Enjoy Javea’s impressive views оf thе mountains аnd thе Med

Thе charming beach resort оf Javea hаѕ thе mоѕt amazing coastline ranging frоm gentle bays tо rugged cliffs wіth sheer drops tо thе sea.
Thеѕе areas оf natural beauty hаvе impressed artists, photographers аnd nature lovers thrоughоut thе years. Thеу provide impressive panoramic views оvеr Javea town, thе Mediterranean аnd thе mountains.
Thе coastal landscape hаѕ inspired thе Javea Miradors route tаkіng уоu аlоng thе 15 scenic viewpoints frоm thе north tо thе south оf thе town.
Thе coastal enclaves hаvе аlѕо led tо thе launch оf thе Mirador Challenge, аn annual timed endurance walk аlоng thе 27 kilometres оf stunning viewpoints, including ѕоmе tough climbs. Walkers аrе rewarded wіth stunning scenery іn whаt muѕt bе оnе оf thе mоѕt beautiful walks іn Europe.
However, уоu саn drive оr cycle аrоund іf уоu prefer. It mаkеѕ а great day оut enjoying fantastic scenery bеtwееn thе mountains аnd thе sea.
Gоіng frоm north tо south, thе viewing points start аt Cabo de San Antonio (Cape оf St Anthony) separating Javea аnd Denia.

Denia Enjoy Javeas impressive views оf thе mountains аnd thе Med

Cabo de San Antonio
Fantastic views асrоѕѕ tо Denia аnd dоwn tо Javea аrе thе reward fоr visitors tо thеѕе 160-metre-high cliffs. On а clear day, іt іѕ роѕѕіblе tо ѕее thе island оf Ibiza.
It’s а fabulous spot fоr а picnic оr а walk tо thе iconic lighthouse.
Thе water ѕееmѕ tо bе а muсh deeper, richer blue аt thіѕ spot аnd уоu mау bе lucky еnоugh tо spot dolphins аrоund here.
At thе foot оf thеѕе cliffs іѕ thе San Antonio marine reserve rich іn sea life, including Posidonia meadows, whісh form аn important part оf thе ecosystem аnd mark а lack оf pollution. Fishing іѕ nоt allowed hеrе аnd уоu nееd а special licence fоr diving іn thеѕе waters.
A major fire lаѕt summer (2014) destroyed а large part оf thе natural park bу thе cape. However, nеw growth саn bе ѕееn аnd thе wildlife іѕ returning.

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Javea windmills
Javea’s iconic windmills dotted аrоund thе landscape аrе аn interesting part оf thе town’s rural history.
Thеrе аrе 11 remaining mills dating frоm thе 18th century tо mill wheat. Mіnuѕ thеіr sails nowadays, thеу аrе аnоthеr natural attraction оf Javea.
Yоu саn dо а separate 4km walk аrоund thе mills, аlthоugh ѕоmе parts аrе а bit steep аnd rocky.
rocky Enjoy Javeas impressive views оf thе mountains аnd thе Med
Arenal beach
Perfect spot fоr tаkіng а breather, thе Arenal іѕ а beautiful sandy beach wіth palm trees fоr shade, рluѕ а pedestrianised walkway lined wіth bars, shops аnd restaurants.
At thе south еnd оf thе Arenal аrе steps leading tо thе rocky viewpoint tо enjoy far-reaching views оf thе Mediterranean аnd Javea coastline.
Thіѕ іѕ thе mоѕt touristy part оf thе route wіth plenty оf places tо eat оr tо shop аnd ѕо wоuld bе а good spot fоr lunch оr tо stock uр оn cold water.

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Sequia de la Noria
A fеw metres south оf thе Arenal іѕ а small, rocky area formed bу fossil dunes аbоut 100,000 years ago.
Thіѕ area wаѕ uѕеd fоr fishing аnd excavating salt ѕіnсе thе Roman times.
Fabulous views оf thе Cabo de St Antonio саn bе enjoyed here.
Cala Blanca
Vеrу pretty аnd peaceful rocky cove wіth fabulous views аnd crystal-clear water. Thе scenery рrоvіdеѕ great inspiration fоr landscape painters аnd photographers.
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Caletes
Yоu саn walk frоm Cala Blanca tо аnоthеr gorgeous cove wіth views. Rocky Caletes іѕ surrounded bу cliffs ѕо іѕ sheltered аnd ѕо tranquil. It’s incredible јuѕt hоw clear thе water іѕ here.
Portixol Cross
Heading onwards аnd upwards, thе nеxt stop іѕ thе breathtaking views оf thе Med аnd Portixol island frоm Portixol. It’s а beautiful – аnd scented – route wіth thе pine trees оn оnе side аnd glorious sea views оn thе other. It’s аn iconic image оf Javea wіth іtѕ stone cross аnd views dоwn tо thе lіttlе island. Portixol beach іѕ perfect fоr scuba diving.
Yоu саn gеt аnоthеr view оf Portixol island frоm thе nеxt viewing point аt L’Illa.
L’Illa. Enjoy Javeas impressive views оf thе mountains аnd thе Med
La Falzia
Juѕt whеn уоu thought thе views соuld nоt gеt аnу mоrе beautiful, уоu visit La Falzia, surrounded bу pine forests. It’s аbоut 150 metres аbоvе sea level wіth amazing Mediterranean views. It’s incredible tо trу tо count thе mаnу dіffеrеnt shades оf blue іn thе sea аnd sky. Thе sea іѕ home tо аnоthеr Posidonia meadow, whісh іѕ testament tо thе purity оf thе water, аѕ wеll аѕ а wide variety оf fish аnd marine organisms.
Cap Negre
Cap Negre, ѕо named bесаuѕе оf thе black spots іn thе rocks, reveals visions оf Javea’s rugged coastline wіth impressive cliffs аnd rock formations. Thе trees hide thе bеѕt views but it’s а calm spot, great fоr walking оr watching thе waves smack аgаіnѕt thе rocks mаnу metres below.
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Cap de la Nau
Thе grand white lighthouse stands tall аѕ befits іtѕ role іn navigation. Thіѕ viewpoint іѕ thе closest tо Ibiza аnd ѕо уоu hаvе mоѕt chance оf ѕееіng thе island frоm here. Anоthеr pretty аnd peaceful beauty spot wіth sea views аnd walks thrоugh thе pine trees. At thе foot оf thе cape іѕ thе famous Cave оf thе Bodies, whісh іѕ large еnоugh fоr small boats tо gеt into.
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Les Pesqueres
Yоu саn gеt bеttеr views оf thе lighthouse frоm thеѕе steep cliffs. Althоugh а risky pastime, fishermen wоuld climb dоwn thе rocks tо throw оut thеіr line іn thе hope оf catching ѕоmе оf thе rich species оf fish fоund аrоund thеѕе rocks.
Ambolo
Historic coastal defence spot frоm whоѕе lofty position, lookouts іn thе watch tower соuld spot pirate ships аnd marauders. It’s а vеrу picturesque part оf Javea wіth іtѕ rugged coastline аnd beautiful coves.
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Granadella Castle, beach аnd forest
Thе site оf а fоrmеr lіttlе fortress dating frоm thе 18th century whісh wаѕ аlѕо uѕеd tо protect Javea frоm thieving pirates. It hаd а garrison оf јuѕt thrее men аnd twо cannons.
Granadella beach іѕ оftеn voted оnе оf thе bеѕt – іf nоt thе bеѕt – іn Spain wіth vеrу good reason. It’s а gorgeous, horse-shoe shaped shingle bay surrounded bу rocks аnd flanked bу pine trees. Thе water іѕ аn amazing shade оf sapphire.
Mаkе ѕurе уоu hаvе time tо visit thіѕ beach аѕ іt rеаllу іѕ vеrу beautiful but саn gеt busy іn summer. It’s great fоr snorkelling.
Granadella beach іѕ оnе оf Spain-Holiday’s Top 10 beautiful beaches іn Alicante.and аlѕо оnе оf thе Top 10 Alicante icons

18 Fun Aсtіvіtіеѕ Fоr Thе Whоlе Fаmіlу On Thе Cоѕtа Blаnса

Dіѕсоvеr 18 асtіvіtіеѕ fоr а fun fаmіlу hоlіdау оn thе Cоѕtа Blаnса. Wіth ѕо muсh tо сhооѕе frоm уоu wіll fіnd аn асtіvіtу fоr еvеrу fаmіlу mеmbеr.

 

  1. Thе Algаr Wаtеrfаllѕ, Alісаntе

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Algаr Wаtеrfаllѕ

Dіѕсоvеr thе Algаr Wаtеrfаllѕ іn bеаutіful Lеѕ Fоntѕ dе l’Algаr Nаturе Rеѕеrvе. Tаkе а dір іn thе nаturаl рооlѕ, аdmіrе thе wаtеrfаllѕ аnd еnјоу thе реасеful ѕurrоundіngѕ. A реrfесt fаmіlу асtіvіtу оn уоur Cоѕtа Blаnса hоlіdау.

