Previously on Europe-Autos.com we featured ideas for driving trips around Barcelona. Here we take the opportunity to check out the Terra Mitica Theme Park if you are planning to hire a car during a holiday based in Alicante.
If you are planning a car hire holiday in Spain, Alicante is a great place to stay. Located on Spain’s Costa Blanca, it’s an extremely popular resort and has a lot to offer, including fantastic beaches, great nightlife, parks and gardens, and historic buildings such as the Castillo de Santa Barbara (St. Barbara’s Castle).
Alicante is also situated near to some excellent theme parks and water parks, making it the perfect place for a family car rental holiday. One of the theme parks that you can visit if you hire a car in Benidorm during your trip to Spain is Terra Mitica, which is located just outside of Benidorm.
You can hire a car for your Spanish holiday easily by using low-cost car rental specialists. Many of these companies have offices in most major European locations, including Alicante, and offer some excellent deals.
You can grab a cheap flight to Alicante from pretty much any airport within the UK. Alicante airport has 2 terminals with a 3rd terminal due to be completed by 2009. Travel from the airport can be easily arranged, there are numerous airport car hire depots, buses or taxis. The city of Alicante itself is roughly a 20min drive from the airport
Terra Mitica Theme Park
It will only take you about 35 minutes to drive to Terra Mitica in your Alicante hire car. Just head out of Alicante on the AP-7 toll road and follow it for 25.5km. Then follow the signs for Benidorm onto the 65A toll road. Follow the signs for CV-70/la Nucia. At the first roundabout, take the second exit. At the next roundabout, go straight on. This will take you to Terra Mitica.
Like many theme parks, Terra Mitica is divided into different areas, each of which has a slightly different theme. There are six areas in Terra Mitica and these are themed around ancient history in different parts of the world: Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia, The Islands and the new Ocionía zone. You’ll find rides and attractions, together with a range of shops and food outlets in each area.
In Greece, you can ride the wooden Alucinakis coaster or travel through a labyrinth whilst shooting at targets on The Labyrinth of the Minotaur ride. You can also explore the virtual world of the Kinetoss Temple or get soaked on the Tritons Fury flume ride, and thrill-seekers will love the Synkope ride, on which they will be strapped into a large disc which swings to a height of 30 metres from the ground at a speed of 90km per hour. For a gentler experience, you can try the Los Icarus swing ride or the Arriarrix carousel.
The highlight of the Iberia zone is the 60mph Tizona rollercoaster, but you can also have fun on the Arietes bumper cars. There are also smaller bumper cars (Jabato) for young children and you can see the Red Beard pirate show.
In the Egypt zone, you can get drenched on the Falls of the Nile water rollercoaster. Younger children won’t miss out either, as the zone includes a smaller version of the ride, Akuatiti, which is designed just for them.
The Rome area has some great rides, including the Magnus Colossus wooden rollercoaster and The Flight of the Phoenix freefall ride. You can also test your nerve on Inferno, a vertical coaster which will send you flying upside down at 60mph. There are plenty of rides for younger children in this area, including the Torbellinus swings and the Rotundus merry-go-round, and you can take time out from the rides to watch gladiators fight in Roma Square.
The Islands zone is home to the Rapids of Argos river ride and Ulysses’ Adventure, on which you’ll take a trip to places mentioned in the Odyssey. You’ll also find the Mithos carousel and The Anger of Akiles pendulum-style thrill ride, and you can stop off and watch the Tarentela circus-style show.
Ocionía is the most recent zone to open at Terra Mitica and it’s packed with things to see and do. You can take a boat trip from the Port of Alexandria, play indoor paintball at The Battle of the Pyramid, explore the Pyramid of Terror or get a bird’s eye view of the park from the Infinnito observation tower. You can also fly through the air on the zip lines at the Atalaya Adventure Park or speed around the Minikarts race track. Other attractions include the Dances of the Karnak show and the Queenwater multimedia show.