The Ermita de Santa Llúcia sits atop the conical hill of Tossal de Santa Llucía, a 164 meter summit affording spectacular views in almost every direction. This look-out point offers one of the best locations to photograph the nearby mountain of Montgó, rising dramatically to the north-west, whilst on clear days the island of Ibiza, over 90 kilometres distant, can be made out as a dark but obvious smudge on the horizon to the east. Such a field of view has made it a valuable, easily defensible site for centuries.
History of La Ermita de Santa Llúcia
The chapel of Santa Llúcia was built in the 15th century in the style of the ‘conquest chapel’ which was typical of the time as Christian invaders migrated from the north, pushing out the Moorish population to settle upon the newly vacated lands of southern Spain. It is one of the oldest chapels in the area, built upon a hill that was used for thousands of years for defence as well as religious worship.
Evidence has been found to suggest that people were already living on the hill more than 4,000 years ago. During the Roman occupation of these lands, it was utilised as a perfect look-out point due to its superb command over the bay of Jávea and the long valley of San Bartolomé.
This hermitage crowns the highest point of one of the highest rocks in the municipality. At 163 meters high from the foot of the Montgó, this small chapel is municipal property. The bell only resonates once a year December 13th. The current bell was installed in 2004, replacing the original 15th century bell, considered one of the oldest in the region. This old bell is now displayed on the ground floor of the Soler Blasco museum.
Inside La Ermita de Santa Llúcia
It consists of a single rectangular nave with a gabled roof and a central arch of Tosca stone. The building would receive several additions since its original construction, including the adjacent rooms which were added in the 18th century, the latest addition to this historic site.
Once you get there, the building is entered through an arched doorway of Tosca sandstone and the interior is divided into two sections separated by a tall Tosca sandstone arch with the altar and the images of Santa Llúcia and Santa Barbara at the far end. Above the gabled roof there is a single bell but it’s not original. The 15th century Gothic bell was replaced in 2004 and now resides in the Soler Blasco Municipal Museum in the heart of the historic centre. The bell rings once a year on December 13th, the feast day of Santa Llúcia when the faithful make a symbolic pilgrimage up to the chapel for a special mass and a procession of the images around the outside of the chapel.
Climb To La Ermita de Santa Llúcia
There are two routes to climb up to the chapel. The main route is a winding narrow path up the eastern slope, about 500 meters in length, which affords some great views as it climbs up to the top of the hill. A longer route winds through the Barranco de Santa Llúcia to the urbanisation Nova Xàbia, where an easier but longer route takes the visitor to the top.
The hermitage remains closed all year except the day of its holiday, but that will not keep you from visiting it. It is a unique moment because its bell resonates across the valley and into the streets of the nearby town.
After a gentle ascent of just a few metres, the next few hundred metres require plenty of determination as the path winds steeply through the trees until it becomes a little gentler as it continues a broad zig-zag up the hill. Across the ravine is the blue-domed Ermita de Santo Cristo del Calvario which can be reached by a small path which climbs up the hillside and this is an option for the return journey. Soon the rough path reaches another set of signs and the white-walled Ermita can just be seen through the trees above. Turning left, there’s a final steep ascent along a concrete path to the top.
Views From La Ermita de Santa Llúcia
Of course, the greatest gift of the Ermita de Santa Llúcia is its views of the surrounding area, and on a clear day one can look out over the Mediterrean sea as far as Ibiza, and of course, the impressive Montgó mountain looming behind.
Perhaps the greatest attraction of the chapel is both its peace and tranquillity as well as its superb panoramic views in all directions. To the east, looking across the iconic blue-domed chapel of El Calvario, are the blue waters of the Mediterranean filling the wide bay of Jávea stretching between the Cabo de San Antonio to the left and the Cabo de San Martín in the distance. In between, the town of Jávea stretches along the coast.
To the west looking inland are the high mountains of the interior to where the Moors who once lived and worked in this land fled during the Christian reconquest. In the foreground is the wide valley of San Bartolomé, the garden of the Marina Alta. And then, walking around the perimeter path through the trees, an amazing view of Montgó reveals itself, an iconic image of Jávea.
The view over the valley of San Bartolemé is quite stunning Continuing around the chapel, the path emerges from the trees on the other side and rejoins the main path.
