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For our second week house sitting in Oliva we managed a couple of adventures before heading to Valencia for a couple of days.

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Costa Blanca Day Trip

I’ve heard a lot about Javea over the years from friends and family visiting so we decided to check it out.  We wandered the old town which is really cute, although almost completely shut down on a Sunday!

Looking down at Javea harbour with blue water in a long bay in Spain.

We then went to the beach area, first driving up to the lighthouse at Cap de Sant Antoni that overlooks the marina.  The beaches in town are rocky but great for walking along until we reached the super busy Playa Arenal.

 

Hiking in the Montgo Natural Park

Since arriving we have been staring at the Montgo Mountain in the distance.  We took off one morning to explore the area a little.

After driving to the far side of Denia, we found parking and hit the trail to Cova Tallada.  We took a detour by the Gerro Watchtower for some great views of the coastline.

Man hiking up a steep, rocky hillside to an old watchtower at the summit in Denia, Spain.

 

The trail to the cave skirts the mountain edge before dropping down to sea level.  As we entered the cave it seemed rather unimpressive – and loud.  Lucky for us, we arrived to find a couple of high school field trips had taken the place over!

Looking down to clear blue water from cliffs of Montgo, hiking in Denia Spain.

 

As we walked past the teenagers and stacks of kayaks, the cave opens up into the mountain.  In pitch black, we wandered back a little way to explore by cellphone light.

Water and rocks inside a large cave called Cova Tallada, Denia Spain.

 

Not long later the school group hopped back in their kayaks and paddled off, leaving us able to see just how awesome the cavernous space really is.  You can wander outside the cave to a rocky outcrop basked in sun with perfectly clear blue water to swim.  From the fish we saw just standing there, I’d say it’s a great place to snorkel too.

Crystal clear water with people snorkelling in Denia Spain.

 

Kitesurfing in Oliva

Terry finally managed to get a kitesurfing lesson organized.  I wouldn’t say it was as well organized as his kiteboarding lessons in Tarifa, but it got him in the water again for a few hours!

Two people kitesurfing at the beach in Oliva, Spain

 

Valencia in Two Days

We were flying out of Valencia to Belfast, Ireland but decided to stick around for a couple of days first.  I’d heard good things about this city so was looking forward to it.

We kicked it off with a free guided walking tour.  By the end of three hours on our feet we were ready for a cold drink and a seat.  In search of lunch, we stumbled across a bar with  delicious cider on tap and somehow forgot about eating…

Beautiful grand architecture with palm trees in Valencia, Spain.

 

Probably our favourite thing about Valencia is the old Turia riverbed.  Due to flooding, the river was diverted years ago and the city turned the entire dry riverbed into a long, winding park space.  There are cafes, sports areas, playgrounds, fountains, ponds and all sorts of areas to explore.  The walking and cycling paths throughout the entire space make that easy.

Old stone bridge crossing a dry riverbed turned into a city park in Valencia, Spain.

 

We walked the length of the park to the beach on our second day in Valencia.  This also took us through the City of Light and Science.  While we didn’t pay to enter any of the buildings it is still an impressive area to see and there are a number of exterior water activities available.

The beach in Valencia is incredibly wide and long.  When it was all seeming a little dull after Barcelona‘s beaches, we came across 15 volleyball courts.  While nothing much was happening at that moment, they were advertising multiple tournaments and free workout classes throughout July!  We might have to return…

Fountain brightly lit at dusk with grand buildings behind in Valencia, Spain.

 

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Claire

Welcome! I love to spend time planning travel and finding new adventures in cool destinations! Together with my husband, we've managed to spend 5 years finding adventures around the world without quitting our full-time teaching jobs in Canada. We have a not-so-strict low budget, we're willing to splurge on basic comfort and amazing experiences while cutting costs wherever we can.

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