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Jávea has a lot to offer but there is some fantastic countryside to discover within just a short car journey. There are some hidden and not so hidden gems nestling amongst the inland mountains, including the amazing village of Guadalest and wonderful waterfalls of Algar. To the south is the infamous town of Benidorm with all the attractions of a big resort, such as the water slides of Aqualandia and the exciting rides of Terra Mitica as well as the animals of Mundomar and Terra Natura. Alicante has its castle and famous port whilst a short journey to the north is the historic city of Valencia with its old quarter complemented by the modern City of Arts and Sciences. In this section, we make our own recommendations to explore further afield.

Villena - Mediterranean Stronghold

Xàtiva - A City to Feel the History

Alcoy Awaits You




VILLENA is just over an hour and half south of Xàbia by car, a city steeped with a history dominated by the Atalaya castle, one of the most iconic fortifications in the region which acted as a prominent stronghold on the northern frontier of the Islamic territories, and the famous Villena Treasure, one of the most important archeaological finds in Europe thought to date back some 3,000 years. It's a perfect destination for a day trip or a weekend trip which could combine a tour of other castles and fortifications in the area.

XATIVA is about an hour and half inland from Xàbia by car, a city that has been declared a historical-artistic site due to its long history during which several diverse civilisations left their mark. The city is dominated by the castle - in reality two fortresses - which controlled passage along an ancient route which passed through. The city is also known for its connection with the infamous Borgia family (it is the birthplace of Pope Alexander VI) and for its role in the introduction of paper to Europe by the Moors.

ALCOY is about an hour and half inland from Xàbia by car, a city that has developed since prehistoric times. Christian troops took it in 1256 during the Reconquista of Spain but it suffered a number of Moorish revolts for two decades before the Moors were finally suppressed. The city's annual Moros i Cristians festival, arguably the biggest and most famous, is a reminder of those times and there is a great museum to explore its history.  During the 19th century, the city became heavily industrialised and most architecture dates from the era.

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COVID-19: Closed until further notice.
Open May 17th to September 8th inclusive
then weekends only until November 3rd
Tickets priced from 24,50 euros. 
Family tickets available from 119 euros.

Terra Mítica is a theme park a few kilometres inland from Benidorm which is divided into five different zones: Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia and the Mediterranean Islands, all influenced by the ancient Mediterranean cultures. There are rides and attractions for all ages as well as a number of themed shows.

COVID-19: Open 11:00-19:00 with health protocols.
Open all year round from 10.00am
Tickets: Adults 32 euros Children (4-12) 26 euros
[reduced prices when pre-booked online]

Terra Natura is a zoo theme park a few kilometres inland from Benidorm which is divided into four different zones: Pangea, America, Asia and Europe. Visitors can see around 1,500 animals representing 200 species from across the world. There is also the AQUA NATURA water park with aquariums as well as a pool area with slides and flumes.

COVID-19: Open 11:00-19:00 with health protocols.
27th April-31st October from 11.00am
Tickets: Adults 32 euros Children (4-12) 26 euros
[reduced priced when booked online]

Aqua Natura is a wild water park for all the family with an emphasis on providing the environment for parents to relax whilst their kids have fun playing in the water. There are over 1000 metres of thrilling water slides, a dedicated children's pool, a Spa-Sun Deck, beach bars and changing rooms.

COVID-19: Open with limited capacity.
Open from May 26th to September 29th from 10.00am
Tickets: Adults 39 euros Children (4-12) 29 euros
[reduced prices when pre-booked online]

Aqualandia is a water park next to Mundomar marine animal park located a short distance from Benidorm's Levante Beach. The water is sourced directly from the sea and the park contains many water attractions, including water slides, swimming pools, river rapids and sunbathing areas as well as restaurants and cafés.

COVID-19: Open with appropriate health protocols.
Open: March 17th to November 3rd from 10.00am
then weekends only through the winter
Tickets priced from 21 euros.
Family tickets available from 65 euros

Mundomar is a marine animal park located next to Aqualandia water park a short distance from Benidorm's Levante Beach. Many different species can be seen including dolphins, sea lions, penguins and many more marine and land animals. There are several shows several times a day with dolphins, sea lions and parrots.

