to the hugely popular Cova Tallada will be restricted
from this Saturday 15th June and throughout the summer
to the end of September after a resolution was passed
by the Dirección General de Medio Natural
y Evaluación Ambiental de la Generalitat Valencian
earlier this week. Those intending to visit this
special cave, either by land or sea, will need to request
prior authorisation to do so and daily visitor numbers
will be restricted to avoid overcrowding at the
Tallada - the Carved Cave - is an old stone
quarry located on the northern flanks of the Cabo de
San Antonio headland. Stone hewn from its walls provided
the blocks that built the castle at Dénia and
the ancient church of San Bartolomé in the heart
of the historic centre of Xàbia, amongst others.
After an study was made in 2017 over the use of the
cave by the general public, it became clear that the
huge influx of visitors during the summer months, both
by land and sea, was detrimental to the environment
of the cave and restrictions were brought in to action
the following summer.
restriction aims to preserve the conservation of the
environmental, landscape and heritage value of the site as
well as reduce the risk of accidents. During the restricted
period, the maximum number of people visiting at any
one time to 71 and the restrictions are applicable to
the interior of the cave and its immediate surroundings.
for prior authorisation to visit Cova Tallada
can be made via this
the authorisation is only valid for the day and time
period indicated. Each request is limited to a
maximum of five people and can be made no more
than 10 days in advance. Authorisation must be carried
during the trip as well as the DNI or identification
used for the application and the maximum time spent
at the site is 90 minutes. Security forces from both
Dénia and Xàbia as well as state security
bodies will be monitoring access and compliance.
tourism companies registered with the Comunitat Valenciana that
offer visits to the cave by way of kayak or other manner
are also required to register in advance with the Parc
Natural del Montgó with an acknowledgement
that they will comply with the required conditions during
visits, although those which have an existing certification
from the park authorities will be exempt after liaising
with the management.
to the cave are made at their visitor's own risk; there
is mobile phone coverage at the site. Access to the
cave is dangerous and not recommended to those who are
not used to such terrain and visits should not be attempted
during storms. Visitors should always wear proper footwear
and carry plenty of water.
information about visiting the cave can be sought at
the visitor centre of the Parc Natural del Montgó
in Camí San Joan, Dénia, which is open
between 9.00am and 2.00pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday.