Cala Blanca Beach Javea, a hidden gem
Amongst Javea’s many lovely beaches, the Playa Cala Blanca rates on many lists as the most beautiful of them all. Though quite small (about 300 metres long and eight metres wide) it lies within a rocky cove that shelters some of the clearest and most alluring water anywhere on the Mediterranean.
The views of both sunrise and sunset are spectacular. Cala Blanca is approximately one kilometre south of Javea proper, but a city bus making regular runs along Calle Calablanca will drop you close by.
A few things to note and remember when planning a visit to Cala Blanca beach: if you’re driving, don’t expect to park next to the beach; bring some sturdy shoes you can wear into the water – you’ll need them; bring a lightweight chair if you intend to hang about for a while; bring your snorkeling and/or diving gear, or rent some in Javea, because the underwater scenery is not to be missed.
This gorgeous little cove is basically inaccessible by car (if you try to drive right down to the cove you’ll have to back all the way out, which is not a prudent move) but the walk isn’t all that far. Of course this fact tends to limit the number of beach-goers you’ll encounter, which is a big part of the attraction for many people. If you go there in peak summer season you’ll still have plenty of company; during ‘off season’ the cove is just as awesome, with hardly another beach-goer to be seen.
Here is the place for beach walking (don’t forget the shoes) to explore a myriad of low-tide pools and check out the fascinating marine life that thrives in them. Some visitors report bringing young children and having an exceptionally great time doing just that, but this is not what’s usually described as a “child-friendly” beach. There are some good flat places but no sandy stretches, so the ground is hard pretty much everywhere (see chair suggestion as opposed to just a towel.)
If you’ve parked or got off the bus at the roundabout, as you’re coming down to the cove there is a tiny beach known locally as Cala de Dins; it’s usually ignored and often half-covered with seaweed. However it offers easy access to the water and it’s a fabulous spot for snorkeling. Jumping or diving off convenient rocks is also a favourite, but in all cases look carefully before you leap to make sure you have deep water and no jellyfish to land in. That won’t be difficult since the water is practically transparent in its clarity.
Cala Blanca does not offer any amenities at the cove itself; no eateries or beach-type rentals and no lifeguard; there are the standard safety buoys about 70 metres offshore to keep boats away from swimmers, but it’s wise to keep an eye and ear out anyway because some boaters will flout the regulations.
If you’re staying in the area and want to frequent the Cala Blanca, there are plenty of holiday rentals available nearby, from apartments to bed & breakfast establishments to private homes and condos to luxurious villas. The nearest major hotel is El Rodat Hotel Village Spa (which pretty much lives up to its name, with lovely gardens, pool and spa plus super views of the bay and Montgo nature reserve.)
As for dining, you can head either way from Cala Blanca and find a number of great dining possibilities, many with splendid views of the Massif or the Mediterranean or both. However since you’re so close to Javea’s main beach and all the attendant shops, bars, cafes and restaurants it’s just a matter of timing as to whether you choose breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a refreshing drink.
One sensible option if you’re planning to spend some time exploring Cala Blanca both on shore and off (and you really should), is to carry some refreshments with you. In summer you’ll need to get there early to nab a nice flat spot for your picnic, but it’ll be well worth the effort; this little cove is one of Javea’s unspoiled gems.
Possibly the best approach of all, especially in the summer, is coming into the cove from Javea by boat (though remember motor boats are not allowed near the beach). If you’re familiar with kayaks, this is a superb spot to paddle around. If you haven’t tried kayaking before, this would be an excellent time to try it, in crystal clear, calm water where falling in is more a pleasure than an accident.