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The village of Polop is located inland in the Costa Blanca North in an area known as the Marina Baja (Baxia). The local economy is based mainly on agriculture, almond, citrus fruits and olive trees are among the major crops so much of the surrounding countryside is covered in polythene to act as giant greenhouses.
The village is a delight to explore and perfect for a morning or afternoon stroll. The hill, where the old castle used to be is encircled by a medieval wall, and is a 'must' to walk up you will also find the old Municipal Cemetery here. Follow the zig zag path and you'll be well rewarded with some fabulous views.
25th November 2020, Good news for Polop Castle. This is now being repaired and once work is completed will be musealized, similar to other local places such as Tossal de la Cala and the Benidorm viewing point, EL MIRADOR de la Punta del Canfali
On a clear day you can see right to Albir and Altea on the coast and inland to Callosa and the Sierra Bernia. You'll be able to make out the Leon Dormido (mont Ponoch Mount Ponoig 1,180.) - the sleeping lion mountain which sits behind Polop.
Take a wander round the narrow streets of the town centre. The streets of Polop are typical like many of the villages in Alicante. Many of them are single-family houses with typical mountain architecture. Because of this they have large wooden doors and wrought iron balconies, you will see the residents with their chairs outside in the streets talking to neighbours.
The San Pedro church halfway up the hill is a focal point in the village. This church has been restored but there is a story that states that it did not have a roof in the sixteenth century. And that masses had to be celebrated in the castle....
if you visit on a Wednesday there is a small street market in the morning.
Also worth visiting is the museum of Gabriel Miro who was a famous writer and poet who lived in Polop in the early 1900’s. His house has been turned into a fantastic museum and entry is free.
The City council acquired the museum dedicated to Gabriel Miró in 2011. It is located on the Plaza de los Chorros. The great and unrepeatable writer, Gabriel Miró stayed for long periods of times in Polop and liked to walk. These walks inspired him to write one of the famous works of universal literature, Años y Leguas (Years and Leagues). The Museum is really worth a visit, and it is completely FREE. Objects that were important in his life decorate it. In addition, the same building houses the tourism office, so it is ideal to stop to ask for information and grab a map.
The main town square is famous for its natural “Fonts” El Fuente de los chorros and has over 200 individual outlets that draw people from far and wide for its waters, you will still see locals fill bottles of fresh water for use at home.
Costa Magic museum which houses the works of Antonio Marco, who has created scenes of the Valencian community in miniature. You can see the Cathedral of Valencia, the mirador of Benidorm to name just 2 of the fantastic scenes he has created in miniature. Antonio Marco is famous for creating the Belen and dolls house museum in Guadalest and the works that he has displayed in the Costa Magic museum are totally different and dedicated to the Valencian community, architecture, agriculture and transportation and it is definitely worth a visit. Usual cost to enter the museum is around 6€
Other places to see
The square of the sculptor Ginés
The Plaza de la Ermita de San Roque for beautiful views of the town.
The avenue of Emilio Sagi-Barba, the old royal access road to Polop.
Casa del Pósito
The Chapel of the Aurora, Church of San Pedro
Leisure area - L’Hort de Baldó with its lookout house which served as a sentinel point of the Canal gully as it passed between the towns of Polop and La Nucia this is now a recreation area with children´s playground and picnic area
Parc Pont - The natural area "El Pont", in the old river bed, has picnic areas, leisure areas for the little ones and a natural steam that runs through the area.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF POLOP
The history of Polop dates back to the Iberian culture. The castle present at top of the hill of this city established it as a strong military enclave in the history. The castle of Polop was ruled by Sheikh Abderrahman Alastami Mahomet during 1928. It was then occupied by El Cid in 1090. From then till date, Polop was conquered many times by various emperors such as Arabs Polop, Alazrach, Abenhafar Hamez and so on. The history of Polop is quite long and witnessed numerous battles.
Hardly anything remains of the ancient castle of the twelfth century. Originally from Muslim origin, it was built on the remains of an Iberian fort before the Romans conquested it. After it was dismantled in the civil war, the site was changed into a cemetery.