Routes To And From La Ermita de Santa Llúcia
There are two options for the return trip. The quickest is to retrace your steps and descend via the same path, but there is an option to complete a circular route by following the path which zig-zags down the northern flanks of the hill . At the bottom of the descent, a rough but wide track leads to a road before the tarmac ends abruptly in a cul-de-sac and the route meanders down the wooded ravine.
Eventually the path becomes a gentle stroll as the Ermita del Santo Cristo del Calvario church comes into view perched up on the hillside before you. Some 200 meters before the return to the start of the ascent, a narrow steep track leads up the hillside to the blue-domed church and this is an option to take as it affords a great view of the hill of Santa Llúcia. Otherwise, continue forward back to the big olive tree.
Benitachell is a very small Spanish town located in the North Costa Blanca in Spain. Benitachell is a village that is quiet and beautiful, with a stunning coastline with magnificent cliffs more than a hundred meters down dramatically into the sea. Some urbanisations surrounding the Old City, the largest – Cumbre del Sol, has a view of the sea, small beach itself, plus a modern supermarket and a bank.
Benitachell has become a popular place for expats to live because it is so close to Javea and has all the facilities necessary for a quiet life. Buying or renting a villa or apartment is also much more affordable than in neighboring countries Benitachell Moraira or Javea in both long-term and short-term. Urbanization Cumbre del Sol has some of the most stunning views of the Mediterranean to Moraira and Calpe. Cumbre del Sol is a large urbanization and stand alone with a good selection of bars, restaurants, shops as well as villas to rent in the short or long term basis.
Benitachell is a charming medieval town is small, which is situated between Javea and Moraira beach and keep the original characteristics of the village of Valencia. Originally an Arab post with a stunning coastline near and close to the local sandy beach with beautiful crystal clear water, it is also known for snorkeling. The area is popular for buyers who want to experience the charm of village life and not feel close to all facilities. the area has made the individual landscape with large areas dedicated to agriculture.
Benitachell is located towards the northern end of the Costa Blanca, just off the A7 Motorway around an hour’s drive from Alicante and Valencia Airport. It has become a very popular place to live throughout the year for many people. Although a short drive to the beach either in Moraira or Javea, provides the best of both worlds for those who want a more peaceful tourist destination.
Some urbanisations surrounding the old town, the largest – Cumbre del Sol, has a view of the Mediterranean and all the amenities of both tourists and permanent residents could need, including supermarkets, banks, post office, local police station and pharmacy. Located at the north end of the Costa Blanca Benitachell is about an hours drive from Alicante airport. A charming Spanish village between Teulada and Javea, Benitachell has become very popular as a place to live all year round for many foreigners. Although it is only a five minute drive to the beach either in Moraira or Javea, provides the best of both worlds for those who want a more peaceful holiday.
Places to visit include the picturesque town of Denia, the beachside towns of Javea, Moraira and Calpe. Terra Mitica is less than 30 minutes away, and is a fantastic day out for all the family. For the independently minded there are many miles of country roads to explore inland, dotted with little villages and historic towns.
The nearest golf courses include the Javea Golf Club, San Jaime Golf Course in Benissa and the La Sella Golf Course in La Sella near Denia. In fact there a number of challenging golf courses in the area. Try the Seve Ballesteros designed championship course at Oliva or sample the delights of the course in Javea. In fact there is a great choice of courses within one hours drive of Benitachell.
The stretch of coastline between Calpe and Moraira is home to a number of quiet relaxing bays. The scenery is magnificent; spectacular rocks contrasting with the high mountain backdrop. From many points the emblematic Peñon de Ifach can be seen. Cala Llobela is the smallest and most savage bay of them all; the pine trees reach right down to the sea and little pebbles form the beach. It’s an ideal place to practice water-sports, as well as simply basking in the sun.
Benitachell’s closest beaches are the El Moraig Beach and the coves of Los Tiestos and El Llebeig as well as the blue flag beaches of Javea and Moraira. Playa La Fustera is a quiet blue flag beach with fine sand. During the high season there is a Red Cross post, plus rental of sun loungers and children’s activities to keepthe little ones happy. The little beach of Cala Els Pinets is south-facing and made up of small pebbles. You can take part on an excursion from there (on foot) to a magic place called “Mar Morta i Roques Negres”, which means Dead Sea and black stones. The most important characteristic of the Cala Advocat beach is the breakwater, where you can moor your sailing boat. There is a small jetty used to anchor sailing boats along the beach. Fishing from the breakwater is very popular.
