On the Northern Costa Blanca Region of Spain
The Jalon Valley is situated in the Northern Costa Blanca area of Spain. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and its climate is renowned as one of the best in Europe with all year sunshine.
There are almond plantations which have the most wonderful blossom in the spring turning the hillsides into a mass of pink candyfloss
Blossom on the hillside in Spring
There are vineyards which produce the grapes for the local Bodegas to brew their own wine. In September the farmers can be seen queing to have their harvest weighed. You can visit the Bodegas and buy the local wine.
Harvesting the grapes in Jalon in Autumn
The coast is only a short drive away where there are many beaches and ports. Denis, Javea and Moraira being the most popular.
Calpe beach from Ifach Rock
The cities of Alicante and Valencia are very historical and worth a visit. There are shopping malls. The main airport is at Alicante but Valencia is also accessible.
Awesome Architecture in Alicante
Valencia city Centre
The resort of Benidorm is approximately 40 mins drive away which has the nightlife and waterparks, Theme Parks shopping etc.
Flamingo Beach Benidorm
Costa Blanca Beaches
The Blue Flag waves over the beaches of the Land of Valencia, symbolizing clean water and quality beaches, equipped with a full range of installations and services.
466 km of coastline, where you can enjoy everything the sea has to offer. Clean, transparent waters caress the land's beaches, covered in fine, golden sands or wave-worn shingles. Impressive cliffs dominate the horizon, watching over solitary coves.
You can enjoy warm water temperatures in summer and autumn, and excellent solariums in winter. You have a wide variety of beaches to choose from: quiet, family beaches; bustling, cosmopolitan beaches; isolated coves hidden under towering cliffs; beaches on the shores of the city.
466 KM OF COASTLINE FOR YOU TO ENJOY
In the Land of Valencia you can sunbathe or swim at beaches internationally known for their quality, Like Benidorm; beaches with golden sands Like Gandia, Guardamar, Oropesa del Mar, Alicante or Sagunto; fine beauty spots, such as Pelñiscola, with the castle of Pope Pedro de Luna (Benedict XIII) in the background; hidden coves in Benissa and Teulada/Moraira and Javea...
They all form a coastline sharing one common feature:
clean water and well-tended beaches with a range of services. Each year the EC awards blue flags for the region's clean beaches, making the Land of Valencia one of the tourist areas with the most blue flags in Europe.
What to do in Alicante province
- Discover the delights of Benidorm, the Mediterranean's finest tourist resort.
- In Alicante, go for a promenade along the seafront Explanada, and see the worlis of artists such as Alfaro, Canogar, Mompo, Tàpies, Miró, Picasso, Gris or Chillida in the Euseblo Sempere Museum.
- Enjoy the magnificent beaches and coves along the Costa Blanca. From Denia to Pilar de la Horadada, you'll find beaches for all tastes: quiet coves, bustling beaches, with either sand dunes or fine shingles.
- Visit Orihuela to see an exceptional ensemble of gothic, renaissance and baroque monuments.
- In Santa Pola you can try a delightful caldereta de langosta, the towns famous Lobster stew. From the harbour, you can make a trip to the island of Tabarca and enjoy the magnificent marine scenery.
- Experience the nightlife on the Costa Blanca: discos and pubs, cafe's and terraces where you can have a drink or an ice-cream, casinos, dance halls... Boredom is out of the question!
- Commune with the elements in the beautiful nature parks of Font Roja in Alcoy, or the Penón de Ifach in Calpe.
- Travel inland to the districts of Vinalopó Mitja and Vinalopo Alto, and discover castles, excellent cuisine and fine wines (Monóvar, Novelda, Sax, Villena, Biar, Aspe, Monforte del Cid and Petrer).
- As a souvenir of your visit, choose some locally-made ceramics from the towns of Agost, Orba or Biar, or an article in wickerwork, rush or esparto in Gata de Gorgos.
- Climb the San Antonio cape or the Montgo mountain and enjoy a good meal with a view over the blue Mediterranean and the steep coastal cliffs.
- Visit the town of Elx and stroll through the only palm forest in Europe.
- Go beachcombing across the sand dunes in Guardamar del Segura and have a refreshing swim in the sea.
- Do some trekking in the Bernia sierra. You can cross the entire crest of the mountains at one thousand metres above sea level, with magnificent vistas.
- Sail along the coast of Ia Marina and enjoy a spectacular view of the coast. Dénia, Jávea, Teulada, Moraira, Calpe, Altea, La Vila Joiosa are seafarer's havens, with lots of opportunities for fun in the sun, taking a rest and relaxing.
- Listen to some nostalgic habaneras in the casino of Torrevieja, after seeing the local salt flats and getting a tan on the beach.
