000 passengers.
Now , Alicante Airport it is classified as the second busiest of the group of airports in Europe, with between 10 and 25 millions passengers per year.
Only Cologne Bonn grew more  over this period. Malaga airport in Spain and  Palma de Mallorca followed.
In the present, security concerns means that part of the leisure demand to external markets  will continue to shift towards the EU destinations and in sum their airports.
More specifically  the North African destinations  have suffered from the continuing instability. As a result  the holiday takers  choose Spain and the Costa Blanca.
The airport has recently been improved by a new terminal that replaced the old one.

Location

The airport of Alicante is 10 km southwest of Alicante city.
The airport is the gate way to Costa Blanca, Costa Azahar and Costa Almeria.
There are a great number of international passenger flights from all over Europe.
Most of the flights are tourism and come from West and North Europe.
But the airport is also attractive for national flights. The flights to Madrid, to Barcelona and to Palma the Mallorca are popular destinations.
Alicante airport handled a passengers flight . But also a handling of 60 000 flights and 2500 tonnes of cargo a year.

Alicante airport has three terminals. The new terminal is in a L shape.
The airport offers several floors. Below there  are bars, shops and restaurants. Also pharmacy, post office, car park and tourist information.
Beside this there are also duty-free shops which offer an large selection of items. Like there are : music and electronics, library , fashion. But also wines, watches or perfumes.

Airlines Flying into Alicante.

In the present Ryanair flies into Alicante from over 26 routes. Operating 166 flights a week.

Flying from Belgium to Alicante.
There are different options to fly into Alicante from Belgium.
First of all over 5 Cities have direct flying routes into Alicante.
These cities are Ostend, Brussels, Charleroi , Luik and Antwerp.

Flying from Ostend (Oostende) to Spain El Altet.
Jetairfly offers flights  3 days a week. Jetair even increase the capacity in the summer.

Flying From Brussel to Alicante Elche AIrport.
Four flying companies are flying directly to the Airport.  This companies are Vueling, Ryanair , Jetairfly and Brussels Airline. Vueling is the low coast company of Iberia.
Brussels Airlines flies  2 days a week to the Airport of Alicante. They uses an Airbus 319.
Brussels Airlines is probably the  best quality airlines.

Getting to and from Alicante Airport.

In spite of that the Alicante airport is so import .The only way to get to the airport is by road. We hope that in the next year they will be a train. But till now, there is no train.
At this moment the road to the airport is the N 338. This road connects the airport with the different motorways. The N 332 is the old highway from Cartagena to Valencia.
The N 340 leads to Murcia.
The largest motorway nearby the airport is the A 7 is the “Autopista del Mediterraneo”  or the Mediterranean motorway.

Now you can get to Alicante city with a taxi. So a taxi takes you to center in about a 15 minutes and cost about 20 €.
Next, from the airport of Alicante,  buses are leaving in several directions. Benidorm, Alicante ans indeeed also , Torrevieja schedule.
In brief , the mayor international companies of car rental have offices in the airport. Like Avis, Europcar, Hertz and others.
In fact you can hire at the airport but you can also  pre-book a car online.
But in the first place compare the different prices.

Check out our page on Car Rental

Airport Supermarket.

Presently a new supermarket is open in Alicante-Elche airport. So you can buy some quick groceries when you have an early or late night flight.  Nowt the supermarket is open since  August 2015. It is in front of  the car rental services. It is accessible by travelers and non travelers.
The size of the supermarket is around 80 square meters. In fact  the supermarket offer a little range of products. From food and drinks, to mobile phone and some basic medication.

Kiss and FLY Parking.

Recently a new car parking recently opened in 2016 . Because it  makes it able to drop off the passengers without the risk of a fee. At the front you can park for free at the new parking for 15 minutes. Now in the new parking there are 80 parking spots.  Even though after the 15 minutes the fee is immediately 1.90 euros.

Airport Parking.

The airport offers several parking options.  Indeed you have the choice between  ” First class “car parking, “long-stay” parking or” general “parking.
In fact  for long-term parking, garages in the area offer a cheaper option. Usually these garages offer a free shuttle service to the airport.
To conclude choose the parking or in Spanish “aparcamiento “,  which suits you best and save time and/or money.

Longterm parking
There is a option to park your car for two years for 400 € at the ParkandGo.
There are more than over 1000 outdoor spaces and more than hunderd covered parking places.
Minibuses do the shutle service  between the parking and the airport.  Seven days a week , 24 hours a day. For customers there is also a free carwasch , a waiting room with drink and eat facilities.
The booking can be done by smartphone.

Hotels.

In spite of all this possible guests, there are no hotels at the airport or nearby.
In fact the closest solutions is “Holiday Inn” in  Alicante .

Shopping and restaurants, bars.

Finally “Costa Blanca Plaza” is the shopping and restaurant area of the airport. In the second floor there are many  bars side by side . Furthermore also nice  shops, restaurants, press and indeed also a pharmacy.
But also the nice gift shops offer a large selection of items: music and electronics, Spanish fashion, wines, watches, perfumes.The last point to buy some Spanish souvenirs.

Luggage. 

In brief you can not store baggage at the airport due security reasons.

Information.

First, on the check-in floor and in the arrivals Hall in the center there is an information desk about the airport .
On the ground floor close to the arrival gate a Tourist Information is available.

Wheelchair.

Naturally there is special parking spaces are near the entrance. So disable passengers can be easily dropped off nearby the entrance of the terminal.
While wheelchairs are available nearby the entrance. Additionally, the  airport has large wheelchairs ramps and adapted elevators and toilets.

Pharmacy.

Low down, in the ground floor of the terminal is located a pharmacy. And the next important , its is open from 7 to 23.
Nearby is a 24 hours first’s aid post.

Address.

03195 EL Altet , Alicante , Alicante, Spain

Telephone. 
902 404 704

News about Alicante Airport.

In 2016 Alicante airport hit the 12 million passenger mark. Thanks to this the airport now becomes Spain 5th busiest airport.
in the first place, Madrid , in the second place Barcelona El Prat, then Gran Canaria, followed by Malaga.
Of course British tourist are leading. Followed by the Spanish tourists, on 3 the place the Dutch people, then the German tourist , the Belgians and the Norwegians.
All over across Spain the rise in tourist sector is noticeable. In fact with a figure for 2016 of 215 million.

Also in december 2016 the regional president  announced a deal between Air Nostrum and the Valencia airport.
In other words, this will allow the tourist destinations and the evens in the Valencia region to be promoted by the airline. In fact, one of the events is the Fiesta of the Fallas.

 

Train  airport Alicante .

There is a lack of a rail access to El Altet.
It is very strange that an airport with more than  12 million  travelers have not a train or tram to reach the airport.

Till now, you have first need to Alicante city. From there you can go to different places.
There is a bus line , the C 6 bus service. This bus service runs between the airport terminal and Alicante city center. The bus runs every 20 minutes. Every day of the year.
The bus sops at the RENFE train station , but also at the other locations around Alicante.
The national government for Spain local trains overlooked the Alicante project.
For many travelers is a big disappointment that there is no rail link between the city and the airport.
This is a discussion, who first started in 2010.
The bizarre thing is that the Alicante Murcia line us only one kilometer away. On the million cost would be offset by a potential seven million passengers each tear.

