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At the beach; Holiday Park
The Costa Blanca (the 'White Coast') with its many sandy beaches, is 200 km long. It is called "the white coast" because of the pink and white-blossom almond trees which once were very plentiful here. Gran Alacant is only 15 km from Alicante. A visit to the old city of Alicante is highly recommended. El Casco Antiguo (Old Town) is relatively small and situated between the Rambla (a boulevard where the old city wall used to lie) and a hill with the castle of Santa Barbara. The old district of Santa Cruz was built against the slopes of Monte Benacanti and is made up of small, narrow roads with stairs. The picturesque streets are bordered by small white houses with lush flowers and decorative tiles. The Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Concatedrál de San Nicolás de Bari in Herrera) was built in baroque style and completed in 1662. Its strange quadratic exterior makes it unique. The Iglesia de Santa María is an original Gothic church, which was built upon the foundation of a Muslim mosque. Through windows in the floor you can still admire the remnants of this mosque. The church was later equipped with a baroque gable. Torrevieja is also a nice place to visit. This town is famous for its beautiful beaches, but is surrounded by two large natural salt lakes which are the largest in Europe. Tabarca Island lies just off the Spanish coast, a few kilometers from Santa Pola. The island is only 1800 meters long with a maximum width of 400 meters. In the immediate area there are a number of smaller islands and cliffs. This island was originally used as a fortress against the Berbers of North Africa. The Genoese village was built according to a quadratic road scheme, in accordance with the ideas of the Renaissance. It was surrounded by a defensive wall which included two gates. To the east of Tabarca there is a lighthouse from 1854, and on the far eastern point of the island you will find a cemetery. The island is low and even though it is often very windy the flora has accommodated to the harsh conditions. The clear water surrounding the island makes it a source of new life, thus not surprisingly the area around the island has been designated a marine nature reserve. The Costa Blanca offers many attractions in addition to the beautiful sandy beaches.