Luxury villa sleeping upto six people on the edge of Orba village. Well equipped not a basic holiday villa, with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, private pool, ample garden furniture, shady areas and gas BBQ.
Details of some of the local activities and attractions you may consider during your stay at Casa Alegria
If you want a break from chilling out and soaking up the sun, there are plenty of places to visit, whether it is the lively beach resorts of Javea, Denia and Calpe (or Benidorm!), or a peaceful stroll around any number of small villages, each with its own character and charm.
Basically your holiday can be as peaceful or lively as you want it to be and nothing is too far away. It is very hard not to relax once you arrive at Casa Alegria. The atmosphere is wonderfully relaxed and despite the popularity of the village with foreign visitors, there has been no dilution of the rich Spanish culture. The village church and old bell tower are interesting places to visit, make sure you go into the church where a collection of local paintings are on display. There are some good shops in Orba, as well as a long list of excellent restaurants to enjoy if you do not feel like cooking, and in the evenings, there are plenty of lively bars to frequent, you can even join in the bingo sessions in the streets at mid-night if you want to.
There is no need to leave Orba during your holiday, but if you do not want to investigate further a field. We have outlined below, some of the main areas that we think may be worth a visit, together with a brief summary of what is there. If we get any more detailed, your holiday will be over before you have finished reading!
Local Activities (Orba)
The sports centre is a very short stroll from Casa Alegria, here you will find football, basket-ball pitches, a sports hall with a Pelota court, a swimming pool (summer only), tennis court (rackets and balls in Casa Alegria), and an award winning Pizza restaurant, (takeaway’s also available).
The Tururac multi- activity centre is just above the petrol station on the outskirts of the village. Go-Ape adventure type activities are catered for, they also have mountain bike tours, sedgway tours, paintball, rock climbing, canoeing etc. see full details at www.tururac.com or phone 96 578 2360
The valley floor has a network of tarmac tracks, through the citrus groves, that can be used for walks and cycling. Our family use the tracks for morning runs or jogs. The area is for agricultural use, and mainly citrus groves. Although the majority of the groves are owned by individuals, most of the produce goes to co-operatives. The orange groves produce excellent crops. There are a variety of types grown, some for eating, (Valencia oranges), and some for juice production. There are also groves of lemons, and excellent ruby red grapefruits.
Walks on the surrounding hills give excellent views of the area. In summer, take plenty of water with you.
Ascend to Col de Rates from where you can enjoy panoramic views that are unique to the region. A car is the easiest way, or there is a path from Parcent or Alcalali if you fancy the climb.
There is Safari Park at Vergel towards Oliva, 15 mins drive from the villa. It has approx 1400 animals, a drive through section as well as a walking section.
Just a short drive away, in the next village, visit the caves at Benidoleig they are only about 4 kms from the villa – at least it is cool here!
What can we say! Benidorm is about 45 minutes drive away with all the attractions that one of the biggest holiday resorts in Spain has to offer. There are several theme parks situated just off junction 65A of the AP-7 motorway and are well worth a visit, the main theme parks are listed below.
Dolphin show at Mundomar White knuckle ride at Terra Mitica
Plus of course the two main beach areas. We have walked along the beach here on 25th November, it was packed. There is also a good karting track close to the entrance to Terra Mitica at Finestrat.
We have been told about a smaller water park better suited to younger children, (under 12). It is at Cullera (north of Gandia) Aquopolis - Water park.
There are several golf courses within a 40 minute drive of the villa.
Course at La Sella, see more details at http://www.lasellagolf.com/en
There are lots of karting tracks around and they are all reasonably priced. We think that the best karting track in the area is on the main N332 at Ondara, close to the motorway exit, Go-Karts at Ondara. There is also another good one on the main road from Denia to Oliva and is called ‘Oliva Karting’. They also do quad biking, mini-golf and trampolining here.
There are stables near by at Ondara, see details on the owners own website, http://hipicaondara.com/.
There are lots of walks around Orba and district and many are described in “Costa Blanca Walks” by Roger Massingham and “Costa Blanca Mountain Walks” by Bob Stansfield. Some of the routes can be difficult to follow and over tricky terrain. It is not recommended that you go walking alone as it is easy to get lost or injured. Best to seek out experienced members, or better still a walk leader, from the Costa Blanca Walkers who will welcome you to join them see website http://www.cbmwalkers.org/. We have used this club, they welcome visitors to join them, and have a friendly relaxed attitude to all visitors. They usually have 4 walks per week, 2 on Wednesdays and 2 on Saturdays. All too different places, all at differing standards and capabilities, lunch at local restaurants, or take a packed lunch.
Other ideas for walks can be found at http://www.marina-alta-walks.org/ and various other websites.
The area is ideal for cycling, either on or off road. Clubs have days out around the area. Many international race teams use the areas hilly terrain for training during the Autumn, Winter and Spring months.
There are several green bowling clubs all within a 30 minute drive of the villa.
Bowling at Caple on the sea front
The whole area is full of places to visit and we could go on forever! The best thing is to go out and explore for yourself!
For all types of water activities, go to any of the coastal towns, sailing, motor boats, jet skis, water skiing, wind surfing, paragliding, diving, are all available.
As well as the coastal trains and ferries (see later), on any sort of car journey, even to the supermarket, will have mountain, valley and coastal vistas.
The drive to Guadalest takes you over the Col de Rates, and deep into the mountain roads and villages. Any journey to the coast will be enjoyable, particularly via Jalon and Benissa to Calpe, Moraira, and towns to the south, Altea, Albir, Benidorm.
The short circular drive (40km), out of the centre of Jalon, (turn by restaurant La Pista), takes you into the Bernia mountains, and back out to Benissa. It supplies excellent mountain vistas, and views over the Calpe coast-line.
There are a variety of ferries that run between the main coastal towns, Denia, Javea, Moraria, Calpe, Altea, Benidorm. There are also glass bottom boat trips and catamaran trips available.
The narrow gauge railway runs between Denia and Benidorm, with many stations in between. The fares are very cheap.
We also use the train to Valencia. It runs from Gandia, but we use the free station parking at Xeraco, train fares are around €3, the trip runs through the paddy fields, yes the Valencia region has a huge rice growing area to the north of Pego.
Valencia - Big City
The Science park area is well worth a visit. On the same site is the Oceanographic Park with its vast array of marine life including Beluga whales, dolphins, etc. There is also a fabulous aquarium, with the largest tank in Europe, you walk under sharks, and a myriad of fish and sea creatures. An IMAX cinema showing films for children and adults is also on this site. A hands on science museum, and a theatre complex with an Opera and Music house. A very good day out can be had here, if travelling by car, the car parks at the science park are expensive, park across the road and walk. Visit their website for current activities.
The climate of the Costa Blanca is considered to be one of the most healthy in the world by the World Health Organisation. The weather is almost perfect for holidays. Daily temperatures are in the upper 30C's (90F's) in July and August with 11 hours sunshine. Even in midwinter 20C (68F) is commonplace with an average of 6 hours of sun. Humidity is usually low. The driest months are Jun, Jul, Aug. The wettest (on average 4in/100mm or above) are Nov, Dec, May with Apr, Sep, Oct close by. Almost any month can be exceptionally dry. Rain usually comes for a week or ten days in October/November and for short periods through the winter until May. As Orba is surrounded by mountains it can on occasions attract clouds. In this case try a trip to the coast where it can be clearer.