Boating Excursion to denia's coastal caves
From the sea, the expansive view of Denia is a sight to behold. Its thriving community in the foreground and the well-preserved historic attractions are a stark contrast but highlight its natural landscape of rugged cliffs, white sand beaches, and the majestic Montgó natural reserve in the background. The various coastal caves, and charming coves, offer the perfect adventure for boating enthusiasts. Sailing provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see the breathtaking scenery from the comfort of a boat while enjoying the cool ocean breezes and tranquility of the sea. It provides a fascinating alternative to the conventional land-based adventure.
To visit the coastal caves head south east from Denia Port. The must-see natural attractions include the sea caves of Cova Tallada, Cuevas de San Antonio, Cova dels Orgues, Cueva del Llop Marí, and Cueva dels Arcs. The coastline also has smaller caves and cavities rich with fossil remains, primitive arts, and diverse flora and fauna. Many of the caves and coves are accessible by swimming, kayaking, canoeing, or paddle-boarding from an anchored boat.
1. Cova Tallada. This is the first impressive cave that you will discover along the southern route. It has a width of 75 meters and a ceiling that reaches a height of 15 meters. Large rocks protect the sea in front of the cave and the area is relatively sheltered. This protected marine reserve with its natural tide pools is the perfect place for swimming, snorkelling, and observing the beautiful natural marine life.
Did you know that “Tallada”, translates to cut? This cave is actually an ancient quarry whose stone was used to construct many of the emblematic buildings of Javea & Denia, including Denia’s castle.
2. Cuevas de San Antonio. Just beyond Cova Tallada, directly below Cap de Sant Antoni (Cape of San Antonio – seen above), and in the cove called ‘Primera cala de San Antonio’ you will find Cueva Xiulador.
Cave paintings were discovered in the Cueva del Xiulador and Coves Santes areas of Cape San Antonio.
Approximately 5 nautical miles south of Cap Antoni you will will the spectacular caves, coves, beaches and islets of Cap de la Nau …
discovering cap de la nao by paddle surf
3. Cova dels Orguens / Orgues. The next stop, Cabo de La Nao, is home to two enormous sea caves, the Cova dels Orguens / Orgues (cave of the church organs) and Els Orons. (These are just a few of the many dozens of natural caves you will discover in the area of Cap de la Nau). The entrance to Cova dels Orguens (seen below) is modest, but the dome expands to expose a massive cave once inside. The stalactites that hang from its ceilings which resemble the keys of a giant organ, is the origin of the cave’s name. The rows and rows of swallow nests in Els Orons’ cave walls are a distinctive feature.
4. The Cova del Llop Mar or Cueva del Llop Mari (seen below). An ancient Roman quarry, this massive cave features a natural diving ledge, popularly used for cliff diving. Legend has it that the Berber pirates who used to attack this shoreline in the 16th century used this cave as a portal to the heart of the Cabeçó d’Or mountain, where they buried vast amounts of treasure.
5. Cova dels Arcs / Cueva de los Arcos. The cave of the arches is located at the Southern end of the beautiful and secluded Cala dels Moraig beach.
The Cave and beach served in ancient times as a refuge for sailors and as a supply of fresh water.
This is one of the most beautiful settings to enjoy sundowners, take pictures, or to practice snorkeling in crystal clear waters.