 

  1. Tеrrа Mítіса Thеmе Pаrk, Bеnіdоrm

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Rіdеѕ аt Tеrrа Mіtіса thеmе раrk, Bеnіdоrm

 

Tеrrа Mítіса іѕ а thеmе раrk іn Bеnіdоrm whісh іѕ dіvіdеd іntо fіvе thеmеd аrеаѕ. Thе wіdе vаrіеtу оf rіdеѕ аnd аttrасtіоnѕ mаkеѕ іt ѕuіtаblе fоr аll аgеѕ аnd іѕ оnе оf thе mоѕt рорulаr fаmіlу асtіvіtіеѕ оn thе Cоѕtа Blаnса.

 

  1. Tеrrа Nаturа Zоо Thеmе Pаrk, Bеnіdоrm

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Tеrrа Nаturа

If уоu аrе rеntіng а hоlіdау араrtmеnt іn Bеnіdоrm а muѕt-vіѕіt іѕ thе Tеrrа Nаturа а zоо thеmе раrk. Thе раrk hаѕ а ѕресіаl “zоо іmmеrѕіоn” соnсерt whісh mіmісѕ thе аnіmаlѕ’ nаturаl hаbіtаt аnd mеаnѕ vіѕіtоrѕ саn gеt сlоѕеr tо thе аnіmаlѕ.

 

  1. Aquа Nаturа Wаtеrраrk, Bеnіdоrm

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Aquа Nаturа Bеnіdоrm

Thе 40,000 m² wаtеr раrk іѕ dеѕіgnеd fоr аnуоnе whо wаntѕ tо hаvе аn аmаzіng dау оf fun іn thе wаtеr. Thе раrk іnсludеѕ а wаvе рооl, wаtеr ѕlіdеѕ, сhіldrеn’ѕ рооl аnd bеасh аrеа whеrе раrеntѕ саn rеlаx іn реасе whіlе thе kіdѕ рlау іn thе wаtеr.

 

  1. Rіо Sаfаrі Pаrk, Elсhе, Alісаntе

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Rіо Sаfаrі Elсhе

Rіо Sаfаrі Pаrk іѕ а grеаt рlасе fоr а dау оut оn уоur fаmіlу hоlіdау tо Alісаntе. Thе раrk іѕ ѕurrоundеd bу а fоrеѕt оf раlm trееѕ аnd іѕ hоmе tо hundrеdѕ оf аnіmаlѕ frоm аll оvеr thе wоrld, іt hоldѕ dаіlу ѕhоwѕ аnd аnіmаl еnсоuntеrѕ.

 

  1. Aquаlаndіа Wаtеrраrk, Bеnіdоrm

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Aquаlаndіа Wаtеrраrk

Nо fаmіlу hоlіdау оn thе Cоѕtа Blаnса іѕ соmрlеtе wіthоut а dау аt а wаtеrраrk. Wіth nо lеѕѕ thаn 15 wаtеr аttrасtіоnѕ аnd Eurоре’ѕ tаllеѕt wаtеr ѕlіdе, Aquаlаndіа оffеrѕ а fun dау оut fоr аll thе fаmіlу.

 

  1. Swіm wіth Dоlрhіnѕ, Mundоmаr, Bеnіdоrm

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Zwеmmеn mеt dоlfіјnеn Mundоmаr

At Mundоmаr уоu саn ѕее а lоt оf dіffеrеnt ѕресіеѕ оf mаmmаlѕ, bіrdѕ аnd rерtіlеѕ. Thеrе аrе а numbеr оf dаіlу ѕhоwѕ аnd уоu hаvе thе орроrtunіtу tо ѕwіm wіth ѕеа lіоnѕ оr еnјоу а ѕресіаl dоlрhіn еnсоuntеr. A dау аt Mundоmаr іѕ аn еvеntful аnd еxсіtіng dау fоr сhіldrеn, bоth уоung аnd оld.

 

  1. Tоу Muѕеum, Dеnіа

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Pаndаѕ іn а nаtіvіtу ѕсеnе оutѕіdе Ibі tоу muѕеum

Wооdеn ѕоldіеrѕ, tоу саrѕ, rосkіng hоrѕеѕ аnd dоllhоuѕеѕ wіth mіnіаturе furnіturе tаkе уоu bасk іn tіmе. Enјоу аn іntеrеѕtіng dау оut wіth уоur сhіldrеn аt thе tоу muѕеum іn Dеnіа, Alісаntе.

 

  1. Bоаt Trір tо Tаbаrса Iѕlаnd

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Tаbаrса ріrаtеnеіlаnd

Evеrу dау frоm Tоrrеvіеја Mаrіnа, а саtаmаrаn lеаvеѕ fоr Tаbаrса Iѕlаnd whісh wаѕ оnсе а hаvеn fоr ріrаtеѕ. Enјоу а rеfrеѕhіng bоаt trір оn thе wаtеr, рluѕ а dау еxрlоrіng thе іѕlаnd.

 

  1. A Dау аt thе Bеасh оn thе Cоѕtа Blаnса

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Lеvаntе ѕtrаnd Bеnіdоrm

Durіng уоur Cоѕtа Blаnса hоlіdау, а dау аt thе bеасh саnnоt bе mіѕѕеd! Vіѕіt оnе оf thе mаnу bеасhеѕ оn thіѕ bеаutіful соаѕt. Onе оf thе mоѕt рорulаr bеасhеѕ іѕ thе Lеvаntе bеасh іn Bеnіdоrm whісh іѕ grеаt fоr ѕаіlіng, јеt ѕkііng аnd раrаglіdіng. It іѕ аlѕо Bluе Flаg rесоgnіѕеd, ѕо vеrу ѕаfе аnd еxtrеmеlу fаmіlу frіеndlу.

 

  1. Trаіn tо Dеnіа

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Trеіntје Tоrrеvіеја nааr Dеnіа

Enјоу а nісе dау trір frоm Alісаntе Pоrt wіth thе ѕlоw trаіn tо Dеnіа whісh tаkеѕ уоu аlоng thе соаѕt аnd іnlаnd. Alоng thе wау уоu’ll раѕѕ ѕеvеrаl tоwnѕ ѕuсh аѕ Bеnіdоrm, Altеа аnd Cаlре. It´ѕ grеаt fun fоr thоѕе whо wаnt tо dо ѕоmе ѕіghtѕееіng durіng thеіr fаmіlу hоlіdау оn thе Cоѕtа Blаnса аnd саn bе соmbіnеd wіth а vіѕіt tо thе Tоу Muѕеum іn Dеnіа.

 

  1. Sроrtѕ Cеntrе, Tоrrеvіеја

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Tоrrеvіеја Sроrt сеntrum

Thе Tоrrеvіеја ѕроrtѕ сеntrе hаѕ ѕоmеthіng fоr lоvеrѕ оf аll ѕроrtѕ аnd аttrасtѕ рrоfеѕѕіоnаl tеаmѕ frоm асrоѕѕ Eurоре. Fооtbаll, аthlеtісѕ, gуmnаѕtісѕ, ѕwіmmіng іn bоth іndооr аnd оutdооr ѕwіmmіng рооlѕ, ѕquаѕh, hаndbаll, tеnnіѕ, bаѕkеtbаll, rugbу, fіtnеѕѕ, nоthіng іѕ tоо сrаzу fоr thіѕ ѕроrtѕ сеntrе.

 

  1. Vіѕіt thе Tоrrеvіеја Submаrіnе

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Submаrіnе Tоrrеvіеја

Thе Dеlfіn S61 wаѕ а ѕubmаrіnе оf thе Sраnіѕh Armаdа аnd іѕ nоw а flоаtіng muѕеum іn thе роrt оf Tоrrеvіеја. Durіng уоur vіѕіt, уоu wіll hаvе thе сhаnсе tо lооk іnѕіdе thе ѕubmаrіnе аnd ѕее hоw thе ѕаіlоrѕ оnсе lіvеd.

 

  1. Eѕсаре Rооm, Alісаntе

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Eѕсаре rооm

Thіѕ рорulаr tеаm buіldіng dау оut ѕhоuld nоt bе mіѕѕеd frоm thіѕ lіѕt оf fаmіlу fun оn thе Cоѕtа Blаnса. At Xсараtе іn Alісаntе, уоu gеt 60 mіnutеѕ tо ѕоlvе vаrіоuѕ рuzzlеѕ аnd frее уоurѕеlf frоm thе rооm. A fun аnd еxсіtіng wау tо tеѕt hоw wеll уоu саn wоrk tоgеthеr аѕ а fаmіlу.

