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Day Out Jalon Valley

The Jalon Valley, also known as the Xalo Valley is situated in the Marina Alta area in the Costa Blanca North and is quite simply stunning. The Marina Alta has a delightful mix of coastline and mountains, but it is its inland area that provides the great setting for this amazingly scenic day out.

Gata de Gorgos, the first stop of the day, has a long tradition of wicker making and there are plenty of shops selling all things wicker from dog baskets to table mats and even light shades! Following the course of the river Jalon the scenery is the main attraction. Fields of almond, olive and citrus trees as well as vines border both sides of the road. If you're making this journey during February you're in for a treat as the almond blossom will be in full bloom!! The village of Jalon makes a great stop as there are a couple of bodegas where you can sample the local wines, or continue to Alcalali for a stretch of the legs and a taster of a traditional inland village. After this, the mountain climb begins up to the Coll de Rates. The 360 degree panoramic vistas from the top are amazing, on a clear day you can see Mallorca!! On the way down you'll pass through the village of Polop, another ideal stop for a wander and refreshment before heading home.

.Places to stop during a day out Jalon Valley

  • Gata de Gorgos: well known for its tradition of producing wicker goods, a great place for a morning coffee before starting the scenic drive through the Jalon (Xalo in Valencian) Valley.
  • Jalon Valley: not a stop, but part of the journey. The valley is renowned for its almond, olive and citrus tress as well as the vines which provide the grapes for the production of wine. Pretty at any time of the year it is absolutely stunning in February when the valley is a sea of pink and white as the almond blossom is in full bloom.
  • Jalon: great for sampling the local wine, Jalon is very close to Alcalali so you might like to stop at one or the other.
  • Alcalali: small inland village which is typical of the area, it has more of a Spanish feel to it than Jalon does.
  • Coll de Rates: you'll feel as if you're on the top of the world. There are 'pull-in viewpoints' along the mountain pass which are great for picnics, alternatively the Coll de Rates restaurant has a fantastic panoramic terrace and a great menu.
  • Polop: near La Nucia, Polop is a charming village with a lovely plaza. The ruins of a 12th century Moorish castle are perched on the hill overlooking the village.

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