Mediterranean Sea
Spain

Alicante

Balearic

Benidrom

Cabo Roig

Campoamor

Cartagena

Costa Blanca

Elche

La Manga

Murcia

San Pedro Del Pinatar

Torrovieja

Valencia

Alicante

It is a bustling seaside city with a magnificent castle Santa Barbara located on a high rocky mountain. Its purpose was to defend the city and the gulfs. Old narrow streets full of a specific appeal and history, along with numerous historic building make up unique surroundings. The port in Alicante is the home of fishermen and the sailor brethren and is frequently the last item on cruise itineraries. Nearby there is an international El Altet airport, to which you can get in 15 minutes from Alicante. Tourists have an opportunity to travel to the Balearic Islands and Northern Africa on a ferry crossing.

Near Alicante towards Benidorm there are famous in the entire Spain Terra Mitica (an amusement park) and Terra Natura.

Balearic Islands

Balearic Islands are an archipelago in the western part of the Mediterranean, near the eastern coast of Spain. Its most important islands inlcude: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Cabrera.

It is a dream of many to travel to Mallorca or Ibiza. When going to Spain, especially to the Costa Blanca coast, visiting one of those beautiful islands does not pose much difficulty.

Most of all, Alicante – the capital of the Costa Blanca coast – offers a range of cruises and trips to the Balearic Islands, including Mallorka. It is a sailors’ island having lots to offer, from lovely beaches, wonderful nature, to a lively social life. Cruises depart from Alicante and arrive at Ibiza – the world capital of night life, an island for tourists loving parties to the fullest – and end on Mallorca.

Benidrom

Until 1960 Benidrom was a small fishing village. In such a short period of time, the city became a large centre with plenty of skyscrapers and hotels – the number of skyscrapers per resident in this place is the biggest in the world!

At night it resembles Las Vegas: nobody sleeps and the party lasts from dusk till dawn. Places of entertainment include a number of nightclubs, disco clubs and a variety of pubs. On top of that – amusement parks, swimming pools and fitness clubs. Apart from many historic buildings and churches waiting for you to visit them, Benidorm provides ample attractions for the whole family. The most popular are three amusement parks: Terra Mitica, Aqualandia and Mundomar.

The Benidorm gulf resembles a heart – at least in shape, as the colour is obviously a marriage of blue and yellow. Its right half is Levante – one of the most famous beaches in Europe. 2 kilometres of golden sand and a boardwalk with noisy bars, 4600 deck chairs and, a water ski lift, picturesque restaurants and… a library. The left side is Poniente – significantly quieter and also longer by a kilometre and wider (over 70 m on average).

Cabo Roig

Cabo Roig is popular due to its gorgeous beaches in gulfs and a picturesque harbour. In the vicinity there are many excellent restaurants offering night entertainment for guests of all ages. All beaches in the area of Cabo Roig are designated with a blue flag meaning safety and cleanliness. You can walk along the coastline up to the La Zenia beach and admire the views of the Mediterranean and grand villas built on the edge of cliffs. On your way, you can drink a glass of sangria to feel this glorious life style.

Campoamor

Famous for 2 gorgeous, sandy beaches. Glea beach. It is situated to the left of Puerto Deportivo de Campoamor. Well-known for exceptional quality of its services and amenities.

The Barranco Rubio beach is the longest beach of Orihuela located within the Campoamor area. The main attractions of these beaches are the reddish colour of the cliffs, the golden colour of the sand and the blue sea. Thanks to that combination, the beach acquires a specific, one-off colour scheme.

Campoamor can pride itself in a pleasant and safe marina for 348 yachts. The design of the marina in the original setting ideally fits into the local landscape. There are sailing and windsurfing schools operating. In the Nautico Club you can try e.g. delicious paella.

Cartagena

It is second largest city in the region of Murcia and one of the most important ports in Spain. The commercial port is obviously very significant economically, but in Cartagena there is also the biggest naval base on the Spanish coast of the Mediterranean. Despite the fact that it is also a key industrial and mining city, it amazes and fascinates each visitor with its beauty and the number of historic buildings.