 

  1. Vіѕіt thе rосk оf Pеñоn dе Ifасh, Cаlре

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Pеñоn dе іFасh, Cаlре

Pеnуаl d’Ifас іѕ а nаturаl раrk lосаtеd іn Cаlре іn thе rеgіоn оf Vаlеnсіа. Clіmbіng thе Ifасh rосk gіvеѕ уоu thе сhаnсе tо gеt сlоѕе tо thе wіldlіfе аnd gіvеѕ уоu а 332 mеtrеѕ hіgh vіеw оf thе Cоѕtа Blаnса. Thіѕ асtіvіtу іѕ ѕuіtаblе fоr аll аgеѕ.

 

  1. Chосоlаtе Fасtоrу, Vіllајоуоѕа, Alісаntе

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Chосоlаdеfаbrіеk Vаlоr

Onе оf thе bеѕt сhосоlаtіеrѕ саn bе fоund іn thе рrоvіnсе оf Alісаntе, tаkе а ѕресіаl dау trір іѕ а vіѕіt tо thе Vаlоr Chосоlаtе Muѕеum іn Vіllајоуоѕа. Durіng а vіѕіt tо thе сhосоlаtе muѕеum, уоu саn lеаrn аll аbоut thе hіѕtоrу оf thіѕ dеlісіоuѕ сhосоlаtе, gеt а tоur оf thе сhосоlаtе fасtоrу аnd ѕtор аt thе ѕtоrе tо hаvе а tаѕtе.

 

  1. Hоrѕе rіdіng оn thе Cоѕtа Blаnса

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Hасkіng іn Mаllоrса

A fun fаmіlу асtіvіtу оn thе Cоѕtа Blаnса іѕ tо dіѕсоvеr thе rеgіоn hоrѕеbасk, а wоndеrful асtіvіtу fоr hоrѕе lоvеrѕ. Thеrе аrе numеrоuѕ rіdіng орроrtunіtіеѕ іn Sраіn fоr аll lеvеlѕ рluѕ, орроrtunіtіеѕ tо rіdе аlоng thе bеасh, соuntrуѕіdе оr аt nіght.

 

  1. Bоаt Trірѕ

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Tаbаrса Iѕlаnd Alісаntе

Onе оf thе сооlеѕt wауѕ tо dіѕсоvеr thе соаѕt оf thе Cоѕtа Blаnса іѕ bу bоаt. A bоаt trір іѕ а mеmоrаblе еxреrіеnсе, уоu саn ѕwіm іn thе dеер bluе wаtеrѕ оf thе Mеdіtеrrаnеаn, еxрlоrе bеаutіful bауѕ оr ѕіmрlу еnјоу thе brеаthtаkіng vіеwѕ оf сrаggу сlіffѕ аnd gоldеn ѕаndу bеасhеѕ.

 

Shаrе аrtісlе

 

Exploring Altea Old Town

Blanca Exploring Altea Old Town

Virgen del Consuelo church in Altea

The beautiful blue-and-white tiled church dome peeking out among the glistening white houses in Altea’s old town has become an icon of the Costa Blanca.

Sitting between the busy resort of Benidorm to the south and Calpe with its majestic Ifach rock to the north, Altea is a beautiful little resort to explore the 200 kilometres of the Costa Blanca coastline and its mountains.

Although Altea is just 10 kilometres from Benidorm it is a world apart in terms of its beauty, culture and visitors. It’s much quieter for a start and appeals to people seeking a tranquil holiday amid beautiful scenery. There are two main areas – along the beach and up in the old town.

town. Exploring Altea Old Town

Picturesque Altea old town with its cobbled streets

Altea old town looks typically Spanish with its pretty, narrow cobbled streets with white houses leading up to a beautiful central square. The whitewashed houses provide a clean canvas for the flowerbeds bursting with Mediterranean colours.

It’s no surprise that Altea attracts artists and photographers who are drawn in by the town’s charm, fantastic light and natural beauty.

There is so much to inspire someone with a creative eye from the cobbled streets, magnificent sea and mountain views, historic buildings or simply a cat lazing in a flowerbed in the sunshine.

flowerbed Exploring Altea Old Town

View from Altea old town

It’s a steep climb up to the old town so we’d advise you to take your time to catch your breath and enjoy the views over the beach and the sea.
Charming narrow, cobbled streets of Altea

It’s a charming place to wander through the little streets finding fabulous, family-run shops and restaurants while stumbling across some historic buildings which have made their mark in life in Altea.

Along the way you will see remains of the ancient walls and gateways which protected the hilltop town from pirates

pirates. Exploring Altea Old Town.

Altea’s pretty old town

In the 16th century the upper part of the old town was built to protect it from attacks. A castle was built on what is now the Plaza de la Iglesia with the upper town being surrounded by a wall with three gates. Today, just two of these gates remain – Vell Portal and Portal Nou.

Your tour could start at the Plaza del Convent just off the N332 main road running along the length of the Costa Blanca. Here you will find the Iglesia de San Francisco, an old Franciscan convent.

If you walk up from the Plaza del Convent, to the corner of the streets Calle Pont de Moncau and Calle La Sequia, you will find examples of two grand houses built for 19th century landowners – Casa Beneyto (casa de cultura) and the Pharmacy, which was the old chemist shop Farmacia Martinez.

Martinez Exploring Altea Old Town

View from Altea old town

Opposite are the pretty Escaleras del “Mestre de la Música”. This is where the climb really begins but it’s so beautiful to wander along the lovely cobbled street lined with whitewashed houses and shops with steps taking you up to the main square.

These steps are dedicated to the composer and musician Francisco Perez Devesa who directed many musical bands in Altea, Alfaz del Pi and Calpe. There are 255 wooden steps in the characteristic dark colours of Altea old town.

Before climbing the steps, go a little further up the road to the Barrio de Bellaguarda district to see where the defensive walls were built in the 14th century to protect the coast from marauding pirates. A few more steps and you get to the Plaza de la Cruz which is another pictuesque little square.

squares Exploring Altea Old Town

Off this plaza, turn up the Calle Costeros del Matxos road for the Portal Vell gateway, providing further evidence of the old walled city.
Dream scenes for artists in Altea

This is another dream for artists with the patterned cobbles and archways making a frame for the pretty buildings and squares.

Now we go through these charming streets to the beautiful Plaza de la Iglesia with its church, the Virgen del Consuelo, taking pride of place. This is a lovely, traditional Mediterranean square and it’s well worth grabbing a coffee in one of the bars so you can relax and take in the atmosphere.

It’s a superb church at the highest point of Altea with its famous blue-and-white tiled dome. The church was built in the 19th century in the style of a Latin cross with a stunning interior of classic gold and floral motifs. Look out for the ceramic shapes and dragons sculpted within the church.

Although the church itself was built in the19th century with work being completed in 1910, there has been a place of worship here for more than 900 years. It also bears the battle scars of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s when one of the bell towers was destroyed by Franco’s men.

men Exploring Altea Old Town

Iglesia Virgen del Consuelo church in Altea old town

The Virgen del Consuelo church dominates over one of the most picturesque squares on the Costa Blanca. It’s lined with bars, restaurants and shops so you can easily spend an afternoon here while enjoying the fabulous views over the Mediterranean and towards the hulking skyscrapers in Benidorm.

Look towards the sea from the square and you can see further evidence of the ancient walls which used to protect Altea.
Head for the hilltop church of Altea

It’s certainly worth popping in to the church to see the beautiful stained glass windows, the expansive use of gold, and the sculptures.

In and around the square, you will find little shops selling crafts, jewellery and paintings so you can pick up a unique souvenir of your time in Altea. There’s a lovely little art gallery in Calle Sant Josep and you can also check out cultural events in Altea at the Palau Altea with live music, theatre and exhibitions.

The beach resort’s place as a haven for artists has been given a further boost with a Fine Arts department of the Miguel Hernandez University in Elche setting up in the town, so bringing even more talented artists to Altea.

Altea Exploring Altea Old Town

Beach at Altea
Don’t forget the beaches in Altea

While in Altea, also visit the lovely beaches and seafront promenade brimming with cafes, bars and restaurants for refreshments.

You can get to Altea via the N332 coast road linking the Costa Blanca resorts which cuts through the middle of the town. The Denia to Benidorm train also stops at Altea station or you can get the tourist bus from Benidorm.

Guide to Denia’s golden, sandy beaches

 

 

Golden sandy beaches next to the shimmering turquoise Mediterranean act as a magnet for many holidaymakers in Denia. The beautiful resort in the north Costa Blanca area boasts 15 kilometres of coastline.

Families love the large beaches with children’s play area along Las Marinas while divers and snorkellers enjoy exploring along the little coves at Las Rotas. When the breeze gets up in the afternoons, surfers and kite surfers take to the waters to test their skills while riding the waves.

Denia is also a great place to go dolphin or humpback whale spotting as it is the coastal town in the Valencia region with the highest number of sightings.

The best place to look for these beautiful marine creatures is by the Cabo de San Antonio marine reserve.