JALON VALLEY INFORMATION
|ALCALALÍ area information|
Alcalalí is located in the Pop Valley and was originally a Moorish village, as can still be witnessed by the traditional almond and orange crops and the rius-raus (drying houses). The village was originally a Moorish farmstead that was depopulated when the Moors were expelled in 1609. The village is situated in the Pop Valley, half way between Jalón and Parcent; its 842 inhabitants are mainly involved in agriculture, especially grapes and oranges, which are grown on fertile lands irrigated by the Girona River. Llosa de Camacho, the small Seguili Sierra and the Coll de Rates - one of the entry points to the Marina Alta from the Marina Baixa - are all located within its district.
|BENIDOLEIG area information|
Benidoleig is a small farming village with 783 inhabitants located at the foot of the Sierra de Seguili. It is a peaceful village with steep windy streets with views of the surrounding vines and almond and olive trees - the main economic activity of the village. The Calaveras (skulls) Cave is the attraction of the village. The cave obtained its name from the 12 skulls that were found in its interior when it was discovered in 1768. Cavanilles established that these were the skulls of Moors who had died during earlier explorations of the caves. Bronze and Neolithic remains have also been discovered in the cave. A 400 metres passage inside the cave ends up at an interior lake.
|BENISSA area information|
Benissa is located on the windy coastal road between Valencia and Alicante, and has a white church similar to the churches painted by Constable. The Church called the 'Cathedral of the Marina Alta' was constructed in the 'twenties by pious masons from Benissa who used their own physical strength and monetary contributions to build it. The church was consecrated during the 'Festival of St Peter the Apostle in 1929' and measures 56 metres in length and 29 metres in width. It includes a magnificent altarpiece in honour of the venerable patron saint of the village, the Blessed Xiquet and a statue attributed to Juan de Juanes. When visiting the cathedral, the curious light shining through the roof onto the altar is not to be missed. Interesting walks can be taken through the village starting from the Ayuntamiento -the former Hospital for the Poor - where you can see the magnificent 'huerta' and the beginning of the track used by the ancient ribereros (the workers who emigrated from Benissa to harvest rice on the Valencia coast). On the calle Purísima observe the iron grilles on the white houses bedecked with flowers - the town is reminiscent of Montilla and Albaicín in Granada. The streets of the town are mainly narrow and deserted, enabling a peaceful walk through the most interesting places in the town such as the Casa de la Cultura and the Lonja de Contratación (exchange building)- Benissa's oldest building and the Museum of Ethnography. The medieval centre of Benissa is situated around the ancient prison, which today serves as a Casal de la Joventut (Youth Centre). The municipal district has not been re-developed on a large scale and its 4 km coastline still offers small quiet beaches. These include Fustera -a fine sandy beach with a range of services -, the Cala Pinets and L' Advocat, which combines rocks and sand. Finally, the Cala Baladrar is a shingled beach. Marine excursions and water sports such as diving and fishing can all be enjoyed on these beaches.
|LLÍBER area information|
Llíber is the smallest village (498 inhabitants) in the Vall de Pop region, situated next to the Jalón River (also called Gorgos) in a fertile valley whose northernmost reaches form the Sierra de Bernia and the Sierra del Castell de la Solana. The village has been traditionally linked to the nearby Jalón, from which it gained its independence. Its economy is based on agriculture, mainly dry-land crops, in particular grapes, oranges and almonds, and the traditional riu-raus (drying houses) once used for drying raisins can still be seen. Wine is also produced and marketed under the 'Vall de Xaló' by the Virgen Pobre cooperative; muscatel wines are a speciality.
|PARCENT area information|
Parcent is the first village encountered after descending the Coll de Rates from the direction of Benidorm via Callosa d'En Sarriá. The village is located in a green orchard in which almonds, oranges and vines abound. In the words of Gabriel Miró, who lived in the village and whose house still provides a reminder of his stay, Parcent is a 'Paradise between the Mountains' and it was here that he wrote the book entitled 'Del vivir'. Parcent provides access to the fertile Pop valley and the economy of the village essentially resides in the growing of almonds and oranges. The famous traditional 'riu-raus' where the raisins were dried can still be seen. Today it is more common for the villagers to work on the coast whilst still maintaining their houses in the village.
|SENIJA area information|
Senija is a village traditionally linked to Benissa, and only the A-7 motorway separates the two. The village is located at the foot of a small mountain and almost appears to be a continuation of it. There is a view over the fertile Plá valley from the mountain. The production of raisins has been the traditional occupation of the village, and is the source of the wealth of the modern Marina Alta. Today the inhabitants are primarily involved in farming, especially of citrus fruits and olives. The provision of services to the neighbouring populous costal villages is another activity.
|JALÓN/XALÓ area information|
In 1472 the Moors living in Jalón sent a selection of wines to the Valencian Court and negotiated with traders in Jávea the sale of a product which in time would become the base of Marina Alta's economy: raisins produced in the traditional 'riu-raus'. Jalón's wines belong to the 'denominación de origen' of Alicante and raisins are still produced in small quantities. Today Jalón is the capital of the Pop valley and is a lively city with craft shops, wine cellars, restaurants and other establishments offering a range of services to tourists. Each Saturday a large flea market is held in the area of the Azud that specializes in antique furniture.
