Recommended by Keeley Carwich
Parque de las Naciones or Park of the Nations is located just off the N332 and is definitely worth a visit with young children. It has a great play area with a huge slide which is shaped as a dragon! It also houses a huge lake where you can hire boats and has various different birds and reptiles.
"Everyone young and old loves the park. Take a picnic as you really can spend the day here. Take a trip on one of the boats on the lake (summer only) or tire the kids out on the bouncy castle and in the children´s play area" (KC, Jan 09)
Recommended by Victoria Corbit
With some of the best beaches in the Med a day out at the beach can be great way to entertain the little ones and top up your tan at the same time!! A few to choose from in the area are Guardamar, La Zenia and La Mata. Guardamar beach is a beautiful beach BUT the sea can be very dangerous with its undercurrents and rip tides. The beach is patrolled by life guards and has a a red flag policy that MUST be adhered to. La Zenia is a much calmer sea but does get very busy. La Mata has a decked promenade which is great for a nice evening walk! All the beaches are very clean and offer a great family day out.
"I have visited all three of the above beaches and can’t fault any of them. All have beach bars so keeping hydrated isn’t a problem (although I tend to take my own refreshments!) We have enjoyed many a family day at all of them all well worth a visit." (VC, June 09)
Recommended by Kelly Russell
Happy Days Play Area is a new soft play area situated in La Marina urbanization, which is a largely English populated urbanization between Alicante and Torrevieja. Urb La Marina mums and tots group now meet at Happy Days on Mondays 11am-2pm and Wednesdays 11am-1pm. For more information call Leanne (+34) 615746897
"It’s a really nice soft play area which serves food & drink (including alcohol!) They have a bouncy castle, playstation and crèche facilities. There is also a patio area with a childproof gate." (KR, Sep 09)
Recommended by Katy Johnson
GameZone has a large terrace where parents can enjoy a drink in the sun and a large indoor play area for kids.
Los Dolses, email@example.com (+34) 966765506
"Kids can enjoy the bouncy castle, slot cars, pool tables and internet whilst mum and dad have a drink" (KJ, May 09)