The charming village of Ondara lies about 10 minutes drive inland from the popular north Costa Blanca city of Dénia. Throughout its squares and plazas are characterful buildings, the village hall and church, Casa de Cultura and the village bullring. Climbing uphill through the narrow streets takes visitors to the old quarter where traditional tapas bars spill out onto the pavement and the hardest part of the day for the elder patrons seems to be deciding whether or not to have a brandy with their espresso. On the outskirts of Ondara though, old meets new in the form of the splendid new Portal de la Marina shopping and entertainment complex.
The large La Marina shopping centre is round in shape, similar to an amphitheatre or bullring and home to a superb selection of shops, boutiques, stalls, cafes, bars and restaurants. Among its shops visitors will find all the Spanish favourites as well as a good choice of popular high street brand shops such as Guess, Jack Jones, Zara Home, C&A, Levis, H&M, Oisho and Zara. Fantastic local shoes from the huge footwear factories of Elche are featured in the Salvador Artesano shoe outlet and trusty British favourites can be found in Clarks.
Delicious meals, snacks, tapas and takeaways are available form a number of popular eateries including La Barraca, La Creperia, Gelats ice cream parlour, Eddie Rocket's City Diner, Pasta City, McDonald's and the excellent tapas bars of Lizzaran and 100 Montaditos. Entertainment is offered throughout the year although more so during the peak summer months and the whole family can enjoy a movie at Cines IMF or 10 pin bowling in the Ozone Bowling Alley.
The golden sand beaches and city attractions of Dénia are just a 10 minute drive from the village and the legendary city of Benidorm just 30 minutes. The natural park and elephant shaped mountain of Montgó can be seen from Ondara and they offer excellent hiking trails and opportunities for rock climbing.
Not far from the village, Benidoleig is home to the vast Cuevas de las Calaveras which were discovered in 1768 and offer cooling respite from the afternoon sun. A wonder around the caves is a hit with the young ones with informative historical displays detailing the cave formations and there is a restaurant and play area above ground.