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Orihuela Costa What To Do ?

Orihuela Costa is divided into small sections. The best known are
Cabo Roig, La Zenia, Dehese de Camoamor, Playa Flamenca.

Orihuela Costa Beaches.

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Orihuela Costa

 

The most important, Orihuela Costa has beautiful beaches and is ideal to go with the family. Because the Coastline of the Orihuela Costa stretches over a more than 16 km.
Since  years, the Beaches are popular among the Spanish people. They are  coming from Madrid, Orihuela and mainland Spain.
Recently more European visitors have also discovered these lovely  and beautiful beaches.

Now, every Beach of Orihuela Costa is certified with its Blue Flag. In other words, this label stands for the clearest water and properly maintained beaches.
In fact, with over 14 sandy, sunny beaches this region offers a wide range of choice.

The best known and biggest beaches are La Zenia and Campoamor. On both beaches there are beach bars or restaurants.

Tip: in summer times a parking spot is easy to find around 10 AM.

 La Zenia Beach also known as Cala Bosque.

The beach of la Zenia is smaller, but has more of a cozy feeling.
It’s the most famous beach of Orihuela Costa.
Important, it is accessible for the disabled people with reserved parking spots.
Indeed, it is easy reached by following the n332 till the round a bout for The Zenia Boulevard and turning in the direction of the beach.

As the beach is cleaned daily and has a blue flag, it is very recommendation.
While, it’s also the start of a Beach Promenade which leads to Cabo Roig and beyond.
The Beach has some excellent spots to go snorkeling.
Now it also has a Children play area and a place to practice your volleyball skills.
Starting from the Easter holiday, you can also rent a sunbed and sunshade to relax.
While, during  the  summer season jet skis and pedalos are also available.

Close to the sea, there is a Beach Bar. This bar offers a small range of foods like Pizza and sandwiches.
To the left of the beach is a restaurant called “La mirada” . This restaurant offers a wide range of food from Spanish food till Pizzas. In fact , the view is splendid, the prices ok.

Next to “La Mirada”  is a Hotel from Servigroup ” La Zenia”.

 

La Zenia Beach

 

La Zenia Beach

Orihuela Costa

 

Campoamor/Orihuela Beach La Glea Beach.

Also know as “Dehesa de campoamor”.
First ,is quite a lot bigger than “La Zenia” and feels not so crowded due to its size.
Further, It is also cleaned daily,  even during the winter period.
Sometimes there is a lot of seaweed that washes on the shore. Naturally ,seaweed means that the sea is very healthy. Although for swimmers it feels a little bit strange.

Besides, “Campoamor” beach is accessible for the disabled people. The town offers a amphibious chair.

Naturally , it has a number of restaurants nearby and several beach bars.
During the summer season  “Las Colinas” beach club is open. In fact, for us it is one of the most beautiful bars around the Orihuela Costa. The bar offers sunbeds and  an infinity pool. In the Summer it  opens a restaurant which offers Sushi.

On the edge of the beach, Jet skis and Pedalos are available in the summer season.

Again there is a nice beach bar with a choice of drinks and snacks. We enjoyed the cocktails and  the salads.
Side by side , the sunbeds and red sunshades are available from the Easter holidays till November.

To conclude , “Campoamor” also has a small Marina. Indeed, with a little restaurant and bar.

 

Orihuela Costa Beach

 

 

 

Orihuela Costa Beach

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Punta Prima.

In brief,  “Punta Prima” is about 234 metes of beach  and has elevator access which ensures good access for the disabled.

Cala Mosca.

In short, is near the “Playa Flamenca” and is a small beach.

 Playa Flamenca.

In particular, “Playa Flamenca” is popular due to its bars and shops, restaurants nearby.

Cabo Roig.

