Leaving the coastal area and the beaches, the inland area of the Marina Alta offers mountain landscapes of great beauty. There are numerous villages, which are worth a visit to appreciate the tranquillity and beauty that can be found in them. Most of them are grouped in valleys: Vall del Pop, Vall de Laguart, Vall de Gallinera and Vall d’Ebo.
They are different valleys that can be seen on a day trip visiting the different villages, many of them are very close to each other and it is possible to make walking routes to link them.
The Vall del Pop is made up of the towns of: Benijembla, Murla, Parcent, Alcalalí, Xaló, Lliber, Senija and Benissa, in all of them there are numerous hiking routes to discover the landscapes, their constructions, mountains, one of the most beautiful routes to do is The route of the almond trees in blossom, in the month of February and early March, there are two routes and they can be started from Alcalalí or from Jalón.
It is also possible to follow the route of the Riuraus, which are emblematic constructions of this area and unique in the world. Their main use was as drying sheds to convert the muscatel grapes into sultanas.
As the whole area is surrounded by mountains, apart from hiking, mountain biking and climbing are also possible.
Vall de Laguart, formed by the villages of: Benimaurell, Campell, Fleix and Fontilles, all of which form a single municipality.
This valley is known for being the place that hosts one of the most beautiful and difficult hiking trails in Alicante’s province: El Barranco del Infierno, a demanding route, which requires some preparation, is a circular route with numerous ups and downs, a real natural wonder, formed by the river Girona, which separates the Sierra de la Carrasca or Ebo, the Sierra del Migdia and crosses the entire valley to reach the Isbert Reservoir. Along this route we will find numerous stone steps (more than six thousand), ravines, the Forat de la Juvea, the Barranc de Salt when there are abundant rains, gives rise to an impressive waterfall of 65 meters high, is undoubtedly a route that you can not miss if you visit this area.
This valley is also known for the cultivation of cherries, it even has a denomination of origin, Alicante Mountain Cherries, to see the cherry blossom you have to go in spring, and by the month of June, you can enjoy this exquisite delicacy and appreciate the beauty of the trees full of cherries while strolling through the area.
It is also highly recommended to visit caves such as the Cova de les Calaveres, on the northern slope of the Segili mountain, in the municipality of Benidoleig.
Vall de la Gallinera: made up of the villages of Benirrama, Benialí, Benissivà, Benitaia, La Carroja, Alpatró, Llombai and Benissili.
There is a route to visit these 8 villages, it is a beautiful route that does not present significant difficulties for the walker, as most of the route is on asphalted or well conditioned roads and the slope is gentle, where there are sections that can also be covered by bicycle. All along the route we can enjoy beautiful landscapes, nature in its purest state, as well as enjoy the local gastronomy and the products of the area such as honey, cherries, mistela, jams, etc,
If you like hiking and being surrounded by nature, a visit to La Peña Foradada is a must. It dominates the landscape from wherever you are in this beautiful valley, from the top you can see the eight villages that make up the valley, the Mariola, Safor and Benicadell mountains and even the sea.
This valley also offers hiking enthusiasts marked trails totalling a total of 48 Kms in the municipality. Nature has carved in the Ebo Valley one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Valencian Community: the Barranco del Infierno (Hell’s Ravine), which can also be visited from this valley.
The ‘Avencs’ make this municipality a special place. They are large chasms that suddenly appear in the ground, with mouths of more than 20 metres wide and a depth of between 57 and 140 metres. You have to be careful where you put your feet.
The Rull cave also has remarkable geological values. Here you can see stalagmites, stalactites, lava flows and flags.
Another essential route is the so-called route of Els Tolls, a corner of the river Ebo or Girona where there are natural pools of water and where, since time immemorial, the people of the village and visitors have bathed in the summer season.
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TEULADA GOTHIC WALLED TOWN AND DRAMATISED VISIT TOURS.
Given the success these routes have had in the previous years, the Town Hall togheter with the Tourism department have organized for this year as well, a route to visit the historical part of Teulada and Moraira from the 7th of July to the 10th of September,
The aim of this initiative is to make known the history, culture, traditions and customs of our municipality in an agile and enjoyable way, so the visitors can understand and appreciate its uniqueness and have a more complete tourist experience.
These routes are completely free, the duration is aprox. 1 hour and 30 minutes and due to Covid measures, free registration is compulsory (groups will be a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 25).
GOTHIC WALLED TEULADA ROUTE:
– The meeting point is at the Town Hall Square in Teulada, at 19.30€.
– Wednesdays with a French guide and Tuesdays with an English guide.
DRAMATISED VISITS IN MORAIRA:
– Meeting point at Plaza de la Sort, in Moraira, at 19.30h.
– Thursdays, with a Spanish guide.
DRAMATISED VISITS IN TEULADA:
– The meeting point is at the Town Hall Square in Teulada, at 7.30 pm.
– Fridays, with a guide in Spanish,
NIGHT GUIDED ECO TOURISTIC ROUTES
In addition, the Town Council, through the Environment department, has also prepared night-time routes for this year.
The objectives are to raise awareness of the importance of the area for the conservation of numerous species of fauna and flora, some of which are unique in the world, and to share with participants the uniqueness of the protected natural areas of Teulada Moraira.
The intention is to enhance the value of all these resources as a tourist attraction through sustainable activities that are respectful of the environment and its inhabitants.
