I am hoping to post lots of pictures here, together with some interesting items on the various places that I visit. I am beginning with Cabo Roig as this is where I currently live, there will be plenty of other posts about Cabo Roig and lots of other towns and resorts in Spain. Cabo Roig is a popular coastal resort located on the Orihuela Costa, Costa Blanca, Spain, it is situated between Pilar de la Horadada and Torrevieja and is about 20 minutes drive from Murcia airport (Alicante is a little further at 45 minutes). Cabo Roig is especially busy during the summer months as thousands arrive for their holidays. The big attractions are the beaches ( Cala Caleta is pictures above) and the bustling strip of bars and restaurants. I shall be posting more stories about Cabo Roig shortly.
The Resort of Playa Flamenca – It was just after the development of the area by several Flemish investors at the start of nineteen seventies that Playa Flamenca became a trendy resort. Up until then it was simply a stretch of stark but nice coastline on the Orihuela Costa.
Playa Flamenca right now, is one of the most attractive hotspots along this stretch of the Alicante coastline and the just recently renovated beachfront and pathway are a joy to see. The cliff walkway goes all the way from Dehesa de Campoamor to Torrevieja, passing Playa Flamenca on the way, hugging the lovely beach resorts of Aguamarina, Cabo Roig, Punta Prima and La Zenia.
One of the town’s principal attractions is its Saturday market which is held each week on the main thoroughfare through Playa Flamenca, just past the Mercadona supermarket. People flock from the surrounding resorts to visit this impressive and vibrant market. The choice of merchandise displayed on the Playa Flamenca street market is incredible, you could obtain bags, plants, clothes, watches and sweets, or simply get some locally grown, fresh fruit and veg or fresh bread and cakes prepared on the day. You will feel peckish when you pass the spit-roast chicken van, so why not purchase a tasty garlic flavoured chicken, or you can see a traditional paella being prepared right before your eyes and take some home for your dinner.
The Flamenca Beach commercial centre, together with Via Park I and II are the primary places for drinking places, restaurants and shops, and there you’ll find all your require with respect to recreation and entertainment. You will find a large number of dining places offering up food from all around the world, plus lots of chance to watch a live group, test your brain in a quiz, try a spot of karaoke, catch up on the latest TV sport or perhaps have a drink or two.
The excellent climate is without a doubt one of the leading attractions for anyone planning a trip to this area and Playa Flamenca is no exception, as the resort benefits from around three hundred days of sunshine every year. The best weather is through the period of June to September and that is the time when the region properly livens up with tourists from Europe and Spain itself descending on the resort. However the wintertime season still provide exceptional weather, which means it is a desirable place for wintertime breaks for those planning to get time away from the cold dark winters of Northern Europe.
Golfing Facilities: Golf courses near the resort include La Finca, La Marquesa, Las Colinas Golf, Lo Romero, Las Ramblas, Campoamor and Villa Martin.
Playa Flamenca has the benefit of very good road links with the AP-7 motorway or the N-332 coastal road close by, making use of these roads El Altet (Alicante) airport is 68km by car and San Javier (Murcia) airport is twenty two minutes drive.
Spanish Coastal Resorts Mil Palmeras – Located in the Alicante province betwixt Torre de la Horadada and Cabo Roig beside the N-332 coastal highway, Mil Palmeras is a small beach town that’s part of the Orihuela Coast region. Mil Palmeras is for much of each year, a laid-back seaside town, though changes throughout the hot summer season. The name of the urbanization translates as 1000 palms, which most likely comes from the countless palms that grow in the resort. It is a well liked resort mostly because of its warm and clean waters, proximity to golf courses, excellent amenities, fine sandy beaches and its temperate climate. Overall your typical Spanish coastal resort and perfect for a stress free vacation in the sun.
Mil Palmeras beach is surely one of the better beaches on the southern Costa Blanca with the lucid waters of the Mediterranean Sea and clean well looked after sand. It has all of the typical features like toilet facilities, changing area, bar, pedal boats for hire, volley ball nets, sunbeds, parasols and a car park. The beach has the name Playa de Mil Palmeras and meanders along to a beach named Riomar.