On the edge of the beach, “Cabo Roig” has a Marina. In fact this is the biggest in the “Orihuela Costa”.
The beach is popular in summer and winter because is located in a bay.
The beach bar is popular for his excellent cocktails en the nice easy listening music.
At the end of the horizon you can see the “Mar Menor”  and the sierras.
Close to the marina there is a bar/restaurant .
On top of Cabo Roig there is another restaurant with a very nice terrace  with  splendid panoramic view.
As you can see a little hidden germ.

Shopping.

There are many shops in the countless commercial centers across La Zenia.
Everyone of them has an Asian supermarket, which sells about everything at a cheap price. Most of the time they also contain some small supermarket and some local shops and restaurants.

La Zenia Boulevard.

 

 

Orihuela Costa La Zenia

 

Opened on the 26th of  September.
La Zenia Boulevard is the biggest shopping center of the province of Valencia -Alicante.
La Zenia Boulevard has 150 stores including Zara, H&M.
Construction Area 175.000 M².
Sales area of the project is 80.000 M² (Including HyperMarket 14 000 M² Leroy Merlin (DIY) Decathlon (sports) 5 000 M².
It is owned by the Alcampo group which is more commonly known as group Auchan.

More Information  about La Zenia Boulevard.

 

Dos Mares Centro Commercial.

Dos Mares is a shopping mall on a 15 min drive from Orihuela Costa.It has most of the common Spanish stores like Jack & Jones,Bershka,Pull And Bear.

 

Orihuela Costa Dos Mares Centro Commercial

Going Out in Orihuela Costa.

 

Nightlife, Clubs , Dancing’s.

 

Bushwacka.

 

 

Bushwacka Bar Orihuela

 

Bushwacka (Cabo Roig).

Is an Australian themed pub-bar. It offers a big choice of cocktails at an honest price. At night the party is guaranteed by the local DJs’.

Xairo Campoamor.

A typical Spanish club with big stylish events.

Golf.

Orihuela is well known for it’s golf Courses that have been renowned around the world for their quality .

Restaurants.

Orihuela Costa has lots of restaurants in the different centro commercial from the Centro Commercial in Playa Flamenca till the Strip on Cabo Roig. We have dedicated a page to the best restaurants in the Orihuela Costa.

 

La Zenia

The best known urbanization is “La Zenia “, which is known for its beaches and hotels.
To sum up the other interesting places : Playa Flamenca, Los Dolses, Villamartin, Campoamor, Cabo Roig.
La Zenia is a coastal location 10 kilometres from Torrevieja.
La Zenia is famous  for the many sporting activities, cultural events, festivals and of course shopping.
Especially the recently opened “La Zenia 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 “La Zenia” has a choice of restaurants and children activities area.

La Zenia location.

First of all , the location from “La Zenia” is good. It  is located between the airports of Alicante and Murcia.
North of the region is Alicante is 45 minutes drive from La Zenia.
South of it is  Murcia-San Javier airport and only is 20 minutes drive.
“La Zenia” itself lays on both sides of the coast road the N 332La Zenia is a famous well-situated and loved resort situated on the Costa Blanca, forming part of the coast of Orihuela.
La Zenia is between Playa Flamenca and Playa Cabo Roig.

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.  In particular , you can celebrate Christmas on the beach. It becomes even a yearly tradition.

When you go on holiday  at La Zenia you are sure of a typical Mediterranean climate. A cool sea breeze in summer and protections by the surrounding mountains against the colder North winds in the winter.
The area average is nearly 3 000 hours of sunshine. And the average temperature  exceeds 20 degrees.
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 means means that the water quality is very good.  It is an European standard for water quality and safety. But also for environment education and information.

Eating out.

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 Zenia Boulevard. Since the new commercial center which has opened in the last years, there are even more tourist attract to this beautiful place.
As a result that the choice of international restaurant is wide. Indeed they offers cuisines from around the world.

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 ” 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: Villa Martin, Campamor and Las Ramblas.

Nice walks.

“La Zenia” countryside is in the middle of orange and lemon 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.

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 local Costa Blanca 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 La Zenia .

Side by side, is  the city of ‘ Torrevieja” with more options of entertainment and nightlife.

