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.
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
one of our favourite places in Xàbia,
the chapel of Santa Llúcia.
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.
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
up to ten days in advance.
entering the virtual tour, we find ourselves in one
of the main caverns and we can move around to explore different areas.
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.
for our virtual experience of climbing the clock tower
of the fortress-church of San Bartolomé.
for our virtual experience of visiting the lighthouse
of Cabo de la Nao.
for our virtual experience of exploring the iconic chapel
of Santa Llucia.
other virtual tours around monuments and places of interest
in Xàbia, click here.