COVID-19: Open with private tours available.
Every day 11.00am - 7.00pm all year
Guided Tours: 11.00am and 3.15pm
Tickets: Adults 22 euros Children (4-10) 18 euros

Safari Aitana is a safari park located in the Sierra de Aitana some 1,000 metres above sea level. Opened in 1975, it has been a popular attractions for almost 40 years and visitors can see animals from six continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. It also takes part in several conservation schemes.

COVID-19: Face masks and distancing required.
Open all year
Tickets: some charges to enter certain buildings

Once a military stronghold, the village of Guadalest has been carved out of a mountain top amongst stunning scenery in all directions. Of Islamic origin, it held great strategic importance and from the famous white tower there is a stunning view over all the valley below and down towards the bay of Altea.

COVID-19: Limited capacity. Time slots (09:00-13:00 / 13:00-16:00 / 16:00-20:00). Face masks and social distancing required. Advance ticket sales.
Open all year from 9.00am
Tickets: Adults 5 euros; Kids (4-10) 2 euros.

The Fuentes del Algar are a series of waterfalls and gorges through which the cold waters of river Algar flow. Located about 15 kilometres inland from Benidorm near the town of Callosa d'en Sarría, they form a natural theme park where you can walk and swim in the crystal clear cool water to escape the fierce heat of summer.

COVID-19: -
10.30am to 6.30pm
Tickets: Adults 22 euros; Kids 12 euros.
Family Tickets from 45 euros

Located about 20 minutes from the coast near the village of Parcent in the Jalón Valley is a fun adventure park for all the family with activities amongst the trees including high platforms, zip lines, archery, climbing and many more activities for families, groups of friends, schools and businesses.

COVID-19: protocols not known.
9.00am-6.00pm (8.00pm in summer)
Tickets: Adults 3.90 euros; Kids 2.00 euros

Just a short trip from Jávea near the village of Benidoleig is the 'Cave of Skulls' which have been used by man since prehistoric times but was 're-discovered' in 1768 by the naturalist Cavanilles. The cave extends for 440 metres almost horizontally into the hillside and there are great examples of stalactites and stalagmites and a beautiful lake called Toll Blau.

COVID-19: protocols not known.
Open all year from 10.30am
Tickets: Adults 7 euros / Kids (5-14) 3.50 euros

Located close to the town of Busot, the entrance to the caves of Canelobre sits at an altitude of around 700m on the northern slopes of the Cabezón de Oro. They are most famous for a huge vault of 70m in height which is like a cathedral as well as the 100,000 year-old stalagmite known as the "Canelobre".

COVID-19: Limited capacity. Visitors must follow all required protocols. 
Visitor Centre: 9.00am to 2.00pm
Tickets: Free

The town of Calpe is dominated by the 332m high rock which is one of the symbols of the Costa Blanca and you can walk to the top along a dedicated path, a journey of about two hours. From the top there are fantastic views over the surrounding area as well as a glimpse of the island of Ibiza on the horizon if it's a clear day. Stout footwear advised.

COVID-19: Currently closed until August 3rd.
11.00am Mon-Sat / 4.00pm Mon-Fri / Closed Sunday
Tickets: Free but limited to 50 people each visit

Ideal for chocolate lovers! A visit to a chocolate museum which is part of the Valor Chocolates company which has been in business since 1881, dedicated to producing the best chocolate. Open Monday to Saturday with free admission, there is a tour in English twice a day during the week and once on Saturday.