The result is to improve the participants’ perception of the municipality’s environmental heritage.
The activity will consist of three totally free, guided routes for all ages, registration must be done online by filling out the web form through the following link: https://cutt.ly/XnVSQki
You can choose three routes
1.- Saturday 3rd July:
Route “Cami de l’Abiar- Tossal Gros”.
Place and time of departure: Teulada Town Hall Square at 20.30h (distance approx. 7 km, time approx. 3 hours).
2. Saturday 31 July:
Route “Font de l’Horta- Canalins”.
Place and time of departure: Teulada Town Hall Square at 20.30h ( distance about 5 km, time approx. 2 hours and a half ).
3. Saturday 14th August:
Route: “Marjal del Senillar – Protected Landscape la Vall de les Sorts”.
Place and time of departure: Teulada Town Hall Square at 20.30h (distance approx. 4 km, time approx. 2 hours and a half).
It is important to remember that the safety measures in force must be complied with. In addition, groups for each route will be limited until full capacity is reached and it is advisable to wear comfortable clothes, hiking or sports shoes, water and a snack or dinner, as there will be a stop on each route.
More information at the Teulada-Moraira Tourist Office.
What better way to keep entertained the little ones of the house so that their holidays are as unforgettable as ours, here is a list of parks and activities to do this summer 2021:
On the 3rd of July, Aqualandia welcomes the summer, offering the most refreshing and safe fun.
Its more than 20 attractions, for all tastes and ages, will be at full capacity to make its users smile: Verti-go, the highest slide/capsule in the world; Cyclon, the latest great addition to the park that has already made hundreds of thousands of people scream with excitement; or the most classic attractions such as Pistas Blandas or Black Hole will be on show in all their splendour.
The most emblematic aquatic complex offers more than 150,000 square metres of open air space with a wide range of restaurants and recreational areas, as well as shops.
In order to guarantee the enjoyment of its visitors, Aqualandia has reinforced its security protocol for this season. In addition, all customers will receive, on arrival at the park, a mask holder, to keep the mask when using the different attractions.
More information about opening times and ticket prices on their web page.
The theme and educational park DinoPark Algar, located in beautiful surroundings near Benidorm will surprise you with dozens of life-size robotic, static and sound models. DinoPark Algar also has play areas, a palaeontological playground, 3D Cinema and a botanical cactus garden. Take your family on a fun and knowledgeable ride. Is de ideal place for dinosaur lovers.
DinoPark is a dinosaur theme park, we must say it is an open air museum and not a water park or amusement park.
There is a Children’s Sea – a pool where children can cool off.
A palaeontological play area where children can discover and identify the skeleton of a dinosaur and we also have another area for traditional games.
More information about opening times and ticket prices on their web page.
THE SKULLS’ CAVE IN BENIDOLEIG
The Skull’s cave is located on the right bank of the Girona river. The cave is famous for its long history, having been used as a refuge by Palaeolithic man more than 100,000 years ago. From these remote times to the present day, there have been numerous signs of man’s use and passage through the cave. The “ossuary” inside the cave, with the skeletal remains of large mammals and the stone tools used for fleshing them, dates back to Palaeolithic times.
5,000 years ago, the interior bends of the gallery housed Neolithic burials of the valley’s inhabitants. Later, in Ibero-Roman times, the cavity was used as a sanctuary where offerings were deposited, rites generally linked to fertility and the worship of the earth.
At the beginning of the 18th century the cave was considered to be “very large and without having been found out”, and this century saw the first documented expeditions to find out its dimensions. In 1768, after exploring the cave, a group of neighbours found the skeletal remains of 12 people inside, presumably Muslim farmers from the medieval period who were trapped and died while carrying out water collection work. The story was written down by A.J. Cavanilles (around 1795). This discovery gave its name to the cave “Calaveres” and passed as a legend to popular folklore, adding to the legend of Moorish kings, fabulous treasures and princesses.
In 1936 it was used as a storehouse for explosives during the Civil War. The cave has been much visited since the beginning of the century by holidaymakers and people from the village on special dates such as Easter. In the 1960s it was developed and opened to the public as a tourist cave.
More information about opening times and ticket prices on their web page.
MINIATURE MUSEUMS OF GUADALEST
Extraordinary museums located in the spectacular natural surroundings of Guadalest Castle.
Micro sculptures invisible to the human eye, made by Manuel Ussà. In these museums (Micro-Giant Museum and Museum of Microminiatures) you can find such incredible things as The Statue of Liberty inside the eye of a needle. Goya’s Maja Desnuda painted on the wing of a fly, an elephant modelled on the eyes of a mosquito. A camel passing through the eye of a needle, Goya’s Fusillamientos painted on a grain of rice.
More information about opening hours and ticket prices on their web page.
VITALPARCENTRE: NATURAL ADVENTURE SPACE
VITALPARCENTRE Adventure Park is an ideal destination, located in the town of Parcent, which is surrounded by a typical Mediterranean forest and just 20 minutes from the sea where children can enjoy nature. This park is suitable for everyone: families with children, schools, groups or companies; it also offers a wide range of leisure activities such as horse riding, sports circuits, zip-line, volleyball or water games.
Among the options on offer are the possibility of camping in the park, barbecues and night-time activities.
More information about opening hours and ticket prices on their web page.
