Javea has a museum worth visiting.Archaelogical and Ethnoligical Museum.It has important finds made around the area.Iberian jewllery and ornaments which were found on the Sierra de Montgo and a gold crown.I had my honey moon in Javea and it was my first time to the Costa Blanca.I fell in love with the area straight away.The valleys around Javea are full of orange trees and rugged mountain ranges.Javea is a large place but has its small quaint pretty areas.Javea has a 25km long coastline.
Next along is La Marina which is an area surrounded by mountain ranges.Thats what I like about the area, the mountains.Supose its because I was bought up in Norfolk, a totally flat area.The Sierra de Bernia is a stunning mountain range and reaches and head spinning height of 1,128 metres.Tarbena is at the top of these mountains and has Majorcan people mostly living there.Sobrasada is a tasty Majorcan sausage that they make there and I found it lip smacking.The hiking is very good in this area too.Castell de Castells has a great hiking path.
The next thing along here is the El Penon de Ifach in Calpe.I've been here many times and think its a beautiful part of Calpe .You can park along the road running up to the rock near the harbour and then walk along the road to the Nature Reserve and rock.
I really enjoyed going up the Montgo mountain viewpoint as the views were very beautiful and it was peaceful too.The drive up from Denia took about 15 minutes and as we drove up the views were very good.As you reach the top the road levels out and there are several places you can pull off.You can park up and walk to the edge and see the views along the coast.The Montgo mountain is very beautiful and green and even in December there were flowers out.Broom was in flower and there were lots of wild flowers too.The view point is a popular place and i can see why as it was so scenic.We went up here 3 times during our hol as it was so scenic.
From the viewpoint we could see Javea which is about 8kms from Denia.Javea has a lovely harbour and nice historic centre and you can still see parts of old fortifications that were once used to protect the town from invasions.Historic Javea has beautiful small winding streets and I loved walking along admiring the old houses that still stand today.The coastline around Javea is breathtaking and is again rocky and rugged and well worth looking at.Im not keen on the tourist part of Javea and tend to stick to the harbour and old town.
If you want to find coves that no one else will be at then goto Cape le Nao and Granadella Beach.Here I enjoyed the beautiful pine trees.South of Cape San Martin there is a great coatline that is quiet and scenic and we always go here.We quite often find our own private little cove with not a person in sight
Spain has a huge number of festivals and fiestas on each year.The best known is probably the San Fermin, the running of the bulls in Iruna(Pamplona),,July 6-14.Holy Week or Semana Santa(week before easter) is celecrated by wonderful processions in lots of towns.It is very big in Sevilla.Valencia has a great festival called Las Fallas De San Jose (March 12-19).
During San Isidro( 2 weeks from May 15) there are many operas, concerts and ballets performed in Madrid.
Festivals-Northwest Spain- Feast of St James. July 25th.Santiago de Compostela.This is a huge festival with a breath taking fireworks display and a mock burning of the cathedral facade.
Northeast Spain- Fiesta de San Fermines. July 6-14 is the running of the bulls in Iruna.
Fieasta de San Mateo is in September 21st and is the Logrono Grape Festival,
Eastern Spain is The Las Fallas de San Jose,,,Valencia March 12-19 a great range of fireworks and music.
Castilla-La Mancha&Extremadura...Womad(World of Music and Dance)...Begining of May and it includes international bands ranging from reggae to indian.
Andalucia and Murcia...Carnival in Cadiz is one month before easter.,,,,, Feria del Caballo(horse fair) April or May ,Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz.One of Andalucias biggest festivals and will get very busy.
Costa Blanca also has a huge selection of fiestas thought out the year of the Christians and the Moors.
Spain has national, regional and local holidays.Its hard to keep track of all of them as each town has its own saints day and has fiestas at different times etc.Here are the main ones but most places have at least 6 or seven others too.
January 1& 6(Epiphany)
May 1(May Day)
October 12(National Day)
November 1 (All Saints Day)
You can buy most soaps, creams and deodrants in Spain and if anything its probably a bigger selection there.Shops are as well equipped as England.Some of them have Tescos products in them too.What clothes you pack depends on what area and time of year you are going.Light clothes during the hot summer, t-shirts-shorts-sandles for during the day and something abit dressier for the evenings.Ive been winter and summer and found Costa Blancas climate very mild even in Feb.I wore trousers and t-shirt during the day and had a thick fleece with me for when the wind blew.
