DOLORES, Costa Blanca, SPAIN

Dolores is a beautiful town located in the Vega Baja region of Alicante. It's just 4km from Almoradi and Catral. Its excellent location gives easy access to various main towns including Torrevieja, Murcia, Alicante, Cartagena and Elche.

Dolores is just 10kms from the nearest Blue Flag beaches of La Marina and Guardamar, which has pine trees making the backdrop for the long stretch of sand and the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean. The average temperatures in this area are between 61 degrees between December – January and 85 degrees in July – August.

Dolores is just 4 metres above sea level, where its fertile land has much fruit and produce for exportation and local market sales. The typical cuisine of Dolores takes advantage of the fresh vegetables in the area (artichokes, beans, broccoli), and also includes an abundance of meat and seafood. The most typical dish is "cocido con pelotas" which includes meatballs and potato and chickpea stew. There are also many fresh fruits such as melons, watermelons, oranges, apricots, etc. An open-air market is held every Friday morning where the local produce is sold.

Dolores was founded in 1715 by the Bishop of Cartagena. He was given approximately 40,000m2 of land by the Town Halls of Guardamar and Orihuela to start a town. In 1737 the first stone of the church was laid. In 1795 there were 656 residents, now the population is close to 11,000 residents of lots of nationalities.

 

Guardamar del Segura

In Guardamar you can enjoy water sports at their best: windsurfing, scuba diving, fishing, water skiing, and more. But the options certainly don't end here. At the local municipal sports complex, you'll find an indoor football field, tennis courts, swimming pools, basketball and handball which is only 10 minutes drive from Pondo Rosa.

Bargain Hunters don't forget the evening market. The stalls are situated on the road leading down to the sea front with many different arts, crafts, leather goods, souvenirs, food, sweets and fruits, you will also find a small fun fair opposite.

The sea front has a wealth of excellent restaurants, Café bars & ice cream parlours all opposite the beach ! fantastic Views and locations.

 

Restaurants

Of course there are many excellent restaurants in the area to suit All tastes. We have compiled a small selection from our guest recommendations. if you have more we can add them !

Pizzeria 222-Urb. Doña Pepa. El Muelle Pizzeria-Torrevieja. Pizzeria San Francisco-La Marina Village. Patagonia Steak House-La Marina Urb & Quesada. Chema Restaurant-Guardamar. Auberge Restaurant-Benijofar. Gusto Restaurant-Benijofar. Quesada Fish & Chips-Quesada. Spice Hut-Quesada. Wok Buffet-Quesada. Puro Café-La Marina Village.

 

 

 

Go karting

Our nearest 'Go-karts' is at  San Fulgencio, which is only a ten minuite drive from Pondo Rosa Farmhouse, on the N332, next to Mercadona supermarket.     

Other Go-Karting? Then don't miss out going to the Go-kart track situated on the N332 at Orihuela Costa. Great fun for the kids and kids at heart. Karts for the whole family; juniors, adults and the Hondas for those of you that want even more speed.

 

Terra Mitica Theme Park

Terra Mitica theme park is in the town of Benidorm, Alicante province and offers a magical journey through the cultures of the mediterranean.

It is divided into five areas inspired in the five civilisations of the mediterranean, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia and The Islands. Stroll through the port of Alexandria at the time of Cleopatra or attend the games in Olympia..... These are just some of the options available at the themed areas, not to mention spectacular attractions such as "The Rescue of Ulysses" and the "Magnus Colossus" giant roller coaster. There are also some 300 actors and specialist staff who entertain visitors with more then 25 shows. In the park you will find a ample array of Cafes, Bars and restaurants offering all kinds of food.

 

Aqualandia Water Park

Aqualandia is reputedly Europes largest water park standing behind the northern end of Benidorm right next to Mundomar. It is a must for fans of water slides who will easily be able to spend a full day there.

Theres a great range of attractions within the park such as the huge Atlantic wave pool, the spring boards of Laguna, the beach and caves of Niagara and the adventure land which has been developed especially for young children.

 

Torrevieja.

Torrevieja is a busy, bustling town that has a lively atmosphere all year round, day and night. There are over 105,000 inhabitants 55% of which are of foreign origin. Torrevieja includes many residential areas which can be grouped together into nine main zones, all of which are well served by local bars, restaurants and shops as well as being highly residential.

Some of the best beaches can be found close to town, including Los Locos and Playa Del Cura. Along the front of Los Locos beach there are bars and restaurants with more bars throughout the back streets, Also Situated next to the Port car park. Open during the summer season, is the fun fair, great for the kids and kids at heart.

