Category: Valencia

Culture of Benidorm

| January 7, 2012

Mention Benidorm and with it, by implication, the concepts of package tourism, hotel buffets, British bars with one euro a pint lager, northern English Working Men’s Club turns imitating something neither themselves nor their audience have ever been, lobster-impersonating spit-burnt sunbathers and fried English breakfasts with the bacon already coated in tomato sauce, and I would bet that very few punters would auto-associate the phrase “cultural experience”. More likely, perhaps, might be the image of over-revelled revellers spewing out from the industrial-sized, garish and scruffy discos along the strip at nine in the morning, seated wavering by the roadside amidst the split, cracked and squashed plastic waste which these no doubt environmentally aware individuals seem to generate by the ton. Continue Reading

Alicante monuments

| December 30, 2011

As well as museums, Alicante also has a great monumental heritage. Examples include: Santa Bárbara Castle overlooking the Mediterranean atop Mount Benacantil and providing unrivalled sea views; the Santa María Church, a 14th century Gothic temple that houses a priceless documental and artistic collection whose oldest piece is an incunable dating back to the 13th century; the San Nicolás Co-cathedral in the city’s historic quarter, which is a church used as a cathedral and a clear example of Spanish Enlightment from the first half of the 18th century; the Town Hall, an 18th century baroque-style palace interesting in that it houses the reference point for measuring the height above sea level of any place in Spain which is known as “cota cero”, and can be found on the first step of the building’s main staircase; and the Santa Faz Monastery just 5 kilometres outside the city centre, which is home to a relic brought from the Vatican in the 15th century, which, according to popular tradition, is part of a veil that Veronica used to wipe the bloodied face of Christ on his way to Calvary. Continue Reading

Things to do around Alicante

| December 24, 2011

Elche is the Region of Valencia’s third largest city in terms of population and is the Spanish footwear capital. The mere mention of Elche immediately evokes images of its spectacular palm tree grove, El Palmeral, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and of the Misteri, one of Spain’s most important cultural events, which has also been acknowledged by UNESCO as an Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity and involves the staging of a sung two-part mediaeval drama held on 14th and 15th August. Continue Reading

Things to do in Javea

| December 22, 2011

Located in Alicante province, Spain, Javea is a well known market town and seaside resort. Its climate is considered one of the healthiest in the world making it a popular tourist location, more so during the winter seasons. The next time you plan to visit Spain, make it a point to include this town in your itinerary. This town is well connected to the rest of the world via Valencia and Alicante airports. Alternatively, one can also visit the same via rail. If you are visiting this place for the first time, you will discover that the town is divided into three distinctive zones… the beach, the port, and the town. Continue Reading

Things to do around Javea

| December 14, 2011

If you have completed enjoying all that Javea has to offer, what about moving a bit away from it and checking out the other tourist spots in the vicinity? A word of advise though. You will be better off by hiring a car to undertake your exploring because Javea occupies a lot of space and it will not be possible to cover the same on foot unless you plan to remain there over an extended period of time. In case you are on the lookout for car rental companies, you should check out at Alicante airport. Continue Reading

Alicante fiestas

| December 12, 2011

Visitors to the city of Alicante have many an opportunity to make their trip coincide with one of the many Spanish fiestas dotting the calendar throughout the year. The Hogueras de San Juan bonfire celebrations, the Moors and Christians parades, Carnival, Holy Week, the pilgrimage to the Santa Faz Monastery and Christmas are just some of the occasions to remember on the Alicante fiestas calendar. Continue Reading

Javea holidays

| December 10, 2011

Situated in the province of Alicante, Spain and located behind a wide bay, Javea is a popular seaside resort and costal town. It is a popular tourist destination because of its micro climate, considered as one of the healthiest in the world. Add to this the fact that this costal town receives more sunshine than any city in Spain and you will understand why it is a preferred destination for Europeans, especially during the harsh winter months. Good roads connect this costal town with regional capitals and both Valencia and Alicante airports are just an hour’s drive away. Continue Reading

Benidorm, Aparthotel Levante Club

| December 10, 2011

The Aparthotel Levante Club is located in Benidorm, Spain, just two blocks from the beach, and two kilometres from Triangular Square. Aqualandia Water Park and Mundomar Dolphin Park are both one kilometre away, and Alicante Airport is 42 kilometres distance. Continue Reading

Montgo Natural Park

| December 9, 2011

Those who are interested in nature and its beauties must visit the Montgo Natural Park in the Region of Valencia. This natural park lies 753 meters above sea level and boasts of 600 and more vegetable species. The famous amongst them are the black sabine, rock scabious, Valencia rock violet, maritime fennel, red lavender, kermes oak, etc. Continue Reading

Alicante museums

| December 5, 2011

The city of Alicante is home to a large selection of museums capable of satisfying the most curious and demanding of intellects. The leading institutions include the MARQ Archaeological Museum, one of Spain’s most avant-garde museums due to the innovative way in which archaeology is presented using the most hi-tech audiovisual techniques, earning it the European Museum of the Year Award in 2004. Continue Reading