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Holiday Park; Golf; Near water
The Costa Blanca, the 'White Coast', has a coastline of about 200 km with many sandy beaches. The coast is called white because of the lush trees with rose-white almond blossoms, which in the past were plentiful here. The old city of Alicante is certainly worth a visit. 'El Casco Antiguo (Old Town) is relatively small and situated between the Rambla (a boulevard, on the site of the former city wall) and a hill on which sits the castle of Santa Barbara. The old quarter of Santa Cruz consists of narrow alleys with small steps, built on the hill from Monte Benacantil. The quaint little streets are surrounded by white houses with abundant flowers and tiles. The baroque-styled Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Concatedrál de San Nicolás de Bari), which dates from 1662, is in Herrera. It's odd square shape makes it unique. The Church of the Virgin Mary (Iglesia de Santa María) is originally a Gothic church; it was built upon the foundations of a Muslim mosque. Through glass windows set in the ground you may see the remains of this mosque. Torrevieja is also a nice place for a visit. Especially known for its beautiful beaches, it is located near the sea and is surrounded by two salt water lakes- the largest salt water lakes in Europe. The island of Tabarca lies before the Spanish coast, a few kilometers away from the city of Santa Pola. The island is only 1800 m long and has a maximum width of 400 m. In the immediate vicinity are many smaller, uninhabited islands and rocks. The island was originally a fortress against the Berbers from North Africa. The Genuaner inhabited villages are not built along a rectangular patterned road, which were the principles of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. It is surrounded by defensive walls, with two gates, which are still to be admired. In the east of Tabarca is a lighthouse from 1854. At the easternmost point is a cemetery. The island is flat and there is often a strong wind. Everything on the island is easily accessible. Visible through the clear waters that surround the island are many forms of life. The area surrounding the island was also designated as a marine reserve. The Costa Blanca offers more than just beautiful sandy beaches. Here you will find a wide range of attractions! Alicante, the provincial capital, is a seaside resort popular in winter and the national airport is in the heart of the Costa Blanca. The city of Alicante has a diverse industry, necessary ports, a lively night life, great food, bright white sandy beaches, a beautiful lake, cultural and historical architecture - in short: an interesting city which has something to offer for everyone.