La Zenia Alicante
La Zenia – Sophistication and charm in a great location.
The coastal town of La Zenia can be found nestling on two beautiful sandy beaches between Playa Flamenca and Cabo Roig on the Orihuela Costa. Boasting the largest shopping mall in the Alicante province it attracts as many visitors to its shops and boutiques, as it does to its fine beaches.
For the international visitor to La Zenia, the nearest airport is to be found under one hour away on the outskirts of Alicante. If you are travelling by bus you will more than likely travel along the excellent A7 motorway link, but if self driving and you are in no hurry, try the beautiful coast road of the N-332 that takes in the unique Parque Natural Salines de Santa Pola. This route can be completed in a leisurely 45 minutes and is a simple drive following the coast on your left. It also avoids the tolls that are a regular feature on Spanish motorways.
A SPECTACULAR COASTAL PATH
On of the pleasures of La Zenia is the spectacular coastal walk that links the town to its southern neighbour, Cabo Roig. This is a favourite activity for the locals and the visitor alike, who enjoy an evening stroll along the promenade that winds its way along the cliff. From this vantage point you can get fine views of the Spanish coast that stretch to La Manga around 20 kilometres in the distance. The walk also passes some stylish cafes and bars where you can take advantage of a cold drink in the fading light of the evening, before continuing your walk.
La Zenia’s beaches are the main attraction for the thousands of tourists that visit the town each summer. With their shallow waters and fine sands, the beaches are ideal for families with young children who can play in the safe, clear waters of the town’s bays and coves.
It can be quite busy in the summer months, but there will always be a place to grab a spot somewhere along the stretch of coastline that is followed by the town’s promenade.
Many of the beaches also offer a wide range of water-sports from canoeing to learning how to windsurf and the shallow waters again makes it an ideal place if you are a beginner to these activities.
The area is renowned for its golf courses. The mild, year-round climate and wonderful scenery is a draw for golfers of all abilities and La Zenia has four championship golf courses within a few minutes of the centre. You can have your pick of the Real Club de Golf Campoamor, the Campo de Golf Villamartin , the Golf Las Ramblas de Campoamor or a little further out, Las Colinas Golf and Country Club. All offer excellent facilities, a pro shop and the chance to experience lessons or a learning round with an onsite pro golfer.
WINING AND DINING
Eating out can be as expensive or as cheap and cheerful as you wish. There are a great number of bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs that cater for every budget and taste but try out some of the local food such as the very tasty rabbit in garlic, or if you like seafood, the Arroz a banda, which is a delicious fish and rice stew.
Whilst you are here you must also try out the local wines. The Jalon wines have been produced in the region since the 14th century and have a reputation of producing some fine, full bodied reds. Jalon wines have been accredited to the ‘denominacion de origen’ of the Alicante region.
The large number of holiday-makers to the area does mean that there are many restaurants that cater exclusively for them, so you can always find a dish that is to your liking.
ACTIVITIES BY DAY
For those visiting with families, or just the young at heart, then a day spent at the Torrevieja Water Park will be a day well spent. One of the largest parks of its kind on the Costa Blanca it offers free buses from the local area in July and August and has plenty to keep everyone occupied, from toddlers to teenagers and beyond.
If you fancy spending more time on the water than in it, then try a local boat trip such as a glass bottom catamaran that does regular trips from Torrevieja out to the small island of Tabarca. A day on this tiny island is an escape from the modern world as there are no cars or motor vehicles here.
ACTIVITIES BY NIGHT
The stroll along the promenade will bring you to the area known colloquially as ‘The Strip’. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a quiet romantic meal, a celebratory night out with friends or just a simple cocktail as the sun goes down, ‘The Strip’ has it all and more. Dining is taken care of by any of the international restaurants that serve anything from traditional Spanish dishes, to Middle Eastern, Asian, Mexican, English and even Hungarian food.
For those wishing to dance until dawn, here is where you will find the bars and nightclubs that will allow you the opportunity in style.
La Zenia is a town for everyone and whenever you visit in the year will offer a friendly, laid back atmosphere that even as your sun-tan fades, your memories of this special Spanish town will not.
With the opening of the Zenia Boulevard shopping centre, there is plenty of choice for those looking for a bit of retail therapy. It is located on the back road between La Zenia and Playa Flamenca.SUMMARY OF LA ZENIA REVIEW
La Zenia a town of sun soaked beaches, stunning cliff-top walks and lively, vibrant nightlife. It also offers the largest, stylish shopping mall of the region, golf courses that will challenge even the lowest handicap and a fun, friendly atmosphere whatever time of day or night, you will only wish you were staying here longer. La Zenia, a town for all ages.