The El Cid local legend?
Cid Campeador (El Cid), whose real name was Rodrigo Diaz Vivar, the famous military leader in the 11th century Spain, was apparently in the area where he learnt that there was a cave full of treasures belonging to al-Mundzir, the emir of Denia. El Cid sieged the castle and when it surrendered after a few days, removed all the treasure. “The Cave of Cid” can be found just under the ruins of the castle.
The Bloody Baptism
Until the 16th century, the population of Polop and its surroundings were mostly Moorish, but in the village of Polop one of the most tragic events in the history of moors took place.
The events started with a revolt in the Kingdom of Valencia and Mallorca by the artisan guilds (Germanías or Brotherhoods) during the rule of King Charles V. It was an anti-monarchist, anti-feudal movement and the rebels were also hostile towards the local Muslim population.
The Muslims from Polop and the surrounding villages locked themselves in the castle in the hopes of finding shelter. The rebels lured them out promising to spare their lives if they were baptized into Christianity, around 800 moors agreed to convert, however soon after their agreed baptism, they were all beheaded. The rebellion was soon crushed and its leaders executed. The whole area was depopulated and it took decades until life come back to the area.
As with every town there are various fiestas held during the year, The Porrat de Polop de la Marina festival is held in mid-August and is probably the most popular in the town. This fiesta generally includes a traditional Humor Parade in which local clubs take to the streets in disguise, eager to party, a solemn mass and the Floral Offering to the Virgin of the Assumption a solemn mass and Pilgrimage of San Roque and on the last day, children's activities are organized and a mass is also celebrated for the deceased of Polop and the farewell of the music bands to end.
How to get to Polop
Drive via AP-7 or N-332 from Alicante by taking CV-70 route, 20 min drive 13km
Taxi - 16 - 20€ each way
Guadalest, Spain - The Eagle's Nest carved into the Mountain
Located on the CV-70, 25 km from Altea, is the village of Guadalest. Occupying one of the most stunning positions in Spain, this small village is precariously perched on the pinnacle of a granite mountain, giving fabulous views across the valley carved out by the River from which the village takes its name.
Getting to Guadalest by the twisting road that climbs ever upwards, passing through the village of Polop, is almost as spectacular as the position of the village, but the breath taking views make the drive worthwhile even for the more nervous passengers!
Guadalest by bus -The No. 16 goes from the Plaza Triangular every day ... but only once a day, The bus starts in La Cala Finestrat at 9:45am, reaching the top of the Avd Mediterraneo at 10:05am and the Rincon de Loix at 10:10am. A single journey costs 3.90€. The journey time from the triangle is a little over an hour, passing through La Nucia, Pollop before heading onto the mountain road. The return bus departs at 1.30pm giving you approx 2 hours in Guadalest. llorentebus for details click on the link just in case times have changes.
On reaching Guadalest you can see why the Moors, who constructed castles to defend the area, considered this place a site of strategic importance.
Quadalest castle was built by the Moors in 715AD, was an important strategic point at various times in history. It suffered quite a lot of damage from a major earthquake in 1644 and during the Spanish War of Succession in the early 18th century.
However the building you will see on most of the postcards is the whitewashed bell tower of Penon de la Alcala which seems to cling to the mountain face.
The old village and castle can only be accessed through a 15 foot tunnel carved from the rock and when you reach the other end and see the ancient houses, you seem to have been transported to another time and age.
Below the Portal de San Jose
Guadalest has plenty of museums, so you can learn more about its history, little crafts shops and places to buy a souvenir of your visit. Costing only a few euros the visit through the tunnel to the village is definitely worthwhile as the castle tour (starting at 10am) takes in the dungeon (great for the kids) and offers fantastic views across the valley from cobbled footpaths and lookout points.
The population of only 200 people now dedicates itself entirely to tourism, hence some of the area's best museums being located here. If you want to be transported to another world when land was fiercely defended, don't miss a trip to the village of Guadalest!
The Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros (Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum) has more than 20.000 salt and pepper shakers from all over the world!
Andrea Ludden has collected for more than 30 years, and has another museum in the USA, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which has another 20.000!
The museum is at Avenida de Alicante 2, El Castell de Guadalest, 03517 Alicante, directly on the main parking area, and is totally accessible, with no stairs or climbs. It is entertaining, educational, and apt for the whole family. The children love it!
Dolls House Museum
This museum is the work of one man Antonio Marco and has taken him 15 years to complete.
It is a private museum which opens every day of the year. You can see beautifully decorated doll houses with intricate details, a Nativity Scene and other models made from real bricks, stone and iron. The interiors are exact replicas of authentic houses.
A particularly interesting scale model is the one of a giant Bethlehem. This nativity scene weighs 12 tons and in the style of the early 20th Century. It has received many awards from tourist associations, and the compliments of the Spanish Royal Family.The Nativity Scene required 20 years for its construction, and it is made without using cork, plastic, cardboard, or paint. Instead stone, tile, brick, wood, iron, natural plants and bonsai were employed.
This museum has two very different collections - : miniatures that you inspect with a magnifying glasses and giant sculptures.
Among the miniatures to be seem are:-
This museum exhibits instruments of torture and execution.from Medieval times to the 20th century. Situated in the old town of Guadalest.
The museum is very interesting and has many different kinds of torture devices that have been used throughout Europe. All of them were quite barbaric including the impaling device and a device I like to chop heads off.
The museum contains over 100 motorcycles and several small cars from the 1920's to the 1970's which have been restored over the last 25 years. It is open everyday except Saturdays from 10.30-18.00 in the winter and 10.30-19.00 in the summer.
Guadalest Tourist Office: Tel. (+34) 965 885 298
Guadalest Reservoir, Embalse de Guadalest
The dam was built across the Guadalest River between 1953 and 1964 and is 73 meters high, 270 meters long and supplies water to many towns and villages in the area, including Benidorm.
You can drive across the dam and along the North side of the lake by taking the turning marked "Embalse de Guadalest" on the road from Guadalest to Callosa. It is also just 5kms by a minor road from Abdet. Follow the (camino rural) road from the bottom of the village all the way to the bridge on the West side of the lake. You could park near here.
Enjoy a lovely walk around the Lake, on minor roads and paths, The journey is about 12.7km (7.9 miles). see map below.
The Guadalest dam is a great place for fresh water fishing, but you'll need a licence.
The green colour is caused by tiny particles of silt suspended in the water. It is perfectly safe to swim in, although not suitable for small children or poor swimmers as the water soon gets very deep. The best access for swimming is from the car parking area at the dam. Go through the gates (where it says dangerous swimming "peligro de bano") you will find some access paths down to the shore.
Did you know that Guadalest has been a location for a number of films? The town has been the backdrop to a number of popular films like “My Life in Ruins”, the sequel to the successful “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. One of its producers was Tom Hanks! In the film, part of the town’s main plaza and panoramic views of the Guadalest Basin substitute for Greece.
Guadalest in 1940
La Nucia is a municipality of the Marina Baixa (21km2), Alicante, in the Valencian Community. It borders the municipalities of Altea, Callosa d'En Sarrià, Benidorm which is only 10km away, Polop and L'Alfàs del Pi.
The name derives from the Arabic word Naziha ("delicious"). It was given by king James I of Aragon to Beltran de Bellpuig. At the beginning of the seventeenth century. La Nucia became an independent municipality in 1705, after splitting from the barony of Polop.
La Nucia overlooks fields of fruits and vegetables and has become a popular place for expats to live as it is so close to the coast. Popular urbanizations in La Nucia include: Barronco Hondo, Colloma, Bello Horizonte and El Tossal.
La Nucia is very much a small town and so accommodation is limited. If you can’t find a room in La Nucia try looking at Altea or of course hotels in Benidorm.
Things to to
In the town you find different architectural styles, in the old town area there are picturesque Gothic buildings; the old Hermitage of San Vicente Ferrer, the Purísima Concepción Parish; the magnificent Library Building.
