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Formentera del Segura

On the outskirts of Rojales, Formentera is a quiet town with shops, banks, supermarkets, restaurants and bars, all within a few minutes walk away. There is a whole street of Disco's near by that are very lively on Friday, Saturday and Sunday ( nb. in Spain Disco's are like our nightclubs. Spanish nightclubs are of a more Adult nature.) This is a quiet town during the day, a perfect place to sit with a San Miguel & Tapas and watch the world go by.
Guadamar beach
Guadamar beach
Cave houses in Rojales
Cave houses in Rojales
Oriheula
Oriheula
La Finca golf course
La Finca golf course
Sanctuary at Novelda
Sanctuary at Novelda

Rojales covers a large area including large urbanisations but Rojales town is a typical Spanish town. Where there is a variety of shops, restaurants, tapa's bars, cafes, banks and pubs. There is a health centre with a new one in the process of construction and a multitude of small shops and three large supermarkets. In the town centre there is a very pretty church, a local museum and a lovely village square where you can sit and watch the world go by. There are cave houses to explore with art displays and a house with millions of shells on the inside and outside, the owners lifetime work. The river Segura runs through the centre of Rojales, this is a lovely place to while away a few hours in the evening and where many of the locals spend their spare time with the family. Rojales comes alive on Thursday mornings with the market held beside the river in the town centre. People come from everywhere to get their fresh vegetables and the many bargains that are obtainable there. There is a road of very lively disco's in Rojales at one end, this is where the locals let their hair down on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings until the early hours ( it is easier to order your drinks if you can speak a little Spanish).

Beniofar is a very nice town about 10 minutes walk from the apartment that has all the everday amenities with quite a few new pubs and restaurants springing up on the urbanisation of Benimar, here you can have Indian, Chinese, Spanish or just a fast take away food all within a few yards of one another. There are many bars visited here by the local ex pats and a good old English evening can be enjoyed with all the benefits of the Spanish climate. In 1957 most of the town was destroyed and many of the inhabitants perished when the river Segura burst its banks. Do not worry; this will not happen now because the river has reinforced banks that have sluice gates to control the flow. Ciudad Quesada This is an urbanisation that has its own large shopping centre, pubs, banks, health centre, shops restaurants etc, it is only about a 15 minute walk from Rojales town centre. If your interest is golf then the 18 hole municipal golf course La Marquesa is a good course to play. There is a reasonably priced aqua park between here and Rojales open from June till September, the opening hours are from 10.30am to 7pm.

Guadamar is about 10 minutes drive from Rojales and is a lively, but not too tourist orientated town with lots of shops and where there are miles of fantastic beach with a blue flag for safety & cleanliness, with nets to play volleyball, and climbing frame nets to keep the children busy while you top up the tan. Lifeguards attend on the beach everday. There is a large leisure centre with swimming pools, football courts, tennis courts and other leisure activities available just at the bottom end of the beach. There is also a marina in Guadamar where you can indulge yourself in all kinds of water sports. If you fancy some fresh air to your body there is also a large nudist beach (but they do let small nudists on too). Guadamar is one of the preferred places that the Spanish, living inland, visit for their summer holidays.

Torrevieja is a very large tourist resort about 15 minutes drive from the apartment, at one time this was a tiny fishing port, a little hard to believe now. Everything you would want from a resort town is here, shops, banks, bars, disco's, live entertainment in the summer and lots of beach side cafes to laze away a sunny day. There are water sports, many beaches with little coves to explore and even a submarine in the port that you can go aboard and look around. It also has its own aqua park at Finca La Hoya Grande. If you want the odd flutter there is also a casino here on the front opposite the marina. ( No casual dress allowed in there). On the outskirts of Torrevieja there is a large area of natural beauty, here you can find many species of birds including large flocks of Flamingos, there are organised tours for the twitchers amongst you. Market day is Friday morning.

Los Montesinos This is a lovely Spanish town with character and charm and lots of shops, banks, restaurants and everyday amenities. There are lots of furniture stores which are quite reasonable and large garden centres. It is only 10 minutes to Torrevieja, about 8 minutes to Beniofar and 10 from Rojales.

Santa Pola Santa Pola is about 20 minutes from Formentera del Segura and well worth a visit if you want a town that is more of a holiday resort; it has beautiful beaches where all kinds of watersports are available. There is an area of beach where wind surfing is the main sport. There is an amusement park with dodgems etc open all year round. There is a very nice church and in the town centre there is a fortress that is now an impressive museum. The restaurants all serve delicious fish brought into the port fresh every day. Market day is Monday and Saturday.

Novelda This village is about 35 minutes away heading up country and slightly inland, but the drive is worth it for the beautiful modernist design sanctuary or Church of Mary Magdalene's with its beautiful exterior and huge paintings of Mary Magdalene and Christ inside. In July they have a fiesta in honour of Mary Magdalene and her image is carried all the way down the winding sanctuary road to the village of Novelda with thousands of people attending. There is also two castle ruins called Mola castle on the same spot that you can enter and look around. The warden of the church will supply you with a beautiful booklet and map of Novelda written in English. The church has a convent in the grounds where the nuns serve drinks and sell souvenirs. The village of Novelda is a very typical Spanish village with beautiful architecture, museums and large parks, it is worth a day to visit and explore the area.

Orihuela is a very pretty typical Spanish town, on the banks of the river Segura with the mountains one one side. The old town has very many good examples of gothic architecture and beautiful churches to admire. It has lots of shops, banks, bars and restaurants; it is about 20 minutes from Formentera del Segura, Rojales and well worth the drive up there. Market day is Tuesday in the morning. 

Benidorm is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes drive away and is the typical resort built for British holidaymakers, beach, pubs and bars with entertainment in every one, this is what Benidorm is. If this is your ideal then you will enjoy a trip here. There is a theme park Terrametica this side of Benidorm, Spain's equivalent to Alton Towers, you need to spend the whole day there to get your moneys worth. Benidorm also has its own water park Aqualandia that is open from May to September.

Almoradi is worth a mention for the beautiful town hall square where the streets close every Saturday when the weekly market takes place. The market is large but not that large that you get lost and in the square they have the Peruvian pipe band playing away. It is lovely to do your shopping then sit in the open air having a coffee listening to the music. Almoradi is only a 5 minute drive away from the apartment in Formentera del Segura.