|DENIA - JAVEA|
From Denia to El Pilar de la Horadada the trip along the coast is a very pleasant car ride. Of course, our advice is to leave the motorway for more urgent journeys and take the national highway which runs almost entirely along the sea. We will suggest several detours along the local highways which will enable our readers to discover the more interesting corners. We are proposing an unrushed and interesting itinerary, but we feel that we should advise the traveller that if he visits this area in the summer, the entrance into the main towns may, to the contrary, turn out to be very busy and overwhelming.
Denia is the starting point, at the northern limit of the Costa Blanca. The city, presided over by a castle which enjoys a splendid view, unfolds in a clearly urban ambience, though it still preserves intimate little corners in the fishing quarters of Baix la Marand Les Roques, near the fortress. The Church of Santa Maria, of the 17C, is its most outstanding sight. The surroundings present several spots of enormous interest: the view from the Torre (Tower) del Gerro, a watchtower, erected in the 17C, six kilometres from Denia heading in the direction of San Antonio, certainly deserves a visit.
Both to the North as well as the South, the Denia littoral is made up of fine beaches. In order to enjoy the Mediterranean countryside in one of its best versions, we suggest that the traveller go to the Cabo de San Antonio: from here, with the Sierra de Montgó mountains in the background, to the Cabo de la Nao, the journey leads through cliffs, mountains, coves and along the sea.
Also at the foot of the Montgó range and extending along the strip of coastline between the Cabo de San Antonio and
San Martin Cave is Jávea (nine kilometres from Denia). However, the traveller will understand why this town has been
traditionally chosen by visitors from all over Europe in order to enjoy a privileged retirement. The centre of town,
located inland, preserves among its popular constructions, a fortress-like church and a Gothic façade. At the other
end of the Javea cove, today occupied by modern buildings, is the rocky section of the coast which extends as far as
Cabo de la Nao, with the little island of Portichol opposite.