Cape San Antonio, Xàbia and cala del Moraig (rocky cove)
Transport. You can easily make this trip in your own car and you can also travel from Dénia to Jávea by bus or even by boat, as there are regular boat trips leaving Dénia harbour to several destinations along the coast, including Jávea-Xàbia.
By car. From Dénia, take Las Rotas road to the Jávea (Xàbia) crossroad, and turn off to Jávea (Xábia). Carry on along the mountain road known as Les Planes for about 10 minutes until you come to a left turn signposted Cabo de San Antonio. Be sure to drive very carefully on this bendy mountain road.
From Cabo de San Antonio (Jávea) to Cala del Moraig
Cabo de San Antonio/ San Antonio Cape
160 m high cliffs with fantastic views can be shown on the way.
At the foot of the cliffs remains the San Antonio Marine Reserve, a protected area of special environmental, scientific and ecological interest and importance. Fishing is not allowed in this Reserve. Underwater diving is only allowed by appliying for a prior licence (forms at Denia Tourist Information Centre)
The waters of the Marine Reserve are home to a large number of 'benthic' communities, such as the infracoastal community of epiphytic algae, the Posidonia meadows, etc. It provides a habitat also for many species of marine fauna such as grouper fish, sea cicadas, gorgonias, etc.
At Cabo de San Antonio, the water below seems to be immense with a deeper blue than you have ever seen before. On a clear day, you can even see the island of Ibiza in the horizon.
Enjoy this beautiful view for a while and then go on towards Jávea-Xàbia town. On the way to it is worth visiting the old windmills which are an apprecied part of the heritage of this area.
Recommended route. The town of Jávea/Xàbia is made up of three separate districts: the Old Town, the Port and the Arenal Beach
The Old Town is worth visiting and three buildings are of particular interest: the Indoor Market is an old convent recently restored; San Bartolomé church, built in late Gothic style, is an outstanding beautiful example of Gothic architecture; so the Town Hall of Xábia itself.
Having spent some time admiring these three historic buildings, go down the steps beside the Town Hall to the beautiful Plaza Porticada (arcaded square), where you can have a look at the rear façade of the Town Hall built in local Tosca stone, and the new building Casa de la Cultura with its interesting exhibitions.
From there the route goes on to the Museo Arqueológico y Etnográfico "Soler Blasco" (the "Soler Blasco" Archaeological and Ethnographical Museum) which is only about 1 minute away on foot. Continue along Calle Mayor, and go up the narrow street on the right hand side, which leads straight to the Museum. You will easily recognize it, because it´s housed in a town mansion dating from the early 18th century, known as la Casa de Felipe Bañuls.
After this interesting visit, walk down to the Port where you will find the unique Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Loreto (Church of our Lady of Loreto). This church features a roof designed as an upturned boat and its exterior columns representing the twelve Apostles.
Optional trip around Jávea
We would like to mention the 15 Miradores (Lookout Points) in Xàbia. However, you will probably need a full day to visit all 15 of them. The lookout point route begins on the Cabo de San Antonioand ends up at La Granadella, covering a distance of 25 kms. of coastline.
From Jávea (Xàbia) to CALA DEL MORAIG
Follow our route towards Poble Nou de Benitatxell and the well-known Cala del Moraig and Cova dels Arcs. It´s better to get there before nightfall because the quality of the light throws the beautiful colours of the landscape into high relief.
From Jávea follow the signs to GATA and BENITATXELL.
The coastal strip of Poble Nou de Benitatxell is especially attractive because of its sheer and abrupt cliffs, reaching a height of more than 100 m. On the slopes of the Sierra de la Llorençaarchaeologists discovered the remains of the first kilns used by the villagers in ancient times to bake the mud to produce tiles. The highest point is Puig Llorença, reaching 440 m.
To get to Cala del Moraig and the Cova dels Arcs, follow the signs at Benitatxell for theUrbanization Cumbre del Sol; when you pass this Urbanization, go on until you reach the cove.
Countryside: the Benitatxell town is an agricultural community with a network of slopes, valleys and hillsides almost totally terraced and planted with vines, almond groves and carob trees, although the main crop of the area is the muscatel grape about the exceptional beauty of this place.
The Cala del Moraig and the Cova dels Arcs. The cove is stony and the colour of the sea changes imperceptibly from green to blue. At the far end of Cala del Moraig is the Cova dels Arcs, one of the most important marine caves on the Alicante coast. It is one of the best examples of Karst drainage whre continental or coastal conditions have produced natural underwater formations. You will be left in no doubLa Cala dels Testos. A few metres away from Cala del Moraig is Cala dels Testos, a cove formed by the drainage from the Barranc de l´Infern (Hell´s Ravine). This is a small, inviting cove, almost inaccessible, but of great beauty. To get here you have to follow the course of the ravine on foot, because there is no road access. Next to it you will see the Morro Falquí, a rock spur rising more than 100m above sea level, named for the many hawks which used to nest here. Just before you reach the cove, on the cliff top, you will see the Cova dels Testos cave, where you get marvelous views of Moraira Point, the cliffs and the Moraig beach.
After your visit to the cove, today´s trip is now completed.
Return to DÉNIA. Go down the side road to Benitatxell , continue towards Teulada (signposted at the second crossroads on the left, 6 kms from Benitatxell) and join the motorway for Dénia.