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Mundomar and Aqualandia Benidorm Water Parks

First, Benidorm Water Parks are the  Aqualandia park  and Mundomar.

Benidorm is located in the North of the Costa Blanca. The whole Costa Blanca is one of the most important tourist areas of Spain.
Next,the region of Alicante is visited frequently by many tourists,  so Benidorm water parks  are one of the things who could not stay away from city.
In fact, there are two water parks in Benidorm: Mundomar and Aqualandia. Beside this there is also an Amusement Park called Terra Mitica

Mundomar: one of Benidorm water parks. 

First Mundomar, it is one of the Benidorm water parks in the province Alicante .
In fact , Mundomar is also an animal park.
Going to Mundomar is a journey in wonderland for children small en great.
It is an adventure in a fascinating water world, with plenty of beautiful marine and exotic animals.
The birds we saw were wild swans, all kind of  parrots, different species of ducks, pelicans, beautiful pink flamingo’s and many other birds.

In particular, in Mundomar are living dolphins and sea lions who are the main attraction.
But  there is also a show with Parrots.

Side by side , is the twin park of Mundomar is Aqualandia. At the top  of Mundomar, nearby the Dolfinarium you can see Aqualandia.
Aqualandia is one of the  Benidorm water parks.
Enjoy the encounter with the dolphins, be a trainer for a day or swim with sea lions.
Even if there ara many visitors, Mundomar is a cozy park not too large with very nice panorama’s.
Several times a day there are shows of dolphins , sea lions and  parrots shows.

Even when it is hot, it is nice to walk in the hilly park not far from Benidorm.
Disabled people can hire mobility scooters.

Benidorm water parks

Benidorm water parks

Sea lions show.

We started with the sea lions show. The story of a captain of a Pirate ship who needs sailors to go with them on an adventure. The adventure of the hidden treasure only found with a map. The pirate captain have no time to lose and the adventure begins. And of course who are the new crew members ? Indeed the friendly sea lions! It is a great show filled with fun and laughter. And don’t miss the sea lions, there are beautiful animals. And perhaps you might be chosen to join the sailors.
There are two shows per day.
12.15.
18. 30.
Check the hours in the brochure. They can change seasonally.

The Dolphin show.

The dolphins show made the day unique. Shore we like dolphins.
The dolphin show  is a 45 minute water play  with a team of well-trained dolphins and their coaches.  We saw it in the public : everyone was enjoying every moment and move from the elegant creatures.
The dolphins are learned to swim synchronous with their trainers. It was complex and simple in the same time.
When we were enjoying the show, we were amazed by this mammals  and to be honest we felt close to them. The dolphins were so beautiful and charming. If you like at them it like they always smile. And every show two children are selected to go in a little boat that the dolphin pulls, an unbelievable experience.
The trainers have respect for the dolphins which reflects in the performance.
It’s a great show where the dolphins dance with the swimmers of the Spanish Swimming team .

After the show, we were able to have a picture with a dolphin.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get to know these amazing mammals and feel close to them while enjoying their company and their charming nature. Their eternal smile and their liveliness will captivate you. You will feel their caress and you will be able to stroke them too.

Swimming with dolphins in Benidorm water parks.

One of my dreams was  swimming with dolphins, even this is possible at Mundomar . The staff  is responsible to make this dream  reality.
It is a superb experience which lasts about one hour and I will never forget it.
If you can afford it or you save on other things ( 110 €),  the swim is a really worth the money. And it’s a once  in a lifetime experience ,
Children can also swim with sea lions for approx.  40 minutes for 45 €.

When you like animals , Mundomar is the  place to be, there are many animals like lemurs , bats, otters, penguins, parrots, pelicans, flamingos , other exotic birds, and many more lands and marine animals ….
It is really  fun to go with children.Indeed,good value for money.

There are two shows a day
13.30
17.30
Check the hours when you are entering the park.

Parrots show.

See the parrots close in a free flight show full of obstacles and tests.
It is fun to see the colorful birds doing their tricks.
There are three performances a day
11.15
14.30
16.15
Check the hours in advance.

Mundomar  Opening hours.

Daily open from 10.00 to 19.00

Mundomar  address.

How to get there.
Calle Sierra Helada.
03503 Benidorm.
Alicante.

If you are coming from Valencia or Alicante by the AP7 take the direction Benidorm Levante. After the toll, pass the first roundabout.Then turn left at the second round about. Go straight along the National Highway until the first traffic lights Than turn rights. You have passed the Benidorm Palace on your rights. Then go ahead until you reach Mundomar.

Mundomar is situated behind the norther end of Playa Levante, in the Rincon de Loix.
It is very easy to go their by taxi. Buses are trying to sell you also the tickets to the nearby Aqualandia.

