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Costa Blanca & Valencia

Parks & Beaches

Here we have listed recommended parks, play areas and family friendly beaches. If your favourite is not listed please do get in contact.

  • Denia Beach

    Recommended by Georgina Bambrook

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    A long, fine, sandy beach in the north of Denia also known as Les Marines with plenty of activities and water sports in the summer months. The main town is also within walking distance which has a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants.

    Comments
    "I love Denia beach, there are plenty of things to do here whether its going for a swim or doing some water sports. In the summer there is a funfair close by and boats trips to nearby towns. The main town is close by which is full of spanish cafes and restaurants and there are also loads of great shops to visit!!" (GB, Aug 2009)

  • Granadella Beach, Cap de la Nau

    Recommended by Georgina Bambrook

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    A lovely secluded pebbly beach, popular in the summer months for the tranquility and beautiful views. Take part in some water sports or enjoy a meal in the restaurant overlooking the sea.

  • Pinosol Park

    Recommended by Georgina Bambrook

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    Pinosol Park, (opposite Hotel Pinosol) is a large park with 2 children's play areas and large woodland area, great for picnics and days out with the children. There is a large carpark and BBQ and seating areas. There is also a bar and restaurant.

    Comments:
    "This is a great place to take the children, there are 2 play areas, one for smaller children with a wooden climbing frame and slide, the other is for older children which has monkey bars and a table tennis table. It can be quite hot in the summer as one play area is not shaded, but there is a BBQ area with lots of seating under the trees so there are some shady areas. Its also a good place to have your little ones birthday party." (GB, Aug 2009)

  • Montgo Nature Park

    Recommended by Javea Tourist Office

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    The Mount Montgó Natural Park was officially declared as such in 1987 thanks to its landscape values, flora and fauna. It is located between Dénia and Xàbia and it has an area of 2.117 hectares. The Natural Park rises 753 metres above sea level and shelters over 650 vegetable species including the kermes oak, the red lavender, maritime fennel, rockrose species, the Valencia rock violet, the rock scabious, the black sabine or the palmetto. As far as fauna is concerned, you can watch birds as the yellow legged seagull or the Audouin seagull, several crows, ravens and birds of prey (the partridge eagle, a couple of royal owls, common kestrel ad the pilgrim falcon), reptiles, amphibians and mammals such as the fox, rabbit, badger, genet, etc.

    The Natural Park also has a Visitor Centre, to assist and inform visitors but also to organise a programme of guided tours in the park throughout the year. Groups of more than 10 people can contact the centre to programme visits outside the established planning.

    A variety of hiking trails can be found here: http://en.denia.net/ver/873/Parque-Natural-del-Montgó.html

  • Moraira Beach

    Recommended by Amanda Johnston

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    Moraira, 15 minutes from Javea heading towards Calpe has a beautiful beach with a play area on the beach for children, a volleyball net and a small stream leading into the sea from a pond where children can use fishing nets to catch tadpoles/little fish. Just off the beach is another play area with swings, slides and climbing frame. There is also a restaurant on the beach selling ice creams and food.

  • Arenal Beach

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    A beautiful sandy beach with 3 children's play areas plus volley ball nets. A wide range of shops and cafes/restaurants run along the beach front including a small supermarket, so plenty of places to go to eat/drink or have an ice cream. There are also dive centres nearby if you fancy doing some water sports.

    Comments:
    "We spend most Sundays at the Arenal, its a great place to meet up with friends and for the kids to take their bikes and I highly recommend Olas for their selection of ice creams!" (GB, June 2009)

  • Cala de la Barraca o del Portitxol

    Recommended by Claire Conway

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    A beautiful pebbled beach secluded in Javea. A stunning little haven to take the kids for a paddle or have a picnic without the hussle an bussle of tourists.

    Comments:
    "A much better alternative to Platja de l’Arenal. There is also an amazing restaurant on the beach called Barraca, selling the most delicious paella and tapas! With the best view in town" (CC, July 2010)

  • El Portet Beach - Moraira

    Recommended by Georgina Bambrook

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    This is a lovely little, blue flag sandy beach along the Moraira coast. It has a really nice restaurant and its within walking distance from the town if you want to take a look around the local shops.

    Comments:
    "The water is really clean and clear and that makes it great for swimming and for children." (GB)