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Local Attractions

• FUN EXURSIONS FOR THE FAMILY
• WHAT TO DO IN ALICANTE CITY
• FIESTAS IN ALICANTE CITY
• CULTURAL EXURSIONS
• MARKET DAYS

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

El Campello - "Oceansview"

El Campello, located in the very heart of the Costa Blanca region, is of great attraction and interest to all visitors for its beauty and enchantment as both a quiet and tranquil sleepy fishing village and as a busy city with all of the amenities one could require. With 250 days of sun and an average summer temperature of 28°C in addition to 23 Km of coast, ranging from extensive sandy beaches to coves and private enclaves.

Campello is an experience for all to enjoy, from swimming to sailing or just lounging in the sun, the activities are as endless as your imagination.


El Campello also has an extensive mountainous region ideal for excursions and exploring, areas of great ecological and natural beauty to be enjoyed by all who venture there. Small quaint villages untouched by time, where life continues without the hustle and bustle of modern cities.

El Campello port is nestled into a naturally protected coast line. Sailing and water sports are to be enjoyed by all and a stroll along the harbour front to enjoy the sights and sounds of the sea.

The fresh fish market is a great attraction in the afternoons, when the fishing boats arrive to port with the catch of the day and auction the fish, but the most delicious of all is the wonderful seafood cuisine of the area, where you can find endless varieties and pleasurable dining through out the area, especially along the sea front 'el paseo maritimo'.


Golf courses are in abundance on the Costa Blanca, all located in beautiful surroundings with easy access. Please visit our golf link for further information.
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FUN EXCURSIONS FOR THE FAMILY


Terra Mitica:
Benidorm´s Theme Park called TERRA MITICA, 20 mins from “Oceansview” is unique in the world. A fascinating journey through the mystery of five of the most ancient and legendary civilizations in Mediterranean Sea: Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia and The Islands. In TERRA MITICA you will be able to fight side by side with Ulysses, escaping from Cyclop, sail through the Nile river, face up to The Minotaur, and see a pirate vessel sinking. Situated on the outskirts of Benidorm, at Finestrat, it can be seen from the motorway and the bypass, and is well signposted. Allow a day. More information



Aqualandia
: Ideal for families, a large water park with various rides. Located at Benidorm (on the approach into this resort from the north - and thus easy to find!) This is reputedly one of the largest water theme parks in Europe with every imaginable device designed to extract fun from this exciting dimension - slides, chutes, rapids, breaking surf etc. Within the complex are bars, restaurants and picnic areas. Great fun for families with children of all ages as it provides a full and fun-packed day for all. About 40 minutes by car or there are coach excursions available. More information

PLEASE NOTE that you would be several hours going from one area to another, in and out of the water and in the hot sun. Valuables, street clothing etc. have to be checked-in at the start (for obvious reasons), so go prepared with a liberal coating of waterproof sun cream and even trousers and a shirt - especially if you have delicate skin!
 

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WHAT TO DO IN ALICANTE CITY - (15/20 mins from "Oceansview")


Music lovers can attend a concert next to the sea in the afternoons, on the Paseo de la Explanada. In summertime, the concerts are given on Sunday mornings.
Don't miss the magic and charm of Les Fogueres de Sant Joan. On the night of 24 June, the flames from blazing bonfires illuminate the Alicante sky.

Try any of the delicious varieties of rice dishes, combined with shellfish, fish or meat. To complete your meal, taste the local wines, and don't forget the famous icecreams, turrones and dates.
For abstract art, pay a visit to the Eusebio Sempere Museum in the Casa de la Asegurada, where you'll find an art collection donated to the city by this local sculptor and painter.

Get a good tan at practically any time of year on the fine sandy beaches of Postiguet, la Albufereta or San Juan. If you prefer rocky coves and seclusion, try the Cabo de las Huertas.
You shouldn't miss the Island of Tabarca. Trips can be made from Alicante city throughout the year.

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FIESTAS IN ALICANTE CITY

The calendar in Alicante is fuller than usual as far as festivities are concerned. Depending on the season in which you happen to be staying in the city, you can take your pick from an extensive variety of fiestas.

The most important of these are undoubtedly what Alicanteans call Les Fogueres de Sant Joan held at the end of June. This is the time of year during which Alicante becomes completely transformed. Dozens of monuments made of wood and papier-mache are assembled in the streets throughout the city. Humour, satire and criticism of daily life bring many a smile to the faces of spectators. On the night of 24 June, after a shattering palmera, or fireworks display, all monuments are summarily consumed by the flames.

These festivities, however, last until 29 June, overlapping with the Feast of San Pedro, featuring colourful processions, fantastic fireworks and revelling in the popular barracas, makeshift fiesta houses constituting the centre of attraction for locals and visitors alike, with live outdoor music and dancing every night. Another prominent festivity is the romeria, or pilgrimage, to the neighbouring village of Santa Faz, held on the second Thursday following the eighth week after Easter and attracting thousands of "pilgrims".

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CULTURAL EXURSIONS


The Castillo de Santa Barbara
located in Alicante City is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe and is only a 15 mins drive from "Oceansview".

It occupies the entire summit and a large proportion of the slopes of the Benacantil mountain. It commands a unique look-out over the coastline, the Bay of Alicante and the surrounding farmland. Remains from the Bronze-age have been discovered on this site.

The castle has three enclosures of differing dates, each with unique features. The castle can be accessed by a road leading up the western slope of the mountain, winding it's way through pine trees or for a small fee take the elevator from the entrance in front of the beach.