La Zenia, Orihuela Costa

The best known urbanization of the Orihuela Costa  is “La Zenia “.
First, La Zenia is a famous well-situated and loved resort situated on the Costa Blanca, forming part of the coast of Orihuela.

Next, there are several urbanizations at this Costa .
To sum up : Starting most north Punta Prima with the Playa Punta Prima.
Then, Playa Flamenca and the beaches of Cala Estaca and Cala Mosca.
The next is La Zenia with the beaches  Cala Bosque and Cala Cerrada.
Then Cabo Roig with the beaches of Cala Caleta and Cala Capitan.
Further Campoamor  with the beaches of Barranca Ruvio and Playa de La Glea.
And at  last Mil Palmeras with the Playa Mil Palmeras.

Naturally, all the this places are well known for their beaches.

Interesting places nearby La Zenia

To sum up the other interesting places : Playa Flamenca, Los Dolses, Villamartin, Campoamor, Cabo Roig.  In addition La Zenia is a coastal location 10 kilometers from Torrevieja.

La Zenia is famous  for the many sporting activities, cultural events, festivals and of course : shopping.
Especially the recently opened “La Zenia shopping boulevard“. This is a huge American style shopping mall. This Mediterranean  mall has more than 160 000  square meters.
On the ground floor there are shops. The second floor of of the large mall has a choice of restaurants and children activities area.

How to get in La Zenia.

First of all , the location from “La Zenia” is great . It  is located between the airports of Alicante and Murcia.
By air :
North of the region is Alicante El Altet  is 45 minutes drive from La Zenia.
South of it is  Murcia-San Javier airport and only is 20 minutes drive.
Both of these Airports are well-connected with the rest of West and North Europe.
In particular, on the Airport of Alicante many budget airlines like Ryanair or Norwegian or Easyjet fly.

By car :
“La Zenia” itself lays on both sides of the coast road the N 332.
Meanwhile , La Zenia is also well-connected by the Highway of the AP-7 . On the highway  you will need to pay a toll .
The AP-7 Connects the north of the Costa Blanca with the South.
From Murcia San Javier Airport to La Zenia you don’t need to pay any toll if you exit at the motorway at Cabo Roig , Campoamor.
The cost of the motor way when you drive from Alicante Airport is around 4-6 euros depending on the season.

Climate.

In fact the weather is mostly fantastic. after all ” La Zenia” as part of the Costa Blanca.
This Coast offers you at least 300 days of sunshine a year, a low humidity and mild winters.
Naturally the summer can be very hot up to 35 degrees and higher.
Instead , the spring and the autumn are warm and dry.
While , the winters are still very good.   For example : you can celebrate Christmas on the beach. As a result : Christmas at the beach  becomes even a yearly tradition for locals and expats..

In the past, in 1986 the WHO recommended the climate of the area as one of the most equable in the world. Not to hot in the summer, not to cold in the winter.

The beaches of La Zenia.

The beaches of La Zenia offers great facilities for families with children, but also for the water sports lovers.
The main beach is La Zenia beach near La Zenia hotel, at the end of the Avenida de la Playa.
The mostly sandy beaches have a Blue Flag. A blue flag  is the a proof  that the  water is very good and that the beaches are excellent.
It is an European standard for water quality and safety. But also for environment education and information.

Trips.

During your stay in “La Zenia” you can make a trip along the coastal road the N 332 to Cartagena, the nearby city of Torrevieja, Murcia, to Orihuela town, or Alicante.

Shopping.

While, in  ” La Zenia” there is good range of bars, restaurants, pharmacy, bank, supermarkets ( Consum, Lidl, Mercadona) and souvenir shops.

By walking distance is the” Orihuela Resort Complex” with includes an Olympic sized swimming pool, a gym, a tennis court, a squash, a bowling and a bar and restaurant.

 

Orihuela Costa La Zenia Resort

Orihuela Costa La Zenia Resort

Golf Courses.

Nearby La Zenia there are three golf courses at the Orihuela Costa : Villa Martin golf club , Campamor golf, and Las Ramblas golf club.

Orihuela Costa Golf

Orihuela Costa Golf

There is just a drive away from the beaches .

Nice walks or cycling paths.

First,  “La Zenia” countryside is in the middle of orange and lemon trees. So it is worth to leave the beach for a afternoon between orange trees.

A nice walk by the sea, is the cliff walk to  “Cabo Roig” with amazing views on the rocks and the sea. The walk has breathtaking scenery as you walk along the coast under the overhanging cliffs. And the looking out beyond the ever blue Mediterranean Sea to the boats and the ships in the distance.
It takes an hour walking from the Zenia hotel to the Cabo Roig harbor and beach. At the beach of Cabo Roig you can take a little tapa and refreshment in the beach bars or in the marina itself.

Cabo Roig

Cabo Roig

Similarly, you can also walk on the other side and take the direction of “Playa Flamenca”. There are two beaches on this walking trip with bars. In fact, in “Playa Flamenca” there are even more restaurants.

If you’re in a good condition, then make the beautiful walk further to “Punta Prima”.
A nice sandy walk road, with a beach for naturalist. At Punta Prima you find nice beach bars and nice restaurants.

Restaurants in “La Zenia”.

The best is that “La Zenia” is popular for holiday and residents from all over West Europe.
In the past,  it got a real boost with the opening of the La Zenia Shopping Boulevard.
As a result, that the choice of international restaurant is wide. Indeed they offers cuisines from around the world.

La Zenia

La Zenia

The local cuisine combines land and Sea, the Surf and Turf.
The food is healthy, rich in fish from the Mediterranean Sea, local vegetables, rice from Alicante, olive oil….
The seafood is a real must for the lovers of gastronomy.

There are many local restaurants who serve only dishes with rice, the “arrocerias”.
This delicious dishes are black rice ” Arroz Negro”, oven baked rice “Arroz al horno”, fish and rice “Arroz a banda” and also “Paella”.
Also don’t forget to check out our page dedicated to the Orihuela Costa restaurants.

Entertainment and night life La Zenia .

Side by side, is  the city of ‘ Torrevieja” with more options of entertainment and nightlife.
Nearby is the strip of Cabo Roig full of bars and musical entertainment.

Market.

There are no markets held in “La Zenia” but there are several nearby.
At the end of the week, on Saturday  is the “La Flamenca” market.This market is on walking distance from “La Zenia boulevard”.

Market

Market

This is a large outdoor market with a street market  with traders of fruit, vegetables, tablecloths, leather goods, shoes, plants, pastries and other items that tourist like to buy.
Another nice little market is on Thursday in “Cabo Roig”.
In addition , in Torrevieja there is a large street market on Friday.

Alongside this beach  of Cabo Roig, there is a pleasant market on Thursday.
In front of the sea with local fruits, vegetables, food, mobile bars with “ Chocolate  y Churros “, local products and souvenirs. But most important with a amazing view on the” Mar Menor”.

Tips for trips

If you go in the direction of Alicante coming from La Zenia you will visit the city of Torrevieja. This place  is very popular among West European tourists, as a result that it’s also more busy.
If you prefer a more calm or prefer more Spanish tourists you can go in the direction of the “Mar Menor” and visit the cities of “Pilar de la Horadada“.

 

 

Orihuela Costa

Orihuela Costa

 

Orihuela Costa La Zenia Beach La Zenia Hotel

Orihuela Costa La Zenia Beach La Zenia Hotel

La Zenia Beach.

