Albir. The small, modern resort of Albir can be found about 50 minutes drive North along the motorway from Alicante just beyond the lively resort of Benidorm.
Only one or two of the buildings are over five storeys high, its avenues are broad and tree lined, and joy of joy, there is plenty of parking. There is a sense of space and an unhurried atmosphere make getting around a pleasure.
Albir is blessed with plenty of all types of restaurants; with cuisine from all over Europe and further afield to choose from you will find it easy to find the food for the mood. Also there are lots of nice little shops which make a pleasure to buy your souvenirs.
Leisure & Culture As well as the summer fun Albir also has a host of activities in the cooler season. The Casa de Cultura cultural centre is busy all year round and has a concert hall, TV studios and exhibition space. It hosts the Film Festival, a Jazz Festival in October and has concerts by international dance companies and orchestras throughout the year.
The number 10 bus leaves Albir for Benidorm every 15 minutes from 10.00 to 21.00 and takes about 20 minutes. Bus stops in Albir are no more than 10 minutes’ walk apart and are denoted by the letter ‘P’.
Alfaz Del Pi. Alfaz del Pi is famous on the Costa Blanca for having more full-time foreign residents than Spanish residents.
There is a great mix of over 90 different nationalities living in Alfaz and this makes it a great tourist destination because of its variety. This doesn’t mean to say that Alfaz Del Pi doesn’t contain the charm of other typically Spanish resorts. In fact it has made this once little town a diverse hub with Spanish, British, Norweigan and Dutch influence.
The town has a large British Ex-pat community and this in turn means we’re well catered for. On one corner you’ll find the Tapas bars, restaurants and ice-cream parlours you’d come to expect in Spain ,backed by a stunning church & town hall in the plaza. On another corner you’ll be greeted by British bars, restaurants, hairdressers and the Costa Blancas favourite British ‘curry house’-The Curry Pot. (5 minutes walk from the Caravn Park)
The town has become famous for it’s yearly film festival. Spanish Fiestas (street festivals are common and not unusual to take over the whole town!)
Alfas Del Pi is served by the ‘number 10’ service with numerous bus stops throughout the town. The bus service runs between the resorts of Benidorm, Altea, Albir & Alfaz Del Pi and is every 15 minutes.
Altea. Altea is located a ten minute drive North of Benidorm (ca.10 km), about 1 hour fromAlicante along the N-332 and is one of the most memorable coastal towns of the Costa Blanca, retaining its own unique Spanish charm in spite of its increasing tourism and popularity. It lies directly by the sea in the midst of a beautiful bay and is surrounding by rugged mountains – really picturesque! The name comes from the Moorish ‘Althaya’ which means ‘health to all’.
Situated on a steep hillside a short walk from the sea, with stunning views over the Bay of Altea, it is a town steeped in history and has long been a popular retreat for artists, sculptors and writers. With the recent addition of theUniversity of Culture and Fine Arts and a new concert hall Altea has been bestowed the official title of the ‘Cultural Capital of the Valencian region’.
The city centre is a treasure trove of shops, craft galleries, restaurants and little white-washed buildings adorned with flowers – all waiting to be discovered in the winding and cobbled medieval lanes, look for the famous blue-domed church of the Virgin de Consuelo at the top of these lanes; it is well worth the walk, the views from the top overlooking the bay of Altea with the mountain backdrop are nothing short of spectacular!
To reach the Church, simply continue walking upwards towards the blue domes (or follow the signs to the ‘Poble Antic’). At the top you will find yourself in a delight little square, lined with cafés and restaurants – just perfect for a ‘tapas’ or a chilled ‘vino blanco’. It is a very popular spot with the locals too with plenty of Spanish flair. The Church itself is a ‘must-see’ – spectacular murals, sculptures and stained glass windows – as beautiful inside as out.
Benidorm. Benidorm is one of those stunningly spectacular places you come across on your travels which leaves you speechless and wanting to visist time and time again. There is something for everyone with Bars, Restaurants, Nightclubs, Theme parks, Amusements on each and every corner of the town. The areas are vast with the traditional Spanish old town (Poniente) popular with those that prefer a more laid back atmosphere and the modern Levante area (also known as the ‘British Quarter’) with more British Restaurants & bars than most UK towns! Benidorm is not somewhere that can be summed up in a few short words!..click on the video link for an in-depth view of this amazing place.
Polop/La Nucia: The village of Polop is located inland in the Costa Blanca North in an area known as the Marina Alta. The local economy is based mainly on agriculture which can be seen by the different plantations up and down the hill sides.
The village is a delight to explore and perfect for a morning or afternoon amble. The hill, where the old castle used to be is encircled by a medieval wall, and is a ‘must’ to walk up. Follow the zig zag path and you’ll be well rewarded with some fabulous views. On a clear day you can see right to Albir and Altea on the coast and inland to Callosa and the Sierra Bernia. You’ll be able to make out the Leon Dormido – the sleeping lion mountain which sits behind Polop.
La Nucia is the town which is in-between Benidorm and the town of Polop. Over the years La Nucia has grown with a massive investment in developing the area. The CV70 road which departs the Old town end of Benidorm is lined with many European Supermarkets, Bars & Restaurants. The old town of La Nucia is as beautiful and quaint as others in the area and definitely worth a visit to experience the Spanish culture.
Villajoyosa. Villajoyosa as it is known in Spanish or La Vila Joiosa as it is called by the local people in Valencian literally means the ‘joyful village’. It is famous as a centre for the production of chocolate, which could be the reason for its name! The town has three chocolate factories, all of which can be visited. The Valor Chocolate factory is perhaps the most famous, but there is also the Perez Factory and the Clavileno Factory, so you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Villajoyosa has over 3 kilometres of beaches, a lovely marina, a beach front promenade all along the central beach and the iconic multi coloured houses of the fisherman. Villajoyosa is also well know for its impressive Moors and Christian Fiesta which has been declared as being of International Tourist Interest. It is usually held during the last week of July where there is a live re-enactment of the landing of the Moorish Army on the beaches at dawn, an all day battle which is finally brought to a close when the Arab leaders and their armies are thrown into the sea.