Local Area Information
The Costa Blanca is Spain's White Coast and stretches over 200 km from Murcia in the south to Denia in the north. Spain's 3rd and 5th largest cities, Valencia and Alicante respectively, boast two of Spain's busiest airports, making the Northern Costa Blanca one of the most accessible areas in Europe. It is known, among other things, for its excellent quality of life, the open-minded character of its people and the wealth of opportunities on offer. It applies particularly in the fields of education and culture and in the world of sport and leisure.
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Between Altea and Denia, lies the area of the Marina Alta. The World Health Organization has proclaimed this area as one of the healthiest climates in the world, with an average of 300 sun-kissed days a year, 87 blue flag beaches (www.blueflag.org
), 11 Flags for their marinas, with Spain in general receiving the highest number of eco-labels worldwide, clean and healthy air. Enclosed by the Sierra Bernia mountain range and with the Mediterranean shores, the local microclimate ensures mild winters and tolerable summers. It has a wide range of public and private hospitals, combine this with the assurance provided by a system of law enforcement that works, makes this area an ideal place to holiday or to live and work.
This is a popular destination for people moving here permanently and for those preferring to enjoy their holidays in style. Modern infrastructure and easy access to two international airports within an hour's drive, is ensuring that the demand for properties on this coastline remains strong.
Unlike other regions on the Costa Blanca, Moraira's original charm and beauty remains and is widely known as "The Jewel of the Costa Blanca", this beautiful Spanish town is a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life".
The Local Authority has exerted strong planning control and prevented the development characteristic of other Spanish coastal resorts and terrain, sloping gently from the coast into the pine-clad foothills, provides views of the coastline uncluttered with high-rise buildings.
Moraira is still a small and very pretty fishing port with a modern yacht marina and individual whitewashed holiday villas. Situated between Javea and Calpe, Moraira hosts up-market bars and restaurants set amongst spectacular views of the Mediterranean and dramatic mountainous scenery.
Moraira has relatively few hotels and no high-rise apartment blocks therefore, it has not fallen victim to the package holiday market. With a perfect blend of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and beautiful boutiques, this is the most exclusive area on the coast. Moraira's three main beaches are perfect golden sandy bays with fantastic views. Swimming is safe and even at the busiest times the beaches are relatively un-crowded. On the other side of the port, below the old stone watchtower is the beach of El Portet, a Blue Flag beach with outstanding views which is a favorite for families.
The coast has plenty of water sports to offer such as Jet Ski hire, water skiing, deep sea fishing, diving tuition and equipment hire, windsailing, hobi cats for hire, sailing bare back, charter or with skipper and kayaking. As well as the numerous water sports on offer, the beaches boast cafe bars, children's play areas, disabled access, port-a-loos in summer and are located within easy walking distance to town.
Close to the town are further amenities for the more active such as Sol Park Tennis Club, Go-Karting, Mini Golf, Ifach Golf Club, mountain bike hire, horse riding and sign posted walks. Between the port and sandy beach are the remains of an old Moorish castle and a tiny chapel steeped in history which is the central point for many fiestas, open air concerts and impressive firework displays. At night children are well catered for with most restaurants welcoming children of all ages.
Family fun can be found opposite the town centre where an excellent permanent fair ground resides. There are many small rides, mostly suitable for the young but even adults can participate in the bumper cars and hover boats. Alternatively there are safe playgrounds situated in the centre of town with lighting. Once they are finished at the fair why not choose from one of several places that serves every flavor of ice cream or browse the stalls of the colorful street market nearby. Whether you wish to fit as much as possible into your visit or simply watch the world go by, you will be smitten by this unique town with its charms which will entice you back time and time again.
A friendly typically Spanish village of narrow cobbled streets, colourful houses and stunning mountain and sea views. The village of Benitachell is situated only 10 minutes inland from Moraira, the pace of life here is gentle and timeless. Every day people fetch water from the natural springs in the village, gather for a chat in the covered market and meet up for lunchtime tapas at one of the many village bars. ??From their villages centre, Benitachell leads gently down to its craggy coast and on to the urbanization of Cumbre del Sol. Cumbre is the coastal area of Benitachell where the 100m high cliffs drop down into the shimmering sea below.
