EXPLORING – Family Days Out

ALICANTE REGION


Cueva de las Calaveras, Benidoleig

Distance: 18km (22mins)
COVID-19: Face masks and distancing required.
9.00am-6.00pm (8.00pm in summer)
Tickets: Adults 3.90 euros; Kids 2.00 euros

Just a short trip from Jávea near the village of Benidoleig is the ‘Cave of Skulls’ which have been used by man since prehistoric times but was ‘re-discovered’ in 1768 by the naturalist Cavanilles. The cave extends for 440 metres almost horizontally into the hillside and there are great examples of stalactites and stalagmites and a beautiful lake called Toll Blau.


Parque Natural Penyal de Ifac, Calp

Distance: 24km (38mins)
COVID-19:  Limited capacity. Face masks and distancing required.
Visitor Centre: 9.00am to 2.00pm
Tickets: Free

The town of Calp is dominated by the 332m high rock which is one of the symbols of the Costa Blanca and you can walk to the top along a dedicated path, a journey of about two hours. From the top there are fantastic views over the surrounding area as well as a glimpse of the island of Ibiza on the horizon if it’s a clear day. Stout footwear advised.


Bodegas Xaló

Distance: 25km (32mins)
COVID-19: No guided tours. Special protocols for shop, including face mask and pay by card.
Mon-Fri: 09:30-13:30 / 15:30-19:00
Sat: 10:00-14:00  |  Sun: 10:00-13:30

11.00am / 3.30pm (not weekends)
Price: 10 euros including wine tasting and snacks

Visit one of the oldest bodegas in the Vall de Pop in Xaló (Jalón) and enjoy a guided tour of its facilities followed by a chance to taste some of its renowned wines and mistelas. Reservation is essential at least 24 hours in advance. You can also browse its huge shop of wines, mistelas, olive oils and much more.


VitalParcentre, Parcent

Distance: 26km (34mins)
COVID-19: details unknown
10.30am to 6.30pm
Tickets: Adults 22 euros; Kids 12 euros.
Family Tickets from 45 euros

Located near the village of Parcent in the Jalón Valley, this is a fun adventure park for all the family with activities amongst the trees including high platforms, zip lines, archery, climbing and many more activities for families, groups of friends, schools and businesses.


Las Fuentes de l’Algar

Distance: 47km (52mins)
COVID-19: Limited capacity.
Time slots (09:00-13:00 / 13:00-16:00 / 16:00-20:00).
Face masks and social distancing required.
Advance ticket sales available.
Tickets: Adults 3.90 euros; Kids 2.00 euros
The Fuentes del Algar are a series of waterfalls and gorges through which the cold waters of river Algar flow. Located about 15 kilometres inland from Benidorm near the town of Callosa d’en Sarría, they form a natural theme park where you can walk and swim in the crystal clear cool water to escape the fierce heat of summer.


Aqualandia, Benidorm

Distance: 47km (48mins)
COVID-19: Open with limited capacity.
Open from May 26th to September 29th from 10.00am
Tickets: Adults 39 euros Children (4-12) 29 euros [reduced prices when pre-booked online]

Aqualandia is a water park next to Mundomar marine animal park located a short distance from Benidorm’s Levante Beach. The water is sourced directly from the sea and the park contains many water attractions, including water slides, swimming pools, river rapids and sunbathing areas as well as restaurants and cafés.


Mundomar, Benidorm

Distance: 48km (48mins)
COVID-19: Open with limited capacity.
Open: March 17th to November 3rd from 10.00am then weekends only through the winter
Tickets priced from 21 euros.
Family tickets available from 65 euros

Mundomar is a marine animal park located next to Aqualandia water park a short distance from Benidorm’s Levante Beach. Many different species can be seen including dolphins, sea lions, penguins and many more marine and land animals. There are several shows several times a day with dolphins, sea lions and parrots.


Terra Natura, Benidorm

Distance: 48km (43mins)
COVID-19: Open 11:00-19:00 with health protocols.
Open all year round from 10.00am
Tickets: Adults 32 euros Children (4-12) 26 euros [reduced prices when pre-booked online]

Terra Natura is a zoo theme park a few kilometres inland from Benidorm which is divided into four different zones: Pangea, America, Asia and Europe. Visitors can see around 1,500 animals representing 200 species from across the world.


