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

About us

Have you ever wondered who’s behind Viva la Vida Buena? Yes, you’re right. It’s time to introduce ourselves! We are Marco & Isabelle and followed our heart to Spain. For us, Spain means enjoying the mediterranean lifestyle, live ‘tranquilo’ and of course the excellent Spanish food.

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 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

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

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.

Rent your bike

The Marina Alta is the perfect destination if you like cycling. Either if you like the MTB or road cycling. Vall de Pop (Jalon Valley) is the unofficial MTB capital of the region with an extensive network of magnificent routes. The routes vary from easygoing until steep, rocky tracks. You can find yourself a way using the MTB network from this map or check out the official MTB Centre (Centro BTT Vall del Pop) in Parcent.

You can hire a bike at the MTB centre or book yourself a guided tour with Snakebite MTB Adventures. He also rents out bikes, but we can especially recommend his tours. Mike will let see the other side of the Marina Alta, far away from crowded beaches and buzzling towns. “Cycling across gravel roads, through vineyards, picturesque villages and passing small coves at the seaside, the mountain bike is ideal to surround yourself with beauty and tranquility”, as Mike says. Book your bike or trip at the website.

If you do prefer the racing bike, there are plenty options for bike rental and/ or guided tours in the region. Alta Bike Rental is situated in Vall de Pop and rents racing bikes, electric racing bikes and electric bikes. Bikes are brought to and taken from your home. Make sure you book on time as in the cycling season you may miss out. Book online your bike at the website.

Best markets in Dénia

Denía got several markets during the week; all of them popular and worth a visit. The best markets of Dénia are diverse and of good quality. A big plus is you can go every week!

The rastro or vintage market of Dénia is the perfect place for lovers of the second hand items and antiques. Both are combined in a weekly market. Merchants display their wares for those looking for items to restore or collect.

One of the most visited markets in Dénia is that of the fruit and vegetable stalls. The producers of the municipality and the surrounding area exhibit their crops and fresh products at this market in Dénia.

The traditional weekly market for shopping takes place every Monday. The range that is found is very diverse and varied. On the market you will find everything from clothing to groceries, toys or home accessories at very competitive prices.

A big claim for the spring and summer season in Dénia is the summer market, also called flea market hippie. The place, both during the day and at night, invites you to take a leisurely stroll to enjoy the view and the stalls for crafts and accessories. You will find all kinds of articles, from jewelery and fantasy jewelry to bags, toys or souvenirs.

Practical information about the best markets in Dénia

  • Weekly market: every Monday morning from 08:00 to 13:00 at Torrecremada Esplanade
  • Fruit- en vegetable market: every Friday morning from 08:00 to 13:00 at Carrer de la Via
  • Rastro: every Friday morning from 08:00 to 13:00 at Torrecremada Esplanade
  • Summer market: from 17:00 to 00:00 every day in summer (15/06 – 15/09) and in the rest of the year on weekend days and bank holidays. Located on the boulevard along the harbour

Mercat del Riu Rau Jesus Pobre

In the beautiful village of Jesus Pobre there’s an unique farmers market every Sunday: Mercat del Riu Rau. The market is named after the antique Riu Rau building where the market is held. A Riu Rau is an arched building from the past where grapes were dried to transform to sultanas.

There are many stalls, all run by local people, selling their locally grown fruit and vegetables, mostly organically grown. Also a variety of stalls sells artisan homemade food products, like breads, cocas and empanadas, wine, craftbeer and honey. As the season changes, so does the food which is sold.

There are the stalls with craftwork and art: for example fantastic knitted scarves and shawls, beautiful jewellery, plants and handmade wicker baskets. The surrounding shops are open as well, with beautiful displaying ceramics and art.

Pratical information

The Mercat del Riu Rau in Jesus Pobre takes place in the central Riu Rau in the center of town. It starts at 09:00 and ends around 14:00. In summer the market is in the evening from 18:00 until 23:00. During the market there’s is a high quality live music. You can eat your locally bought food at the market’s terrace with one of the local wines or craft beers.

In summertime it’s hard to find a parking spot in the village, as parking places are limited. No worries! Just pass the village in the direction of La Xara. When leaving the village there is an immense parking place at the right hand side.

The Mercat del Riu Rau is a perfect occasion to combine with a visit to La Tasca restaurant in Jesus Pobre. This Italian restaurant is famous because of it’s homemado ravioli and excellent live music.