Top 10 Beauty Spots
Guadalest is a breathtakingly beautiful town high in the mountains. Once at the time, visitors can see for miles over a picturesque valley where a river runs through and across to the Mediterranean. The houses are built into the rocks themselves and the castle sits on top of a granite rock while the iconic whitewashed bell tower perches precariously on top of the mountain. Enjoy the weird and wonderful museums and restaurants serving tasty local cuisine.
2. Penon de Ifach rock, Calpe
A marvellous rock formation which juts out into the Mediterranean. The Ifach is a massive limestone rock where hundreds of animals and birds have set up home. Many rare plants can be found in its national park. It is clearly visible from the N332 and AP7 roads running between Alicante and Benidorm.
3. Fuentes de Algar waterfalls
The Algar waterfalls are stunning. Do you remember the Timotei shampoo adverts where the beautiful blonde washes her hair in the waterfall.? Although it can get a little crowded in summer, it is worth a visit as the water is inviting although very cold. It's a perfect place for a picnic or combine it with a trip to Guadalest.
4. Salt Lakes, Torrevieja
The two salt lakes surrounding Torrevieja provide a lovely haven for wildlife, particularly flamingoes. It's a great place to take a stroll and is very popular with photographers, particularly at sunset and sunrise. From the road you can see huge piles of salt ready for distribution.
5. Cabo de San Antonio, Javea
Fantastic views across the Mediterranean can be enjoyed from this natural park separating Javea and Denia. Walkers and cyclists can take the 150 metre climb to the top where they will be blessed with breathtaking views. The less-active can go by car or hire a boat to see the cape from another angle. Take a picnic, take your time and relax amid the natural beauty of this park.
6. Salt Marshes, Pego
The Pego marjal or marshland is a wonderful flat nature reserve with rice fields, river and a hot spring nearby. It is a firm favourite with photographers, ramblers and nature lovers. The flat wetlands are surrounded by mountains and are full of wildlife, including some rare birds. The marjal is a stunning contrast to the North Costa Blanca beach life and provides a calm day out. Don't forget to pick up a bag of Pego rice for your paella.
7. Sierra Escalona
The sights and scents of the Sierra will leave you breathless. As well as the lush green scenery and views, you should keep an eye out for a wide variety of birds including birds of prey searching for food. You will also recognise the scents of thyme, pine and rosemary among others.
8. Tabarca Island
Although it can get busy in the summer, Tabarca is a lovely little boat ride from the Costa Blanca mainland but seems a million miles away. It has beautiful little beaches, fine places to swim and is a favourite with snorkellers and sailors. Enjoy a leisurely lunch of the freshest fish or finest shellfish in one of the seafront restaurants.
9. Biar Castle
Spain has many splendid castles but Biar is one of the finest. The medieval castle guards the little inland town of Biar. It has been well-preserved and is believed to be one of the oldest remaining castles in the region.
10. Montgo mountain and natural park
The Montgo mountain dominates the skyline around northern Costa Blanca. It is 753 metres high and is home to a range of wildlife, birds, trees and flowers. Cyclists love the challenge of riding over the Montgo between Denia and Javea. There are some easy walks too and you will be rewarded with far-reaching views, including a sight of Ibiza on a clear day. Make sure you visit the little shelter which was once a refuge for Pare Pere, who prayed and meditated there.