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Module 3: Benidorm and Theme Parks Terra Mitica and Terra Natura
One of the most important elements of Benidorm and a key selling point is a theme park called Terra Mitica
Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia and The Isles. Come to a place on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea where adrenaline runs high, your heartbeat races and you can feel the excitement in the air.
Situated on the outskirts of Benidorm, at the foot of the Sierra Cortina mountains, with superb views, this great theme park opened in July 2000 and has gone from strength to strength each year.
Terra Mítica is a journey through the customs, myths and legends of the five most important civilisations that have populated the Mediterranean (Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia and The Islands). It combines 30 attractions, more than 100 daily performances, 30 eating places, 18 shops and 12 games areas, to provide visitors with the very best in leisure and entertainment.
One of the most popular attractions is the Tizona (below right), a new world-leading steel inverted roller coaster that will delight visitors who love fast, stomach-churning rides.
It reaches heights of more than 31 meters, your feet dangling as you are suspended beneath the track, screaming at 100 km/hr. Complete the journey in 35 seconds with spectacular vertical and horizontal turns, pirouettes and vertiginous descents that will take the breath away from even the most intrepid roller coaster fans. The visitor literally hangs off the track, which totally intensifies the sensation of speed and zero gravity.
The new attraction shares its name with the mythical sword which belonged to “The Valiant Cid”, a Castilian nobleman whose campaigns during the XI Century have been immortalised in the Hollywood blockbuster “El Cid” filmed in the resort of Peñiscola, in Castellón.
Each area of the park is themed i.e. in Egypt you can eat Egyptian food, as well as international fast food, marvel at the recreation of themed buildings and experience the different rides & attractions
There are also “dark rides” which are interactive attractions, that are not thrill rides and are suitable to all age groups
Some of the key attractions includes are (not all mentioned here):-
In Egypt – the waterfall ride of the Nile cataracts (log flume ride), along with Aquatiti, the child version of the same ride.
In Greece – the Labyrinth of the Minotaur, a journey by carriage through the Labyrinth . Equip yourself with laser guns in case you see the Minotaur.
Visit the “Lost Temple” – sit in seats to watch this great film with special effects.
Or have fun on the “Fury of Triton” a great water ride through rough seas.
In Rome – don’t miss the great wooden roller coaster “Magnus Colossus” or if you dare, try the “Flight of the Phoenix” with a 54m freefall drop in just 3 seconds.
Rome is also the main area for kids, with lots of attractions to keep them amused.
In the Islands – experience the “rescue of Ulysses” a gentle ride though his adventures with their special effects or be thrilled by the “rapids of Argos” and risk the perils of the seas
The park is closed for the winter from 31 October and reopens on 19 March.
For more information visit www.terramiticapark.com
The theme park will be an exciting experience, adventure and a dream journey through countries where the animals are the main attraction. You will have the chance to have contact with the animals and enjoy educational performances. It consists of 4 themed areas in which will be represented more than 1,500 animals and nearly 200 different species from the natural habitat (flora, fauna) and architecture, culture and villages which guests can visit.
4 areas, related to the 4 natural elements, (earth, wind, fire and water) totally themed with flora, fauna, architecture, villages and culture
1. Pangea, the entrance, related to fire and the great volcano. Represents a fictitious area and is the entrance to the park. Huge insects will make you realise how small and insignificant we are beside the power of nature
2. The Americas area is centred around a colonial town inspired by the cities of Antigua (Guatemala) and Granada (Nicaragua). This area will have tropical forests with numerous bird and animal species related to air. Visit the spectacular aviary located in ruins of a Mayan temple overrun by forests and discover their habitat or visit the jaguar temple and its jaguar, followed by experiencing a show of a human free flight demonstration of macaws
3. Asia, represented by Namastepur in India, related to earth, with elephants, tigers, ancient Hindu temples and hidden walks. The entrance to Asia is a logging camp a replica of those dotting the forests of south east Asia decades ago, see how before the arrival of bulldozers elephants were used to extract lumber from the forest and transport it to its destination. Visit the replica of a real settlement in India, where the town will be full of constant bustle, music and the smell of spices characteristic of this part of the world
4. Europe, represented by Kalicameni, inspired by Santorini, Greece, related to water. The town is made of of 3 squares, built on different levels and terraced along the slopes of a mountain offering a view to the Mediterranean seas. Below the Greek town is a small fishing port used for beach and other water activities, such as scuba diving. Here there will also be a water park. (Waterpark small extra charge)
The park is open at 10am all year round except 1 January. Closing times are 5pm, 6pm, 7pm or 8pm depending on the time of year – please click here for more detailed information.
For more information about any aspect of the park please visit www.terranatura.com
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