Coves on the Costa Blanca: Top 10 Mediterranean natural spaces to enjoy and photograph

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Have you ever felt the extraordinary connection between sea and land? Picture scenarios where this union manifests itself with majestic cliffs, photogenic caves that capture the essence of the Mediterranean and extensive bays where nature shows all its splendour. Discover the most impressive coves on the Costa Blanca, places where you can reinvent the concept of “living by the sea”.

Alicante’s east coast dazzles for its unique beauty, for its idyllic settings in which to relax, enjoy and capture unforgettable moments. Some of its coves, such as Moraig cove, known for its crystal clear waters and spectacular rocky surroundings, have become the stars of countless images shared on social media during the summer, which has greatly increased the interest and curiosity of many people to get to know these charming corners.

And, as the saying goes, “to share is to live”. So, if you’d like to explore these paradises for yourself, we invite you to continue reading this article on Quadratia. Here we offer you a detailed guide to our favourite coves and give you tips to maximise your experience on every visit to these idyllic bays.

Don’t miss this top 10 coves on the Costa Blanca and live a unique experience on the shores of the Mediterranean!

Best coves on the Costa Blanca: undiscovered corners of paradise not to be missed

Woman snorkelling in one of the coves on the Costa Blanca.

The Costa Blanca has certainly changed. Over time, it has evolved from being little more than a holiday destination to a vibrant meeting point for those seeking a lifestyle full of cultural, natural and gastronomic experiences. This region, known for its diversity and richness, promises to captivate all types of visitors with its crystal clear coves and golden sandy beaches, but above all for its local gastronomy that reflects the true essence of the Mediterranean.

On the other hand, Alicante, the majestic capital of the Costa Blanca, according to Forbes, has been recognised by Europeans as the second best city to live in. The city not only offers its inhabitants a high quality of life, but also a wide range of golf courses.

Residents and visitors alike can enjoy panoramic views and challenging terrain in a privileged environment. Throughout this article, we will delve into the ten best coves on the Costa Blanca, each selected for their natural beauty and their ability to transport visitors away from the daily grind. Are you ready to discover these hidden treasures in one of Spain’s busiest destinations?

Granadella cove (Jávea)

Cala Granadella (Jávea), one of the best coves on the Costa Blanca.

We begin this guide to coves on the Costa Blanca with Granadella cove, located in the town of Javea (in the region of Marina Alta, north of Alicante). The cove comprises mainly small stones and rocks, spans roughly 160 meters, and high cliffs flank it, providing some defense against strong winds.

Awarded the prestigious Blue Flag, Granadella cove is equipped with the essential services to ensure a comfortable and safe visit. It has footbaths, public toilets, lifeguards during the summer months and beach bars such as the “Bandideta Granadella Beach Bar” or Sur Granadella cove Restaurant, where you can enjoy the typical local gastronomy in front of the sea. Animals are not allowed to swim in its waters.

In addition, it is very common to go hiking in the area and practice various water activities such as snorkelling, diving, kayaking and paddle surfing, thanks to its turquoise waters and its rich underwater life. For example, it is common to visit the “Cova del Llop Mari” on kayak or paddle surf excursions and end the trip in the Granadella cove.

How to get to Grandella cove in Jávea and access restrictions

It should be noted that the Granadella cove has specific regulations that restrict access by car during the summer in order to preserve the flora and fauna of the area. What does this mean? It means that during these months a vehicle access control point is installed in the cove which may prevent you from enjoying the cove. For this reason, during the months of June, July and August and due to the large number of people who pass through there, it is advisable to access it by kayak or paddle surf route planned in advance. 

In terms of access, this is one of the most visited coves on the Costa Blanca by tourists, so it is advisable to go early in the morning. From the centre of Jávea, it takes between 15 and 20 minutes to get to the beach and you have to drive about 10 kilometres along winding roads but with views of the Mediterranean.

We recommend using your GPS so as not to get lost and putting in the address “Carretera Tio Catala, Jávea” if you want to reach the cove. On the other hand, if you are looking for parking options, any of these addresses could be useful: Granadella cove (in the cove itself right next to the restaurants, very difficult to find), Carrer del Pic Tort Park (very busy vehicle area), Camí Ancla (private vehicle area, 10 euros all day), Barranc de la Granadella (vehicle area 10 minutes walk away) and Carrer del Pic Tort (on the road itself leaving adequate space).

