EXPLORING FURTHER – Fun Days Out

There are a number of great options for days out within just a short drive of Xàbia, including many that will keep the whole family entertained, whether it be the fantastic gardens of L’Albarda, the bustle of the cities of Alicante and Valencia, the ancient hidden villages of the valleys, or the excitement of the parks of Benidorm.

We have listed some options for a fantastic day trip below, in order of distance, starting with the closest to Xàbia.

COVID-19: All required health protocols must be observed at all times, including the wearing of face masks and maintain social distancing as much as possible. Specific rules are in place for particular destinations and these will be outlined in the description.


El Jardin de L’Albarda

Distance: 11km (15mins)
10.00am-2.00pm (6.00pm-9.00pm June 15th-September 15th)
Tickets: 6,00 euros; children 7 and under free.
Family Ticket: 15.00 euros (two adults + two children 7-14 years old)
This wonderful Mediterranean garden has more than 700 species of native plants as well as rose gardens, walks, pergolas, pavilions, ponds and fountains of great beauty. It’s a great place for kids to explore and learn about plants which are typical of the Valencian region.


Cueva de las Calaveras, Benidoleig

Distance: 18km (22mins)
9.00am-6.00pm (8.00pm in summer)
Tickets: Adults 3.90 euros; Kids 2.00 euros

Just 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.


Parque Natural Penyal de Ifac, Calp

Distance: 24km (38mins)
COVID-19:  Limited capacity of 10 people.
Visitor Centre: 9.00am to 2.00pm
Tickets: Free

The town of Calp 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 advised.


Bodegas Xaló

Distance: 25km (32mins)
COVID-19: No guided tours.
Special protocols for shop, including face mask and pay by card.
Mon-Fri: 09:30-13:30 / 15:30-19:00
Sat: 10:00-14:00  |  Sun: 10:00-13:30

11.00am / 3.30pm (not weekends)
Price: 10 euros including wine tasting and snacks

Visit 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 much more.


Parc-Natural de la Marjal de Pego-Oliva

Distance: 27km (24mins) to Parking Muntanyeta Verda
The Pego-Oliva Marsh covers an area of almost 1,300 hectares and is a former lagoon which is now in the advanced stage of silting up. In the north-west corner, there is a nice little route of just 1.5 kilometres which skirts around the small rise of Muntanyeta Verda along which you can experience the nature of the marsh. And a walk to the viewpoint at the top of the hill affords a great view over the whole marshland area.


Hell’s Canyon and the Route of 6,000 Steps

Distance: 30km (35mins) to the parking in the village of Fleix
The Vall de Laguar is a beautiful valley of three ancient villages and it was the last Muslim stronghold after the re-conquest of the Iberian peninsula. From Fleix, there are 6,000 steps cut by Muslim farmers into the steep hillside which descends into the Barranco del Infierno, giving access to the fields either side of the river at the bottom of the deep ravine. It is a truly delightful trip for serious walkers and it’s no wonder that the area has become known as ‘La Catedral del Senderisimo’, the Hiking Cathedral.


Altea

Distance: 38km (38mins)
Altea offers a full day of activity, a chance to enjoy its pebble beaches, its port areas (of which there are three distinct zones, catering for all tastes and budgets), and its historic quarter with its iconic blue-domed church, narrow steep streets, quaint shops and wonderful restaurants.


Gandía

Distance: 41km (37mins)
The town of Gandía is synonymous with the infamous Borgia family and the main attraction is the Palacio de Ducal which is a truly unmissable visit. A walk around its historic quarter is rewarded with many hidden stories of the town. There is an interactive Fiesta Museum, telling the story of the fallera tradition in Gandía, and, in the port area, there is the Sea Museum with more than 100 models of ancient and modern boats.


Las Fuentes de l’Algar

Distance: 47km (52mins)
COVID-19: Limited capacity.
Time Slots: 09.00am-1.00pm / 1.00pm-5.30pm ).
Face masks and social distancing required.
Advance ticket sales available.
Tickets: Adults 4.00 euros; Kids (4-10) 2.00 euros; Senior Citizens (over 65) 3.00 euros; Students 3.00euros
The 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.


Aqualandia, Benidorm
Closed for the Season

Distance: 47km (48mins)
Open from May 26th to September 29th from 10.00am
Tickets: Adults 39 euros Children (4-12) 29 euros [reduced prices when pre-booked online]

Aqualandia 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 and cafés.


Mundomar, Benidorm

Distance: 48km (48mins)
COVID-19: Open with limited capacity.
Open: 10.00am-7.00pm until Tuesday 8th December 2020.
Tickets priced from 21 euros.
Family tickets available from 65 euros

Mundomar 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 and parrots.


Terra Natura, Benidorm

Distance: 48km (43mins)
COVID-19: Smoking is not permitted throughout the park, physical contact with others should be avoided. Some areas are closed.
Open November & December, weekends only, from 10.30am to 5.00pm.
Tickets: Adults 33 euros Children (4-12) 27 euros [reduced prices when pre-booked online]

Terra 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.


Aqua Natura, Benidorm
Closed for the Season

Distance: 48km (43mins)
27th April-31st October from 11.00am
Tickets: Adults 32 euros Children (4-12) 26 euros [reduced priced when booked online]

Aqua 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 rooms.


