Beaches Jávea/ Xàbia Costa Blanca

Sandy beaches, pebbles, steep cliffs. You’ll find all types of beaches at the Marina Alta. Most of them offer facilities like beach bars (chiringuitos) or restaurants and toilets. At some beaches you can rent beds and sunshades or watersports equipment. Life guards are only present in summer.

Jávea/ Xàbia

Playa la Granadella, Jávea. This beach is a perfect horseshoe-shaped bay at the nature reserve Granadella. The intense blue water, dramatic cliffs and Mediterranean pines make it one of the most beautiful on the Costa Blanca. There is a beach bar and a few nearby restaurants, and the bay is famous for snorkelling. Services: lifeguards, parking, restaurant, beach bar, boat and kayak rental, sun lounger rental

Cala Portitxol, Jávea. White sand, gravel and water of an intense blue which, together with the wonderful setting and the typical vegetation of the Costa Blanca, results in a place of huge natural beauty, with all the charms required for a perfect family day at the beach. Services: lifeguards, beach bar, car park, sun lounger rental, kayak rental

Playa el Arenal, Jávea. Arenal beach is the busiest beach on the Javea coast with fine sand and a slight slope in the shallow waters. Amenities: lifeguards, Red Cross, walkways, water skiing facilities, entertainment, sports area, foot bath and shower, access for people with reduced mobility, parking, public telephone, bus stop and taxi rank

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Beaches Moraira Costa Blanca

Sandy beaches, pebbles, steep cliffs. You’ll find all types of beaches at the Marina Alta. Most of them offer facilities like beach bars (chiringuitos) or restaurants and toilets. At some beaches you can rent beds and sunshades or watersports equipment. Life guards are only present in summer.

Moraira

Playa del Portet, Moraira. One of the most idyllic beaches in the area: a beautiful cove with fine sand and beautiful clear water. Excellent for snorkling and watersports. Services: showers, accessible for disabled people, restaurants & bars, on street parking

Cala Moraig, Moraira. This spectacular beach is not the most accessible beach in Moraira but believes us, it is worth the journey. Breathtaking scenery, dramatic cliffs, and crystal clear water are awaiting you. This beach is perfect if you want to escape the Moraira crowds and enjoy the beach away from built-up areas. The left end of the beach is an unofficial nudist beach so keep that in mind!

Playa Ampolla, Moraira. With soft sand and shallow water, this is the most “family-friendly” beach in Moraira but also the busiest! The little ones can play safely on in the little stream that runs between the Barranc and the sea. They will also enjoy a playground, volleyball nets, shower and toilets as well as sunbed rentals. Services: beach bar, toilets, shower, lifeguard, free parking

Beaches Benissa Costa Blanca

Sandy beaches, pebbles, steep cliffs. You’ll find all types of beaches at the Marina Alta. Most of them offer facilities like beach bars (chiringuitos) or restaurants and toilets. At some beaches you can rent beds and sunshades or watersports equipment. Life guards are only present in summer.

Benissa

Cala Baladrar, Benissa. A gateway to the Mediterranean. Cala del Baladrar is an increasingly popular cove in Benissa thanks to the views, the quality of the water and the lively beach bar set up there in summer, offering live music while you enjoy a bar snack. Services: beach bar, car park, toilets

Cala la Fustera, Benissa. A charming fine sand beach in Benissa of fine sand surrounded by pine trees and very calm waters which, together with the beach bar, make it the perfect spot to spend a summer’s day… a real paradise on this stretch of the Mediterranean. Services: bar, restaurant, toilets, foot wash, lifeguards, blue flag, car park, playground

Cala de l’Advocat, Benissa. A delightful spot on the coastline of Benissa in which to enjoy a relaxing swim, watersports and hiking, almost any day of the year. Made up of pebbles and fine sand which is perfect for children, the calm waters here make L’Advocat the perfect place to spend a full day at the beach, while also enjoying the wonderful undersea world. Services: beach bar, toilets, foot wash, car park

Car rental Costa Blanca

Car rental is the best option to discover the Costa Blanca, as public transport is limited. To avoid troubles – which always is the biggest fear when renting a car – we suggest to choose ‘fair fuel policy’ and ‘excess cover’ as an option. Without excess cover own risk is significant.

Don’t forget to opt for ‘in terminal’, to be sure you can pick-up the car at the arrival hall. And last but not least … make sure that the credit card you book with is the driver’s one. Otherwise you might not get the car with you.

