There are many super attractions to visit during a day out in Orihuela Costa. With much of the area being coastal, its beaches are the main attraction for visiting holidaymakers. Another of Orihuela Costa's popular attractions are its fantastic golf courses. Exploring museums and monuments offers great value all the family can enjoy. A bit further afield visitors can enjoy a refreshing and exciting day at several water parks. There are also animal parks, boat trips and natural attractions such as Torrevieja's salt lake and the Mar Menor mud baths.
Torrevieja's salt lake and natural park is visible from much of Los Balcones. Here you will find hiking trails among the flora & fauna. Lying on the shores of the lake is Mesón Villa Salada. Here you can indulge several of your senses with an authentic taste of Spain. Set within the villa's gardens is a large entertainment stage and arena surrounded by pleasant terraces. Visitors come from far and wide to enjoy a delicious dinner accompanied by a spectacular flamenco & equestrian show. The villa also boasts a riding school and choice of lake treks.
A couple of kilometres inland from the salt lake is the picturesque Lake Pedrera. A thrill seekers dream awaits on the lake shores. This is in the form of Casa Pedrera Multi Activity Centre and Lo Rufete Multi Adventure Park. Both offer similar attractions and activities. These include horse riding, quad bikes, paintball, archery, kayaking, zip-line and mini golf.
Of all the nearby attractions, Aquopolis Water Park is the most popular. Family fun galore is offered in this lovely landscaped parkland. A central wave beach is surrounded by numerous rides and slides. Children and adults can enjoy a variety of entertainment programmes and there is a good selection of kiosks, cafes, bars and restaurants. Not far from the water park are Sky Zone Trampolines and Ozone Bowling offering loads of attractions for all ages.
Located in Torrevieja harbour is the unique Delfin Submarine Museum. This is an actual working naval submarine that has been lovingly restored. It showcases the extremely tough and disciplined living and working conditions on-board a naval sub. With its cramped living quarters, miles of cables and wires, and numerous dials, switches and buttons, the museum is a favourite attraction with the young ones.
Visitors who fancy a bit of sport during their holiday should head to the amazing Torrevieja Sports City. So numerous are its sporting facilities, city is a very apt name. Sports City plays host to several national and international sports championships each year. The majority of the indoor and outdoor facilities, including its three swimming pools are open to the public.
Pilar de la Horadada Sports Centre provides further excellent sporting facilities. It is handy for visitors staying in the south of Orihuela Costa or those spending a day on the Mar Menor. A great social aspect at the centre is its large swimming pool and poolside bar & cafe. There are indoor and outdoor facilities for all ages, a gymnasium and a thrilling climbing wall.
One of the most famous attractions near Orihuela Costa are the Mar Menor mud baths. This vast inland salt lagoon is connected to the Mediterranean via a series of fishing channels. Its calm shallow waters have a high salinity making swimming for children easier and safer. The far north of the lagoon at Lo Pagan is where the mud baths are located. The mud is rich in beneficial bacteria and minerals. These give the mud certain healing qualities.
Around 50 minutes drive north from central Orihuela Costa is Rio Safari Elche. What sets it apart from other animal parks are its leisure facilities. A lovely outdoor swimming pool and kid's pool are surrounded by sun terraces. The main pool has a large water slide and there is a cafe bar and self service restaurant. Other attractions include a small go-kart track and cute safari train. Visitors can view a variety of themed animal enclosures and thrilling shows.
A favourite family day out is the glass bottom boat trip to Tabarca Island. The boat runs daily from Torrevieja harbour. There are also several boats and fast water taxis from Santa Pola, the closest mainland point to the island. Be sure to bring along snorkelling gear as the pristine waters around the island are a protected marine reserve. There are several restaurants on Tabarca specialising in delicious seafood. Alternately it's possible to take along a picnic lunch.