With the area benefiting from in excess of three hundred days of sunshine each year, it’s no surprise that the weather is among the key attractions that the town has to offer. Even though the winter season provides excellent weather, meaning it is a popular place for winter vacations for anyone planning to have a break from the cold long winters of Northern Europe, the hottest conditions are through the period of June to September and that is when the town properly comes to life with travellers from Europe and Spain itself descending on the resort. Therefore for winter or summertime vacations consider Mil Palmeras in Spain.
Mil Palmeras will also be perfect for checking out several other Costa Blanca locations just a few are: La Regia, El Mojon, Pilar de la Horadada, Los Dolses, Playa Flamenca and some others.
The resort also has really good road links with both the N-332 coastal road or the AP-7 autopista nearby, utilizing these highways Alicante airport is 72.4km by car whilst Murcia (San Javier) airport is 12 miles drive.
Today’s picture is of the wierd roundabout at Punta Prima on the Orihuela Costa, Costa Blanca, Spain. It wasn’t really why I took the picture but it does show how the traffic is already starting to built up for the summer and there are certainly a few more people about after a long, slow winter. Beyond the roundabout (what is it about Spain and their wierd roundabouts?) is the Eroski commercial centre with McDonalds and a loads of other bars, shops and restaurants. Punta Prima is a popular holiday destination and it does have some attractive coastline and decent beaches. The town of Torrevieja is just 5 minutes drive away and the other Orihuela Costa resorts are nearby (Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Campoamor and Cabo Roig).
Today’s picture is taken from my window in our house on the seafront in Cabo Roig, Spain. Not sure why, as its a miserable rainy day, quite unusual for this part of Spain which is normally sunny, so the picture is a gloomy one with no blue sky, no sunshine, no blue sea, and little to commend it.
As it is Sunday I would normally be relaxing and sitting in the garden, but as the weather is crap I am indoors working again! Gill is back home in Aylesbury in the UK, so it is pretty quiet here, and I am here on my own free to do as I wish, so why the hell am I working?
Might pop out for dinner later but only if the weather picks up a little as I don’t feel like driving and fancied taking a walk to one of the nearby bars, Listers maybe, for a Sunday Roast.
Located on the Mar Menor in the Murcia region of Spain, you will find the little coastal town of Lo Pagan, popular with holidaymakers due to its fine beach it also attracts visitors from all over the world, who come to partake of the healing mud in the nearby salt lake. Reputed to be beneficial for numerous skin and other complaints, the mud is smothered all over the affected body parts and left to dry in the sun. The mud is then washed off, though the smell will remain until you have had a good shower (or 3). The mud certainly has a defoliating effect, leaving the skin sooth and silky, its also free, so ladies can stick it on their face for a much cheaper mud pack!
Today’s picture is of the superb water park on top of the hill in Ciudad Quesada, on the Costa Blanca, Spain. Well worth a visit during the summer, this particular Aqua Park gets less crowded than the one in Torrevieja, and is also cheaper, so is ideal for families on holiday in the area.
Today’s picture is of St Mary’s Basilica in the city of Elche on the Costa Blanca, Spain. Elche is famous for its palm forest, the largest in Europe, which contains over 200,000 palm trees and was started by the ancient Phoenicians in the centuries BC. Further developed by the Moors during the 8th to 13th centuries the forest still dominates the city to this day. Going to the top of the tower of St Mary’s Basilica offers a fabulous view overthe city and the palm forest.
Today’s picture is of the Penon de Ifach, a huge rock formation which rises from the Bay of Calpe on the northern Costa Blanca, Spain. A protected area and nature reserve, the Penon has some rare speces of flora. It is possible to walk to te top by way of a tunnel, and get aazing views along the coastline. Calpe is a popular holiday destination, with fine sandy beaches, it is located to the north of Benidorm nd Alicante.
Today’s picture is of the San Roque hermitage, located in the Spanish town of Callosa de Segura, Alicante, Costa Blanca. Callosa de Segura is a little inland from the Costa Blanca coastline and is built at the foot and up the slopes of a nearby mountain. The town is typically spanish and celebrated a number of Fiestas through the year including on dedicated to San Roque. The hermitage overlooks the town from its lofty position on a hill.
Hi all, today’s picture is a view of Playa Levante taken from the mirador in the old town of Benidorm. The beach looks quiet at this time (but it was taken in February!), most of the year it would be packed solid with holidaymakers enjoying the sea, sand and sun (and sangria!).