First, Playa La Zenia is one of the most popular beaches along the Orihuela Costa. In fact, it is a wide and calm beach with lots of family’s in the summer season.
Equally important , the beaches are cleaned every morning.
While ,  lifeguards are present during the all summer holidays.
Next to the beach after the “La Zenia” hotel they’re is a little beach. Most of the time, you can see surfers on this part of the  sea.
The beach itself is sandy so no need to worry about taking some sandals for little stone.
Instead  beware of the very hot  , nearly toasty sand  in the summer . In brief, bring some flip flops and good protection sunscreen with you.

Nearby  the beach ,there is a restaurant  with a pnaramic vieuw on the beach and the blue sea. It is a popular place with a large terrace. . At the beach there are  several beach bars .

To the left of the Zenia beach, there are the beaches of the  “Playa Flamenca”.
Good to know is that the local post office “ Correos “ and the town Hal “ Ayumtamiento “ for the Orihuela Costa is situated  at this urbanization “Playa Flamanca.

Tip for the early risers:

Go and enjoy watching the sun rise over the Mediterranean  sea.  The view is just breathtaking and after you can have an Tostada with a fresh orange juice and perhaps some nice Thea or Coffee in the nearby bars or restaurants in Playa Flamenca.

Sunrise at the beach

Sunrise at the beach

 

 La Zenia Hotel.

If you need a hotel, you can try “Zenia Hotel “

The  4 star hotel is focused on families with children and is an nice enjoyable hotel although it looks big.
After the summer season, the hotel is not that busy so is an ideal place to relax.
The facilities in hotel include an outdoor and indoor swimming pool. As well an small gym and sauna. And some wellness facilities.

In the morning, the Hotel offers a buffet in the restaurant. This buffet has some nice international choices but also some Spanish dishes.
Additionally, during the winter holidays; they offer a Christmas and New Year menu which includes Wines.
The menus during the holiday periods are popular, so make a reservation early enough to avoid disappointment.

The hotel offers free wifi for clients.
The parking is not free but there is plenty of parking spots available in the area of La Zenia.
In the evening there are activities . So if you don’t like the noise just ask for a room at a higher floor, so you are sure of your night rest.

Otherwise in ” La Zenia” there is a great supply of rental accommodations.

Nearby La Zenia

Los Dolses.

Nearby La Zenia, a few minutes away, is Los Dolses. A small commercial center surrounded by resort and houses nearby the Golf.
In this urbanization there is a wide choice of supermarkets, a chemist, bank and a school.
As well a garden center and a computer store and many restaurants.

Playa Flamenca

A nice  and quiet urbanization. It is popular and lying between  Punta Prima and the Zenia.
Playa Flamenca beach is sandy and got a nice beach bar.
Nearby there is a Mercadonna and a  go-cart and a tennis.

Punta Prima

This beaches are awarded with the Blue Flag. This means that they are clean.

The beach has a new very nice promenade, towards La Zenia.
The street up to the rounadout and the  N 332 is full of shops  and bars and restaurants.
There is also a shopping center ” Punta prima Marina ” with several restaurants,  a JYSK , a Mac Donald and supermarket.
It is situated 5 kilometers to the south-west of Torrevieja.

Villamartin

One of La Zenia sub urbanization  famous for its wold class golf course  . Villamartin is popular with tourist and residents all year round.
With a large population of full-time residents of many nationalities.
So it means that the restaurants and the shops are busy ,no matter the season.
Besides, in Villamartin there is a beautiful designed commercial complex with mosaic, palm tress and a population of parrots.
So, it is known by the local as the Villamartin Plaza.

Villamartin

Villamartin

In the past, this Plaza was one of the first purpose-built leisure areas in the Orihuela Costa.
Now, it is next to the “Villamartin Golf Course” and the mansions makes it the place to go.

 

 

Fun in the sea

Do you love  parasailing or jetski or a bananaboat or even a boattrip, than you are welcome at the activities of ” Mar Time”.
They have beach offices at different places at the Orihuela Costa
In La Zeniabeach , you find them i Cala Del Bosque. In Campamor there are the beach of La Glea. Furthermore in Pilar de la Horradada , you find them at the beach of Mil Palmeras.

To conclude

As you can see, “La Zenia” offers everything for a splendid holiday in the sun.
And it becomes more and more popular. Also for second houses in the sun.

Orihuela Costa Restaurants

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Orihuela Costa restaurants.

The Orihuela Costa  known under the many sub areas . This sub areas are La Zenia, La Fuente, Campoamor and Playa Flamenca.  The Orihuela Costa  offers a wide range of restaurants.
First of all Spanish local restaurants.But also traditional British food including an English breakfast and Fish and chips till experimental and fine dining.
Indeed you can find any kind of restaurant in Orihuela Costa restaurants.
On this page we will feature our choice of Orihuela Costa restaurants and a list of other restaurants in or around Orihuela Costa .
The Orihuela Costa restaurants guide, also contains the areas of Playa Flamenca and La Zenia , La Fuente and Campoamor.

“Che Restaurante Argentino”    Zenia Boulevard.

Is a new Argentinian restaurant at La Zenia Boulevard offering an all you can eat formula for 12.95 euros and  rising to 16.95 at weekends .
Although drinks are not included but free refill on fizzy drinks for 2.95.
The staff is really friendly and the quality of the food is good .
You just order your vegetables and fries, rice or bread or even all of it.
Then the waiters will come to the table with different kinds of meat where you can choose from.
Even though having a buffet brought to your table is always special , and the meat was amazing.
Giant skewers of chicken, pork, beef were brought round by a very friendly and attentive staff.
Definitely this Che Argentinean steak house is a must for any meat lover and was great value for money.

Tip: don’t eat too quickly or too much from one dish.
Wait a little, because there is a lot of delicious meat that comes around.

 

“The Papaya Tree”           Playa Flamenca.

Papaya Tree Orihuela Costa restaurants

Papaya Tree Orihuela Costa restaurants

First the restaurant is in a cozy and original decoration with nice and calm music playing.
Definitely the best Thai restaurant in the Orihuela Costa and the surroundings, I can’t just say anything bad about them.
The Thai cuisine is really good, combining a show of flavors and colors.
Starters are traditional and modern dishes combined prepared with the finest ingredients.
We did like the green curry (beware of the red chili pepper its hot).

The food is indeed lovely, offering a wide range of choice including “Season menu’s” or just one dish. The staff is super friendly and the price is good.The service is fantastic.
We were unable to get a table inside so had to sit outside on the terrace. In the main time the waitresses were so attentive and asked several times  if everything was alright, if it was not too cold. They also explained items on the menu for us.
As the food arrived, it was absolutely delicious Thai food. It was really a large-sized portion and we made sure we ate everything.
The Thai food is freshly cooked and very tasty.
Indeed we enjoyed this restaurant with very good food at reasonable prices.
Although the price is more expensive than the  several  “Wok’s ” , the food is incomparable much better.
In brief we will definitely return for a next visited.

Tip.
It is always full of peopleso I recommend you to make a reservation.

Address:
Centro Commercial Flamenca Beach, 24-26. Orihuela Costa. Alicante Spain.
Tel: 965 325 105.