TERRA NATURA BENIDORM
Terra Natura Benidorm is a zoological park that carries out educational and conservation work in favour of the planet’s biodiversity, through its participation in different international programmes for the reproduction of species in serious danger of extinction. It recreates the habitats of the supercontinent Pangea, as well as the continents of America, Asia and Europe. This spring has started with very good news as they have managed to incorporate a sloth for the first time in their facilities, in order to expand and increase biodiversity.
In this park they pay special attention to working for the physical and emotional wellbeing of the animals both as individuals and as a species by understanding their nature, their care and needs and the threats in their natural environment. The knowledge and closeness to the animals, facilitates the awareness of our visitors, their empathy and positive perception towards living beings and the importance of biodiversity.
More information about opening hours and ticket prices on their web page.
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If you like to enjoy every corner you visit, you cannot miss the old quarter of Benissa during your holidays on the Costa Blanca.
Full of history and curiosities, the historic center of this town in the Marina Alta will surprise you and invite you to stay in its streets for an unlimited amount of time.
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Benissa and its history
According to current discoveries, the municipality of Benissa was already alive in prehistoric times, as well as being a stopping place for the Romans.
The name Banu-Isa (sons of Isa) of Arab origin, confirms that Benissa was born from the Arab conquest that took place in a large part of the Spanish Levant.
The urban nucleus of Benissa was a Muslim population, mainly agricultural, until the arrival of Jaume I in 1244, when he began the colonization of the area, concentrating the Christians and trying to control the Muslim population until their expulsion in 1609.
Visiting the Old Town of Benissa
In the historic center of Benissa you will find several important places to stop and take a look. Here are some of the places you should not miss on your visit to the old quarter:
– Council Chamber:
Walking along Calle la Puríssima from the Town Hall, you will come across the Sala del Consell, a building that stands out for its arches.
It was built in the 16th century to house the sessions of the town’s legal and political power.
At the same time it was used as a storage place for wheat and other cereals.
– Casas del Batlle:
Right in front of the Sala del Consell we will find what used to be the house of the Mayor of Benissa, where the Bernat Capó Municipal Library and the Salvador Soria Contemporary Art Space are currently located.
– Abargues House:
An essential visit in the historic centre of Benissa is undoubtedly the Abargues House. It is a stately home from the 18th-19th centuries, located in Calle Desamparats, one of the most beautiful streets in the historic centre due to its large concentration of stately homes.
Casa Abargues, with its noble atmosphere and a large number of details and furnishings, will show you the way of life of the noble families of Benissa.
– Riberer Monument:
This corner is one of the most famous in the old town, and there is a reason for that as it is a representative monument for the whole population of Benissa to which they have tradition and devotion, due to its great significance. In the past, many people from this city used to walk to the rice fields of La Ribera in order to earn an income to support the family they left behind.
– Church of the Puríssima Xiqueta:
One of the most outstanding places to visit in the municipality of Benissa is undoubtedly the Church of La Purissima Xiqueta, known as the Cathedral of the Marina. With 35 meters high and a neo-Gothic style, its construction began in 1902 and its completion dates back to 1929.
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In Moraira we can not only find its famous castle or its beaches with crystal clear waters, because at the top of the peninsula of Cap d’Or stands a famous tower of 165 meters high, located on the edge of one of the cliffs of Moraira, the Cap d’Or Tower. Thanks to its location, it receives many visitors every day, as it offers the most beautiful views of Moraira and the surrounding coastal towns, not forgetting the cliffs, which are impressive.
What is the Cap d’Or Tower?
The Cap d’Or Tower is a watchtower that was built at the end of the 16th century as a fortification to defend the town from the attacks of the Berber pirates of the time. In addition to the Cap d’Or Tower, a series of watchtowers were built around the Mediterranean coast that communicated with each other to inform the towns of the interior of possible attacks and invasions of the territory. Today the Cap d’Or Tower and its access have been restored, same as the Cova de la Cendra, an Upper Palaeolithic archaeological site located on the south-eastern slope of Cap d’Or
How to get to the Cap d’Or Watchtower in Moraira?
The route to the Cap d’Or Tower starts from the Portet beach in Moraira, from where we will ascend through the urbanisations until we reach 490 metres on foot, then we will leave the streets to enter the Cap d’Or peninsula. From this point to the watchtower we will be only 800 metres on foot.
The path is dominated by rocks that can be slippery and uneven, making the first section of the route the most difficult. Then you will come across signs indicating the path to the Cova de la cendra (cave) and the watchtower. We will continue a gentle ascent until we reach the top of the Cap d’Or peninsula, where we will see the Cap d’Or watchtower appear before us.
All that remains is to enjoy the panoramic views that this point on the Mediterranean coast has to offer.
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Today we will get to know the building that everyone is talking about, the architectural jewel where everyone wants to visit and sneak in to take the best pictures and feel like an instagramer for a day: the Red Wall of Calpe.
Because this marvel of postmodern architecture is a picturesque work located on the seafront of Calpe, it is not just a building, it is a place that allows you to see the iconic Peñón de Ifach from its landings, something completely different and innovative.
The Red Wall by Ricardo Bofill
The Red Wall is a building created under the signature of the architect Ricardo Bofill and is located in Calpe (Alicante), more specifically in the Urbanization La Manzanera. It was built in 1973, although the architect stated that the design of the Muralla Roja was created 10 years earlier.