Wander around the old quarters, where you will find well-kept traditional townhouses adorned with colourful potted plants.
Visit the the main town square (Plaza Mayor) where you will find the 18th century Immaculate Conception Church and the Town Hall which is a beautifully restored historical building, in the Plaza Mayor you will also find typical terrace cafés where you can enjoy a cool drink and tapas in the summer and hot chocolate with ‘churros’ in winter!
Immaculate Conception Church
In the main street, there are supermarkets, shops, bars and restaurants.
It is also worth visiting: the Avenida Portilla viewpoint, the Plaza de los Musicos.
General market - Every Monday in the Plaça-Auditori de Les Nits, Opposite the auditorium in the town hall square
La Nucia/Polop weekly market and Rastro - Every Sunday Pol. Ind. l'Alberca, 03530 La Nucia, Alicante, 8 - 2 make your way to the southern end of La Nucia and at "Rotunda 1", roundabout number 1, follow the roadsigns for Guadalest.
Font de la Favara
Located on the CV-760 (road to Altea) the Font de la Favara is a lovely green park surrounded by lush greenery and tall trees for shade. The prime attraction of the park is its waterfall. The pool of water formed due to the waterfall is crystal clear and shallow enough to enjoy a dip (if permitted as signs have recently been put up asking people not to go into the pool)
Other features of the park include picnic benches under tree canopies, children´s play area, cafe which serves a lovely menu del dia, and toilets. There are also paved tracks for a good walk around the park itself. There are limited parking spaces at the waterfall.
The story behind the font
If you are lovers of magic and the legends of gods, princesses and witches ,in the book Rice Planters by José Amador Asín, we find the story of La Favara that tells us that, in the days of the Celts, Roxana daughter of the governor of La Nucía, was promised in marriage (actually in sacrifice) to the God Kent by a priestess. She was in love with Aituna Ochoa and terrified of her imminent death, rejected the marriage and fled to a ravine in Onosca (La Nucia). Such was the anger of the priestess with the princess, that she cast a terrible spell and poor Roxana was instantly turned into stone and her eyes were two springs of water. From that day on, the princess’s tears flow without comfort. It is said that those who drink the water from the waterfall fall madly in love with Roxana and that, in the sound of the falling water, her cries can be heard.
The tears of the poor girl have left us a 5-meter-high waterfall that has been flowing for about three centuries (and they say that there are no eternal loves). The first written reference to the source is found in a document from 1748 and has always been a meeting place for neighbors since, in addition to being a point of collecting drinking water it also housed one of the two municipal laundry rooms.
From 1913, the current image begins to appear little by little with the planting of some trees that we can still enjoy today. Around these centenary trees, all the elements that form La Favara Park have been added, especially in the last 40 years and in several phases: a picnic area with tables and benches, a playground, a small rustic bar, a historical panel that was installed in 2004 and a stone that reproduces the legend of Roxana. The adjoining gardens are also enjoyed by those who like natural spaces.
Tossal del Captivador
Below the town, the pretty blue and white painted San Vicente Ferrer chapel is located beside pine woods. This is Tossal del Captivador neighbourhood, an area of protected Mediterranean pine woods crossed by trails and nature walks. Visit the Captivador visitors centre to learn about the history of local life and agricultural traditions through the ages.
La Nucia Ecoparque Museum
More than 30 different types of materials are processed and given a new life here. Open Monday to Friday from 09 pm to 18 pm and Saturdays from 09 pm to 14 pm (Sundays and holidays closed).
La Nucia Medieval Street Market
A popular 3 day event generally held in early July, there are craft stalls selling lots of handmade items, stilt walkers, jugglers and minstrels as well as medieval table games and a merry-go-round. The fair is held in the narrow streets by the town hall and church.
The festivity of San Vicente is celebrated on the Monday following Easter Monday in the natural setting of El Cautivador, where the hermitage in honor of this saint is located, in an old farmhouse between Altea and La Nucía. The party in recent years has been extended to the entire weekend, starting on Friday and ending on Monday. During these four days there are activities of all kinds from regional dances and performances by Valencian folk groups, to foot races, barbecues or concerts.
