Beside Benijofar is the town of Rojales situated on the river Segura. This town is bigger and more populated than its neighbor. Here you can get up to more activities such as seeing more attractions and landmarks. In the town of Rojales, a sports facility exists a long with multiple different museums, including the Huerta Museum and the Paleontogological Archaeological Museum.
As previously mentioned, Rojales is a larger village than Benijofar. The village has a population of over 20,000 people, making the village almost a small town, in this part of Alicante. It has been around for thousands of years alongside the Segura River, passing through Roman, Araba and Iberian times.
The village has many different activities ranging from museums and great walks. You’re also nearby the famous salt lakes, located in the Torrevieja natural park.
Benijofar is very much like the urbanization of Rojales. Within the village you will find a beautiful church alongside a village square, where you will find many of the population of the village pass almost everyday.
Here you can enjoy many activities including visiting many of the local restaurants and bars. The village itself has great routes connecting to the village of Rojales nearby and also to the Torrevieja natural park and coast. Which is around ten kilometers away and a half hour bike journey.
Quesada is the urbanization of of Rojales. Within the urbanization is smaller areas of El Raso and Lo Pepin. Rojales and Benijofar are nearby and are quite easy to get to from this urbanization. Very much like Rojales and Benijofar, the closest beaches are in Campoamar and Guardamar del Segura, which is around 8km away.
Around the town you will see a large foreign community especially from the likes of Britain an Ireland. This is because the urbanization is very popular with foreigners looking to move to Spain whether for retirement o to start a new life in the sun.
Around the mini town there’re many different restaurants and bars as well as all the essentials such as a bank, a spa and a supermarket.
Activities in Rojales and Benijofar
Rojales is famous for its cave houses to the south of the village. This is one of the main attractions about the village. These houses are built into the side of the hills and is one of the best kept secrets of these region of Alicante.
Connecting Rojales and Benijofar are great walking an cycling routes. One of the best routes brings you to the Three Crosses Viewpoint and other routes connect to the nearby salt lakes of Laguna Salada de la Mata and Laguna Salada de Torrevieja.
The slat lakes are famous throughout Spain for their natural pink colours. Making these lakes a natural wonder and must see if you’re live or are nearby the area. Don’t be surpised to find thousands of pink flamingos in the distance. This area is rife of natural beauty and wildlife. You can find many different types of animals, flora and fauna nearby.
Restaurants and Bars
There is a range of restaurants including traditional Spanish Tapa and international cuisine restaurants, so you can be spoilt for choice. You can also get a nice cold relaxing drink at one of the many bars located around the village.
In the village of Benijofar you will find yourself some great restaurants. These include the ‘La Cata Restaurante‘, ‘Fratelli Ristorante Italiano’, an Italian style restaurant and also ‘restaurante La Luna’. Each restaurant have a great menu for all, great staff and all for reasonable prices.
One of the best restaurants in the village of Rojales is Bistro Vivaldi. The atmosphere of the restaurant is amazing with tables both inside and outside on the terrace. The restaurant use fresh ingredients and even go as far as making their own products, making way for that more fresh meal taste.
On the outskirts of the village you will find a lovely family run restaurant and bar called ‘Bar El Resspiro‘. It may be a bit tricky to initially find, but the restaurant has a great traditional Spanish style menu, great staff and all for a great price.
Quasada has a range of bars and restaurants dotted around its small urbanization of Rojales.
Galleries and Museums
In and around the area there is the two Gaparito Wells. Formerly used to collect rain water to then be sold. One is still in operation and the second one has been turned into a gallery.
In the village of Rojales there is two Museums. The Paleontological Archaeological Museum and the Huerta Museum. At the Paleontological Archaeological Museum, you can find out more about the history of Rojales and the surrounding area. A great spot.
Every year in Rojales there are three different individual festivals commonly known as fiestas.
One of the biggest festivals happens on the 29th of June every year. It is to celebrate and honor of San Pedro Apostol. The fiesta starts with a range of sports and lasts into the night.
In honor of the Patron Saint of Rojales, on 5th October, the feast of the Virgin of the Rosary is celebrated.
On May 15th the throne of San Isidro is carried into the surrounding mountains, returning late in the afternoon. The festivities carry on late into the night and the next morning.
A small journey away, a 10/15 minute car journey, is the beaches of Guardamar del Segura and Campomar. The La Marquesa Golf Course is no more than 10 minutes away also.
In nearby Quesada there is a water park and a theater. Something for all of the family.
The village of Formentera del Segura and Los Palacios is nearby. Situated on the other side of the Segura River, it is a cosy village with a range of shops, restaurants and also a sports village.
Within the small urbanization of Quesada there’re multiple different activities. There is a bowling alley, with multiple lanes. This is a great family activity. Outside the bowling alley is a small mini golf course, perfect for after the game of bowling. At the bowling alley you can get some nice food and drink refreshments. The town even has its own bowling green and a gym for all the fitness fanatics.
Getting Around this Part
From both Rojales and Benijofar there is connections to both the main cities of this region, Alicante and Torrevieja. To get to both cities you can either use your own car or one of the regular buses. The journey to these places would generally take around 25-30 minutes depending on traffic and other circumstances.
There are also taxi connections, but they may be a little more expensive to travel to some of the more popular places.
Coming and Going
Depending on where you’re coming from there are a lot of ways to arrive in this part of Spain. One of the main ways is to arrive into the Alicante Airport or the Murcia Airport. Flights from all over Europe arrive into the new Alicante terminal that was opened in 2011 and the Murcia airport.
There are many flights from the UK. Flights from the UK are quite cheap. You can arrive from Belfast (NI), Edinburgh (SCO), Cardiff (WAL) and many airports in England including Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and London.Usually flights per person are between £50-£120 but you can find some even cheaper if you’re lucky enough.
There are also many flights that come from other parts of Europe and Scandinavia. If you ever need to head back home for a catch up with friends and family, finding a flight will not be difficult.
When you arrive at the Alicante or Murcia Airport, you can rent cars. There is up to 7 rental companies at each airport, so renting a vehicle isn’t too difficult.
If you’re arriving in the province from around Spain or other nearby countries. You can take a train or bus to this part of Spain. Driving down is also recommended depending on the cost it would be and the time it would take to arrive.
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