July and August are hot months and the rest of the year is warm and mild; making the area ideal for a holiday all year round.
Where to Stay Benitachell has a very limited range of hotel rooms to book and the only establishment which has rooms to rent by the night is the Tres Arcos with rates starting at €52. The neighbouring resorts Javea and Moraira have a few more possibilities when it comes to renting a hotel room.
The local cuisine is dominated by the bounties of the sea. Excellent rice dishes abound. In recent years many international establishments have opened up, offering more familiar fare for all international tastes. Benitachell has more than its fair share of popular restaurants which includes Monroe great for Sunday lunches as well as La Palette, Country Life, Restaurante La Cumbre, Tasca Les Fonts, Three Arches, Casa de BenisAsia and Monte Video.
Most British visitors to Benitachell spend their evenings enjoying the nightlife of Moraira and Javea or even travel further afield to the ever popular tourist resort of Benidorm. Benitachell is a great place to live or spend a holiday as it is near enough to major tourist resorts but also quiet enough to get away from it all.
Places to visit include the beautiful city of Denia, the beach towns of Javea, Moraira and Calpe. Terra Mitica is less than 30 minutes, and a fantastic day for all the family. For independent-minded there are many miles of country roads to explore inland, dotted with small villages and historic towns.
The closest golf courses including Javea Golf Club, San Jaime Golf Course, Benissa and La Sella Golf Course in La Sella near Denia. In fact there are a number of challenging golf courses in the area. Try Seve Ballesteros designed championship courses at Oliva or sample the delights of the course in Javea. In fact there is a large selection of courses within an hour’s drive from Benitachell.
July and August are the summer months and the rest of the year is warm and mild; make the area ideal for holidays throughout the year.
Where to stay Benitachell has a very limited range of hotel rooms to book and the only establishment that has rooms for rent by the night is Tres Arcos with prices starting from € 52. The neighboring resort Javea and Moraira has several possibilities when it comes to renting a hotel room.
Local cuisine is dominated by the bounty of the sea. excellent rice dishes abound. In recent years many international agencies have opened, offering more familiar fare for all international tastes. Benitachell has more than its fair share of the popular restaurant that includes Monroe great for Sunday lunch and La Palette, Country Life, Restaurante La Cumbre, Tasca Les Fonts, Three Arches, Casa de BenisAsia and Monte Video.
Most visitors to the UK for Benitachell spend their evenings enjoying the night life journey Moraira and Javea or even further to the ever-popular tourist resort of Benidorm. Benitachell is a great place to live or spend a holiday because it is close enough to the main tourist resorts but also quiet enough to get away from it all.
Moraira is small town on the Costa Blanca about halfway between the airports of Alicante and Valencia. Moraira has a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, with beautiful and unspoilt scenery. The town has grown from a small fishing village to an attractive holiday and retirement resort, retaining a considerable charm that attracts visitors from all over Europe. Moraira has an nice marina, an excellent variety of shops, markets, restaurants and bars and has still managed to preserve its Spanish character.
With a permanent population of around 15,000 Moraira is quieter in the winter but comes alive in the summer with the wave of tourism which takes the population numbers to over 40,000. Moraira is popular with all nationalities, especially retirees and people who appreciate the peacefulness of this pretty town during the quieter months. Moraira has a pleasant climate with mild year round temperatures. The promenade area of Moraira is very scenic and just along from the main sandy beach you will find the castle that was built in 1742 and affords many photographic opportunities.
Despite its smaller size there are a number of beaches to be explored. The main sandy beach in Moraira known as L’Ampolla is a blue flag beach and is popular with families with a restaurant / bar and the hire of pedalos available in the summer months along with lifeguard services. The drop off into the sea is quite gentle which is another reason why it is popular with families with young children. Those that are familiar with the area often pay a visit to the sandy beach at El Portet. This is a very narrow beach that gets pretty busy so it is advised to arrive early or late to avoid the usual midday crowds. You will probably need to park a little way away and walk down. Another blue flag beach, with beautiful surroundings and a couple of bars / restaurants it is a perfect place to spend a couple of hours. The two main local sandy beaches, gently shelve away into the Mediterranean Sea; both have been awarded the prestigious EEC Blue Flags for cleanliness and are well-tended and very safe for family bathing. Leisure & recreation Tennis, football, squash, all water sports, boat hire and trips, horse-riding, go-kart racing tracks for both adults and children, a small fairground and three good night-clubs for all ages are all available in Moraira.