Virgen de la Asunción and San Roque August Party -The town's biggest festivals are those celebrated in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción and San Roque from August 14th to 18th. There are awakenings, parades, flower offerings, concerts, costume parade and mascletaes. One of the attractions for tourists and visitors to "les festes d´Agost" in La Nucía is its concerts and festivals by orchestras that take place every night at Plaça Major . They are open-air musical performances, totally free
Pobla Charter - On July 9, 1705, through the document of the Pobla Charter, La Nucía was made a town and achieved his independence with respect to the Barony of Polop, For the last few years the City Council has celebrated this anniversary with different events.
The most popular Oktoberfest in our area since 1987 has been held in Calpe but from this year it will be moving location to La Nucia Sports Centre, which is great news for everyone in Benidorm and nearby and the Oktoberfest is expected to be a great tourist promotion for La Nucía itself.
Feast of of San Rafael - The patron saint festivals are those of San Rafael, the third weekend of November, this is a religious festivals, which commemorate the segregation and independence of the municipality.
Parque de Aventura Adventure park
Perfect if you are looking for a day of nature, fun with family or friends, lots of different activity, exciting and all respectful with the environment at the same time with different circuits in the trees: more than 70 games that include nets, bridges and zip lines up to 300m in length. Circuits are adapted depending upon age, size and ability.
Family Tickets are 23€ for adults and 18€ (1.10m to 1.45m) The average duration is about 2 and a half hours (3 hours maximum)
In 2019 this was declared the “Sports Capital of the Costa Blanca” and given the International Sports Tourism Award. The La Nucía Ciudad Deportiva Camilo Cano, an large sports centre with a wide range of facilities has already hosted numerous national and international sports competitions and events.
La Nucía Sports Centre, is a sports and athletics complex spanning approximately 120,000m² and divided into multiple areas dedicated to particular sports, hobbies and recreational pastimes. The sports centre has its own Olympic stadium, multiple football fields featuring FIFA-regulated measurements, beach volleyball courts with high grade, non-stick sand, Olympic size swimming pools, a gym, and restaurants, among many others. La Nucía Sports Centre has a total of different 66 facilities.
ADDRESS: Partida Muixara, s/n, 03530 La Nucía, Alicante
Walk the Triptych Trail
The green route, between the Camilo Cano Sports City, El CEM el Captivador, El Tossal del Calvari and El Casco Urbano consists of four itineraries with a total of 20.5km. All the circular routes have been designed to enjoy nature in a privileged environment.
Getting to La Nucia from Benidorm
9.8km, 16 minute drive, take the CV70
Alsa Bus, 25 minutes every 2 hours, cost around 3€
Llorente Bus, numbers 16 and 18
Guide price between 13€ and 16€ each way
Unlike many other Costa Blanca towns Albir has been carefully planned virtually from scratch. Only one or two of the buildings are over five storeys high, its avenues are broad and tree lined, and joy of joy, there is plenty of parking. There is a sense of space and an unhurried atmosphere make getting around a pleasure.
The Beach With almost 600 metres of clean safe beach, there’s always plenty of room to stretch out. The Playa de Racó de l’Albir has been awarded the prestigious EU Blue Flag classification, denoting its excellent facilities and cleanliness, every year since 2001.
Update 1st Sept 2020 -Albir beach going smoke-free. Albir’s Raco beach will be added to the network of no smoking beaches
The beach is comprised of very fine smooth pebbles and bathers can take in the views of the Sierra Helada nature reserve to one side, and to the other, the famous Peñon de Ifach, the massive outcrop of rock at Calpe
Beach facilities are excellent, in summer there are three lifeguards on duty, a first aid post and an ambulance on standby for minor injuries.
There are public toilets in the centre of the promenade and even fresh water foot showers.
July 2021 - During the high summer months Albir beach has amazing access facilities for people with reduced mobility, with reserved parking, ramps and special walkways for wheelchairs, and places with shade in the area which was formerly the biblioplaya.