Bring prescribed medication along with you and Spanish chemists are also very helpful with medicines etc.
The costa Blanca,north has loads of beautiful coastal walks.Altea,Calpe,Javea,Denia and Oliva all have beautiful coastlines.Very natural and unspoilt and very mountainous.Do drive from Altea to Oliva as the scenery along this coast road is well worth seeing and you can always stop off at one of the many bars,cafes that you will pass along the way.
Vergel Safari Park-I had a great day out at El Vergel safari and wildlife park.Its about 4 miles from Denia.It has animals galore,a good dolphin show,childrens amuzements and a bar and resturant.You can drive your car through the lions and then walk around the park and see a huge variety of animals.There are prett gardens and plenty of places for snacks and drinks.
Denia,with its long sandy beaches,mount Montgo and its castle is a great town.You can climb the Mount and on a clear day,see Ibiza,which is 100km away.Denia takes its name from a Roman temple to Diana.Denia is a growing industrial town, with wood,plastics and toy making being the main things as well as tourism.
Here i am at the Cueva Agua Dulce(freshwater Cave) with its two lakes.These caves are just east of denia and a must see.They have a bar there too.Very peaceful and a welcome break from the hot sun.
Denia has a good nightlife too.Plenty of places to eat and or drink at.The main place for action is the coast road near the port.The restuarants and bars are very tasteful.Good quality.There is a handful of music bars etc too.Hook Bar is one good lively bar and there are a few others along seafront.See my restuarant tips for what places to try.And along the coastroad leaving Denia to Oliva there is a good selection of bars and places to eat along the way.You can simply pull off and walk to them.They are mostly along the road so as you drive along you will see them.Some are set up roads right on the beach which is very nice.Just park up and have a look.There are so many good places to eat and drink.
Denia is layed out well and has some tasteful shops and bars.There is a main road that runs along the coast and has a few but good restuarants and some trendy bars.There is then a road that leaves the seafront and heads inland with a great selection of shops and coffee shops and things such as banks and chemists etc.This street is lined with trees and is nice during the hot summer to sit in one of the trendy bars here and watch the world go by.There are several roundabouts that are kept spotless and there are some beautiful gardens along the seafront with tropical plants etc.You can park on the seafront and just walk along .It does get busy and parking can become hard at times.When it is busy finding a place on the seafront will be very hard.So it's better driving along abit and parking just past the harbour.I have spent hours walking around Denia.So much to see and do.
Hiring a car and driving inland is a great idea.We found going a few miles inland was like going to another planet.There are fields of almond trees and there is not a sound apart from the odd bird singing.You will come across small villages which dont even have a shop.Jativa"city of a thousand fountains" is well worth seeing.It has a huge fortress which was thought to be built by Hannibal around 219 B.C.The first ever paper in Europe was made here.Around the 11th century.It's wonderful walking around and seeing at the beautiful fountains.Well worth seeing i thought.Pego is another town about 5 miles from Denia worth a visit.The old town is very pretty.
The north beaches are also really nice.From Denia centre where the port and harbour is running north towards Oliva the coastline is flatter but still very pretty.Can can drive along and find loads of roads going right onto a number of great little beaches.I would say from the south where the road ends to the north there must be at least 10 miles of wonderful beaches.I enjoyed driving along the coast road from the port and pulling off where it says"Playa".Most roads have parking at the end and then you can access the beach.Some had a bar or two and a place to eat etc.As you drive along to Oliva the beach starts to turn from sand to pebbles.The main beach in Denia is very sandy and there are no buildings on the beach there as they are all on the other side on the road.Its only as you go further along the road towards Oliva that buildings are set on the beach.Most places along the beach are not too big and it looks quite natural.There are buildings for about 3 miles along the Denia to Oliva road and then they pitter out.Where my place is (Vergel)(Les Deveses) there are hardly no buildings at all.The beach there has only a couple of villas on the beach.But there is building about to start so i guess that will soon change.The nearest restuarant to my place is about half a mile called Bar Arizona.The beach there is wonderful and unspoilt and you can walk along for miles and the views along the coast are open and you can see forever.