Cumbre del Sol has a mixture of individual villas on private plots, town houses and apartments with communal swimming pools all surrounded by protected green areas and breath taking sea views. The urbanization itself is well equipped with bars, restaurants, shops, banks, chemist, supermarket, sports and leisure facilities, viewpoints, secluded 'Moraig' pebble beach and Los Tiestos cove.
Benissa is a town engulfed in history and located some 4 km from the coast. The road to the coast is tapered with terraced hills, home to fertile citrus-orchards, olive trees, almonds and vineyards. Its coastline is peppered with small coves and beaches nestled between pinewoods.
Nestling between impressive mountains, Javea's large sandy beaches are sheltered by surrounding rocky coves, giving it safe calm waters and a magnificent surrounding landscape. Javea is located between the capes of San Antonio and La Nao. La Nao is the eastern most point of Spain's coastline. Javea has a mild all year round climate and the Montgo Mountains that lie behind Javea town are now in part a protected nature reserve that is clearly visible wherever you are in Javea.??
The bustling "Arenal" beach offers fine sand and shallow waters. Its many services include: play areas for children, natural and artificial shade, small motor boat and skate hire, restaurants, cafes and ample parking facilities making this a superb choice for a family holiday destination in the sun. The beach promenade comes alive at night with market stalls selling many gifts and tourist souvenirs, modern bars and nightclubs. Javea old town has an interesting historical centre with tosca porticoes, gothic windows, churches, a small marina, and quaint narrow streets with individual boutiques.
Denia, the capital of the Marina Alta, is a modern working city offering both visitors and residents a wide range of services. Denia is located in the north of the Alicante province, with over 20 km of long stretches of fine sandy beaches and is typically Spanish town excellent for shoppers and tourists alike with banks, travel agents, boutiques, museums and the main hospital.
Access is easy by car and rail, with the train stopping at three major places, the centre, the Monday market and the hospital.
The bustling shopping centre, offering a range of designer and modern clothing, is to be found by walking from the port towards the 16th century castle. This tree-lined avenue is a great place to sit outside one of the many coffee bars to watch the cosmopolitan lifestyle and admire the historical architecture.
Denia is fronted by clean beaches that extend to either side of the town, interrupted only by the traditional fishing port and modern marina. By night, Denia takes on a different atmosphere and it is worth venturing out in the late hours to discover the stylish Spanish bars, with their small court yards, offering tapas and entertainment until the early hours of the morning. Two main Fiesta events for the town are the "Fallas" in March and the "Bous de Mar" in July.
Calpe is one of the more touristy areas on the coast and has grown in popularity among Europeans as a favourite holiday destination. There are 11 Km of outstanding sandy beaches, which hold blue flags for cleanliness. Calpe will surprise you with its vivid contrast, the town is split in two by the Ifach Rock. The north side of the rock has seen the development of modern apartment buildings and hotels, whilst the south side is steeped in history and culture.
The rock itself is a 332 ft nature reserve, which is open to the public, with the best views of the whole coast. ??Calpe has a wonderful modern marina that sits alongside the old fishing port, which is home to some of the best seafood restaurants in the area.
The glazed blue dome of Altea's church can be seen from miles around and is a symbolic image of the Costa Blanca. Altea is one of the prettiest towns in the Costa Blanca, approx 10 Km from Benidorm. Altea's old town entails a steep climb of around 200 steps to the Plaza de la Iglesia. From here the views of whitewashed houses and tiled roofs direct the eye towards the sea.
Cafes and restaurants are in abundance, together with the small art galleries in the side streets.?? Altea has wonderful views and the protection from the cold winds by the mountains behind. The Tuesday morning market is one of the biggest on the Costa Blanca and offers shoes, leather goods, lace, clothes, jewellery and assorted goods.