1. Visit Elche
Elche is a good sized city in the Alicante province. Perfect if you want to combine shopping, history, traditions with a beach visit.
The municipality has approximately a population of 230 000 and is known for its palm parks, palm orchards and plantations. It is one of Europe´s biggest exporter of dates. The city is a mosaic of old buildings, palm groves and gardens. One of the most famous parks is the Huerto del Cura. In the gardens of Huerta de Curas, you can find palm trees that are more than 300 year old. Look out for the Imperial Palm, it is an impressive tree.
After your visit to the park, cross the street and enjoy refreshment in the gardens of Hotel Huerto del Cura.
In one of the palm parks you can also find an adventure park.
There are several walking and bike trails around the palm groves from 2.5 to 10 km.
2. Day trip to Santa Pola
In the village El Altet (close to the airport and the beach) you can eat a delicious tapas lunch at the square on the main street.
3. Industrial tourism in Murcia
Visit the mine district where today many of the mines are converted into museums or cultural centers. In ”Agrupa Vicenta” center they also have Flamenco festivals.
Alicante has a long tradition of family run businesses in different fields and sectors. Many villages and towns specializes in a field. For example, in the Pinoso area they specialize in marble and wine (Casa del Mármol y el Vino), textile industry in Alcoy, toys in Ibi (check out the toy museum).
4. On the countryside and inland
Check out Castalla on the mountain road from Alicante to Alcoy.
Petrer- nice food, vineyards and castles.
Relleu, outdoor, olive production och good local food.
Cocentaina, an interesting history place as the old capital under islamic rule in the 11th century.
Novelda, known for its Architecture (modernism) and buildings, a legacy of its business community and wealthy land owners.
Look for an active Mountain Holiday in Alicante and Murcia. There are many mountain ranges to choose from. You can treek, climb and cycle
5. Trekking, biking, and other excursions
6. Climbing in Alicante
Check out the climbing federation “Federació d’Esports de Muntanya i Escalada de la Comunitat Valenciana “.
7. The Orihuela mountain range
One of the closest mountain ranges to Villa Balea is the Orihuela Mountain range crossing the border between the Alicante and Murcia provinces. The mountain range is low with the highest peak 634 meter above sea level. Nevertheless the terrain is varied and hiking is good.
Hiking trails in Orihuela
PICO DEL AGUDO 6,12 km at 555 meters above sea level. 4 hours hike on a marked trail.
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Discover Rojales and Ciudad Quesada, a traditional Vega Baja village that has grown together with Ciudad Quesadas expansion.
8. Discover Rojales and its old Barrio del Rodeo
Excursions South Alicante should definitely start in Ciudad Quesada. Take a walk to the top of Ciudad Quesada, take the street “Calle Thader” and then hit the small paths down the hill side towards Rojales. You will reach the Barrio del Rodeo.
Here you will find the cave village Las Cuevas del Rodeo which used to be living quarters during the 19th and early 20th century.
Locals from the older generation can still tell you that their parents were born in one of the caves. Many families eventually build a modern house infront of a family cave.
Part of the cave village has ben converted to a recreational area with arts & crafts workshops, galleries and small bars or cafés. They are not open on a daily basis.
Walking more towards the golf course you will find the municipal sport facilities with a swimming pool, soccer pitches and a “Pétanque /boule” pitches with a small bar and outdoor terrass. They will lend you the pétanque balls and they have ice creams, nice tapas and cold drinks and beer.
There is a nice concert hall in the village.