Alicante and the Costa Blanca is geared up for family holidays. Its fabulous theme parks with rides that seem to defy gravity, theatrical shows and wild animal parks are among the best in Spain.
Terra Mitica in Benidorm
Daily Visit, Theme Park
Terra Mitica in Benidorm is the most popular theme park in the Alicante region. If you love the adrenalin rush of white-knuckle rides, this is definitely for you. You can zoom through the air at 90km/h, upside down, while 35 metres off the ground, or you can enjoy the views of Benidorm beaches and Terra Mitica while swinging in the breeze. There are rides for all the family as well as many spectacular shows to make a great day out for all the family.
The park is divided into ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome, Iberia and the Mediterranean islands, so you can expect to come across Roman gladiators, an Egyptian Phoenix and a Greek labyrinth during your trip. Open April to October.
Every day of the week from mid-June to the first week of September.
Address: Ctra Benidorm a Finestrat, Partida del Moralet, S/N, 03502 Benidorm, Costa Blanca
Phone: +34 902 02 02 20 - 965 004 702
Terra Natura in Benidorm
Daily Visit, Theme Park, Zoo
Terra Natura is an entertaining wild animal park where the animals live in a specially-designed version of their natural habitat. Huge elephants, camels, tigers, poisonous snakes, and very chatty monkeys live here. In all, more than 200 species, including animals in danger of extinction, form part of the collection. The park is divided into different continents such as Africa and Asia with natural plants and shrubs to create a home from home for the animals. You can watch the elephants being fed, see majestic birds of prey in flight, and meet a variety of animals up-close during your visit. Open all year.
Address: Foia del Verdader 1, 03502, Benidorm
Phone: +34 902522333/ +34 902500414
Pola Park in Santa Pola
Daily Visit, Amusement Park
So many things to do inside one theme park, Pola Park is the ultimate attraction for families with different interests. Enjoy a visit to the Russian mountain – with fabulous views of the Santa Pola salt lakes – feel the thrills of racing on the karting track, avoid getting bumped on the bumper cars, become a superhero on the bouncy castles, head for the merry-go-rounds, beat dad at golf and enjoy all the thrills of fairground rides at the Pola Park in Santa Pola. Open from March to mid-October (weekends only) although open every day In July and August.
Address: Avda. Zaragoza s/n, 03130, Santa Pola
Phone: +34 96 541 70 60
Mundo Mar in Benidorm
Daily Visit, Marine Park, Exotic Birds
Swimming with dolphins is on many people’s bucket lists. There’s something magical about dolphins, the way they chatter or seem to smile. At Mundomar in Benidorm, you have the chance to get to know these incredible animals, to swim with them, to stroke them and have your photo taken with them. At this amazing marine animal park, you can also watch the dolphins perform in a fantastic show, watch an entertaining parrot show and sea lion show, or see spectacular birds soaring in flight. You could also be a keeper or trainer for the day. Cheeky meerkats, lemurs, giant tortoises, flamingos, macaws, storks, penguins, prairie dogs and owls are among the other creatures to learn about during your visit. Open every day.
Address: Sierra Helada s/n - Rincon de Loix, 03503, Benidorm
Phone: +34 96 586 01 00 / +34 96 586 91 01
Aqualandia Water Park in Benidorm
Daily Visit, Aqua Park
No fear of heights? How about testing your nerve in the highest capsule slide in the world on the VertiGo toboggan? Aqualandia in Benidorm has some fabulous chutes, slides and waterfalls so you can keep your cool . Some are high action to test your nerves, while others, like the Niagara, are much more relaxing. Aqualandia was the first water park to be built in Spain and is still one of the largest in the world. All the family will be able to enjoy the water rides, splash pools and other great attractions. You can buy tickets for Aqualandia and MundoMar or Terra Mitica, or for all three to save money. Open from May.
Address: Aqualandia España, S.A Sierra Helada s/n 03503 Benidorm, Costa Blanca
Tel: 96 586 01 00
Aquapark Rojales in Rojales
Daily Visit, Aqua Park
Sliding down a magic carpet, taking up the kamikaze challenge, discovering the secrets of the Amazon, heading down the rapids of the Yucatan River or simply splashing around in the swimming pool are some of the attractions.
There’s also a large lawn for relaxing as well as a restaurant offering typical Alicante cuisine including paellas. Aquapark was the second water park to be built in the Valencia province and is found in a natural valley in Ciudad Quesada, near Torrevieja. Open in the summer months.
Address: c/ Norte, s/n 03170 Rojales, Alicante, Costa Blanca
Tel: 96 671 86 12
Aquopolis Water Park in Torrevieja
Daily Visit, Aqua Park
A visit to a water park is definitely a great idea for the family during the summer holidays, Aquopolis Torrevieja has challenging slides and chutes as well as gentler rides for the little ones. There’s also an exclusive VIP zone where you can enjoy the peace and quiet to read a book or listen to music from your sunbed. If you’re feeling active you can join in Aquagym or Steps while the younger children can head to the MiniClub for organised games in and out of the pool. Open in the summer months.
Address: Av Delfina Viudes, 99, 03183 Torrevieja, Alicante, Costa Blanca
Tel: 902 345 008
Safari Park Vergel in Denia
Daily Visit, Safari Park, Zoo
Safari Park in El Vergel, nearby Denia is a park having about 1400 animals with 150 species that include lions, tigers, elephants, zebra and giraffe.
Address: Ctra. CV700, El Vergel
Phone: +34 96 643 98 08
Safari Aitana in Pais Valenciano, Benidorm
Type : Daily Visit, Safari Park, Zoo
Chance to get up close and personal with the animals, enjoy a private tour of Safari Aitana or even become a keeper for the day. Safari Aitana is an oasis for wild animals from five continents. During your wildlife adventure, you can see giraffes, buffaloes, donkeys, camels, monkeys, elephants, tigers, Vietnamese pigs, jaguars, wolves, snakes, emus and so much more. The park is 1,000 metres above sea level in the Aitana mountain on the Villajoyosa to Alcoy road. It’s a lovely drive up through the mountains too. You will either need your own car to drive through the safari park or go on an organised tour. Open every day.
Address: Ctra. Alcoy-Villajoyasa km. 20, Penaguila