April 2008 Archive

Shopping in Ondara

A huge new shopping centre has just opened in Ondara. Ondara is about 35 minutes drive from Moraira, on the N332 going north or you can travel on the AP 7 leaving at the junction signposted Ondara.

There are two floors of shops and eight cinemas on the third floor (totalling l,600 seats) plus parking for 2,000 cars. There are many clothing and accessory shops, including all the well known names such as C & A, Benetton, Massimo Dutti, Punt Roma, Zara. Kid·s Club, Mango, etc. Specialised stores include Base Sport, Bookworld, Joyeria Montenegro, The Phone House and many others. House and decoration shops – Ale-Hop, Amadeus, Bricohouse, Casa, Detalles, Master Cadena, Noctalia, and Zara Home. The complex also houses many restaurants, including La Creperia, Mister Kebab, and Pizzerias. There is also a Bowling Alley and Eroski Hypermarket.

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Posted by on Monday 28th April 2008

Organisation of U3A clubs in the Costa Blanca

For any resident on the Costa Blanca the U3A Organisation is well worth joining.

This organisation arranges just about everything of interest, for example, there are computer classes, painting classes, art classes, outings, holidays and many more.

At present there are U3A clubs in Denia, Javea, Calpe, Oliva and Val de Pop and now one is planned for Moraira.

There is a meeting at 11.0 a.m. on Monday, 5th June at the Moraira Social Club to discuss opening in Moraira.

For more details you can telephone Mike Frost on 96 646 0962.

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Posted by on Monday 28th April 2008

A day out in Benidorm

A very enjoyable day out can be had on a visit to Benidorm. Drive north on the A7 autoroute until you see signs to Levante Beach. Turn off here and join the N332 going south and keep on this road.

If the weather is inclement, it is a good idea to start your visit by driving to La Marina shopping centre which is signposted on the right hand side of the N332.

The shopping complex is covered in and there are many shops there, including Zara, Punta Roma, Casa and many others. Also there are some very good tapas bars and cafes.

From here you can visit La Cala, a delightful bay, full of delightful Spanish bars and cafes and a safe and sandy beach. To reach this leave the shopping centre and follow the signs to Benidorm until you reach the crossroads and cross straight over here to reach La Cala bay.

The old town of Benidorm is a fascinating area of narrow streets, full of shops, tapas bars and cafes.

Along the beaches of Benidorm are covered libraries where you can read magazines and newspapers in all languages.

Also there is a tourist tram which goes along Benidorm from one end to the other.

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Terra Natura Zoo

This Zoo is a wonderful day out for the family.

Take the A7 Motorway in the direction of Alicante and exit at junction 65. It is closed on Mondays.

The Zoo consists of 320.000 square metres divided into 4 theme areas where you will find animals in their natural habitat without visual barriers. There are colourful shows from Central America and Asia, also educational activities. There are restaurants and shops with souvenirs and handcrafts.

For the adventurous there is a 400 metre long zip wire. Another attraction is the high pole with acrobats.

In July on Fridays and Saturdays and in August on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays there is a dinner and show and night safari adventure. It is advisable to book. The telephone number is 902 500 414.

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Posted by on Monday 28th April 2008

Organised Hikes

Teulada town hall has organised new routes for hiking groups.

There are three planned at present, the first is 15th March to the Serra de Crevillent, 14 kilometres of medium difficulty. The second is 26th April and is a guided hike round Volta al Puig Campana, Finestrat with a distance of 12 kilometres and is of medium-high difficulty. The third walk is on 24th May at the Cami dels Geladors, Ibi, under 14 kilometres and is of medium difficulty.

Anyone who is interest should telephone 965740158 or 966490976 between 09.00 and 15.00 to subscribe. Hikers should bring food and water and wear comfortable clothing and footwear.

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Posted by on Monday 28th April 2008

Mundomar Benidorm

The Aquatic Park of Mundomar is now open and you can enjoy a fantastic day in this exotic place.

There are several shows throughout the day, including sea lions, dolphins and parrots.

Also there are penguins, water slides and many other attractions.

If you visit the Tourist Office in any of the Costa Blanca towns you can receive a voucher offering discounts of €5.0 for adults and €3.0 for children.

To find Mundomar take the N332 south, turn off at the signpost to Levante Beach and you will see Mundomar signposted.

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Ecological Walk in Calpe

There is a most delightful short walk by the sea shore in Calpe. This is only about two kilometres there and back but is well worth doing.

Begin at the Yacht Club which is situated just below the Ifach Rock. To reach this from Moraira drive along the coast road towards Calpe and when you arrive at the lake on the right hand side take the last exit of the roundabout towards the fish port.

There are plenty of free parking places around the port. Walk towards the direction of the rock and you will arrive at the Yacht Club. Continue walking and you will enter the ecological area.

This follows the rocks along the coast and has plenty of flowers and shrubs along the way. There is even a drinking tap if you are thirsty.

If there are rock climbers about when you go there are quite fantastic views of their prowess.

To round off your visit, there are some delightful fish restaurants all along the port.

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Posted by on Monday 28th April 2008

Cactus d'Algar Gardens

There are some beautiful cactus gardens situated at Callosa d’en Sarria. From Moraira take the A7 towards Alicante and you will see the signpost to Callosa. The journey takes about 30 minutes.

The gardens are open from 10.0 a.m. until approximately 7.0 p.m. Cactus d·Algar opened in 2001 and is approximately 1,000 metres from the well-known waterfall in Algar. It is set in 50,000 square metres of land divided into areas with over 500 species of cactus and succulent plants.

There is a car park, bar, shop and playground. As there are no barriers so you can enjoy a very relaxing walk.

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Benidoleig Caves

If you live or are staying in the Costa Blanca, a visit to the caves at Benidoleig is well worth the trip.

From Moraira you can either drive to Benissa, continue north and just outside Benissa take the right hand fork to Jalon and Alkalali, then on towards Orba and you will see the signpost to Benidoleig or you can take the N 332 north to Ondara and turn left towards Benidoleig.

The caves are open all year and the natural cave is 300 yards long with many domes reaching to 60 ft. The stalacmite and stalactites are quite awsome. There are many human and animal bones, dating back to more than 50,000 years.

The telephone number of the caves is 96 640 4235.

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Posted by on Monday 28th April 2008