This new service has chairs, amphibious crutches and a specific walkway, the chair allows people to enter the water assisted by specialized personnel, allowing people to enjoy the sea in a safe setting.
The beach side promenade, the Paseo de Las Estrellas - with Hollywood style plaques honouring the stars who have won awards at Albir's film festival.
Eating Out and Shopping
Albir is blessed with plenty of all types of restaurants; with cuisine from all over Europe and further afield to choose from you will find it easy to find the food for the mood. Also there are lots of nice little shops which make a pleasure to buy your souvenirs.
A large market is held every SUNDAY in the car park on the high street.
28th June - Albir Artisan market", in the Raco area of the main beach (By the anchor) 15 stalls can be found here the market, open from 18.00 until 24.00, selling all types of interesting goodies. Open nightly until 5th September.
Leisure & Culture
As well as the summer fun Albir/Alfaz del Pi also has a host of activities in the cooler season. TheCasa de Cultura cultural centre is busy all year round and has a concert hall, TV studios and exhibition space. It hosts the Film Festival, a Jazz Festival in October and has concerts by international dance companies and orchestras throughout the year.
Visit the ruins of a roman family
This open air Roman ruins museum, contains the ruins of a villa from the Roman times, believed to have been occupied between the 4th and 6th Century A.D.
The museum was inaugurated in 2011.One of the best-preserved examples of a traditional roman baths in the Valencian community, the system of hot water heating can still be seen, as well as a Mausoleum where the family were buried.
The museum is close to the beach in the centre of Albir. Look for the dry river bed which runs from Albir Playa Hotel down to the beach
WALK TO ALBIR LIGHTHOUSE
The walk follows the coast line with splendid views of Calpe rock and the bay of Albir and Altea. It is a very easy walk with very little gradient, and is 5.4 kilometres.
To start the walk drive through Altea towards Benidorm on the N332 and turn left at the signpost to Albir. Follow the signs to El Tiburon restaurant and continue until the Sierra Helada begins and you will arrive at a car park (free parking) on the right hand side.
Follow the lane which will lead you to the lighthouse.
There are plenty of wild flowers and herbs along the way with the most stunning views. All along the way are various notices giving details of plants and flowers. About half way, on the left hand side you will see the remains of the old ochre mines. These were worked through Roman times into the Middle Ages and up to the beginning of the 20th century. There is a footpath leading down to the remains. Some of the mine entrances are open and you can explore them. Inside are the red and orange veins of the ochre.
A little further along on the right hand side there is a very large cave entrance. It is called “La Boca de la Ballena” which means the whale´s mouth and is, in fact, a shelter.
A little further there is a footpath on the right hand side which takes you to a viewing point. It is worth taking this short diversion as at the top is a plaque giving details of the conservation scheme, saving various micro reserve fossil dunes, prickly juniper, crowberry broom, thyme, and various other plants.
You will arrive at a pair of large iron gates which are locked. If you wish to continue to the lighthouse there is a path to the left of the gates which will take you to the other side and from there the lighthouse is only about 200 metres.
Bus and Taxi Information
The number 10 bus leaves Albir for Benidorm every 15 minutes from 10.00 to 21.00 and takes about 20 minutes. Bus stops in Albir are no more than 10 minute's walk apart and are denoted by the letter 'P'
A taxi will cost around 10€
OFFICIAL FIESTA DATES IN ALBIR/ALFAZ DEL PI - some dates may change but most are static
Three Kings, January 5th Place: Carpa Municipal
March 1st, Carnival, Calle Federico Garcia Lorca.
San José, 18th and 19th, Location: Plaza Mayor
Celebrations of the Creueta, 2nd, 3rd and 4th May , Place: Plaza de la Creueta
San Juan, June 23rd , Location: Playa del Albir
Copletes, Sept. 12th , Location: Plaza Mayor
Valencia Day, October 9th
Fiestas patronales of the Holy Christ of the Good Success. Place: L'Alfás Del Pí. Days: 06,07,08,09 and 10 November.
