La Granadella, Javea

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.

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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.

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La Granadella Beach Kit:

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!

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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!

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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!

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if you’re idea of a beach day involves doing very little, then make sure you find a spot to recline and keep refreshed.

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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.

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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.

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Looking back towards the beach.

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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.

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Along with two glasses of red, we were more than ready to sink into our bed and dream of tomorrow’s adventure.

Don’t forget to read up on my other reviews in Javea! La Siesta Bar for beach cocktails and loungers, La Bambula for views across the bay and Vall de Cavall for a fine dining experience!

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On my final foodie post in Javea, I’ll take you on an adventure around the visiting food markets. Stay tuned!

La Bambula, Javea

La Bambula, Javea

As the sun went down on another beautiful day in the Spanish coastal town of Javea, we ventured out to the lively Arenal Beach which is home to a plethora of restaurants, cocktail bars and bargain shopping stalls.

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The Arenal is one of the few sandy beaches on the Costa Blanca and it’s easy to see why people come from afar to spend their time here. Along the beach runs a pedestrianised promenade lined with pretty restaurants and cocktail bars. You’ll never be short of food options along here – French, Cantonese, Spanish, Mexican – whatever takes your fancy.

We booked a table at the latest restaurant to open its doors along the Arenal, La Bambula. A sister restaurant to one of my favourite beach bars {read my post on La Siesta here} it has a similar buzz, jaw-dropping views and the impressive interior to match.

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Split across two floors, the interior of La Bambula is an Instagrammer’s dream. Orange and cream colour palettes with brush copper finishings and suspended lights that twinkle in the evening breeze. The views from the upper deck (make sure you reserve a table in advance!) look across the ocean and up towards the Montgo.

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La Bambula has a french twist to its menu but serves all the regulars including tapas, fish and burgers. The restaurant itself is huge with an open terrace at the back and two bars across the floors.

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Refreshingly simple, the Iberian Ham was served with bread and tomato. It was more than enough to share between two.

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My obsession with sushi continued (strange because you’ll rarely catch me eating it at home) so I ordered the “Tabla de Sushi de Creación” complete with sashimi. G ordered the grilled sole with garlic oil and lime which tasted wonderful.

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To finish off the meal, we had a couple of scoops of ice cream. The salted caramel blew our minds (the vanilla not so much).

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The more time I spend in Javea, the more I fall in love. Its charm, viewpoints and cuisine are far superior to most tourist hotspots along the Spanish coast. If you haven’t looked it up yet, make sure you do!

Av. de Ultramar, 3, 03738 Jávea, Alicante, Spain

Book your table here.

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Grazing at Vall de Cavall, Javea

Grazing at Vall de Cavall, Javea

In search of a romantic spot away from the bustling crowds of Javea, I stumbled across Vall de Cavall in the valley of La Marina Alta.

A traditional and rural restaurant at heart, you will find it set upon a plush equestrian ranch surrounded by rolling hilltops and stunning views of the majestic Montgo. Pictures really don’t do this place justice, just wait until you see the food!

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After a hasty drive to catch the sunset (which almost didn’t happen as the turning to Vall de Cavall is so well hidden) we were greeted by a couple of the rather furry stable residents as they trotted past the restaurant.

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My favourite was this little cute ball of fluff who was sporting a Trump-worthy hairdo. Poor chap!

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Since 2008, Vall de Cavall has been serving the best in international food and wine. It’s a place to go for a special occasion as the menu is slightly dearer than what you’d find in Javea {my last post was about La Siesta beach bar. Find it here} but well worth it for the culinary experience.

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This was my favourite dress of the summer and it was such a steal! It’s from H&M who clearly had the D&G lemon print cotton dress in mind but at a fraction of the price, who’s complaining?!

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Enough of the surroundings, I could go on all evening! Let’s tuck into some food. The menu at Vall de Cavall offers a wide range of freshly prepared dishes with a Mediterranean influence all carefully thought out in terms of presentation, flavours and seasonal produce.

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For starters, we ordered ravioli parcels with parmesan and truffle butter sauce and the scallops with pear cream, ginger and crispy ham.

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The ravioli was a real highlight, the flavours worked so well together. After the plates were cleared, a quick palate cleanser before the main act!

