Rio Safari Elche – Whether you live on the Costa Blanca or are just on a holiday in the area, you must take time out to visit the fabulous Rio Safari Elche. One of the best loved tourist attractions on the Costa Blanca, the Rio Safari is a great place to take the children and is excellent fun for all the family. Situated between Santa Pola and Elche the Rio Safari animal park sits amongst over 4,000 palm trees in some beautiful surroundings and is a place where the whole family can spend an entire day.Part of your preparations before taking a trip to the Rio Safari Elche, should be to visit your local Tourist Information Office, this will be a good place to pick up some promotional literature on the park (you should be able to get a map and an information leaflet), if you are lucky, you may also find ‘kids go free’ or money-off vouchers.The Rio Safari Elche has other facilities apart from just the animal park – the swimming pool is open during the hot summer months, so take some towels and swimming costumes (and especially suntan lotion!) and enjoy a cooling dip while you are there. Tabled picnic areas are provided, so you can take your own snacks and refreshments (though refreshments are available on site).A unique part of the whole experience of the Rio Safari Elche is the ‘train’ ride through the park. The train takes visitors in with the animals (not the lions and tigers!) and offers some great photo opportunities. Also included in the ticket price is free entry into the animal shows – these include a sea-lion show, an elephant show and a parrot show, all with commentaries in Spanish and English and all worth visiting and highly entertaining.Feeding the many animals is one of the most enjoyable parts of the whole Rio Safari Elche experience and you can do this whilst walking through the park during free periods between the ‘train’ rides and animal shows. The most fun to feed are the giraffes, who are very gentle and graceful and do enjoy a nice juicy carrot (or three!) – they will take one from your hand, using their long tongue.