“The Cellar Door”     Playa Flamenca
(Our Favorite Orihuela Costa restaurants)

The Cellar Door La Zenia Playa Flamenca Alicante Restaurant Costa Blanca Goats cheese, caramelised beetroot, marinated orange and radish salad

The Cellar Door La Zenia Playa Flamenca Alicante Restaurant Costa Blanca Goats cheese, caramelised beetroot, marinated orange and radish salad

At first the cellar door is one of  best of the Orihuela Costa restaurants.
It is owned by the same owners of the Papaya tree.
Next  it ranks in the Top 10 on TripAdvisor for the Costa Blanca.
The restaurant offers a  modern European style cuisine.
With influences from the  English, the French cuisine and fine the Asian cuisine.

Atmosphere.
The restaurant is redecorated. In the past is was decorated  by using a mix of different kinds of chairs and offering full wood tables with a warm color.
In the present is more stylish.
There is a lovely atmosphere thanks the nice jazzy music that is playing.
Still the Service is great, they often check on you to make sure everything is all right.
The guest wife and her team make everyone feel welcome. They are very friendly on a natural way. When the guest wife is not in the Cellar Door, the atmosphere is different.

Price Range.
Now,  the Cellar Door offers 2 Menus.
An 8 courses menu for 40 €  and a 5 courses menu for 30 €.
The choice is still yours.
There is still an excellent house wine at 10 euro the bottle.
We took the 5 courses menu : Bread of the day, Amuse bouche, Tempura brie, Corvina fish, Mandarine and coconut granita and at last sesame ice cream.
The chef of the Cellar Door has eye for every ultimate detail. This reflects in the superb quality of the menu.
In brief, if you are the guest of this restaurant, it is a gastronomic experience that you will not forget soon.
The restaurant is very popular with North and West European tourist therefore it is better to make a reservation.
Telephone number to reserve in advance +34 688 41 83 67

“The Stray Sod”         Campoamor.

The Stray sod is an Irish bar /restaurant,  so keep in mind that you are eating in a pub.
As a result it has a great atmosphere with football matches being broadcast-ed on big TV’s .

In the past , we have eaten they’re several times now and still we have to say their menus are good value.
First one of the biggest advantages is that they work with fresh and seasonal products. Indeed this improves the quality of the food.
Besides “The Stray Sod” also offers some home-made pies.
My favorite dishes are for starters “Beer Battered onion rings” or “soup of the day” and as a main course a “Sirloin or Rib eye steak”.

Tip.
Don’t order the biggest steak unless you are starving. Indeed a normal steak will be sufficient most of the times.
Equally important for the ambiance. Every night after 10 o clock there are some local bands that insure the ambiance.
From Irish pub music to jazz music every night there is another artist playing some music.

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“Asia Chic”       La Zenia.

Food is decent offering and wide range of Chinese food and Asiatic food for a decent Price.
The ” Asia Chic ” offers a good price /quality.
Offering  menus from 10 euro including a drink.
This restaurant offers great quality for an excellent Price.
Definitely worth checking out.

“Old Asia”       La Zenia.

The Food server at Old Asia is delicious.
Their Sushi is excellent and fresh, it’s probably the best I ever had for the moment.

Price.
Even though “Old Asia”  its a bit more expensive than the normal Asiatic restaurants. But the quality is excellent.

Orihuela Costa restaurants some other Good Restaurants.

“The Nautilus”        Torrevieja

Orihuela Costa restaurants Nautilus restaurant Torrevieja

Orihuela Costa restaurants

First of all this restaurant has one of the best locations in the area, right next to the Mediterranean sea with fabulous views.
In the past we have eaten there several times, out of the summer season, and always had a good meal.
The staff was friendly from both Spanish and English waiters/waitresses.
Indeed we like the superb view on the sea from the restaurant.
The “Nautilus” offers a range of and international cuisine.
The fish dishes in particular are really excellent.
The prices are a little more expensive than some other restaurants . Are we paying for the view ?
Because the restaurant is located nearby the sea, the view is lovely especially upstairs.
Even or just for a drink or a cocktail ” The nautillus ” it’s worth a visit.

Special Mentioning restaurant, bar and club nearby the beach of Campoamor

“Las Colinas”      Beach Club  Campoamor.

Las Colinas Beach Club swimming pool

Las Colinas Beach Club swimming pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beach club is open between March and October. There is a lost at the door.

Enso Sushi Restaurant.
There is both a Sushi restaurant in the main club as well as in the beach club although the one in beach club is only open in summer.

The Sushi Restaurant in the Golf Resort is open from:
Tuesday till Thursday from 13.00 to 17.00
Friday and Saturday from 13.00 till 17.00 and 19.30 to 23.00.
On Sundays we are open from 13.00 till 17.00 and its closed on Monday
It’s advisable to book a table their  phone number is  96 532 41 14.

“Poco Loco”        Cabo Roig

Activities and atmosphere

The “Poco Loco ” is a Tex Mex Restaurant, and at first this is the best choice to with big family and kids.
Even though this Mexican restaurant across the Cabo Roig strip is an awesome place to go with Kids.
Almost each night they have children activities planned.
So this makes it an unforgettable night for the kids.Meanwhile parents can enjoy their meal.
After this there is sometimes live music or other activities.

The Menu and food.
The Poco Loco offers a Menu for 12,99 and it includes starters, Main and a dessert.
While the food is mixed American and Mexican.
In addition,they offer huge Cocktails. so make sure you either have a sober driver. Or you can naturally can call a cheap Taxi to go home. After all it is holiday, and time to relax and enjoy.
At the” Poco Loco”food quality is good and is great value for the money.
At the top of the building, there is a nice terrace.
If you want huge portions check out the “à la carte” Menu.
Naturally you can share a starter with 3 persons and still have plenty of food.
After that there is a range of Mexican or American dishes.

Conclusion
First : good valued  and decorated restaurant.
Is perfect to go with kids and family.  Staff is super friendly and the place is nicely decorated. in the Mexican style.
But if you want to enjoy a calm restaurant, you might want to skip this place and head over to the” Cellar Door”.

Orihuela Costa restaurants worth Mentioning.

If you are looking to eat Indian food we could recommend “the Mumbai Blue” .
They have a wide range of curries and prizes are ok.

“Chapter One” offers a nice English menu with some fine dining options. But prices are a bit more on the expensive side in comparison to the other restaurants.

Truffel.

Because we loved the food in the Cellar Door, we went to the “Truffel” this fall.
The chef of the Cellar Door started this little restaurant in La Fuente.

It was a gastronomic experience thanks to chef Pascual and his team.
We chose different dishes and they were all delicious.
It is very difficult to chose between the lamb, the hake, the superb beef cheeks….
And the desserts ! I melt for the tasty picture on a plate.
A real high standard for the menu.
We took the menu of 18 € ! Amazing value for this price.
Everything was well presented.

 

Chef/owner Pascual loves his job and  got respect for the food itself. It reflects in everything.

Restaurante “Los Cucalos”. Los Dolses

Adress: Monte Zenia, Urbanización Los Dolses, Orihuela Costa.
This is a very large, local restaurant. It is very popular by the Spanish local people.
This is the place where the local families go to eat. The staff is very friendly ans speak English.
First of all the place  is very good value for money. But it is not cheap food or ordinary is it is Spanish food. The chef has won several local competitions with his food.
The restaurant is a family restaurant, with a real Mediterranean food.

