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 ✨
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.
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
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:
- 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
- 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!
- 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
- Museo Microgigante in Guadalest. A miniature museum everyone will like. When the weather turns better, combine it with the castle and reservoir
- 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.
- 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
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:
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.
It’s hard to list all the best restaurants in Moraira, but we give it a try. Moraira offers a wide range of restaurants, from typical Spanish until high-end restaurants. We’re pretty sure you’ll find lovely places to eat. Even outside this list.
- ARTESANO: Healthy, fresh food combined with an art gallery. Perfect for lunch or late breakfast. A lot of vegan and veggie options available. Also take away
- BOZA: Burgers and latin food. Also plenty vega(n) options
- BAJUL: Traditional Indonesian food and rice tables. Also take away
- LA CASITA: Perfect place to enjoy a family night out. A menu with many children options
- ELEVEN: Lounge terrace with sea view. Perfect for an aperitivo
- EL RACÓ DE L’ARRÒS: You won’t find a better place for a traditional paella or fideúa (vermicelli style paella, typical from Comunidad Valencia)
- MESÓN EL REFUGIO: Traditional food with only local people around. Check out the daily menu
- CHIC: One of the more recent restaurants with an international kitchen and amazing staff
- AMANTES: A luxury restaurant Nikkei style with unbeatable views
- THE FOODBAR; Visited by a lot of Dutch and Belgian people it offers really lovely food. A toque of Asian style, French kitchen and some Spanish classic dishes
- ZANZIBAR: Our favourite hang-out for lazy summer nights. Cocktails with international tapas and sea view
Nearly all villages at the Costa Blanca offer weekly markets with fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and non-food. In Dénia and Jávea-Xàbia there are also permanent, covered markets which are open daily. On the weekly markets you will experience typical Spanish life. All people from the villages gather together, socialize and do their weekly shopping.
Below mentioned list is a short list of the most popular weekly markets at the Costa Blanca North. Of course there are more; some villages just have a few stands every week.
- Monday. Denia, Callosa d’en Sarria, La Nucia, Parcent
- Tuesday. Altea, Jalon/ Xaló
- Wednesday. Teulada, Benidorm, Benitachell, Calpe (rastro), Orba, Ondara
- Thursday. Jávea/ Xàbia Old Town, Benidoleig, Pego
- Friday. Moraira, Alfaz del Pi, Benidoleig, Denía (fruit & vegetables), 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)
Some of the weekly markets at the Costa Blanca offer biological fruits and veggies as well. Especially the Friday market in Denia is known for it’s locally produced, organic food. As well is the Sunday market in Jesus Pobre. Check out our other post to know more about this market.