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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Mountain
“Mongo National Park. Great walking and views. The climb to the top is a solid climb, not to be underestimated. Park for free at the shooting range, just off the road from Javea Old Town to Denia, then walk the hundred metres back to the car park entrance (NOT all the way to the road) where there is a map. Take that path to the right through bushes towards the mountain. The path goes through bush which shelters it and can lead to muddy patches after rain. Where this path joins a private road, turn right (again towards the mountain) and walk for a kilometre or so to an open area and look for the path on the right. This is the start of the climb proper and quickly progresses to a rocky set of switchbacks/zig zags, always climbing. The surface is rough with loose rocks and requires solid shoes. If you try to do it without stops, the climb is quite hard and tests your fitness but stop to take in the glorious views, and it becomes a little more relaxed. Towards the top, the path leaves the face overlooking Denia and the car park and goes round the corner to overlook Ondara. It is here that the path as such ceases and it becomes a rock scramble and the route travels along a steep drop. It's all quite manageable but it requires care and could challenge those who do not like heights. I wasn't concerned. The top gives a panorama that is breathtaking but which might disappear at any moment due to cloud. Don't underestimate the importance of the mountain and its weather - take water, some food and emergency clothing and tell someone when you expect to be back. Cell phone coverage was good when I climbed. Even so I was very tired when I returned to my car. It took me a total of three hours fifteen minutes car to car.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Castle
“Guadalest is an old town on a hillside next to a resevoir, certainly worth a visit, with his history and stunning views. You can drive yourself or go on the bus from Benidorm.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A perfect place to fix that shopping craving should it develop during your stay. Plenty of shops, including a Carrefour supermarket, restaurants, cafes and its all airconditioned. Make sure you park underneath during the summer! ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Water falls a short drive from Moraira, a must visit. Go early! Swim, paddle and walk. Picturesque nature reserve featuring waterfalls, a walking track, swimming holes & a picnic area. Address: Pda. Algar, s/n, 03510, Alicante, Spain”
  • 62 locals recommend
City
“more than two thousand years of history, with really nice views of all our beautiful town, ticket 3€”
  • 48 locals recommend
Lake
“Beautiful town next to Benidorm with curious museums in its small streets and excellent views of the sea. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“35 min by car: Beautiful natural water haven. (fresh even in summer, but so beautiful) and next to a Dino park”
  • 61 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The Penyal d'Ifac (in Spanish Peñón de Ifach) was the natural lookout for the inhabitants that lived in the surrounding areas. Another lookout was the Morro de Toix Mountain, from which the Mascarat Ravine, an essential passage along the coast, could be controlled. The area gained in importance during the Romanization of the Iberian Peninsula. The township's proximity to the sea favoured marine trade and fish factories. Evidence of this are at the historical site Els Banys de la Reina (the Queen's Baths). After the Arabs conquered Iberia, they built a castle overlooking the Mascarat Ravine. When the area was conquered by the Crown of Aragon, the Muslim administration was maintained: small t”
  • 33 locals recommend
Mountain
“The beautiful Sierra de Bernia hangs over Altea la Vella. The easily walkable woods are well worth a visit. Walk along the "Camí Font del Garroferet" to the natural springs and fill your water bottle up!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Park
“If you have some hiking shoes definitely worth a climb with some fantastic views .... go early morning or late evening to avoid the heat.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Walking distance Very nice beach club in front of the stones beach. Opening from 9am with breakfast, lunch and dinner, nice kitchen all day. Night club from 22pm on”
  • 46 locals recommend
Bar
“A Lounge bar with overwhelming Views of the town, mountain and sea, with open-air beds surrounding the pool.”
  • 31 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Condado Club Denia offers live shows, from dancing, singing and acrobatics and is right in the heart of Denia. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Night Club
“Packed every night in the summer .... best place to go if you want to dance the night away in Javea!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Mountain
“A stunning natural park in Calpe. Great for hiking and offers some of the best views of the Costa Blanca.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Beautiful natural wetlands with many indigenous species of birds along the river. Bar restaurant at Font Salada mineral pool which is a natural small lake fed with mountain mineral water. Swim with the fishes”
  • 28 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cocktail Bar
“Walking distance Very nice beach club in front of the stones beach. Opening from 9am with breakfast, lunch and dinner, nice kitchen all day. Night club from 22pm on”
  • 46 locals recommend
Night Club
“Packed every night in the summer .... best place to go if you want to dance the night away in Javea!”
  • 16 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Condado Club Denia offers live shows, from dancing, singing and acrobatics and is right in the heart of Denia. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“When alchemy and food are mixed under the command of the great Quique Dacosta. Dénia is the smallest city in the world where you can find a restaurant with 3 Michelin stars. the menu is about 250€ per person.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Stylish decor and ambience, and a killer location overlooking the bay. Good for a relaxed breakfast, or sunset drink on the terrace. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
“Beautifully situated near Moraira in a slightly elevated position above the shoreline this is a classy feeling restaurant with mostly good food although reports do vary. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Good typical dishes, Like paella, arroz abanda, pulpo seco, with a wonderful seaviews”
  • 25 locals recommend
Paella Restaurant
“ARROZ ** Extraordinario arroz. buena relación calidad-precio. Comida típica de Denia”
  • 19 locals recommend

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