|Suburban traffic|| 350 || m ||Airport|| 8 || km |
At the beach; Golf; Near water
On the east coast lies the Spanish Costa Blanca ('White Coast') with its healthy sunshine and cool sea breeze. From Amsterdam to Alicante (by car) there is a distance of approx. 1888 km, of which 1660 km are via motorway. By air, it is about 2 hours from the Rotterdam Airport. A visit to the city of Alicante, only 15 km away, is highly recommended. You can spend a leisurely day shopping or visit local museums and monuments. Also recommended is a trip to the town of Santa Pola, with its salt water lakes, also only 8 km away. In former times this was an idyllic fishing town and a major Roman port. The 17th century fort houses an archaeological museum and an aquarium. From the coast of Santa Pola you can travel by ferry to the small island of Tabarca. The island has a population of only 40 people, and almost everything is forbidden here: camping, water-skiing, etc. Nevertheless, hundreds of people visit the island daily. The city wall, which surrounds the village, has three towers and all streets lead to the church square. The strangest building is the house of the chief magistrate, where you will find the only hotel in the village. Another recommended destination for young and old is the aqua park in nearby Torrevieja (30km). Here you will find several swimming pools with large slides. In Rojales (10 km away) you can go horseback riding on the beach accompanied by an instructor (riding lessons are also available) or spend your time at the golf course. Summers in this area last from late April to mid-October, and in winter it does not get much colder than 12 degrees so the Costa Blanca is the perfect year-round travel destination!