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Holiday Park; Golf; Near water
On the Spanish east coast lies the Costa Blanca, the 'White Coast', with its health-improving sunshine and cool sea breeze. From Amsterdam to Alicante there are 1888 km by car (including 1660 via motorway). By plane it takes about 2 hours from Rotterdam Airport. A visit to the city of Alicante (15 km away) is very recommended. Pass the day in this town shopping or visiting museums and monuments. Of course don't miss out on the town of Santa Pola with its salt lakes, also just 8 km away. This idyllic fishing port was once an important Roman harbor. The fort, which dates from the 1600s, now accommodates an archaeological museum and an aquarium. Take the ferry from the Santa Pola coast to the small island of Tabarca. You'll only find 40 inhabitants and almost everything is prohibited: camping, water-skiing, etc. Yet the island attracts hundreds of visitors daily. The city wall surrounding the village has three towers. Several narrow streets lead up to the church square. The most peculiar house is the Stadtholder's residence which today houses the island's only hotel. A real must for young and old alike is a visit to the aqua park in neighboring Torrevieja (30 km). Here you will find huge slides along with several swimming pools. You can enjoy horseback riding with Dutch instructors (beach rides or take lessons) or visit the Rojales golf course (10 km). Summers last long in this area (from the end of April until mid-October) and winters do not get colder than ca. 12 C, so you can visit the Costa Blanca all year round!