 

Caves del Canelobre

Located near Busot the Caves of Canelobre, located 24km from Alicante.

 

Algar Falls

Located near Altea, about 1 hour 30 mins drive from Torrevieja/Orihuela Costa you will find the Algar Falls, which are beautiful natural waterfalls.

The Fonts D'Algar (Algar Falls) has a restaurant, barbecue and picnic facilities. There is an environmental museum and a horticultural nursery, where a duct system uses the natural springs waters to irrigate the plants and trees.

 

Guadalest

The mountain village of Guadalest has the population of just over 200 but through the year they get over 2.000.000 visitors from around the world. To get there you drive by Terra Mitica amusement park, take the exit to Benidorm and continue to the mountains. The road to Guadalest has asphalt but twists and turns up the mountain side. To drive up there is a memorable experience. In the village you can visit an old Moorish Fortress from the 7. Century, built on a rock, 900 meters above sea level. In addition you can visit two interesting museums: The Belen Museum of Micro-miniatures and the Museum of Torture.

 

Nations Park, Torrevieja

Located off of the N332 in Torrevieja. Lovely gardens, trees, water features and children's play area. Excellent area for sitting and relaxing. Water features, pathways, children's play area, lawned areas, trees

 

Elche

Drive inland to Elche (21 km from Guardamar) and stroll through Europe's largest Palm Forest. It's a delight to lose yourself amongst the subtropical gardens of the Huerto del Cura.

 

Cinemas

There are some cinemas on the Costa Blanca and the surrounding area that show English-language films with Spanish subtitles. These films are listed as VO (versión original), VOS (versión original subtitulada) or lingua originale films. When looking for films screened in English, look for "VO" or "VOS" beside the listing.

The OZONE cinema can be found next to the Habaneras Shopping Centre in Torrevieja, look for the posters displaying VO and ask to rent the head phones at the box office when paying. (with a refunadable deposit).

 

Ten Pin Bowling

Large ten pin bowling alley situated in the Ozone Complex - next to Las Habaneras shopping centre. Also in the complex you have a Casino, and eating places.

A new Ten pin bowling can also be found at Quesada.

 

Horse Riding

There are a number of good horse riding facilities in the Guardamar and Torrevieja area, all offering full tuition for the beginners to the more intermediate riders with indoor and outdoor arenas.

 

Rio Safari Elche

A great day out can be had at the Rio Safari Elche, which features many different types of animals, including lions, tigers, primates, many crocodiles, exotic birds and dolphins. Other attractions include swimming pools and water slides. There is a dolphin display put on daily.

The park is located 4kms from Santa Pola on the Elche-Santa Pola road (CV-865).

 

Terra Natura, Benidorm

Terra Natura is a new-generation wildlife park where you can discover the zooimmersion experience – a new concept in habitat design which will enable you to come into contact with the animals as if there were no barriers between you – at least, no visible ones! The 320,000 square metres of the Benidorm park.

At Terra Natura you can see more than 1,500 animals from 200 different species, 50 of which are in serious danger of extinction, and over 2,500 examples of more than 160 species of trees, shrubs and ground cover plants from these regions. As well as the hugely varied collection of wildlife, the architectural theming and the range of shows, entertainment and adventure activities make Terra Natura the venue of choice for families looking to spend an interesting and entertaining day in a natural setting.

 

Mundomar, Benidorm

Set in lush tropical gardens, with waterfalls and grottos, the MundoMar Marine Park is an ideal destination for families.
 
As well as popular sea creatures like seals, dolphins and penguins, there are exotic birds, turtles and monkeys. You can see synchronised swimmers dancing with dolphins or watch a parrot show.
 
There are also opportunities to learn about conservation and feed seals, lemurs and penguins and new to MundoMar Marine Park is a giant aquarium housing 600 goldfish. You can also view the dolphins beneath the water from the large windows of a sunken galleon.

 

Aqua - Park, Quesada.

Our closest water park to Pondo Rosa just a 12 Min drive and Located in a natural valley inside of the urbanization of Ciudad Quesada Rojales.

In occupying 21.000 square meters, are distributed all its attractions, as well as rest of areas, all equipped with tables and benches shadows, freely available to the public, having also a large lawn with parasols, where you can rest peacefully, a bit away from all the bustle of the park.

Includes a restaurant, coffee shop and snack bar.  Free parking for customers, complete the offer of Aquatic Park.

Aquapark is a water park for the whole family to enjoy, where young and old, will spend an unforgettable day's visit to our park.