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This was a toughie with so many great dishes on offer but we landed on the chateaubriand steak (to share) cooked on a hot stone. This was quite a show in itself with the steak prepared and cooked right in front of you. Our lovely waiter carefully sliced the meat and dusted the hot stone with rock salt. From there on, you take the reigns and start sizzlin’ the meat. We’re both fans of medium-rare (more red than pink) and the meat practically dissolved in your mouth, one of the best we’ve had in a long while.

This came with side portions of grilled vegetables and frites and a choice between peppercorn or béarnaise sauce (plus a large glass of Spanish Rioja to really accentuate the flavour!)

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We really enjoyed our evening at Vall de Cavall and will no doubt go back in the future, the sunset was magical (not seen along the seafront of Javea unfortunately) and the food was well worth the extra pennies. A special mention to the staff who were full of smiles and helpful tips when it came to the menu – thank you for taking good care of us! A rare find!

Find all their details here.
Camino de Gata a Benissa, 8, 03749 Dénia, Alicante, Spain

 

La Siesta, Javea

La Siesta, Javea

In a beautiful Spanish town where the ocean meets the sky, you will find La Siesta in Javea.

A vision in white and blue, the all-day beach club has the magical ingredients to keep you suitably relaxed throughout the sweltering heat of high season.

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Desperately in need of some sunshine, we decided to take up my Dad and Ann’s kind offer of staying at their apartment in the coastal town of Javea, just one hours drive north from Alicante airport.

The charming town is tucked away between rocky headlands on the Costa Blanca. It’s a classic case of the old colliding with the new as the historic part of the “Old Town” district meets the modern flurry of restaurants along the sandy Arenal beach.

Conveniently situated between the two, La Siesta has all of your holiday desires covered. Whether that be a rosé-fuelled lunch that stretches into late afternoon or a lazy day basking in the sunshine. The views are really what makes this place – look at that sea!

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On the opposite side to the bar there are several sun loungers and day beds (no charge during the month of September) with friendly waiters providing bedside service all day.

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Be quick though, this place fills up fast!

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We came here on a few occasions and always managed to score a double day bed along the front which provides incredible views of the surrounding bay. The public beach towards the port is covered in pebbles (pretty standard for most European beaches) so you’ll be glad to hear La Siesta is covered in sand.

Offering a wide selection of refreshments, we successfully worked our way through their drinks menu (all food and drink listed in this post were not consumed in one day, I promise!)

On arrival, we ordered a couple of crisp cold Cervezas – when in Spain, hey!

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We later had a jug of the cava sangria (also great with rosé), if you haven’t sipped on this before, you must! It’s the perfect refresher after a hard day of sunbathing. La Siesta could be a contender for my previous post, Top Five Cocktail Bars With A View.

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Now, into what matters! When it comes to food, you’re spoilt for choice. One of the huge plus points to dining by the sea is the fresh produce, especially fish. On our first trip to La Siesta, I wasted no time in ordering a plate of sushi and a starter portion of sea bass ceviche with avocado, apple and raspberry.

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Monday’s food was a nice mix of grilled calamari and a chicken club sandwich.

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The Côtes de Provence rosé (I’m a sucker for the pale stuff!) pretty much flowed all holiday… sip sip hooray! The local wines are incredibly cheap here and also well worth a try.

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Aside from the great food and wine on offer at La Siesta, I really fell in love with the bohemian design aesthetics. The makeshift beach lies underneath wicker lamp shades and oversized straw umbrellas and the all-day house beats and open plan venue has you easily transported to Las Salinas Beach in Ibiza.

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Wondering about a dress code? I raise my hand in favour of the kaftan, I packed sox of them and don’t really plan to wear much else! Talking of style, the boutique shop at La Siesta has some beautiful clothes and jewellery on sale. Think Sienna Miller early noughties era – fringed skirts, faux fur gilets and boho jewellery.

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If you’re in the area, go and say hola. I know I’ll be back very soon.

La Siesta, Av. del Mediterráneo, 27, 03738 Xàbia, Alicante, Spain.

You can find their website here.

{Coming up in my next post!} A sunset dinner in the Spanish hills with some impressive stallions! Make sure you subscribe and follow me on Instagram at @ladyleopardblog. You can find me on Facebook, too!