Indoor Activities in Spain
Distance: 21miles (Approx 35mins)
If you want to get out of the sun or if you happen across a rainy day then take a trip to the ice rink in Elche. Check opening times before you go as it does close for siesta. We would definitely recommend the Chinese Buffet restaurant just a few doors away too. Really fresh, great quality, all you can eat food for a really good price.
Distance: 19miles (approx. 30mins)
A good option for getting out of the sun or on the very occasional rainy day. Open Monday – Friday 16.00-24.00, Saturday and Sunday 12.00-24.00 and very reasonably priced.
This is a great kids play park which is all indoors based on all the Nickelodeon characters. You can go to boating school in Bikini bottom, discover the Ninja Turtles in the 4D cinema, meet the Paw Patrol and play with the Rugrats. Kids under 90cm are free. Their opening times vary throughout the season so please check before you travel.
Cuevas De Canalobre & Turrón Factory – Jijona
Distance: 43miles (Approx 1hour 10mins drive)
The caves are a really popular tourist attraction and a great place to go if you want to get out of the sun. They were used to store and work on aircraft engines during the Spanish civil war. Whilst they aren’t overly baby & toddler friendly (the floor is slippery in places and the railings could be a little more robust), our little one was happily carried to the bottom of the cave and walked some of the way back up to the entrance. They caves are also small enough so that your kids shouldn’t get bored looking around them. The views of the surrounding countryside are spectacular. Toilets and a small snack bar and gift shop are available. Entry fees are very reasonable.
To make it a full day out you could combine this with a trip to the Turrón factory in Jijona. Turrón is a very old, traditional Spanish sweet said to have been invented by the Moors over 500 years ago in Jijona, a small town about 30 miles or so north of Alicante. There are two types, soft Jijona or turrón blando, which has the consistency of peanut butter, and hard Alicante or turrón duro, which is like a thick almond nougat candy, similar to the texture of peanut brittle. It is made with honey, and the wildflowers that bloom in the mountainsides all around the town of Jijona are food for the bees that produce it. It is typically eaten at Christmas although you can buy it all year round and it is delicious.