R2. Seafront Caves

View of Jávea Bay from Cabo San Antonio.

Road of Les Rotes - Dénia

5 km (100% car) (CV-7340).
Beach at the end of the Les Rotes road and sandstone extraction caves.

Cova de l'Aigua Dolça

400 m (100% on foot; 20 min).

Cova de l'Aigua Dolça - Dénia

Location of the cave.

Cova Tallada, excavations

2,4 km (100% on foot; 1,2 h).

Cabo San Antonio - Jávea

6,8 km (100% car).
Farallones to the north of Cabo de San Antonio, more than 150 m high.

River Gorgos in Xaló

Recommended on foot; 45 min.
Image of the Gorgos river at the height of the town of Xaló.

Cala del Moraig - Benitatxell

Coastal slope of Cumbres del Sol from Morro Falquí viewpoint and location of Cova dels Arcs.

Cova dels Arcs

Easy access, if the sea is calm.

Calpe Salt Flats

Salt flats de Calpe with the Peñón de Ifach in the background.

Route 2: Seafront Caves

We will become corsairs in search of treasures, in this case, landscape scenic and didactic.

This route takes us from one cave by the sea to another, from Cova de l’ Aigua Dolça in Dénia to Cova del Moraig in Benitatxell. It is not a metaphor, since in this route we must use our imagination to understand the secrets it holds, to understand why the waters of a river disappear or how they circulate through groundwater caves to the feet of spectacular cliffs.

Route of 59.5 km that starts in Dénia and ends at Cova del Moraig (Benitatxell). It is recommended to be done in good weather to enjoy a bath in the crystal clear waters of the sea. Caves formed by the action of the waves will be seen, in addition to the Moraig fault and the Gorgos river.

On this route return trips have been included corresponding to:

  • Camino de Les Rotes: (CV-7340): 5 km (100% car).
  • Cabo San Antonio: 6,8 km (100% car).

En el recorrido total no se han incluido los trayectos (ida y vuelta) siguientes:

  • Cova de l’Aigua Dolça: 400 m (100% on foot; 20 min).
  • Cova Tallada: 2,4 km (100% on foot; 1,2 h).
  • Río Gorgos en Xaló: 1 km (recommended on foot; 45 min).

Route 2

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  • Scientific interest 100%
  • Didactical interest 60%
  • Recreational interest 40%
  • Scenic value 60%
  • Difficulty 60%

Highlighted Places of Hydrogeological Interest

Marmitas de gigante in the river Gorgos, downstream of the town of Xaló

The Gorgos River and Groundwater

Between the towns of Llíber and Gata de Gorgos there is a deep valley naturally excavated in the rock of about 8 km long by which the Gorgos river bed meanders.

It is one of the shallow courses of the Júcar District that flows directly into the sea.

In this valley, apparently without special interest, one can observe, however, in a very clear way, an example of what is called in the scientific literature as influent river or loser, since its waters infiltrate due to the permeable character of the bed and the ground water level (phreatic or piezometric surface) is below the base of the bed.

Inside of the cavity, where you can see how the current of water flows towards the sea.

The Moraig cave

This submarine spring known as The Moraig Cave and the visitable Cova dels Arcs, are located in a place of exceptional landscape and tourist attraction, next to a hidden cove of clean and transparent waters, flanked by imposing rocky cliffs.

Access to the sea from the Moraig Cave waters to the emergency point is relatively complicated, as it is a cave open to the sea where the swell can impede access and where the ground is often wet and slippery.

The submarine surge is located on the seabed and to have a direct view of the cavity entrance requires diving practice for very experienced divers.

Other Places of Hydrological Interest

Panoramic view of the Morro de Toix, seen from the Mascarat viewpoint.

The Toix Morro sinkhole

Sometimes surprising and difficult to interpret facts occur in nature that can only be explained in an acceptable way after years of research.

One of these exceptional events takes place in the so-called Morro de Toix, an impressive limestone promontory that goes into the sea about 2 km south of the town of Calpe.

Just at the base of the cliff and about 8 m below the surface, a 1.5 m diameter gallery opens on the sea floor that penetrates inland and acts as a seawater sinkhole most of the time, so that seawater enters the aquifer and not the other way around, as would normally be the case.

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