If you don’t want to spend a whole day in Mundomar , you can easily combine the family trip with Aqualandia.
Aqualandia and Mundomar are next door to each other. So if you like both it is a money saver to buy a combination ticket allowing you to go to both theme parks

The park shares and free 50,000 square meters parking with Aqualandia

Price Mundomar.

Entrance.
Adult 29 €.
Junior/senior 24 €.

Tip
Try to have a reduction card , or try to buy your tickets online

 

Aqualandia : Benidorm water parks

Benidorm Water Parks Aqualandia

Benidorm Water Parks Aqualandia

Is the biggest  and oldest Benidorm water parks located in the Costa Blanca. it is located next to the animal park Mundomar. It opened in 1985 and was the first water park being built-in Spain.
The park covers an area over 150 000 square meters.  and tries to be as environmentally friendly as possible by using recycling the water in the park which has it origin from the sea which has been cleaned and purified.  And uses large landscapes planted with different sort of the local vegetation.

Aqualandia claims to be the largest waterpark in Europe.
So if you are a water fan enjoy Aqualandia you can spend easy a day . But it is also great for a family trip.
There’s a great choice of attraction in the water park such as an enormous Atlantic wave pool, beaches, caves of Niagara, springboards and Laguna’s.
The youngest can enjoy them self in Adventureland.
The older children chose attractions as the Kamikaze and the Black Hole. With such names  there are high adrenaline attractions. The Big Bang is one of Europa’s highest chute ride.
As we said before the water in Aqualandia is seawater, that salty water is in the slides. This should be no problem but it may be  not so comfortable for some people with sensitive eyes.

Food.

The food in the park is comparably with the prices with other parks. So it is quite expensive. But that should not be a problem because Aqualandia got plenty of good picnic areas. So you can take your food and drinks with you.
If you go with the family there are lots of sunbeds to use when you want a break and just relax and enjoy the surrounded landscape.

Lockers.

When you’re in the water it is better to rent a locker for the day to keep your valuable things safe.
If you want a  ring for the slides or the pool you can rent or buy one in Aqualandia.But we think that there are better and cheaper rings in the shops in Benidorm.

If you don’t want to spend a whole day in Aqualandia , you can easily combine the family trip with Mundomar. so you get the most of the Benidorm water parks!
Aqualandia and Mundomar are next door to each other. So if you like both it is a money saver to buy a combination ticket allowing you to go to both theme parks.

Pro. 
Very cool for water lovers

Contra.
In the summer very long queues for the slides.
Tip.
If you go to Mundomar then you will get a discount on your ticket for Aqualandia

Check also at your hotel of on the beach promenade where there are often discount vouchers.

The park offers lockers ,

Other facilities and services available at the Park are its picnic areas, souvenir shop, photography, cash dispensers, locker hire, safe deposit boxes, hire of sunbeds and swimming floats.

There are several self-service restaurants including a snack bar, barbecue, pizzeria, burger restaurant, various kiosks, ice-cream, coffee shops, pancakes and kebab stalls.

Aqualandia Opening hours.

The waterpark is open from mid May to September
Aqualandia is closed in the winter

Aqualandia address .

 
How to get there ?
If you are coming from Valencia or  Alicante by the AP7 take the direction Benidorm Levante. After the toll, pass the first roundabout.Then turn left at the second round about. Go straight along the National Highway until the first traffic lights Then turn right. You have passed the Benidorm Palace on your rights. Then go ahead until you reach Aqualandia.

From the center of city there are buses to the two Benidorm water parks .
Buses are nearly almost full during the summer, so you have to wait till  the next bus arrive.
Or do like us take a taxi which with a family don’t cost much more than the bus.

The water park shares and free 50,000 square meters parking with Mundomar.

Prices .

Adults = 30 €.
Children = 20 €.

 

Sierra Helada

Sierra Helada

Sierra Helada

 

Sierra Helada is a national park located in Albir Spain, Sierra Helada means Ice mountain in Spanish .
The park is situated in the region of  ValenciaIt is a natural protect area for Benidorm and Alfaz Albir.

Therefore both cities and councils have joined their forces to protect but also to promote the Sierra Helada park.

The councils of several cities will be introducing it at first  to visitors and locals, through a series of guided tours.

Spain Watchtowers

Throughout the whole coast of Spain there are  coastal watchtowers.
During centuries these watchtowers have been used along the coast of Spain, here more specific the coast of Valencia. The watchtowers on the top of the coastline where the light points where the locals stands looking for invaders and pirates.
As high on the coast the light or smoke signals were passed between these watchtowers at the first sign of danger .

Guided Tours through the Sierra Helada

The guide explains guides you throughout  the parc and will show you the different kinds of vegetation. Beside this you will also get a historic introduction about the region.
The Guides are made possible by the culture department of both councils  in order to put “The Ruta de los Atajadores” more in the picture.

