Costa Blanca & Valencia Recommendations
The Bioparc zoo in Valencia is designed following the “zooinmersion” concept with barriers invisible to the eye of the visitor. It is a wonderful zoo with lots of animals to see in their natural habitats.
Avenida Pío Baroja, 3
46015 Valencia (Spain)
Tel. 902 250 340
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Schillings Photographers, Javea
Located in Denia you will find the studio of Paul and Jolanta. They are professional wedding and portrait photographers with vast experience.
Calle Patricio Ferrandiz 35
(near the Denia Post office)
03700 Denia, Alicante
Tel: (+34) 610918867
"We arranged for Paul and Jolanta to take our school photos this year and we must say they are the best "school" photos we have ever had. They captured the children during play time and the portrait shots are amazing. We thoroughly recommend them, they were great with the kids" (SK, Sep 10)
English Midwife Alexandra Weatherhead, Elche
Alexandra offers antenatal advice either at your home or hers.
Tel 689102134 firstname.lastname@example.org
Antenatal classes, Beniarbeig
English/Spanish ante-natal classes
HOSPITAL ACUARIO Avda. Vergel, 11 - 03778 - Beniarbeig Tel.: 966 476 260 email@example.com
"Excellent antenatal classes are held at Acuario. Sometimes they are offered in English depending on demand, otherwise they are in Spanish. You can attend these whether you have decided to give birth at Acuario or elsewhere. They offer audiovisual information on pregnancy and labour as well as on the different ways of giving birth. You will learn to alleviate the most common forms of discomfort experienced during pregnancy. They also include some exercise in the swimming pool!" ( SK, Sep 2010)
Mums & Tots, Firs Foundation
Xabia International College
Following the merger between The Firs Primary School and Xabia International College, mums and tots is now held on Monday afternoons from 2pm until 3.30pm at The Firs Foundation on the Costa Nova, Javea. Open to all, there is no charge. For further information: Tel: 966472929.
Marina Alta Hospital, Denia
Hospital with a good reputation for Maternity and Pediatrics. Staff in the Pediatric section have produced a website (also in English) about breastfeeding www.e-lactancia.org/ingles/inicio.asp
Marina Alta Hospital Partida Plana Est, 4 Tel 965579700
"The new Marina Alta Hospital is located just outside La Jara on the way to Denia. The facilities are excellent...as good as a private hospital. Natural childbirth is promoted but epidurals are available, There is no gas and air or other pain relief available. There are plenty of experienced and caring staff. Once you have given birth you are given your own private room on the maternity ward which are spacious and air conditioned. You also have your own private en-suite bathroom. The room is well equipped with ample room for you, baby and guests. There is a sofa bed so daddy can stay too! For further information visit the hospital or speak to your midwife at your local clinic. The hospital facilities are available to anyone with a valid SIP card please remember that there is no guarantee the staff will speak English."
(SK, Sep 2010)
Denia Rugby Club, Denia
Denia Rugby Club was born in 1990 and has gone from strength to strength. They offer clubs for adults and children, the youngest team being the under 9's. The Juveniles (1990-1991) and Cadetes (1992-1993) play in their respective Alicante Leagues and the Infantiles (1994-1995) play in the Valencia League. The younger age groups play regular tournaments all over the Community of Valencia. Juveniles Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm, Cadetes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, with the Infantiles and younger age groups training on Wednesdays at 6.30pm. Matches are always on Saturday mornings for all these categories. For more information visit their website http://www.deniarugbyclub.com
English midwife Judy Cadogan
Tel 646823839 firstname.lastname@example.org
"Judy is based in Javea but is prepared to travel and will come and visit you in your home to give you antenatal and post-natal advice. She is a fully qualified midwife with lots of experience. She is extremely kind and very honest! She also has a wonderful TENS machine that she rents out." (SK, Sep 2010)
The Stage School, Javea
Run by the very talented and experienced Emma Devine and Lucy Gilster is The Stage School in Javea. The stage school is a part time performing arts school for children and young adults aged 6 to 17 years of age. They offer fun filled, challenging and rewarding training in dance, drama, singing and stage craft. Not only will the students take part in numerous performances, The Stage School can also offer examinations in LAMDA, either individually or in a group. For more information visit their website http://thestageschool.homestead.com
Centre Hipic Marina Alta: riding school offers lessons for everyone despite age and experience. The facilities are excellent and staff very friendly and helpful. The centre is a registered Pony Club Centre and classes are held each week. The Pony Club is aimed at children of all ages and abilities, the children learn how to care for horses and ponies using achievement badges and awards. During school holidays they run training days, competition days and summer and Easter camps. They also cater for birthday parties and are able to organise everything from bbq to a bouncy castle. Tel: 660548551 or http://www.centrehipicmarinaalta.es.
