Among the largest and most well-known towns in Marina Alta are primarily Denia – a normal, medium-sized Spanish town that lives all year round and not just in season. Nor is it characterized by large contingents of Norwegians or other foreigners, but has preserved Spanish culture and environment. Of course, the great beaches and the many activities offered together with a wonderfully good climate mean that there are many tourists here also in the season, but here it feels more like a supplement than the disadvantage.
Xabia is the city’s name in the local language of Valencian, while Javea is the Spanish / International. Javea is first and foremost a “municipality” – a large municipality – and “the city” if we can call it “divided” into three – “old town” a few kilometers in and up in the country, “puerto” (the harbor) in the northern end of Javea Bay and “Arenales” (the famous beach and beach town at the southern end of the bay).
The Jalon Valley, also known as the Xalo Valley is situated in the Marina Alta area in the Costa Blanca North and is quite simply stunning. The Marina Alta has a delightful mix of coastline and mountains, but it is its inland area that provides the great setting for this amazingly scenic day out.