The Marina Alta region has many charming places in addition to the beaches and mountains around us, below we will show you a few that may not be so well known, but we recommend you not to miss:
1. Russian Orthodox Church of Altea.
It is located between Altea and Calpe, at the foot of the urbanization “Altea Hills“, its golden dome can be seen from the AP-7 motorway, the national road or from the “Trenet”, those who pass near by are amazed by its beauty. The Russian Orthodox Church of Altea is a marvel that appears between the trees and surprises everyone. Since 2007 the Church of San Miguel Arcángel is the first orthodox church built in Spain. All the materials used for its construction, including the workmanship, are of Russian origin.
If you decide to visit it, you cannot miss its interior, which is as beautiful as the outside, as well as the whole complex, where you can breathe peace and tranquillity. The golden details of its dome, as well as all the ornamentation, are spectacular. From the outside, you can also stroll through the gardens and admire the “Pantocrator” outside.
Admission to this temple is free and opening hours are: Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, Saturdays from 10am to 8pm and Sundays from 8am to 6pm.
2. Las Fuentes del Rio Algar, in Callosa.
Surrounded as we are by salt water everywhere, and being such a dry area with so little rainfall throughout the year, to be able to see a flowing river and even waterfalls, is like a small miracle. Les Fonts d’Algar, located just 15 km from Benidorm and 3 km from the town centre of Callosa d’en Sarrià, in the direction of Bolulla, is a natural area with a high degree of conservation of the ecological wealth and equipped, at the same time, with tourist services and environmental education. This area was declared a protected wetland area by agreement of the Valencian Government on 10 September 2002.
The visit consists of a 1.5 km long circuit along the course of the river Algar (“cave” in Arabic) to see the landscape resulting from the karstic modelling of the limestone rock: the spectacular waterfalls; the numerous springs gushing from the rock; the “tolls” (pools of water) where you can take refreshing baths in pure, crystal-clear and quite cold water, once considered a “source of health”; the old dam, the imposing canal and the centuries-old irrigation channels still in use today.
To visit them, there are set opening hours and there is also an entrance fee (between 4 and 5€ for adults depending on the season and 2€ for children).
3. Natural Park of the Pego-Oliva Marshes
The Natural Park of the Marjal de Pego-Oliva is a wetland area located between the provinces of Valencia and Alicante, in the municipalities of Oliva and Pego, with an extension of 1,253 hectares. This marshland is located in the centre of the mountainous horseshoe formed by the “Mostalla”, “Migdia” and “Segària” mountain ranges.
Its main characteristics are a great biodiversity and the excellent quality of its waters, as well as their quantity. There are two main rivers that run through the marsh: the “Bullent” or “Vedat”, in the northern part, and the “Racons” or “Molinell”, in the south. There are also numerous tributaries and springs, known in the area as “ullals”.
There is a signposted path where you can take a circular walk along the river and the wooden walkways, which is very easy and can be done with children. There is a shaded picnic area with tables and parking areas from where you can start the walk. It is a peaceful place surrounded by nature and far from the hustle and bustle of the world, where the only thing you will hear is the birds singing happily in the trees.
4. Salt Spring in Pego
The Font Salada is part of the Natural Park of La Marjal Oliva-Pego, in the municipality of Oliva.
It is a spring with crystal-clear waters that maintains an ideal temperature for bathing in both summer and winter, as it usually ranges between 21 and 23 Celsius degrees.
It is an underground source of thermal waters – it has a considerable content of sulphurous salts – whose waters have traditionally been recognised as beneficial for skin diseases. A bath beneficial for the skin and in the middle of nature, and with free access, you can’t ask for more.
La Font Salada is located in the Sant Pere de Oliva housing estate (Valencia), and can be reached from Oliva on the N-332 road in the direction of Alicante. After kilometre 210, on the right hand side, there is a road that leads to La Font Salada.
5. The Antonia Whale, in Jávea
This imposing whale, called Antonia in honour of the mother of the famous sculptor and creator of this beauty, Toni Mari, is the first sculpture he made when he moved to his new workshop in Jávea and thought about what he could do to exhibit his work. After three years of work, the whale was finished, and it didn’t stop there. Mari’s sculpture park, open to the public, includes many of his other works as well as trees and plants by Mateu Bolufer, manager of Montgó Verd, as well as a mountain full of vegetation, a waterfall and a 6 metre ant at the top. The workshop and park is located on the Camino de Cabanes and is next to the road, it is impossible not to see Antonia and stop to admire her and enjoy a marvel like this. It’s an ideal place for children and adults.
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