The aesthetics of this building go back to the artistic and architectural movement that arose in Russia in the 20th century and became especially present after the October Revolution, called Constructivism.
The building is made up of courtyards which communicate and give access to the flats. The upper part of the building contains the terraces, where the swimming pool, in the shape of a cross, the solariums and the sauna are located.
A reddish labyrinth located in front of the sea, from which you can enjoy the best views of Calpe, dreamlike panoramic views that will delight any of its visitors.
Visiting the Red Wall of Calpe
We know that it is a jewel of architecture and that few people can resist the temptation to take some photographs in the perfect setting, but in reality the Red Wall of Calpe is a building of 50 houses, and it is a private property.
For the moment we will have to wait to enjoy the Red Wall and watch it from the outside, but who knows, maybe very soon there will be guided tours that will allow us to access and take the best pictures with views of the Rock of Calpe from one of the most Instagrammable buildings in the world.
Apartments nearby the Red Wall building
Near the Ricardo Bofill’s Red Wall you can find the best villas and flats to enjoy your holidays in Calpe. Situated in the best locations of the town, all of them near the sea and with all the comforts.
Among these villas we can highlight:
– Casa Cala, a villa for 8 people, located 300 metres from the beach of Calpe, 75 kilometres from Alicante airport. A villa with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, parking and private swimming pool.
– Apartamento Manzanera, a flat for 4 people situated very close to the Cala La Manzanera cove which can be reached after a short walk, 75 kilometres from Alicante airport and a few kilometres from the neighbouring towns of Altea, Benissa and Moraira. A flat with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, parking and communal swimming pool.
– Naima, a front line beach flat for 4 people, is located on the Playa de la Fossa beach in Calpe, just 6 minutes walk from the salt lakes and 4 minutes from the Peñón de Ifach. It has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and swimming pool.
– Belladona, flat located 400 metres from Playa Arenal-Bol for 8 people, with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pets allowed and private parking.
– Villa Empedrola, located just 6 km from La Fossa Beach in Calpe, with capacity for 6 people, has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, parking and private pool, pets allowed.
Let’s discover together this wonderful town on the Costa Blanca where we will find a wide range of leisure, culture and gastronomy, as well as a multitude of beaches and coves with crystal clear waters where you can enjoy all year round thanks to its 300 days of sunshine a year. It is without doubt the ideal place to enjoy life and holidays, so it is always helpful to know what you can see in Moraira if you visit it.
Moraira has managed to preserve its history and tradition over the years, despite its growth and tourism, you can find a large number of places to visit in that will take you to know its ancient history, you can also meet corners taken from paradise, which will make you go into a crystal clear sea, an underwater sea life with many types of fishes and starfishes, and postcard panoramic views that will make you not want to return from your holiday.
Moraira is internationally known as a reference point for tourism, so it is not surprising that in the summer season the number of inhabitants doubles to more than 30,000, and that more than 50% are of foreign nationalities.
Let’s find out all the details you need to discover this small fishing village, its hidden corners that you can’t miss and everything you can do in Moraira if you visit it soon.
¿What to visit in just one day?
If you do not have too much time and you only can spend one day in Moraira, these are the places you must visit:
· Coves, beaches and viewpoints:
As Moraira is a coastal town and practically all of its town centre is by the sea, a good option is to explore and get to know the beaches, coves and viewpoints of Moraira on foot, is not difficult at all, and being a small town, you can do it without any problem. There is a route known as the route of the viewpoints or the route of the cliffs of Moraira, which is approximately 5 kilometres long and takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to do it.
On this walk you will see: Portet Beach, Portixol Viewpoint from where you can go down some stairs that lead to Portixolet Cove, L’Ampolla Beach, Les Tosqueres Viewpoint, Marjal del Senillar which is a small coastal wetland, Les Platgetes Beach, then along the L’Andragó viewpoint walk, you will reach L’Andragó Cove where the route ends.
Walk and discover the city centre:
Moraira is a town that is easy and quick to wander through, as the town centre is not very large, but we still recommend that you visit its narrow streets and white façades. On the walk you will see the Church of Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados, dating from the 19th century.
Once we have crossed the town centre, we can go to the esplanade of the Castle of Moraira, where we can enjoy the spectacular views of the Peñón de Ifach, and enjoy the 18th century fort.
Climb the Capd’Or Tower
Another essential place to see in Moraira is the Capd’Or Tower. Climbing the tower, which is located on a narrow peninsula 166 metres above the sea and which goes up to 1 kilometre into the sea, we can see spectacular panoramic views of the town of Moraira, Calpe where we can see the Peñón de Ifach and towards Jávea where we can see the Cabo de la Nao. The tower is 11 metres high and 7 metres in diameter that was built to warn of possible invasions and the arrival of pirates to the town of Moraira.
¿Where is Moraira (Alicante)?
If you still don’t know where Moraira is, we’ll tell you quickly: it is a coastal town located 6 kilometres from Teulada, the town to which it belongs as a population centre. This fact means that when you search for Moraira it will appear as Teulada-Moraira, but there is a difference, and that is that Teulada belongs to the inland part and Moraira is located on the coast.
Moraira belongs to the Costa Blanca, and is located in the Marina Alta, in the province of Alicante.
¿What to do in Moraira?