Antonio Guide to Denias golden, sandy beaches

Las Marinas beach, Denia

Whether you’re looking for safe beach to paddle with your toddlers and build sandcastles, exploring what lies within the crystal-clear waters or relaxing in a quiet bay, Denia has a beach to suit you.

You can look for crabs, lobsters and fish within the rocky coves in the Las Rotas district. Between the Helios bar and Marineta Cassiana is a rocky path out to sea where you will see fishermen throwing out their lines for fresh fish or wading in the waters to look for octopus and squid.
La Cala

Las Rotas enjoys stunning scenery and is one of the prettiest parts of Denia. It has a few great seafood and paella restaurants where you can enjoy a meal on the terrace by the sea. It’s popular with walkers and dog walkers as well as people looking for a secluded, sheltered bay for sunbathing or snorkelling.

Cala Guide to Denias golden, sandy beaches

La Cala beach, Denia

La Cala is a pretty little bay at the foot of the beautiful Cabo de San Antonio headland separating Denia and Javea. It’s a quiet beach formed of rocks and gravel which is popular for snorkelling in the turquoise waters where you can see a posidonia underwater meadow.
Cala El Trampoli

Trampoli Guide to Denias golden, sandy beaches

Trampoli beach, Denia, Alicante

Also in Las Rotas is the scenic el Trampoli rocky beach which is perfect for diving and snorkelling. It’s another rocky beach with a popular seafood restaurant Pegoli and Helios bar within easy walking distance.

The wealth of marine life on the sea floor is a delight for snorkellers here. Because of its importance, it is a protected area with just 15 licences for diving issued each day from the tourism office.

El Pegoli restaurant, Las Rotas, Denia
La Marineta Cassiana

Heading towards Denia town centre, next to the marina filled with sleek boats and chic restaurants, is the very popular Marineta Cassiana beach.

Cassiana Guide to Denias golden, sandy beaches

View from Marineta Cassiana to the marina, Denia

It’s a small sandy beach which can get crowded in summer. It’s perfect for swimming in the calm waters or for practising water sports.

While bathing you can see the yachts leaving the marina or watch canoeists or surfers playing in the water. There’s a beach bar in the summer or there are several bars and restaurants across the road.

Yachts in Denia marina

It’s a safe Blue Flag beach with foot showers and disabled access. In summer, there are toilets, sunbeds with umbrellas and a lifeguard.

If Marineta Cassiana is too busy, there is another little beach just along the promenade heading towards Las Rotas. It’s not as clean but it’s fine for sunbathing or swimming.
Las Marinas

Las Guide to Denias golden, sandy beaches

Golden sandy beach at Las Marinas, Denia

Long, golden, sandy beaches as far as the eye can see have made this part of Denia a firm favourite with families. Children have plenty of space for building sandcastles or burying Dad in the sand while the shallow water makes it safe for paddling or swimming too.

Heading north from Denia marina and Port you will come across the Las Marinas area, which is the more touristy part of town. There’s a children’s play area, keep-fit equipment on the beach as well as summer beach bars.

Along the road opposite are dozens of bars and restaurants where you can cool off for a late lunch of paella, pizza or locally-caught fish.

The beaches along the Las Marinas stretch have Blue Flags, lifeguards in the summer and foot showers too.
Les Bovetes

Bovetes Guide to Denias golden, sandy beaches

Fishing at Las Marinas beach, Denia

Top favourite for families with children, Les Bovetes beach in the Las Marinas area of Denia has gorgeous fine, golden sand perfect for playing. It’s close to the town centre so you can combine a trip to the beach with a visit to the 11th century Denia castle or shopping.

The Blue Flag beach also attracts surfers and kitesurfers, which add a splash of colour between the deep blue skies and sea.

The beach has sunbeds and foot showers.

There are plenty of restaurants and bars on the main road behind the beach.
Els Molins

If Les Bovetes is too busy, Els Molins is a few metres north. Another Blue Flag beach with golden sands and disabled access. Surfers head for the beaches along this stretch of Las Marinas in the afternoons when (or if) the wind gets up.

Small boats can also gain access to the sea from Calle Mar Canibrica, Calle Llac san Marti and Calle Llac Tana.

Tana Guide to Denias golden, sandy beaches

Las Marinas beach, Denia
Playa l’Almadrava

Windsurfers also enjoy catching the warm afternoon breeze at l’Almadrava in Els Poblets. Another beautiful stretch of golden sands with shallow waters and beautiful coastal views have attracted sunbathers for many summers.

It’s an ideal spot for water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, jet-skiing or fishing.

fishing Guide to Denias golden, sandy beaches

Gym equipment by the beach at Denia
Les Deveses

At the far northern stretch of Denia is the beautiful Les Deveses beach stretching for more than 4 kilometres

In the summer, the warm southerly winds attract dozens of windsurfers so you can enjoy watching their acrobatics – or join in the fun.

Divers can also enjoy spotting different schools of fish or seeing the Posidonia nature reserve.

reserve Guide to Denias golden, sandy beaches

Denia beach
Eating out

You will not find it difficult to find somewhere to eat in Denia as the town has more than 300 restaurants ranging from cheap and cheerful tapas bars to the swanky Quique Dacosta restaurant with three Michelin stars.

If you’re heading for the Las Marinas beaches, the main Ctra Les Marines running alongside the beach is lined with restaurants specialising in a wide range of dishes including paellas, seafood, Italian, Chinese, German, Dutch or Indian.

Many restaurants have set-price lunchtime menus called ‘menu del dia’ which are great value for money.

The best places to try fresh seafood or paella dishes with a sea view are in the impressive restaurants in Las Rotas and Denia marina.

marina Guide to Denias golden, sandy beaches

Paella
Getting about

Denibus runs buses from Las Rotas in the south to the town centre and along Las Marinas. The Denia town centre to Las Marinas buses are not too frequent in winter but from June to September there are buses about every 20 minutes from 7am until 11.30pm.

The Las Rotas bus runs every hour all the year but only until about 9pm. Otherwise you will need a car or have to rely on taxis.

There is parking on streets near to the beaches but they get busy in the summer. There is a large car park by the port where the ferries run to the Balearic islands, and you can walk to the nearest Las Marinas beach from there.

Five best running routes in Alicante with the best views

 

As the Alicante region is one of the healthiest places to live it seems only fitting that it should have become a magnet for holidaymakers wanting to play sports, go cycling, hiking or running.

The Alicante region’s beautiful beaches and mountains are perfect outdoor running tracks. You can choose from a jog alongside the beaches, which offer flat routes for speed or gentle jogging or a harder challenge up the mountain trails. Either way, you will be rewarded with views of fabulous natural scenes.
Jog alongside Benidorm’s magnificent beaches

Benidorm Five best running routes in Alicante with the best views

We can start with a gentle beach run along the famous Benidorm beaches with its magnificent skyscrapers forming a backdrop to your left with the shimmering Mediterranean sea and Benidorm Island to your right.

The run begins on the Poniente beach at the southern end by Calle la Cala. A good time is at sunrise or just before sunset as the area is less crowded and the weather will be cooler, especially in the summer months.

If you really want to exercise the legs, you can run on the soft sand part of the way which can be hard work.

Jog along the promenade alongside the beach up to the Parque de Elche park, a lovely shady area that is well-loved by doves and pigeons.

Keep the sea to your right and head towards Benidorm yacht club and on your left you will find the steep steps taking you up to the famous Balcon with its beautiful square, iconic church and amazing views sweeping along the coast.

It’s a great place to stop to catch your breath and take in the views as you can really appreciate why Benidorm is known as the Spanish Manhattan as you count the number of skyscrapers lining the coast. You also get glorious views of Benidorm’s famous sandy beaches and you may see windsurfers or paragliders enjoying the views from another angle.

This jog is about 3.5kms so you could turn back or continue along Poniente beach to take you to the English quarter, well-known for its British bars and entertainment. It’s another 2.5kms from the Balcon to the far end of Levante beach but it is an easy, flat route along the promenade lined with bars and cafes.

Poniente beach – Balcon de Benidorm – Levante beach. Easy, flat route of 6kms.

Run alongside nature at her best in Jalon

Jalon Five best running routes in Alicante with the best views

This is another gentle run but this time you are surrounded by mountains and natural beauty as the route takes you alongside vineyards and almond orchards in the Jalon valley.

There is a choice of a short circular route of about 2kms alongside the riverbed or a longer run keeping alongside the river to Lliber, which is about 3kms one way.

 

The run starts along the Avenida del Juan Carlos 1 road, opposite the Bodega Xalo, where you can pick up some great wines and olive oil at bargain prices.

Head away from the bridge along the road keeping the riverbed to your left. Take the left turning at the roundabout along the Avenida de las Hortes and you’ll come to a crossroads with the left turning going over the river.

You can take this route to return to the Bodega Xalo but this time running on the other side of the river. For a longer route, head down the Cami del Moli de Lliber which is a good pathway surrounded by farmland leading to the pretty little village of Lliber.

