View from Xativa Castle
Casa Colina is perfectly situated in the heart of the Costa Brava, meaning all of this wonderful area's towns, sights and interesting locations are a car's drive away. If its long mountain drives you like, castles and history, vibrant towns and food or metropolitan cities - you will not be dissapointed with what the area has to offer. This page will detail a few of the highlights, with the larger towns and cities described on their own pages, so have a map handy and browse the page then click on the links at the bottom or on the menu at the top of the page to see more of the areas towns.
View from Pla de Petracos
Forna and it's castle
Moments away from Casa Colina to the north is the little town of Forna. The town itself is quite small, surrounded with magnificent cliffs and rolling hills. The Moorish-Templar castle on top of Mt. Forna offers lovely views of these surroundings. Starting in the village, you can follow the trail that heads up the mountain to the castle. Make sure to check the opening times before you visit.
South of La Vall d'Ebo and north of the town of Castells de Castells, there are a protected range of cave paintings that are worth a visit, not only for the caves themselves but for the views and roacky valley they are set in. They can be reached from Castell de Castells from the CV-720, turning off onto the Cami de la Vall d'Ebo
The rock paintings of Pla de Petracos are declared "Patrimony of Humanity" by UNESCO. They were discovered 1980 and are one of the most important Neolithic rock paintings on the Iberian Peninsula. They are related with the first farmers who lived in the north of Alicante 8000 years ago..
The Sanctuary of Pla de Petracos is made up of eight shelter woods. Of these, five of them show paintings in a perfectly visible vivid red.
Inland Costa Blanca is not short of beautiful mountain drives. It is almost difficult not to find yourself on a winding road, weaving in and out of valleys and up and over hillsides. If exploring is your thing then the area is perfect for you, with some stunning drives through endless orange groves, forests and vinyards, across dams and along coastlines. Scenic drives are very easy to plan with a good map or Google. The best way to do so is to pick a route through the many mountain towns whenever you visit a main location, such as Xativa or Denia. Don't be afraid of going the long way round! One thing to beware of however is not to rely on Google or Satnavs without question - they often have roads that are in fact footpaths or even deadends on a mountain side leading to private
gates - so the rule of thumb is: if the road looks private or dodgy quality and you think "is it really ok to go this way" - it probably isn't, so find another way around (see Day 1 of the travel diary for a funny story about this!).
The area does not let you down on the castle front! There are many to see of all shapes and sizes. Forna castle mentioned above is the nearest, but further afield there are a series of others - all a different style - but all with breathaking views of their surroundings. The builders of each castle always had one priority - build it high on a hill or mountain! So a few of them are tough to get to but believe us it's worth it once you're there.
The largest and most impressive castles - Denia, Xativa and Alicante are detailed in the pages of their respective towns. Oliva castle is more of a ruin, but the steep walk rewards amazing views of Oliva wrapped round the hill and all the way along the coast into the distance. There are many more to find so if castles are your thing - make sure you research online before your visit.