This route takes visitors to some of the best beaches along the Mediterranean coast in Alicante, Murcia, Almería and Malaga. This area is well-known for its tourist attractions but still harbours many pleasant surprises.
Days 1 and 2
Sunday and Monday.
The Maestrazgo region has a brilliant coastal strip where the mountains which enclose inland Maestrazgo dissolve into the sea. Benicarló is a good starting point to explore this pleasant coast, travelling to nearby places such as Peñiscola, where the dominating feature of this town is the Papa Luna castle which appears to hover over the sea and over the old part of the town. Further inland we can visit the area of Els Ports-Maestrat with highlights such as the beautiful town of Morella where numerous civil and religious monuments reflect its history.
From the Parador de El Saler you will have the opportunity to discover one of our country's most attractive cities. Do not miss out on visiting the City of Arts and Sciences, designed by Santiago Calatrava, and roam around the ancient historical centre of Valencia: La Lonja, declared a World Heritage Site-the Central Market, the Cathedral, the Palau de la Generalitat, the Marqués de Dos Aguas Palace, and the Serranos and Quart towers. Stop in at the IVAM, La Beneficencia cultural centre, and the Fine Arts Museum to admire their interesting art collections and expositions. Also awaiting you are golf, the Parador spa, the sea, the beach and at dusk you can take a boat trip around the Albufera and see the beauty of the sunset.
Jávea is a town which enjoys a number of activities. Jávea (Xàbia) conserves an interesting historical centre characterised by narrow streets, buildings with arched portals, large gothic windows, iron railings, etc. The most characteristic feature of its buildings is the rough ochre-coloured sandstone extracted from the local quarry. To all this we can add the beautiful setting of beaches and coves such as Arenal beach and the coves of Cala Blanca, Cala de la Barraca, Cala de la Granadella etc. Close to Jávea is the Montgo Natural Park which appears to protect Jávea. Do not forget to visit the beautiful capes of Nao, San Martín and San Antonio and explore the nearby Terra Mítica theme park, as well as places such as Altea and Benidorm.
Lorca is our next stop on the route. Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains, this spot offers a wide variety of contrasts and picturesque landscapes. Visit one of the most attractive historic sites in the southeastern part of the peninsula, with an average annual temperature of 18º. Just 30 km from Lorca there are several beaches and coves. Highlights include Calnegre, which is 1,200 m long.
Days 6 and 7
Friday and Saturday.
The area around Nerja belongs to one of the regions in Andalusia with most identity and traditional character, La Axarquía. Both on the coast and inland a series of towns are to be found with great Andalusian flavour in which the nostalgia of a splendorous Arabian past radiates. Along the length of its coast there are important tourism centres: El Rincón de la Victoria, Almayate and Torre del Mar, the coastal area of Vélez-Málaga-the capital of La Axarquía and an important town which achieved great splendour during the Muslim occupation. The Parador, which appears to hover over the sea, guarantees a few relaxing days' rest on the Mediterranean shore, a splendid final touch to this route.