Terra Mítica, Benidorm
Closed for the Season

Distance: 50km (43mins)
Open May 17th to September 8th inclusive
then weekends only until November 3rd
Tickets priced from 24,50 euros. 
Family tickets available from 119 euros.

Terra 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 shows.


Bodegas Enrique Mendoza, Alfaz del Pi

Distance: 51km (47mins)
10.00am / 12.00pm / 4.00pm (not Saturday)
Price: 20 euros including wine tasting and snacks

Learn 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.


Polop

Distance: 51km (48mins)
Polop 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.


Camino del Faro, Albir

Distance: 51km (49mins)
Information and Exhibition Centre: 9.00am to 2.00pm – Free
This 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.


Valor Chocolate Factory, Villajoyosa

Distance: 56km (47mins)
COVID-19: The museum is closed until further notice due to restrictive measures. The shop is open from 10.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday.
11.00am Mon-Sat / 4.00pm Mon-Fri / Closed Sunday
Tickets: Free but limited to 20 people each visit

Ideal 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 Saturday.


El Castell de Guadalest

Distance: 63km (60mins)
Open all year
Tickets: some charges to enter certain buildings.
Once a military stronghold, the village of Guadalest has been 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.


Safari Aitana, Penáguila

Distance: 80km (1hr 20mins)
Open: Friday to Sunday 11.00am-6.00pm. In addition, open every day from Wednesday 23rd December 2020 until Wednesday 6th January 2021, except for Christmas Day.
Guided Tours: 11.00am and 3.15pm
Tickets: Adults 22 euros Children (4-10) 18 euros

Safari 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 attraction 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 schemes.


Pou Clar, Ontinyent

Distance: 88km (1hr 11mins)
COVID-19: The car parks are closed. Bathing is not recommended.
Open: 24 hours
Tickets: Free admission

The Pou Clar is a part of series of pools carved out of the rock by the river Clariano just outside the town of Ontinyent. Bathing is possible in its chilly calm waters and it can be very busy during the summer months, especially at the weekends. Be aware that pets are not allowed between June and September, whilst picnics are not permitted during the same period.

Las Cuevas del Canelobre, Busot

Distance: 88km (1hr 12mins)
Low Season (1/09/2020-30/06/2021): 10.30am-4.50pm Tuesday to Friday, open until 5.50pm at the weekends and on fiesta days.
Tickets: Adults 7 euros / Kids (5-14) 3.50 euros

Located 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”.


Xàtiva

Distance: 90km (1hr 14mins)
Xàtiva has a history stretching back to the Roman era and is dominated by a magnificent castle which was strategically placed to defend the ancient Via Augusta as it passed through towards the south of the Iberian peninsula. Down in the town, the ancient quarter has several renowned Renaissance churches to explore as well as some fine tapas restaurants to enjoy lunch.


Parc Natural de l’Albufera

Distance: 94km (1hr 15 mins)
COVID-19: Limited capacity in the Visitor Centre Racó de l’Olla.
Much of this natural freshwater lagoon just south of the city of Valencia is a nature reserve and a Special Protection Area (ZEPA) for its natural biodiversity. It is a great place to go bird-watching, walking, exploring the village of El Palmer in the heart of rice fields, or take a short trip across the lagoon on a traditional boat called an ‘albuferenc’.


Alicante

Distance: 96km (1hr 7mins) to Underground Parking Alfonso el Sabio
Alicante’s history stretches back more than 7,000 years so there is plenty to explore. The castle of Santa Bárbara sits on a bluff high above the city and is open to the public; there are great views from the battlements at the top. The famous Explanada de España has over 6 million tiles forming colourful waves whilst the nearby Postiguet beach is a perfect place to relax for a while. The old quarter provides lots of opportunities to enjoy some tasty tapas as well as explore the history of the city whilst the modern part offers lots of shopping time.


Alcoi

Distance: 99km (1hr 15mins) to Parking La Rosaleda
Alcoi is perhaps most famous for its Moros i Cristians festival held every April and there is a great museum telling its story. It also boasts the oldest Three Kings Cavalcade in the world. But the city is also renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture and a walk around the old quarter reveals dozens of remarkable buildings, some of which allow entry to take a peek inside. The bridge of San Jorge, built in the Art Deco style, is one of the classical images of the city.


Valencia

Distance: 112km (1hr 17mins) to Plaza La Reina parking
Distance: 50km (36mins) to Xeraco train station
Parking in the city of Valencia is notoriously stressful, so we recommend driving to Xeraco and catching the C1 RENFE train to Valencia-Nord station, which is just a five-minute walk from the city centre. Valencia’s long history means that it has plenty to offer for a day-trip, including museums, ancient towers, a cathedral which (supposedly) keeps the Holy Grail, the famous Silk Exchange, the wonderful food market, and the amazing City of Arts and Sciences as well as numerous restaurants for tasty tapas.


Tabarca Island

Distance: 113km (1hr 26mins)
Several companies offer ferry services to the island from Santa Pola.
Return Tickets: from 15 euros, depending on the company.

Also known as Isla Plana or “Flat Island”, it is the smallest permanently inhabitated island in Spain which 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 bathing


NOTE: The times and distances given are determined from the Ferrobox-Bricolaje / El Paso roundabout in Xàbia.