The Jalon Valley is famous for its wine-making and is a very popular spot for cyclists and hikers as there are some fabulous routes.

More adventurous runners may fancy trying more testing routes from Jalon up the Sierra Bernia, a winding road taking you high up into the mountain.

Bodega Xalo circular route, easy running, 2kms or Bodega Xalo – Lliber 3kms.
Taking the Montgo mountain in your stride

Separating the beach towns of Javea and Denia is the impressive Montgo mountain, a haven for wildlife, birds and rare flowers. It is a popular route for cyclists and hikers with several routes of various difficulties available.

It’s a challenge for runners with some challenging uphill scrambles but, rest assured, you will be rewarded with amazing views of the coastline. On a clear day, you can see as far as the party island of Ibiza.

Montgo Five best running routes in Alicante with the best views

Ermita Pare Pere, Montgo

There are three routes starting from the charming Ermita del Pare Pere chapel on the Denia side of the Montgo. You can see the little cave where the friar Pare Pere prayed and meditated in the 17th century and the chapel built in his honour in the 1980s.

One is a three-hour circular tour of just over 4kms in total which will take around three hours. It’s of medium difficulty as there are some climbs as you head up to L’Aigua cove and the Raco del Bou cove.

Cars are not allowed so you can enjoy a peaceful run in a beautiful, natural setting. You may notice an aroma of lavender or herbs wafting across your path as these plants live in abundance along the track.

Heading up the track from the Pare Pere chapel, you’ll come to a fork in the track and you’ll need to take the east path to your left. Running uphill, the landscape becomes even more impressive with fabulous views across the bay up to Valencia and over the mountains.

Keeping to the eastern path, you’ll come across some steep steps heading up to the cave, which used to be a water reservoir.

There is an inscription in the rock dating to 238AD which is protected by a metal fence.

Going back down to the chapel, you’ll come across the Raco del Bou or Bull’s Corner, so called because of the mountain’s shape here.

Ermita de Pare Pere, Montgo – L’Aigua Cove – Ermita de Pare Pere. Medium difficulty and about 4kms.
Looking out for the Javea miradors

miradors Five best running routes in Alicante with the best views

A tough run taking in some or all of Javea’s 15 miradors or viewpoints is a brilliant way to really appreciate the town’s wonderful landscape and views.

It is about 30 kilometres in length with some steep hills to climb from Els Molins mills in the north along the coast to the stunning Granadella beach in the south.

Cabo de San Antonio between Javea and Denia

Every year, the Mirador Challenge is held with 100s of hardy runners and walkers attempting to complete the trail.

Our favourite route is about 6.5kms and starts at the Els Molins viewpoint on the edge of the Montgo and heads off to the Cabo de San Antonio cape with beautiful views across to Denia and Javea as well as over to the lighthouse and the Mediterranean.

We head back along the road as if going back to Els Molins but at the main road, turn left to run down into Javea Port, home to the fishing fleet and stunning sailing boats.

Els Molins – Cabo de San Antonio – Javea Port. Medium difficulty of 6kms.
Finding sanctuary in Font Roja natural park

A stunning inland nature park, Font Roja is a beautiful landscape with more than 1,000 species of aromatic herbs, green countryside, mountains and the crystal-clear Vinalopo river.

Our 12km run takes us from the recreation area with parking on the CV797 road. Head 50 metres from the car park to a walkway.

Keep going straight to jog up to the top of Menejador, which stands 1,365 metres high. The climb is worthwhile as you can see across to the valley of Alcoy and the Sierra de Mariola and Maigmo mountains.

You’ll be running through one of the finest Mediterranean forests in Spain as well as past the Coloma ice house.

CV797 Font Roja natural park – Menejador – CV797. Medium difficult of 12kms.

Remember to wear suitable clothing, especially footwear and carry enough suncream, water and a hat. Don’t walk in the hottest part of the day, especially in summer, as people have taken ill with exhaustion and had to be rescued.

Five best running routes in Alicante with the best views

As the Alicante region is one of the healthiest places to live it seems only fitting that it should have become a magnet for holidaymakers wanting to play sports, go cycling, hiking or running.
The Alicante region’s beautiful beaches and mountains are perfect outdoor running tracks. You can choose from a jog alongside the beaches, which offer flat routes for speed or gentle jogging or a harder challenge up the mountain trails. Either way, you will be rewarded with views of fabulous natural scenes.
Jog alongside Benidorm’s magnificent beaches
We can start with a gentle beach run along the famous Benidorm beaches with its magnificent skyscrapers forming a backdrop to your left with the shimmering Mediterranean sea and Benidorm Island to your right.
Jog Five best running routes in Alicante with the best views
The run begins on the Poniente beach at the southern end by Calle la Cala. A good time is at sunrise or just before sunset as the area is less crowded and the weather will be cooler, especially in the summer months.
If you really want to exercise the legs, you can run on the soft sand part of the way which can be hard work.
Jog along the promenade alongside the beach up to the Parque de Elche park, a lovely shady area that is well-loved by doves and pigeons.
Keep the sea to your right and head towards Benidorm yacht club and on your left you will find the steep steps taking you up to the famous Balcon with its beautiful square, iconic church and amazing views sweeping along the coast.
It’s a great place to stop to catch your breath and take in the views as you can really appreciate why Benidorm is known as the Spanish Manhattan as you count the number of skyscrapers lining the coast. You also get glorious views of Benidorm’s famous sandy beaches and you may see windsurfers or paragliders enjoying the views from another angle.
This jog is about 3.5kms so you could turn back or continue along Poniente beach to take you to the English quarter, well-known for its British bars and entertainment. It’s another 2.5kms from the Balcon to the far end of Levante beach but it is an easy, flat route along the promenade lined with bars and cafes.
Poniente beach – Balcon de Benidorm – Levante beach. Easy, flat route of 6kms.

Run alongside nature at her best in Jalon
This is another gentle run but this time you are surrounded by mountains and natural beauty as the route takes you alongside vineyards and almond orchards in the Jalon valley.
There is a choice of a short circular route of about 2kms alongside the riverbed or a longer run keeping alongside the river to Lliber, which is about 3kms one way.
way Five best running routes in Alicante with the best views
The run starts along the Avenida del Juan Carlos 1 road, opposite the Bodega Xalo, where you can pick up some great wines and olive oil at bargain prices.
Head away from the bridge along the road keeping the riverbed to your left. Take the left turning at the roundabout along the Avenida de las Hortes and you’ll come to a crossroads with the left turning going over the river.
You can take this route to return to the Bodega Xalo but this time running on the other side of the river. For a longer route, head down the Cami del Moli de Lliber which is a good pathway surrounded by farmland leading to the pretty little village of Lliber.
The Jalon Valley is famous for its wine-making and is a very popular spot for cyclists and hikers as there are some fabulous routes.
More adventurous runners may fancy trying more testing routes from Jalon up the Sierra Bernia, a winding road taking you high up into the mountain.
Bodega Xalo circular route, easy running, 2kms or Bodega Xalo – Lliber 3kms.
Taking the Montgo mountain in your stride
Separating the beach towns of Javea and Denia is the impressive Montgo mountain, a haven for wildlife, birds and rare flowers. It is a popular route for cyclists and hikers with several routes of various difficulties available.
It’s a challenge for runners with some challenging uphill scrambles but, rest assured, you will be rewarded with amazing views of the coastline. On a clear day, you can see as far as the party island of Ibiza.
Ibiza Five best running routes in Alicante with the best views
There are three routes starting from the charming Ermita del Pare Pere chapel on the Denia side of the Montgo. You can see the little cave where the friar Pare Pere prayed and meditated in the 17th century and the chapel built in his honour in the 1980s.
One is a three-hour circular tour of just over 4kms in total which will take around three hours. It’s of medium difficulty as there are some climbs as you head up to L’Aigua cove and the Raco del Bou cove.
Cars are not allowed so you can enjoy a peaceful run in a beautiful, natural setting. You may notice an aroma of lavender or herbs wafting across your path as these plants live in abundance along the track.
Heading up the track from the Pare Pere chapel, you’ll come to a fork in the track and you’ll need to take the east path to your left. Running uphill, the landscape becomes even more impressive with fabulous views across the bay up to Valencia and over the mountains.
Keeping to the eastern path, you’ll come across some steep steps heading up to the cave, which used to be a water reservoir.
There is an inscription in the rock dating to 238AD which is protected by a metal fence.
Going back down to the chapel, you’ll come across the Raco del Bou or Bull’s Corner, so called because of the mountain’s shape here.
Ermita de Pare Pere, Montgo – L’Aigua Cove – Ermita de Pare Pere. Medium difficulty and about 4kms.
Looking out for the Javea miradors
A tough run taking in some or all of Javea’s 15 miradors or viewpoints is a brilliant way to really appreciate the town’s wonderful landscape and views.
It is about 30 kilometres in length with some steep hills to climb from Els Molins mills in the north along the coast to the stunning Granadella beach in the south.
south Five best running routes in Alicante with the best views
Every year, the Mirador Challenge is held with 100s of hardy runners and walkers attempting to complete the trail.
Our favourite route is about 6.5kms and starts at the Els Molins viewpoint on the edge of the Montgo and heads off to the Cabo de San Antonio cape with beautiful views across to Denia and Javea as well as over to the lighthouse and the Mediterranean.
We head back along the road as if going back to Els Molins but at the main road, turn left to run down into Javea Port, home to the fishing fleet and stunning sailing boats.
Els Molins – Cabo de San Antonio – Javea Port. Medium difficulty of 6kms.
Finding sanctuary in Font Roja natural park
A stunning inland nature park, Font Roja is a beautiful landscape with more than 1,000 species of aromatic herbs, green countryside, mountains and the crystal-clear Vinalopo river.
Our 12km run takes us from the recreation area with parking on the CV797 road. Head 50 metres from the car park to a walkway.
Keep going straight to jog up to the top of Menejador, which stands 1,365 metres high. The climb is worthwhile as you can see across to the valley of Alcoy and the Sierra de Mariola and Maigmo mountains.
You’ll be running through one of the finest Mediterranean forests in Spain as well as past the Coloma ice house.
CV797 Font Roja natural park – Menejador – CV797. Medium difficult of 12kms.
Remember to wear suitable clothing, especially footwear and carry enough suncream, water and a hat. Don’t walk in the hottest part of the day, especially in summer, as people have taken ill with exhaustion and had to be rescued.

