LEISURE ALTERNATIVES

PLACES OF INTEREST AND ACTIVITIES IN NEARBY TOWNS

Our country houses El Sequer and Xaymaca are situated in a privileged location, because they are near to the many and varied leisure alternatives that the area has to offer, but far enough away so that their tranquillity and peace are not disturbed. Imagine what fantastic holidays you can plan in a 6-30 Km radius, with the following ingredients:

  • Three Nature Parks: the Montgó in Denia, the Pego-Oliva Marshlands and the Peñón of Ifach in Calpe
    http://www.cma.gva.es/cidam/espacios/parques/espnaturales.htm

  • The Safari Park in Vergel (6 Km.) (swim with the sea lions!)

  • The Marine Reserve of San Antonio, between Denia and Javea

  • Prehistoric Caves in Benidoleig (6Km) and the Ebo Valley (10Km) with important Neolithic cave paintings
    www.cuevasturisticas.com/cueva11.html

  • Rupestrian paintings in Pla de Petracos, near Castell de Castells (25 Km.)

  • Moorish castle remains in Orba (4 Km) and The Gallinera Valley (15 Km)

  • Iberian and Moorish settlements in the Segaria mountain range and the Alcalá valley

  • The Albufera of Valencia (90 Km.)
    www.albufera.com

  • Antique and flea markets (Jalón – 10 Km.; Pedreguer – 6 Km.)

  • Crafts centres: pottery in Orba (6 Km.) and basketwork in Gata de Gorgos (10 Km.).

  • Four Theme Parks in Benidorm (30Kms). Terra Mítica, Terra Natura, Aqualandia and Mundomar.

  • Water Sports and Beaches: If water sports and beaches are your passion, then only 10-20Km from Benimeli, you will find some of the best, sandy beaches along the Mediterranean Coast (Denia & Oliva); ideal for swimming, sun-bathing, wind-surfing, kite-surfing, water-skiing, snorkelling, boat trips or yacht charter.
    www.cndenia.es
    www.marinadedenia.com

  • Walking routes: The proximity of several mountain ranges offers the possibility of walking, hiking or trekking routes, mountaineering, speleology, rappel or canyon descent, (PRV -147; Hell’s Ravine in the Laguar Valley: 7Km)
    www.perso.wanadoo.es/valldelaguar/senderismo.htm
    A walking path branches out opposite to El Sequer’s cottage leading up to the Segaria mountain range and the Peñas Rojas.

  • Cycling and Mountain Biking: A network of paths crisscross the Rectoria Valley between orange groves and the Girona river bed, making this an ideal location for cyclists. The nearby Coll de Rates (10Km) with its serpentine curves and breathtaking views forms part of Spain’s Vuelta Ciclista (Cycling Tour). From Gandia (25Km), there is a cycling route along the old Gandia-Alcoy narrow gauge railway. (Greenways)

  • Golf: Seven championship Golf Coursesin a radius of 8-30 Kms; the three nearest ones are: Oliva Nova Golf (designed by Seve Ballesteros), La Sella ( 18 holes) and the Javea Golf Club (9 holes).
    www.comunitatvalenciana.com/golf/

  • Horse-riding: There are several horse-riding stables only a few kilometres from the village, which offer excursions or classes. (La Sella, Oliva, Benissa)

  • Tennis: Tennis courts in the next village (1Km); Go-kartingMini-golf;

  • Bird watching: The proximity of the Pego marshlands and the Montgo Nature parks make this area a bird-watcher’s paradise, where many and rare species of birds can be seen throughout the year (eagles, heron, egret, little bittern, warblers, larks, blue rock thrush, etc) Some of these species can even be seen from our own houses.

FIESTAS AND CELEBRATIONS

All year round, but especially during the summer months, a full agenda of fiestas and local celebrations held in nearby towns, add the festive touch to this region which will leave its mark on your memory.

FIESTAS AND CELEBRATIONS

January The Three Kings Parade
February Carnival in Denia and Pego
March The famous Fallas in Valencia, Gandia and Denia
April Easter week processions, Cultural week in Benimeli
May Moors & Christians parade in Alcoy
June San Juan celebrations in Javea and Alicante; the Cherry festival
July & August Patron saint fiestas in many different towns and villages
August Moors & Christians in Denia & Vergel
Fiestas in Benimeli (3rd week)
September Fiestas in Javea’s port
Valle de Laguar
October

Fiesta of the Valencian Community

November

Benimeli: Saint Andew’s day; popular meal for all the village.
Medieval markets in different towns; Cocentaina

December Christmas
Christmas concerts

GASTRONOMY AND WINES

The Marina Alta district, where Benimeli is located, is also famous for its excellent and varied gastronomy, which the visitor can savour and enjoy in typical, traditional or nouveau cuisine dishes. Not far from Benimeli are several well-known restaurants, some of which are listed in the Michelin Guide. Paellas, fish, seafood, meat, cold-meats, fresh vegetables and fruit from the Valencian “huerta” are ingredients to be found in all restaurant menus.

The Marina Alta district has a long-standing wine-producing tradition and in recent years, a new generation of Alicante and Valencian wines are on a par with other well-known Spanish wines. The sweet muscatel winefrom Teulada and the Pop Valley, white wines from the Alto Vinalopó, and red and rosé wines from Utiel-Requena have carved out an important niche in the market, both at home and abroad. If you are interested in wine, we can prepare visits to small, local, family-run vineyards, and provide information on “wine routes”.

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