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La Mata, on the sunshine east coast of Spain - The Costa Blanca
Questions and answers - La Mata
La Mata, on the sunny Costa Blanca in Spain, is an excellent place to
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Questions relating to La Mata or any local area to La Mata
A. "Hi, you will need an antigen test to go back to the UK. They cost around 40 euros and the results are quick. You can get one from the IMED clinic, which is near to the Habaneras centre in Torrevieja. Hope this helps. :) "
Buying a property ?
A. "Hi Shona, You will need an NIE number and a bank account. I would contact an estate agent in the area, they will be able to help you through the whole process. As a guide, you can usually count on all the taxes, and other expenses, amounting to around 14% of the price of the property. Hope this helps. "
Covid Restrictions-general info, please. ?
A. "La Mata restaurants are mainly open, but with restrictions as to how many people can be in them at any one time, and they're getting busier since the borders opened - always best to book. The beaches are also getting busier now, they are sectioned into areas and it's probably not a good idea to leave all your kit there while you go to lunch if people are queuing for the spaces. Buses are running still, some of them less frequent than usual - the airport bus for instance. The market is on too. Masks are mandatory here now, you have to wear one all the time you are out, whether you can social distance or not. Sunbathing, swimming, sports and respiratory illnesses are exceptions. All restaurants, supermarkets, and other stores, have hand gel to use before you go in. Some supermarkets clean the trolleys too. Murcia, which is just up the road, is considering going back to Phase 2, they had very few cases but, since the borders were opened, they have spiked. It is a very fluid situation, rules are changing all the time - with big fines for not complying. Hope all this is helpful to you. If you decide to come, I hope you have a good holiday. "
No Chiringuitos ?
A. "It is the local councils that are deciding these things at the moment. La Zenia is under Orihuela Costa and La Mata is under Torrevieja council. They may decide to have the chiringuitos later in the year, no-one knows as yet. "
Retiring to la mata ?
A. "Hi, there are a few ideas here...https://www.lamatainformation.com/things-to-do/ Apart from that, there are so many lovely walks along the coastline, with chiringuitos (beach bars) along the way. There is a cinema in Torrevieja that shows the latest films in English. There are lots of restaurants that do Menu del dia, you can get 3 courses for less than 10 euros - including a drink, so it's much cheaper to eat out here. There are reasonably priced coach trips to go on all year round, you can explore a lot of Spain with them. There is petanque, which is a popular game here in Spain, you can join a club. Bowls clubs are popular here too. Snorkelling is something you may get into. There are loads of charities that are always looking for volunteers. Basically, anything that you are into in the UK, you can usually find an equivalent here. Hope this helps."
Cigarette shops in La mata ?
A. " Hi Tina, yes there's a Tabacos in La Mata at Calle Mayor, 20. As for the weather at the end of March into April, it's usually in the mid twenties in the heat of the day, but you can still need a jacket at night time. It's not swimming weather for me until mid May, but the more hardy will be swimming. It can be variable, so It's hard to predict accurately. :) "
Day of the pig 2020 ?
A. " It will be on Sunday 26th January and starts at 12 noon. :)"
Travelling via bus ?
A. " HI. You can catch the airport bus from Alicante Airport to Torrevieja, that will cost 7 euros per person. Then you can cross the road from the bus station and get the 'A' bus to La Mata. That costs around 1.50 per person. If there were four of you, then it may be worth, for convenience, getting a taxi from the airport, which usually costs around 55 euros and will take you to your door. Ask the price before you start the journey. Hope this helps, enjoy your holiday. :) "
A. " Hi Jacek, if you are staying in Torrevieja town, then on street parking is very hard to find at this time of year. Even in the winter months, you may have to drive around to find a space. If you are staying on the outskirts of Torrevieja, then it will be a lot easier. Unless you intend to travel outside the area while you are there, a car isn't really necessary, Torrevieja has everything you need within walking distance - and a decent bus service. Enjoy your holiday. :) "
Buss from Molino Blanco to Alicante? ?
A. "Hi, you can get a bus (the A Route) from Molino Blanco in La Mata to Torrevieja, it runs from around 7:30 am – 11:00 pm, about every 15 to 20 minutes, then you can pick up the Alicante bus from the bus station there. Hope this helps. :)"
Bus line A on a Wednesday ?
