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    Here is some history.

    by rachel_sun Written Jan 5, 2004

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    The costa Blanca region was under Moorish rule for about 500 years or more.They introduced better methods of growing veggies and also new veggies including rice and sugar cane and onions etc.They also taught people how to make irragation systems and make great gardens for growing veggies.They are also said to have gave the people the idea for fiestas and fireworks and pottery.
    In 1609 Philip 111 made the muslims of the area leave which was arounnd 300,000 people and these people were the key fruit and veggie growers and this was a huge blow to the area at that time.
    In the 18th-19th century the region was booming again as citrus fruits and grapes were grown.

    Calpe beach next to the Rock
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    You simply must try Paella while in Spain

    by rachel_sun Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    As Valencia has a strong arab influence from the Moorish rule most dishes contain rice.My favourite dish has to be meat paella which has rice, beans,garlic,chicken and other veggies and is lovely with lemon squeezed over it.Ive also tried the seafood one but prefer the meat paella.Valencia region has many dishes which include rice and in Alicante they make paella a la alicantina which has seafood in it.You can also get a dish called paella alicantina that has chicken and rabbit in which i found delicious.
    In Elche a dish called hidden treasure is a must try too.It has sausages, black pudding,chick-peas and pork meat balls in it and i really liked it.This has a crust over it made by beaten eggs.
    In Tabarca you can get rice cooked in squid ink.Ive not tried this yet.I think this is the dish ive seen called black rice and must try it sometime.

    Valencian paella
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    Stunning viewpoint to Calpe

    by rachel_sun Written Jan 5, 2004

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    AS we left Calpe on the road to Altea we saw a sign with a camera on it indicating a viewpoint.So we drove up a road that led us through some beautiful villas .It took about 10 minutes and we reached the top and found a car park and a picnic area.We parked up and saw a hill with pine trees and a road and a walk sign.Im pretty certain this area was called Cape Morro de Toix.It was a sunny late afternoon and we decided to walk up and see the views.The road wound round through trees and there were some beautiful wild flowers in bloom and some broom in bloom too.
    It took about 15 minutes to find the first viewpoint and it was worth the walk.We had impressive views of all of Calpe and its beautiful rock.It started spitting with rain but the pine trees gave us shelter and we kept going.We passed several hikers and other people enjoying the late afternoon sun.We walked about another 10 minutes and found another viewpoint with stunning views and it was then just starting to get dark and it looked really pretty.

    Cape Morro de Toix
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    Calpe beach front

    by rachel_sun Written Jan 5, 2004

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    Calpe has a pleasant seafront to one side of the rock and is worth seeing.It is built up but still nice and tidy and has nice gardens and nice places to stop and eat and drink.When i went in December it was very quiet and most things were closed.Most people were round the other side of the rock near the harbour area.There all the bars and restaurants were open and were very busy.Normally its the other way round.This part would be busy and the other more peaceful.But i supose this time of year not many people are on holiday and its mostly local people who live in the area and they eat at local restaurants and the tourist places shut.I think its nice this way as i can goto the harbour part during summer as thats quieter then and goto the promanded part in winter as thats quieter.

    Calpe promande
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    Caple has great walks

    by rachel_sun Written Jan 5, 2004

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    As we drove along coast road into Calpe we saw lots of signs saying beach this way.Lots of turnings off to bays etc.So we turned off at one about one mile before getting to Calpe just to see what was what.We came to a small parking area and decided to get out and have a walk.There were lots of beautiful villas and we saw some up for sale(yum).We walked through a path that lead to a cliff top coastal walk.There was a wooden fence that looked pretty new and a beautiful walk right along the cliff top all the way into Calpe.The views were stunning and the little bays and coves below were very scenic.There was a restaurant one end with a car park and the other we could see in the distance Calpe rock and the hotel zone.

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    Walk was really interesting

    by rachel_sun Written Jan 5, 2004

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    We walked along the path and it was full of palms and wild flowers and we could see into peoples luxury villas gardens and the sea below was again a beautiful deep blue.There were several little coves with steps down.One cove had a few people sitting in it and a huge giant banana plant.The steps were very steep and i decided not to go down as i felt abit funny as i had the flu.There were several little coves like this along the way and plces to stop off and admire the views.The views to Calpe were very impressive.I imagine this walk goes on for miles and we only covered a small part of it.

    stunning villas overlooking cliff in Calpe
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    Tropical Costa

    by rachel_sun Written Jan 5, 2004

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    This walk was really nice as the views were well nice and the sun was warm and the palms and flowers gave me the impression it was summer, not end of December.It was around 18c and there were other people walking along making the most of the fabulous sunshine.Thats why i love Spain so very much.You can get beautiful weather any time of year, even Xmas time.There was a restuarant that we wanted to goto for a drink but as i was feeling abit ill we skipped it.It looked very nice and had seats outside and i imagine the views from the place were pretty great.The walk is safe for all and child friendly and i say well worth doing as its very scenic and very calming and the flowers and palms etc are pleasant.I like that too that everything in Costa Blanca is still green and lush and some things still flower in December while back here in England everything is dead.I love the tropical feel of the Costa Blanca.It has a perfect climate and i see why so many things grow there now as the weather is simply superb.320 days of sun a year.Exellent.

