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Costa Del Sol, Costa Blanca

Gibraltar - Located at the western end of the Costa del Sol, this “Little Britain” is a fascinating day out offering a
unique history, A wide range of activities from rock touring, to sailing, diving, fishing and bird watching. Shopping is
a must in this VAT free destination, bringing local goods and brand names such as Marks & Spencer, Morrison’s and
BHS together.

Tivoli World - This Amusement Park can be found in Benalmadena and is frequented by both locals and tourists.

Golf - Affectionately known as the “Costa del Golf” you will find over 70 courses along the coast catering for all

Beaches - Why sunbath on the same beach every day? The Costa del Sol translates into the Sun Coast in English
and with over 90 miles of beach, many that have been awarded the European Blue Flag award for high standards of
water and sand hygiene who wouldn’t want to visit them all!
The White Villages - The Costa Del Sol is sprinkled liberally with pretty pueblos blancos, or white towns and villages,
the most well-known of all these being Ronda, Mijas and Caseres. They have narrow cobbled streets and are
stereotypical of how we imagine Spanish villages to be. A must on everyone’s to do list!

Waterparks - 3 can be found along the coast. Aqualand Torremolinos is the largest water park on the Costa del Sol,
conveniently located just 10 minutes from Torremolinos . The Parque Acuatico Mijas is conveniently located in the
Mijas Costa area and just outside the town of Fuengirola. Aqua Velis Water Park is located on the Eastern side of the
Costa del Sol on the road to Velis from Malaga

Museums and Art Galleries - There are also many museums to visit in the beautiful cities of Córdoba, Granada ,
Ronda, Seville and Málaga. Artwork of world re-known artists are also located in Costa del Sol’s art galleries, where
you will be able to see the paintings of Picasso, Salvador Dali and other contemporary artists.

Zoos and Safari Parks - Selwo is located in Estepona at the western end of the coast. Selwo Safari Park is one of
the world’s most exciting nature parks. The largest of its kind in Spain, the African styled safari park features over
2000 species of animals living in more than 100 hectares of land in semi-wild conditions. The animal live in almost
natural habitats with considerate space between them and the public and you can see all the favourites such as lions,
tigers, rhinos, elephants, giraffes and bears. Fuengirola boasts its own Zoo offering a huge array of animals to see
but perhaps the greatest innovation, though, is the “moonlight visit”. Throughout July and August the zoo stays open
until 1.00 am allowing visitors to observe the more nocturnally-active species, such as leopards, flying foxes and

The Alhambra of Granada - The Alhambra is the Moorish fortress complex in the hills above Granada. Having been
the seat of government of the moors and later home to Catholic Kings. The architecture is a mixture of the earlier
Arabic style and the later Christian modifications, making the Alhambra an insight into Spanish history. They also
boast some of the most beautiful gardens you will ever see.

Local Markets – No holiday is complete without a trip to a local market. Most towns and villages boast one but the
larger ones can be found in Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. Beautiful fresh fruit and flowers, ceramics
and clothing are all good buys.

Costa Blanca

Benidorm - Possibly the ultimate holiday destination, Benidorm stands on the eastern coast of Spain, along the
scenic Costa Blanco. Benidorm is famed for its seafront hotels, lively nightlife, endless restaurants, and superb
shopping opportunities, with Benidorm being home to around 200 nightclubs and discos, more than 1,000 bars, and
a host of English-style pubs. Around five million people visit Benidorm each year for its spectacular coastline and
breathtaking white and golden sandy beaches, which stretch for more than 6 km / 4 miles. Benidorm’s most popular
beaches include the Playa del Levante and the Playa del Poniente, both Blue flag awarded beaches which meet
beneath the beautiful Plaza del Castillo.
Theme Parks & Water Parks - Benidorm and the Costa Blanca can boast some truly spectacular Theme Parks
and Water Parks offering an amazing variety of entertainment - making it one of the most exciting family holiday
destinations in Europe! Four of the most popular are:-

Terra Mitica Fun Park - The largest, most exciting theme park in Europe, with incredible rides & shows all around the
park; Pirates, Gladiators and Comedy street performers add to fun. Now with spectacular evening theatre shows!

Aqualandia - Here’s splashtastic excitement all the way – it’s wet‘n wild, with water thrills and fun for everyone. From
the spectacular Big Bang or Kamikaze, to gentle bathing in a Lagoon, come and join the wet-set!!

Mundomar - A fascinating water world with beautiful marine life and exotic birds. See the amazing dancing with
dolphins, funny sea lions, parrot shows and the children’s park. Don`t miss the Giant Aquarium.

Terra Natura - No visible barriers exist as you interact with the animal kingdom and witness the timeless wonders of
nature, displayed through spectacular shows of skill and artistry. There’s nothing like it back home !! Two parks in one,
Terra Natura also contains Aqua Natura, a fantastic water park for a splash a minute fun or relaxing in the spa or on
the beach.

