La Marina Alta is a region of the province of Alicante, Spain.

Marina Alta is a region on the north coast of the province of Alicante. Oranges are widely cultivated in this area, but away from the cost in the valleys, cherries, grapes and medlar are more commonly grown.

The region is divided into 3 distinct areas divided by mountains.

  • The towns, of Denia, El Verger and Ondara are situated around the Girona river and are mainly dedicated to the cultivation of oranges;
  • In the South, around the Gorgos river, where Javea and Gata de Gorgos are located, grapes and almonds are the main crops that are grown;
  • To the north, in the region called “La Marjal” between Pego and the coast, there is the Pego and Oliva natural park where the most popular crops grown are oranges and rice.

In the Marina Alta there are three important mountains: Segaria (500 m), Montgó (725 m) and Sierra de Bernia (803 m). At the summits of these mountains you can enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the region. Around the coastal areas you will find a wide variety of beaches, from fine sand to pebbles. While to the north of Javea and around the Montgó the cost is more rockly. The most rugged waistline is found in the middle of the region around the coves of San Antonio, Marti, Black and Nao.


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Marina Alta is a coastal region, located more to the North of the province of Alicante. It has a rather complex terrain, since criss-cross it many mountains, valleys and rugged coastline. There are many cliffs, coves and headlands that are in these lands.

The coast of this region has some of the accidents most emblematic of the province, such as the Cabo de San Antonio, San Martín Cape and Cabo de la Nao (the three form the peculiar "tip" of the province). As well as the famous Ifach rock, in the town of Calpe.

There are important mountains, such as the Sierra de Bernia and Montgo formations.

You can also highlight the importance of the marjal de Pego-Oliva, inland marshes. In the interior of this region, it also emphasizes the sub-region of Los Valles de Pego.

Some sources of water as the river Bullent, Racons, Girona and Gorgos stand out in the region.




Denia 42.023 66,2 645,07
Jávea 31.140 68,6 436,19
Calpe 27.768 23,5 1.181,61
Teulada 13.281 32,24 411,94
Benisa 12.690 69,7 182,06
Pego 10.878 52,9 205,63
Pedreguer 7.097 29,6 239,76
Ondara 6.217 10,4 597,78
Gata de Gorgos 6.969 20,3 294,03
Benitachell 4.773 12,7 375,82
Vergel 4.688 8,2 571,70
Els Poblets 3.078 3,6 855,00
Jalón 3.002 34,6 86,76
Orba 2.503 17,3 144,68
Beniarbeig 1.729 7,4 233,64
Alcalalí 1.395 14,4 96,87
Benidoleig 1.139 7,48 152,27
Parcent 1.061 11,8 89,91
Llíber 1.001 21,9 45,70
Vall de Laguart 937 23,1 40,56
Sanet y Negrals 727 3,9 186,41
Vall de Gallinera 672 53,6 12,53
Adsubia 697 14,7 45,44
Senija 658 4,8 137,08
Ráfol de Almunia 635 4,9 129,59
Murla 574 5,8 98,96
Benichembla 570 18,5 30,81
Castell de Castells 517 45,9 11,26
Sagra 457 5,6 81,60
Benimeli 429 3,5 122,57
Tormos 339 5,4 62,77
Valle de Ebo 297 32,4 9,16
Valle de Alcalá 191 22,9 8,34


Economy and Activity

The Marina Alta has been for much of its history, a region mainly dedicated to agriculture in the interior, and those related to fishing in the coastal municipalities. After the tourist boom of the 1960s, the beauty of this region led to a change in the economic sector, dedicated since then to the tertiary (tourist) sector.

The area now enjoys the impact of residential tourism, above all by the influx of numerous residents from the Central and Northern European countries.


The region is located within the official linguistic dominance of the Valencian.

Regional organizations

Institut d'Estudis Comarcals Marina Alta (IECMA). Cultural entity created in 1985 as a meeting place for the promotion and dissemination of works, studies and cultural information from within its scope. It currently has nearly 600 members who participate in its activities and receive all publications in which they participate, two of them own and regular; Aguaits, dedicated to research i L' Aiguadolç, of literary-themed articles. Some municipalities of the region, the Instituto de Cultura "Juan Gil-Albert" and other entities are collaborating in this project and the IECMA part of the Coordinadora de Centres d'Estudis de Parla Catalana, of which he is a founding member.

MACMA. Mancomunitat Cultural de la Marina Alta is a ciberguia which informs the cultural programming at the regional level. Reporting of events such as theaters, storytellers, concerts, cinema, exhibition, Conference, etc...

See Also

- Comarcas de la Comunidad Valenciana  

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