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Oliva Beaches

Oliva's long, sandy beaches are some of the finest on the east coast. They're quite unique in so far as they're in a beautiful, unspoilt natural setting, well served with water sports, bars and restaurants and yet never get over crowded.

Perhaps we should be keeping this secret to ourselves! The vast majority of foreign tourists tend to flock to the neighbouring resorts of Denia, Javea and Moraira (and the beaches of the latter two are extremely crowded in high season).

Oliva is still very much a Spanish resort and this fact, coupled with the sheer length of the local beaches more than 10 kilometres in all give this stretch of coastline a completely different feel from the popular Costa Blanca which starts at Oliva's southern boundary.

The beaches are flanked by sand dunes which reach to a maximum height of seven metres and width of 40 metres. Small tracks intersect the dunes which provide hundreds of perfect picnic hideaways (for young lovers or those simply sheltering from the sea breeze which is often quite strong here).

The dunes have created a special eco system which provides a natural habitat for a wide variety of plant and animal life. You'll often come across the most beautiful wild flowers growing (impossibly it seems) in the dry sand of the dunes.

Some of the beaches are bordered by charming, traditional Mediterranean summer houses which tend to be closed up all year until the Spanish flock here for their August break.

There are many apartment blocks and holiday homes set back from the beach but the beachfront itself has been protected from the high rise concrete development which has marred so many of the Spanish costas.

Another charming characteristic of Oliva's beaches is that they're separated at intervals by rivers which provide ideal, natural play areas for children. The combination of fresh and sea water here is a delight for swimmers and fishermen alike.

Along the beaches and at the Oliva Club Nautica (at the northern end) you'll find a variety of watersports including sailing, fishing, windsurfing, kite boarding and sea kayaking.

 

There are many beachfront restaurants dotted along this stretch of coast and temporary wooden beach bars are set up in the summer months. But there are also completely virgin beaches, virtually untouched by tourism. One of these is Terranova Beach, to the north of the yacht club, where you'll find a sweet water spring suitable for bathing.

The longest beach is Pau Pi, to the south of the yacht club, which provides all the usual tourist facilities foot showers, children's play areas, shops, restaurants and ice cream parlours.

A particularly picturesque beach is Aigua Blanca, bordered by the dunes and the Alfadali and Bullent rivers.

All the main beaches have been adapted for handicapped access, with long slatted wood paths leading from the road (in some cases through the dunes) down towards the sea.

If you're staying in the town of Oliva the sea is about 20 minutes walk but there's a bus service to the beachfront every half hour in the summer.

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