The villa is located in La Xara. The picturesque little village of La Xara offers all required facilities. There is a fantastic restaurant (Restaurante Punto Benimaquia) situated at 150 meters from the villa and the heart of the village is only at a two minutes-drive away. In the La Xara village, there is a large supermarket, hairdresser, bakery store, butchery, restaurants and bars.
La Xara can also be reached by train from Alicante or Valencia. The trainstation of La Xara is situated at a few minutes’ walk from the villa. The village of La Xara has maintained its authentic style although the regional tourism is growing to be the new “Ibiza” on the main land.
The panorama view from the villa (and its garden) on the imposing mountain scenery, l’Alt de Benimaquia (part of the preserved natural reservation del Montgo), next to the well-known and luxurious Golf resort La Sella, is breathtaking. The natural reservation del Montgo (that ends into a sea reservation known for whales and dolphins) reveals a wide variety of hiking and biking routes via routes that pass ancient historical preserved building structures going back to 500 year before Christ. Throughout the centuries many civilizations and cultures have lived and settled in the reservation where many of the remains are visible and accessible today.
The villa is about 7 minutes’ drive away from the sandy beaches of Denia. These are well maintained and clean beaches with small bars/restaurants on the beach. The harbor (both for yachts and ferries to Ibiza/Mallorca) divides the coastline in half; the northern part consists of the sandy beaches while the southern part is well known for surfing, kiting and various other water sports. Also on the southern part of Denia coastline, the crystal clear water is perfect for diving, snorkeling. The city of Denia is built around the ancient Roman castle. The history of habitation goes back until the prehistory.
In the 4th century before Christ it was a Greek colony of Marseille of Empuries, an ally of the Roman Republic during the Punic was and became Roman property under the name Dianum. In the 1st century before Christ, Quintus Sertorius settled a marine base. From 636-696, during the Visigotic empire Iberia the archbishop was settled in the city.
After the concur of Islamic armies of Iberia and the disentanglement from the kalifate Cordoba, Denia (then known as Deniya) became the capital of the kingdom that ruled over a part of the Valencian coast and Ibiza. It lost its independence in 1076 and was placed under the governance of the Almoravides. Denia was concurred by the Christians in 1244. The Islam Arabs were the original builders of the core or earliest parts of the fortified castle.
The French, that occupied the city for 4 years during the Spanish war early in the 18th century, rebuilt it. The remains of the castle from that period are very impreesive and can be visited. Please visit the website of the Denia castle for more details and opening hours.
Denia has, south of the harbor close by the Platja de Marianeta, a very large and cozy shopping district with a very wide variety of shops. At minutes’ drive from the villa, close to the entrance of the A7 highway, lies the huge and modern shopping mall La Marina with a large number of stores, varying from commodity to luxury and high end shops.
On every Monday morning the Mercadillo has been a traditional local market a standard tradition on the parking lot of the Torrecremada. The week-market where people hunt for bargains is open from 8.30-14.00 hours. Also, from March until November there is a genuine artisanal market in Denia, because of the persisting great weather throughout his period. During the spring, this market is open during the weekends but during the summer season (June-September) the market is open 7 days a week from 19.00-0.00 hours.
On the famous Rastro in Denia you can hunt for those second hand bargains, in the Calle la Via every Friday from 9.00-14.00 hours.
The beaches of Denia offer a variety of sporting facilities like diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, jet skiing, sailing, etc. Also the genuine golf “addicts” will find their needs in la Xara on the prestigious Golf la Sella club on less than 2 minutes drive from the villa. The golf resort offers a 3*9 hole facility and is situated next to the del Montgon mountain scenary.
The Costa Blanca (Spanish for “White Coast”) is one of the most popular coastal areas in Spain and covers almost the full distance between Valencia and Alicante (220 kilometers). Stretched over this coast line a lot of settlements, varying from small villages to large cities are situated. Some of these coast villages/cities are very popular with people that spend the winter time in the relatively warm and dry winter climate.
The Costa Blanca has a Mediterranean climate with the least contrast or difference in the climate change over the seasons of whole of Spain. Throughout the year there is little rain and the sun is present throughout the full year. Also in the area of temperatures there are no extreme changes. It hardly ever freezes in that area while extreme heat (higher than 40 degrees Celsius) also usually does not occur. The mild winters and the comfortable dry and warm summers are caused by the Mediterranean climate where the Mediterranean Sea has a “warming effect” in the winter on the area. Because of the intense
mountain landscape just behind the coast line, the cold from inland stays away, while the sea keeps the area relatively warm.
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