A. "Hi, here is the Line A bus route for Monday to Friday, seems to be the same all week. Hope this helps.
TORREVIEJA - LA MATA
1.- Hotel Fontana
2.- C/ Fuensanta
3.- Playa del Cura - SORAYA
4.- Playa del Cura - MUEBLES BEATRIZ
5.- Playa de Los Locos - EDIF ELENA
6.- Playa de Los Locos - 222
7.- R. Mar Bella
8.- Los Frutales
10.- Gasolinera a Nobel
11.- Hotel Masa
12.- Cabo Cervera I
13.- Cabo Cervera II
14.- Torre del Morro
16.- Ctra. Torrejon
17.- Ctra. Torrejon
18.- Centro de Salud de la Mata
19.- Avda. De Alemana
20.- Avda. Virgen del Carmen
21.- C/ Del Mar
22- C/ Mayor
LA MATA - TORREVIEJA
1- C/ Mayor, 59
2.- Av. de los Daneses (Petanca)
3.- Av. Inglaterra
4.- Av. de Bélgica
5.- Av. de Francia, 2
6.- Ctra. Torrejon
7.- Ctra. Torrejon
9.- Torre del Morro
10.- Cabo Cervera I
11.- Cabo Cervera II
12.- Hotel Masa
13.- Gasolinera a Mobel
16.- R. Mar Bella
17- Playa de Los Locos - EL PALMERAL
18.- Playa de Los Locos - DOMTI
19.- Playa de Los Locos - COLOSO
20.- Avda. Habeneras
21.- Muebles Bahis
22.- Estacion de Autobuses
23.- Avda. Dieo Ramirez – La Gaviota
24.- C/ San Policarpo
25.- Eras de la Sal
26.- Hotel Fontana
Motorhome parking in Av. de Soria ?
A. " Apparently, motorhomes can park anywhere as long as they are parked correctly within parking bay lines. They become illegal if they are deemed to be camping, which is defined by them having anything such as solar panels or chairs etc., placed outside of the motorhome. It is illegal for them to dump their waste. You can contact the local police if the motorhome owners are breaking the law."
day of the pig ? ?
A. "Hi, the day of the pig is always held on a Sunday. This year, I believe it's on the 27th January. Hope this helps. "
Bus to La Mata from Alicante airport ? ?
A. "There isn't a direct route from the airport to La Mata, but here is a link to the bus options you have. :) https://www.lamatainformation.com/bus-times/
Anyone know when the next fiesta in La Mata is ? ?
A. "Hi, there's an interesting fiesta held in La Mata on the 21st January. It's called Dia Internacional del Cerdo (International Day of the Pig). You can queue up to get free pork and cook it yourself on the BBQ's provided. It's held in La Mata Square from 12:00 midday until they run out of food, and is usually very busy! "
Taxi hire in La Mata?
A. "Hi Richard, the best numbers to call for a taxi to take you from La Mata to Alicante airport are: (0034) 965 712 277 or (0034) 966 927 420. I have used both of these companies for many years and both are totally recommended by me, plus, all drivers working for both will speak enough English to get you to the airport (they will have done exactly the same journey for many English tourists, many, many times!).
Any cheap holiday accommodation in Lamata?
A. "Hello John, not sure what you would term as cheap holiday accommodation in La Mata, and also, it's good to remember, you generally get what you pay for!! But for myself, it's been dead easy to find good quality, reasonably priced accommodation in La Mata and when we go to La Mata on holiday every year, we just look on this website and click on the link for property rentals on the right hand side of this page and book it from there.
Any chemists in La Mata?
A. "Hi Jim, No problem at all, there's quite a few chemists in La Mata, (in Spanish, the word for chemist is farmacia), there's probably something in the region of 10-20 farmacias in La Mata, but the nearest farmacia to Parquemar 5 would be the one attached to Parquemar 6, in the Centro Comercial Parquemar 6, in Avenida de Belgica, there's another one in Avenida de Francia, both farmacias are within 5-10 minutes walk from Parquemar 5.
Any info on La Mata ?
