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Cap d'Or Moraira

Start of walk to Cap Do'r Moraira

Start of walk to Cap Do’r Moraira

It’s the 17th of May 10.30am and we are off for a walk to Cap d’or.
Cap d’or is the pepper pot watchtower above El Portet in Moraira built in the 16th century. It’s going to be another hot sunny day so walking in the morning is much easier. A leisurely walk to the top takes 30 mins. The pathways are rough with loose rocks, so you need to be sure footed with sensible footwear. I would not attempt it in the wet as there are expanses of flat rock that would get very slippy. During the winter it also gets slippy in the mornings from the dew, so best to let the sun dry it out and walk later in the day. The start of the walk is at the end of Pto. de Alcudia and this road is off Puerto del sol.
Simply follow the green and white markers along the way.

markers

markers

There are many wild flowers to look at all the way up to the top. The views are stunning and at the top you can see Javea and beyond on one side and Moraira over to Benidorm, with the Penon de Ifach rock in Calpe in between, on the other. It’s amazing just how many properties there are scattered along the coastline. If you need to know more about [buying property in Moraira](http://www.spanish-property-sales.net/buying-guide) this link may help you.
Enjoy the pictures we took!

butterfly

butterfly

wild flower el portet

wild flower el portet

wild flowers

wild flowers

wild flower

wild flower

wild flowers

wild flowers

moraira view

moraira view

view

view

javea view

javea view

view of tower

view of tower

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Posted by on 05/20/2009 08:23:00

Calpe Old Town

Calpe Town Hall

Calpe Town Hall

Calpe History Museum

Calpe History Museum

Facade of building nr Carrer Major

Facade of building nr Carrer Major

Calpe pictures of moors

Calpe pictures of moors

A most interesting morning can be spent exploring the old town of Calpe.
Start at the top end of the Gabriel Miro, the main street in Calpe and turn right which will take you into the old town. You will arrive at the Carrer Major, which was the main street of the old town and you are in a delightful square with the most fantastic mural painted on the side of a building. This shows facades of buildings.

At the beginning of several of the narrow streets, you will see the sign Ruta Turistica. It is worth following this route, which will lead you to further beautiful squares, again with the most delightful and colourful murals. One near the church shows a beautiful scene of the moors.

There is also a historical museum. This is a tall narrow building with a clock in the centre; it has steps leading to the front door and is open from 10.30 a.m. to 1.0 p.m. and from 5.0 p.m. to 8.0. p.m. Mondays to Fridays.

The Town Hall is also in a square, again with murals.

There are also some very interesting restaurants in the old town.

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Posted by on 11/16/2008 14:22:00

A Walk to Albir Lighthouse

Albir Lighthouse Walk

Albir Lighthouse Walk

This walk has now been made extremely beautiful by the making of beautiful rustic fences, various interesting notices en route and a very well maintained concrete lane. 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 kilometres, in total.
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 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.

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Posted by on 11/15/2008 09:24:00

Walk to Cap Prim, Javea

Cap Prim

Cap Prim

Cap Prim

Cap Prim

This is a most beautiful walk with magnificent coastal scenery, completely unspoilt by any high rise development. The walk takes about two hours.
Commence the walk at the Arenal Beach in Javea and drive south until you reach the sign to Cala Blanca. You will reach the end of the road by the rocky beach where there is a car park. Leave the car here and walk along the delightful promenade for about 200 metres. Turn right up the steps and continue until you reach a lane where there are some beautiful villas. Turn left here and continue until you reach the main road towards Cabo de Nao. You will pass the College on your left and continue until you see the sign “Aula de Natura” and follow a narrow, surfaced road back towards the cliff edge. You will arrive at a viewpoint with a cross and from here there are magnificent views of Isla de Portixol and the coastline.

Follow the track down a few yards where there is a triple signpost and take the route left towards Cap Prim. This part juts out into the sea with beautiful views in every direction. Follow the green signs painted on the path until you reach the Cap. Half way along you can also take the turning left towards Cala Sardinara which is a tiny cove where fishermen look for sea urchins and fish for sardines.

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Posted by on 10/28/2008 15:05:00

A Day in Elche

To enjoy a full day in Elche on the Costa Blanca there are trips all year round.

The trip includes visiting the National Artistic Garden, the famous Palm Trees, the Archeological Museum, the Arab Baths, lunch at Els Capellans or La Taula. The lunch includes a choice of main course, desert, wine and water.

The price is €39 for adults and €19.50 for children.

Details and reservations can be obtained by telephoning 966 612 050.

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Posted by on 10/06/2008 17:26:00

La Montaneta Walk Lliber

This is an easy walk lasting about one and a half hours starting and finishing in Lliber and circles the hill, Montaneta just behind the village.

