Algar Waterfalls

Situated about 20 kilometres inland from Benidorm is the stunning Algar Waterfalls, known locally as Les Fonts del Riu Algar. The falls have recently been declared one of the 10 most important natural pools in Spain. This is definitely the place to visit during those dreadfully hot days of July and August when even the sea and swimming pools are warm. Due to the river's source being high in the mountains, the water remains icy cold even in the summer months, perfect for a cooling swim.

Algar Waterfalls
Source: Flickr / Jon Connell

Algar Waterfalls

Algar Waterfalls cascade down a rocky valley into a series of crystal clear pools, one where the water has been restricted to form a main deep swimming area with a diving platform. Throughout the valley there are wooden walkways and also some steep rocky trails, so a sturdy pair of trainers or hiking boots are advisable. There are shady areas to enjoy a picnic, although if you are not on a tight budget, there are several restaurants in the area. For the most fantastic views of the falls, a visit to Restarante Les Fonts is a must. They have an extensive menu featuring both local and international cuisine and a large terrace right next to the falls.

Algar Waterfalls Camping

The countryside around Algar Waterfalls is an important conservation area, and its tourist office and environmental museum offer information and school group education on the flora & fauna of the area. There is a pretty botanical garden that incorporates a large variety of cacti species, and close by is the Fonts de l'Algar Camping & Caravan Park (link), probably the most picturesque camping site on the Costa Blanca. Kids love the camp site as it is also home to the exciting Dino Park (link), a dinosaur theme park with huge lifelike models of these ancient creatures as well as a number of other attractions.

Tabarca Island

A haven for Barbary pirates in days of old, Tabarca Island lies off the Santa Pola peninsula and is just over an hour's journey by boat from Benidorm. Once a fortified village in the 18th century, Tabarca remains the only inhabited island on the Costa Blanca.