- Mediterranean Stronghold
- A City to Feel the History
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.
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.
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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Closed until further notice.
May 17th to September 8th inclusive
only until November 3rd
Tickets priced from 24,50 euros.
tickets available from 119 euros.
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
Open 11:00-19:00 with health protocols.
Open all year round from 10.00am
Adults 32 euros Children (4-12) 26 euros
prices when pre-booked online]
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
Open 11:00-19:00 with health protocols.
27th April-31st October from 11.00am
Adults 32 euros Children (4-12) 26 euros
priced when booked online]
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
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
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
Open with appropriate health protocols.
March 17th to
November 3rd from 10.00am
only through the winter
Tickets priced from 21 euros.
Family tickets available from 65 euros
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
Open with private tours available.
day 11.00am - 7.00pm all year
Guided Tours: 11.00am
Adults 22 euros Children (4-10) 18 euros
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
CASTELL DE GUADALEST
Face masks and distancing required.
Open all year
Tickets: some charges to enter certain buildings
a military stronghold, the village of Guadalest
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.
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
Adults 5 euros; Kids (4-10) 2 euros.
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.
PARQUE DE AVENTURA
10.30am to 6.30pm
Adults 22 euros; Kids 12 euros.
from 45 euros
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.
DE LA CALAVERAS
protocols not known.
9.00am-6.00pm (8.00pm in summer)
Adults 3.90 euros; Kids 2.00 euros
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.
protocols not known.
Open all year from 10.30am
Adults 7 euros / Kids (5-14) 3.50 euros
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".
Limited capacity. Visitors must follow all required
Centre: 9.00am to 2.00pm
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
Currently closed until August 3rd.
11.00am Mon-Sat / 4.00pm
Mon-Fri / Closed Sunday
but limited to 50 people each visit
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
ISLAND, SANTA POLA
Facemasks must be worn. Glass bottom viewing closed.
Toilets out of bounds. Special hours.
10.00am / 11.00am / 12.15am /
Return Tickets: 19
euros / Kids under 4 go free
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
10.00am / 12.00pm / 4.00pm (not
Price: 20 euros including wine
tasting and snacks
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.
XALÓ - Guided
Tour and Tasting
No guided tours. Special protocols for shop, including
face mask and pay by card.
Mon-Fri: 09:30-13:30 /
Sat: 10:00-14:00 | Sun: 10:00-13:30
11.00am / 3.30pm (not weekends)
10 euros including wine tasting and snacks
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
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!
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
VALL DE GALLINERA
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!
POU CLAR - ONTINYENT
Limited capacity. Car-parks closed. Face masks must
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
HELADA NATURE PARK
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.
DE LA MARINA
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.
DE ALBIR - The Albir Lighthouse
and Exhibition Centre: 9.00am to 2.00pm
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.
DE SANTA MARÍA MAGDALENA
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.
DE LOS BAÑOS, MONTANEJOS
Limited capacity. Face masks and social distancing
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.
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.
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.