2 PIN ELECTRICAL PLUG
If you happen to carry any electrical stuff like hair dryers or just a simple charger for your mobile telephone - you will have to take into account that the electrical systems admit only the 2 pin round plug as shown in the picture. If you are coming in from Britain you might want to buy an adapter to be able to use your stuff in Spain. It may be a little difficult to get it in any normal electrical store. If you happen to have a El Corte Ingles department store near you - they sell adapters for different systems.
The Spanish system is compatible with most European plug sockets – except mainly for the British 3 pin plug - so get that adapter.
This is the Ibsen Restaurant...
This is the Ibsen Restaurant in Torrevieja. It's a touch of Norway and its very good. Recommended highly, and the good thing for me, is that it is situated only one minute walk from my apartment. :-)
The Owner and the staff The Tomatosoup is great, Beef Steak is Heaven !!!
Cabo de Sant Antonio
I'm not sure how we did it but, after driving through downtown Jávea for a quick look, we gradually worked our way uphill as we left town and happened to spot a brown 'attractions' sign pointing to Cabo de Sant Antonio. We went in that direction and soon found ourselves really climbing up and along a winding road - it was looking good. Not long afterward, there we were at the cape with its ~500 ft cliffs dropping straight down to the Sea below.
This small area of 270 acres (110 hectares) was made a natural reserve in 1993 to protect the local ecosystem between sea level and the tops of these cliffs. As we walked toward the cliff over the extremely rough and jagged rocks making up the cape, we came across numerous information signs describing the types of vegetation we were seeing. The cape was named after the patron saint of a hermitage that was located here in the 1300s, with its ruins still visible (although we never found them).
A heavy rope has been run along the cliff edge to prevent people from getting too close, but it was down on the ground in many places so there is nothing to stop visitors from walking right off the edge. We got as close as we dared but had to be careful because of the strong wind gusts coming down off the nearby 750 m (2470 ft) Montgó mountain trying to give us a push from behind. It reminded me a bit of Cabo de Roca in Portugal where we experienced something similar, including seeing a memorial plaque to a young German man who lost his life that way.
A visit to the Isla de Tabarca is practically a must-dotrip for anyone visiting the Costa Blanca. It is the only inhabited island in the Region of Valencia and is located opposite the city of Alicante, 11 nautical miles offshore and near the Santa Pola headland. In fact, it's more than just an island: it's a small archipelago that comprises the islets of La Cantera, La Galera and La Nao as well as the Isla de Tabarca itself. It is approximately 1,800 metres long and measures some 400 metres across at its widest point.
In the past, its shores were a refuge for Berber pirates and, in the 18th century, King Carlos III ordered the island to be fortified and a town built, in which to house several families of Genoese fishermen who were being held prisoner in the Tunisian city of Tabarka.
The walls surrounding the town have been officially declared a Historical and Artistic Site and an Asset of Cultural Interest.
The island's waters have been officially declared a Mediterranean Marine Reserve for their excellent quality and for the biodiversity of their flora and fauna.
A visit to the island usually lasts one day. There are numerous departure times from the port of Alicante, although the regularity of these depends upon the time of year. The boat ride is comfortable and lasts for around one hour. The island can also be reached from Santa Pola, Guardamar, Torrevieja and Benidorm.
Once on the island, visitors can enjoy the coves and beaches with their crystal-clear waters and a picturesque fishing port with excellent eateries offering the opportunity to try the traditional "caldero", the island's typical dish.
We recommend a stroll through the town and a visit to the island's museum.
Visitors can now even enjoy an overnight stay on the island, thanks to the recent opening of accommodation.
The boat trip to the Tabarca Island can be comfortably made from Alicante, Santa Pola, Guardamar and Benidorm.
Timetables: At Easter and over the summer season, there are several departures every day of the week.
Outside of the summer season, there is a return trip on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Approximate journey time: 1 hour.
Plaza de los Luceros
Plaza de los Luceros is a square in the confluence of 4 avenues: Alfonso X el Sabio, Avda. de la Estación, Paseo de Federico Soto and General Marvá. The fountain in the center is a nice sculpture of Daniel Bañuls. The four horses represent the four brute forces of Nature. Also the four seasons are represented.
This square is the place where every year, during the festival of Hogueras de San Juan (June 19 to 24), the “mascletá” takes place. In the first photo, the square is prepared for the firecrackers.