Department of Tourism in Xàbia offers a way to
access the town's monuments and coastal attractions
without leaving home through its website. The current
COVID-19 health emergency has meant that residents and
tourists have not been able to enjoy this special heritage
in person but we can do so online with Virtual Tours and
360° photographs as well as a number of audio guides
which are available in five languages, including English,
with information about some of the monuments related
by characters from local history.
entering the virtual guides, simple click on the (>)
icon to start the virtual 3D platform. On the bottom
right, there is an option to view in VR using the VR
headsets Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear after downloading
the appropriate application for the phone. Note: this
is not available for all phones.
the bottom left are options to view some 360° images
of the building, to view the Dollhouse 3D rendering of
the building or space or the 2D floor plan, to select which level
you want to visit, and even to make a measurement. Once
"inside", you can walk around by
selecting the blue or red circles which are point of
interest, or follow the faint circles on the floor to
wander at your own pace. Use left-click held down on
the mouse to look around, left and right, up and down,
and the mouse wheel to zoom in and out.
decided to try another of these virtual tours for ourselves and visit
the lighthouse of Cabo de la Nao, climbing to the top
to enjoy the views.
Cabo de la Nao
Lighthouse of Cabo de la Nao
The headland of
Cabo de la Nao ('Cap de la Nau' in Valencian) marks
the southern limit of the great Gulf of Valencia
which stretches as far as the Ebro Delta over 220
kilometres to the north. It is considered to be the
most eastern point of the Valencian region and the nearest
point in Spain to the island of Ibiza which is around
90 kilometres distant and can be seen nestling on the
horizon on clear days. In 1902, wireless technology
tests carried out between the mainland and the island.
is an official viewpoint located right on top of the
very edge of the headland, although it requires a careful
scramble over glass-smooth rocks to reach it. Wooden
barriers provide a sense of security as the ground drops
steeply into the sea some 120m below. Those who approach
on water will be able to view the 'Cova dels Orgues',
a large sea cave which was visited and studied by Valencian
naturalist J.A.Cavanilles at the end of the 18th century;
there is a street in the port zone named in his honour.
headland has long provided a reference point for navigation
along the eastern coast of Spain and plans for
a lighthouse emerged in 1914 but it didn't come into
operation until May 26th 1928. A road had to built
to transport the building materials to the site and
its construction wasn't started until 1923.
entering the virtual tour, we find ourselves in the
entrance hall. To the left is a sparse office and a
radio room which now also appears to be doubling as
a server room for more modern technology. To the right
is the power room with a beefy Himoinsa generator.
ahead we can start climbing up the 20m high tower. There
are almost 80 steps in the spiral staircase which lead
to two steep metal ladders which provide access to the
light itself. There's not a lot of room but you can
see moved around a little to admire the views south
towards the unmistakable outline of Calp's Peñon
d'Ifach, west out into the Mediterranean Sea towards
Ibiza and north over the rest of the headland, now covered
in houses. The light itself flashes white every 5 seconds
and has a range of 23 nautical miles (43 kilometres).
a virtual wander around the lighthouse yourself and discover
more about the most easterly point in the Valencian
for our virtual experience of climbing the clock tower
of the fortress-church of San Bartolomé.
other virtual tours around monuments and places of interest
in Xàbia, click here.