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It takes approximately 30 minutes on the motorway to reach Callosa d'En Sarrìa from Teulada-Moraira. The journey alone is worthwhile, with a breathtaking backdrop of orange and nispero groves lining either side of the route. One of the features that makes Callosa d'En Sarrìa particularly attractive is the rural beauty of its Nature Park, where the Fonts d'Algar are situated. The Fonts are generally known as the "Font de Fonts" (Spring of all Springs), and you will see why when you pay them a visit.
From Callosa it is a short and simple journey to the Fonts, which are well signposted. On leaving Callosa the scene is already set: on your right hand side you are afforded a wonderful view of the valley's water canals and sumptuous greenery of the Nature Park. The Fonts themselves comprise numerous small springs which converge to form the beautiful waterfall and small lagoons of the "Fonts d'Algar". There are many different paths to ramble through and explore, as well as the natural pools, which are supplied by the famous D'Algar waterfall. In summer a day out to the springs is a great alternative to the beach, as the spring waters reach a cool and refreshing temperature of approximately 18°C - don't forget your swimming things! There are also many shady spots where you can relax and soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful surroundings.
El Castell de Guadalest, known usually as Guadalest, is a small town in a mountainous part of the comarca of Marina Baixa, in the province of Alicante, Spain. Guadalest covers an area of 16 sq km, and has a population of around 200 inhabitants. Guadalest is approximately 25 kilometres inland from Benidorm along CV-70 road.
Surrounded by the Aitana, Serella & Xorta Mountains the village was a strategic military stronghold with fortifications. dating back to 715AD and the period of Moorish occupation of Spain. It has a long history. It saw action during the Moorish occupation, a strong earthquake in 1644 seriously damaged the fort and houses of the village, and during the War of the Spanish Succession, it again suffered serious damage from a mine explosion.
The town grew up around the fortress. Originally the population lived within the protection of the castle walls. The castle can only be entered by one small tunnel cut through the rock at the San Jose gate. The area inside the walls includes the ancient city dungeon, the bell tower, Saint Josep castle, the Orduña House, parish church and the Moorish fortified building called Alcozaiba.
The houses the Moors lived in then were built outside the San Jose gate. This part of the town, "el Arrabal", with its little streets and squares is where the majority of the shops, craft shops, museums and restaurants are today.
The river Guadalest flows through the area and has been dammed to form a spectacular a reservoir below the town.
Guadalest has been declared a 'Monument of Historical and Artistic Value' and is a major tourist attraction in Spain.
Las Calaveras Caves re situated in the village of Benidoleig. They were formed in limestone from the early Cretaceous period, deposited approximately 135 million years ago.
Even more spectacular is a trip to Vall d’Ebo and Cova de Rul.
Rail travel in Spain is clean, cheap and generally efficient.
You can drive directly into the city in about an hour and ten minutes. There are several underground car parks in the city centre.
Alternatively, you can use the train. To do this, take the road to Ondara and join the motorway north towards Valencia. Take exit 60 for Xeraco (after Gandia). Follow the N332 for a short distance to Xeraco. Parking at the station is free. Trains take about 50 minutes and run half hourly. The return fare is under Euros 4.50. Valencia Nord is in the middle of the city, near the bull ring. There is a Tourist Information centre on the station.
Plans are to build a rail link between Denia and Gandia in the future to make it possible to travel to Valencia from Denia.
These coastal towns are on the same line which runs from Denia to Alicante. There is a small station or stop at La Xara on the outskirts of Denia near La Sella golf course. You do need to request the train to stop! The train leaves at two hourly intervals, a convenient one departing La Xara is at 10.32 (usually nearer 10.50). Payment is made on the train.
Altea is worth a visit using the train as the town can be very congested and parking difficult. If you get off at the stop before Altea (Garganes) you are in the middle of the shopping centre and close to the market (on Tuesdays). It is a short climb up to the old town (look for the blue dome). It is then possible to work your way down to the sea front and catch the return train from Altea station. There are numerous restaurants in the old town and many good restaurants along the sea front.
The journey from La Xara to Altea is very scenic and it is best to sit on the left side of the train, facing forward if possible.
The train from Denia only travels to Benidorm at the moment. You need to change trains for onward journey to Alicante. However, the Department of Transport are planning to join up the train line from Alicante to Valencia in the future which will enable one to travel from Denia to Alicante direct.
Ferries from the Ferry Port of Denia go to the ports of Ibiza, Formentera, Palma and San Antonio and are operated by Balearia which has five trips daily. You can choose to take your car and spend a few days at one of these islands or travel as a foot passenger and take a tour in a taxi or spend the day on one of the many beaches. More information on www.ibizaselect.com.
There are numerous boat trips up the coast from Denia Harbour. You can take a mini cruise from Denia to Altea, stopping off at Xabia and Calpe on the way. You can also take a sailing trip along the coast on a catamaran viewing the rugged landscape of the Costa Blanca and have time for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing along the way. There are also trips to watch the sunset from the sea, beach party cruises and trips in glass bottom boats.