It feels like summer in Spain all year round, but when the high season arrives we know that keen holidaymakers will be hungry for ideas to inspire their well-earned holidays on the Costa Blanca this year.
There´s more to Spain than just Ciudad Quesada, and there are plenty of attractions locally to while away your lazy days in the summer sun.
But we thought you might like to know what lies a little further afield – super Costa Blanca tourist destinations that make use of that hire car you´ve already paid for.
So here´s our bucket-list of local attractions, and some that might require a short trip by car, for this summer.
Terra Mitica, Benidorm (travel time 1h 10m)
Terra Mitica is a large adventure theme park just north of Benidorm. Explore the ancient Mediterranean civilisations as you travel around the theme park experiencing the history of Greece, Egypt and ancient Rome.
Terra Mitica has something for everyone with a total of 25 rides. Adrenaline addicts can enjoy the thrills of the Inferno roller coaster and “El Vuelo Del Fénix”, a 60-metre tall fast drop-tower.
There are plenty of family-friendly and childrens rides too, including Ayquesustus and “Puerto De Alejandria” that provides a simulated boat ride from Egypt to Iberia.
You will find a good choice of restaurants and shops around the park, and the theme park even has their own hotel: the Grand Luxor 4-star hotel with two outdoor swimming pools and a wellness and spa centre.
Terra Natura, Benidorm (travel time 1h 10m)
Terra Natura is a zoo theme park and aqua park near Benidorm. This large park covers 79-acres divided into four zones: Pangea, America, Asia and Europe.
It’s the perfect day out for avid animal lovers, and the parks “Zooimmersion” habitat design which enables park visitors to make contact with the animals through barriers invisible to the human eye.
The park hosts 1,500 animals covering more than 200 species many of whom are almost extinct in the wild. The Asia zone is home to some of nature´s most wonderful creatures, and visitors can see lions, rhinoceros, Bengal Tigers and Asian elephants as closely as if they were in their natural habitat.
Terra Natura offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the animals, even sometimes allowing you to touch them (some of the less lethal ones of course). There are shops and restaurants throughout the park, and picnic areas are provided.
Aqua Natura, Benidorm (travel time 1h 10m)
Aqua Natura is a 40,000 square metre water park with an open design to allow parents to keep an eye on their children easily.
The Greece-inspired theme park offers a 5,000-metre Zorba wave pool, a beach complete with beach bars, the world´s only zero-gravity water-rollercoaster, and more than a kilometre of thrilling water slides
Take a stroll along the promenade and relax on the beach, enjoy the adrenaline rush of the water slides, or let your children have fun in the kid´s zone. Lifeguards are on duty at all times for your peace of mind.
The water park offers a selection of restaurants but you can also take your own picnic to enjoy in the areas provided.
Elche Palmeral, Elche (travel time 35m)
If you fancy a lovely relaxing day surrounded by nature then consider a visit to the Elche Palmeral. The Palm Grove contains more than 200,000 thousand mature palm trees, making it the largest such grove in Europe.
The Palmeral has existed since the eighth century when the Romans founded the new city, constructing a network of irrigation channels which are still present and in full working order today.
As you wander around the parks and groves you will find plenty of shady places to enjoy a picnic, plus a lovely restaurant, a tea shop, and beautiful water features throughout.
Elche Palmeral also offers something for adrenaline lovers, offering an adventure zone with activities for people of all ages to enjoy. The main attraction is the Triaction Tower which stands more than 20-metres high, providing panoramic views over the palm trees and incorporating two giant zip-lines. Other activities include a multi-adventure circuit, laser camp, field archery, and a large artificial lake.
Les Fonts de l’Algar (travel time 1h 30m)
The Les Fonts de l’Algar are only 48 minutes from Alicante and upon arrival you will find you have traded the cosmopolitan feel of modern Spain for a spectacular natural oasis.
The area is rich with ecological conservation and environmental education, and the Valencian Government has decreed the area a protected wetland.
The Les Fonts de l’Algar (or Las Fuentes del Algar in native Spanish) follow a route where visitors are able to walk through the bed of the river, see amazing waterfalls, natural springs and swim in the crystal clear mountain waters.
There are shaded picnic areas provided at the Les Fonts de l’Algar but you may prefer to try one of the local nearby restaurants.
Rio Safari (travel time 30m)
If you or a family member travelling with you on your holiday is an animal lover, then Rio Safari in majestic Elche is certainly a place to add to your list of things to do.
The Rio Safari Park is a conservationist centre helping some of the planets most endangered animals. The park houses and cares for numerous animals, big cats (such as tigers and leopards), multiple species of monkey and ape, giraffes, and a family of friendly sea lions.
There are chances for close encounters with some of the animals such as the lemurs, or for a lucky few – swimming with the sea lions.
Rio Safari Park has a new water park, a train that offers rides through the grounds, and a go-kart track. The park allows you to enjoy your own picnic in one of the areas provided, or you can choose to eat at your choice of the park´s many themed restaurants and casual food outlets.
The Cave Houses of Rojales (travel time 5m)
Visit the traditional Spanish village of Rojales and you will find a hidden gem right under your nose.
The village is rightly famous for its beautiful cave houses, the “Cuevas del rodeo”, situated on the hillside above the village. Maybe you´ll find the spectacular “Casa de Las Conchas”, a pretty Spanish villa decorated by its owner with a pattern of shells, tiles and mirrors.
Many of the cave houses have been turned into art galleries and are always worth a visit. There is a charming little bar atop the hillside which holds special music evenings throughout the tourist season, every Friday night from 9:00 pm.
A monthly arts-and-crafts market takes place on the first Sunday of every month from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, with live music at midday. The art exhibition is open Monday to Saturday during the summer season.
Tabarca Island (travel time 25m)
Take a day trip to the gorgeous island of Tabarca, one of the Costa Blanca’s most popular tourist attractions.
Just 25 minutes by car from Ciudad Quesada, water taxis offer regularly scheduled services to the island, departing Santa Pola at various times throughout the day all year round.
Enjoy a swim in the island’s fabulous clear Mediterranean waters, visit the lighthouse, or explore the historic buildings such as the fort and the ancient church.
Finish your day with a visit to pirate-themed cafes, bars, or restaurants, and sample some of the traditional Spanish seafood on offer.
Rojales AquaPark (travel time 5m)
AquaPark Rojales is a theme park that first opened in 1986, with its attractions scattered throughout 21,000 square-metres of water fun and entertainment.
Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in the picnic areas, equipped with tables and umbrellas, the large lawn with sunshades, or soak up the sun around the large swimming pool.
Spend your day enjoying the adrenaline rush of the water-slides or let your children have fun in the kid´s zone, Lago Infantil, and Amazonia. Lifeguards are on duty at all times for your peace of mind.
The park has a restaurant and cafeteria serving a menu of light-bites and dishes, where you can enjoy a succulent Spanish paella. Free car parking is available for all visitors, and the park opens from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm June through to early September.
Zenia Boulevard (travel time 30m)
Zenia Boulevard is the areas largest shopping centre and one of the areas most visited tourist attractions, partly due to a packed social events calendar that runs throughout the year.
With over 150 shops representing global and national Spanish brands spread across a single floor, navigated via avenues that wind around the shopping complex opening up into spacious plazas and a large central courtyard.
Zenia Boulevard´s upper floor offers a selection of eateries, and with nine cafes, coffee bars, and ice cream parlours, in addition to 16 fast food or international fine dining restaurants, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds. Each one is an amazing place to stop, relax, and people watch.
Zenia Boulevard is open from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm every day throughout the summer months. Check out their website for local events and organised functions.