Located on the road from the N332 to Javea you will find the Hipico Javea. They offer lessons for beginners to advanced riders. The facilities are excellent and the staff are friendly. Visit their website for more information http://www.hipicojavea.com/riding_en.htm
Swimming Classes Sawyers Gym, Denia
A well established gym with excellent facilities and a large heated indoor swimming pool which has a retractable roof for the summer months. They offer swimming for babies, children, adult and pregnant classes.
Calle Ondara, 03700 Denia. Tel: 966432723
Swimming classes, Tonus Gym, El Vergel
This is a fairly new gym and has excellent facilities and is within a 30 minute drive from Javea. They have a large indoor heated swimming pool and offer swimming for babies, children and pregnant women as well as adults. They also have a creche facility which you can prebook if you need someone to look after your little monster whilst you use the gym and/or spa facilities. They do offer a membership for swimming only which is great if you don’t have time to use the gym but want to take the kids swimming.
Sector “El Boticari” c/ Portugal nº 1 · El Verger 03770 · Marina Alta (Alicante)
Centro Comercial La Marina , Ondara
A universe of fun and shopping. A building of 90,000 square meters, bringing together the leading names in fashion and accessories, services, specialized shops, home items and decor, restaurants, leisure, food and a giant Hypermarket.
Autovía AP-7 Ondara- Denia-Javea, salida 62
N332, Salida Ondara. Avda. Costa Blanca, 1
03760 Ondara (Alicante)
"Located just outside of Ondara within a few minutes from the motorway and within easy access of Denia, Javea, Calpe and other towns on the Costa Blanca you will find Centro Comercial La Marina in Ondara where families can have lots of fun. As well as the vast number of shops there is a cinema where films are shown in English as well as Spanish, a bowling alley, games arcade and a large soft play area with a ball pit and trampolines! There are excellent facilities for changing and feeding babies within the centre and there are often other activities within the centre arranged for children especially at special times of the year, e.g. Christmas, Three Kings and Easter. The bowling alley caters for birthday parties at very reasonable prices. There are lots of restaurants so plenty of choice there is even a Ben & Jerry’s Icecream! A great time out to be had!" ( SK, Oct 2010)
Parque Aventura, Parcent - Alicante
Parque Aventura is an adventure park with all kinds of obstacle courses and caters for all the family.
Partida Estepar Polígono IV .
Cami dels pous. Parc: 103., 77,76
03679 Parcent- Alicante
Autopista A2 salida 62
Reservations: 625 408 403 or email: email@example.com
"If its outdoor activities your children love then they will thoroughly enjoy Vital Parcentre in Parcent. Parcent is located inland from Denia and is well signposted from Pedreguer. With an area of 7000m2 there is plenty for all of the family to enjoy from the zip wire to horseriding." ( SK, Sep 2010)
Karting in Oliva
Karting Oliva has one of the biggest circuits in Spain where national competitions & races also take place. Facilities include main circuit, kid´s circuit, minigolf, super jumper, remote-control boats, bar & parking. For more information give them a call on 982855909.
Directions: Exit from Oliva towards Alicante: N-332,km. 206.
"We are spoilt for choice for go-kart tracks in this area but one that is not to be missed is the one at Oliva near Gandia. Oliva is about 40 minutes drive from Gandia and the Karting track is located off the N332 before you actually reach Oliva town. There is plenty to do, as well as go-karts for the more advanced drivers there are two tracks especially for children with go-karts that go no faster than 20km/hour. As well as the go-karts there are mini cars for the younger children, bumper boats and mini tanks! So much to do it’s a great day out for the whole family." (SK, Sep 2010)
Celebrate a birthday or any other event with a group of friends with paintballing!
Tel.: 618 049730
Website (currently under construction): http://paintballxabia.com
"This new adventure only opened this summer in Javea and it is going down a storm amongst the older children (and quite a number of dads we believe!) The course is located in Javea behind the Arenal school so is really easy to find." (SK, Sep 2010)
Benidorm Circus, Benidorm
Located in the car park at Benidorm Palace is the Benidorm Circus, a must for all the family. Performances are every Sunday at 6.30pm, tickets can be purchased in the box office of Benidorm Place. A fantastic evening out for the whole family. Information: 966830823 or visit the website www.benidormcircus.es.
