Jalon valley and surroundings

Alcalali is located in the Jalon Valley, also called ‘ Vall de Pop ‘ (in Valencian language). It is located on the east coast of Spain, the Costa Blanca. Both Valencia (north) and Alicante (south-west) are an hour away by car. A (rented) car is highly recommended. Unfortunately, public transport is not very well developed on the Costa Blanca, although taxi’s aren’t expensive.

At 20 km there are different types of beaches. In 3 km you wil find a large supermarket, and in the village itself are several restaurants, bars, and a bakery. Directly from Alcalali several walking routes start, and cyclists stand face-to-face with the Coll de Rates. Also from the other villages in the area you can start some nice walking routes.

Denia is a larger place, at 15 km. distance. It is an old fisherman’s town with a nice center and a castle. There is of course a port, the possibility for all kinds of water sports, as well as a sandy beach. Altea is a nice little town with an old center built on a mountain. In the vicinity of Benidorm you can find several great amusement parks, with or without water fun. Calpe is the small version of Benidorm: high rising appartment buildings, large beach, many shops. Not the most romantic place, but convenient for a lot of people. Climbing Calpe’s rock Ifach is something special though. The second part is not for the faint of heart, and only to be undertaken with good shoes and in good condition.

In the villa you will find an information map, containing all kinds of leaflets and addresses for food and drinks, beach, bike, hike and other activities. In addition, we try to collect as many digital tips as possible on the subpages of this website. If you have any questions beforehand (or tips afterward!) please feel free to contact us.


Denia and everything north of it is wide sandy beach. On the other side of the Montgo mountain lies Javea, with in the old town a narrow strip and a little further a wide beach with everything on it (Arenal). South of Javea (Portixol, Granadella) and Moraira (Fustera, Pinets), on the other hand, you find beautiful rocky bays, with smaller beaches. Calpe as several beaches, more crowdy but easy accesible and well catered.

See our Beach page for more detail.


Walking routes start directly from Alcalali, but also from 101 other places in the area. Ranging from completely flat (to the villages in the valley) to snappy & rugged, plus everything in between. Just choose your pick of the day. Great value for your altitude meter efforts gives the walk at Benimaurell, overlooking both the Jalon Valley and the Orba Valley. Of course you also want to climb the Coll de Rates, as you have been watching it all week long from the villa’s balcony!

See our Hike page for more info, or send us an email for personal recommendations.


Directly from Alcalali, the Coll de Rates is a must! No col offering so much view for so few altitude meters, that is why it also suits the less well-trained cyclist. But also in the interior behind the Rates cycling is wonderful: quiet, good roads, nice fellow road users and often spectacular views. Alcalalí hosts a cycling café, and in Jalon there is even a Belgian cyclists bar/restaurant with sunny terrace. It is not for nothing that in the winter and early spring you’ll see all professional cyclist doing their training around here.

See also the Bike page, the route maps or send us an email for personal recommendations.

Other activities

In the vicinity there are many possibilities for active and passive entertainment. Of course we would like to give you our personal tips (see for example this page). Or you can enjoy discovering on the web, for example the links below and the links on other pages.