A. "Hi Malcolm, not sure what info on La Mata you're looking for, but La Mata has everything you could need for a holiday in the sunshine. La Mata isn't packed and noisy like some of the larger Spanish villages, where it can also be hard to park and difficult to get a meal in a restaurant without prebooking. Parking in La Mata is easy and you can generally get a good meal at most of the restaurants in La Mata without the need for prebooking. La Mata also has an excellent beach and quite a lot of bars and restaurants.
Any good restaurants in La Mata that offer good children's menus ?
A. "Hi Emma, quite a few of the Lamata restaurants will cater very well for young children. Whenever we go back to lamata on holiday, we usually go to some of the restaurants in Avenida de los Europeos and also some of the restaurants around the main church square by the beach and can always get good meals for the kids, meals like burger and chips, pizzas, kebabs, most 4 year olds would love those types of meals, the Tres Palmeras restaurant in Avenida de los Europeos has always cooked any type of meal we've wanted, even meals that weren't on the menu.
Any supermarkets in La Mata open on Sundays ?
A. "Hello Kim, There's a fairly large supermarket in La Mata called Gama, which is just a few 100 yards south from the Church square, but can't remember seeing it open on Sundays. However, when I stay in one of the holiday rentals in Parquemar 6, (just a few yards from Parquemar 5), I very often use a small supermarket called Dicost Supermercado, in Avenida Holandia. They're definitely open on Sundays, (unless it's a Christmas Day or New Years Day etc), as I've shopped there loads of times on Sundays. They're next door to the excellent El Pozo restaurant, in map reference B3, on the following link, maps for La Mata
Anyone know where Calle Les Piteres in La Mata is please ?
A. "Hello Jim and Suzanne, we've been going to La Mata on holiday every year for about 8 years and have never heard of that road - sorry! We've even gone through our maps of La Mata and can't find that road anywhere!
Bar Connecta internet cafe
A. "The address of the internet caf /bar, Bar Connecta, in Torrelamata is Calle Vial de Ronda 1, but the actual front door of the bar is on Carretera de Torrejon. The telephone number is 00 34 966 922 048. I'm not sure about the hairy cactus. There are so many bars in La Mata, that it's hard to remember them all"
Bars / nightclubs in La Mata
A. "Hello Jane, not sure if you know, but nightclubs in Spain are 'different' to the nightclubs in the UK. The nightclubs in Spain feature a lot of the ladies of the night!! On the assumption that you're not looking for this type of 'entertainment', then perhaps you're looking for discos in La Mata. I've been going to La Mata every spring since 2002 and don't know of any discos in La Mata (discos in Spain are called discotecas), which is really the very reason that I love going to La Mata on holiday, no drunken brawls, etc, but, when we had my nephew and his friend with us last year, they took a 10 minute taxi-ride to Torrevieja, I don't know how many discos in Torrevieja there are, but they were happy with them.
Bus's from Alicante to La Mata in the winter ?
A. "Hi Edel, No problem, the bus service runs all year from Alicante town to La Mata.
A. "Hi Edel, Once in La Mata, there's a very good bus service to Torrevieja. So no problems getting around and seeing the sights. If you are on an extended stay, you must see The Three Kings procession on the Eve of Epiphany on the 5th of January.
Buses from Aquas Nuevas to La Mata
A. "From memory, there is a bus stop on the Auguas Nuevas side of the main road (Normally called the Old Alicante Road), opposite the Mercadona and lounge bar commercial area. The Costa Azul bus service definitely stops there and runs to La Mata.
Bus's from LaMata ?
A. "Hi, There's plenty of bus stops in lamata, but the main bus stop in lamata is on the main church square. The frequency depends on the time of day and time of year, but there's usually a bus from lamata to Torrevieja every 20-30 minutes.
Catholic Church in La Mata ?
A "Hello Carolyn, the only Church in La Mata, (which is a Catholic one) is the one on the main square, by the beach and just a few 100 yards south from the Wednesday street market.
Christmas dinner in La Mata ?
A. "Hi Anne, Are you looking for Spanish food or English? If you are looking for an English Christmas Dinner, not much choice I am afraid. Possibly only one place will be open, in the town, I will check it out when I go out there next week on holiday, and let you know."
A. "Hello Anne, A few years ago, it would have been quite difficult to find a restaurant in La Mata that did a dinner on Christmas day, but over the last 3-4 years, we've seen more and more Spanish, English, Chinese and German restaurants open on Christmas day.
