La Zenia is a popular and busy beach resort on the Orihuela coast, near the bustling Spanish town of Torrevieja (in neighbouring Alicante province). It is located between Playa Flamenca to the north and Cabo Roig in the south.
Although it is a relatively small resort, La Zenia has a wonderful cosmopolitan feel, as many different nationalities live in the area. It has numerous bars and restaurants to choose from, and an excellent shopping centre, La Zenia Boulevard, which is the largest in the region with over 150 shops.
Three stunning sand beaches, set in coves with shallow waters, ensure a great family holiday. All modern amenities are at hand, and the beaches have been awarded the European “Blue Flag”.
There is an 8.5-kilometre coastal walking path that stretches from Punta Prima, north of La Zenia, to Dehesa de Campoamor in the south, with many beaches and a wide variety of bars and restaurants along the way.
The neighbouring Murcia region’s mild climate makes this area an ideal destination for golf-lovers, who can enjoy playing at any one of 22 golf courses virtually throughout the year, with facilities to accommodate golfers of every level.
The nearest courses are in Dehesa de Campoamor, Orihuela and Villamartin, all within a 20-minute drive.
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The fertile inland plains produce an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood is caught daily by the local fishing fleet, and farmed meat and game are brought down from the mountains, ensuring a rich culinary selection to suit every taste – with rice being prominent.
La Zenia offers a great array of bars and restaurants that cater for every preference and budget, from Irish pub meals to Japanese sushi – and Spanish rice dishes to Indian or Thai cuisine.
The best place to enjoy local fiestas near La Zenia is Torrevieja…
Torrevieja has two patron saints, Inmaculada Concepción and San Emigdio, and their days are celebrated with processions as well as Spain’s renowned Easter parades. One of the most famous fiestas in the region is “Habaneras”, a festival of music, singing and dance with its roots in the Middle Ages and celebrated in July.