At the “Los Cucalos.” there is already a daily menu from 10 €.
At Sunday there is a special menu for 12 € ! But you can also chose  ” a la carte” .
We eat the paella , it was excellent.
Since the start the restaurant is also known for it great seafood.
If you want a favorite dish who is one the large menu, ask the staff and they will do all the possible to help you.
The restaurant is closed on Monday, because that is the fisherman day off.
The one negative point is that the location is a bit difficult to find.
To conclude , the  restaurant is large , 250 places,  with large windows.
It is ideal for family with children.So If the children are coming with you there is a separate play ground for kids .

Free wifi.
Free easy parking.

Rianxeira Restaurant        Cabo Roig.

Rainxeira Restaurants is a nice Spanish restaurant.
Excellent food and paella. Fantastic value  quality price . Nearly every night there is a good entertainment. It is sure a  place to enjoy with friends.
A lovely welcome and service by the staff.

Last time, we ordered  the 3 course set menu which included a half bottle of house wine per person. It was also the Flamenco evening, with a Spanish singer and Flamenco dancer.
For the three of us we paid a bill of only 45 € so we paid 15 € each.The menu include a salad , pan con aioli , a starter , a main-course, and a house made dessert. But also the half bottle of wine per person , so for us three one bottle and a half. And finally a coffee.

That ” flamenco “night,  at first we choose the home-made paella, second the main course was hake with e delicious sauce and potatoes  and  at last the dessert was a perfect  homemade apple cake ( tarte tatin ) with ice scream.
When you want to see the  ” animation” it is better to book your table. The restaurant has a steady flow of regular customers.
Their is always something to do at the evening: a Flamenco evening , a opera singer , a musical singer … Check the planning  at the planner in front of the restaurant.

“The French Touch”          La fuente Campoamor.

The restaurants at La Fuente are on a good location. The french touch is one of this restaurants.
It has the sun into the evening.  So there is a lovely setting for just a drink or for eating on the terrace.
The bar / restaurant has a great choice of food on the menu.
The staff is friendly and nothing is too much trouble. The patron wants to please his guests.
We enjoyed the daily fresh fish, it was well prepared and very tasty.
Our friends did try the fondue , they said it was very good.
The quality is good .
The restaurant have a “menu del dia” as well as ” a la carte “.
Give it a try to make up your own mind.

“Numbar 5” at the strip          Cabo roig.

The Cabo Roig  strip near the N 332 is a large boulevard of restaurants , bar and shops.
At this strip one of the good Orihuela Costa restaurants is the  ” Numbar 5 “.
At the menu there is plenty of choice. The portion size  are good. Not too much, so you are not stuffed at the first plate.
The” Numbar 5″ got a daily menu at 9.95 €.  A starter a main course and a dessert.
Last time we visited the restaurant is  the main was  f.e. a superb 6oz steak.
The food is delicious and made with love and respect for the food itself. That some times the different with other restaurant on the strip.
The dessert is  very tasty for example the chocolate mousse.
The service is quick but not hasty. The staff is efficient and attentive.
The “Numbar 5” is well worth a visit, so give it a try.

Indigo

The Indigo is one of the  Orihuela Costa restaurants situated in La Zenia.
The restaurant Indigo serves Indian food.
The owner  end his wife is extremely welcoming.
The food is coocked by an Indian cook. You can see him work in the open kitchen.
It takes a little while, because everything is home-made.
We love the chutneys , the samosa’s with mint sauce and of course the curry’s.
The indigo offer also a take away service.
The flavours are excellent.
And the house wine is highly recommended .
So it is worth you visit if you like Indian food.
Adress: Calle Antonio Machado 7, La Zenia

 

Torrevieja

First, Torrevieja is one of the biggest tourist city’s of the Costa Blanca.
It is located in the province of Alicante. From the city of Alicante it is a 50 kilometers drive.
With a population in the region of 107 000 Torrevieja is for most of tourists, one of the place where the love with Spain began.

Because, Torrevieja is not only the town but greater Torrevieja include also La Mata.

 

Torrevieja Beach

Torrevieja Beach

 

History

In the past, the city was a small salt mining and fishing city.
This side industry of salt, was harvesting from the salt lakes nearby.
The salt manufacture was an important industry. This industry was the employer of many  citizens.
The salt was produced in the two salt lagoons, nearby Torrevieja. Nearby, there are two salt lakes where you can often see  flamingos.

The city stays famous for it salt.
Now, it has grown to a full size city with its own shopping center and cinemas. The city is a major tourist spot among the Costa Blanca.

Climate

Indeed, the climate is a typical Mediterranean climate. Its has a wonderful climate with more than 300 days of sun.
This climate got in the summer temperature of average 25 degrees and in the winter average 12 degrees.

During the summer many people go and visit the Water parks in Torrevieja 

The half of the 100 000 habitats are if foreigner nationalities.In brief, most of them are Scandinavians, Belgium, English or Russian. As a result, the center of the city is a cosmopolitan meeting point.
The town has developed into a multi cultural city. A city with many nationalities calling it their “place under the sun”.

What to do ?

While, the city is surrounded by golf courses it is very popular by British people.
Close to Torrevieja  are also the golf courses of Orihuela Costa.

The sea front includes a nice Marina and next to it a very nice long promenade.
This promenade is  popular with locals and  tourist.
Each evening , nearby the Torrievieja beach promenade and the Casino there are market stalls.
You gave a great  choice  at the market from the local craftsmanship.
Anything what the craftsman think than can interest a tourist.

Torrevieja streetmarket

Torrevieja streetmarket

For instance : leather handbags,silk  foulard’s, nice jewelry, watches, sunglasses, handmade craft , handmade arts.

The sea promenade is called the Paseo.  This walk in front of the seashore is approximately 1,50 km long.
Sure it is beautiful at night.
One of this excursions from the  Marina is to the island of Tabarca.
This beautiful  snorkeling paradise is only  a half hour from the coast.
There are every day leaving from the harbor.

Another nice thing to do is a museum.But not an ordinary museum but a  floating museum. The floating Museum is the “Albatros III . 
In the past , this  Submarine  was guarding the waters outside Torrevieja.
It is an unusual museum. The entrance is 2 €. So it is nice to take the children to this historical Memorabilia.

Thus, it’s a very vivid town. Many tourists have decide to become a resident and so are staying the whole year. On the other side you have tourists who only come in the holiday’s or rent their holiday homes.

As a result, Torrevieja is quite a busy town with a lot of traffic in the summer season.
There are thousand bars and restaurants to choose from.

The town infrastructure is all that you want hostels , hotels, apartments…
There is also an Olympic sized swimming pool.

Torrevieja Beaches.

First, the main beach of Torrevieja (Playa del cura) is a small beach.
But the beach is accessible for wheel chairs. See below.
In summer season, the beach is very busy.
But ,Torrevieja has a 20 km long coastline. North of  the city, you can find the longest beach with many beautiful dunes. The water is crystal clear and the beaches are often visited by the many families with children.
In the south of Torrevieja, we find lovely beaches and “Calas”. Indeed, much  rougher but the blue water invites you to swim and to snorkel.
The beaches  have a Blue Flag the award for cleanliness.

Blue Flag beaches

Blue Flag beaches

The promenade along the seafront in the city is popular by locals and the many tourists.
The paseo gives you marvelous views on the Mediterranean Sea , the large fishing fleet and of course the  harbor .

