The stunning rocky headland of Cap de la Nau Video

Cap de la Nau is the Valenciano name for a near vertical headland that divides the Gulf of Valencia from the Gulf of Alicante. In Spanish it is called Cabo de la Nao which roughly translates to Cape of the Ship in English. Directly offshore is the Balearic island of Formentera and is the nearest point on the mainland to Ibiza.

The limestone cliffs that make up this majestic rocky outcrop are impressive and dramatic, reaching a height of around 120 metres and topped off by groups of exclusive cliff-top houses.

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The Cova dels Orgues (Cueva de los Órganos in Spanish) is a large cave situated below the headland which can only be reached by boat. In recent years concerns over the numbers of boats visiting the caves has caused environmental concerns and now many visitors use either excursion boats or paddle canoes to visit the cave.

Snorkel and Kayak

The Cap de la Nau lighthouse is a working navigation aid built in 1928 that tops off the headland. There is a section of the cliff-top that has be clearly marked as paths for walking along the headland and are very popular with birdwatchers or those who want even better views of the area. The paths lead to small bays and take you through parts of the Cabo de la Nao Nature Reserve.

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The waters of the Cap are also very popular with divers and people who enjoy a quality fishing spot. The Restaurante Cabo la Nao has been serving visitors local cuisine since 1957 (closed Wednesdays) and every table seems to have a fantastic view.

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The balcony at The Restaurante Cabo la Nao

Another eatery is El Mirador also offers local delicacies and a table on the balcony is worth waiting for. There is parking at the headland but in summer finding an empty spot can be very difficult.

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