Lliber is a typical Spanish village and is just off the main tourist route on the road from Jalon to Senija and Gata de Gorgos. The village has an ancient church, with stations of the cross and friendly bars.

To begin start in the Plaza M ajor and walk east to find Calle St Juan which leads to Calle Virgin and becomes a concrete road as it climbs steadily across the southern slopes of Montaneta. Pass between villas and some old fincas and at the top of this road, just before you reach the motor road to Gata, and turn to the left to descend gently along the northern flank of the hill back towards the Jalon.

The track dips and then rises right before resuming its westerly course under the slopes of Montaneta. Ignore the path down to the river and continue round the Montaneta. You will see Montgo in the distance. Continue along the path which will bring you back to Lliber.

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Posted by on 06/08/2008 16:37:00

Country Breaks on the Costa Blanca

For anyone living in the Costa Blanca, a week away in the mountains is a delightful change.

Two such properties are the Casas Rurales in Benimeli, Alicante. The first one, “El Sequer” is a charming self-catering holiday cottage for four persons, nestled amongst orange groves on the outskirts of the small village of Benimeli, a small typical Spanish village between the Segaria mountains and the Jalon valley.

It is only 10 kilometres from the beaches between Denia and Oliva and 6 kilometres from the A-7 motorway exit and half way between Valencia and Alicante. It is the perfect starting point for visiting other inland areas, and the rest of the Valencian Community.

El Sequer is a farmhouse, beautifully restored and has two double bedrooms, one with full bathroom with whirlpool bath, spacious and cosy living-dining area with fireplace. Fully equipped kitchen, outside porch with panoramic valley and mountain views. Secluded garden with private swimming pool, barbeque area and fruit orchard.

The second property “Xaymaca” is a 19thC Spanish house, beautifully restored for self catering for four to eight people, also located in Benimeli. It has four double bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom, two spacious living rooms with wood burning stoves, one dining room for 8 people, fully equipped, rustic style kitchen. There is an open courtyard with fountain and plants for alfresco meals, garden with large private swimming pool, covered porch, barbeque, fruit orchard, mountain views.

For further details, telephone 96 642 40 56 or 626 200017 .

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Posted by on 06/04/2008 16:13:00

Guided Tours in Denia

There are various guided tours in Denia, free of charge at certain times of the year.

One is a walk through Denia and the Castle. This tour lasts for two hours and can be reserved before departure, telephone 96 642 23 67. Entrance to the castle is €1.55 for adults, 75 centimos for children.

Another walk is through the Parc Natural del Montgo, leaving from the entrance of the market of Yorrecremada at 9.0 a.m., reservations can be made for a maximum of 20 places, telephone 96 642 32 05 or 679 196 461.

There is also a tour of the Fallas on the 17th and 18th March only, maximum 30 places, telephone 96 642 23 67.

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Posted by on 05/30/2008 21:38:00

Walking in Denia

Stroll by the water’s edge!

This walk is a delightful flat stroll along the coast in Denia. A very pleasant way to travel to Denia is by train which travels from Benidorm, stopping at Altea, Calpe, Benissa, Teulada, Gata and La Xara.

When you arrive at Denia, walk towards the coast, just a hundred yards or so and turn right, walking south until you arrive at the fork, the right hand fork continues towards Javea. Take the left hand fork and turn left at any of the lanes on the left which will take you to the sea.

Here you can continue walking along the water’s edge for about a mile and there are a couple of restaurants and bars along the way. The whole return walk from the station is approximately four miles.

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Posted by on 05/27/2008 21:37:00

Pinos Walk

For a delightful walk of 9 kilometres this one takes some beating. Drive to Benissa and at the end of the village on the N 332 in the direction of Calpe you will see on the right hand side a fork road signposted Jalon. Take this road and when you reach the T junction cross straight over towards Pinos.

This road is a little winding and there are spectacular views of the Calpe rock. When you reach the village of Pinos drive past the restaurant on the right hand side and cross the bridge. You can park here.

There is a right hand fork, take this road and it is a gentle ascent for approximately 3 kilometres. You pass the Iris gardens on the left after about one and a half kilometres and continue through the pleasant valley of Marnes.

At the top of the valley, you will see some farm houses called Partida del Cao. Follow the track on the right hand side for about two hundred yards and when you see the red painted sign on the left take the narrow track which climbs to the top between two peaks.

At the top there is a plateau which is a lovely spot for a picnic. Here there are splendid views of Calpe rock and the sea. From here cross to the other side and turn right with the mountain on your left and follow the track for about 2 kilometres. You will see splendid views on your right looking down to where you have walked.

After the 2 kilometres take a sharp right, almost a U bend and continue on this track which will bring you back to the same road you came on.

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Posted by on 05/10/2008 21:24:00