COVID-19: Facemasks must be worn. Glass bottom viewing closed. Toilets out of bounds. Special hours.
10.00am / 11.00am / 12.15am / 13.15am (outgoing)
Return Tickets: 19 euros / Kids under 4 go free

Also known as Isla Plana or "Flat Island", it is the smallest permanently inhabitated island in Spain is renowned for its marine reserve and it can be reached by boat from Alicante. It's a great day trip destination with its quiet fishing village and fresh seafood restaurants as well as several coves and tidal pools for bathing

COVID-19: Unknown protocols.
10.00am / 12.00pm / 4.00pm (not Saturday)
Price: 20 euros including wine tasting and snacks

Learn about the evolution of wine-making in a professional tour of the winery just outside L'Alfaz del Pi - available in English - which concludes with wine tasting of several bottles of Mendoza specialities and even a welcome from the man himself. Available Tuesday to Saturday with group visits available on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

BODEGA XALÓ - Guided Tour and Tasting
COVID-19: No guided tours. Special protocols for shop, including face mask and pay by card.
Mon-Fri: 09:30-13:30 / 15:30-19:00
Sat: 10:00-14:00  |  Sun: 10:00-13:30

11.00am / 3.30pm (not weekends)
Price: 10 euros including wine tasting and snacks

Visit one of the oldest bodegas in the Vall de Pop in Xaló (Jalón) and enjoy a guided tour of its facilities followed by a chance to taste some of its renowned wines and mistelas. Reservation is essential at least 24 hours in advance. You can also browse its huge shop of wines, mistelas, olive oils and much more.

"Hell's Canyon" is a steep and spectacular gorge located between Vall d'Ebo and Vall de Laguar which is popular with walkers and climbers, especially the latter due to its difficult challenges. It is often known as the "Cathedral of Hiking" and has one of the most unique hiking trails in the region, including a staircase of some 6,500 stone steps!

To get away from the busy coast, the Vall de Laguar offers a little oasis of calm, nestling between mountains and offering views of the sea. It is known as the trekking capital for its abundance of walking routes in stunning scenery. It is also one of the last strongholds of the Valencian Moriscos, a hidden valley that served - for a time - to protect them.

Just a short car journey inland is the Vall de Gallinera, a deep valley that was occupied by the Moors for some 600 years until their expulsion in 1609. It is most famous for its cherry industry and in early June there is the Fiesta de la Cereza - the Cherry Festival - which celebrates that industry and has such activities as pip-spitting!

COVID-19: Limited capacity. Car-parks closed. Face masks must be worn.
Located about 3 kilometres south of Ontinyent (about 1hr 45 mins from Jávea), El Pou Clar is a series of pools and waterfalls which have cut their way through the rock to create an attractive recreation area loved by locals and holidaymakers alike. During the summer, one can take a refreshing summer swim in the pools.

Formed by an impressive piece of coastline that rises abruptly from the plain of Benidorm and Alfaz del Pi, the Sierra Helada separates the bays of Benidorm and Altea and provides some great walks along its 300m high cliffs as well as stunning views of Benidorm in one direction and up the coast to Calpe and beyond in the other.

Polop is a municipality which lies a few miles inland from Altea and dominated by the Puig Campana, one of the highest mountains of the Costa Blanca. The village has a long history and worth a visit for its Moorish castle at the very top as well as the Fuentes de Polop in the heart of the village which has 221 water spouts.

FARO DE ALBIR - The Albir Lighthouse
COVID-19: Protocols unknown.
Information and Exhibition Centre: 9.00am to 2.00pm

This is an extremely popular family walk especially at the weekends which offers spectacular views of Albir and across the wide bay. it's about 2½ kilometres long and you need to take plenty of water as there are no such facilities at the end. It's also great for cycling and a perfect place to try and spot dolphins in the waters below.

This stunning church is located high up on a hill next to the Castell de la Mola and is not a particularly old and historic building, having been completed in 1946. But it is renowned for being a "mini-Sagrada Familia" having been designed in the Catalan Modernist style and built entirely out of marble, including the organ which has still not been finished.

COVID-19: Limited capacity. Face masks and social distancing mandatory.
It's a 2½ drive to get there but it's worth getting up early and making the trip to this fantastic natural bathing area just inland from Castellón. According to legend, the hot springs were created by a Muslim ruler for his favourite wives in the 13th century. In 1863 the waters were declared a public utility by Royal Decree. The water is surprisingly chilly but there are warm spots where the springs are located. Swimming into the narrow gorge is a great experience whilst there is a modest bar for drinks and snacks. Nearby is El Chorro, a huge jet of water bursting out of the cliff face.

