The Costa Blanca is also renowned
for being a shopper's paradise, offering everything from a fantastic
range of fashionable clothes and leather goods to wines and perfume,
along with the many regular markets in the villages and towns
offering a tremendous range of goods from fresh vegetables, fish,
fruit to household goods and antiques.
When it comes to eating out, you
are spoilt for choice with many restaurants offering both excellent
fare at prices hard to believe.
The Marina Alta region lies within
the Northern Costa Blanca, south of Valencia and north of Alicante.
The principal towns of the Marina Alta include Moraira, Javea
and Denia, whilst inland there is the very scenically attractive
Jalon Valley. The whole area is particularly attractive with olive
and orange groves, vineyards and trees/shrubbery providing the
backdrop to the hills and cliff tops. Don't just take our word
for it here is a recent extract from an article which appeared
in the Ulster Tatler (January 2000)
"The Costa Blanca area of Spain
is really beautiful. In the area north of Alicante around Denia
Javea, Moraira and Calpe, the landscape is greener than in the
southern areas. This area reminds me of the coastal areas of Ireland,
with the cliffs and beautiful sea views, but with the big difference
that the sun shines all year around. There are several golf courses
in the area and most new developments are near a golf course.
It is also a great place for sailing. I was there last November
and people were out swimming and sunbathing on the beaches. There
are no high rise buildings being built in this area and much of
the land is zoned for conservation, which makes it a low density