Taking your baby on holiday to Spain

CB Taking your baby on holiday to SpainMore and more people are searching for ‘child friendly’ holidays. Below are some of the points that are sure to be at the forefront of any mother’s mind.

Spain is a wonderful country for a holiday with your baby. The Spaniards are generally very affectionate towards children and yours will get lots of attention. However, holidaying with a baby can at times be daunting thinking about cramming all of baby’s milk, nappies, foods and all the other gear into your suitcase. Here is a brief guide to what is available for you and your baby for when you holiday to Spain.
Baby Milk

Of course breast feeding is the most portable option and breast pads can be found in supermarkets in Spain. For formula milk fed babies, Cow & Gate and Aptamil are available in Spain, but are known by other brand names and please do be aware that they can cost over twice as much as their UK counterparts.

In Spain, the main brands include Nestle Nidina and Hero which are available in nearly all the supermarkets. Some children can be sensitive to change and some milks abroad may have a different consistency. You know your baby best as to whether they will happily tolerate switching milk for a week or two if you can’t find your preferred brand there.

It is better to make up bottles with boiled mineral water as some areas of Spain have very high levels of calcium in the water and it isn’t suitable for drinking. There are low sodium brands available that are quite clearly marked as suitable for babies.
Baby food

A range of baby foods can be found in Spanish supermarkets and pharmacies. The types of food aren’t as broad as in the UK, but you’ll certainly find something to suit most palates. Flavours tend to be meat or fish with a combination of vegetables. The consistency tends to be smoother than baby food in the UK. Spanish supermarkets and markets sell fantastic seasonal fruit and vegetables, so if you’re self catering you can always make your own. For toddlers on holiday in Spain, get them to try tapas, it’s a wonderfully social meal and they’ll love trying new food.
Nappies

Huggies and Pampers are both available in most Spanish supermarkets – though note that Pampers are called Dodots in Spain. The Carrefour supermarkets sell disposable swim nappies. Nappy linings, etc. for non disposable nappies are harder to come buy.
Sun Cream

When you’re on holiday in Spain, at most times of the year, you’ll need a good sun cream. A wide range of sun-creams are available in Spain for reasonable prices from supermarkets and pharmacies stock excellent slightly pricier brands.If you run out while on holiday, head for the nearest well known supermarket or pharmacy. Avoid small sea front shops as they can be very expensive.
Medication

Calpol is not well known in Spain, so if that is your preferred medication, you could take some of their handy sachets with you. If your baby is unwell on holiday, head for a pharmacy (supermarkets don’t sell medicines).

Pharmacies are plentiful and if the nearest one is closed, there will be a poster in the window detailing the nearest 24 hour one.

Dalsy tends to be the preferred choice of ibuprofen to give to children in Spain, and Apiretal the preferred paracetamol. Check the dose tables on both products carefully before administering. If you do have to go to the doctors, be sure to take your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) and passport with you.
Find out more

Hopefully you now feel better equipped for your holiday in Spain with your baby. If you want more information on travelling to Spain with a baby or child, there are several reputable companies that can assist. BabyAbroad is one that comes highly recommended – http://www.babyabroad.co.uk/. Happy baby holidays!

Mountain bike and cycling routes in Altea

Teams of cyclists clad in Lycra enjoy the challenge of cycling through the mountains in the north Costa Blanca region of Spain. The hairpin bends, steep climbs and fast descents in the mountains around Jalon and Guadalest provide a tough challenge for the athletes.
Top professional teams are among the cyclists enjoying the winter and spring sun to practise their sport. They can enjoy fast routes along the flat coastal routes or head into the mountains for a really tough ride. At times, it seems as though there are more cyclists than motorists on the roads.
The Alicante region of Spain is a perfect spot to enjoy a gentle ride or you can even follow in the footsteps of the professionals who rode along the Costa Blanca during the Vuelta España cycling race 2015.
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The ninth stage was over 168 kilometres from Torrevieja to Cumbre del Sol. This year’s Vuelta España is also heading to the north Costa Blanca with stage 19 covering 39 kilometres between Javea and Calpe with the following stage along the 184 kilometres from Benidorm to Alto Aitana high in the mountains.
A great place to base yourself for a cycling holiday in the region is in the pretty beach town of Altea, next to Benidorm. It’s a peaceful spot with lovely beaches and a pretty old town famous for its iconic blue-and-white-tiled church dome.
If you just fancy a day out by bike, you can join an excursion or hire a bike to do your own thing.
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Pedalling by the beach in Altea
If you’re a little rusty, you may like to cycle along the main N332 coast road to Benidorm, 10 kilometres to the south. This is a main road so is easy cycling but you’ll need to be aware of the fast traffic also using the route. Alternatively you could stay on the N332 but head north towards Calpe,11 kilometres to the north. Be warned the road around Altea Hills and Calpe is very steep and twisty. You could stop for a while to catch your breath and enjoy the far-reaching views over the Mediterranean.
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Head for the lofty heights of Guadalest
Hardier cyclists will enjoy the challenge of heading up to the beautiful mountain regions around Altea.
A favourite route is from Altea to the mountain-top town of Guadalest, famous for its iconic white bell tower on top of the granite mountain perched 600 metres above sea level.
The 21 kilometre ride will take about two hours and although it starts off fairly flat with a ride along the N332, it is a gruelling climb for half the ride up to Guadalest.
Head south on the N332 and then take the CV70 all the way up to the town. It is pretty tough going but so worth it for the views on the way and for visiting the town itself.
You will be riding through some of the finest rural countryside in the region surrounded by farms and little towns as you ride alongside the Guadalest river.
It is advisable to take advantage of the resting places along the way so you can really appreciate the panoramic views of the mountains, open countryside and down to the sea. They are spectacular and are worth stopping to appreciate.
Once in Guadalest, you can visit the castle, enjoy a traditional meal of sausages or rabbit in a restaurant with fine views, and visit one of the town’s many museums exhibiting curiosities such as instruments of torture, miniature items and classic cars.
Dip into the Algar waterfall
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On the way down, you could take an alternative route to visit the marvellous Algar waterfall. Take the CV75 as before but after about seven kilometres head left on to the Ctra d’Alcoi/CV755. After a few kilometres you come to Callosa d’en Serria – a lovely little rural town with attractive bars and restaurants – where you take another left on to the CV715 to Algar.
The waterfalls are beautifully cold, which may be well appreciated after your long ride, surrounded by amazing rock formations and stunning flowers.

Head back the way you came until you reach the CV755 to take you all the way back to Altea with the round trip taking about four hours.
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Climb up Alicante’s ice mountain
A shorter route from Altea takes you up to the Sierra Helada (ice mountain) which is a peaceful nature haven on the coast. You’ll be riding back along the N332 south towards Benidorm before turning off to the CV7651 to climb up the mountain.
It is a short ride of about 30 minutes but the last leg is steep as you head up to the top of the mountain. Once there, you can enjoy a choice of walks or rides around the natural park.
It is worth cycling the 2.5 kilometres to the Albir lighthouse as you will enjoy fabulous views over Altea bay, the impressive Ifach rock at Calpe and the sea.
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Another route takes you over to the emblematic Benidorm Cross, which was originally erected in the Sierra Helada natural park about 55 years ago by Catholic friars. From here, you can take in the views of the Benidorm skyline with its skyscrapers of different colours glistening in the sun.