Celebrations of the Immaculate Conception, 6. 7 and 8 December.
Albir in 1988
Beautiful photos of Albir 2021 taken by Benidorm Seriously Member Sharon Nolan Gordon
Denia is situated 51km North of Benidorm, about a 45 minute drive it is set on the northern edge of the Alicante region and backed by the impressive mountains of the the Montgo Natural Park.
Denia is known for many things, one of them being that part of the town sits on the Greenwich meridian line, (The same one that passes through London UK)
The Iberians, Romans, Muslims and Christians have all left their mark on the seaside resort of Denia
A lovely place to visit when in Benidorm! There is the ruined castle which guards the town and has stunning views overlooking the marina, the natural park of Montgo and the Torre del Gerro (see below). The marina with its beautiful elevated promenade. There is also 20 kilometres of coastline which include both rocky and sandy beaches, the fish market, the old town and the impressive tree lined main shopping street as well as the museums.
The main shopping street is, Calle Marques de Campo, this is a pretty tree-lined street and has a good range of shops, restaurants and bars.
Denia main street
You can see the monuments throughout the centuries as you wander through the town centre, and fishermen’s quarters, (Baix La Mar). These streets in the fishermen’s quarter have charming brightly-coloured houses with vivid flowers overflowing from the wrought-iron balconies.
Turn a corner and you will find typical squares such as Plaza de Sant Antoni or Plaza de la Creu with noisy Spanish bars offering traditional food.
Over 20km of beaches - to the north of the town, there are beaches of fine sand and shallow waters, such as Les Marines, LAlmadrava, Les Deveses, Les Bovetes and els Palmars and to the south are smaller coves along the rocky coast, known as Les Rotes, which is popular with fishermen and divers.
Denia Castle and Archaeological Museum
“Portal de la vila” (City Entrance Arch), the castle’s main entrance.
The Castle is located on a gentle hill beside the sea and in the historical city centre.
PEDESTRIAN ACCESS - Next to the Town Hall of Dénia, you will find stairways on Calle Hospital, walk up here. After this 1st steps, you will find another stairway section to the left on the street called “Cuesta Madre Amparo” which takes you directly to Calle San Francisco accessing the castle.
TOURIST TRAIN - The TOURIST TRAIN stop is located at Marqués de Campo St, near the Red Cross building.
Opening hours of the castle
Every day: Nov/ March: 10 a.m to 6 p.m. April-May: 10 a.m to 19 p.m. June: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. From July to 15th September: 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. (Night opening hours: until 00.30 h. Except for “Music at the castle” concert days. From 16th to 30th September: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. October: From 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Price - Adults: 3 € Children (8-14 years olds): 1 € Pensioners: 2 € Students: 2 € Groups (minimum 10 people): 2 €
Please note that according to our members only Credit cards payments are accepted.
Denia Museo Etnologico
To find out more about Denia’s rich and varied history, in Calle Cavallers in the historic heart of the town, just off the Plaza del Constitucion.
The museum is in a typical bourgeois house from the 19th century with exhibitions showing the important of the raisin trade in Denia and its subsequent demise.
In the main rooms on the first floor is beautifully-crafted furniture from the reign of Isabel II in the 19th century along with luxurious clothes and jewellery.
The museum is open from 10.30am to 1pm and 4pm to 7pm. It is closed on Sunday afternoons and Monday. Entry is free.
On Calle Calderon, with interesting wooden and tin toys including dolls houses, trains and cars made in Denia in the first half of the 20th century.
The museum is on the first floor of the old train station in Calle Calderon, Denia. Open 10am to 1pm and 4pm to 8pm. Entry is free.
Every Monday from 8 am to 1.30 pm, located in Torrecremada Esplanade.
Antiquities flea Market
Every friday morning, from 8 am to 1.30 pm, at the La Vía street. Products: sale of antiquities and second hand objects.