Aqua Natura, Benidorm

Distance: 48km (43mins)
COVID-19: Open 11:00-19:00 with health protocols.
27th April-31st October from 11.00am
Tickets: Adults 32 euros Children (4-12) 26 euros [reduced priced when booked online]

Aqua Natura is a wild water park for all the family with an emphasis on providing the environment for parents to relax whilst their kids have fun playing in the water. There are over 1000 metres of thrilling water slides, a dedicated children’s pool, a Spa-Sun Deck, beach bars and changing rooms.


Terra Mítica, Benidorm

Distance: 50km (43mins)
COVID-19: Temporarily Closed
Open May 17th to September 8th inclusive
then weekends only until November 3rd
Tickets priced from 24,50 euros. 
Family tickets available from 119 euros.

Terra Mítica is a theme park a few kilometres inland from Benidorm which is divided into five different zones: Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia and the Mediterranean Islands, all influenced by the ancient Mediterranean cultures. There are rides and attractions for all ages as well as a number of themed shows.


Bodegas Enrique Mendoza, Alfaz del Pi

Distance: 51km (47mins)
COVID-19: All health protocols observed.
10.00am / 12.00pm / 4.00pm (not Saturday)
Price: 20 euros including wine tasting and snacks

Learn about the evolution of wine-making in a professional tour of the winery just outside L’Alfaz del Pi – available in English – which concludes with wine tasting of several bottles of Mendoza specialities and even a welcome from the man himself. Available Tuesday to Saturday with group visits available on Sundays and Bank Holidays.


Polop

Distance: 51km (48mins)
COVID-19: All health protocols observed.
Polop is a municipality which lies a few miles inland from Altea and dominated by the Puig Campana, one of the highest mountains of the Costa Blanca. The village has a long history and worth a visit for its Moorish castle at the very top as well as the Fuentes de Polop in the heart of the village which has 221 water spouts.


Camino del Faro, Albir

Distance: 51km (49mins)
COVID-19: All health protocols observed.
Information and Exhibition Centre: 9.00am to 2.00pm – Free
This is an extremely popular family walk especially at the weekends which offers spectacular views of Albir and across the wide bay. it’s about 2½ kilometres long and you need to take plenty of water as there are no such facilities at the end. It’s also great for cycling and a perfect place to try and spot dolphins in the waters below.


Valor Chocolate Factory, Villajoyosa

Distance: 56km (47mins)
COVID-19: All health protocols to be observed. Limited attendance.
11.00am Mon-Sat / 4.00pm Mon-Fri / Closed Sunday
Tickets: Free but limited to 20 people each visit

Ideal for chocolate lovers! A visit to a chocolate museum which is part of the Valor Chocolates company which has been in business since 1881, dedicated to producing the best chocolate. Open Monday to Saturday with free admission, there is a tour in English twice a day during the week and once on Saturday.


El Castell de Guadalest

Distance: 63km (60mins)
COVID-19: Face masks and distancing required.
Open all year
Tickets: some charges to enter certain buildings.
Once a military stronghold, the village of Guadalest has been carved out of a mountain top amongst stunning scenery in all directions. Of Islamic origin, it held great strategic importance and from the famous white tower there is a stunning view over all the valley below and down towards the bay of Altea.


Safari Aitana, Penáguila

Distance: 80km (1hr 20mins)
COVID-19: Face masks and distancing required.
Every day 11.00am – 7.00pm all year
Guided Tours: 11.00am and 3.15pm
Tickets: Adults 22 euros Children (4-10) 18 euros

Safari Aitana is a safari park located in the Sierra de Aitana some 1,000 metres above sea level. Opened in 1975, it has been a popular attraction for almost 40 years and visitors can see animals from six continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. It also takes part in several conservation schemes.


Las Cuevas del Canelobre, Busot

Distance: 88km (1hr 12mins)
COVID-19: Face masks and distancing required.
Open all year from 10.30am
Tickets: Adults 7 euros / Kids (5-14) 3.50 euros

Located close to the town of Busot, the entrance to the caves of Canelobre sits at an altitude of around 700m on the northern slopes of the Cabezón de Oro. They are most famous for a huge vault of 70m in height which is like a cathedral as well as the 100,000 year-old stalagmite known as the “Canelobre”.


Tabarca Island

Distance: 113km (1hr 26mins)
COVID-19: Face masks and distancing required.
10.00am / 11.00am / 12.15am / 13.15am (outgoing)
Return Tickets: 19 euros / Kids under 4 go free

Also known as Isla Plana or “Flat Island”, it is the smallest permanently inhabitated island in Spain which is renowned for its marine reserve and it can be reached by boat from Alicante. It’s a great day trip destination with its quiet fishing village and fresh seafood restaurants as well as several coves and tidal pools for bathing