What are you waiting for?

Moraig cove (Benitachell)

Photo from the access to Cala Moraig in Benitachelll (Alicante).

Located in the municipality of Benitachell, in the Marina Alta region, between Moraira and Javea, Moraig cove is one of the most beautiful coves on the Costa Blanca. As with the previous cove, the Moraig cove has been awarded the Blue Flag, as it has essential facilities such as: access for the disabled and amphibious chairs for bathing, footbaths, public toilets, lifeguard service and nursing service. 

In addition, at the Chiringuito Moraig cove you can enjoy the local gastronomy, if you prefer not to cook at home and take your food with you. On the other hand, lovers of naturalism find themselves fortunate, as a nudist area exists on the far left of the cove. It is also common to find people doing water activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving or strolling along the adjacent hiking trails. However, animals are not allowed to swim. 

This rocky cove is approximately 300 metres long and is surrounded by impressive cliffs that offer natural protection from the winds, creating an ideal environment to relax and enjoy the sea.

If we had to highlight one thing about this cove, it would undoubtedly be its viewpoint and the “Cova dels Arcs”. Many people immortalise a beautiful natural cave summer after summer, and you can access it either by a path or by sea using a kayak or paddle surf.

Cova del Arcs in Moraig cove (Benitachell).

How to get to Moraig cove and access restrictions

The town of Benitachell has established access controls during the high summer season to protect and conserve the bay. It is advisable to consult the official council channels to find out how to proceed if you wish to visit it. However, the cove cannot be accessed by car. The last stretch has to be done on foot and you have to walk down a steep slope to reach the cove.

It is approximately 5 kilometres from the centre of Benitachell to the cove. Parking is not difficult if you have booked in advance, but the car parks are on a steep slope, and although the beach is adapted for the disabled, this can cause certain problems for people with mobility difficulties. 

If you want to take the best photo of the summer, come to Moraig cove!

Racó de Conill cove (Villajoyosa) 

Racó de Conill cove (Villajoyosa), one of the best coves on the Costa Blanca.

South of Benidorm and located in the Marina Baja, specifically in Villajoyosa, the Racó de Conill cove is one of the hidden treasures and one of the best coves on the Costa Blanca for naturists. Rocks primarily compose this cove, which stretches approximately 100 metres, with boulders and steep cliffs surrounding it to protect it from the wind.

Racó de Conill cove is especially popular for nudism and water activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving, thanks to its clear waters and rich marine biodiversity. In addition, fishing is also common and there are hiking trails along the cliffs that offer panoramic views of the coastline.

As far as services are concerned, this cove on the Costa Blanca is limited. As it is in the middle of a natural environment, it does not have basic services such as showers and public toilets, nor does it have lifeguards or beach bars in its location. However, you can enjoy them in a campsite near the Torres beach. 

A unique attraction of this cove is its access to the Cova del Xorret, a small cave accessible at low tide. During the summer, the cove maintains a relatively unregulated access, but it is advisable to check with the local authority for any seasonal restrictions that may apply.

How to get to Racó de Conill cove and how to get there

Access to Racó de Conill cove is somewhat challenging, as there is no paved road directly to the beach; visitors should be prepared for a short walk along a dirt track from the nearest parking point, about 300 metres away. This route includes some slopes that can be a real challenge for people with reduced mobility.

From Villajoyosa, getting there by car is easy by following the signs to the cove, with a journey time of approximately 10 minutes from the town centre. Although parking is limited, getting there early can ensure a spot closer to the entrance of the cove. For those who prefer public transport, there are bus lines that come close to the area, but you will always have to walk a distance.

Looking for a day at the beach away from the crowds and in a natural setting? Racó de Conill cove is ideal.

El Racó cove (Calpe)

El Racó cove (Calpe), one of the best coves on the Costa Blanca near the Peñón de Ifach.

