Discover the Northern Costa Blanca

The Northern Costa Blanca is well known as the region of Spain where the mountains meet the sea with its clean sandy beaches or rocky, pebbled coves and is probably one of the most dramatic coastlines in the whole of Spain.

In a total contrast to the southern half of the Costa Blanca you can look forward to seeing astonishing mountain views surrounded by lush vegetation. Oranges, lemons, grapes, almonds and olives all grow in abundance. The climate makes the Northern Costa Blanca an ideal area to invest in property for either a holiday home or to retreat to for the relaxing Spanish way of life.

Extending from Alicante, the Northern Costa Blanca stretches for miles up towards the city of Valencia.

On the way passing wonderful Spanish towns and villages… Places like Altea, Calpe, Moraira, Javea, Denia and the stunning Jalon and Orba Valleys. All having something to offer that is unique to both visitors and residents alike.

The Northern Costa Blanca appeals to those who are looking for a more peaceful pace of life but still offers many facilities and pastimes should you need a more energetic life style, and want to live the Spanish life style and culture that is typical of the Northern Costa Blanca

Calpe

Calpe is a friendly fishing port, and an authentic tourist area, with a diverse coastline featuring sandy beaches, cliff faces and ancient archaeology sites, which gives the town its unique atmosphere.

The beautiful, clean, golden sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters are reminiscent of the Caribbean. Both beaches hold the EU blue flag for their cleanliness, and are surrounded by restaurants and bars offering a wide variety of food, drink and entertainment.

The two main beaches of Calpe are the Cantal roig and the Playa arenal, both widely known for their sandy beaches. Together with two other beaches, La fossa and the Bay of Gasparet, Calpe offers many miles of swimming, sailing and surfing possibilities. Other activities such as golf, horse riding and walking are all nearby.

The Calpe rock ( Penon de Ifach) towers over the town and juts out into the clear blue seas and rises to over 300metres. Climbers can often be seen trying to scale the vertical faces.

The old town has an atmosphere all of its own. Here modern buildings and wide avenues sit alongside the old fishing port, where locals proud of their history welcome tourists and visitors with warm hearted Spanish hospitality.

Moraira

At the end of the 18th century, when the neighbouring town Teulada was a farming village the crops were transported by sea, leaving from the natural harbours. As time went by, the local fishermen started to settle down nearer to their place of work. The small houses where the fishing tackle used to be kept were enlarged until they were converted into properties for the fisherman and their families to live in. This is how the foundations of what was to be known as a important tourist resort, called Moraira, were laid.

Moraira has over the last 20 years grown from small fishing village into an attractive holiday resort and a popular destination to live permanently. All this has been achieved whilst still retaining its charm that attracts visitors from all corners of the world. It is also very popular with the Spanish from the regions of Madrid and Valencia. The sandy beaches and secluded rocky coves make Moraira the area for sun, fun and many water sports. The Moraira Yacht Club with its modern facilities is an ideal meeting point for all sailing enthusiasts.

The harbourside fish restaurants and bars still offer the local Mediterranean cuisine whilst an international flavour can be experienced with a wide variety of menus ranging from Brazil to the Himalayas to pie and chips.

The atmosphere and the quality of the environment this town offers to all who visit really puts it in a class of its own.

Javea

Just a few kilometres north of Moraira is the town of Javea ( or Xabia in the local Valencian language). Situated between the headlands of Cap San Antonio and Cap de la Noa, the area is peppered with hidden caves and secluded beaches, which were the favourite haunts of pirates and smugglers in days long gone. Now, sunbathing, scuba diving and snorkelling are the only activities you will find in these beautiful bays.

The narrow streets of the old town are lined by old houses with architecture of yesterday. These houses are decorated with fine stone work and delicate plaster. Wrought-iron work Rejas form balconies to offer the occupants open air seating to watch the world go by. For people who enjoy the open space of the counrtyside the Montgo mountain is ideal for walking and hiking. Montgo itself is situated in the middle of a nature reserve and offers a wide diversity of flora and fauna and many species of birds and reptiles. Should you make it to the top of Montgo you will be rewarded with the most amazing scenery.

Javea’s sandy Arenal beach is always popular with both residents and tourists, with its many front line bars and restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines. Much of the fresh fish is from the local fishing fleet situated in the port area of the old town. Here can be found a daily fish market on the quay side.

The Jalon Valley

The Jalon Valley (or Vall de Pop ) is widely known as the valley of wine. Jalon village itself sits in the centre of the lush valley and has three smaller neighbouring villages close by surrounded by the grapevines, almond, orange and olive groves. The surrounding mountains offer a magnificent back drop to what is a stunning area of natural beauty.

Jalon Village with its local produce shops, wine cellars, restaurants and bars gives the visitor endless possibilities. To visit the village is to know the local gastronomy, with the pastry made from the local almonds to the famous Bollos ( a type of pizza made with green peas). The local butchers make their own sausages with recipes handed down from generation to generation. The wine of Jalon is well known in Spain for its sweet Mistela or Muscatel and the red is pretty good too.

The valley is a walkers delight, with routes for all standards from a gentle stroll to a six hour assent around the Sierra Bernia mountains situated south of Jalon. Horse riding and golf are also activites that are within easy reach of the Jalon valley.

In late January the whole of the valley floor is covered with a pink and white carpet of scented almond blossom. This is followed later in the year with the heady perfume of the orange blossom.

Time and life here is not measured by a clock but by the slow ever changing colours of the countryside.

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