Elche is a small city just outside of Alicante.
You can get there by train (it is 30 min away), and its not too expensive. It is a nice day trip.
Elche has over 200,000 palm trees. It is amazing.
There are beautiful parks and gardens. We also went to some old arabic baths located in the basement of this building, which were pretty cool.
There isn't too much to do in this town, but it gorgeus and worth the train ride, if you have the time.
At the end of the Esplanade, you can stroll in the quiet Canalejas Park, named after a famous Spanish politician of the XIX and early XX centuries. He was not from Alicante, but made a part of his political career inthe province. He eventualy became the leader of the liberal party and one of the premiers of King Alfons XIII. He was murdered in Madrid by an anarchist.
The city has erected this monument in his honour, located between the Esplanade and the Canalejas park.
There are lots of little towns you can visit , go to the little village in the mountains with the artifical lake. There are lots of wild cats here to that were very friendly. There were organised tours here but if you find a map and the name of the place you can easily obtain directions by car!
I know it begaon with G,may have been Guadapest or something cannot quite remember though so do not quote me on it!
La isla de Tabarca is a small island which is hardly eleven miles from Alicante, but you will discover there a small fishermen village which was walled and still you can find remainings of its ancient walls. Now is one of the strongest spots for Alicante gastronomy
Benidorm is the biggest holiday resort on the Costa Blanca. Nowadays the 6km of beach area along Benidorm's frontage attracts an average 180,000 people. It hasn't always been like that though. It was once a sleepy fishing village - before the holiday boom of the 70's. The area is now a mass of high rise hotels and apartments and a haunt of the package holiday.
Benidorm has a youthful and pulsating nightlife with many discos and nightclubs, endless bars and fine restaurants. Here you can party till dawn....Lots of different shows like 'Sticky Vicky's magic show', 'Sexy Barbara' or 'EL Toreador'.....
Check out my Benidorm Travelogue! for pics of 'El Toreador's show
Also, you can see: CAVES OF CANELOBRE, located 24 KM. in north of Alicante,and 40 from Benidorm.The interior of the coves,has got one of the highest vaults in all of Spain,and is very similar to a Cathedral.During a visit,one can admire the varied and whimsical forms that the rocks are adapted: candelabra,animals, and other spectacular shapes!.
For all those would be wine buffs. This area of Spain is noted for its great wines, grapes have been grown here for hundreds of years. The best known area is the Jalon valley which can be found 10/12Km south of Javea on the Alicante road.
Jijona is only 26 km from Alicante, and it would be inexcusable not to pay a visit to the birthplace of turrón. Close at hand are the Caves of Canelobre, a marvel of nature you will surely enjoy. Don't miss the Habaneras and Polyphony Festival held in Torrevieja every year in August.
On the way you'll see the famous Salinas, salt flats, and perhaps you can take home a barquito de sal, the typical souvenir. Torrevieja is only 42 km from Alicante.
Did you know that only 22 km from Alicante you can see the largest Palm Forest in Europe? A trip to Elx won't take long and you're sure to enjoy a stroll through this subtropical area so different from others in Spain.
If you happen to be here in August, do not miss the Misteri d'Elx, a liturgical drama of medieval origin.
If you're into mountaineering, you can have a go at the Maigmó mountain (1296 m) taking the road to Castalla.Although you can drive up a track leading almost to the top, the energetic will ascend on foot and have a pleasant rest on the Balcón de Alicante, which offers a magnificent panorama of the Castalla mountains and the Alicante plain, with the blue Mediterranean in the background.
Do not forget to visit the city of Orihuela, with its wide variety of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings. 54 km from Alicante. They say that Ibi (40 km) is the Spanish headquarters of the Three Kings of Orient, who bring gifts at Christmas time. This may not be true, but it certainly has a huge number of toy factories. And also a Toy Museum your children will love to visit. You should also visit the village of Agost, famous for its pottery. This town makes more earthenware botijos than any other spot in Spain. The authentic souvenir is the Botijo de Novia.
If you're visiting in summer and looking for action, ask about the Trensnochador ('night-owl'). It's a train that runs at night, connecting with all the disco centres and nightspots from Alicante up to Altea. The best of the movida (night scene) of the Costa Blanca!.
If you hire a car you can travel to Mojacar which is about one hours drive from Bolnuevo. The picture of the superb villa is one we booked but we cancelled to go to florida instead.
The Villa was quite hard to find ,it was up a very steep mountain. We didn't think we would have been happy there as we like to have something to do than just sunbathe.The villa was in the middle of nowhere.
Maybe one day we will go when we have quietened down.
Not much to say about the new casino, at the beginning of the leisure area of the port. Pictures speak by themselves.
Nothing special but just beautiful hilly landscapes surrounding the caves, it was so silent and peaceful that evening, when the rays of the setting down sun blurred the horizon in different shages
The pic shows the original entrance to the caves, which was used by the Arabs when it was dicovered. Nowaday visitors enter the cave thru a long passage carved out in the mountain.
This is the beach near my summer-house at 9 am. Most of the people is still in bed at that time. I love going to the beach and swim alone in the sea at this hour.
This garden is just outside of Alicante, we took a city bus, and found it quite easily. There are a couple of hundred different types of palm trees here
Visit ELCHE and the HUERTO DEL CURA. This is a beautiful park with palm trees and exotic flowers; beautiful.