Mundomar#9 in Best Things To Do in Alicante
This zoo and aquarium is a fun, kid-friendly daytime activity, and it doubles as an educational experience. Through shows and exhibits, the theme park helps teach visitors to respect wildlife and natural resources as well as the importance of conservation. At Mundomar, visitors can admire a diverse array of aquatic animals, mammals, reptiles and birds.
Past travelers highlighted the animal shows, some of which feature parrots, sea lions and dolphins, as the chief reasons to plan a visit. Mundomar seeks to design the penguin homes and dolphin habitats with each species' happiness and comfort in mind. The healthy animal environment also makes for a pleasing – not to mention ethical – visit for humans.
Located in the city of Benidorm in the Alicante province, the aquarium can be reached by car, bus or tram. Admission is pricey – 31 euros (about $40) for adults and 25 euros (about $33) for children ages 4 to 12 – but most travelers said the park is more than worth the high price. You can also score a discount if you book online rather than buying your ticket at the gate or if you book a family package for up to four people. Certain experiences, such as swimming with sea lions, costs extra. You can visit daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but note hours may extend in different seasons. For further information, visit the website.
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#1 San Juan Beach
You'll find this stretch of shoreline just about 6 miles northeast of Alicante city. Playa de San Juan is known as one of Spain's best beaches; in fact, many recent travelers said it offers a better beach experience than Postiguet. The beach offers designated area for sports like volleyball and football. There's also a skateboarding area if you want to show off some tricks or just watch others. Not to mention, there are plenty of places to rent water sports equipment for surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and jet skiing. The beach also stretches about 2 miles, so you'll surely be able to carve out your own little space in the sand. It's accessible by tram or bus. Visitors recommend taking the L4 tram line to the Londres stop or the L3 tram line to El Campello; if you're on a bus, Costa Blanca, Costa Blanca-Milan and Plaza Coruña are all bus stops close to the beach.
Just behind the beach are restaurants, nightlife venues and even an 18-hole golf course. On a sunny day – most days – the strip is filled with people strolling. A bike path behind the beach makes it easily accessible; there is also a tram line that connects the beach with the city center and Dénia – a nearby coastal town. Public parking spaces and beachside hotels abound in this area as well. Access to the beach is free.
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