places of interest

SANTA BARBARA CASTLE, ALICANTE

This historical castle is located on Mount Benacantil with 166 meters of altitude bordering the sea. The entire bay of Alicante is clearly visible and gives some spectacular panoramic views. The Museum of the City of Alicante is located in the Castle of Santa Barbara and offers a journey through the history of the City. Here you will find ten exhibition halls that have been restored and refurbished, each showcasing different archaeological materials found in various historical eras from archaeological sites in the city. Tel: 965 927 715 www.castillodesantabarbara.com

ELCHE MUNICIPAL PARK

elche parkThe famous palm groves are the most characteristic cityscape of Elche also well known as the “Mediterranean Oasis”. They surround the city with a wash of vibrant green tropic, covering two miles long and a mile wide encasing around 200,000 palms, the perfect place for enjoyment and relaxation. Amongst the various types of palms , the park also houses a variety of plant species : bougainvillea, pine, magnolias , false peppers, bananas and even the odd Gabon tulip . The park is dotted with fountains and small ponds, including one with ducks and swans, ideal for children. Tel: 966 658 196

SALT LAKES, TORREVIEJA

The salt lakes of Torrevieja are one of the most tranquil and healthiest places to visit in the region. The high concentration of salt, together with the temperature forms a microclimate recommended by medical specialists all over the world, for its beneficial health properties in particular for heart disease, skin disorders, rheumatism, bronchial illness, arthritis and other climatically influenced health problems. Take a magical journey on the “Tourist Train” to discover this historical region and be amazed by its picturesque pink lakes. The tour is approximately one hour and leaves everyday from the Paseo de la Liberdad, Torrevieja. Train times are every hour on the hour from 10am till 7pm, with ticket prices at 7,95€ for adults, and 6.95€ for children (2-12 years) and over 65’s. Tel: 653 918 709

ZENIA BOULEVARD, LA ZENIA

This relatively new shopping mall is the largest in the province and is considered a shopaholics paradise. It is designed for visitors to enjoy and have fun with something for every type of shopper, including a whole area dedicated to children with bumper cars, carousels and train rides around the mall. Its boulevard style is represented through the pretty streets & squares, palm trees & fountains, and the concerts and daily events give life to Zenia Boulevard making it special and surprising. The extensive and popular food hall on the top floor offers a variety of top quality restaurants alongside some spectacular views of the Orihuela Costa coastline. Tel: 966 761 530 www.zeniaboulevard.es

OZONE BOWLING, TORREVIEJA

ozoneThe Ozone in Torrevieja is a family leisure complex with a modern design orientated to adults and kids alike who are looking for a fun night out. The boulevards and terraces are full of exciting activities including cinema, bowling, minigolf, trampolines and an indoor soft play park for the younger ones. During the summer months, the outdoor plaza is transformed into a lively display of concerts and children’s entertainment shows. The Ozone is surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants, bars, cafes and ice cream parlours, offering you everything you need for a top night out. Tel: 965 705 880 www.torrevieja.ozonebowling.com