As the name itself suggests, Cartagena was established by the Carthaginians in the 3rd century B.C. Prior to that, there was an Iberian settlement called Mastia, an already beautiful and significant city.

During the Punic war, Cartagena was defeated by the Romans and since that moment it functioned under the Latin name Cathago Nova, from which the contemporary Cartagena derives. Under the Roman rule the city flourished and became one of the most important commercial centres, partly owing to nearby silver mines and partly because of the fish-based Garum or Liquamen sauce produced in Cartagena, which enjoyed high popularity in the Roman Empire.

Although Cartagena was destroyed by the Vandals in the 5th century, many significant ruins and legacy of the Roman ages remained. The most prominent example is the Roman theatre from the 1st century B.C., one of the main points in the city. In Cartagena visitors can take a stroll around the beautiful old town, taste delicious sea food and fresh fish. You can also go to excellent concerts and festivals of classical or jazz music. In the vicinity of Cartagena, there is a very interesting pyrite mine, open for visitors all year long.

Costa Blanca

It is a bustling seaside city with a magnificent castle Santa Barbara located on a high rocky mountain. Its purpose was to defend the city and the gulfs. Old narrow streets full of a specific appeal and history, along with numerous historic building make up unique surroundings. The port in Alicante is the home of fishermen and the sailor brethren and is frequently the last item on cruise itineraries.

Nearby there is an international El Altet airport, to which you can get in 15 minutes from Alicante. Tourists have an opportunity to travel to the Balearic Islands and Northern Africa on a ferry crossing. Near Alicante towards Benidorm there are famous in the entire Spain Terra Mitica (an amusement park) and Terra Natura.

Elche

The palm grove in Elche is the largest palm forest in Europe. Although its origin should be sought in the prehistoric period, its golden age occurred during the Arabic rule; Muslim gave it its orchard-like shape and developed its cultivation to the fullest. Palmeral Histórico, is the part of the grove which preserved to the present day and encompasses over 200,000 palm trees.

It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, serving as a testimony of cultural transmission from East to West and owing to the preserved unique irrigation system, which is Al-Andalus culture legacy. Currently the following are open to visitors: Municipal Park (which owes its specific character to unique buildings and fountains inspired by modern Arab aesthetics), the so-called Priest Garden (Huerto del Cura) listed as a national artistic gardens, Palm Grove Museum (located in the San Plácido Garden) and Palm Grove Route, leading through traditional groves, and a palm park in Filet de Fora).

La Manga

The unique La Manga peninsula separates the Mediterranean from the large lagoon Mar Menor situated in the hinterland. It is 22 kilometres long and on average 300 meters wide. Up to 8 metre deep, Mar Menor is the largest salt-water lagoon in Europe; its temperature is on average 18 degrees Celsius all year long. The area is immensely popular among water sports enthusiasts. There are over 13 scuba diving schools and 19 international sailing clubs, as well as windsurfing schools, water skiing schools, among others. What is more, La Manga has a world-class golf complex, as well as internationally renowned facilities receiving the best football clubs from all over Europe.

Murcia

A range of mountain encompasses the valley Murcia is situated in – a city of Arabic origin, whose existence is closely related to the fertile orchards running along the Segura river. A tower of the cathedral looms over historical streets of the city still bearing names of different crafts guilds.
The old town situated by the Segura river is crossed by historical streets which preserved the names of crafts guilds dwelling there, as well as their commercial names: Platería, Trapería and Vidrieros (silverware, ragman and glassware).

Among festivities and folk celebrations organized in Murcia, Good Friday stands out. What is especially worth taking part in is the “salzillos” procession on Good Friday morning. As part of Spring Festival, there are also events related to Entierro de la Sardina (the funeral of a sardine) worthy of interest, regarded as an international tourist attraction, during which a spectacular parade of colourful platforms takes place.

But probably one of the most deeply rooted traditions of the capital of Murcia is Bando de la Huerta, celebrated invariably for over 150 years on Easter Tuesday. The festival is a true celebration of regional cuisine and folklore, filled with parades, regional costumes, tasting typical produce and the reading of verses written in the “Panocho” language. Another celebration enjoying high popularity is the Romería de la Virgen de la Fuensanta pilgrimage, during which a figure of the Mother of God is carried from the cathedral to her sanctuary located in five kilometre distance from Murcia.

