|Suburban traffic|| 500 || m ||Airport|| 8 || km |
At the beach; Golf; Near water
On the Spanish east coast lies the Costa Blanca with its health-improving sunshine and a cool sea-breeze. The distance by car from London to Alicante is 1888 km (including 1660 km via motorway). Flying from London to Alicante takes about 2.5 hours. A visit to the city of Alicante, 8 km away, is highly recommended. Spend the day here shopping or visiting museums and monuments. Don't miss out on the town of Santa Pola with its salt-lakes, also at 8 km away. This idyllic fishing-port was once an important roman harbor. The fort, dating from the 1600s, houses the archeological museum and an aquarium. Take the ferry from the Santa Pola coast to the small island of Tabarca. Only 40 inhabitants live here 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 magistrate's residence, which houses the island's only hotel. A real must for both young and old is a visit to the Aquapark in the neighboring Torrevieja (30 km). Here you will find huge slides and several swimming-pools. You can enjoy horse-back riding with Dutch instructors (beach rides or taking lessons) or visit the Rojales golf-course at 10 km away. Summers last long in this area (from the end of April until the half of October). Winters do not get colder than ca. 12 C. Costa Blanca is a perfect holiday destination all year round.