Two good options are Easy Terra (online platform) or Giner cars in Benissa. Both provide pick-up at Valencia airport and Alicante airport for fairly good rates.

Travel from and to Costa Blanca

AIRPORTS

The region got 3 main airports where you can fly to: Alicante-Elche airport, Murcia airport and Valencia airport. Alicante is the closest one and mostly the cheapest one as it receives many charter flights. But it might be worth to check out Valencia as well, as they got low rates at certain periods as well.

Check out your flight with one of the platform website like Skyscanner. They search for all available flights and even combine different airlines.

TRAVEL FROM AND TO THE AIRPORT

The easiest way to travel from the airport is by (rental)car. If you don’t want to or are not able to, there are some alternatives:

  • Beniconnect Bus (shared airport shuttle)
  • TRAM. First take the bus (busline C6) from Alicante airport to the nearest tramstation (Mercado). Tram Line 1 brings you to Benidorm and there swop to line 9. Details you’ll find at this mapa or timetable
  • Private airport transfer: Beniconnect or Airport transfer

The Costa Blanca on a rainy day

What to do at the Costa Blanc on a rainy day? Although the Costa Blanca is renown for it’s sunny weather, it does rain now and then. As the region is mainly equipped with activities for sunny weather, it might not easy to find a proper activity for bad weather. Here some – maybe unexpected – suggestions:

  1. Tram Alicante. The Alicante tram connects Alicante with Denia by tram. The views yet are worth a visit. Line L1 connects Alicante to Benidorm and L9 Benidorm to Denia. It stops at all stations in between. -> www.tramalacant.es
  2. Valor chocolate museum. In Villajoyosa you’ll find the Valor chocolate museum. Valor is the leading chocolate brand in Spain. If you love chocolate, just go there!
  3. Shopping centre La Marina. The huge shopping mall La Marina in Ondara is worth a visit anyway, but good entertainment for cloudy or rainy days. There also is a cinema, a lot of restaurants and a padel court
  4. Museo Microgigante in Guadalest. A miniature museum everyone will like. When the weather turns better, combine it with the castle and reservoir
  5. Cove de les Calaveres Benidoleig. The cave of the skulls is famour for its long history being used as a refuge by Paleolithic man more than 100.000 years ago.
    -> cuevadelascalaveras.com
  6. Treat yourself with a relaxing day in the spa. Thelasso Spa in Altea, Hotel la Sella Spa, Quirobeautique in Calp, Suitopia Hotel Spa in Calp or Hotel Ritual de Terra in Javea

What to do with teens in Jávea/ Xàbia?

Doubts if the Costa Blanca is a familiy friendly destination? No need to! The Costa Blanca is the perfect destination for kids, tweens and teens. Even if – yes, it rarely happens – the sun doesn’t shine ☀️

We share our top five thing to do with teens in Jávea/ Xàbia:
⏩ Book a trip with a real Vespa @siestaadvisor
⏩ Hire @kayakjavea at the stunning beach of #granadella and discover the coves
⏩ Cool down in the evening with a thrilling paintball game @paintballdeelitejavea
⏩ Discover the area on MTB with @snakebitemtbe
⏩ And if they are a real pain … lock them up in the @projectxescape room

Top five interior design shops

How to find the perfect Mediterranean style for your interior at the Costa Blanca? It might be a bit challenging to find your perfect interior items. Different cultures, different styles, different brands.

There are plenty of international stores providing furniture, but they lack that special touch and are not unique at all. You might look for ratan pieces, timeless design or furniture equipped for the Mediterranean climate. Maybe a bit of Ibizia style.

So where to find these typical Mediterranean lifestyle items that gives your house character and the Mediterranean vibe? We listed a few of the nicest shops in the area:

Grape picking Lliber Vall de Pop

Did you know this? The grape picking in the Jalon Valley/ Vall de Pop started last week. Most of the grapes are used to produce wine. But some of the inhabitants of Lliber keep an old tradition alive. They process the grapes into sultanas.

They harvest the grapes, dip them in boiling water and let them dry for about 30 days. Drying is still done as decades ago: on cane beds outside. When weather requires, the cane beds are taken inside the riuraus. This prevents the grapes of rotting and fungus. Most of the sultanas are not eaten by the Spanish, but exported to the United Kingdom. They are still transported as in the past: by boat from Denia.

Curious about this tradition? Visit the Lliber harvest fair ‘Feria de Llaurador’ on September 3th and 4th.