The Costa Blanca- From Valencia to Calpe

Geographic notes:The Marina Alta" refers to the headland that reaches out towards the Balearics situated on the northernmost tip of the Costa Blanca. The Marina Alta is equidistant from Alicante to the South and Valencia to the North .The stabilizing effect of the seas temperature, ensures milder winters and more temperate summers compared to other coastal areas.The mountain ranges represent a vast catchment for local year's rainfall,which then flows into the low lying coastal areas via underground springs and reservoirs. Although the rainfall is rather meagre, the landscape is green and water shortages are extremly rare, providing 3000 hours of sun a year, as well as a unique micro-climate, perfect for our health, mind and all kind of sports activities.

Back in 2010, my sweet neighbors  inspired me to visit the Costa Blanca for the first time. This lovely family travelled on a regular basis, with 4 kids to their hometown nearby Valencia.Even after Christmas holiday, they  came back relaxed, suntanned and full of happiness. A good reason for me to discover how this could become my reality.

From Valencia Airport I drove by rental car along the sea-side on the left, down to direction Dénia. I was enchanted by the beautifull sea views, the open green valleys and the precious red flowers embellishing  the middle of the autovia. Dénia is the capital of the region of the Marina Alta. During summer times Dénia attracts many tourists not only because of  the long sandy beaches that can directly be accessible ( Las Rotas and the Marinas), but also because Dénia is one of the two cities in Spain ,recognized as UNESCO "Creative City of Gastronomy."In the city center, you can take a walk to the Castle that was built between the eleventh and twelfth century or have a visit at the Archaeological Museum. The center of Denia offers multiple terraces, excellent shops and a large choice of good restaurants.There is also a large port and an opportunity to use a regular high-speed ferry service to all the Balearic Islands. Each year, with the arrival of the month of May, the Puerto Deportivo MARINA DE DÉNIA, becomes the largest nautical showcase with a celebration of the Dénia Boat Show, a reference spot nationally and internationnally definetely worth to explore .

Jávea is located between Cabo de San Antonio and Cabo de la Nao sheltered by the massif mountain called Montgó, Locally known as the "Elephant's Head", this mountain dominates the landscape of Jávea. It's distinktive "trunk" extends to the sea at Cabo San Antonia, where its subterranean progress continues beneath the Mediterranean before erupting to the surface as Ibiza...

This "Tosca stone" mountain got designated as "Natural Park"and connects Denia to Javea.Back in the Roman times, "Tosca stone was originally quarried from the beaches of Javea and is still featured in arches and pillars in local buildings and lots of villas, until it recently got banned to preserve the beauty of nature.Javea has changed beyond recognition during the past forty years of its development but has still managed to maintain its initial spanish charm. The town has grown and developed in a T-shape parallel to the coastline, and consists of three distinct areas. The traditional spanish old town perched at the top of the hill, is home for many local inhabitants. You find here many shops ,lovely restaurants within a tangle of quaint passageways and a permanent covered market building close to the romantic church square. Not too far by foot, you find the harbour and the marina with its own market and a daily fish auction. Moving back southwards, along the waterfront past the magnificent Parador is the Arenal beach, a lovely sandy beach with clusters of palm trees to spend shade . Here you find a large choice of restaurants, tapas bars, shops , lounge bars, evening markets accompanied by laughter, music and entertainment. The first line seafront connects the Pueblo and Puerto which share a fair trade of shops,bars and restaurants too.

Jávea has many urbanisationes offering magnificient views of the sea and the Montgó-area, as well as a large choice of sports clubs.

The small coastal town of Moraira has grown from a tiny fishing village into an upmarket yacht marina. Often regarded as the Saint-Tropez of the Costa Blanca will you find an abundance of cosmopolitan restaurants and pretty boutiques.To protect the natural environment , the  town council passed laws in limiting the height of buildings. This little pearl of the of the Costa-Blanca has retained its charm  and consists mainly of individual villas and a few appartment blocks. The lovely sandy coves and the Playa del Portet make this a lovely place to relax and enjoy the views. 

From Moraira beach you see this emblematic rock in Calpe, the Peñon de Ifach which separates Calpe's wonderful sandy beaches. Calpe is midway between Altea and Moraira It combines its town marina with its traditional fishing port. offering a range of fresh fish and local food. You find here numerous modern hotels that attract a large number of holiday makers.

Inland towns are reachable within 15 mins. drive. You find here large and small Spanish towns and villages ,like Jalon,Teulada, Benissa, Orba, Pedreguer etc, They provide a mix of modern accomodation built to current or recent European standards, with the peace of solitude and the untouched,Spanish countryside with their fabulous valley views and a dramatic mountain backdrop.

I love street and flea markets, so a visit in the morning can be beneficial. This nice small town is home to many local people who reside in the traditional and spacious townhouses. They maintain the spanish heritage and their traditions by a street market and multiple traditional fiestas throughout the year.

From Luxembourg Airport you can directly access to Valencia or Alicante-Airport (in +-2h)

A spanish flight company, offers direct flights ,beginning in April 2021, from Luxembourg to Alicante.

From both airports -Valencia &Alicante, it takes   +- 1h drive to Dénia.

List of daily markets

Monday : Dénia,Parcent La Nucia,Santa Pola; Tuesday :Altéa,Sella,Orihuela,Murcia, Wednesday: Ondara,Polop,Orba; Benitachell, Teulada

Thursday : Gandia, Pego, Jávea,Benidoleig,Villajoyosa,Alicante

Friday : Oliva, Dénia,Moraira,Gata de Gorgos,Torrevieja

Saturday :Gandia,Benissa,Calpe,Pedreguer,Alicante,Santa Pola,Orihuela

Sunday: Benidorm ,Torremanzanas, Busot,Campo de Guardamar.