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The Beautiful Beaches of the Costa Blanca: La Granadella

La Granadella has twice won the prestigious title of being voted Spain’s best beach. Situated between Jávea and Moraira, the beach sits in a picturesque horse-shoe bay with clear turquoise waters surrounded by jagged cliffs and pine trees.

La Granadella enjoys Blue Flag status so is completely safe for bathing. An added attraction is the lovely road to the beach, and to make the most of the route visitors should start from the Cabo de la Nao headland and then take the road through the gorge and the pine forest down to La Granadella. The impressive cliffs that line this coastal area hold various look-out points that are commonly referred to as miradores.

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From above, one is provided with tranquil and romantic views that this area’s pure natural beauty is well known for. From below, the sun drenched beaches deliver something for all who enjoy the sand, soft breezes, and warm waters of the Mediterranean. The cliffs along the coast contain a number of delightful coves while the crystal clear water begs one to jump in for a swim, scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, or kayaking.

Keen snorkelers will most enjoy the possibilities of this popular destination, since the posidonia sea grass beds (located approximately 20 metres offshore) provide the ideal environment for spotting some of the beautiful and fascinating creatures that have made the sea grass their home. Arenal beach in Jávea will doubtless retain its popularity with families for its safe, shallow waters, but for serious swimmers and those who are more interested in what lies beneath the waves, La Granadella is perfect.

The water off the beach is typically calm and an inviting sapphire blue, while the little bay’s horseshoe shape and the surrounding Aleppo pine trees afford it an ambience that is hard to match. In addition, La Granadella features lifeguard cover, sun loungers, sunshades, toilet facilities and water sport rentals, not to mention three restaurants on the road that backs on to the beach, so for those who really like to spend the day, this is understandably the perfect location. The beach is obviously a popular one and therefore quite busy in summer and, only being 160 metres long, it would be wise to get there early.

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