early spring the valleys are a visual delight with a profusion
of delicate pink blossom on the thousands of almond trees.
in the Val de Pop
followed by the far less visually dramatic but far more aromatically
impressive display of the orange blossom in full bloom. Stick
your head out of the door and the scent is almost overwhelming.
blossom in the Orba valley
are five main towns along the coast of La
Marina Alta starting with Denia on its northern edge. Founded
by the Greeks its name actualy comes from the Roman goddess
Diana. In the 11th century it became the capital of the Muslim
Denia has a large harbour and marina overlooked by a walled
castle, originally an Arab fortress. From the port regular ferries
sail to the Balearic islands.
across Denia harbour towards the castle
the towns of Denia and Javea (Xabia in valenciano) is the magnificent
Montgo mountain rising to a height of 758 metres. Seen from
the south the mountain resembles the profile of an elephant.
has a significant effect on the weather in the area and contributes
to it being an area rated by the World Health Organisation as
having one of the best climates in the world.
from the south
attacks forced early settlers in Javea to build the main town
2km back from the sea and today this is where the old town a
collection of narrow street clustered around the 16th century
church of San Bartolomé. During the summer the square
is used as a venue for a number of free concerts.
The Port area of Javea showing the Cap de San Antonio above
area is a working fishing harbour and yatch marina. There is
also a pebble beach and pedestrian front dotted with bars and
restaurants. To the southern side of Javea is the Arenal with
a sandy man made beach and many bars and restaurants.
south of Javea the land rises to the Cumbre del Sol (summit
of the sun) which is where the sun first hits mainland Spain.
On the other side of the Cumbre lies Moraira, a cosmipolitan
holiday resort in a wide sweeping bay with marina and a number
of good beaches.
and the Penyl d'Ilfach
the coast road south through an area of villas set amongst pines
trees you come to the town of Calpe dominated by the magnificent
limestone outcrop of rock Penyl d'Ilfach. Calpe with its long
sandy beaches is a favourite holiday resort for families and
during the winter retired couples.
tunnels in the rock where the mountain range of the Sierra Bernia
reaches down to the sea, you pass the rapidly developing marina
area of Mascarat before entering Altea, its labyrinth of streets
with whitewashed townhouses of the old town topped by the blue
domed Virgen de Consuelo church.
is one of the best preserved towns on the Costa Blanca
and well worth a visit, its quaint streets packed
with art galleries, bars and resaurants.
Virgen de Consuelo
church Altea Old Town
street in Altea Old Town
La Marina Alta to the south of Altea the land begins to flatten
out past Benidorm with its skyscraper hotels, all day english
breakfasts and football on widescreen television to the city
of Alicante. South of Alicante the scenery is drier and more
barren, becoming semi-desert in southern Murcia.A port and seaside
town built around a large natural harbour Alicante has an elegant
mediterranean air that befits the principle city of the Costa
Marina Alta there are many varied places of interest to visit
from the sophistication of Valencia, Spains third largest city
to inland towns like Xativa with its once grand castle and the
theme park of Terra Mitica on the hillside behind Benidorm.
go one all through the summer with even the smallest of villages
putting on their own show. So when visiting Spain a fiesta is
bound to happening not too far away. One of the first of the
year is the spectacular fallas fiesta centred in Valencia itself,
but also celebrated in many valencian towns during March.
figures are erected in the crossroads and squares around the
15th March and ceremonially set alight on the night of the 19th
March, St Joseph's day.
the days leading up to the 19th processions of thousands of
Falleros pass through the streets carrying floral offerings.
Infantil Falleras and infantil Falleros lead parades all resplendant
in their traditional costumes.