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Heb je je ooit afgevraagd wie er achter Viva la Vida Buena zit? Ja je hebt gelijk. Het is tijd om ons voor te stellen! Wij zijn Marco & Isabelle en volgden ons hart naar Spanje. Spanje betekent voor ons genieten van de mediterrane levensstijl, ‘tranquilo’ leven en natuurlijk het uitstekende Spaanse eten.

We wanted to share our passion for Spain and let people soak into Spanish life. And so Viva la Vida Buena started: stylish homes in unique locations with an unbeatable view. That’s us ✨

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

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

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:

Huur een fiets

De Marina Alta is de perfecte bestemming als je van fietsen houdt. Of je nu van de MTB of de wegwielrennen houdt. Vall de Pop (Jalon Valley) is de officieuze MTB-hoofdstad van de regio met een uitgebreid netwerk van schitterende routes. De routes variëren van makkelijk tot steile, rotsachtige paden. Je kunt het MTB netwerk verkennen op deze kaart of het officiële MTB-centrum (Centro BTT Vall del Pop) te bezoeken in Parcent.

Je kunt een fiets huren bij het MTB-centrum of zelf een rondleiding boeken bij Snakebite MTB Adventures. Hij verhuurt ook fietsen, maar we kunnen zijn tours vooral aanbevelen. Mike laat de andere kant van de Marina Alta zien, ver weg van drukke stranden en bruisende steden. “Fietsen over grindwegen, door wijngaarden, pittoreske dorpjes en langs kleine baaien aan zee, de mountainbike is ideaal om je te omringen met schoonheid en rust”, zegt Mike. Boek je fiets of reis op de website.

Mocht je toch de voorkeur geven aan de racefiets, dan zijn er volop mogelijkheden voor fietsverhuur en/of rondleidingen in de regio. Alta Bike Rental is gevestigd in Vall de Pop en verhuurt racefietsen, elektrische racefietsen en elektrische fietsen. Fietsen worden van en naar huis gebracht. Zorg ervoor dat je op tijd boekt, want in het fietsseizoen loop je het misschien mis. Reserveer uw fiets online op de website.

Golfbanen Marina Alta

Golf is a very popular sport on the Costa Blanca. There are several golf courses in the region. Both 9 and 18 holes and both with and without sea view. An overview of some of the best courses in the Marina Alta.

Ifach San Jaime Club de Golf
The Ifach Golf Club, also known as the San Jaime Golf Course, is on the border of Benissa and Moraira. It enjoys one of the best views of the Costa Blanca, overlooking the Peñon de Ifach and the Mediterranean Sea. The design of the course makes it necessary to use all available clubs, you need total control during the tee off as well as on the approach. The course is a par 60 and has 9 holes, which vary in length from 70 to 288 meters.

Although the holes are short, they are technically demanding and difficult due to the many slopes and narrow fairways. A seemingly simple battle can turn into a nightmare. The distribution of trees and bunkers makes playing here challenging and varied.
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Javea Club de Golf
This golf club was opened in 1981, located just inland from the coastal town of Javea. The course has beautiful views of the surrounding countryside of the Marina Alta and the mountains. The course is divided into 9 holes, but you can also play a round of 18, where you can tee off the second round from another location.

The wide fairways give you the impression of a fairly easy course, but you have to be careful with the 34 bunkers scattered around the course. Also, all greens have subtle runs, many of which are difficult to estimate.
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La Sella Golf Resort
Located south of the city of Denia, this 27-hole gem is the work of the great José Maria Olazabal. La Sella is spread over three 9 holes and was the location for the Ladies European Tour four times between 1990 and 2010. This impressive golf course is surrounded by pine, almond and carob trees and offers beautiful views over the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.

La Sella has hosted many national team events, including the Peugeot Circuit. The three 9-hole course all take their name from the wind. Llebeig, the first 9 holes to the south, with spectacular views of the Montgó National Park. Technically difficult and you need almost all your clubs. Then Gregal, the second 9-hole course to the east. With water obstacles in a somewhat flatter environment and a final set of holes that normally set the difference. And finally, Mestral, the name of the wind when it blows from the north, also the direction of the last 9. The holes are located in an elevated area and offer spectacular views of the sea. A course to enjoy golf in a beautiful natural setting.
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Weekmarkten Costa Blanca

Bijna alle dorpen aan de Costa Blanca hebben een weekmarkt met verse groenten en fruit, vis, vlees en non-food. In Dénia en Jávea-Xàbia zijn er ook permanente, overdekte markten die dagelijks geopend zijn. Op de weekmarkt ervaart u het typische Spaanse leven. Alle mensen uit de dorpen komen bij elkaar, socializen en doen hun wekelijkse boodschappen.

Onderstaande lijst is een korte lijst van de meest populaire weekmarkten aan de Costa Blanca Noord. Natuurlijk zijn er meer; sommige dorpen hebben maar een paar stands in het dorp.

  • Maandag. Denia, Callosa d’en Sarria, La Nucia, Parcent
  • Dinsdag. Altea, Jalon/ Xaló
  • Woensdag. Teulada, Benidorm, Benitachell, Calpe (rastro), Orba, Ondara
  • Donderdag. Jávea/ Xàbia oude stad, Benidoleig, Pego
  • Vrijdag. Moraira, Alfaz del Pi, Benidoleig, Denía (fruit & groenten), El Verger, Finestrat, Gata de Gorgos, Oliva
  • Saturday. Benissa, Calpe, Callosa d’en Sarria, Castell de Castells, Ondara, Pedreguer, Jalon/ Xaló (farmer’s market)
  • Sunday. Benidorm, La Nucia, Jesus Pobre, Pedreguer (with rastro)

Sommige van de wekelijkse markten aan de Costa Blanca bieden ook biologisch fruit en groenten. Vooral de vrijdagmarkt in Denia staat bekend om het lokaal geproduceerde, biologische voedsel. Eveneens de zondagsmarkt in Jesus Pobre. Bekijk onze andere post om meer te weten over deze markt.