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					                                       La Marina
Situated just south of the city of Alicante, off the N332 and a fifteen minute taxi ride from the airport (
but away from the flight path! )in the established urbanisation of La Marina, the villa is ideally located
for that relaxing holiday of sun, sand, sangria and anything else that starts with the letter 's'.


La Marina is a small coastal village on the Costa Blanca in Spain with a population of 3,000. The
village has a range of shops, bars, banks etc. and has a regular bus service north and south along the
coast.


However the land on the other side of the N322 has been developed into La Marina urbanisation (town)
and now boasts all of the facilities you would need for a really good holiday.

The villa is situated about a mile and a half back into the hills where the established urbanisation
provides many shops, bars, restaurants, swimming pools etc.


The unspoilt sandy beach at La Marina stretches some 17 kilometres from Santa Pola to Torrevieja.
There is a local shuttle bus service to the beach which runs in the summer school holidays, the bus stop
is 100 metres from the villa. Other bus services run from the commercial centre both north to Santa
Pola and Alicante and south to Guadamar and Torrevieja. You can also catch a bus inland to Elche.
There is a regular supply of cheap taxis which can take you anywhere at any time.


Near to the villa is a recreation and sports area with a court for ball games, bowls and a large
swimming pool. The sports area also has a bar and restaurant and has its own evening entertainment.


Also close to the villa is the “Commercial Centre” which has banks, a supermarket, a good selection of
bars and restaurants most with their own evening entertainment. There are another two “Commercial
centres” on the urbanisation, a snooker club (with another large swimming pool), and several
Cybercafes, just to add variety. The Commercial centre can also provide both bike hire and car hire.


The nearby restaurants on the urbanisation provide a wide variety of cosmopolitan food, Italian,
Indian, Chinese, German, English, Spanish cuisine as well as fast food and bar snacks.


Within easy reach is the historic town of Elche with its extensive palm gardens, whilst the
internationally renowned golf courses of La Manga, just one of the many courses in the area, the glitz
of Benidorm and the white knuckle rides of Terra Mitica are less than an hour's drive away.


There are local markets in nearby towns and villages every day of the week, with the local market held
twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays. Night craft markets can be found in Guadamar (summer
only) and in Torrevieja. Evening funfairs can be found in Santa Pola (summer only) and Torrevieja.


For more information about the villa and the surrounding area please select the area of interest from the
menu, alternatively head for the booking page to find out how you can reserve this well equipped
accommodation for your next holiday.
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                                     Things to Do
La Marina offers a relaxing holiday close to an undeveloped beach
where the sound of the sea birds and the sounds of the waves are not
drowned out by jet skis. Water sports are available in nearby Santa
Pola, Guadamar and Torrevieja. There are a reasonable selection of
restaurants and bars within reasonable walking distance and more
further afield (details of recommended restaurants are provided in the
villa). A car is not absolutely essential for your holiday, but is
recommended in order to fully enjoy the surroundings area and to
enable you to take advantage of all of the facilities the area has to offer.
There is a bus service into Alicante, Guadamar, the nearby fishing port of Santa Pola and further afield
to Torrevieja. A local bus provides commuting to the nearby beach during the summer school holiday
periods.

Activities
These divide into leisure interests and tourist attractions.

Leisure Interests
The Costa Blanca is an ideal spot for golfers, with a good choice of courses within easy reach.
Sea fishing is well catered for with trips available from nearby Santa Pola or shore fishing along the
beach.
                                                        Those who like
                                                        to get in
                                                        amongst the
                                                        fish have a
                                                        protected
                                                        marine
                                                        environment to
                                                        explore around
                                                        the Islas de Tabarca, a mile or two offshore from
Santa Pola from where there are boat trips to the island. Scuba diving equipment and trips are
available from Scuba Elx. or Dive Buddies Scuba School ( English speaking), Avd Londres 61 -
Urb.La Marina, San Fulgencio,03177. Alicante, Tel. 96 679 0282 / 659 816737 or E Mail.

                                           The equestrians among you can go horse riding, the nearest
                                           stables being about five miles away.
                                           Ornithologists are well catered for as this is an extremely
                                           well populated area in wildlife terms. The local beach and
                                           dunes are home to a variety of shoreline waders, the
                                           ubiquitous gulls plus hoopoes and buzzards whilst south of
Santa Pola, the salt lagoons are host to egrets, herons and large flocks of flamingoes. If you want to
join in you can launch yourself from the nearby Cabo de Santa Pola, close to the lighthouse and soar
among the birds in a hang-glider.
Yachting is catered for with marinas at both Santa Pola and Alicante, the latter providing a few day
charter opportunities. The more radical wind powered activities are in evidence at Arenales del Sol and
Tamarit beach in Santa Pola, Playa Lisa, where kite surfing is also popular.