Due perhaps to the many  lovely bars, restaurants and little shops .
Furthermore, the sea boulevard is surrounded by palm trees.
A direct holiday feeling .

If  you are a beach-lover, you have to go to the north of city .
There you can discover the quieter splendid beach of La Mata. The sandy beaches are beautiful. But behind them, there is also a very nice nature reserve. In the reserve are different species of birds and waders.
The beaches have all beautiful names: Los Locos, Los Naufragos, La Mata , Playa Acequion, Playa del Cura.
Of course all beaches have his own character.
There is also a wide choice of sports available such as golf, football, tennis,  yoga, gyms…

Water sport

The town has been also promoting water sport  activities.
The trees marinas offer a large choice of nautical experiences.
To sum up : sailing, canoeing,cable ski, jet ski , Banana’s, pedalo’s ,  parasailing and fly boarding.
But also boat excursions.

In fact, the town has  an ideal climate  for the water sport. So they can be practiced all year round.

beaches

beaches

Torrevieja  mobility friendly beaches.

The first mobility friendly walkway was installed at the end of 2016.
This will facilitate the access to the sea for wheelchairs users.
In the future additional facilitates will be installed. Such as a special adapted shower and also platforms. This platforms with areas of shade so users can escape from the heath of the sun.

Torrevieja friendly beaches

Torrevieja friendly beaches

 

The beach with the  mobility friendly  walkways is the “Playa del Cura”.
This structure is not permanent and as stipulated in the Coast law of the Costa Blanca, can be dismantled. This can be the case with sever storms, like the one at the end of december 2016.
This initiative is making the beaches in Torrevieja accessible for every one. Also older people with reduced mobility.
A good initiative.

All those facility are already installed in Mil Palmeras a nearby town.

Camping’s.

As a result from the many tourists, there are some Camping’s near and around Torrevieja.
Some are perfect for motor homes. If you are coming to the Costa Blanca see also our page : motorhome at the Costa Blanca.

“Camping Florantiles” is about 268 pitches big. The camping has its own swimming pool and super market. Each place is around 90 m2 and has electricity.
The Address of the camping is  CV-95, 95, 03186 Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain.

Camping La Campana ,  Ctra Torrevieja  N 332 Alicante Cartagena a 4;5 km

Camping Mare Nostrum Ctra Guardamar Guardamar del Segura
n 332 Alicante – Torrevieja

Camping Marjal Crta Guardamar N 332 Alicante Guardamar .

Torrevieja La Mata nature park.

La Mata is a nature park in Torrevieja in one of the two salt lagoons. click here to read more about la Mata.
Now, these lagoons attract a wild variety of birds. Such as flamingo’s and  herons.

Mar Menor

Torrevieja

But also a nice quieter suburb of the city.
You can find the museum of Sea and Salt  on the sea front.
This museum shows the history of Torrevieja and his salt industry throughout the ages.

Fiesta

Torrevieja celebrates many festivals and holy days.
Most of them are with very beautiful parades and events .

Torrevieja auditorium

On the programme a large  selection of  music, ballet, theater and opera.
For instance, the “Nutcracker of Tchaikosky”  with the classical Ballet of St.Petersburg.

 Torrevieja

Torrevieja

 

 

 

 

 

Torrevieja Auditorium

Torrevieja Auditorium

But also  a balletshow ” El Amor Brujo by Victor Ullate.
It is a part of the Spanish culture, so enjoy it.

 

In the present, march 2018 the virgin del Carmen culture center from Torrevieja will act as a box office .
And this, every Wednesday from 11:00 till 14:00.

So, it will be easier  to purchase tickets.
But tickets are still available in the auditorium two hours before the spectacle.
For more information about the programme of the auditorium  you can  find more details on their website.

Ruta de las Tapas or Tapas Route

Each year in April  and October the city celebrates the  route of the tapas, small dishes :” Ruta de las Tapas “.
It is good is held twice a year.

Tapa Route

Tapa Route

Of course it was inspired by the business and restaurants associations. But is became a success by residents and tourist.
Sample the best of Torrevieja’s tapas!
During this dates you will able to try in many restaurants and bars a homemade tapas.
Enjoy a walking /eating tour of the city center.
A homemade tapa and drink is for you for 2:00 euro.
Some bars presents a Gourmet Tapa and drink at the price of 2:50 euro.
There are nearly 50 establishments  offering a selection of nearly 200 different tapas.
A free map of the participating bars and restaurants is available.
It is a nice way to discover Torrevieja in a relax atmosphere.
It remains fun and cheap way to sped an evening or afternoon  walking the center.
With the change to discover some of Torrevieja’s hidden bars and restaurants.
There is also a “Tapas Route card”  with official stamps.

 

How to get to Torrevieja ?

First, the nearest airports are Murcia / San Javier  ( 72 km ) and Alicante Airport ( 50 km )
Then, there are several buses from the airport of Alicante to Torrevieja. The bus stop is just outside the terminal. The ticket price is 7 € available by the driver. The buses leave nearly every hour.
Next, there also buses from Murcia Airport to the city. In spite of the bus the line is not direct.
The first change to Torrevieja is in the central station of Murcia. Therefore, it is better to rent a car, a taxi ( 60 €) or a private shuttle to Torrevieja.
Indeed, if you want to see the surrounding regions, it is better to rent a car.
Book in advance on the internet, but inform yourself about all the options and prices.

Shops.

In Spain, most shops are open from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 21.00. Due to the heath in the summer season.
Nevertheless, in the large shopping malls like “Habaneras” and supermarkets like Carrefour are open all day.

Bars Restaurants 

Now, there is a large choice of restaurants and bars. So,calling the 300 restaurants by name is impossible.
Some are specialists in fish and seafood. While others in meat and rice.
As you can see, the restaurants are from over the all world. The tasty cuisine that can be found are Asian, American, Spanish, French or Belgian. but also Italian, British, Scandinavian or Russians. Some of them are excellent.
In the future we will try to put more details of the restaurants  on Yourspain.

Market.

A new Location
Torrevieja most busy Friday street market is going to move to his new location before Easter.
Stall holders have already been visit  the new location. They know exactly where  and how to sit up their stalls.
The new location  is the “Antanio Soria” park.  Close to the sport facilities of the city.
Nearby the public transport with the C line .There will also be a taxi parking at the market site.
There will be enoug parking place  for the shoppers but also for the  stall holders.

There will be improvements. For instance, to the security with the pick pockets.  Indeed , there will be a permanent police present at the market place.£And the police will be helped by volunteers from the civil  protection.
The location  has rooms for 630 stalls  and is 5 000 m2 large.

So this will be the end, for the problems for the residents on the old location with a market on their front door .

Swimmingpool

In the past the municipal swimming pool was closed.
Improvements have been made for important health and environment legistation.
A better heating systeem is also installed.
Now the pool is open the all week.
Openinghours.
Saturday and Sunday open from 8:00 till 14:00.
On Monday it is open from 15:00 till 21:30.
Next, on Tuesday to Friday from 8:15 till 21:30.

 

Torrevieja

Torrevieja

 

 

Hotels

You can find 20 hotels in different classes of prices. Or perhaps find a holiday home to rent.

Autobuses Torrevieja

In addition, autobuses are driven by Costa Azul and are running from the main bus station in the city.
The bus station is situated at the Avenida de Habaneras in Torrevieja.