Those who have already been there know everything you can do on any given day. Moraira offers a multitude of activities that will fill your summer days with fun, sea and new sensations, aimed at families, couples and groups of friends.
There are boat trips, water and adventure activities, as well as hiking and multi-adventure, motor sports and guided routes. You won’t get bored, it is a town that will offer you the best for the days you spend there.
On the road in Moraira: village and urban areas
As we mentioned earlier, Moraira has everything you need to enjoy your summer to the full. You won’t have time to get bored; there is so much to see in and do that you’ll certainly need more hours a day to visit and enjoy each and every one of its corners.
In the town centre you will find the typical narrow streets of a fishing village, where the white façades are the calling card.
Strolling through the city, we can buy, as well as beach articles, the muscatell grape and the sweet wine made with this grapes, the typical product of the area.
We can even enjoy a swim in the only urban beach in Moraira, the Playa de L’Ampolla, with fine sand and crystal clear waters, a quiet beach, perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
A day at the beach in Moraira
In Moraira you will find quality beaches and coves, where you can enjoy a fun-filled day at the beach and discover the essence of the Mediterranean, the sun, the beach, the sea and the underwater life.
If Moraira stands out for anything, it is for its beaches and coves that seem to be taken from paradisiacal places. Three of its seven beaches are awarded annually with the Q for quality by the European Foundation for Environmental Education and the ISO 9001 Quality System and 14001 Environmental Management System certification, which is awarded for their state of conservation and maintenance, as well as the existence and quality of their services.
Coves and other areas of the natural environment
Moraira is one of the few towns on the Costa Blanca that has not given in to overcrowding and thanks to this, you can enjoy natural places that are far from the town centre, but accessible on foot, by car, motorbike or bicycle.
In this section we will focus on what you can see in Moraira from its most natural point of view. Take note of the most beautiful coves, places and sites that will make you not want to go back home, or to your routine:
– Portixol cove: located between the marina of Moraira and El Portet you will find this small limestone cove where you can enjoy crystal clear turquoise waters, perfect for snorkeling and discovering the underwater beauty.
– L’Andragó cove: it is located on the outskirts of the town centre but can be reached on foot via the L’Andragó viewpoint promenade. This cove is much loved and recognized by the locals for its crystal clear water where you can take a dip and snorkel, and its limestone rock where you can sunbathe and relax. You will also find a beach bar perfect for a drink just above the cove.
– Cap Blanc cove: with views of the Peñón de Ifach, it is the furthest from the town centre but still can be reached by foot, depending on how much you feel like it, or you can get there by car or any other means of transport. It is a cove located at the end of a steep descent and stairs, once in the cove you will see that there is an area prepared for visitors and another more natural, small rock, but the important thing in this cove are the waters, which hide a great underwater life that can be discovered snorkeling.
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We are going to tell you what you can see in Calpe, because although it may not seem like it, it has many things to offer, walks along endless sandy beaches, dreamlike sunsets, let yourself be bewitched by its old town…
Calpe has a million possibilities for you to lose yourself in it and fall in love with each of its corners, making you come back again and again to this beautiful and interesting destination on the Costa Blanca.
What can you see and do in Calpe?
In Calpe you will find endless opportunities to enjoy the Mediterranean, which, as it passes through Calpe, leaves a very good taste in the mouth of those who dare to explore its waters. Activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling are practised all year round in this town by lovers of these practices thanks to its spectacular marine beauty, which has meadows of posidonia oceanica and countless species of fish and other marine life.
You can also go kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing or catamaran sailing, depending on the needs and expectations of each of the visitors, Calpe will adapt to your requests.
But it is not only the sea that will provide you with entertainment and fun in Calpe, because among the things to do in Calpe there are also walks along ecological trails, visits to Roman ruins, such as the Baños de la Reina, the daily fish market where you can see how fresh fish fresh from the bay is sold, and finishing with a meal in any of the restaurants in the port of Calpe, where you will lose yourself among the offers and recommendations of the stalls that offer their fish and seafood.
But that’s not all. What else can you see in Calpe? If you decide to enter and stroll through the old town of Calpe, you will get to know its essence, that of a fishing village that despite its innovation, growth and focus on tourism, has not lost its past and shows it in a unique way to its visitors through its narrow streets and fishermen’s houses.
Where is Calpe?
You might be wondering where is Calpe, as the location of this town is a little bit hidden because there is neither a motorway nor a dual carriageway to reach it; you can only get there by national road. It can be reached from three points: from Benissa, from Altea, or from Moraira.
Calpe is a town that belongs to the Costa Blanca, in the Valencian Community and is located in the north of the province of Alicante.
You will be able to recognise it by the enormous rock that rises up on its coast, the Peñón de Ifach, the reference point for getting to Calpe, as it is up to 332 metres high, something that makes it recognisable from long distances. The Peñón de Ifach is one of the most important symbols of the Costa Blanca.
What can you do in Calpe?
As we mentioned at the beginning of this text, you will have a long list of things to do and see in Calpe, and here we are going to leave you with the most interesting ones, so that you don’t miss anything in this wonderful town on the Costa Blanca.
– The Rock of IFach
This great mass of up to 332 metres high, known as the Peñón de Ifach, declared a natural park since 1987, can be seen as a huge rock located in the sea, but this impressive rock can offer you much more than you think, and we are going to tell you all about it so that you don’t leave it for the last day.
