Although La Manga and the Mar Menor offer great beaches, activities, attractions and lively entertainment, some visitors like to explore further afield and the Orihuela Costa area makes for a great day out where the choice of things to do is excellent. Situated less than an hour's drive when taking the N-332 coastal road, and even less if you are happy to pay the toll fees on the AP-7, Orihuela Costa is rather unique in the sense it is neither a town nor city but rather a collection of beach resort areas and inland residential areas, each with their own facilities.
Orihuela Costa Beaches
The fantastic golden sand beaches of the area are all connected by a picturesque coastal path that runs from Campoamor in the south to Punta Prima in the north where walkers can enjoy wonderful views and a good choice of beach bars and restaurants along the way. For the size of the area, Orihuela Costa's beaches have been recognised as having the highest amount of Blue Flag Awards in the country, and the most popular beaches of Playa Flamenca and La Zenia get extremely lively during the summer and offer excellent facilities, activities and water sports.
Attractions & Activities
One of the biggest attractions of Orihuela Costa is it's great selection of 18 hole golf courses that are all within a 10 minute drive of each other and welcome both members and visitors. The area has a superb go-kart track located in Punta Prima, but for the most thrilling day out both Lo Rufete Multi Adventure Park and Casa La Pedrera Multi Activity Centre are located on the shores of the lovely La Pedrera Lake and offer visitors activities galore such as quad biking, horse riding, archery, paintball, kayaking and much more exciting stuff for the whole family. Located on the shores of Torrevieja's salt lake is the lovely Mesón Villa Salada that is set in extensive grounds and boasts a large restaurant and performance arena and stage where diners are treated to the most spectacular flamenco and equestrian shows on the entire Levante Coast.
Shopping & Entertainment
Throughout Orihuela Costa there are an abundance of shopping opportunities with each of the main residential areas having at least one commercial centre and a scattering of individual shops. There is a large and lively Saturday morning street market in Playa Flamenca and neighbouring this is the impressive Zenia Boulevard, the largest shopping complex in the Alicante Province with over 150 shops, boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants. Testament to the many Irish and English expats that have made Orihuela Costa their home, the popular Cabo Roig Strip hosts one of the largest Saint Patrick's Day parades outside of Ireland. The strip, along with all the other residential areas are home to a superb selection of entertainment venues including many British and Irish bars, restaurants and vibrant nightclubs.