Festival of Vendimia in La Mata ?
A. "Hi Malcolm, Are you sure about the spelling ? I think I've heard of a Verbena festival (for wine I think), but not sure.
Fiestas in La Mata ?
A. "Hi Sue, Jim and Kids! Different events occur during the year and usually in the main Church square in La Mata.
Is La Mata wheelchair friendly ?
A. "Hello Ken, my husband is in a wheelchair nearly all of the day, so it was important for us to find wheel-chair friendly holiday locations, and thankfully, we found La Mata a few years ago and have been staying in the same holiday apartment in La Mata ever since, BUT, you do have to be very careful which part of La Mata you go to, as some of La Mata is very hilly, (for example, Los Leandros), but if you stay within 15 minutes walk of the main La Mata church square, just by Avenida de la Sol, you'll be just fine, in fact, if you stay in any of these map references on the map for La Mata, on the link below, these are all of the flat parts of La Mata, A5, B2, B3, B4, B5, C2 and C3 :
Jeffs Bar in La Mata ?
A. "Audrey, Jeff's Bar is now called The Hideaway Bar. It's under a block of apartments behind the London Bar between Avenida Francia and Avenida Inglaterra. Find the London Bar and follow the path to the side of it and you will come to the Hideaway bar. Jeff is no longer at the bar, it has new owners (Colin and Phil) and has been refurbished. It's still very popular and a great bar."
Language problem in La Mata, on the Costa Blanca ?
A. "Hello Amanda, you will have absolutely no problem with the language when you go to La Mata on holiday. The Spanish people in the area will generally speak English and will look on approvingly if you try to speak Spanish.
A. "Hi Amanda, as Sue said, you should be o.k. in La Mata, as more and more people speak English in the shops and bars these days. The Spaniards are always pleased if you try a few words and phrases, and you feel so good and pleased when they understand you!
Hello = Hola
Do you speak English = Habla ingles
How much is it = Cuanto es
Coffee (with milk) = Cafe (con leche)
Wine please, one white, one red = Vino por favor. uno blanco, uno tinto
A beer = Una Cerveza
The bill please = La cuenta, por favor
Thank you = Gracias
Where are the toilets = Donde estan los servicios
I hope these help.
Launderettes in La Mata ?
A. "Good question Michael - we've been going to La Mata on holiday every year for about 6 years and although La Mata has everything else for the holidaymaker, I must say that we've never seen any launderettes in La Mata. Most of the property rentals in La Mata that we've stayed in have all had washing machines - have you checked with the rentals company in La Mata to see if there's a washing machine in the property?
October holiday in La Mata ?
A. "Hi Joanna, we usually stay for a long let in La Mata from about the end of October until mid-December and have done this every for the last 3 years. It's not exact, but usually, whatever the weather in the UK is like, you can usually expect it to be 10 degrees warmer on the Costa Blanca.
A. "Hi Joanna, that link above, given by Dave and Sue is a good one, which I use as well, but also, in case you didn't notice, if you would like to see a 10 day forecast showing the weather in La Mata, which I've always found quite accurate - just click on the following link Weather in La Mata.
Property prices in La Mata ?
A. "John, don't know know how long you've been looking for properties for sale in La Mata, but in 2008, I was looking as well, but got confused when trying to do it on my own, so I checked on the property for sale link on this site, then got in touch with the agents listed, I had my ideal property in La Mata within 2 months. The property agents were very good and took care of all of the paperwork.
Public swimming pools in la Mata ?
A. "Hello Anne and Bob, When we first started having holidays in Lamata back in 2001, we found that when we went over there, in April, May, or October, it was warm enough most days for a swim, but found that, like you, the swimming pools were only open from June to September!!! However, in 2003, very good friends of ours that had good experiences of Lamata explained that if you book holiday apartments in Parque Mar 5 or Parque Mar 6, you can be guaranteed that the swimming pools will be open, as they're open all year-round. So, we now spend our spring and autumn holidays in Lamata at Parque Mar 5 or Parque Mar 6.
Things to do in La Mata ?
A. "Hello Bev, I went to the horse riding place just by the salt lakes at La Mata last year and it was quite good. I've not experienced a lot of horse riding on the Costa Blanca so have nothing there to compare it with, but it was a good days activities for my teenage daughter and myself.
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