First of all, you should know that this rock can be visited and you can also access the top of it, from where you can marvel at the spectacular views of the entire coast of Calpe extending to nearby towns such as Moraira and Altea, as well as seeing the impressive skyline of Benidorm and the light of the city of Alicante in the distance, on clear days you can also make out Formentera, Ibiza and even the Cape of Santa Pola.
This park shelters a multitude of birds that breed and coexist with other species, such as the yellow-legged gull or the peregrine falcon, and is home to an endemic flora that is very characteristic of the Mediterranean and the Costa Blanca, such as the thyme and the silene de Ifach.
– La Pobla d’Ifach
La Pobla d’Ifach is a medieval settlement that you can see in Calpe, located at the foot of the Peñón de Ifach.
A site that has not been investigated, excavated or transformed, this is what makes La Pobla d’Ifach special, archaeological remains that may hide a great story about Calpe at the time of the Reconquest.
– Príncipe de Asturias Ecological Walk
If you are looking for a quiet walk somewhere special, this is the place for you. The Príncipe de Asturias ecological walk is located just below the Peñón de Ifach, leaving from the port of Calpe, you can walk around the rock and discover the colour of the waters that surround it, as well as the birds that you can see flying or trying to catch fish to eat.
This is undoubtedly a unique walk that can be done by everyone, as it is not difficult at all.
– The fish market and its restaurants
As we mentioned before, the fish market is one of those things to see and do in Calpe that you cannot miss.
Here you can see the arrival of the fishing boats in port, unload the fresh fish from the bay, and then you can go inside the building and discover the fish auction that takes place between the businessmen of the municipality, restaurant owners and other people in charge of selling fish and seafood both in the town and in the surrounding area of Calpe.
– Las Salinas
In the town centre of Calpe you may come across a lagoon, which seems to be badly placed or to give the impression that the sea has been trapped in the town, but this is not the case at all, as this lagoon was formed millions of years ago and has been used for the salt industry for hundreds of years, and is now only for the enjoyment of the birds that live and migrate to this protected wetland area in the province of Alicante.
Nowadays it can be visited by footpaths and viewpoints located to the north of the lagoon, from where we can enjoy bird watching, such as the common flamingos or the grey heron.
– The Queen’s Baths
Another of the must-see places in Calpe are the Baños de la Reina (Queen’s Baths). Its history is full of luxury and majesty.
The history of this archaeological site tells us, through its mosaics, that it belonged to a person with great purchasing power, which is why legend has it that whoever visited this palace was a queen, and that she bathed in the pools that she considered natural, but history and the study of the area indicate that they were excavated and used as fish farms and later as a fish drying area.
A unique place that will give you an insight into the great history that runs through the town.
What to do in Calpe with children?
Calpe is an ideal town to visit with the family because of its quiet walks, its shallow beaches and kilometres of sand on which you can tirelessly make castles. And, of all the possibilities, what can you do in Calpe with children? Take a look:
Strolling through the old town of Calpe
The old town of Calpe will be your oasis from the eternal days of sun and beach. Squares with murals on their walls, alleys that intertwine with others, corners that smell of the sea and remind us that we are in Calpe.
You can see parts of the old wall that surrounded the town, such as the Torreó de la Peça or the Forat de la Mar y Arrabal, an opening in one of the mouths that was closed off by the wall. From here, in ancient times, sailors could see the sea to decide whether they could set sail depending on the state of the sea.
Strolling through the streets of Calpe will take you back to antiquity through its mosaics, stone walls, and other history enclosed within its streets.
Bathing in the Baños de la Reina (Queen’s Baths)
After getting to know the history of the Baños de la Reina you will not be able to leave Calpe without taking a dip in its waters, enjoying at the same time its quiet pools, perfect to visit with children, thanks to the safety provided by its shallow and clear waters.
Strolling around the Calpe Salt Flats
Another of the routes that you can see in Calpe with your family is that of the salt pans. Children will love to visit them and get to know every corner of them, as they will be able to enjoy the birds that live there and that is something that children love. They will be able to enjoy the flamingos, whose particular pink colour will attract their attention, as well as learn about the history of the salt flats, where millions of years ago salt was extracted for human consumption, they will be fascinated.
Strolling along Calpe’s ecological trails
In Calpe you will find a multitude of spaces and ecological trails where you can stroll, have fun and find spectacular viewpoints overlooking the sea. Natural and accessible routes to visit that will delight the whole family.
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Relax, and discover a new place will never have been as interesting once you learn to know and visit Benissa, a small town located between the mountains and the Mediterranean coast, a unique enclave in the Marina Alta that will discover you hikes and wonderful places.
Historical center of Benissa
The first place to visit through this guide is the historical center, a medieval tour that begins in La Puríssima street, where you can learn about its history through its picturesque stately homes with barred balconies and monuments of great value that are located in the area.
Purissima Xiqueta church
Then we will go to the Cathedral of the Marina, locally known as teh Church of the Purissima Xiqueta. Inside, we can find a neo-gothic building consisting in three naves presided over by a central dome and a skylight that gives light to the temple inside. The temple is notable for its stained glass windows and the size of the central nave makes up the cathedral. A great value building that cannot be missed.