Dining In Moraira
There are a number of restaurants dotted around the marina area making for a lovely setting in which to enjoy a Spanish tapa and drink. Moraira offers plenty of good quality restaurants, including eight Michelin recommended restaurants in the immediate area, three of which are star rated and not too expensive.
Excursions From Moraira
Moraira also has its walking trails that lead to secret coves (or not so secret!) and La Cala is one of them. Lasting for around four kilometres this trail starts at El Portet and ends up at La Cala which is actually in the region of Benitachell. It is only for the more adventurous as it will take around three hours, but the scenery along the way is well worth the effort. Easily reached by car are some larger towns which are well worth visiting: Javea, Calpe, Denia and Altea are all within 15km, while Benidorm is about 30km away.
There are many places of interest to see on day excursions, apart from the other coastal resorts there is also the spectacular inland and mountainous environments to discover including the wonderful mountain-top fortress of Guadalest, the Vergal Safari Park near Denia, Europe’s largest palm forest at Elche and the ancient city of Murcia. Valencia (third largest city in Spain) is one and a half hours away and Barcelona (second largest) and the capital Madrid are both four hours away and can all be reached on the excellent motorway. Spain’s answer to Euro Disney – Port Adventura – near Barcelona, is about four and a half hours away. Markets
Shopping In Moraira
There are a number of exclusive shops to be found in Moraira and it has an overall upmarket feel to it. If you like open markets then, aside from the weekly Friday market held next to the beach, you could plan a visit evey day of the week to the various markets held in neighbouring towns and villages. Apart from enjoying the buzzing Spanish activity, you can buy some excellent, cheap fresh fruit and vegetables, local specialities, herbs and spices, leather goods, clothes, rugs, fresh and silk flowers, souvenirs, pottery and a whole variety of other goods. There is a weekly market in Moraira which is held on Fridays and is full of traditional Spanish cusine and lovely fresh fruit and vegetables from local suppliers. Be sure to visit the market to pick up your souvenirs.
Holidays In Moraira
As in all of Spain there are numerous fiestas (festivals) held throughout the year in the region; with specific festivals held in April, June, July and November in Moraira itself. Locals The local people of Moraira are extremely friendly and patient with foreign visitors, not surprising, as aside from agriculture, they depend on tourism for their livelihood. With a large European resident community existent, there is a pleasant international feel to the area. Most people are pleased to speak English with you and even more pleased if a small attempt to speak Spanish is made.
Moraira enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection by surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The area averages nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and the average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees. In 1986 the World Health Organisation recommended the climate of the area as one of the most equitable in the world – neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. On average it can boast 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all year-round destination.
The shorelines in Calpe can be depicted as flickering sand with rocks here and there which youngsters affection to play and catch little fish. Nearby the shoreline is a variety of Spanish bars and eateries open for morning espresso until night suppers offering both neighborhood and universal cooking. The three brilliant shorelines clear around the coast finishing at the stone. The cutting edge promenade lined with bistro bars and eateries permits you to meander along the length of the seafront taking in the huge marina and the old angling port.
On every side of the stone are two fabulous sandy Calpe shorelines and this is the motivation behind why the vast majority go ahead occasion to Calpe – the shorelines are of a superb sand and the waters are spotless.
The shorelines are so long and wide that not at all like the adjacent town of Benidorm, you can simply discover a spot on the shoreline. The offices on the shorelines are astounding with numerous play territories for the youngsters right on the shoreline itself.
The Calpe shorelines are sublime and dependably hold a blue banner which implies they are guaranteed as being perfect by the European Foundation for Environmental Education. They are encompassed by many eateries, bars and clubs offering a wide assortment of sustenance, beverage and excitement.
There are likewise 2 principle shorelines in Calpe the Levante Beach and the Arenal Beach which are both isolated by the Ifach Rock, these shorelines are all around kept up and the ocean is perfectly clear, you will likewise discover in August there is not really a space left as this is the Spanish Holidays and both shorelines are totally full with a staggering exhibit of distinctive sun umbrellas, entirely astounding to see, you will likewise discover the eateries pressed to the overflow and Calpe transforms into an extremely occupied town with a great occasion climate and numerous things going ahead for the duration of the day and night.
