Charming places to visit in the Marina Alta

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.

Orthodox church in Altea

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.

Antonia whale, in Jávea

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The Marina Alta jewel: the muscatel grape

The Muscat of Alexandria grape is grown in many cities of the Marina Alta region, and is considered to be one of the best of its variety in the world. In addition to being vines that withstand the lack of irrigation very well, they are easy to grow and produce extraordinary fruit. 

The Muscatel grape is a golden grape with large and very sweet berries, cultivated since time immemorial on sunny hills and under the influence of the Mediterranean Sea that affects to the humidity in the air. One of the cities with the best conditions to cultivate  this variety is the municipality of Teulada, a privileged place. You only have to take a stroll through the outskirts of the town to enjoy the marvellous views of the vineyards full of grapes patiently waiting for the grape harvest which takes place from the end of August to the beginning of September. Also if we walk around the town, we will be able to see in the warehouses where the grapes are harvested, a varied group of women arranging the bunches using a technique called “estirorar” which consists of removing the small or damaged berries and leaving only the healthy and large ones and preparing the boxes which are exported as table grapes to all parts of the country.

The Muscatel grape stands out for its aromatic power and the large amount of possibilities it has for making wines (white, sparkling or sweet  wines -mistela-) and it is also used to produce sultanas with an incredible sweetness.  We recommend a visit to the cooperative in Teulada where you will get the best advice on the many wines and mistelas locally produced.

Asociación de Agricultores de Uva Moscatel - Teulada-Moraira

The Muscat of Alexandria grape is grown in many cities of the Marina Alta region, and is considered to be one of the best of its variety in the world. In addition to being vines that withstand the lack of irrigation very well, they are easy to grow and produce extraordinary fruit. 

The Muscatel grape is a golden grape with large and very sweet berries, cultivated since time immemorial on sunny hills and under the influence of the Mediterranean Sea that affects to the humidity in the air. One of the cities with the best conditions to cultivate  this variety is the municipality of Teulada, a privileged place. You only have to take a stroll through the outskirts of the town to enjoy the marvellous views of the vineyards full of grapes patiently waiting for the grape harvest which takes place from the end of August to the beginning of September. Also if we walk around the town, we will be able to see in the warehouses where the grapes are harvested, a varied group of women arranging the bunches using a technique called “estirorar” which consists of removing the small or damaged berries and leaving only the healthy and large ones and preparing the boxes which are exported as table grapes to all parts of the country.

The Muscatel grape stands out for its aromatic power and the large amount of possibilities it has for making wines (white, sparkling or sweet  wines -mistela-) and it is also used to produce sultanas with an incredible sweetness.  We recommend a visit to the cooperative in Teulada where you will get the best advice on the many wines and mistelas locally produced.

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Charming places to visit in Benissa and surroundings.

Benissa has much more to offer than a beautiful old town and its magnificent beaches and coves, you can find a multitude of cultural, gastronomic, leisure and entertainment plans, in particular today we will talk about beautiful corners or places to visit full of history and tradition in this town and its surroundings, some of them are perhaps not so well known but they are totally recommendable to visit.

 – Hermitage of Santa Ana:

It can be reached by car or on foot, but the route on foot is very easy and pleasant, suitable for everyone. The route starts on the asphalted road behind the Muebles Martínez warehouse. At the beginning of the path you pass an old washing place (Pou d’Avall) where there is a water fountain, just follow the path and it takes about 15 minutes to get there. This chapel dates from 1613. It has a beautiful stone façade and the date of construction is engraved on a stone at the foot of the right-hand corner of the façade. In front of it there is a small square and a pine grove with tables and benches where you can eat or have a snack. From the hermitage there are numerous footpaths, you can reach an old water mill (Molino del Quisi) and you can even go as far as Calpe.

Hermitage of Santa Ana

Quisi Mill:

is an old flour mill built in the 15th century and it was in operation until 1930, located in the basin of the Barranco del Quisi, it has been declared an Asset of Local Relevance. The energy that moved its millstones was hydraulic (in a place where the Mediterranean climate makes this resource scarce, and also subject to a strong seasonality), and to maintain its function it used a remarkable work of engineering for that period: the water used to produce the energy came from the nearby ravine of the Paratella, from where it arrived through a construction pipeline to a pond, located about 11 metres above the mill, where it was stored waiting to be used for milling. On the way we will find typical landscapes of the area, the mountains in the background and buildings in ruins, it is a very quiet and little travelled path.

– The washing places in Benissa:

These are old 19th century constructions normally made of stone, taking advantage of a river bed where women went to wash their clothes and took the opportunity to socialise with the other women who came along. There are several in Benissa, all of them have been restored so they look as they did in their construction  days: Lavadero del Pou d’Avall, the closest to the town, was the busiest. Lavadero de Santa Ana, next to the hermitage, Lavadero Orxelles: the largest in the town that currently still has drinking water, Lavadero Nusols, this is the only one that no longer has water. In all of them you can see the rinsing area and the soaping area, the latter separated by a slab so that the soap does not reach the basin and dirty the water.

The Bassa dels Arcs in Jalón:

Declared an Asset of Local Relevance, the purpose of the Bassa dels Arcs in Xaló was to collect excess water (from irrigation ditches, weirs, mills, etc.) for the irrigation of more distant orchards. It was built between the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. Nowadays, only the arches remain of the reservoir, the purpose of which, apart from its aesthetic value, was to support a reed roof to preserve the water. In addition to its great architectural value, it has a great sentimental value for the inhabitants of the area, as many people learned to swim in this pond, forming part of the popular memory. Address to visit it: Camino Molí de Llíber, 11, 03727 Jalón, Alicante

– Finca la Cuta and the Lavender Gardens:

The garden of this finca has been created with idealism and love of detail, it is situated in the Jalon Valley. With its hundreds of lavender plants it forms an authentic Mediterranean space with comfortable, wheelchair-friendly walking paths, alternating with romantic little corners, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the scenery. This is a private property located at Carretera Benissa, 38, 03729 Llíber, Alicante, the gardens can be visited every Sunday from 10am and the entrance fee is 3€.

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Marina Alta interior valleys

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.

Vall d’Ebo:

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-Moraira guided routes :

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.

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Plans with children

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:

AQUALANDIA BENIDORM

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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Benissa Old Town and its corners

Casco Antiguo de Benissa

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.

Sala Consell, en el centro histórico de Benissa

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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Cap d’Or Tower in Moraira

Torre Vigía Cap d’Or en Moraira

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

Views of the Cap d’Or Tower in Moraira

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.

 SL-CV 51 is the path to the  Watchtower Cap d’Or

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The Red Wall, Calpe’s architectural jewel

la Muralla Roja de Ricardo Bofill, Calpe

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.

Views of the Red Wall building from Ricardo Bofill, in Calpe.

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.

The Red Wall in Calpe with sea views.

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.

Moraira: what to visit in your holidays?

¿Qué ver en Moraira en un día?

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.

¿Qué ver en Moraira? Vistas de una de las impresionantes calas de Moraira.
What to do in Moraira? Panoramic view of one of the coves

¿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.

Need a place to stay while you see the wonders of Moraira? Come in and get to know one of these villas to rent in Moraira