In Elche, a Huerto (garden) is considered to be a parcel of land where palm trees are planted. Each garden normally has an allusive name related to the property owners or something historical. The Huerto del Cura (priest’s garden)’s name comes from the person that owned the property until 1918.
There's a pond with a copy of the Dama de Elche (Lady of Elche) in the garden – an Iberian sculpture from the 4th century B.C. which was found in 1897 and is actually located in the Archeological Museum of Madrid.
The Huerto del Cura barely has 13,000 square meters, but 1,000 palm trees are planted inside.
It’s considered to be a densely populated date palm population.
In addition to palm trees, there are other typical Mediterranean plants, like lemon, orange, pomegranate, and dates trees, among other subtropical species.
The adventure started in Benidorm, right at the port in Poniente…that’s where you embark on the boats to Benidorm island. You can take the trip during the morning or afternoon. You’ll feel like a fish in water, traveling at sea, as you lose yourself around the tiny island.
The experience is worth it!
Denia has long, wide, sandy beaches and surprising rocky coves:
North of the city lies the long sandy beaches of Les Marines. In this area you will find: Punta del Raset, Les Marines, Les Bovetes, Els Molins, L'Almadrava and Les Deveses. South of the town lies the sandy beach of La Marineta Casiana, followed by the rocky coves of Las Rotas. The cliffs of Cabo San Antonio begin at the end of the cliffs.
If you have the chance to visit Alfas del Pi, don’t miss the chance to check out this short yet wonderful route. It’s a 2.5km trail to the lighthouse along a paved road and you’ll see lots of people on the way. But, it’s surrounded by the Mediterranean sea and unequalled natural beauty. Of course, the return trip is 2.5km as well, so make sure to bring something to eat and a cold drink and you can have a picnic fit for a king at the end of the trail.
If you are looking for a place to rest, this is it. The beach is very clean and very quiet. The hotel is magnificent for enjoying sun and sea, has luxurious facilities, the dining room has a windows from which you can see the sea at all times, the food is very good and the service too. The pool is lovely and panoramic.
What sets the beaches of Elche apart is the fact that they're virgin. The city is still a little ways from the beach so they are very well-preserved.
Elche has about 12 miles of coastline, not counting Santa Pola. The first of the coastal beaches in Elche is Playa de Altet and then Fondet of Senieta, both surrounded by dunes. These two beaches are beautiful and totally virgin...you even need to make a good hike across the dunes to reach them.
Then you have the Playa de Arenales del Sol. It's nice, but it's the only beach in Elche that has any kind of urban build-up. After a long walk down Arenales del Sol, you reach Playa de Carabassi, the most popular beach in Elche. It's a stunning, long beach with many dunes and a nudist area. Afterwards, you reach Escull beach, the only rocky beach in Elche. This marks the end of the Elche beaches and the beginning of Santa Pola.
South of Santa Pola, in Salinas, the southern Elche coast beings again with Playa de Pinet, a beach set in an extraordinary landscape. Then Playa de La Marina, a super-virgin beach on the edge of a pine forest that stretches to Guardamar del Segura. Finally, you have the beach of Les Pesqueres – El Rebollo (and the La Marina campsite).
Playa del Carabassí is, by far, the beach of choice for those that live in Elche. There´s always a great environment and the water is always crystal clear and at an ideal temperature. It´s easily accessible by a tiny bridge that the town hall built to help visitors cross the beautiful sand dunes and fallen pine trees. There´s a nudist area, and another for snorkeling at the end of the beach behind the curve, as well as various paths to follow that the rocks form, which are both easy and fun do follow. There´s a woods of pine trees, which makes for a great place to take a siesta in the shade. Just about perfect…
This is, without a doubt, the favorite beach of the Elche locals. The waters are always crystal clear and the temperature is perfect. It’s a great environment and also very easy to access thanks to some boardwalks that the town hall has set up to help cross over the beautiful dunes.
There is a nudist area, another for snorkeling, and finally a part where the beach curves and there are natural pathways through the rock which are very fun. There is also a piney area perfect for taking a siesta in the shade. It’s perfect!
This is a perfect place to bring your boyfriend/girlfriend, whether it be someone new or your long-time parner. Almost all the guys in the area have taken advantage of this picturesque place, with the lighthouse, the cliff, the sea and the impressive view of Tabarca island off in the distance, to seduce a woman.
I personally have tried it several times with different results. But, if you’re there, you have to bring your significant other. Head out from Santa Pola towards Alicante (capital) on N-332. Once leaving Santa Pola, you’ll find the road leading to the lighthouse within about 2 minutes.
