Jalon Valley – The Best Places to Wine and Dine Between the Ocean and Mountains

Between fine dining establishments like Bistro Selene restaurant and Bodegas Xaló, you’ll be spoiled for choice for activities upon your visit to Jalon Valley. 

Today we wish to transport you to Jalon Valley, located on the Costa Blanca, situated between the towns of Javea and Calpe, north of the province of Alicante.

The picturesque Jalón Valley is set in a privileged location at Costa Blanca, just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, it is part of the Vall de Pop, a valley in the middle of nature that runs along the Gorgos River, also known as the Jalón River. 

The river passes through the towns of Benichembla, Murla and Parcent until it reaches the charming village of Alcalalí, where the river widens, followed by the rural villages of Jalón and Llíber, and the historic town of Benissa.

Today we want to get lost in the Jalon Valley, located on the Costa Blanca, situated between the towns of Javea and Calpe, north of the province of Alicante. Possibly now in summer many of you will be approaching the beaches of this area. Although, if you are looking for a quieter place and not far from the sea, this rural corner is enviable.

You can reach Alicante on any of your flights. The Jalon Valley is surrounded by vineyards and magnificent mountains. Hotels and small rural tourism cottages, old country houses, are some of the most traditional accommodations that can be found.

This enclave is perfect for those who are looking for tranquillity as well as for those who like to practice different outdoor sports. Here come lovers of hiking, golf, fishing, mountain biking, water sports on the coast and even, why not, small artists to draw the magnificent landscapes of the area.

Among the best hiking areas are the Barranco del Infierno, the Montgó Park near Jávea, the mountains of Coll de Rates, the waterfalls of Algar and the limestone mountains of Marina Alta. To visit picturesque villages I especially recommend Llíber, Guadalest, Orba, Alcalali, Parcent and Jalón, which gives its name to the valley, famous for its honey, ham and local wineries.

But possibly what the Jalon Valley is best known for is being a great base for visiting places like the coastal towns of Javea, Altea, Denia and Moraira. All of them are very touristic, with great beaches and small isolated and unspoiled coves, as well as having a unique animation.



And while you are here, why not plan a visit to the theme park Terra Mitica, Aqualandia, Mundomar or the Vergel Safari Park? As it makes for a fantastic way to spend the day with little ones. 

The Jalón Valley is one of the most interesting natural enclaves of the Spanish Levante. Its excellent table wines, especially mistela, its rural tourism and the proximity of the Costa Blanca make it an exceptional destination for those seeking tranquillity and adventure, for those who want to be close to the beach and the mountains.

The Mediterranean coast is just a stone’s throw away, a succession of hidden coves and dream beaches.

Suddenly we find ourselves at La Marina Alta, a region in the southeast of Spain that shows a landscape of contrasts; mountain and forest, rivers, streams and wadis, valleys covered with vineyards, and a coastline with steep cliffs, hidden coves and beautiful sandy beaches.

Discover these quiet villages with traditional houses, their whitewashed facades, silhouettes of churches under a blue sky, where the vines envelop the reddish earth, a field of green pine forests, wildflowers, aromatic herbs and, at the beginning of the year, the beautiful panorama of almond trees in bloom.



Where to Eat at Jalon Valley: 

Bistro Selene

Run by a highly professional team, Bistro Selene has a warm and inviting atmosphere and wonderful cuisine to match. Considered by many as a hidden gem in the middle of the mountains, Bistro Selene has cracked the code on Mediterranean cuisine with a modern, elegant twice. 

The restaurant exclusively uses fresh seasonal ingredients from the area, which the kitchen then takes and turns into the most exquisite dishes you’ve laid your eyes on. For example, many people come to try their succulent meats, octopus, goat cheese salads, terrine, and pate to name but a few.

The wine list is also diverse to suit various palates and can satisfy the needs of its clients who choose to find the best to match their dining experience.




Visit Bodegas Xaló Vineyard 

Located in the heart of the Marina Altra, Bodegas Xaló is an iconic vineyard in the Jalon Valley, offering distinctive wines and spirits. Enjoy an interesting guided tour with tasting, where you can delight yourself with prestigious wines and mistelas, in the heart of the Vall del Pop.

The Cooperativa Valenciana Virgen Pobre de Xaló produces high-quality wines and spirits thanks to its distinguished and cautious production, which is achieved via a combination of artisan knowledge and cutting-edge technological means.

We recommend that you check out their “Gourmet” room, where you can enjoy a wine tasting and pairing of sausages. What other way is could you think of to enjoy wine tourism in such a privileged corner of the Mediterranean? 

For only 10€ you can taste the best wines of the winery, some that have aged up to 50 years in Bodegas Xaló.



  • Address: Bodegas Xaló

Crta.Xaló-Alcalalí. S/N

03727, Alicante 


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