Penon de Ifach
Calpe is most renowned and most conspicuous component is its strong Penon de ifach which is a tremendous rock. The stone is 332 meters out of the mediterranean. On the off chance that you are a vigorous holidaymaker then a stroll to the highest point of the Penon de Ifach can demonstrate a huge affair.
Calpe is in a split second perceived by the strong Penon de Ifach, the gigantic rock which rises 332 meters out of the Mediterranean ocean. This has stood protect over the town and saw its change from sluggish small angling town into vacationer magnet.
The Rock of Ifach, which has been contrasted with the Rock of Gibraltar, was announced a nature hold in 1987 and now gives a place of refuge to an assortment of winged animals and surprising widely varied vegetation. For the vigorous, there is an awesome strolling course which experiences a passage in the stone and takes you right to its extremely tip!
This volcanic stone, known as Penon de Ifach (rock of Ifach) towers to more than 335meters and is the biggest rock in Mediterranean. It takes after the stone of Gibraltar, arranged further south, so much that the Phoenicians gave it the name of the Northern Rock with a specific end goal to separate it. Presently it’s a Nature Reserve because of its uncommon plants and the states of ocean fowls that dwell there.
In the event that you are feeling overcome enough you can have a go at rock climbing and have a go at climbing the Ifach, which is 332m tallness and on a sunny morning you can see Ibiza. In spite of the fact that the first phase of the move up to the passage is invigorating and will take a little more than 60 minutes, the perspectives over Calpe in transit up are awesome, however be cautious as the second phase of the ascension includes a way over the passage which has no security highlights and can be extremely dangerous. It is not prescribed for kids, the elderly or for individuals who are unfit.
Calpe Old Town
Calpe has both an old town and another piece of the town to investigate. The old town is rich in Spanish style shops offering spanish items and additionally Spanish eateries offering nearby cooking. You can see momuments, and galleries and take an excursion into the historical backdrop of this town.
The town of Calpe, you won’t be shocked to peruse, was initially an angling town. In spite of the fact that it has grasped tourism and a vast flood of European inhabitants, despite everything it holds its personality through the nearby fish business sector held at the port every evening and the Saturday advertise that just hums with action.
Calpe Fish Market
Likewise to one side hand side of the stone is the celebrated Calpe fish market. Calpe was initially a little angling town, and even now every day, the angling vessels get their catch and you can even watch the fish barters on the quay and purchase the new fish yourself. The Calpe eateries show the crude fish out the front, you indicate the plate you need and it then backtracks to the kitchen to be cooked. Calpe is only twenty minutes from Benidorm – sufficiently far to make tracks in an opposite direction from all the buzzing about however sufficiently close for an excursion or two. There are prepares and transports specifically from Calpe to Benidorm, prestigious for its nightlife, exercises and shopp
The heart and soul of Alicante is the grand La Explanada de Espana. Stretching round the harbour, this elegant boulevard with its red, black and cream tiles, 6.6 million of them, refuses to go unnoticed. It is the foremost renowned of all Alicante’s promenades and also the most historic. La Explanada de Espana was the brain-child of the municipal designer José Guardiola Picó who, in 1867, created the perfect space to enjoy the romantic Spanish custom of the paseo (an evening stroll). With dramatic marble tiles depiction the waves of the Mediterranean and rows of palm trees giving shade even within the heat of summer, it’s a sight to behold!
Meander on the Explanada and you’ll discover the essence this town, stalls marketing native handicrafts jostle with pavement cafes, while locals meeting up with friends for occasional mingle with tourists absorbing the atmosphere. During the summer months get through your afternoon or Sunday morning sitting within the shade at the music marquee where you’ll be able to hear the free concerts held there or throughout the city’s several fiestas. Immerse yourself within the party atmosphere that’s typically centred around La Explanada.
Featured in each handbook, the Explanada de Espana really is that the place to be. it is the center of attention of Alicante, the beautiful path from one end of the harbour to the opposite. Locals and tourists alike all get pleasure from strolling on, mottled with sunlight streaming through the palm fronds. It is a gorgeous walk well separated from the harbour and the busy streets.
There are lots of pretty cafés on the mall with excellent outside seating for a price, so watch out for the holidaymaker prices at the cafés – or bring your own picnic from the Mercado Central down here and revel in it on one of the various benches. A stroll along here is an important a part of any trip to Alicante!