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Staycation - Things to do in My Village

Updated on June 20, 2014

The Village of Polop Alicante

Polop de la Marina is a small village, 20 minutes inland from the Mediterranean coast, in the province of Alicante Valencia.

The first thing you see when you drive up from the coast and on the outskirts of La Nucia, is the tower and ancient cemetery surrounded by the remnants of Moorish walls at the pinnacle of the pueblo.

Looming over the village is a sleeping lion - the bulking Mountain Ponoch, awash with thorny browns, chinks of terracotta and pastel greens.

Polop has roads named after the composer and contemporary Spanish musician Oscar Esplá who lived there. Polop is more famous for its water supply and the Font dels Xorrets, which has 221 waterspouts in a square, decorated and representing each town of Alicante.

Writing about a staycation (holiday at home, rather than traveling away) I feel I have a small advantage in regards to how much to write about as 20 minutes down the road is Spain's largest and most popular holiday resort Benidorm, but even closer are the parks, Terra Mittica and Terra Natura.

Polop de la Marina - Images by ShearArt

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Castillo De Polop

Most mornings, I ride my bike up to the old church, where there is a Spanish bar with panoramic views and I can sit in quite writing on my laptop.

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Theme Parks

Terra Mítica is a theme park located in Benidorm/Finestrat and divided into 5 themed zones: Egypt, Greece, Iberia, Rome and the Islands.The park has plenty of scary high altitude, breakneck speed rides with names like Titánide, SynKope and Inferno.

There are over 35 daily shows and a friend of mine works on one called El Regreso de Barbarroja - The Return of Barbarossa - the horror of the seas!

The show is set on board a Pirate Ship and in Spanish but there is plenty of action to entertain.

Polop de la Marina

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Old Town Polop

Old town with the new in the background.

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Link to a Map of the Park

http://www.terramiticapark.com/descargas/planoTerraMitica.pdf

Terra Mitica Park

Terra Mitica
Terra Mitica

For Terra Mitica use the link below or click on the picture.

http://www.terramiticapark.com/secciones/elparque/...

The Fonts

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Terra Mitica Park

Terra Natura

Terra Natura is parkland next to Terra Mitica and has over 1,500 animals from 200 different species, 50 in serious danger of extinction. The park also has over 2,500 examples of more than 160 species of trees, shrubs and ground cover plants.

The park is divided into four themed areas America, Europe, Asia and the entrance area. The park is designed to enable people to get closer to the animals removing many physical barriers.

Some of the Animal attractions include Big cats like Lions, Tigers and Jaguars also Elephants, Monkeys, Rhinoceros, Buffalo to name a few.

Terra Natura

Terra Natura
Terra Natura

For Terra Natura use this link or click on the picture

http://www.terranatura.com/Eng/Inicio/Index.aspx

Terra Natura Park

How did you like my village?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I see no real reason to go anywhere else when you have all the wonders in around Polop de la Marina...I'm enjoying trying to say that fluently and tripping up on it a bit. I love your village and would love even more to visit in person but for now your personal tour will have to do and you did it with such love in your heart that you have made it even more inviting....congratulations on your Editor for a Day feature....how well chosen! :)

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      It's a place I'd like to visit

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @Deadicated LM: Hi I used to go to Falles in Denia, but it seems a bit hypocritical that the local governments here spend millions on fiestas and don't pay their civil servants or honor prescriptions.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Do you go to Falles, or make any of the Papier Mache figures? If the Feast near by where you live. Your village has a very nice Zoo and Amusement Park (great coasters); it looks like fun; thanks for sharing.

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      reasonablerobby 5 years ago

      This a great place 'youth' :) what a smart move moving there!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Congratulations on your staycation year round location. You've chosen well. I still like the idea of leaving home or at least leaving the daily chores!

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      There is no need to go far to have a good vacation.

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      Lovely!

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      What an amazing place to live...I can see why you would want to "staycation". We live in a little cabin on a lake in a little lake community surrounded by woodlands, so it is quite pretty, but we still enjoy road trips each year. *blessed*

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      beautiful! - I'm on my way!

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous! I live in a lovely spot between the redwoods and the beaches in California, so I'm not used to saying this, but... I think I'm jealous!

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      maraga 5 years ago

      it is a lovely place. thank you

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Oh my, but I was just talking with a recruiter the other day about how I would love to live in Spain! I've vacationed in Costa del Sol and loved everything I saw.

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      AustriaChick 5 years ago

      Looks like a wonderful village in which to live and vacation!

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @JoshK47: Thank you so much for visiting and the Squid like - Cheers!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Sounds like a lovely place - thanks so much for sharing!

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @Brandi Bush: Thank and for the squid like.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Your village looks lovely and exciting...thanks for sharing! :)

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @WriterJanis2: Hi WriterJanis, thank and for stopping by.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      This looks like a delightful place to visit.

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @artbyrodriguez: Thank you for visiting I'll check out the Web Cam .

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I really enjoyed your lens, especially the virtual tour. The Web Cam did not work for me. Looking forward to more lenses.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Very nice lens. I learned a lot about a very beautiful place. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @ItayaLightbourne: Yet I have so many places I want to see - America donât get me started and for some reason Darwin Australia to name a few, thanks for stopping by.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Wonderful view of your part of the world! Looks like you can do like I do and just travel locally and see all you could ever want on your staycation. :)

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @MissionBoundCre: Thank you, great name by-the-way.

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @dogsrspecial: Thank you very much for you kind words.

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      MissionBoundCre 5 years ago

      Great Job introducing us to your hometown. Just beautiful.

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      dogsrspecial 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens, My daughter-in-law was born and raised in the same area of Spain. I haven't visited yet but look forward to it. Good Luck

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @designsbyharriet: Thank you for your comment and visiting.

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @CNelson01: Hi thank you for visiting I enjoyed your Photo Editing Software lens, I know where to point people now as I use it some times but to write about it is tougher.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      What a beautiful place to live and a great place to pursue your art. As a photographer I'd love to visit such a place but my circumstances don't permit.

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      Looks like you live in a resort town. Lucky you. Thanks for showing us.

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @Ninche: Thank you Ninche.

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      Ninche 5 years ago

      It looks soo nice!