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javeamigos.com | VIRTUAL VISITS - Cova Tallada

javeamigos.com | VIRTUAL TOUR - Cova Tallada

The Department of Tourism in Xàbia offers a way to access the town's monuments and coastal attractions without leaving home through its website using 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.

On 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.

On 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.

We've decided to try another of these virtual tours for ourselves and visit one of our favourite places in Xàbia, the chapel of Santa Llúcia.

Link: Cova Tallada

Cova Tallada
Located on the water's edge at the bottom of the steep northern cliffs of the wide plateau of La Plana, at first glance the Cova Tallada appears to be an entirely natural cave which might have been hewn out of the stone over time by the force of the waves smashing into the coast. However what was probably a small cavity has been extended deep into the rock by men extracting stone blocks for the constructions of such iconic buildings such as the church of San Bartolomé in the heart of the historic centre of Xàbia and the nearby castle overlooking the town of Dénia.  Obvious man-made marking on the walls show clearly when generations of "tosqueros" have removed blocks of stone for more than 800 years, although there is evidence that it might have been used as early as the Roman era. During World War II, it served an additional purpose by providing refuge to small boats.

The cave has been visited by tourists for several centuries, including one as illustrious visitor as Felipe III of Spain in 1599. It can be reached on foot by clearly marked paths from the plateau or from the Dénia side and also by sea using kayaks or boats. However, in recent years, the site has suffered a saturation of visitors which has forced the Parque Natural del Montgó to control access between June and September and visitors now need to apply for authorisation up to ten days in advance.

On entering the virtual tour, we find ourselves in one of the main caverns and we can move around to explore different areas.

Take a virtual wander around the cave yourself and see if you can find the carving made by a king to mark his visit to the cave. Or the obviously man-made pools which were used to collect the freshwater which seeped out of the rock.

Click here for our virtual experience of climbing the clock tower of the fortress-church of San Bartolomé.

Click here for our virtual experience of visiting the lighthouse of Cabo de la Nao.

Click here for our virtual experience of exploring the iconic chapel of Santa Llucia.

For other virtual tours around monuments and places of interest in Xàbia, click here.





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