    husband enjoying the clifftop walk
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    Denia has exellent sites

    by rachel_sun Written Jan 5, 2004

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    Denia has a church called Santa Maria and was built in 1734.It holds several sculptures by Esteve Bonet worth seeing and there is an impressive carved statue of a virgin well worth looking at.All around Denia the coastline is breathtaking.There are loads of sandy beaches to the north and rugged beaches to the south.Les Marines,Les Deveses(where my house is), Les Bassetes, Els Palmars are all in the north and are long and sandy.Around these beaches there are plenty of places to stop and or eat and drink.Plenty of shops and facilities for people.
    To the south the beaches are rocky and quiet with not alot about, but its well worth exploring as the water is a beautiful deep blue and its very relaxing and peaceful.
    The countryside around Denia is stunning.Mountains and valleys and beautiful little towns and orange groves.Xalo is well worth visiting as its wine and sausages are well worth sampling.Its about 18kms from Denia.I enjoyed going up Sierra del Montgo which are 753 metres above sea level and walking around at the viewpoint.There is several parking areas and short walks and on a clear day u can see Ibiza.There are caves on the mountains too.We also visited some remains on a cliff over looking Calpe.One side you can see down to Javea and Calpe and the other you can see down to Denia's coast.

    Montgo viewpoint at sunset
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    Sierra de Montgo

    by rachel_sun Written Jan 5, 2004

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    I have drove along the coastline from Les Arenetes to Cape San Antonio many times as its simply stunning.The mountains run along the coast and there are many beautiful coves and bays waiting to be found along the way.The sea is a wonderful clear blue colour and looks really inviting.There are several Moorish settlements worth looking at along the way too.Sorell,Cairola,La Solana and Benissit.Perched on the hills as you drive along.Its very impressive seeing these and they are worth going to see.Alcala valley has a great example of Moorish architecture.
    Along the coast from Denia to Javea are lots of caves that can only be reached by boat.Ive not explored them as yet and tend to the next time i go out.Cova Tallada is suposed to be very famous cave and well worth seeing.
    It is 150 metres deep and has a small freshwater lake and stalactites.I want to visit this next time im out in Costa Blanca.Another cave i want to see next time is the Calaveras Cave at Benidoleig.It is 400 metres in length and is said to have beautiful stalactites and stalacmites.

    greenery even in December
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    Caple viewpoint

    by rachel_sun Written Jan 5, 2004

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    We decided to head back as it was getting dark and there was no lighting along the road.The whole town looked beautiful as it all lite up.I will go back to this viewpoint as its well worth the great views and peaceful.The car park was large and was on two levels and there was seating and loos and a nice picnic area.Next time i will take a picnic and spend a day there.Its child friendly and the walk is suitable for all ages as the road it wide and flat and pretty safe.Wear comfy shoes as i did not.Take water during the summer as it will be hot.I did see a water fountain there but it may not be working so do take water.
    As we drove back down to the road i dribbled at the beautiful villas we passed and the stunning views that they must have.Calpe is a very nice town and i will go back many times.

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    Heaven

    by rachel_sun Written Jan 5, 2004

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    Here is the rug i bought over from England.The only thing i found hard to buy in Spain was a decnt rug.I looked in many shops but not many nice rugs around.Im so looking forward to moving to Spain and putting loads of tropical plants in my garden.And sitting on the roof terrace watching the stars.And even asking a vt friend or two over ;-)

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    Sausages

    by rachel_sun Written Jan 5, 2004

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    I enjoyed going into the local supermarket and buying a selection of meats , pates and sausages etc.I do like to try the local foods and am not frightened of trying anything really.I loved the tasty sausages and pates.They are not really that big here in England and it was nice seeing the vast selection in Spain in the local supermarkets.The sausage i bought was very garlicy and the pate very rich.I also tried the local wines of course ;-).I was going to goto Denia market which is held on Fridays but was ill so did not have the chance.But on my next trip im going to goto the market and buy some food from there rather than from the supermarket.

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    Orange Blossom Coast

    by rachel_sun Written Nov 9, 2003

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    The North Costa Blanca is known as the Orange blossom coast as it is filled with valleys of Orange blossoms.Calpe has high rise buildings but it has a beautiful wide bay backed by sierra, sandy beach, a working fishing harbor and the famous Penon de Ifach rising 1090 feet above the med.Just inland is the hilltop old town with the restored remains of a 16th century castle.

    Orange Groves everywhere
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    Trendy Altea

    by rachel_sun Written Nov 9, 2003

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    Altea is worth seeing as it has a beautiful seafront and harbour.It is a classy resort with a new and old section.The beach has a long sandy , deep blue crystal clear water and is lined with really nice bars,shops and restaurants.There are apartments lining the beachfront also.You can see Calpe rock in the distance.I enjoyed walking around Altea old town as well as along the beach as its very scenic and full of great shops, mostly arty.

    Altea Seafront
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    Altea and its Apartments

    by rachel_sun Written Nov 9, 2003

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    Altea has a good selection of apartments for sale and for rent.Its a very clean tasteful place and you feel kind of special there.There are a few estate agents selling a good selection of houses-apartments.As Altea is on the main coast road from Alicante to Denia its easy just to pull up and have a quick look.You will not regret doing so as the beach is very very nice indeed.

    Altea Seafront
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