What to do on the Costa Blanca when it rains? The cold season is slowly approaching and this means it can get chilly, windy and some days it may even rain, even though the Costa Blanca is well-known for its beautiful weather and many sandy and white pebble beaches. There are plenty of museums, indoor sports facilities and family-friendly venues to visit when it rains or you want a different day out with your relatives. For example Benidorm Palace and the chocolate museum.
For more than 30 years Benidorm Palace brings magical live shows at night to another level. The venue produced some of the best shows of Europe, and the facilities have been adapted over time for different types of events: large theater productions, concert, benefit galas and so on. International artists such as Julio Iglesias, Lola Flores, Alejandro Sanz, Rudolf Nureyev and many more performed at this award-winning theater on the Mediterranean coast of Benidorm. There are many different shows during the year at Benidorm Palace, so we advise you to check their website for current shows and opening hours.
Chocolate Museum in Villajoyosa
The chocolate factory Valor in Villajoyosa came to life in 1881 and has since been run by five generations of the founding family. They opened the chocolate museum in 1998 and the Valencian Community named it the Valencian Museum of Chocolate. With this name, they want to raise the visitor’s awareness of how this product is produced. When you visit this museum you can learn about the chocolate heritage and the history of how this product came to Spain. On top of that, you will see the different varieties of cacao and see the collection of machinery they used throughout the years.
The museum offers tours from Monday to Friday, at 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 17.00, 18.00 and 19.00 hrs in Spanish. English Tours are available at 10.00 & 16.00 hrs. On Saturdays, at 11.00, 12.00 and 13.00 there are Spanish tours and only one English tour at 10.00 hrs.
Toy Museum in Dénia
A museum dedicated to the toy industry of the city of Dénia from the beginning of the 20th century to the decade of the sixties. We find this museum on the first floor of the former Dénia-Carcaixent train station. The main floor is an art center where many local exhibitions are displayed.
The very first toys made in Dénia were tin toys made with imported machinery and models from Germany. Just ten years later a factory was founded that started producing wooden toys with metal adornments. Slowly these toys became characterized as typical toys made in the city. The museum shows examples of all the popular wooden toys from the era, such as the colorful sailboats, lorries, kitchen stoves and even bowling pins. It is an interesting exhibition free to enter, to show your children how kids in this period of time lived and played.
The address is Calle Caderón in Denia. The museum is open every day from 10.00 to 13.00 hrs and from October to April from 16.00 to 20.00 hrs. From May to September it opens from 17.00 to 21.00 hrs in the evening. The entrance is free of charge.
The Archeological & Ethnographic Museum in Jávea
The Museum Soler Blasco in Jávea is located in an old Palace that was built in the second half of the 17th century. It has three floors where we find the works of local painter J.B. Segarra Llamas on the first floor. A total of 32 pieces of various techniques such as oil, coal, graphite and blood are on display. As well as some personal belongings of this artist. The upper floor offers an exhibition on underwater archeology. It exhibits a large collection of pieces that were recovered from the coast of Jávea. These pieces give insight into a vast part of the history of the area between the 7th century BC and the 19th century of our time.
You find the museum on the Plaza dels Germans in Jávea. It opens from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 17.00 to 20.00 hrs. Saturdays, Sundays and Festive days the doors open from 10.00 to 13.00 hrs. Mondays and December 25 and January 1st closed.
These few excursions are just a few of the options of what to do in the area when it rains. More options will soon follow in another blog.
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