Spring and summer open air market
Situated along the Maritim esplanade in front of the local port, from 6 pm to midnight (until 1 am in summer and festivities's eves). Sale stalls with a bohemian and handicraft atmosphere where you can find a great variety of products: imitation jewellery, leather goods, paintings, etc. Spring (Mid-March to 1st week in June): Weekends and festivities.Summer (Mid-June to Mid-September): every day.
Market at Jesus Pobre riurau: Food and crafts. Timetable: Sep-Jun, 9 to 2pm. Jun-Sep, 6 to 11pm.
Market in La Xara: at Cinema Sq. Local products and crafts. Every second and fourth Sunday of the month, from 9.30 to 2.30pm
Denia Ferry Port
Denia ferry port serves as the main hub for connections to the islands of Ibiza, Formentera and Palma de Mallorca.
Balearia makes the ferry crossing from Denia to Ibiza in just two or three and a half hours, depending on the type of ferry you book, the modern Super Fast Ferry or the ferries where you can take your own car, Ibiza is 124,1 Km from Denia. READ MORE HERE
Denia Port and Fish Market
Located at the port where you can watch how the ships arrive from 3.30 p.m. to 6 p.m
Photo by David Elsworth, Benidorm Seriously Member
Fish sale. From Monday to Friday, from 5.30 p.m., all year round.
You will find a great variety of sea products: Dénia red prawn, lobsters, sea urchins and different fresh seafood; octopus, anchovy, calamari and much more depending upon the days catch.
Fish auctioning. From Monday to Friday, from 5.p.m; (all year round, except during the month of biological halt.
Denia has its own 18-hole golf club, situated quite close to the town, the Club La Sella was designed by José Maria Olazabal.
This is a Renaissance watchtower, which was part of the coastal defensive system developed during the 16th and 17th centuries to defend the coast from the attacks of Barbaresque pirates.
Although there are documents proving the existence of three towers in the natural park’s limits, the Gerro tower, a Renaissance fort (16th c.) is the only still remaining. It is one of the coast’s most outstanding towers. It has a circular shape, shaped like a truncated cone divided in 2 parts featuring a King Charles V coat-of-arms, supported by three cantilevers.
The tower owes its name to its strange shape as a “pitcher or gerro” (a valencian language word for jar or pitcher).
How to get there: from the last regular bus tine in les Rotes Road (next to Restaurant Mena) follow the road towards the east for 50 metres up to Via Làctia Street. Going up this street there is a fence that forbids vehicles from passing to the access way to the path leading to the Tower.
Mount Montgó Natural Park
The Natural Park rises 753 metres above sea level and shelters over 650 vegetable species.Amongst these we must point out the kermes oak, the red lavender, maritime fennel, rockrose species, the Valencia rock violet, the rock scabious, the black sabine or the palmetto.
Also a great place for bird watching where you will see birds such as the yellow legged seagull or the Audouin seagull, several crows, ravens and birds of prey (the partridge eagle, a couple of royal owls, common kestrel ad the pilgrim falcon), reptiles, amphibians and mammals such as the fox, rabbit, badger, genet, etc.
The Montgó Nature Reserve has its own Interpretation Centre that provides detailed information on this privileged setting and organizes guided excursions year-round. The centre houses a wheelchair-accessible exhibition on the ecosystems of the Montgó and the Nature Reserve of the San Antonio Cape Sea Floor, main routes, traditional uses and diverse activities for visitors to the Nature Park. The exhibition is equipped with audio guides in 5 languages to guide visitors of different nationalities.
Camí de Sant Joan, s/n. Finca del Bosc de Diana. 03700 Dénia. Tel. 96 646 71 55 / 679196461.
Getting to Denia from Benidorm
The best way is by TRAM
By Bus, Alsa bus from around 9€
or by car either via the N332 (58.4km) or the AP7 toll road (51.3km)
The Garden of l'Albarda, located in the town of Pedreguer, are one of the best kept secrets in the Marina Alta.
Photos by David Elsworth, Benidorm Seriously Member
Carerrer de Leroto, Tapas Alley "Day time view, very busy in the evening. Prices are very reasonable due to the competition."
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