If you are looking for a truly amazing and memorable day out then go no further than Oceangrafic in Valencia. Located at the City of Arts and Science (Ciudad de las Artes y Las Ciencias) it is easily reached by bus, train or car. The aquariam is a natural environment where you get to see close up amazing species from the oceans. Apart from the standard tour there are other tickets available such as tours of the technical areas and they even do a sleep over with the sharks!.
Junta de Murs i Valls, s/n, 46013 Valencia.
Magic Marvo, Torrevieja
Magic, balloons,music and games- the perfect entertainment for any children (and adults with them!) of all ages. For more information visit http://www.phoenix-promotions.eu. Tel.: 677 222 352
Professional Face Painter
With her vast experience and expertise, Judith Whitelaw can turn your little ones into Pirates, Cowboys, Spiderman , Princesses, Fairies, and more. Give Javea Organisers a call on 966493370 for more information. Website: http://www.javea-organisers.com/
Magic & Balloon modelling
The amazing magician Gus and his lovely wife Hazel, will attend your childrens' party dressed as clowns. The children will be so excited when they see the magic tricks and the unbelievable balloon modelling! For more information give Javea Organisers a call on 966493370. Website: http://www.javea-organisers.com/magic.htm
La Tienda de Bebé, Javea
Located in the Port Market, Javea you will find La Tienda de Bebé. Stocking a vast range of baby and childrens' clothes for little ones aged 0 - 5 years all direct from the UK, all items retail at just 15€ or under. Open Monday to Saturday from 09:00-14:00 and Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 17:00-19:00. Tel.: 695 022 458.
"They also make beautiful, original gift boxes for presents and baby showers. They also stock the essential baby items such as bottles, potties and changing mats." (SK Sep 2010)
Little Bubbles Music Group, Javea
Little Bubbles Music & Dance is on every Thursday at L'Ancora Tennis Club, Arenal, Javea. One hour of stimulating fun for parent and child: action nursery rhymes, simple dance moves using scarves and pom poms, stretching, baby massage, baby yoga, parachute games, lots of balls and even more bubbles - a great way for parents to meet other parents. The class starts at 103.0am for 3 months olds to 3 year olds, it lasts for one hour and costs €5 per child. Each month we have a different theme so your child is introduced at an early age to colours, numbers, animals, seasons and much more!
Little Bubbles ART is on every Wednesday at the L'Ancora Tennis Club, Arenal, Javea. A messily creative time for mum/dad and child creating something new every week to take home. We use Early Learning Centre paint, stencils, glitter, glue, felt, foam and lots more. 18 months to 3 years with mum/dad starts at 3.30pm, lasts 45 minutes and costs €4, 4-6 year olds (can be left on their own) starts at 4.30pm, lasts one hour and costs €5.
For more information on the above pls call Amanda on 965744407/648690640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or see our facebook page littlebubblesmusicandart
Rock Academy, Javea
Do you have a budding rock star at home? If so why not enroll them in the Javea Rock Acadamy? With extremely experienced tutors the students benefit from vocal coaching to individual instrumental tuition and all students are encouraged to produce their own compositions. For more information visit their website http://www.javearockacademy.com/home.html
Situated in Cullera on the way to Valencia is this family water park. The facilities for younger children are excellent with lifeguards visably on duty in all areas. There are excellent changing facilities and lots of places to picnic or you can buy something to eat from the many eateries located throughout the park. Only downside is that they end their summer season at the end of August when really we feel it should be a little later. Tel.: 902.345.011
For further information visit their website http://www.cullera.aquopolis.es/
The Art House Gallery, Gata
Located in Gata just a ten minute drive from Javea you will find the Art House Gallery run by Julia Evans. Julia is very enthusiastic for your little ones to develop skills through art. Did you know that 33% of children are visual learners? Julia offers childrens art classes, holiday activities and even art parties! Prices start at just 5€. For more information either give Julia a call on 687 114 853 or visit her website http://www.arthouseonline.net
CD Javea Football Club, Javea
Is your little one the future David Beckham? If so, why not enroll them in CD Javea. CD Javea has been in existence in one form or another for over 90 years! There are teams for children of all ages, have a look at their website: http://www.javeamigos.com
Lisa the Clown
Lisa is a Nursery Nurse who loves to clown around - so what better work for her than to dress up as one and entertain children. She can arrange lots of games such as 'pass the parcel', limbo dancing, balloons, and keep the kids amused with face painting, temporary tattoos and hair sprays, and lots of other fun- depending on their ages. She lives in Calpe but can travel, and would love to help you hold a more stress free Birthday party or event for children. For more information give Javea Organisers a call on 96643370.