The Spanish city of Alicante in the first place is a beautiful resort that attracts tourists from around the world for its clean beaches and great summer holiday. The resort city of Alicante located on the Costa Blanca, which literally translates as "White beach" and is considered one of the most popular resorts on the coast of Spain.
What attracts tourists in Alicante, duck is, first and foremost, its the perfect weather conditions that allow you to take sun and sea baths from may to October. The beauty of the beaches just charming, and historic building of medieval architecture captivate the eyes of tourists. This city seems designed to combine a beach and sightseeing holiday. And last, but not least, any time of the year Alicante attracts visitors for its fantastic parks.
One of the main and most beautiful parks, the green area is the Park Area. The Ereta Park is located just a few minute walk from the historic city centre and the Central beach Playa del Postiguet - la Playa de Postiguet, abbreviated Postiguet beach. The Park is located at the address 03002 Alicante Spain. The Park area is 28 300 square meters.
This is what the Park will be discussed in this article
The Park has its own flavor and a certain charm. Walking on it you can spend hours enjoying the green areas, so naturally dilute secluded place for rest and for romance.
Because the Parc de La Ereta located in the immediate vicinity of the fortress of Santa Barbara, is most convenient to combine a visit to these attractions. We did so, first walked through the Park, and then walked on up the equipped tourist paths and visited the castle of Santa Barbara.
Entrance to the Park is free. Opening hours of the Park from 09:00 to 22:00 in winter from November to March, and from 09:00 to 23:00 hours in summer - from April to October.
Parque de la Ereta en Alicante is situated on the same hill, at the foot of mount Benacantil, and the castle of Santa Barbara: Benacantil hill. Through the Park free to go to the castle of Santa Barbara.
Visit this Park and you will not regret the time spent!
In Ereta Park are beautiful architectural stairs and tourist walkways on both sides of which is a wooden fence and beautiful rows of ornamental trees and shrubs.
Since the Park Area is on a hill, it is divided into zones with special platforms, lifting each of which is equipped with stairs and original tracks.
At all stages of the ascent, on the grounds in the shade of trees, placed benches for rest and flowerbeds with a variety of colors.
Alicante is a Sunny and fairly arid place, so with green vegetation in the city fared poorly. However, craftsmen and landscape designers from this meagre vegetation on the hillside created a true miracle, then the foothills of the green sparkle paint and the place turned into a beautiful and one of the greenest parks in the city.
Initially, the craftsmen, the Park was divided into zones, each of which became a separate terrace. Thanks to this wonderful organization in the Park made possible the planting of large trees such as olive trees and various representatives of the conifers. Was later planted and organically complements the painting all kinds of bushes characteristic of the Mediterranean climate. When choosing plants was taken into account colors, shades, shapes and crowns of leaves that were planted on the principle of the most favorable contrast. The entire Park has installed the irrigation system, is configured for Spanish weather conditions. The terraces were created in such a way that stabilizes the slope and soil protect it from erosion, it can absorb the maximum amount of precipitation.
Here, in the Park, in addition to the olive, planted and pomegranate trees. They even ripen fruit. Of course, these trees are more aesthetic in nature than is fit for human consumption. We plucked one pomegranate and tasted, inside, it was a pale pink color, the taste is also bitter-sweet.
Walking through the Park in some places, the strong smell of watermelons. At first we could not understand, where is such a seductive scent. But then finally found the source of the smell, watermelons smell of flowers growing on one of the shrubs. Here these flowers.
Follow the tourist track up the mountain, you can go through the entire Park and finally go to the castle of Santa Barbara. But the castle we will tell in separate article. And now a photo of the lanes and alleys of the Park.
In the Park in addition to numerous rest areas equipped and Central square, which hosts a variety of children's activities and games. In this area the local Teens like to practice dancing and various skits. Generally Spain, and Alicante is no exception, a country dance enthusiasts. So being in Alicante we have around town here and there watched as the local youth rehearsing the dance. On the ground put a tape recorder and take turns dancing, aiding and prompting each other.
The Park is the Museum of water. One of the Central terraces of the Park has a beautiful fountain, which so love to play with children.
Because the Park is located on the hillside, it is an ideal place from which opens a breathtaking panorama of the city of Alicante, its coastal areas and the marine port. In good weather, the slopes of the Park Ereta you can see Tabarca island, is 22 kilometers from the city.
The Park offers a beautiful view of not only the city, but also the fortress of Santa Barbara, on top of the mountain.
On the top floor of the Park is the panoramic restaurant of the same name, La Ereta, which, as stated in the sources, you can sample Mediterranean cuisine and enjoy beautiful views.
However, at our visit the restaurant was closed, but we doubt that even works, as the condition of this restaurant was run down and quite dilapidated.
Park on the map
The history of the Park Ereta
In the early nineties of the last century began the restoration of the castle of Santa Barbara, and with it the Park de la Ereta.
In 1994 was declared a pan-European competition for designing the Park, which won the championship of the French landscape architects mark and Frederick the Bijan. The main ideological concept was the development of the garden with Seating areas on the pebbly slope, and at the same time the creation of walking path from castle of Santa Barbara in Old town Alicante.
In our opinion they are fully able to implement all the ideas.
By the way, who cares, the castle of Santa Barbara has long been used by the military forces of the country as one of the main fortifications of the city.