The guides inform the visitor as well of the history of the Sierra Helada, they also give attention to the flora, the plants and the fossilized dunes which are unique to the Sierra Helada .

In fact, geological the Sierra Helada is a part of the so-called Bendidorm syncline. This is a limestone of million years old .
For example, in this area it is no wonder that you find old fossils on the slopes of the Sierra Helada

In fact the walk is very nice and is a must for the nature lover.
The Natural park of Sierra Helada is very unspoiled and there are roads which are semi asphalted so the road is accessible for all kind of hikers.

The lighthouse of Faro.

On the top the Albir lighthouse or Faro is a nice point of view. You can reach it by going into the direction of Albir and then take the path to the lighthouse.
During the walk the views are really are exceptional and some say that with a little luck you can spot dolphins.
Off the coast of Albir, there are lots of fish farms which attract dolphins. These Fish farms help repopulate the fish in the Mediterranean sea by allowing the fisherman to only catch fish from the farms.

Nature park near and under the sea.

The Sierra Helada is a protected nature park with a wide range of fauna and flora.
The coastline is one of the most beautiful in the Valencian region.
This natures park is protect dry land and sea areas .
The Sierra Helada is a high area with a total surface of 5 564 hectares of which 4920 hectares are a marine reserve. A real natural park.
The underwater areas are some of the most interesting of the Spanish coast with an exceptional biological diversity. Therefore for lovers of snorkeling and diving a must

At Punta Bombarda, on the top of the rock,  at the Albir lighthouse in Alfaz del Pi there is a new telescope in operation.
The best is that the telescope allow the people to spot dolphins in the Sierra Helada Natural park .
And the telescope is free to use and will help the  public not only to see the dolphins but also to identify what kind of dolphins they are. The telescope was paid with public donations.

Sierra Helada dolplfins

Sierra Helada dolplfins

People see dolphins often nearby the Punta Bombarda, especially in the area of the fish farms.
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In short the Sierra Helada is Albir Nature Park and is a wonderful park. To combine Mediterranean Sea and the splendid mountains has never been so easier.

Sierra Helada means frozen mountains. The name comes from the way the cliffs look from the sea on a moon lighted nights. Fisherman on the Mediterranean Sea  found that the rocks looked like an iceberg.

When you walk the paths on the mountain it is better to wear sunscreen and often you wish there was a little bit of ice around in a bar or cafe to cool your body or to drink a cool refreshment.
Indeed, there are various organised routes. For instance  to the summit or to the secrets lovely coves. As a result that flora and fauna is everywhere around you.

Sierra Helada

Sierra Helada

The summit of the Sierra Helada is 439 meters above the Mediterranean Sea and more than 5600 hectares of nature.
Once you get there , the point of view is really breath-taking . On the top  you  can see Moraira and to the south Benidorm.

One walking path leads to the top, another path is less steep but have also very beautiful views
On the summit there is a lighthouse or ” El Faro”.
On the path to the summit there are several picnic areas some with shaded tables.
This is really the best place to relax or to take your picnic and enjoy the very impressing views below.
The view of the bay of Calpe and the “Roch of Ifach” are impressing. And with a little bit of luck, you can spot the dolphins. What do you want more on an unforgettable holiday day !  Calpe see our page on our website

Most important the average walker can make  the journey without danger. More specificcaly, railing prevent the walker to the deep of the below Mediterranean Sea .
So a nice day in the Sierra is accessible for everyone.

 

Sierra Helada cycle path.

By practicing healthy activities as cycling and walking , you will enjoy incredible beautiful views.
First of all from the sea below when you are on the top. But also when you are in the middle of the splendid nature that surrounds the Sierra Helada.

Naturally, thanks to the warm weather of the Alicante  region, you can enjoy these activities almost any time of year, during all seasons.

Albir, Alfaz del Pi and Benidorm councils are coordinating together a project to design a cycling path along the Sierra Helada . This cycling path would connect Benidorm with Albir.

Why now ? Due to the increase in more active residents and tourist who are demanding more cycling routes.
The planned routes will go along the nearly already hard-surfaced public roads.
On the cycling path there will of course be  a few gradients . As a result that they will be suitable for all cyclist. In the first place for trained cyclist but also for amateur cyclist.
The new cycling path will include several point of interest . One of this stays the before mentioned  the lighthouse. several picnic area’s and different overlooking low down to Benidorm.

Till now , the only available route  for cyclist and cars  is the busy CV 753 road.
The cycling routes  are marked according to their degree of difficulty.  Besides the difficulty also the length and the steepness.

Visit the Sierra Helada, you will be awarded with some impressive views.

How to get there ?

First, by taxi from Albir .
Then, by bus from Benidorm a 15 minutes drive.
at last, by car follow the N 332 direction Sierra Helada.

Tip :
First: wear proper shoes.
Second: take something to drink.
At last:  use sunscreen.