The Costa Blanca is synonymous with fun. It makes people dance in Benidorm's bars, livens up Saturday afternoons in the area surrounding the market of Alicante, turns the various local markets (such as those found in Xaló, La Nucía and El Cisne in Benidorm) into a paradise for those who love handicrafts and curious things. There is a wide range of theme parks, entertainment, attractions, adventures and animals to be enjoyed by all the family, including Terra Mítica, Terra Natura, Aqualandia and Mundomar, all in Benidorm; Río Safari in Elche; Aquópolis in Torrevieja; and Polapark in Santa Pola.
Sometimes nature itself acts as its very own theme park, sparking the imagination of those big and small with its fairytale landscapes, which include the Canelobre caves in Busot, El Rull in Vall de Ebo and Las Calaveras in Benidoleig.
Tradition and modernity go hand in hand in the Costa Blanca, making it impossible for you to feel bored. Tradition can be seen in the spectacularly colourful Moors and Christians Festivals which are held in a number of the province's municipalities, some of which have been declared Festivals of International Tourist Interest, as is the case of Alcoy and Villajoyosa. Another tradition in this province is the passion for fire. The Hogueras de San Juan in Alicante, considered a Festival of International Tourist Interest, takes place every June and ends with the cremà (burning) of the monuments. The Nit de l'Albà, which fills the sky with thousands of fireworks, is celebrated in Elche every August. The Misteri d'Elx, a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which represents the death, assumption and coronation of the Virgin Mary, demonstrates originality, as do other shows such as the Fira de Tots Sants in Cocentaina (first weekend in November) and the Pa Beneït in Torremanzanas (week of 9th of May). The latter reminisces about how the intercession of Saint Gregory saved the population from a lobster plague in 1658. In honour of the saint, women carry a piece of bread weighing six to eight kilos and decorated with flowers and embroidery on their head.
For those who love films and music, the Costa Blanca holds film festivals in Alicante, L'Alfàs del Pi and Elche, and hosts one of the most popular music festivals in Spain, the Low Cost Festival (held in Benidorm), as well as the Habanera Festival in Torrevieja, a town which, in addition to having an excellent nightlife, holds more than fifty festivals for visitors to enjoy.
There is no shortage of plays and concerts throughout the year, which are held in the Auditorium of the Diputación de Alicante (ADDA), the Main Theatre in Alicante, the Palau d'Altea, the Gran Teatro de Elche and the Auditorium on La Nucía, as well as in alternative venues.
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