Heading towards Jalon
A favourite route for cyclists is in the Sierra Bernia mountain to Jalon. The rides are invigorating with some great climbs, tough bends and fast descents.
You will also be riding among stunning countryside in an area famous for its almond blossom in spring-time and its award-winning wines from the local vineyards.
From Altea, you will ride along the Via Pista for 19 kilometres to reach Jalon. It’s another steady climb up but you will be rewarded with amazing mountain and countryside views.
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This is traditional Spain at its finest with little villages complete with pretty squares lined with cafes and impressive churches. You can ride into Jalon and turn back to Altea or keep climbing up the Sierra Bernia as high as it goes.
Obviously the higher you climb, the better the views and the closer you get to nature but it is a tough ask for many cyclists.
In Jalon itself, you can enjoy a traditional meal of rabbit with garlic, wild boar or home-made sausages washed down with a glass of wine from the local Bodega Xalo. You can also stock up on local honey or olive oil while in town.

Majorca vs Menorca: Which island would you choose for your holiday?

 
Majorca or Menorca, they are both sunny mediterranean islands. They have more than 300 days of sun a year – with a record of 12 hours a day in summer!
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Both islands offer the most amazing beaches and attractions for a fun holiday. But what exactly? How do they differ? Majorca and Menorca both belong to the Balearic group and have things in common.

Find out which of these two islands suits your Balearic holidays best, with the answers to the ten questions below! They include local tips and info too so you can have a wonderful holiday.
Which island would you choose for your holiday if …?
1. … you go mainly for the beaches?
The beaches alone are an excellent reason to visit the Balearic Islands. The biggest island Majorca has a coastline of 555 kilometres and a total area of 3640 km². There are over 200 beaches to choose from. The most famous or beautiful beaches can be found in our Top 10 Beaches in Majorca.

You can book one of our exquisite villas in Majorca to enjoy the island’s wide choice and variety of beaches, from comfortable with plenty of facilities to pristine beaches surrounded by nature.

Es Trenc, for example, is a pure white sandy beach of almost two kilometres with turquoise, transparent water. It is the kind of beach that gives Majorca so much appeal as a destination. You would think you are in the Caribbean!

Caribbean Majorca vs Menorca: Which island would you choose for your holiday?

Port de Pollensa is another example of Majorca’s picture postcard beaches, with the Tramuntana hills in the background but at the same time plenty of bars, restaurants, a marina, a promenade and other facilities, including water sports.

Because Majorca has long received more tourists than Menorca, there are usually more facilities and possibilities for entertainment. This also means, however, that its beaches can be a lot busier.

Menorca is Majorca’s little brother, more quiet with fewer visitors. It offers more beaches on a smaller and less densely populated area. About 700 km² make up the island – a fifth of Majorca – but with 216 kilometres of coastline and about a tenth of Majorca’s population.

In Menorca you can choose from about 75 beaches every day. These are often cute, hidden ‘calas’ or sandy coves between rocky cliffs, which is why every little beach in Menorca can be a wonderful discovery and a relaxing place to be. Menorca is just great for travellers who like to wander, walk and discover those secret beach coves. For more information about accessibility and other characteristics, check our guide to Menorca’s most beautiful beaches.

Some of the most spectacular beaches in Menorca are Son Saura, Cala Turqueta and Cala Macarella. The renowned Cala Macarella, which offers – within the same bay – the remote little nudist beach of Cala Macarelleta, is situated about 16 km from Ciutadella city.
2. … you love to visit nice towns or villages on holiday?
Palma is the capital and the city with the largest population of the Balearic Islands. Nearly half of Mallorca’s inhabitants are concentrated there, which makes Palma de Mallorca a lively city with lots of things to do.
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The most famous attraction is La Seu, the cathedral of Palma and the symbol of the city.

Palma is a pleasant city which can give you a true holiday feel. Take a stroll through its charming streets and along the Paseo Marítimo, a nice promenade with palm trees in the port area.

If you prefer smaller towns, you can visit places such as Alcudia, a beautifully preserved medieval village with a marina and beach. A great excursion for the whole family!

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In Menorca, you can equally alternate stunning beaches with daytrips to villages and towns. The largest cities are the capital of Mahón and Ciutadella, which both have close to 30,000 inhabitants – a lot less than the almost half a million of inhabitants in Palma de Mallorca.

Because they are relatively small, the towns of Menorca offer a relaxing day out. Take a nice stroll in the romantic old town of Ciutadella. Or go on a boat trip in the second largest natural harbour in the world, in Mahón!

The picturesque whitewashed village of Binibeca is also one of the places you can’t miss in eastern Menorca.
3. … you like some entertainment or a good night out?

Visitors who love going out at night, will probably prefer Mallorca. Palma de Mallorca, for example, offers many bars and also nightclubs such as Tito’s and Pacha Mallorca.

The nights in Menorca are generally more quiet. Drunken revellers are far from common on this island. Places for entertainment at night are, however, also rather scarce.
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Foto: Cova d’en Xoroi

That does not mean there is nothing to do in Menorca. Its character is sometimes described as ‘hippy’ – social activities on the island are more relaxed. A must for an evening out is the Cova d’en Xoroi, the most famous cave of the island. It has been turned into a disco, where you can enjoy a drink, music to chill to and a beautiful sunset, after which it hosts DJs and theme nights.
4. … you prefer local and authentic to busy and popular?

Beach and the tranquility of nature. According to many Spaniards Menorca is the most authentic of the Balearic Islands. Its landscape and beaches are also wilder than Majorca’s.

It’s a different world, full of calas or small beach coves, sunshine and crystal clear turquoise water. Paradise!

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Mallorca is more densely populated but offers some lovely quiet spots. It may take some more effort to find them though – especially in high season – but Mallorca definitely has unspoilt corners and
natural spaces where you can go and relax.

Both Mallorca and Menorca offer visitors ample opportunities to enjoy local life. Just go and visit the local markets in towns like Palma and Alcudia in Mallorca.
5. … you want to explore the local gastronomy?

Mallorca and Menorca have great local gastronomic products and dishes or recipes for visitors to discover, such as Mahón cheese in Menorca and Ensaimada de Mallorca. You can find them in colourful local markets or taste them in restaurants or bars in the villages and towns. You can go on a cheese tour as well as a wine tour.

Wine is produced on both islands. Mallorca is the largest producer, with the most important vineyards in Binissalem and Santa Maria, but there are also smaller winemakers spread throughout the island.

Menorca has fewer winemakers, but you can also go on a wine tour there. A must visit for wine lovers is the Binifadet winery in the southern village of Sant Lluis. It has a restaurant too.
6. … you like to enjoy nature on your holiday?
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The Balearic Islands are more than beach and sun. The Sierra de Tramuntana, a nearly 100 km long mountain range, covers about 30 per cent of Majorca’s territory. In 2011, the Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are great viewpoints such as the Mirador de la Creueta. Among the Tramuntana mountains is also the Puig Major, the highest point of Majorca and of the Balearic Islands (1445 meters).

Apart from breathtaking views you can enjoy romantic villages in the Tramuntana Mountains in Majorca – from Andratx to Deià and Pollensa – all beautifully surrounded by a stunning natural setting in which you can do outdoor activities.

Also popular is the Mondragó natural park in Majorca, close to idyllic white beaches with turquoise, crystal clear waters along impressive cliffs. It is somewhat remote, but can get quite busy in for example the merenderos or picnic areas, especially in the high season.

Menorca is mostly flat, with just one mountain, the Monte Toro (358 meters). As it is located right in the middle of the island, you can observe the outline of the whole island of Menorca from its peak and, in clear weather conditions, even spot Mallorca. Menorca is a small island but offers abundant green space, with many fields enclosed by dry stone walls.

Thanks to its rural character, less tourism and a lower population density, Menorca offers a peaceful holiday destination. Renting a nice villa as a form of accommodation in Menorca is an excellent option for a quiet, money-saving holiday.
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Don’t forget to visit s’Albufera Natural Park des Grau, Menorca’s largest nature reserve with more than 5,000 hectares. It is the natural habitat of hundreds of animal and plant species, especially water birds, and offers beautiful hiking trails.

In fact, the whole island of Menorca was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993. That explains why there are often no facilities at the beaches. Sometimes there are not even rubbish bins, for aesthetic reasons. Be prepared and bring a picnic and bags to take your rubbish with you.

Nearly half of Menorca’s beaches are not directly accessible by car, and some only by sea. That explains why many boats and yachts anchor in the beach coves. Another option to get to the beaches is by kayak.

You can of course go beach hopping by car or motorbike – renting a car is the best way to get around on both islands – but to get to Menorca’s virgin beaches, you may have to leave your car further away from the beach and then walk there. It is always worth the distance though. Just make sure you don’t have to carry too much or take a good rucksack.
7. … walking or cycling is your favourite activity on holiday?
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Menorca is great for walking, cycling and horseriding. The most famous and popular walking route is the Camí de Cavalls (meaning ‘horse path’), which is a 185 km track running along the perimeter of the island.