Bèrnia Mountain Range
Benissa is a reference place in the hiking world, Sierra de Bèrnia, a mountain range that is the natural border between the Marina Alta from the Marina Baixa. To get to the peak of this mountain you must make a circular route through a tunnel naturally dug in the stone, through which you will access to the summit, where you will discover the wonderful views of the Costa Blanca and the Mediterranean.
Ecological walking tour
And what better plan than to get to know the coast and the coves of Benissa through the ecological walk tour that connects Benissa and Calpe in 4 kilometers full of nature, tranquility and stunning sea views. You can also enjoy it as a family, as it is prepared for both adults and children.
La Fustera Beach
In Benissa you can also enjoy of a beach with all services. At just 10 kilometres from the city centre is La Fustera Beach, a fine sand and crystal clear waters beautiful beach dominated by posidonia. In it you can relax in the sun, build sand castles with children and even eat a wonderful paella in its beach bar.
In this Blog we will give you all the secrets that this area hides. What gives him an incomparable reputation of bewitching the tourist and catching him until he makes his vacation the most remembered of a lifetime.
The Costa Blanca is blue. In it you will find the best beaches to enjoy the sun and the unique coves to disconnect from everything. There are more than 170 beaches and coves. Blue is also the color of the flags that crown more than 81 beach of them. What guarantees the quality of its waters, the beauty of its nature and why not, the care provided by its neighbors.
Apart from the open beaches for the current bath, in the
Costa Blanca we find nudist beaches and open beaches for
This area apart from being valued for its beaches and cliffs also stands out for being the second most mountainous area in Spain. It includes more than 50 peaks of 1,000 meters. Mountain lovers can enjoy hiking trails such as climbing walls and ravines with secret accesses and legendary passages without forgetting caves with historical charm that can vary from caves with cave paintings to holes made by the Moors of the area …
These mountains also offer several castles and fortresses that defy the passage of time. This route gives you the possibility of accessing a radically different experience. The rugged relief of the pre-coastal mountain ranges and the peaceful life of the mountain villages are offered as an alternative to the coastal bustle. The fortresses located in the rocks and limestone ridges fly over spectacular valleys furrowed by feral streams. In the midst of this landscape, especially recommended for lovers of hiking, spoon dishes and strolling through small towns, the fortresses that the mythical leader Al Azraq stands and that, later, after the Christian reconquest, passed into the hands of military orders, such as Montesa, Hospital or El Temple.
The Arab footprint is still present, in the corners of the villages, old farmhouses, where Almohad towers proliferate, rehabilitated as viewpoints for the contemplative enjoyment of the unhurried traveler.
This eastern echo also remains in
the depopulated Moriscos and in the walled enclosures of the Morerías. A
indelible footprint, which confirm the lines of terraces built with stone
dry and watering the flows that run, from azudes, by chancebes and
The Castell can be highlighted in this field
from Guadalest, the Castell de Forna, without forgetting the monasteries and the
hermitages that fill the area with spirituality and give them this mystical air.
It should also be noted that this area is an unparalleled attraction for pedal lovers who love to fight against their serpentine roads and with height without losing sight of the mare nostrum that is the background image that accompanies us on a day-to-day basis.
Everything we have described so far
It is an environment where a rich cultural variety develops that we can
Savor in the rich local cuisine and in its wide variety. Also in
Your music and your parties.
Talking about the coast parties
Blanca we can assure you that they are very enriching occasions that
celebrated on different occasions throughout the year and where the tourist melts
with the local people since the latter know
welcome others and do their best.
The party on the Costa Blanca is
culture, is history, and is enjoyment. In summer the party is guaranteed for everyone
the days. For example in the area of the upper marina and precisely in Benissa, and
surroundings every week one of the games or neighborhoods celebrates its parties
Employers You can highlight the parties of the Barrio San Antonio, Fiestas de
San Jaime in the game Benimarco where two neighboring towns (Benissa and Teulada)
They merge into a party for several days. Pedramala parties. Parties of
Pines and many more because summer is to live on the Costa Blanca.
The Costa Blanca is a natural park and as mentioned before being the second most mountainous province in Spain makes this territory an exclusive space in which to move from a valley to a peak of more than 1,000 meters in the same route – with the 1,550 meters of Aitana and 1,436 of the Puig Campana–, or discover native and unique vegetation throughout Spain, in addition to forests already protected and already scarce in Europe, such as lime trees in Sierra Mariola.
Precisely this natural park takes the palm offering views
spectacular and a natural herbarium of aromatic and medicinal plants that do not
They can be found elsewhere. In addition, nature invites you to visit the
Sierra de Maigmó, which offers one of the most beautiful views
Spectacular of the coast. The Montgó natural park and its unique flora
that descends to the Mediterranean to embrace a varied marine fauna.
And from the mountain to the valleys that look sideways at the mountains that cradle them over 900 meters high. The Vall d’Alcalà, Vall d’Ebo, the Vall de Laguar, where the abrupt Barranc de l’infern, the Vall de Pop, Vall de Gallinera or the Vinalopó Valley are located, with Denomination of Origin for your table grape , are full of natural wealth that should not be lost.
In short, we are going to allow ourselves the detail of giving our clients 10 coastal routes to enjoy hiking and the waters of the Mediterranean that only the Costa Blanca knows how to combine.
