Things to see and do

Denia to Altea

Along the section of coast from Denia in the North to Altea in the South there are many beaches and points of interest to explore. From Denia with its old town and Marina driving South the view of Javea bay from Cap San Antoni is stunning. On a clear day convince yourself that you can see Ibiza. 

Heading in to Javea explore the old town shops and market before heading to the port area. Here you can take boat trips to Denia, Javea and beyond. From the port with its many boutique shops and bars drive along the coast, stopping off at one of the many bars to take in the air and the view. Continuing along the coast road to Arenal with its wide sandy beach and array of bars and restaurants.

From Arenal head to the point at Cap de la Nau the most Easterly point along the coast and visit the lighthouse before heading down to the pebble beach at La Grenadella. The best views of Moraira can be found atop the Cumbre del Sol or from the top of Calpe's Penon d'Ifach.

Back in Moraira, shops, bars, beaches and water sports are available and the coast between Moraira and Calpe has many smaller coves. Most of the coast here can be accessed directly on foot and dropping off the car at La Fustera it is possible to walk along the coastal path in to Calpe.

Calpe Rock

"I wonder if it is possible to climb to the top" i hear you say. The answer is yes and quite an adventure it is too. You might want to avoid this one if it is >30C though. 

The climb starts from nearby car park and visitor information centre. The first part through the trees is a wide path with steps. Completing this part my be sufficient for the less brave and energetic. The views back towards Moraira are already impressive.

Once through the trees you come to a tunnel chiselled  through the rock. This part and the immediate path beyond can be quite difficult as underfoot is well worn and slippery. There is a handrail that is quite popular to hang on to. After the tunnel you open out to the sea and the climb continues over a less well defined track around the far end of the rock facing the sea. Here the path is completely open to the sea and the drop.

Towards the summit the path is hardly defined at all but clear enough to step over the many rocks that keep your attention focussed. Reaching the summit you now can appreciate your efforts with stunning views of the coast and the Seria Bernia. Undoubtedly you can find five minutes at this point to discuss all things health and safety before tackling the decent!

Benidorm

Whatever your preconceptions are of Benidorm, put them aside because this is a fantastic place. Firstly there are three stunning beaches the main Levante beach is to the North and Poniente to the South. In between the old town and its smaller beach. The old town is crammed full of shops, bars and restaurants that are a must visit.

If water and theme parks are your thing then Benidorm is the place and is home to Terra Mitica, Terra Natura and Aqualandia. Other day time options are golf at one or both of Villaitana's two courses. Otherwise head for the old town, park up and stroll along the promenade of the Levante beach.

The evening sees another side of Benidorm and this can involve a gentle stroll along the Levante promenade or a full on experience that the Levante area has to offer. For all round family entertainment a visit to Benidorm Palace is highly recommended.

Mountains

There are several destinations to visit in the mountains that provide the backdrop t the North Costa Blanca. Inland from Benissa there is the wine growing Jalon valley. From Jalon there is a gastro experience to be had at Verd i Vent, take the CV-749. Simple food, lots of it and an amazing experience.

Alternatively heading through Jalon and Alcalali take the road from Parcent towards Tarbena. This heads up the side of a winding mountain road to Coll de Rates. Another stop off for food can be made here with stunning views of the coast towards Denia and beyond.

From Tarbena the road to Guadalest has two options. Taking the fork towards Collosa d'en Sarriá brings us to Les Fonts de l'Algar. Here isit is possible to swim amongst the waterfalls (note this is hugely popular in the summer months). From Collosa head towards Guadalest.

The route to Guadalest is very windy mountain road and you will be pleased to arrive at Guadalest. This is a must visit during your stay. Climb up through the castle to inland views of the turquoise reservoir and views of the coast. If you have not yet found somewhere for lunch continue on to Restaurante L'Obrer at Benimatell.

The road down from Guadalest is straight forward run towards Benidorm on the CV-70 through La Nucia. This brings us back to the AP-7 and a short sprint for home.

Safari Aitana

An alternate trip to the mountains takes us further South existing the AP-7 at Vilajoyosa. The trip to Safari Aitana can be combined with Guadalest and we take a circuitous route from the AP-7 through Guadalest to benefit from the straight run on the CV-70.

Heading up to Sella the road becomes very windy with opportunities to stop and take in the view. Take the left fork off the CV-770 at Venta del Seguro and follow the road as it winds around the perimeter of the safari park. Once at the park take in the smaller attractions on foot before taking the car tour around the park. Getting up close to the animals is very much the theme here.

Returning from the park can be along the same route through Sella or by continuing inland and on ti Guadalest. Some great mountain roads to get the heart pumping.

Valencia

At a distance of around 1 hour from the villa we have the large cities of Alicante to the South and Valencia to the North. Of the two our preference would be Valencia. If you find that you are flying in to Valencia then it is well worth considering a stop over of one or two nights. Valencia can of course be visited as a day trip.

The heart of Valencia can be taken in on foot. The main shopping is centred around the Calle de Colon. From here it is a short walk to the main Cathedral where you can marvel at the interior including the Holy Grail and the view from the Bell Tower. Behind the cathedral the Plaza de la Virgien is home to many street artists and stop off here for a drink and soak in the atmosphere.

Since the main river through Valencia was diverted several decades ago the old river bed now forms a park which is a must visit including at the Southern end the Oceanografic. In the park either take a stroll or hire a push bike.

If you have only a day then take one or both of the red tourist bus tours as this will in an hour or so give you a great overview of the city and its attractions and architecture

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