Villajoyosa, Costa Blanca, Spain
Some 10km from the bustling resort of Benidorm, Villajoyosa provides a great alternatively for a holiday on the Costa Blanca. The long stretch of sandy beach is backed by a promenade lined with palm trees, shops, bars, restaurants and the iconic multi-coloured houses, ending at the towns fishing port.
Things to do
Villajoyosa is home to the Valor chocolate factory; it's free to visit and has a museum and shop.
Every Thursday morning is market day in Villajoyosa, fish markets are held every day by the port and there is a flea market on Sundays.
The Moors & Christian Fiesta is held at the end of every July and is well worth attending, the highlight being the disembarkation of the armies arriving on boats in the early hours.
For fun days out, Benidorm is the place to head, home to the Terra Mitica theme park and neighbouring TerraNatura zoo and aquapark, the Mundomar Sea Life and Animal Park and next to this is Aqualandia Benidorm aquapark.
The Terra Mitica theme park has adrenaline rides and kids rides, set amid ancient Mediterranean themes, with daily shows, ranging from Roman circus acts to Egyptian and Greek dancers, there's also plenty of cafes and fast food outlets to keep you going for the whole day.
The TerraNatura Aquapark features a wave pool, hydrotherapy pool, kids pool, chutes for all ages, grassed picnic areas and a sun deck with jacuzzis. TerraNatura Zoo boasts over 1500 animals living in beautifully landscaped natural habitats including many endangered species.
In front of the Terra Mitica and the TerraNatura Parks you will find the Villaitana Golf Resort; home to two 18-hole golf courses.
The Mundomar Sea Life and Animal Park is a landscaped tropical delight with plenty of animals and colourful birds. Spend the whole day here and you can watch a host of entertaining shows with dolphins and sea lions, parrots and exotic birds. Families can take a break at the children's play area and when you're hungry, there is an a'la carte restaurant as well as a cafe, snack bar and a number of kiosks to choose from.
Aqualandia Benidorm aquapark has plenty of eateries and everything you need for a fun filled day from kamikaze chutes and exhilarating rapids to the relaxing jacuzzi pool and kid's adventureland.
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