Hot Air Balloon Flight
A hot air balloon flight is surely the perfect way to view Elche's famous palm groves. Viewed from as high up as 1 kilometre, the groves, surrounding countryside, mountains and coastline pose a beautiful quilt-work of colour. There are many ways to explore this truly lovely part of the Costa Blanca. Some opt to hire a car and venture far and wide. The more adventurous can hire a quad bike and get off the beaten track. For peace and tranquillity you can't beat horseback riding. And for the fitter visitor there are many challenging hiking and mountain bike trails. But to soar with the eagles and feel the wind in your hair, a hot air balloon flight is a magical experience.
Hot Air Balloon Flight Directions
The venue for the hot air balloon flight is at the Marjal Eco Camping Resort. This is in the little village of Catral, just 20 minutes drive from Elche. The village is easily reached from Elche via the AP-7 motorway until the junction for Catral. The balloon flight takes place in the early morning. Catral has several cafes and restaurants should you want to stop for breakfast or a coffee before heading to the camping grounds. However, cava and a light picnic are served after your flight.
Hot Air Balloon Flight Experience
The Costa Blanca is home to several adventure and excursion companies. These offer all sorts of activities and thrilling experiences. The hot air balloon flight is run by Emocion Day. They also offer driving, aquatic, gourmet, winter, wellbeing, VIP and other flying experiences. The day begins early with introductions and the filling of the balloon. Participants can assist with the balloon or just relax until time for lift off. After a brief safety talk it's time to take to the skies.
With a burst of flame the balloon starts to gently rise as the earth drops away. Soon everything you see is in miniature as the balloon rises ever higher. During the flight the balloon can reach a height of 1000 metres, weather conditions permitting. The views are spectacular and reach across the stunning green blanket of Elche palm groves and as far as the Mar Menor Lagoon. Flying time is approximately 50 minutes, and the descent back to terra firma is just as thrilling. A celebratory toast of cava is then followed by a tasty picnic at the nearby Hondo Natural Park.
Hot Air Balloon Flight Itinerary
- An early morning meet at the Marjal Eco Camping Resort
- Introductions, safety brief and filling the balloon
- 50-60 minute balloon flight
- Celebratory toast of cava
- Picnic in the countryside
- Presentation of diploma