Things To Do
Things to do during a stay in Orihuela Costa include a wide range of attractions and activities to suit all ages. The entire coastal area, especially during the peak summer months, is geared up to provide entertainment for the large amount of holidaymakers that visit Orihuela Costa each year. The area is also extremely popular for those looking for a second home in the sun or to make the move permanently. The inland areas of Orihuela Costa also offer many things to do. Here you will find picturesque lakes, protected nature reserves and a number of excellent 18 hole golf courses.
Be it on land, in the air or on the water, the activities available will keep even the most active thrill seeker busy. Regardless of age or what budget you have to spend, Orihuela Costa has things to do for everyone. Slightly inland on the area's northern border is Lake Pedrera. Here visitors can enjoy a number of activities. The lake itself is a good fishing spot although you do need a licence. It's also a pleasant place to enjoy a family picnic and cooling swim as long as you don't disturb the anglers. Surrounding the lake is a natural park where the hiking trails are perfect for activities such as walking, bird watching, mountain biking, horse riding and quad biking.
The Orihuela Costa's coastal area and neighbouring city of Torrevieja boast water sports and activities galore. Scuba diving is offered by several dive shops. Visitors keen to try the activity for the first time can opt for a Discover Scuba Diving day or choose from a number of PADI certified courses. Jet ski is very popular although somewhat costly, and in Torrevieja you can have a go on the seriously fast Jet Boat. Those wishing to enjoy the water at a more sedate pace can hire a kayak or stand up paddle board. Several go-kart tracks provide a need for speed, scooter tours are available, and further inland on the River Segura, white water rafting is super family fun.
Lake Pedrera is also home to two fantastic family attractions. These are Lo Rufete Adventure Centre and Casa La Pedrera Activity Centre. Both offer multiple activities. These include horse riding, quad bike tours, mini golf, zip-line, paintball, archery, kayaking and fun stuff for kids. The neighbouring city of Torrevieja has loads of great things to do. All located in one area near the Habaneras Shopping Complex are several attractions. These include the huge Torrevieja Sports City, Ozone Bowling, Sky Zone Trampolines and the thrilling Aquopolis Water Park.
Torrevieja has two sports marinas where visitors are spoilt for things to do. Aside from many water sports and activities, the marina is home to the quirky Delfin Submarine Museum. Behind the city centre is Torrevieja's pink salt lake. Surrounding this are numerous nature trails and on the lake shores is Mesón Villa Salada. Here they put on mesmerising equestrian and flamenco shows accompanied by dinner. They also offer horse riding hacks around the lake. A bit further afield you can visit the Mar Menor mud baths, Rio Safari Elche or popular Tabarca Island.
Most holidaymakers looking for things to do in Orihuela Costa will head for the beach. With wonderful year round sunshine it's not uncommon to see people swimming and sunbathing in the winter months. However, out of season there is not nearly as many beach facilities or water activities. During peak summer months though, the beaches are teeming with holidaymakers. All the Orihuela Costa beaches are connected by a well trodden coastal path. This runs from Punta Prima in the north to Campoamor in the south. Walking the coastal path is a lovely experience with fantastic views along the way and ample places to stop for a rest and refreshments.
Punta Prima beach has small sandy areas and many rocky coves. These are ideal for snorkelling or crabbing with the kids. It's popular with dog walkers, has two lively beach bars and an area for nudists. This leads to Playa Flamenca and La Zenia beaches. These lie side by side separated by a headland and are the most popular beaches in the area. Facilities during summer are excellent and there are several beach and water sports to enjoy as well as two charming thatch beach bars. Continuing south is Cabo Roig beach. Just up from this beach is the famous Cabo Roig Strip that boasts loads of bars and restaurants. Lastly is the more relaxed and affluent Campoamor Beach.
For the more discerning visitor looking for things to do, Orihuela Costa has some of the best golf courses in the country. Some of these courses form part of luxurious resorts where keen golfers can choose to stay. These are perfect for visiting families as they have a variety of other leisure facilities such as swimming pools, tennis courts and wellness centres. One such golf course is the impressive Real Club de Golf Campoamor. A challenging 18 hole course will keep the golfer in the family happy, and a number of leisure facilities offer things to do for other family members.
Close to Campoamor Golf is Las Colinas Golf & County Club, and a bit further inland Villamartin Golf. Both boast excellent 18 hole courses and Villamartin is located next to a lively plaza of the same name. The plaza is home to several shops and some of the most popular restaurants and bars in Orihuela Costa. To the north is El Valle Golf Resort, and surrounding Torrevieja a further two courses. All in all, those thinking of taking a holiday in or relocating to Orihuela Costa will find numerous superb and exciting things to do that will keep the whole family happy and active.