Camp El Planet is a nice place for families wanting to experience a holiday a little bit out of the ordinary. Nothing wrong with lying on a crowded beach and staying at a huge hotel for a week or two, but if that’s what you aim for you should probably pick a different place to stay than Camp El Planet.
The Costa Blanca offers a huge number of possibilities for those looking for an active holiday. We have already introduced a number of these; cycling, hiking, climbing, golfing and team sports like football and handball. There are numerous tennis clubs and tennis courts (both regular and paddle) in the area and there’s ample capacity for those wanting to hit a few balls. There’s the possibility of horseback riding and in Busot we find Spain’s largest and deepest cave system. As for water sports there are many possibilities; sailing, windsurfing, sea kayaking, kite surfing, paddle surfing and snorkeling. Obviously some of these activities are not suitable for kids below a certain age.
Below we have listed some activities we believe families would find interesting. We have tried to stay clear of the obvious tourist traps here, but we nevertheless suggest you check their websites beforehand.
- Terra Mitica in Finestrat (www.terramiticapark.com). Gigantic theme park; contains everything from rollercoasters to waterslides. Daily shows, many stores and restaurants. The park is divided onto thematic areas based on ancient great Mediterranean civilizations (Egyptian, Roman, Greek and Iberian).
- The Canelobre Caves in Busot (www.cuevasdecanelobre.com). Enormous and spectacular cave; special lighting and superb acoustic makes it also interesting venue for concerts.
- Mundomar in Benidorm (www.mundomar.es); a huge marine park with spectacular shows by dolphins, sea lions and parrots. One can also admire penguins, flamingos and turtles.
- Safari Aitana in Penâguila (www.safariaitana.com); safari park with animals from five continents including lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants, panthers and more. Guided safaris in a 1.500.000 M2 large wildlife preserve.
- Aqualandia in Benidorm (www.aqualandia.net); water park with a wide range of activities; opened in 1985 and have since been gradually expanded; today one of the largest of its kind globally; contains numerous slides and pools. For children of all ages possibly the “most fun” attraction you will find in Spain.
- Terra Natura in Benidorm (www.terranatura.com) ; a new-generation wildlife park where you come into contact with the animals as if there were no barriers between you – at least, no visible ones; 1,500 animals from 200 different species, 50 of which are in serious danger of extinction.
- Aqua Natura (located close to and share website with Terra Natura); contains changing rooms, pools, beach bars and more than 1.000 meters of thrilling water chutes and exclusive bathing areas for children.
- Mundo Marino (www.mundomarino.es); ride in glass bottomed boat showcasing the stunning coastline. Departs from Denia, Javea, Calpe and Altea. Offers also full-day trips with meals on board.
- Go-carting in Villajoyosa (www.kartinglavila.es) or in Finestrat (www.kartingfinestrat.com). The former is better suited for those on a budget and with no other ambition than having some fun; the latter for those who want to experience racing on one of the best go-carting circuits in Europe.
- Here’s a video giving the bird’s eye view of Costa Blanca: Video of Costa Blanca