The Region


Catral town is located on the south Costa Blanca, approximately ½ way between the bustling towns of Alicante (30 minutes drive) and Murcia (40 minutes drive) within the tranquil farming areas of the region but within a short drive of the coastal regions/towns. Largely unspoiled by the British invasion of the Costa Blanca region Of Spain, Catral still has a thriving British community. The town offers peace and tranquillity well away from the hustle and bustle of the larger resorts but has an abundance of bars, cafes, tapas etc. It is also within close proximity (10 minutes drive) of two other busy towns, Dolores and Almoradi. Dolores in particular has many bars/pubs, eating places and one of the largest nightclubs in the area.

Catral VillaCatral Sunset Catral churchEl Plantio Golf Catral church Catral church

Nearby Towns and Cities

Elche being only a 15 minute drive is the nearest very large town/city with numerous bars/pubs/nightclubs and a plethora of shops and shopping malls.

Torrevieja just a southerly 20-25 minutes drive along the AP7 is the well established beach resort of Torrevieja with its numerous beaches and cosmopolitan nightlife.

Alicante is also easily reached in approximately a 30 minutes drive north on the AP7 and A7 Highways and needs no introduction. A bustling town/city that has everything to offer of a modern beach side resort with a vast array of nightlife and entertainment, yet steeped in history and tradition.

Benidorm is approximately 50 minutes drive heading north on the AP7 and A7 highways where you will find Terra Mitica and a market known for its cheaply priced goods.

Guardamar and La Marina beaches are an easy 15 minutes drive. With La Marina beach being surrounded by a public nature park.

Alicante with its beautiful boulevard and pleasant shopping street, is one of the most well known towns on the Costa Blanca. The coast of Alicante and the Costa Blanca owes its name to the beaches stretching for several kilometres and attracts many sun worshippers and pleasure seekers. AlicanteThe sun in Alicante shines virtually all year round. Famous for its excellent weather, the city invites you to take a trip along the coast or to the wonderful island of Tabarca. Along the Alicante harbour you will find beautiful long alleys for nice relaxing walks, enjoying the palm trees and the mild climate. With many historical buildings around the entire city, Alicante offers countless sightseeing attractions, from cathedrals to churches and of course a wonderful harbour area. During summer time, Alicante with its airport, is a starting point for many Costa Blanca tourists, while during the winter months tourists and residents tend to live along the coast in places like Benidorm, Calpe and Denia.

Elche ElcheAll the roads leading to Elche are lined with palm trees and there are a lot of signs proudly announcing that this city was named part of the World Heritage in 2001 thanks to its art and tradition. It is now the third most important city in the Valencian community thanks to its population and has a prosperous shoe manufacturing business, but the sweets and clothing business are not too far behind.
Ever since Iberian times, Elche was an important centre of civilization with the impressive statue of the Dama de Elche ( The Elche Lady ) which was discovered in 1897 and is now found in the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid. Elche is recognized worldwide thanks to a religious re’inactment of the life of the Virgin Mary (called the Mystery of Elche) in the Basilica of Saint Mary (something not usually allowed in sacred places). This church was built over an old mosque according to the design of Saint Nicolas church in Alicante and is an excellent example of Valencian Baroque from the 18th century. The Mystery of Elche is celebrated in two acts, the first on the 14th of August and the second on the 15th of August in this great basilica. It relates her death, assumption into heaven and her coronation as the Virgin Mary. Thanks to the devotion of the towns people and the papal permission from Pope Urbano VIII in 1632, the religious play has lasted until nowadays. The music for this play comes from different times like Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque melodies.

Torrevieja You can reach Torrevieja in approximately 20-25 minutes driving south from Catral on the AP7 Highway.Torrevieja Torrevieja marks a kind of language line between the traditional Valencian/Catalan in the north of the Costa Blanca and the Castellano Spanish in the south of Costa Blanca. Further south you will find more and more "Spanish-only" speaking people, while the area of The BeachTorrevieja and upwards is usually more bilingual (Valencian and Spanish).

Torrevieja salt lakes
The entire area around Torrevieja and Orihuela is famous for their salt production. Huge salt lakes surround the road down from Alicante. The huge salt mountains produce more than half a million tons of salt per annum. Torrevieja gets its name from an old tower (old=vieja tower=torre) and was first mentioned around 1800. The harbour gives home to 300 fishing ships and over 900 private sport boats. From a sightseeing point of view exploring Torrevieja is best by foot beginning at the harbour. TorreviejaAlong with The Church of "la inmaculata conception" a visit to the museum of sea and salt (museo del mar y sal) and the fish market. Torrevieja has huge British and Irish communities similar to Benidorm. Torrevieja is bustling with pubs and restaurants, of both Spanish and European style.
The beaches in Torrevieja are usually safe to swim off, but there can sometimes be some very strong undercurrents. Always look out for the flags, if you see a red or yellow flag, don't swim, but if you see a green one, go swimming and have a great time! 

There's also some more good beaches south of Torrevieja at Cabo Roig and La Zenia and if you go a few minutes north of Torrevieja, you'll find the excellent beaches of La Mata, (which is also called Torrelamata) and Guardamar del Segura, both also win the Blue flag awards every year for their cleanliness, safety and facilities etc.

Benidorm Costa Blanca is located about 45 km north east of Alicante, just south of Altea and is one of the main attractions along the Costa Blanca with its, well established and abundant nightlife and popular beaches. Surrounded by over 1500m high mountains, Benidorm is perfectly protected against the sometimes, cold north winds. Therefore, the weather in Benidorm stays very mild even through winter times. In summer, Benidorm is one big party with more than 1000 Restaurants, over 30 Discos and countless bars and pubs Benidorm offers nearly everything needed for a "busy" nightlife. The city is famous for its huge British and Irish communities, similar to Torrevieja. Amongst the places to visit are Benidorm's ‘casco antiguo’ - the old Benidorm city center. The San Lorenzo, Santa Fez and San Vicente Streets mark the rest of old Benidorm.
Benidorm's two beaches, the Playa de poniente and the Playa de levante are about 5 km long in total. Adjacent to most of the Playa de Poniente beach runs a main road with heavy traffic So, if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing bathe under Benidorm's sun, you should go for the Playa de Levante. Other interesting attractions are the different holiday and theme parks around Benidorm such as Terra Mitica to Mundomar and Aqualandia.

Local Markets

Take a look at Torrvieja and the other LOCAL MARKET DAYS.