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The city of Valencia: beaches galore

El Cabanyal neighbourhood

The warm Mediterranean climate of Valencia makes it the perfect place to enjoy not only the city sights, but also the long stretches of sand which line the city’s shore. Even in February, these beaches are dotted with swimmers daring enough to take a mid-winter dip. The centre of Valencia affords a fantastic public transport network, linking the city to beaches such as Las Arenas, La Malvarrosa and La Patacona. Continue reading

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Altea: Dream homes in a sensational Spanish seaside town

Beautifully restored town centre of Altea

Whitewashed houses, narrow cobbled streets and a privileged hilltop location: welcome to the charming seaside town of Altea, one of the Costa Blanca’s hidden gems on the coast of Alicante. From an elevated position overlooking a vast expanse of Mediterranean Sea, this characterful Spanish town is not only popular with foreign tourists but also the refuge of choice for many artists and writers alike, including Rafael Alberti and Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. Continue reading

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Denia beach uncovers further Roman artefacts

An Amphorae found on Denia beach

An important archaeological discovery was made, quite by chance, after an innocent holiday maker stumbled upon the remains of two ancient Roman vases whilst swimming off the coast of Denia. The containers, or amphorae, according to initial examinations date back to the second century AD and are likely to have been produced in a ceramic workshop near the Guadalquivir River. A couple of millennia later and they have fortunately been rediscovered by a lucky tourist on the beach at Les Marines, Costa Blanca. These terracotta, classical era containers were probably used to transport oil, one of the primary products of the Romans in Spain and integral for the prosperity of a dominant empire throughout Europe. Continue reading

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