It’s a five minute drive from the town of Benitachel. Make sure to ask for “la cumbre del sol” and everyone will know which direction to point you towards. It’s another one of the many gorgeous coves that lie along the white coast in Alicante. The water is clean and always very pretty in color. There are parking lots, scuba diving zones, hiking paths, and food and drink stands. It’s definitely a heavenly place in Alicante that has been somewhat protected from mass tourism and urbanism, which has, unfortunately, been a problem throughout Alicante.
This tiny natural cove with crystal-clear water located to the south of Cape Noa and in front of it emerges the impressive Descubridor island you can enjoy a swim all to yourself. You can scuba dive between the lush ivy grasslands that house the foundation of the cape.
Although it’s not a nudist beach, it’s not abnormal to see people swimming in the nude. It’s very fun to snorkel or scuba in this cove: in the rock just in front of the beach there’s a sunken ship.
Looking to the north from the middle of the dam, you can see the entire surrounding area -- the mountains, Guadelest, the other towns in the distance, etc. The views are magnificent. If you turn and look towards the south, you can see the valley of Guadalest and its outflow to the sea. From this perspective, the sea doesn’t look like a giant blue mass, rather a thread of blue light that intertwined from the mouth of the valley to the distance.
The road seems like it dead ends at the dam. If you have time and are traveling by car, you can cross the dam and take the road on the other side. It will take you to the entire area surrounding the reservoir. You’ll be in Guadelest in just 30 minutes. It’s a narrow, recently paved road with many curves. Not many people take this road, but if you drive slowly, you’ll have no problems. It’s a great feeling to visit this area, right in the middle of the valley.
Altea is one of those places that’s more amazing every time you go. You arrive there and it’s like you’re in a place completely different from the rest of Alicante. You can sense happiness and excitement in the air and Altea gives off an atmosphere of peace and serenity: the hippie stores, the charming restaurants with their terraces, and the winding, cobblestone streets.
We had a lovely visit to this town on the coast of Alicante on a very sunny day, with a walk through the old town which was amazing with its quiet, narrow streets, whitewashed houses, breathtaking views of the coast and in the distance the rock of Ifach. There is a beautiful and very well maintained church with blue domes like almost every other church in the area of Alicante. An extraordinary experience.
Between Dénia and Jávea, there’s a wonder of nature in the form of a cliffside cave, an incredible place to get lost on a sunny day when you want some peace and quiet. You can get there on Les Rotes in Dénia.
Benidorm is a beautiful town with its beaches and spectacular skyscrapers, but you can also have fun visiting the theme parks. One of them is Terra Natura, a paradise for animal lovers. The park is divided into four sections: Pangaea, Europe, Asia and America.
It’s an interesting park because you hardly feel like there are barriers between you and the animals. Some barriers are simply (reinforced) glass, and the feeling of seeing the animals just one meter away from you is pretty interesting. You ask yourself, but what if they wake up? Is the glass really strong enough? These barriers make this park so special.
The park is open from 10am to 8pm and it closes at 9pm in August. You can get there by bus, which takes off from Benidorm and costs 1 euro. You can also go via car, as they have a parking lot.
The Santa Pola port still maintains the light and color of old fisherman’s wharfs. It continues to fill up with broken nets that the fisherman sew back together themselves, as well as the constant coming and going of small ships. You can also calmly converse with any fisherman about how the day went, how the water was, and how the catch turned out.
It’s something that I’ve always loved to check out whenever I'm in a port town. It’s always interesting to see the names they give their boats. One thing’s for sure, they don’t name them after saints. The names are always fitting, however, just like a cat or dog’s name.
This is a view that very few tourists know. From this cross in Serra Gelada, you have amazing panoramic views of all of Benidorm. On the way up, you pass by many chalets including a famous pink one that has been featured in several Spanish movies.
Truth be told, it’s not easy to reach; but, you can ask some of the shop or bar owners in the area around Rincón de Loix and they can show you how to get there.
The Mata-Torrevieja lagoons form, together with the El Fondo and the Santa Pola saltmines, a triange of wetlands of international relevance in the south of Alicante. The Ramsar Conventional declared it an area of international relevance in 1989, and it was included in the ZEPA special protection area for birds.
The two lagoons are separated by “El Chaparral” (the thicket). A canal unites the two depression that are artificially connected by a canal known as “El Acequion”, which is a part of a salt mining entity.
The Mata lagoon works as a heating deposit, while the salt mining is done in Torrevieja.