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Benijofar, Quesada & Rojales

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flag of BenijofarBenijofar and Benimar are located north-west of Terroveija and south-west of the capital of the province, Alicante. Benijofar is a small village with over 4,000 residents.

Beside Benijofar is the town of Rojales situated on the river Segura. This town is bigger and more populated than its neighbour. Here you can enjoy more activities , including the areas numerous attractions and landmarks. In the town of Rojales, a sports facility exists, along with several museums, including the Huerta Museum and the Paleontogological Archaeological Museum.

 

Rojales

As previously mentioned, Rojales is a larger village than Benijofar. The village has a population of over 20,000 people, making the village more akin to a small town. 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, from grand museums to relaxing walks. You’re also nearby the famous salt lakes located in the Torrevieja natural park.

 

Benijofar

Benijofar is very much like the urbanization of Rojales. Within the village you will find a beautiful church alongside a quaint village square.

Here you can enjoy many activities including a delicious selection of 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 approximately 10km away.

 

Quesada

Quesada is the urbanization of of Rojales. Within the urbanization are the smaller areas of El Raso and Lo Pepin. Rojales and Benijofar are nearby and are quite easy to get to from this location. Very much like Rojales and Benijofar, the closest beaches are in Campoamar and Guardamar del Segura, which are around 8km away.

Around the town you will see a large foreign community, especially from Britain and Ireland. This is because the urbanization is very popular with foreigners looking to move to Spain, whether for retirement or to start a new life in the sun.

Around the mini town are several fabulous 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 are one of the best kept secrets of the region.

Connecting Rojales and Benijofar are great walking and 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 salt 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 surprised to find thousands of pink flamingos in the distance. This area is rife with natural beauty and wildlife. You can find many different types of animals, flora and fauna nearby.

 

Restaurants and Bars

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There is a range of restaurants offering traditional Spanish tapas and international cuisine – 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 has a great menu for all, with great staff and 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.

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 and great staff – all for a great price.

Quasada has a range of bars and restaurants dotted around its small urbanization of Rojales.

 

Museum

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 are two grand 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 for the culture vultures out there.

 

Festival

Festivals

Every year in Rojales there are three different festivals (commonly known as fiestas).

One of the biggest festivals happens on the 29th of June every year. It is to celebrate and honour San Pedro Apostol. The fiesta starts with a range of sports and lasts into the night.

In honour 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.

 

Man playing golf

Nearby Activities

A small journey away are 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 a sports village.

Within the small urbanization of Quesada offers a bowling alley with multiple lanes. Outside the bowling alley is a small mini golf course, perfect to round off the day. The town even has its own bowling green and a gym for all the fitness fanatics.

 

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Getting Around this Part

From both Rojales and Benijofar there are 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.

 

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 are 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. Driving down is also recommended.

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