Parque Natural del Hondo de Elche has two large
reservoirs and surrounding ponds and salt marshes which act as the
breeding ground for some 750 marbled ducks, some 80% of the current
total European population Other species you may spot include
Coots, shovelers, pochard, red-crested pochard and a pair of raptors,
the marsh harrier and the osprey.
Parque Natural de las Salinas de Santa Pola has
large shallow salt pans, many of which are still worked commercially,
where herons and avocets nest and up to 8000 flamingos are seasonal
visitors. There is also a visitors centre and museum housed in an
old salt mill.
Parque Natural de las Lagunas de la Mata y
Torrevieja, along with the two previous nature reserves, constitute an
important breeding ground and winter home for over 100 aquatic bird
NB: If you have wheels take a brief trip out of
Elche to Torre Tamarit, once a watch tower now derelict, to watch the
sunset over the salt pans. Particularly in Winter, this can be so
spectacular that it has been known to draw spontaneous applause!
Diving Mediterraneo is a diving school with
an international flavour, hires equipment, organises dives and also does
courses in English. There is also Tevere which offers a
similar service but no course in English and the Scubatribe based
just outside Torrevieja.
Aquapolis (Torrevieja) is a fun water park
with a free bus service from the bus station, however Ciudad Quesada has
its own water park within the town.
The Club Nautico in Santa Pola on the west
side of the marina runs a sailing school. Courses of 20 hours for
both beginners and more advanced sailors cost between €150 and €180
(at time of going to print!). It can also
offer lessons in rowing for the more energetic!
Or perhaps sail with the Mundo Marino
Catamaran out of Denia or Calpe.
a great day sailing on the Mundo Marino. Silently and smoothly gliding
over the blue waters of the Mediterranean they take you to the most
beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean where they will anchor. While
they are preparing a barbecue for you , you can take a nice swim in the
crystal clear waters.
Tel: 96 642 30 66
Windsurfing and Canoeing:
From mid-June to mid-September both Ocio Nautico
and Windsurf Santa Pola (in Santa Pola) hire windsurf boards
(c€21 per hour) and also offer classes. Canoe rental costs are
around €5 for a single and €9 for a double
There is an ice skating rink in Elche within the
Hot Air Ballooning:
Drift over the palm groves in a hot air balloon -
call 96 663 74 01 for details and current prices.