Villa Casa Colina – Ciudad Quesada and the local area
Ciudad (meaning “the town of”) Quesada is a development which was commenced in the early 1970’s by the Quesada family, formerly farmers, and has been tastefully expanded to become a small town in its own right, complete with town hall. Residents include British, Scandinavian, German and other nationalities providing a good balance. English is widely understood in shops, restaurants and other establishments.
Orange and lemon groves abound in the area, and the fruit has so much more taste when it hasn’t travelled far – Buy a large bag from the market and you will be sure to be starting each day with freshly-squeezed orange juice!
Guardamar del Segura
A ten-minute drive will bring you to Guardamar, with its 11 kilometres of golden sandy beach and sand dunes, awarded the European blue flag for cleanliness. Choose the beaches by the promenade or the more deserted dunes to the north (Dunas de Guardamar) or south (Campomar beach), whichever is your preference.
Guardamar town has numerous shops, street cafés, bars and restaurants and, on Wednesdays, a bustling street market. The Reina Sofia park has pine groves, lakes and wildlife, and the Alfonso XIII park has particularly interesting vegetation.
A typical small Spanish town, straddling the river Segura, has shops, restaurants and even night clubs, only a short taxi-ride away.
The area is famed for its salt lakes and the favourable climate they create. You will find them situated at Santa Pola and also at La Mata, and they provide many opportunities to watch the plentiful pink flamingos and (apparently) one hundred different species of aquatic birds. La Mata nature reserve extends to 3,700 hectares and includes two salt lakes. This is a further location for a peaceful walk and to see wildlife. The walking and cycling routes around the lagoon are well signposted, and there are observation towers and rest areas.
Torrevieja is roughly twenty minutes away – Close enough to visit but far enough to avoid the crowds.! The marina has been redeveloped in recent years and there is a good walk along the harbour wall. For the children there is a large water park here and, for the ladies, the Harbaneras shopping mall with shops such as Zara.
This ancient city is well worth a visit and has the largest palm park in Europe. It is also known as the shoe capital of Europe.There is a factory shop but you will also find plentiful leather shoes at reasonable prices in shops in Guardamar.
Other places to visit
This a lovely part of the Costa Blanca with many interesting and picturesque places to visit. Come to see the acres of almond blossom in January/February, yellow mimosa in March, the jacaranda trees with their lilac flowers in June, and wander through orange groves heavy with the scent of the blossom in spring and autumn. In addition we could suggest Santa Pola, Orihuela, Callosa del Segura, Redovan, the hot springs at Fortuna or Archena (great to visit in the winter), Almoradi, Lo Pagan, Torrevieja, Guadalest and the caves at Busot but the list is endless.
You will find at least one open-air market in local towns and villages on every day of the week. Leather products are, of course, a speciality, and markets are also a great source of fresh fruit and vegetables and a wide variety of other goods.
Are you a golfer?
This is an ideal location for a golfing holiday – La Marquesa golf course is on your doorstep, there are 3 more courses within a twenty minute drive and, if that’s not enough, there are apparently about 45 courses within a one-hour drive, and more still being built! La Marquesa, literally two minutes down the road, is a par 72 course, has a driving range, and club and buggy hire is available.
Do you play bowls?
Bowls is very popular on the Costa Blanca where, of course, it is an all-year-round outdoor sport. Wouldn’t you like a chance to play in the sunshine for a week or two away from the British Winter? The Quesada Country Club has a thriving bowls section and guests are welcome. Woods can be hired, as can shoes if you wish.