Valencia: A one and a half hour drive, by motorway north, this has plenty to offer. A vibrant Spanish city contrasting traditional and modern, a great place to spend the day.

Gata de Gorgos: Visit Gata de Gorgos and see what the local craft industries have to offer: esparto, palm leaf, rattan and wickerwork articles. Also the famous Guitar factory for your authentic Spanish guitar at reasonable prices.

Jalon Valley: Tour the Valle del Pop and stop in Xaló (Jalon) with its antiquities market every Saturday morning and its wine cooperatives. Especially beautiful in Spring when the valley is bathed in blossam.

Sierra de Bernia: Tour the "Sierra de Bernia", listed as a nature parc. This trip is one of the most beautiful routes to explore throughout the coast of Alicante. The height of this natural formation offers an impressive panoramic sight of the entire northern coast line of Alicante.


Guadalest: is surrounded by the Aitana, Serella and Xorta mountains and has been declared a 'Monument of Historical and Artistic Value'.

There are two separate parts to Guadalest. the first being the fortress itself; a huge area high on the mountain where the population lived within the walls and the only access being through the gate of St José. The second being the Moors houses that extend outward from the gate. There are now plenty of little streets and squares here which give Guadalest a very unique appeal.

Callosa d'En Sarrià: The waterfalls and fountains in Callosa d'En Sarrià, well known under the Fuentes de Algar are a frequently visited beauty spot. (camping, picnic and barbecue area)

Castles: Visit the "ruta de los castillos" (Castles). The itineray begins in Novelda with the Mola Castle , continues in Petrel, Sax, Villena, Biar and ends in Castalla. Some kilometers in the North of the province Alicante visite Xàtiva with an impressive castle.



Canalobre Caves: The Canalobre Caves in Busot have many stalactites and stalagmites as if they were huge candelabra. These caves are among the best European potholing places. There is a large hall for concerts and a beautiful panoramic view.

Jijona: Jijona is a world-famous place thanks to its turrón factories, a typical sweet made of almonds and honey.The factories can be visited to see how this Christmas speciality is made.

Coll de Rates: Ascend to Coll de Rates from where you can enjoy panoramic views that are unique to the region.
Alicante A one hour drive, by motorway south, this small city offers a castle, old town and good shopping.

Inland from Alicante: Tour the quiet villages and ancient Moorish settlements in the hills of the interior of the province Alicante: Vall d'Ebo, Vall d'Alcalá, Vall de Gallinera, Vall de Laguart.

Elche: Visit Elche (Elx), known as the European Palm Grove: Sights: - Huerto del Cura (an exotic garden with many of palm trees) - Palacio de Altamira - La Calahorra (Arab fortifications of the 14c)

Island of Tabarca: Tabarca is in fact a natural monument, and is the only inhabited (about 40 people) island in the land of Valencia. The waters around the island are listed as a Marine Reserve. It is three nautical miles from Santa Pola and eleven from Alicante. The island has an 18th century church and has an important set of fortifications (walls, bastion and doorways). The castle of San José, Tabarca was declared a Historical-Artistic Monument in 1964.
  

The Island of
Tabarca


Orihuela:
Visit Orihuela, famous for being an historical-artistic and monumental city. Sights: - Santo Domingo Monastery - San Salvador Cathedral - Palacio Episcopal and much more….

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MARKET DAYS

Monday:
Callosa d'Ensarria, Denia, Elche, La Nucía, Santa Pola
and further... Parcent, Petrer, Monover, Sax, Agres, Formentera, Cox, Granja de Rocamora, Ibi, Penáguila
Tuesday:
Altea, Jalón, Orihuela and further... Elda, Aspe, Tibi, Sella,

Beniarbeig, Benijofar, Campo de Mirra, Castalla, San Fulgencio, Relleu
Wednesday:
Benidorm, Benitachell, El Campello, Guardamar del Segura, Ondara, Teulada
and further... Biar, La Mata, Novelda, Polop, Alcoy, Petrer, Bañeres, Monforte del Cid, Orba, Elda, Muchamiel, San Miguel de Salinas, Albatera, Sella, Alqueries, Benejama, Beniarres, Benilloba, Callosa del Segura, San Miguel de Salinas
Thursday:
Alicante, Jávea, Pego, Villajoyosa
and further... Cocentaina, Villena, Agost, Aspe, Hondon de los Frailes, Jijona, Rojales, Agres, Albatera, Algeña, Benidoleig, Gandía
Friday:
Alfas del Pi, Dénia, Gata, Moraira, Finestrat, Torrevieja
and further... Crevillente, Petrer, El Pilar de la Horadada, Albatera, Bañeres, Monforte del Cid, Onil, Bebejúzar, Beniarrés, Granja de Rocamora, Montesinos, Muro de Alcoy, Benidoleig, Sella, Vergel, Rafal, Tibi, Oliva
Saturday:
Alicante, Benissa, Callosa d'en Sarrià, Calpe, Elche, Pedreguer, Santa Pola
and further... Almoradí, Alcoy, Bañeres, Novelda, San Vicente del Raspeig, Alguería, Gaianes, Castalla, Hondon de las Nieves, Catral, Castell de Castells, Relleu, La Romana, Salinas, Elda, Gandía
Sunday:

Benidorm, Campo de Guardamar, Las Dunas
and further... Aigües de Busot, Torremanzanas, Busot, Benferri, Algueña, Alfafara, Pilar de la Horadada

(Flea Markets)
Saturday:

Jalón, Benissa
Sunday:
Teulada, Lliber, La Nucía

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