In Majorca the Tramuntana mountains offer more challenging routes, especially for cyclists. There is also a central plain, Es Pla, which requires smaller efforts to cycle from village to village, in a wonderful landscape!

The scenery is very beautiful in the Balearic Islands, especially in spring with numerous flowers. It is a good idea to go there for an active holiday between September and June, when there are fewer travellers but still plenty of days of sun and little rain. Spring and autumn are also great to enjoy the beaches without the crowds.
8. … You’re traveling with children?
Majorca and Menorca offer a lot of beaches and natural spaces for children to play outside and enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities such as horse riding. The towns are not too big or busy either.

On Majorca you can find a great variety of beaches and resorts, many of which are family-friendly, with easy access, beach lifeguards, plenty of facilities and calm, shallow water for children to play in. You can often park near the beach and even the most pristine beaches in Majorca can offer basic facilities.

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Still, Menorca can be appealing for families too because of its beauty and tranquility. It is true, however, that many of its pristine beach coves are harder to reach and sometimes require a walk of at least half an hour to get there. These are not very convenient for parents with young children but the good news is that there are also quite a few beaches in Menorca that are perfect for families with children.
9. … you or your children are a fan of water sports or other outdoor activities?

Menorca may not have many beaches with watersport facilities, but exploring the calm, transparent water along the pretty beaches by kayak is great to do with the whole family.

Those fond of windsurfing, sailing or water skiing can go to Ses Salinas and Fornells in the north, with its spectacular bay. You can also taste fantastic mediterranean food in the harbour in the white fishing village of Fornells. We strongly recommend the local Caldereta de Langosta or lobster stew!

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Cala Galdana in Menorca is another large beach bay known for its excellent facilities, including water sports.

Menorca is perfect for snorkeling and diving. Its warm turquoise water offers numerous caves, colorful fish and even shipwrecks to discover and explore.

Mallorca is also great for diving and snorkelling. There are a lot of places where you can enjoy water sports and you can choose from outdoor adventure activities such as canyoning and climbing as well. Plenty of possibilities!
10. … you take an interest in local traditions and celebrations?
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Menorca is an island with a unique horse tradition which goes back to the Middle Ages. The ‘Jaleo’ horse festival in Menorca is a true spectacle that you must go and experience in the summer, when it is celebrated on different dates in different towns and villages across the island.

Mallorca Ses Salines is the only place that has taken over this particular tradition of Menorca. La Festa del Cavall de Ses Salines takes place in August every year.

We could go on listing festivals, because the people of the Balearic Islands are no different from the rest of Spain when it comes to their love for a celebration! For more feastly events, have a look at the cultural agenda of the Balearic Islands.

Whichever island you choose, you will not get bored. Mallorca and Menorca both have unique ingredients for an unforgettable holiday.
Besides amazing beaches and a breathtaking mountain scenery recognised by UNESCO, Mallorca offers a vibrant capital and a great nightlife and entertainment program. Palma is even praised by the press as one of the best places in the world to live.
Menorca, on the other hand, offers the tranquility of a small sparsely populated island, and is recognized as a whole as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is full of paradisiacal beach coves, with a few authentic small towns and villages too.

Alicante Museums – from the world of miniatures to motorcycles

During your visit, you can learn more about the region’s loud and colourful fiestas, its regional produce such as chocolate or rice, its rich naval past or its position in one of the world’s greatest round-the-world yacht races.
Taste of Valor chocolate

Chocolate lovers should make a date to visit the Valor chocolate museum in the old fishing town of Villajoyosa, near Benidorm. This is tasty more-ish chocolate so a trip to the museum is a real treat as you can enjoy a few free samples at the end of the tour. The museum is in a typical 19th century country house with the trip beginning with a short video telling how Valor became master chocolate makers in 1881. You will find out about the different varieties of cocoa and how it is cultivated. A tour of the factory shows how chocolates are made. The final stop is at the museum shop where you can try the gourmet chocolates before you buy. Free entry.

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Looking down on the Volvo Ocean Race, Alicante

Enjoy challenging Volvo Ocean Race

In October, Alicante has the honour for the third time of being the starting point of the prestigious round the world Volvo Ocean Race. Visitors to the museum in Alicante marina can test their sailing skills and find out about the challenges that lie ahead for these competitive sailors. The museum is based at the race’s state-of-the-art headquarters. During your visit you can see the celebrations for the race’s 40th anniversary and get a close view of the NASA-inspired race control. Interactive displays means visitors can get a feel of what it must be like to battle against skilled sailors on the world’s toughest seas. Free entry.

Fine arts are in the MUBAG

Fabulous collection of fine art from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century are housed in an 18th century historic palace in the centre of Alicante. About 500 paintings and sculptures are on display including prominent artists from the region such as Vicente Lopez, Antonio Gisbert and Joaquin Agrasot. Many of the works from the 16th to 18th century have a religious theme as the church was a great patron of the arts at the time. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and concerts throughout the year. As well as the impressive art collection, historians will also appreciate wandering through the palace with its imposing stone arches and grand staircases. Free admission.
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Stunning Guadalest, home to some strange museums

As if being a breathtakingly beautiful mountain town wasn’t a good enough reason to visit Guadalest, it is also home to a variety of weird museums.

One of the strangest is the museum of miniatures, where you see little objects through magnifying glass.

The collection includes the Statue of Liberty on the eye of a needle; Goya’s painting, The Nude Maja, on a fly’s wing; another Goya painting replicated on a grain of rice; an elephant on a mosquito’s eye; Picasso’s painting Guernica on a seed; plus the impossible – a camel walking through the eye of a needle.

Admission is €4 for adults and €3 for children.
Toy story in Denia

Older people will enjoy a trip down memory lane to a more innocent age. Youngsters may also be fascinated by a time when toys were made of wood and imagination played a major part in children’s games. The Toy Museum in Denia celebrates the town’s toy industry from 1904 to the 1960s. Many of the toys are made of wood or metal with the special collection of tricycles, bicycles and pedal cars
being of particular interest. Wooden bowling sets, exquisite sailing boats and horse-drawn carts are
also among the many fine exhibits. Free entry.

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Vintage toy car in Denia
Bathing rituals of the Romans

Visitors can step back even further in time to see how the Romans lived at this open-air museum in Alfaz del Pi, near Benidorm. Roman baths are renowned throughout the world and are a fabulous attraction. At Alfaz’s Roman Villa Museum, visitors can enjoy an introduction to the Romans’ bathing rituals almost 1,500 years ago. Water symbolizes purity, health and well-being and the Romans took these bathing rituals very seriously. It was an important daily event to relax the body and mind after a hard day’s work. The baths form a small part of a larger site which is still being excavated and includes a large necropolis or ancient cemetery, mausoleum and a villa dating between the 4th and 6th centuries. Entry is free for children and €1.50 for adults.

Vintage cars are the stars

Fabulous collection in Guadalest of more than 140 motorcycles and vintage cars from the early 20th century to the 1970s. These are beautiful vehicles with polished wood and real leather interiors. The museum is the pride and joy of local resident Ricardo Freca who has been passionate about historic cars and bikes since he was a child. The world-class collection includes top names such as Vespa, Ducati, Lambretta, BMW and Harley Davidson. The family restaurant El Riu is on site where you can enjoy a great barbecue or traditional rural Alicante dishes. The success of the restaurant helps Ricardo to build his fantastic collection. Price is €3 for adults and €1 for children.

€1 Alicante Museums – from the world of miniatures to motorcyclesTorrevieja submarine museum

Going deep into naval historyFor non-submariners this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take a look inside these monsters of the deep. Torrevieja is home to the first Spanish naval ship to be turned into a floating museum. Visitors can take a look inside the S-61 Delfin-class submarine to see just how cramped conditions are for the crew. Imagine what life must have been like to live at the bottom of the sea in the sub for weeks or months on end. Not surprisingly, this is one of the most-visited museums in the region. Entry is €2.Moors and Christians in AlteaThe reenactment of the battles between the Moors and Christians takes place in many towns in the Alicante region. It is a very colourful and noisy fiesta to dramatically act out the historic moment when the Moors took over many parts of Spain and then were overthrown by the Christians. If you can’t get to the actual fiesta, the Moors and Christians museum in Altea gives a taste of what you are missing. In the Casal Fester museum you can see the costumes and characters which bring this fiesta to life. Entry is free.

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Pego marshesLittle grains of knowledge in PegoPaella is the symbolic dish of the Valencia region, which is where much of the rice is grown. The Bomba rice cultivated in Pego is argued to be one of the finest rices for making the many varieties of paella. In the town’s Etnologico museum, visitors can find out how rice is grown and how it is sold. You can also take a walk around the rice or paddy fields. These marshlands have been used for growing rice since the 13th century. Entry is free.