Torrevieja Family Nights
One of the things kids love about going on holiday is being able to stay up late, and the city of Torrevieja offers visitors fun family nights and lively entertainment. Not all the city’s entertainment options require spending a lot of money, and sometimes the simple things in life can be just as rewarding as the more costly stuff. There are parks scattered around the city, and the largest, Park of Nations is a great place to enjoy a family picnic in the cooler evening, lay out a blanket, relax and let the kids explore the parks enchanting gardens, lake and play areas. A walk along the beach promenade is a pleasant way to work up an appetite, where you can sit and enjoy the sea breeze and listen to the buskers play their repertoire of tunes.
The pier end of the promenade is where you will find Torrevieja’s Fun Fair, that offers an exciting evening filled with the sound of shrieks and laughter as the rides get faster and faster. Here you can enjoy a toffee apple or candy floss while trying your luck at the booth games. All the usual fun fair rides are available and prices are reasonable. Ozone Leisure Centre has activities for all the family in its various zones that include favourites such as mini golf, virtual arcade and 10 pin bowling.
Family nights of sporting fun can be found at the impressive Torrevieja Sports City that is within walking distance from Ozone. Sports City boasts an indoor complex where regular International sports events are held and includes an Olympic size swimming pool, large gymnasium and cafeteria. There are racket areas, football fields and a fully equipped athletics track. You don’t have to be a professional sports person to use the facilities at Sports City as it is open to the public all year round.
Prepare to be mesmerised when you head for an evening out at the lovely Villa Salada. Here you are invited to combine a delicious meal with a variety of wonderful equestrian shows and flamenco dancing in a beautiful setting next to Torrevieja’s salt lake. The performances of both the magnificent Andalusian horses and colourful dancers are the best to be had on the Costa Blanca, and the choice of cuisine includes children’s meals. If your young ones really want to get into the spirit, then before your evening out go to one of the larger ”Chino” stores where you can usually find inexpensive children’s flamenco and vaquero outfits.
You can also enjoy family nights in nearby Orihuela Costa where you can visit the largest shopping complex in the province of Alicante, the huge Zenia Boulevard. Here you will find a wide selection of high street brand stores, exclusive boutiques, arts & crafts stalls, food and sweet stalls, a large homeware and sports store, as well as superb restaurants, cafés, bars and fast food. There’s loads of fun stuff for the kids to do and excellent live entertainment during the summer months.
Torrevieja not only has an excellent choice of night time revelry within the city, there are fantastic family nights to be had in the surrounding countryside and along the beautiful coastline. Like I mentioned earlier, some of the most memorable nights don’t need to cost a lot, and kids the world over start packing their rucksacks in glee at the mere mention of camping. Indeed, entire holidays can be spent in incredible camping resorts that are more like small luxury villages with water parks, fantastic sporting facilities, spa complexes, restaurants and supermarkets. These offer a choice of tent, caravan or motor home pitches with water and electric, as well as a selection of fully equipped bungalows.
For me, finding a lake or secluded beach, where the only sounds are the crickets or rustling palm trees, is the ultimate place to pitch camp. Send the kids to find firewood whilst you get the camp sorted, and most importantly, make the BBQ pit. A night around the fire, toasting marshmallows, and telling scary stories is a magical way to spend an evening or two when on holiday in Torrevieja. The Costa Blanca really does have the best weather for camping, and as long as you’re not on private property or disturbing anyone, and are cautious with your fire and respectful of your environment, you can camp pretty much anywhere in Spain.