La Almadraba is the only rocky beach to the north of Denia.This is where people do Octopus fishing.I really enjoyed walking along the south beaches as it was so peaceful.There are not any shops along the prom(south- past port) or anywhere to eat and i supose that's why it stays quiet as most people prefer the north beaches and beaches the other side of the port as there are places to eat and drink etc.The walk takes you along the prom for about one mile and then onto gravel and then onto a road that runs along the sea.There are small one story houses hanging on the cliffs and then a restuarant that looks more greek than Spanish.Hellios bar- rest had wonderful views and it had some Octopus hanging out to dry.This area was really beautiful.The food was really good.This place was popular with local people.The seating was right on the edge of the small cliff.If you carry on walking you reach another restuarant which was very nice and done great paella and then the road carries on about another 5 minutes to a dead end.This part of Denia is the place to go for relaxing and get away from it all.It was stunning.All in all the walk from the car park( free parking) just past port to the end of the road was about a mile and a half each way.I really enjoyed it.Next time i am going to take a picnic and go for the day.There are benches along the way and garden areas and places to find shade.The beach runs the entire length of the walk.The beach next to Hellios is rocky and had good rock pools etc.
Denia is set in a beautiful location.Beautiful green valleys and fields inland and rugged coastlines and stunning mountains.Denia is ideal for a family holiday destination as it is open all year and has miles and miles of sandy beaches.You can find long sandy beaches and rugged rocky coves.You can walk along in the south and find your own little private hidden cove.In the north, beaches such as Les Marines,Les Deveses (where my house is), Les Bassetes,Les Bovetes and Els Molins Bay are all flat and sandy or pebbley.Here there are plenty of places to eat and drink and this is where hotels and apartments are.
Going south past Denia port the coast changes.The water here is deep blue and the coastline is rugged and very unspoilt and quiet.El Gosset,Les Arenetes are some of these.You can park up just past Denia port and walk along a really long promenade south.The beach is sandy here and you have impressive views back into Denia and can see the castle over looking the town.The further you walk the beach slowly turns rocky and rugged.There are two nice places to eat along here too.Overlooking the sea.You can sit and watch ferries leave Denia port heading to the Canary Islands.
The most impressive building in Denia has to be the Town Hall.Romans have put inscriptions on the front on it and on the steps that lead upto the castle.The view from the castle grounds is amazing.I enjoyed sitting in the castle grounds enjoying the views along the coast and port.The Town Hall was built around the 16th century and in a Gothic style.The building has been lovingly restored.Opposite the hall is a church.It was built around 1604 by the Duke of Lerma.Then there is another church which was built in 1734 and has an impressive inside.High altar and beautiful sculptures etc.Esteve Bonet made them and are well worth looking at.In the church is a wonderful carving of a 16th century Virgin.The vestry holds a great collection of ornaments which i enjoyed looking round too.
Denia has a wonderful coastline which is contrasting.The north has flat sandy beaches and pebbley beaches.The south has rugged rocky beaches with small coves to be discovered etc.Les Marines is the most popular beach the north of Denia.The south beaches have the Montgo mountains backing them which makes them rocky.I enjoyed the south more as it was unspoilt and very peaceful.Les Rotes was a good area with a few hotels and apartments.Denia is layed out from the Arabs many years ago and has older features and modern that go together really well.There are many beautiful spots worth visiting in Denia.There are many beautiful gardens with med plants and flowers dotted around.
I went to Gandia for a day out .It is 32km North of Denia on the N-332.The town has wide promenades and 8 miles of good beaches.I enjoyed visiting the Palacio de los Duques(Palace of the Dukes of Gandia).The Palace is open to visitors and guided tours go several times a day.The Forth Duke of Gandia joined the Jesuit here after his wife died.Saint Francis Borja was who he became .The Palace is now a Jesuit college.You can visit his private Chapel etc.
You can reach Denia either from Alicante about 90km South or from Valencia which is about 90km North.Denia is the main town of the region(El Marquesat).The Costa Blanca begins here and the scenery here is wild and rugged and dramatic.The land is very fertile as the soil is rich in clay which helps retain water.Palms, carobs, oranges grapes and almonds are grown here.