(Weekend Break)
A little further afield - it takes about 2½ hours to drive there, depending on the traffic - is the most romantic city in Spain, Teruel, the City of the Lovers. It has magnificent Mujedar towers, a stunning 1920s staircase, some amazing modernist buildings and, of course, the tomb of the Lovers, Isabel & Juan. Separated by marriage, they were joined for eternity in death and the story quite possibly influenced Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet'. Nearby is the amazing walled town of Albaraccín with its narrow streets and walls extending over the hills.

(Weekend Break)
This is a fantastic area for walking and climbing less than two hours drive from Xàbia. The village nestles against a huge outcrop of rock around which the deep gorge of the Turía river winds. At the top of the village in the remains of a castle, worth a visit for the views across the area. A walk into the gorge leads to the wonderful Charco Azul, a small lake bounded on three sides by steep cliffs whilst one of the most popular attractions are the famous 'Hanging Bridges' walk which crosses two suspended bridges over the narrow Turía gorge.



Distance: 115km

The city of Valencia offers a fascinating mix of ancient and modern with an exciting nightlife.

Bioparc Valencia
A zoological park located in the Parc de Capçalera on the western outskirts of the city centre in which visitors can discover natural habitats and their ecosystems.
Bullfighting Museum of Valencia
Built in the 1850s, Valencia's bullring was the biggest in Spain until the Las Ventas ring was opened in Madrid in 1931. The museum houses a collection of memorabilia spanning several hundreds of years.
Fallas Museum
The Museo Fallero tells the story of the famous Fallas festival which takes place each March in the city. The museum features memorabilities from the festivities, including figures saved from burning.
Part of the 'Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias', this maritime centre has several large aquariums featuring different zones across the planet as well as the largest dolphinarium in Europe.
Jardines del Real
These gardens once surrounded a glorious royal palace that has long since been demolished and they have been a public park for more than a century. A popular place for picnics.
Torres de Serranos

One of the landmarks of Valencia, this 14th century gatehouse was once the northern entrance to the medieval city. For 300 years they served as a prison and remained after the city walls were demolished.
La Lonja de la Seda
The flamboyant Gothic 'Silk Exchange' building was created in the late 15th century as an exchange for the traders of Valencia. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Catedral de Santa María de Valencia
Dating back to the mid 13th century, the cathedral is claimed to be the home of the Holy Grail, the chalice from which Christ drank at the Last Supper and believed to have been brought to Spain.

Distance: 98km

Founded more than 2,300 years ago, the city of Alicante has been an important Mediterranean port ever since.

Castillo de Santa Bárbara
Although there has been some sort of fortification on this prominent mount since the 9th century, much of the current castle dates from the 16th century. Spectacular views over the city.

One of the largest archaeological sites in Spain, these are the remains of the Roman city which was founded in 324 B.C. First excavated in the 18th century, the site has been designated a Historic Monument
Catedral de San Nicolas
Located in the city's old quarter, this historic building, dating from the 17th century, is often regarded as one of the most important emblems of the city.
Museo Taurino de Alicante
A museum dedicated to the history of bullfighting in Alicante, located next to the huge bullring in Plaça d'Espanya. The museum includes a comprehensive library of books of the subject of bullfighting.
Museu de Fogueres
Celebrating one of the most popular festivals in Alicante, this museum tells the story of the famous bonfires of Saint John, now a fiesta of International Tourist Interest.
Esplanada de España

Considered one of the most beautiful in Spain, this tree-lined avenue has a pavement decorated with millions of coloured tiles and a host of cafes, bars and restaurants.
Parque de Canalejas

Alicante's historic park, laid out in the late 19th century and most famous for a fig tree that is reputed to be more than 100 years old and its sculptures of lions and dogs.
Parque de El Palmeral

Located on the southern outskirts of the city, this park offers an impressive collection of palm trees and exotic plants surrounding lakes, fountains and streams with walks and seating areas.



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