La Granadella, Javea
If you're wondering where to find the best beach along the Costa Blanca, it'll be at La Granadella. Nestled between Javea and Moraira, the pretty cove is reachable by car as you follow a winding road down a pine tree-lined gorge. The scenery is like something you'd find in the north of Ibiza. The dusty white coastline meets crystal green waters while the sun beats down on the beach-goers below.
Make sure you get to La Granadella early though, the parking is tight and this beach is a real hotspot amongst the locals and beach-savvy tourists.
Due to it's remote location, it's best to come armed with supplies:
- Lotion - be sensible and kind to your skin! Nobody likes a human beetroot.
- Beach chairs, towels and umbrella - there's not a lot of shade there and sun loungers are chargeable without table service.
- Cool box full of water and a couple of beers! - you gotta keep hydrated!
- Shoes - this beach is quite rocky! Crocs not advised unless you're under the age of 10.
- Cash - there isn't a cash machine!
Once we'd parked and unloaded the car (it was crazy hot which made this whole episode really quite stressful!), we finally got to admire our stunning surroundings. Cue happy face and hat in the air!
The horse-shaped cove of La Granadella is a great spot for snorkelling. Once the seabed falls away from the shore and the shingles are replaced by sand, you can really get lost amongst the waves while appreciating the underwater views - don't drift too far though!
if you're idea of a beach day involves doing very little, then make sure you find a spot to recline and keep refreshed.
I didn't get any snaps of inside the local restaurant (it was pretty basic, if you ask me) but there are some tables underneath the trees for snacks. We grabbed a couple of cheese and ham sandwiches and ate them on the beach. Alternatively, you could pack a picnic like a few of the locals did.
I couldn't get over the views at La Granadella as every hour painted a different picture. As the sea twinkled in the sunlight, it changed colour and the shadows switched gears. It really was a photographer's dream.
After a decent session in the sunshine, we headed home to freshen up for the evening. Having eaten out most nights by the sea, we decided to take a hike up towards the Old Town of Javea.
The requirement was simple. PIZZA!
As we walked amongst the historic buildings and cobbled streets of the Old Town, we stumbled upon a great Italian called Giulia (Find them here).
To get us started, the waitress suggested we try the ham croquettes and a firm favourite in the Spanish tapas world, Patatas Bravas (Giulia style).
The pizzas then arrived and they were gigantic (we had to take A LOT of this food home with us!) The base was stone-baked and perfectly cooked and the ingredients were fresh and powerful in taste.
Along with two glasses of red, we were more than ready to sink into our bed and dream of tomorrow's adventure.
If you like what you see, please follow me on Instagram @ladyleopardblog for lots of foodie tips from my travels.