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”.
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”.

Getting to La Zenia.

In brief “La Zenia” is centrally located between two airports.
Again,  San Javier Airport in Murcia is between 15 to 20 Drive. And the Airport of Alicante is a 40 minute drive away .
Both of these Airports are well-connected with the rest of West Europe.
In particular, on the Airport of Alicante many budget airlines like Ryanair or Norwegian or Easyjet fly.

Then, La Zenia is well-connected by the Highway of the AP-7 which 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 touristic season.

Instead , there is also an option so you don’t need to pay any toll. Indeed by taking the N-332 this used to connect Costa Blanca from the north to south.
By taking the N-332 you will pass the cities of Santa Pola and  Torrevieja.

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”.

 

 

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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 used most of the time by surfers.
The beach itself is sandy so no need to worry about taking some sandals for little stone. Instead  beware of the very hot  sand  in the summer . In brief, bring some flip flops and good protection sunscreen with you.

In fact, you can easily spend a morning or afternoon walking along the coastal path up to Cabo Roig or having  a long to walk till Torrevieja.
Or perhaps do some “bay hoping”. And walk on the promenade near the sea to next urbanization. 

There is a restaurant nearby the beach and in the summer several beach bars .
Indeed, the sea promenade is a pleasant cliff walk to the next beach nearby of  “ Playa Cabo Roig “

To the left of the Zenia beach is  “Playa Flamenca”.
Good to know is that the local post office “ Correos “ and the town Hal “ Ayumtamiento “ for the Orihuela Costa is situated in “Playa Flamanca.

“Tip for the early risers:
Go and enjoy watching the sun rise over the 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.

There is just a drive away from the beaches 3 golf courses  “Villa Martin” , “Las Ramblas” Campoamor golf “.

 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.

As you can see, “La zenia” offers everything for a splendid holiday.

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 Torrevieja , 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.
This resort has natural sand dunes and  golden sandy beaches. It is typical seaside touristic place.

The climate is a Mediterranean sea climate.
The beach has a new very nice promenade, towards La Zenia.
The street up to the N 332 is full of shops  and bars and restaurants.
There is also a shopping center ” Punta prima 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.

 

 

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 restaurants are ” 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 are  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.

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. 

Good Rices Arroceria: is a Spanish arroceria (which mean rice restaurant) which offers a range of rice meals including Paella.

De Bassus: is a German based restaurant with their own beer brewery. They offer a range of German products.

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.


Outside the mall is the fitness center MOMO. It is a health and Fitness Center.

Momo sports club GYM

Momo sports club GYM


First , there is  a very good fitness equipment.
Next inside the ” Momo ” there is also a large beautiful indoor swimming pool.

Side by side this attractive swimming pool, visitors can also  take a relaxing Jacuzzi, a steam bath or a sauna .

Fitness classes.

Indeed, the team provide a varied range fitness classes.
To sum up , this classes are spinning, Body Balance, Zumba, Yoga, Body combat, Body Pump, aerobic, Running classes,  swim classes for children, Jiu-jitsu for children, fit ball.
If you want there is a possibility to have a personal trainer.

In Momo you can also relax and enjoy a day of Spa.

In addition, the lockers are available for the visitors in the dressing cabins.
Futher, in in the showers there are hairdryers, free shampoo, free shower gel and free balance.
Equally important , nearby the “Momo” there are  lots of free parking spaces. 

 

Opening hours Momo.

First the “Momo” is open from Monday till Friday from 8.00 in the morning till 10.30 at evening.
Then , on Saturday Momo visitors can come from 9.00 in the morning till 8.00 at the evening.
At last , on Sunday the fitness club is open from  9.00 in the morning till 5.00 in the afternoon.

Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre. Momo sports club GYM pool

Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre. Momo sports club GYM swimming pool

Prices.
One day pass is 11.50 euro. This is perfect for tourists.
A 10 day pass available for 120 days and cost 115 euro.
A monthly pass is 59 euro.

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.