Jalon Valley Holidays
Jalon Valley Holidays – Gorgeous countryside close to the sea
This wonderfully lush region offers picturesque villages, peaceful accommodation, quality restaurants and a slow pace of life. Rural hotels, upmarket apartments and stylish villas offer a blissfully quiet alternative to the busy beach resorts.
Jalon Valley holidays can combine the best coast and mountain scenery on the Costa Blanca. Scenic roads through lush valleys lead to pretty mountain villages surrounded by peaks rising to 3000 feet. The whole region, with its vineyards, olive groves, orange trees and fruit orchards, is a delight to explore. Sample local wine bodegas, visit lively village markets and browse the antique shops of Jalon. There is superb walking, with waymarked routes for all levels.
The most popular villages are a 30 minute drive from sandy beaches, unspoilt coves and characterful harbour towns. Nightlife revolves around small village bars or the stylish seafront restaurants of upmarket Denia and stylish Javea. The whole area remains remarkably Spanish in style and offers a very warm welcome.
When to go
The intense sunshine of peak summer is not ideal for walking, cycling or horse riding. We recommend spring and autumn if you are planning an active holiday. Holidays to the Jalon Valley in late winter will catch cherry and almond trees in blossom. Spring weather is ideal for mountain walking and touring.
The liveliest time on the coast is July and August. Summer also sees an enjoyable programme of festivals and fiestas in the region. For quieter beaches with the same glorious summer weather choose June or September.
The weather in the Jalon Valley
This scenic region has exceptionally sunny weather throughout a long summer season. Jalon Valley holidays between June and September can expect almost constant sunshine. Summer daytime temperatures average 30ºC, but hotter days are common in July and August. Summer evening temperatures around 20ºC are made for romantic outdoor dining. The higher mountain villages largely avoid the intense heat of the coast.
Our favourite time is spring. Temperatures around 20ºC are fine for beaches but not too hot for walking and touring. Late summer and early autumn usually see long periods of warm settled weather. Winters are mild and sunny.
Getting the best deal
The best rural hotels and villas are much in demand in July and August. Easter is also busy. An early search will mean a wider choice of accommodation options. Few Spaniards holiday in June and September so you should find lower prices and more availability. Flights are also cheaper at this time.
Look out for low-price holidays to the Jalon Valley in spring. Often cheaper still in autumn. Winter walking holidays offer good value too. We keep up to date with early booking offers and last-minute bargains. See our present best deals and consider cheap accommodation in nearby coast resorts like Denia, Javier, Calpe and Moraira.
Airport and transport need to know
Package holidays to the Jalon Valley usually fly to Alicante (ALC). Independent travellers could fly to Valencia (VLC). Both are large modern Spanish airports. Flight time to Alicante is about 2 hours 30 minutes. Alicante is very well served from the UK. You should find economical flights departing from your region. Year round departures from major airports like Manchester and Gatwick. Transfer time from Alicante is 60-90 minutes.
It’s a straightforward drive (on the right) from both Alicante and Valencia, with most of the journey on the coast motorway. Public transport options include direct buses to Benissa and Gata de Gorgos from Alicante bus station or the TRAM coast train from Alicante via Benidorm. You could also take the airport bus to Calpe and travel on by taxi. A taxi from Alicante airport to the Jalon Valley will cost at least €100 (₤80). Private shuttle companies may be a cheaper option.
Car hire is highly recommended. There is little public transport except along the coast.
The best beaches near the Jalon Valley
The Jalon Valley is a 30 minute drive from the most interesting and attractive resorts on the Costa Blanca. Fishing towns like Denia and Javea feel entirely Spanish and have established a reputation for fine dining, quality accommodation and stylish nightlife. Beaches are the main attraction but you also have swish marinas, working fishing harbours and old town centres with historical interest.
The coastline between Denia and Altea offers sandy town beaches and secluded coves separated by low cliffs. Calpe and Moraira have well-equipped family beaches and unspoilt coves for relaxed swimming, diving and snorkelling. Cliff paths and coast walks link beaches. Sunbeds for hire at the main beaches. Well-maintained facilities and Blue Flag water quality are the norm. You will find plenty of affordable restaurants on pleasant promenades.
For a sandy beach with a traditional promenade try Playa Arenal in Javea. Shallow water and fine sand make this Blue Flag beach ideal for children. There are well-maintained showers and changing rooms plus sunbeds for hire. The promenade has an especially good collection of restaurants and bars. In the peak summer season you might prefer Playa Benissero. Space is guaranteed on this mile-long stretch of fine shingle. Also popular with windsurfers. Facilities are similar to Arenal and there is a good bar right on the beach.
The beaches north of Denia become increasingly less developed as you move further from town. Beaches like Les Bovetes and Les Marines are among the widest and longest on the Costa Blanca. Fewer facilities but a wilder breezier feeling and acres of space. To the south of Denia is La Marineta Cassiana, a further kilometre of good quality sand and excellent conditions for swimming.
There are dozens of tiny coves on this easternmost corner of the Costa Blanca. The Jalon Valley is well placed for the pretty coves and simple family beaches between Calpe and Moraira. This is another good area for escaping the peak summer bustle. You can also enjoy some of the most rewarding coast paths and cliff walks in the region. Try the easy walk from Les Basetes to Cala Calanga. For a good naturist beach head for lovely secluded spots like Ambolo Beach in the Cala Blanca area of Javea.
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