Autobuses Torrevieja Costa Azul

Autobuses Torrevieja Costa Azul

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bus Schedules from Torrevieja:

To Alicante.
Monday till Saturday   :
7.15 7.35 8.30 9.15 10.55 12.15 12.50 14.05 15.15 15.50 16.05 17.15 18.25 19.45 21.40
Sunday and Holiday.
7.30 8.30 10.15 10.56 12.50 14.05 15.50 16.05 17.15 19.45 21.40.

Check out the Torrevieja to Alicante Airport Bus Schedule .

Direction Murcia.
winter schedule.
Every day  7.00 9.00 15.30 19.00.
Holiday  11.00 19.00.

Direction Orihuela city.
Winter schedule.
Every day :  7.00 9.00 12.00 14.00 15.30 19.00.
Saturday  : 7.00 12.00  15.30 19.00.
Sunday holiday : 11.00 14.00 19.00.

To Cartagena.
Every day  : 8.00 12.15 15.10  17.10 19.10 21.10.

To Elche.
Every day : 7.00 10.30 14.05 18.00.
Caution : on Sunday and holiday there are no bus services  to Elche.

To Hospital Callosa.
From Monday till Sunday  : 9.00 10.30 18.00.

To Quesada Rojales.
From Monday till Saturday  : 13.00.

To Almoradi.
From Monday till Friday : 9.00 10.30 14.05 18.00.

Tips
People often leave a same small change behind but it is not obligated .

Also Interesting

Important or useful telephone number and addresses in Torrevieja (Hospitals, Embassies, Pharmacies)

 

La Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre Orihuela Costa

First of all, La Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre is the new shopping mall at the Orihuela Costa.
Then , it is the biggest shopping center of the province of Alicante.
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Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre.

Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre.

Indeed, La Zenia Boulevard occupies 161.000 square meters and has about 150 shops.
It offers 5000 free parking spots to customers.

Mediterranean Mall.

It looks a lot like an american shopping mall but with a Mediterranean accent.
The Shopping centre has activities almost every weekend.This activities draws many people from Orihuela Costa, Torrevieja , Benidorm  and even further away.

Most of the shops are located on the first floor and on the second it is full of with restaurants  (Also check out our top Restaurants in The Orihuela Costa).
The Shopping centre is wheel chair friendly.There are 3 elevators: two in the central plaza and one near the Alcampo.

Kids paradise

Also for the Kids there are lots of activities which are open the whole year.
On the top , a third of the Second floor is a real kids paradise with all sort of attractions.
Near the “Alcampo”, there are little small funny cars shaped in the form of animals.
Children  can ride sitting on the animal, while the parents are shopping.

La Zenia Boulevard shopping center is the ideal place to go shopping with the all family.
Indeed, there a many shops but also the many possibilities to have something to eat or just to have fuwith the kids .

La Zenia Boulevard Opening Hours / Times:

Spring and Summer and Autumn : Monday through Sunday, From 10:00 till 23:00
Winter: Monday through Sunday, From 10:00 till 22:00

La Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre Detailed Opening Times

Winter time (October till June) Easter / summer
Shops10:00 to 22:0010:00 to 23:00
Alcampo09:00 to 22:0009:00 to 00:00
Restaurants and Bars
Street Level10:00 to 22:0010:00 to 22:00
Kiosks Plaza Mayor10:00 to 22:0010:00 to 01:30
1st FloorFrom 12:00 to 01:0012:00 to 01:30
Playground for the Kids
10:00 to 22:00
Casino Mediterraneo
  Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 to 3:00 pm and Friday, Saturday and eve of public holidays: from 10:00 to 4:00 pm
ParkingFrom 9:00 to 1:30From 09:00 to 02:00

 Map of the Shopping Center

Map Of La Zenia Boulevard

map of the shops in la zenia boulevard

 

Sales Rebajas.

The best is ” La zenia boulevard shopping centre” has sales a couple of times.
When its Halloween some shops offer a sale just between certain hours.
The winter sales in the shopping center starts the 2nd of January. And they  last till the 9th of March. So you can enjoy some great sales at your favorite stores with discount of 50% and even 70%.
Zara and other stores start their sales at the 7th of January

Stores at La Zenia Boulevard:

To sum up : Rituals, Zara, Pull & Bear, Stradivarius,Massimo Dutti,Oysho,Bershka and C & A. But also Primark, Mediamarkt and  NorAuto. Then  Alcampo also known as Auchan(14,000 square meters), Decathlon(5,000 square meters), Leroy Merlin(9,000 square meters), Adidas, Blanco,Geox, Guess,seven Camicie, Swarovski, Zara Home, H&M, Lefties..
Scroll down to see all the shops.

Restaurant and Bars.

Indeed  “La zenia boulevard shopping centre” offers a lot of restaurants on the Second floor.
If you’re looking for something more calm not that far from La Zenia check out our Orihuela Costa La Zenia  restaurant guide.

Muerde La Pasta:  is all you can eat  Italian based pasta  and Pizza restaurant.
For a price of  € 9.95 per person  at noon in the weekdays and € 13.95 in the evenings and weekends. It can be quite busy so it’s not the best place to have a relaxing dinner. It offers a wide range of pastas.

Foster’s Hollywood: is an American Mexican styled restaurant offering delicious Steaks and Hamburgers for a decent price. 

 

Wok Buffet: is an Asian all you can eat restaurant they also offer some Spanish foods.

Che Argentino: offers an excellent grilled meat buffet delivered to your table.

Che Italian: is an Italian restaurant which handles the same concept like the Argentinian restaurant but with Pasta and Pizza.

Tommy Mel : a modern American diner restaurant. Many different milkshakes and an excellent menu. Outdoor terrace with sea view.

Snack bars or Fast Food.


Lizarran : 
Famous for its typical Spanish food and tapas,
Burger King.
Kebab Express.
Subway.
Mr Pizza..
100 Montaditos is a a true Spanish finger food and small sandwiches bar.

Bowling.

The Bowling at La zenia boulevard shopping centre is called Pleno.
Near  the main plaza on the 1st floor.
Here you can enjoy your favorite sport and fun with friends.

La Zenia Boulevard Bowling

La Zenia Boulevard Bowling

They have all kinds of electronic video games and have a full Bowling.
While, the price is only 3 euro per person and game.
In the back, in the bowling there is also a Irish pub with good Guinness and nice snacks .

Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre. Irish Pub

Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre. Irish Pub

Casino.

In the past , the Casino Mediterraneo was located in Torrevieja. Now it is  moved to Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre.
Still, they offer a range of activities beside the normal casino activities.
To sum up the table Games offered at the casino : Mini and normal Baccarat, Poker, American Roulette, BlackJack and Texas Hold’em.
While, in summer  holiday season there are shows in the Casino, comparable with the Benidorm shows.

La Zenia Boulevard Casino Mediterraneo

La Zenia Boulevard Casino Mediterraneo

The Opening Times of The Casino are :

In short :Sunday to Thursday: from 10:00 till 3:00 pm
Then: Friday, Saturday and eve of public holidays: from 10:00 till 4:00 am

Fitness center MOMO.


Is closed since 2017.

 

Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre. Momo sports club GYM pool

Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre. Momo sports club GYM swimming pool

 

How to get there buy ” La Zenia shopping center ” by bus ?

