Family fun on the Costa Blanca
January can be a month of hibernation and abstinence for many after the excesses of the festive season. However, here on the Costa Blanca there is no need to be short of something to do.
There are plenty of events going on in the area so whether you live here permanently, are a regular visitor or are on a holiday, there should be something of interest to brighten up your January. We love getting out and about as a family in January and have gathered below some of our highlights this month…
SUNDAY 13th JANUARY – 8.30am
Guided walk in the Sierra de Benejúzar
This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the Sierra de Benejúzar. Suitable for the whole family, this guided walk is great for all ages. The Club Buen Cuerpo will serve as guides along the route. The activity is entirely free of charge and should last around three hours. It is advisable to wear suitable footwear and clothing, and of course, to bring water and snacks.
The starting point is at the recreation area in Benejúzar at 8.30am.
17th, 18th and 18th JANUARY
Camelot, the Pantomime
The Music Academy in Los Montesinos is the venue for this fun filled family friendly panto with performances scheduled for the evenings of 17th and 18th January at 7.30pm and a matinee performance on Saturday 19th.
Tickets are priced at just €7 adults and €5 children and can be reserved for sale on the night by ringing the ticket hotline on 678 212034 or emailing email@example.com.
Tickets are also on sale at Card Place Benimar, Post Box Doña Pepa, Post Room Benijófar, Quentines Algorfa, Redz Quesada, Cards and More La Marina, Chimes Bar and Food and Drink Stores Los Montesinos and Bargain Books in San Miguel.
SATURDAY 19th JANUARY – 5.15pm
Family Yoga Workshop
Absana Yoga Studio is hosting a family yoga workshop which is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to learn and practice together. Prior registration is essential as places are already being booked. The price is €6 per person. More information from Absana’s Facebook page. Note – a good grasp of Spanish would be essential to participate in this workshop.
SUNDAY 20th JANUARY – 10.30am
Charity Dog Walk
Once a month, the animal welfare charity Finca la Castellana holds a walk to help raise money to help with their monthly food costs. With over 200 animals to care for at any given time, the charity pays in the region of €3500 per month on food alone. This is also a wonderful chance for people to meet the dogs, help them become socialised and to generally raise awareness about this wonderful charity and the work they do. Finca la Castellana was named Animal Welfare Charity of the year at the recent Costa Blanca People Pride of Spain Awards. Leddy Homes sponsored this award so, knowing firsthand the good work they do, we would love to see as many people support the charity as possible. Start time is at 10.30am (if you would like to walk one of the charity’s dogs) or 10.45am if you would like to bring your own four legged friend. The cost is a donation of €5 per human walker and refreshments will await your return.
Check out https://www.facebook.com/fincalacastellanaanimalwelfare/ for more information and details of forthcoming fundraising events.
29th to 31st JANUARY
Viveralia – exhibition of ornamental plants at the IFA Centre
The IFA exhibition centre beside Alicante-Elche airport will host the 16th International Exhibition of ornamental plants. A huge variety of wonderful species of ornamental plants and bonsais will be on display – a must of anyone with an interest in plants. Entry is €7 per person and more information can be found at https://www.feria-alicante.com/ferias/viveralia-2019/
EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY
Guided tour of Castalla Castle
The castle of Castalla, originally an Islamic fortress, was built in the 11th century. Visitors can discover its history and that of the small town (Castalla) that surrounds it for free every weekend.
Thanks to restoration work done between 2003 and 2006 the castle is in beautiful conditions in a very good state of conservation making it an important cultural asset.
The castle has three main parts:
- The Palau or residence of the feudal lord, with towers and rooms organized around a central courtyard.
- The Pati d’Armes, a large open space that houses a series of storage structures from different historical moments.
- The Torre Grosa, a circular tower that was used for defence.
A maximum of 30 visitors at a time can participate in the tour so as such, it is essential to reserve your place first. This can be done easily via Castalla’s Tourist Information Office, Plaza Mayor Nº 3. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 966 561 018.