The basis of Murcia’s gastronomy are excellent fruit and vegetables provided by the local orchards and gardens. This produce is used to prepare typical dishes, which include pisto huertano (made from pepper, onion and tomatoes), chickpea and chard soup and zarangollo (marrow, eggs and onion). To wash it down, there is a selection of wines produces in Murcia, which have a protected name of origin: Bullas, Yecla and Jumilla.

San Pedro Del Pinatar

It is a picturesque town situated along the waters of Mar Menor lagoon. You can relax here on one of many beaches – both on the seashore and the shore of calm waters of Man Menor. Nearby salty lakes and mud baths help in skin and rheumatic conditions. In the area there are a couple of natural reserves. The dunes by the La Llana beach form one of the most significant natural reserves in the region. It is the place where flamingos emigrating to Africa rest. There are over 100 bird species nesting and living on the dunes. Guests can visit the dunes on foot or – if they wish this experience to be more thrilling – on a horseback.

Torrovieja

A characteristic location of the city between two salty lagoons and the sea creates an extraordinarily healthy microclimate. The region has been recognised as one of the healthiest in Europe by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Torrevieja is famous for its dazzling coast and sandy beaches. Going north you will come across sandy beaches spanning for kilometres. In the vicinity of Guardamar and La Marina there are beaches for naturists (Playas Libres). The salty lagoons are also nature reserves, which is home and shelter for characteristic birds, and is full of by bike trails and walking routes.

An unquestionable attraction of Torrevieja are mud baths in a nearby lagoon – Laguna Rosa. It is a natural park, where everybody can enjoy mud and brine baths. Some people come to Torrevieja every year just to benefit from the therapeutic mud.

How to do it?

Our practical advice is as follows:

  • bring a plastic container, a shovel or a different object with which you will scoop mud will also be of use,
  • bring a bottle of water (for rinsing after leaving the lagoon, as the water is heavily salty).

Take mud from the lagoon shore and rub it on your body. After that take a walk along the shore of the lagoons until the mud dries. On the average it takes up to 1 hour. Next, go into the lagoon and rinse your body thoroughly. However, you shouldn’t bathe in the lagoon longer than half an hour. Following the mud and saline bath, rinse your body with the water you brought.

How do you benefit from the baths?

Lagoon mud contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulphur, silicon dioxide, and many other valuable minerals. PH oscillates between 7.12 and 8.45. The mud has anti-inflammatory, skin-soothing activity: the skin becomes soft and smooth, and people having problems with skin eruptions, e.g acne, inflammatory conditions, psoriasis, etc., can apply the so-called white mud to be used specially on face, which can also be found by Rosa Lagoon. The baths have a wide application in rheumatic diseases, as well as e.g. circulatory system, respiratory system, etc. Owing to compounds the mud and the lagoon itself contain, these treatments have a positive impact on our body. Blood circulation improves and our organism gets rid of many toxins. To think that all of this can be combined with the stay at the seadside and mud and saline baths are completely free of charge here.

Valencia

Valencia, the city of flowers and “bonnets”, is one of the largest and most significant cities of Spain, as well as one of the most vibrant cities. It is situated on the coast of the Mediterranean, thanks to which beaches are located almost in the very heart of the city. No wonder that, especially in summer, it is visited by masses of tourists. Valencia and its region provide you with a fantastic possibility of spending holidays on the beach combined with doing any kind of sport (golf, scuba diving, bike riding, tennis, etc., all of which are immensely popular both in Valencia and the entire region), enjoying rich night life and a wide range of cultural options at the same time – to put it simply, it is a must-see.

In Valencia there are important fair events, which proves that it is one of the most dynamic cities in Spain. When you stroll down the streets of the capital of the region and enjoy its wide offer, time passes by unnoticed. Should you feel hungry after an actively spent day – don’t wait for a better moment to try local dishes, including the above-mentioned Paella Valenciana, fantastic coffee and a dessert.