To start : Playa Flamenca is one of the beach resorts of the Orihuela Costa.
Indeed, the Orihuela Costa is a popular destination at the South Costa Blanca. In the North, the Costa Blanca starts from Denia in the Alicante province down to Pilar de Horada in the Murcia region.
Furthermore the Orihuela Costa has several beaches en resorts.
First in the north of the Cosat Punta prima and the Playa of Punta Prima. Then , Playa Flamenca with his beaches of Cala Estaca and Cala Mosca. The next the well known urbanization of La Zenia with the beaches of Cala Bosque and Cala Cerrada. Then, Cabo Roig with the beaches of Brranco Ruvio and Playa de La Glea.
In the south. At last not at least MIl Palmeras with Playa Mil Palmeras.
So, Playa Flamenca is an urbanization of Orihuela and has everything for the tourist. Nice beaches with Blue Flags between the rocky cliffs , excellent weather and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
Furthermore nearby restaurants and bars with good food . One of the restaurants is even number one at the Orihuela Costa . Read more about in Restaurants at the Orihuela Costa.
The restaurants offer a great variety of food. The Spanish restaurants are proud to serve the several rice dishes. The most popular is the paella . There are also several good fish and seafood restaurants. The choice of international cuisine at the urbanization is endless. For example : Chinese, Indian, Mexican, English, French restaurants. As West European we are often surprised by the price of the menu’s . It is not expensive ta take the family on a dinner .
The beaches of Playa Flamenca
Most important, the beaches are nice, safe and clean . Some of them has received a Blue Flag as award of the cleanness of the beach and the good quality of the water. Further , there are several beach bar . They are open from sunrise till sunset.
Naturally , In the summer season there are life guards at the beach.
For those who want it : snorkeling , diving, sailing .
Spain is famous for its street markets. We have put together a great selection of the most popular and best Markets in South Costa Blanca. Presently, markets in South Costa Blanca are taking place every day . Nevertheless, to avoid arriving on the wrong day we made you a list .
The best, the markets are the meeting points for the expats and the Spanish people. While, they are situated at nearly every town and village. In brief, if you want to meet the real Spanish culture. Then go to the traditional villages and towns and you will find what ever you want. More specifically, try to combine a visit to the market with the discovery of the village. So you can discover the typical bars and restaurants. As a result, you will have a great filled day out.
Now, the colorful markets are held at the most of the main town and villages. In fact, trough out the province of Alicante. As a result, all Markets in South Costa Blanca are visited by the local themselves. Indeed, the markets stalls offer a real taste of the Spanish life. In particular, you can taste the fresh local products. Indeed, there is numerous fruits, the great choice of vegetables. Side by side by a tempting selection of seasonal herbs. Naturally, also the jamon, the chorizo or the cheese. In short, enjoy the color of the flowers. Thus, the Markets in South Costa Blanca are the weekly appointment. In fact, feel the the vibrant atmosphere. Indeed, the stalls are full of various products .From household to fashion or clothing. The markets are one of the best places to learn an become familiar with the Spanish diversity.
For the locals and the tourist the nearest local market becomes a weekly trip. It is a part of their lifestyle at the sunny South Costa Blanca. The local markets usually set up early in the morning, ready for the sell around 8 a clock. The markets stops around 1 pm in the afternoon, before the great heath of the sun. It nearly never rains, so the stalls are always there. Like every where else, vehicles have no access to the market place or streets.
Torrevieja. The first, Torrevieja’s weekly Market is very busy. The marker occupies five streets. The largest market in the area with space for over 1000 stalls . In particular, the market is every Friday morning.
Almoradi. Almoradi has a large market. They selling plants, vegetables, fruits, craft and gifts. But also household items, clothes and shoes. Situated at the plaza Constitution and the surrounding streets . The market is every Saturday morning .
Playa Flamenca. The largest and busiest in the area is the Playa Flamenca market. Situated nearby many commercial centers and Zenia Boulevard. Presently, the market is every Saturday morning
Guardamar. Outside Guardamar is the campo de Guardama. It is an inland area of the town. El Raso is situated nearby Campo de Guardamar. El Raso has a very popular and busy market. While local people called it ” the Lemon Tree Market” with at least 400 stalls. Now,the market is every Sunday morning.
San Miguel de Salinas. San Miguel de Salinas has a busy street market . On top of the town,the market streets are above the pink Laguna de Torrevieja. Indeed,take your time to discover the surroundings. After all, from the village you can get a impressive view over the countryside. In fact, this landscape is full of orange trees ” entre Naranjos” and the salt lake. Now, the market is every Wednesday morning.
Markets in South Costa Blanca.
Monday. Beniel. Cox. Formentera de Segura. Monovar. San Pedro del Pinitar. Santa Pola.
Tuesday. Aspe. Beijofa. Daya Nueva. Elda. Jumilla. La Union. Los Alcazares. Mil Palmeras. Orihuela. San Fugencia. San Miguel de Salinas.
Algorfa. Callososa de segura. La mata. San Isididro. San Miguel de Salinas. Santiago de ribera. Santomera.
Thursday. Albatera. Bigastro. Campoamor. Gran Alacant. La Marina. Rafa. Rojales. San Javier. Villena.
Friday. Crevillente. Dolores. Los Montesinos. Orihuela. Pilar de la Horadada. Redovan. Torrevieja. The location is changed since Easter 2017. See for more details Torrevieja
Saturday. Almoradi. Catral. Elche. Hondon Las Nieves. Los narejos. Mazarron. Guerdamar de Segura. Novelda. Pinso. Playa Flamenca. Pinososo. Torre Pacheco.
Sunday. Benferri. Campo de Guardamar. Carthagena. Lo Pagan. And the La Sal Market on the third Sunday of the month. Mil Palmeras. Pilar de Horadada. Santa Pola = second hand market on the first Sunday of the month. Zoco.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nearby La Zenia there are three golf courses at the Orihuela Costa : Villa Martin golf club , Campamor golf, and Las Ramblas golf club.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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“.
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.
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.
La Zenia Orihuela Beach Handball tour
The beach of Cala Bosque at La Zenia is the place to be for teh annual Beach Handball Tour. The tour runs from the last friday of june untill the sunday Afternoon. There are matches for young players and matches for seniors. Also for womens Beach handbal and Men. The acces is free. This events is annual.
Nearby La Zenia
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.