1-The Ecological Path of the Benissa Coast
This ecological path will take us to visit some of the most beautiful coves on the Costa Blanca such as Cala Baladrar, Cala la Fustera and LLobella and many more. It is a very simple route suitable for all the public, with explanatory panels to better understand and value our environmental heritage
2-Ascent to Peñon de’Ifach
On top, this unique rock mass reaches 332 meters high and allows you to enjoy extraordinary views from its top. The Penyal d’Ifac is a symbol of the Costa Blanca, a landscape landmark of the first order. It was declared a Natural Park in 1987, being today the most visited protected area of the Valencian Community. Fortunately, this protection figure has allowed the conservation of endemic flora species that only grow here, challenging gravity, winds and sea saltpeter. It has also allowed the rock to be a refuge for many species of birds, whose habitat unfortunately decreases as the urbanized area of our province increases. For all this, and much more, undoubtedly the Penyal d’Ifac deserves to take a place in this list of routes to enjoy the coast!
3-Crossing the Serra Gelada
From Calp, we move south to visit another of our protected natural areas: The Serra Gelada Natural Park. This impressive coastal mountain range, whose cliffs are among the highest in Europe, offers us different routes to enjoy its varied flora and fauna. On this occasion, we will make the crossing along its entire crest, which provides stunning views over the sea. A demanding route from the physical point of view, but also one of the most satisfactory in the province.
4-Route of the L’Albir Lighthouse
We stayed in the Serra Gelada Natural Park, to enjoy another of its routes: the pleasant and accessible walk to the Lighthouse of Albir. A route suitable for all audiences, an “old acquaintance” of our blog, but we like it so much that we can not stop recommending. Like the previous route, it starts at the visitor reception center of l’Albir. From here, two and a half kilometers of paved road separate us from the beautiful lighthouse. Throughout the tour, we will enjoy excellent views of the Bay of Altea, as well as the mountains in the area, and Penyal d’Ifac itself on the horizon. Essential!
5-The Path of the Coast of Vila Joiosa
We continue our trip south to reach Vila Joiosa, a beautiful town with a seafaring tradition. This linear path will allow us to enjoy an undeveloped stretch of coastline, about 4 kilometers long, between Platja el Torres and Cala de Finestrat. A very simple route with many attractions, such as the beautiful naturist cove El Racó del Conill, or the old watchtower for the defense of the coast: the Aguiló Tower.
6-The Carved Cave
We come back
to the Marina Alta region to recommend a route that by now
Many know. La Cova
Carved is an impressive cavern by the sea,
half natural and half artificial, hidden between the cliffs of the Marine Reserve of Cap de Sant
Antoni, riding between Dènia and Xàbia. It is a destination
that, sadly, has been news for the massification that has suffered during
the last years, especially in the summer months.
We suggest you visit it now, out of season, and if possible one day during the week. We propose to access it as what it is: a sacred place, a temple of nature, a gateway to the interior of Mother Earth. Try to cross your threshold in silence, letting the murmur of the waves be the only sound that resonates in the high vaults of the cave. Listen in silence, let yourself be invaded by the echo of its rocks, because only then will you discover the true treasure it houses …
7-The Castle of
A few kilometers further south, in the municipality of Xàbia, we find one of the most famous and beloved coves in our province: Cala Granadella. This is the starting point of a short route but somewhat complicated technically, as we find a couple of climbs equipped with chains. Nothing really difficult for people with mountain experience, although probably not suitable for children. In any case, like most routes in this list, it is the perfect combination between beach and mountain. The PR-CV 354 path will take us to the Morro del Castell, where we can visit the ruins of an old tower, which was built in the 18th century for defensive purposes. Here we also propose a game: let yourself be soaked by the history of the place, let the stones speak, and imagine that you are the watchmen of the tower, attentive to the possible entry of privateers, in communication with your companions of the Tower of Ambolo , across the bay …
8-Cape Prim and Cala Sardinera
Closing the Bay of Xábia from the south, we find the formidable Cap Prim, a narrow tongue of land that enters the sea, sheltering Cala Sardinera. The simple walking tour starts from the Mirador de la Creu del Portitxol, and provides great views of the Montgó and its extension towards the sea: the Cap de Sant Antoni. In addition, in this unique portion of the coast of Xábia, we find some of the best coves in the province, such as Cala Barraca or Portitxol. The latter can also be visited on foot, also starting the path of the Creu del Portitxol.
9-The Cliffs Route of Benitatxell
moving south, and so we reach the coast of El Poble Nou de Benitatxell,
famous for its impressive cliffs and beautiful water coves
crystalline This route has become very popular in recent years, and in a way
deserved: it is a simple route that will allow us to enjoy some
excellent views and, if the weather accompanies, bathe in one of the last
virgin coves of the province: la Cala
Due to its popularity, again we recommend visiting it out of season, and avoiding holidays or weekends. As in the Cova Carved, we are in natural environments under high environmental pressure, so it is advisable to take extreme care: do not leave garbage, do not damage the flora or fauna, do not leave the path, etc.
10-The watchtower of Cap d’Or
A little further south, entering the coast of Teulada-Moraira, we reach the Cap d’Or. The point where the impressive cliffs of Benitatxell end, which in turn shelters the beautiful Portet de Moraira. Cap d’Or is an impressive watchtower that reaches 165 meters high, a place chosen for the construction of a watchtower in the 16th century. This simple route will take us to one of the best viewpoints of the Marina Alta, overlooking the Penyal d’Ifac, among other reliefs.
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