Other beach areas
If you take the N332 north from Ondara towards Oliva and Gandia, there are beach areas signposted all along the coast.
Piles and Miramar are particularly good and utilised mainly be local people. From the beach at Molins (18 mins drive from Casa Alegria), you can walk for hours towards Oliva, the beach is sandy, and backed by dunes, no high rise buildings here, just a few bars. You will have to wade across river mouths, but only to knee high. Hint, wade out a few metres into the sea onto a sandbar, it is shallow, don't try walking straight across rivers from the beach. We have seen a 4x4 (out of season) try driving across the river mouth, it got stuck, and couldn't get out again, until, with difficulty, a JCB managed to tow the vehicle out.
Luxury villa sleeping upto six people on the edge of Orba village. Well equipped not a basic holiday villa, with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, private pool, ample garden furniture, shady areas and gas BBQ.
The following gives a brief summary of some local towns that are in easy reach of the villa Casa Alegria in Orba
Javea is approx 20 km from Casa Alegria and is a lively seaside resort with a popular sandy beach, surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops. It gets very busy in July and August, but there is always somewhere to park and room on the beach. The Montgo mountain (Elephants head), dominates the area.
There is also a port area with a marina and numerous restaurants. The old town is also worth a visit with its magnificent church and indoor market. You can drive along the coast road to Denia, it is a steep climb and drop over the mountain.
Denia is also approx 20 km from Casa Alegria and is another large town with a fine sandy beach. It is more spread out than Javea with larger shops. It is one of the places that locals and ex-pats go for major shopping such as furniture, clothes, cars, lighting etc. We find that although there are fewer tourists there, it is still a very busy town with a large port and marina, (you can catch a ferry to Ibiza or Majorca if you want to, the fastcat takes two hours to reach Ibiza).
There are plenty of bars, restaurants and designer shops in Denia. We also enjoy the walk around the headlands south towards Javea. It is a flat walk along the edge of the sea, with a variety of bars and restaurants to stop at.
Calpe is a medium sized beach resort approx 25 minutes drive from Casa Alegria, heading south on the N332.
Whilst it is quite a busy resort, it is not commercialised like Benidorm.
There are two large sandy beaches, both backed by restaurants, bars, shops and promenades. The rock Ilfach separates and dominates the two beaches, and can be seen from miles away. The rock has a walking path on its south side at sea level, and is also climbable.
The old town is only minutes away from the beach areas, featuring beautiful architecture and some lovely murals. It is also home to the hermitage and the archaeological and festival collections of the history museum of Calpe.
An evening visit to the old town brings you to a craft market and many cultural activities in the Torreon de la Peca. You can also sample the tastes of many ‘tapas’ on the terraces of bars and restaurants along the way.
Moraira is a smaller beach resort, with a traffic free shopping centre, an old town, a pleasant walk along the cliffs above the marina to Portet.
There is a twisty coast road that runs from Moraira to Calpe with some good viewpoints, and small beach coves along the way. This road can also be reached from Benissa down through the Pedramala valley to the coast. Its a steep journey down this road with some wonderful coastal views.
Altea is one of the most beautiful towns on the Costa Blanca and is well worth a visit. It can be reached southwards via the N332, or on the AP-7 motorway.
Walk around the narrow streets of the old town enjoying the white washed houses and magnificent vistas over the Altea bay, visit the art galleries and handcraft shops or take advantage of the ample variety of restaurants.
A walk along the sea front past the marina and port to Albir is also enjoyable. There are plenty of pavement waterside cafes, bars and restaurants.
What can we say! Benidorm is about 45 minutes drive to the south from Casa Alegria, with all the attractions that one of the biggest holiday resorts in Spain has to offer. Benidorm is a big place, two distinct beaches, lots of entertainment, huge shopping centre in the Finnestrat area. Benidorm is busy at any time of the year.
Gandia is north on the N332 from Casa Alegria. Unlike other costal towns, Gandia is Spanish, you will find few northern European holiday makers here, only ones that have been recommended to go there.
Good shopping centres, huge clean sandy beaches, with sports areas, (follow the signs for Grau platja north), underground parking below the beach promenades, Spanish restaurants and bars. There is a marina, a port, and a relaxed atmosphere. Gandia is 25 minutes drive from Casa Alegria, and is always on our must visit list.
In complete contrast to the lively beach resorts, take the scenic route through the mountains where there are spectacular views of the valleys and coastal areas in the distance. When you reach Guadalest, walk up to the top and take in some truly fabulous scenery. A good route from Casa Alegria takes you via Parcent, over the Col de Rates, then via Tarbena, it really is a spectacular drive. At Guadalest there is also an animal rescue zoo nearby.
Valencia probably needs no introduction. Its a big city and obviously not quite local. If arriving by train, the station is right in the centre by the ornate bull ring. Shopping centres, 3 El Cortes Ingles stores (liken them to M&S). Countless bars and restaurants, Tapas bars in Valencia use the toothpick principle to tally the final bill, i.e. all of the tapas dishes will contain a toothpick, with various notches and shapes. When you have finished your meal, count how many toothpicks and of what type you have amassed, and pay accordingly. Don't try throwing your toothpicks away to avoid the bill.
The city centre has some fabulous architecture, and a massive indoor market. Then there is a marina and port to wander around.
The Science park area is well worth a visit. On the same site is the Oceanographic Park with its vast array of marine life including Beluga whales, Dolphins, etc. There is also a fabulous aquarium, with the largest tank in Europe, you walk under sharks, and a myriad of fish and sea creatures. A 180 degree cinema showing films for children and adults is also on this site. A hands on science museum, and a theatre complex with an Opera and Music house. A very good day out can be had here, if travelling by car, the underground car parks at the science park are expensive, we park across the road and walk.
As well as the coastal trains and ferries, on any sort of car journey, even to the supermarket, you will have mountain, valley and coastal vistas.
Any journey to the coast will be enjoyable, particularly via Jalon and Benissa to Calpe, Moraira, and towns to the south, Altea, Albir, Benidorm.
The short circular drive (40km), out of the centre of Jalon, (turn by restaurant La Pista), takes you into the Bernia mountains, and back out to Benissa. It supplies excellent mountain vistas, and views over the Calpe coast-line.
The whole area is full of places to visit and we could go on forever! The best thing is to go out and explore for yourself!