Markets - Virtually every town and village including Calpe, Denia, Javea and Altea, holds a weekly market selling
everything to from fresh fruit and vegetables to clothes, leather goods and ceramics but the most well know is
probably are Benidorm outdoor market where you can enjoy a root and rummage any Wednesday and Sunday
morning throughout the year. Located by the Hotel Pueblo.

Golf - The Costa Blanca is without doubt a golf player’s paradise. There are over fifteen 18 hole golf courses in the
Costa Blanca, all within a 2 hour drive of Benidorm. Some have been designed by Seve Ballesteros, some regularly
play host to Spanish national championships, some are even ranked regularly amongst the top courses in the world

Showtime - Benidorm is famous for its nightlife but the most famous shows of all are held at the Benidorm Palace.
You can see an absolutely fabulous show in the theatre styled nightclub. Before the show you can have a fantastic
meal. You can also dance on the large dance floor to the resident orchestra.

Night wears its more glamorous dress in the Benidorm Palace! Vedette shows, dances, magic and many other
different shows will turn the night into a very pleasant and fun time. The legendary song contest of Benidorm has its
birthplace here. Many important singers and comedians have performed on this stage, like Montserrat Caballe or
Rudolf Nureyev, and singing groups like The Platters, Los Panchos, The Supremes and more.
Benidorm Palace has produced some of the best known shows in Europe, with more than 1,500 seats available for
important contests like the election of Miss Espana, the Forum Europeo de las Artes (Arts European Forum) and
plenty of conferences and congresses.

Valencia - Why not book a twin centre. Perhaps 10 days on the beach twinned with a 4 day city break in the beautiful
city of Valencia. You can pick your car up at Alicante airport and end your trip by returning it to Valencia airport.
Taking 1-1.5 hours through gorgeous countryside, this drive is a treat for anyone. Valencia is Spain’s third-largest
city with a population of some 740,000. It lies on the Mediterranean coast some 350km south of Barcelona. Madrid is
a similar distance inland. Gastronomically, the region is home to paella, Spain’s most famous dish. Historically, it is
believed that the Holy Grail resides in Valencia’s cathedral and it was here that El Cid fought the Moors. The Valencia
climate tends to be mild all year round and one of Spain’s greatest festivals, Las Fallas, takes place every March
when revellers enjoy a week long party with fireworks and massive bonfires every night.
The major tourist attraction in Valencia is the amazing City of Arts and Sciences which attracts 4 million annual visitors
and is equally fascinating to adults and children alike. Valencia is now firmly established on the European art circuit
with galleries containing works by El Greco, Goya and Velázquez. The city has undergone a facelift in recent times as
it has hosted the America’s Cup sailing race on two occasions and is now home to the European Formula One Grand

Guadalest Valley - Despite its relatively small site, the village of Guadalest has become a major tourist attraction in
its own right. Around 15 km / 9 miles from nearby Benidorm, Guadalest has much to offer. Standing on a picturesque
mountain top, much of the village has been carved out of the rock itself. Reached by a winding mountain road, the
journey from Benidorm to Guadalest takes in some of the area’s most stunning scenery. Guadalest is known for its
16th-century castle, with part of the village only accessible through a tunnel in the actual mountain.

Alicante - Alicante is around 45 km / 28 miles south of Benidorm and has much to offer in the way of sightseeing and
attractions. With its spectacular Explanada de Espana - a tiled seafront promenade, the main beach in Alicante is
San Juan Beach, which is linked to the harbour area by regular electric streetcars and often visited by tourists from
Benidorm. Other attractions which appeal to Benidorm visitors include the Plaza del Puerto Viejo, which is home to a
range of lively shops, restaurants and bars, while St. Barbara Castle (Castillo de Santa Bárbara) overlooks much of
Alicante and is an important insight into the area’s past.

Hiking - The mountainous Costa Blanca is ideal for both leisurely walking and challenging hiking holidays, especially
during the cooler spring and autumn months. Explore the scenic peaks of the sierras, and discover the natural charm
and beauty of the area inland, from the fertile green valleys, full of orange and almond groves, to unspoilt secluded

The Palm Trees at Elche - is a plantation of palm trees in the Spanish province of Alicante. It is the largest palm
grove in Europe and one of the largest in the world. The Palmeral includes the Parque Municipal and many
other orchards covering over 3.5 km2 (1.4 sq mi), including 1.5 km2(0.58 sq mi) within the city of Elche . It contains
more than 11,000 palm trees, mostly date palms, with individual specimens up to 300 years old. At its peak, in
the 18th century, it may have covered an area twice as large, with up to 200,000 trees. The dates are harvested in

It is thought that palms were originally planted in this location as early as the 5th century BC
by Carthaginians who settled in south-east Spain. The plantation survived under the Romans and the Moors.
The irrigation system was extended in the times of Abd ar-Rahman I and remains in use. The formal landscape of the
palmeral that still exists today was created when the city was under Moorish control in the 10th century.

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