Tourist Attractions

Theme parks
Terra Mitica is just outside Benidorm, forty minutes drive away. Aqua parks are dotted all along the
Costa Blanca, the biggest being Aqualandia, again near Benidorm. Smaller ones exost in Santa Pola
and Torrevieja.
Zoos/ Safari parks
There are more of these than you can shake a stick at, the nearest being about five miles away between
Santa Pola and Elche. The most extensive and most famous is Mundomar, a cross between a zoo and
Seaworld. This is next door to Aqualandia near Benidorm.

Other Attractions
Karting - several tracks on the Costa Blanca, the best is south of Torrevieja on
the N322.
Hot Air Ballooning near the town of Elche which is also home to a large Palm
Forest for those of a horticultural bent.
                       Troglodytes and those with geological interests will no
                       doubt wish to visit the prehistoric caves at Benidoleig or
                       the nearer Cuevas del Canelobre just north of Alicante.
                       If local fiestas (festivals, not hire cars) are your thing then
                       there are the Bonfires of San Juan (in Alicante) on the 24th of June.
                      In April, Alcoy has a fiesta in honour of Saint George, and during the last week
                      in July in Villajoyosa Saint Martha gets her turn as does the International
                      Competition of Habeneras and Polyphony of Torrevieja lasting for five nights.
The Misteri d´Elx (in Elche) is performed on the 14/15 August. Then at the end of September the
Carthaginians and Romans celebration takes place in Cartagena.
There are also a number of museums, aquariums and art galleries plus places of archaeological and
architectural interest within easy reach and if you get bored with building sand castles, you can visit
some real ones.



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      Golf Courses on the Costa Blanca
There are a number of well known golf courses, the most famous being La Manga with its three
championship courses and the Villa Martin Complex. There is also Alicante Golf a course designed
by Severiano Ballesteros


Here are those within a reasonable distance.

Alicante Area
        Club de Golf Bonalba Location: the road Muchamiel-Busot, close to Muchamiel,north of
        Alicante.
        Tel : 965960331 Fax: 965960330 Number of holes: 18 Fees:- E50. Clubs/trolleys for hire.
        Alenda Golf Club Location: The road Alicante-Madrid, 15 km. E Mail
        Tel : 965620521 Fax: 965621796 Number of holes: 9
        Alicante Golf Designed by Severiano Ballesteros. Location: In Playa de San Juan, a 10
        minute drive from Alicante. E Mail
        Tel : 965155615 Fax: 965155642 Number of holes: 18
        Club de Golf El Plantío Location: The road Vieja Alicante-Elche, 3 km from Elche. E Mail
        Tel : 965189115, 965 189 070 Fax: 965189105 Number of holes: 18
        Golf La Finca Ctra. Algorfa - Los Montesinos. Tel & Fax: 96 596 7058. Number of holes: 18

Wider Costa Blanca Area
       Golf & Country Club La Marquesa Location: Urb. Ciudad Quesada, 03170 Rojales. On the
       road Rojales- Guardamar. E Mail
       Tel : 966714258 Fax: 966714267 Number of holes: 18
       Las Ramblas de Orihuela Crta Alicante-Cartagena Km 50 03189 Urb Villarmartin, Orihuela,
       Alicante Location: The road Torrevieja-Cartagena( 9km S of Torrevieja), west of Desea de
       Campoamor
       Tel : 965322011 Fax: 966765158 Number of holes: 18
       Real Club de Golf Campoamor Location: The road Torrevieja-Cartagena, west of Desea de
       Campoamor. E Mail
       Tel : 965321366 Fax: 965322454 Number of holes: 18
       Club de Golf Torre-Pacheco Location: Torre Pacheco, west of Mar Menor
       Tel : 968585111 Fax: 968585111 Number of holes: 9
       Club de Golf Villamartin Location: The road Torrevieja-Cartagena. E Mail
       Tel : 966765160 Fax: 966765158 Number of holes: 18
       La Manga Club Location: Close to Los Belones on southern edge of the Mar Menor
       Tel : 968175000 Fax: 968137272 Number of holes: 54
       Club de Golf Altoreal Location: The road Murcia-Madrid, 10 km from Murcia. E Mail
       Tel : 968648144 Fax: 968648200 Number of holes: 18

				
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