The best , the Orihuela Costa has a good public transport service to La Zenia.
The buses can be used by all the tourist and residents of the different urbanization of the Orihuela Costa .

In fact, the buses are in two lines : the red line and the blue line.
First the red line departs from the Orihuela Town Hall up to the Torrevieja hospital.
Then, the blue line starts at the Town Hall and go to Villamartin and La Zenia to Campoamor.

The bus price is 1,30 euro.
The frequency depends on the winter season or the summer season.
Between 14.00 and 15.30 there are no buses.

Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre Public Transport Bus

Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre. Public Transport Bus

 

 

How to get there by car ?

How to get to La Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre. Ap-7 and taking exit 763

How to get to La Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre. Ap-7 and taking exit 763

From direction Alicante.

Following the AP-7 and take exit 763, you will have to pay a toll . This toll is 2.10 euro or the double depending on the holiday season.

From Cartagena.

You can take the exit 763 and pay a toll or you can use exit 768 and follow the N-332 until you see the giant billboards at La Zenia.

La Zenia Boulevard in comparison to Habaneras.

Habaneras      <=>   Zenia Boulevard

60 shops         <=>  150 shops.

60.000 m2      <=>   180.000 m2.

 

About the stores.

Primark La Zenia

First , Primark is a store who combines quality and price that everyone can afford.
You are able to do some shopping for fashionable Women clothing  wear, the comfortable menswear and the lovely Children clothing .
They also got some nice things in the Primark to use as home accessories.
The good thing about Primark is, that you can buy a lot for a decent price and they give a share of their profit to an ethical trading charter.
The Primark located in La Zenia is one of the biggest Primark stores located in Spain.
One of the big advantages is that the Primark collection changes frequently and is really popular. So if you like a t-shirt don’t hesitate to buy it because next time you visit it may be already sold out.
Also check out the rest of the Primarks situated in the Costa Blanca.

List of all the shops situated in La Zenia Boulevard

Hypermarkets /Super markets

“Alcampo” is the biggest supermarket around la Zenia. It offers a wide range of products from house hold appliances to electronics. The Fish department is refilled multiple times a day and offers a region with fish caught from the local fisherman from Santa Pola. Beside the Spanish products the also offer a wide range of international products and especially focused on the English market.

Fashion and Accessories shops (for both men and women)

Inside  the Zenia boulevard shopping centre,  there are shops as Astoria, Benetton, C&A, Cortefiel, Guess, H&M, Inside, Invazio, Laura Ashley.
But also Massimo Dutti, Miss Pinkie, Polinesia, Primark, Pull And Bear, Springfield, Xlusive By Damaldi, Zara.

Ladies Fashion.

To sum up : Amichi, Bershka, Blanco, Encuentro Moda, Gerry Weber and Iokese.
But also the Kurukai, Lefties, Mango, Punto Romona, Shana, Stradivarius and  Via di Milano.
And also Desigual.

Men’s Fashion.

In fact  there are different shops with a men department worth checking out.
In brief,  Jack & Jones, Bershka, Springfield, Lefties and Blanco.
While 7 Camicle, Colores, Forecast  and Macson are strictly men’s fashion shops.
Now there is also a new shop :  ” Piel de Toro”, a real Spanish branch. In short, worth a visit.

Childrens Baby Shops.

Again we sum up : Zippy, Tutto Piccolo, Mayoral and Baby Center.

Lingerie.

In brief, Calcedonia, Oysha and Women’s Secret.

Shoes.

As you can see , the Spanish love shoes : Geox, Boticellin, Deichmann, Cuplé, Di Marco, Mayka and Marypaz.
But also Nichi Sejio, Pewter, Primichi, Salvador Artesano, Saxo, Tino Gonzalez, Ulanka,

Accessories Shops.

More specifically :Bijou Brigitte, Claire’s, Greenwich, Inspiral, Misako and Paco Martinez.
Further more : Greenwich and Oh Juliette.

Sports.

Presently there is Decathlon, Adidas and Decimax.

Perfumery, Health and Beauty.

You find also in La zenia boulevard shopping centre shops like Druni, Marvimundo and  Supperfumerias.
Furthermore :  Equivalena, Fashion Nails, Fragola, Kiko, Patpelo and Unica.

Opticians.

For example : Multiopticas, Roberto Martin and Soloptical.

Jewellery

There we go gain Gold Rush, Joyeria, Time Road/Festina (watches) , Two Dos and the well-known Swarovski.

Culture Toys and Gifts.

In fact also for children are some shops in La zenia boulevard shopping centre : Don Dino a Toy Store. Bluster Store and Santos Ochoa.

Home /Decoration.

For instance : Bedland, Conforoma, Decoquality, Leroy Merlin and Procomobel.
But also Zara Home, Conforama and Rituals.

Electronic stores shops.

To summarize : Teleabla Movistar, Teleast, The Phone House and OLÉ.
Further also :  Communication, Telstra, Orange and the Media Markt.

Varia /Other.

Outside there is a Car wash, Florist The Flower Shop, Gas Alcampo and Norauto.

Activities at La Zenia boulevard shopping centre .

Around the central plaza , there are mostly every day activities.
Most events start at 18:00 unless it is mentioned otherwise.
In the winter, from the 1st of December till the 12 of the January, there is an ice skating rink.
In front of the “Leroy Merlin”,   on the outside front parking you can find the ice skating rink.

Meanwhile there is also a “Playing Playstation” on the huge screen. In fact, this is  located in the center of the plaza of La zenia boulevard shopping centre.
Now you can play some games on the huge screen in the middle of the plaza.
Most of the times,  it are racing games.

For example:  Entertainment in May .

To summarize :   Mothers day with free gift for all moms, market of artisan with more than 50 artisan stand.
While for those who love music :  Ben Acoustic  a Violist , “Matt Blackwood ” a Guitarist and also the  Campoverde Reef Band. Or else :”Irina “singer.
Instead for the children : Clowns,Play station,Children Face painting, a Caricaturist but also a workshop “Hip Hop”.

.Solidarity event ” Hep at Home ” with
“Zancudo” Show.
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Entertainment In April  in La Zenia.

Again we sum up : Dance Every m dance, Irena International Singer, Mat Blackwood Guitar and Tony Bright ” Mentalist” . But also the  Talent Show .
While only in aprul “Feria de April”:  Fiesta  with Flamenco. In fact activities about  Flamenco for all and a special Show Flamenco.

Furthermore for the children :  Hip Hop, Once a time a circus, The adventures of the cowboy rat, Play Station, games for Children and face painting for children .

Flamenco La Zenia

Flamenco Fiesta in La Zenia

 

Some of the permanent activities in December.

For example : “La Banda Just Brass”  is a brass band who plays from the 1st of December and the 29th of December from 18:00 til 20:00 h.
Besides, there is also an important person in the mall  : Father Christmas.
Indeed the good man has his home at ” La Zenia” from the 1st of the December till the 24 st of December.  He comes to his little red house near the English corner , nearby the entrance of Alcampo.

Further, there is a nice Christmas parade, perfect for children every day in December from 11:30 – 13:30.
Meanwhile in January , the “Three kings” comes from the 26 of December till the 5th of January. In fact “Los Reyes Magos” are very famous is Spain, and more important for the children than Father Christmas.

La Zenia Reyes Magos

La Zenia Reyes Magos

As you can see, there is something for the all family in the La zenia boulevard shopping centre.