The Jalon Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty nestling under the Sierra Bernia mountains with the vineyards and almond and orange groves. Far from the madding crowds but only a short drive to the white sandy beaches of the Costa Blanca. You can drive over the hills to Guadalest a fortified village with narrow streets. On the way you will pass the Fonts de Lagua where you can swim or paddle in the waterfalls and pools.
The choice of restaurants in the Jalon valley is exceptional, with excellent quality and value for money, and range from excellent traditional Spanish cuisine to superb traditional English Sunday roast!
The climate here is superb. On average, this region has 325 sunny days a year with the best all year round temperatures in Spain, warm sunny spring and autumn seasons, mild winters and hot summmers cooled by the gentle mountain breezes
The apartment is ideally placed for golf with around 12 courses within about an hour. These include three championship courses Oliva Nova, La Sella and El Saler.
Oliva Nova, 18 hole championship Severiano Ballesteros designed golf course, 25 minutes drive. La Sella, Javea, 18 hole golf course, 20 minutes drive Altea Hills, 9 hole golf course but challenging, 20 minutes drive.
We are golfers ourselves and would be delighted to give you further information about golf courses on the Costa Blanca to suit all abilities.
The apartment is located among the vineyards with views to the Sierra Bernia mountains. There are excellent drives through these mountains and valleys with many small villages, restaurants and bars. Out of season there are also many excellent walks and in spring the wild flowers and blossoms are a delight.
The Marina Alta mountains are one of the Mediterranean's best kept walking secrets. Walks range from pretty valley strolls (some from the front door of the apartment) to 4,500 foot rugged mountain rock scrambles and spectacular ridge walks. The area is very popular also for cyclists, both road and mountain. Horse riding pony trekking and climbing are available locally.
There are wonderful beaches within 15 to 20 minutes drive .. the resorts of Javea, Denia, Calpe and Gandia are the closest and offer clean and safe bathing as well as restaurants and shops.
There are also harbours and marinas at Moraira, Javea and Calpe which are interesting especially when the fishing boats dock.
The theme/water parks of Terra Mitica, Natura Park, Aqualandia and Mundomar are located near Benidorm about 40 minutes drive away. The Vergel Safari Park is 30 minutes drive away.
the apartment is situated approximately 50 minutes by car from Alicante Airport (to the south) and approximately 75 minutes by car from Valencia Airport (to the north). Alicante Airport has many low-cost flights from the UK and we would also highly recommend Valencia Airport with an increasing number of airlines using its facilities. We would be delighted to forward you information of low-cost airlines we have used ourselves as well as car hire information.
The Jalon Valley has dozens of rustic country restaurants serving local cuisine and wines at exceptional prices. There is much to enjoy in this beautiful and un-spoilt part of Spain. The climate is superb, warm and sunny spring and autumn seasons, mild winters and of course hot summers, perfect for all outdoor activities. There is fell-walking, mountain-biking and horse-riding in the valley for the energetic and excellent golf courses on the Costa Blanca within very easy access. We are happy to advise on golf courses, handicap requirements, green fees and tee booking procedures. Lovely beaches and coastal resorts are approx 20 - 30 mins drive away. Benidorm and its theme parks and endless facilities are approximately 40 mins drive away. Local markets are a great source of clothing, shoes and leather goods and in coastal resort towns nearby you will find many elegant boutiques. We have much information and experience of the local area, the coastal resorts and the area further inland of the Jalon Valley and would be delighted to pass this on to you to help make your stay more enjoyable. We can recommend restaurants, bars, shopping, in fact anything you need to know.
Taste the local wine at the bodegas in Jalon town. Saturday morning "rastro" bric-a-bric market
Inland from Calpe, and north of the mess of Benidorm lies the Xalo (Jalon) valley, along the Costa Blanca.
Surrounding, is some of the best , limestone crags in Spain.
We stayed in the village of Alcalali in the Xalo Valley at Casa Almar. Our trip was very expertly managed by the very friendly folk at Rock & Sun who do great climbing long weekends which we took full advantage of.
Tom and I used the Rockfax guide for the Costa Blanca which is a brilliant guide book to climbs in the area. We climbed climbed Toix West, just south of Calpe, Gandia to the north, and some local crags near Alcalali.