Catral and El Hondo Costa Blanca South
EuroTourGuide Coach Tours explains what to do, where to go, what to see, things to do and places to visit in Catral and El Hondo Nature Park. Don't spend hours copying this text, download it for FREE as a GUIDEBOOK with links to maps by clicking on the PDF below.
The village of Catral is a typical inland Vega Baja village, with a main square, an impressive church, long high street and a municipal outdoor summer only swimming pool. However, included within it's municipal limits is San Felip Neri and also part of the El Hondo Natural Park. The cute hamlet of San Felip Neri is little more than a collection of houses, but it still has a central square with a church.
El Hondo (El Fondo in Valenciano) has been a Nature Park and Reserve since 1988 and is on the RAMSAR wetlands conservation list as well as being classified as a Special Protection Area for Birds, or ZEPA. Click to view the EuroTourGuide Positive Place that was filmed in the El Hondo Nature Park during Covid. This park is part of what used to be the Elche Lagoon, which was almost completely drained during the 18th century. Today there are two controlled reservoirs which are surrounded by a series of ponds and salt marshes, fields and palm plantations, making it a pretty place to visit at any time of the year. There is a visitors centre with information about the flora and fauna, picnic benches, twitching huts, and a walking and cycling routes with information boards.