If you ask in Dénia where the Cova Tallada is, every single person will tell you it belongs to them. If you ask in Xàbia, they will argue that belongs…to them.
Cova Tallada is one of the most spectacular and well-known points of Costa Blanca.
This is a huge cave at sea level which has three parts: a cove with just water that opens to the sea, another dry with rock and loose stone and a third in elevation, which is several tens meters in the heart of the mountain, to access thanks to a sandy path.
The first part of the cave that opens to the sea offers one of the most spectacular images of the entire Mediterranean coast.
The sun coming through the east face and filtered between stone pillars to be reflected in the quiet inner raft to give the appearance of a kind cathedral of nature in gloom.
It is open to swim and for the access of canoes and kayaks, especially in summer.
The dry part of the cave, where nature has played up to the stone in capricious forms, the walkways and large flat plates offers a great place to relax, have lunch or simply remain silent and admire the sunset.
In this third part, which is a “cave inside the cave” you must use flashlights.
Inside there are small pools of water filtration . On the walls there are marks of the tools with which the rough, characteristic mineral formation of red and gold tones, was extracted.
The material was used in the construction of Dénia Arab castle and for the fortress San Bartolome church in Javea.
Today they use this stone in decorative elements such as windows, doors and pillars and it has become a mark of tradition and identity of La Marina.
You can reach Cova Tallada on foot or from the sea. If you’re going to do it from the sea, remember you are in a marine reserve and you should not enter by motor.
On foot, you can get there from Javea or from Dénia.
Route from Javea
You need to climb up the Plana de Sant Jeroni. On the road itself, past the restaurante Amanecer, after 150 meters a path opens.
From there just follow it: you’ll find stones and poles. It is simple and it is well signposted.
You will be passing between pine trees and bushes, where you can already see the red soil characteristic of the area and a typical Mediterranean landscape.
For nature lovers it is easy to find great variety of plants, shrubs and small wildlife. Also from here you have a unique view of Montgó, a view that has not changed in centuries! The second part of the descent is easy, but you need to wear proper shoes.
The porch in the second part is known as the Passet del Flare, a steep stone step in which, to tradition, a monk of the monastery of St. Jerome plunged to their captors Berbers in the fourteenth century.
In the end, the cave ceiling is reached. It is preferable, however, to access it on the north side along the coast. It is a fantastic experience to enter the cave as the sea breaks on your feet and you cling to the rock, between barnacles and small mollusks.
Route from Denia
You can drive all the way to the playa de las Rotas. Before the last roundabout, take the penultimate turn on the right that goes up a few meters. It is well signposted.
The first stage reaches la Torre del Gerro (Gerro Tower), a watchtower of the XVI century in which you can still admire the shield of Carlos I. To the east, on clear days you can perfectly see the profile of Formentera.
From the Tower, it opens to the cave a stretch by a stone staircase and another by a narrow road that is approaching the sea up to the mark of the Cova Tallada.