At the foot of the iconic Peñon de Ifach and in the Marina Alta region, we find another of the coves of the Costa Blanca, the El Racó cove in Calpe. Despite its natural appearance, urban planners have perfectly urbanized the area, which now offers services including toilets, a Cruz Roja and lifeguard post, as well as a wide range of gastronomic options due to its proximity to Calpe’s seafront promenade.

This cove, mostly of rocks and gravel, is approximately 100 metres long and benefits from the natural protection from the winds offered by the Peñon de Ifach, creating a perfect environment for diving and snorkelling in crystal clear waters.

Here visitors can enjoy various aquatic activities in calm waters, for example there is an incredible underwater trail ready for snorkelling and adapted so that even those with mobility problems can enjoy it. You can also go fishing, visit the “Baños de la Reina” archaeological site and even enjoy the “Peñon de Ifach” Natural Park and its flora and fauna.

Underwater path of El Racó cove in Calpe (Alicante).

How to get to El Ráco cove (Calpe) and how to get there

From the centre of Calpe, El Racó cove can be reached in less than 10 minutes by car, following the signs to the “Peñón de Ifach”. You can park, either next to the “Real Club Náutico de Calpe” in ORA paid zones, or in a free car park next to the “Salinas de Calpe” (approximately half an hour’s walk away). For those who prefer public transport, there are bus lines that take visitors from different parts of the town directly to the cove.

Enjoy a day in the sun next to one of the symbols of the Costa Blanca!

Barraca cove or Portixol cove (Jávea)

Cala de la Barraca or Cala Portixol (Jávea), one of the best coves on the Costa Blanca.

Yet another cove in Jávea? Yes, and one of the top ones! The Barraca cove or Portixol cove is one of the most beautiful coves on the Costa Blanca in the Marina Alta region. This charming cove, celebrated for its picturesque setting and crystal clear waters, stretches approximately 900 metres and primarily consists of gravel, boulders, and rock. Surrounded by pine-covered cliffs, it offers a natural barrier against the winds, creating a tranquil environment ideal for relaxation and aquatic enjoyment.

Facilities include: adapted access for people with reduced mobility, public toilets and an active lifeguard team during the summer. In addition, there are gastronomic options such as the popular Cala Clemence (events restaurant) or the La Barraca restaurant.

The cove is also a starting point for water activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving, as the reefs are of great beauty. The trails around the cove are perfect for those who enjoy hiking and want to explore the local flora. The special charm of Portixol cove is evident in the white fishermen’s houses on its shore or in the well-known viewpoint of the “Cruz del Portixol”.

Portixol Cross in the Barraca or Portixol cove (Jávea).

How to get to the Barraca cove or Portixol cove (Jávea) and access restrictions

It is advisable to check parking restrictions and conditions, especially during the summer months, as access may be limited to protect the cove. Although it is only a few kilometres from the centre of Javea, reaching the cove involves a short walk from the nearest car park (Cabo de la Nao road) which can be a challenge for people with mobility limitations.

Come and visit the Portixol cove because this is one of the postcards of summer on the Costa Blanca!

Mal Pas Cove (Benidorm)

Cala del Mal Pas (Benidorm), one of the most popular coves on the Costa Blanca.

This is perhaps the most centric cove of all the Costa Blanca coves we’ll look at in this guide. Mal Pas cove, next to the old town of Benidorm, is a lovely little cove of fine sand, sheltered between the harbour and the iconic Castle viewpoint.

The cove is not only perfect for sunbathing and swimming, but also for activities such as snorkelling, thanks to its clear and calm waters. There are no nudist areas in this cove, so you can enjoy a relaxed family atmosphere. Furthermore, its proximity to the centre of Benidorm allows visitors to easily explore the local gastronomy in the numerous restaurants and bars nearby.

This cove Furthermore, Mal Pas cove provides services such as access for people with reduced mobility, footbaths, a Red Cross post, and lifeguards who ensure swimmer safety during the high season.

Opposite the bay is l’Illa de Benidorm which shelters a submerged platform known as La Llosa, an important Marine Reserve with excellent seabed that is a real treat for scuba diving enthusiasts. Likewise, if you visit this cove, you cannot miss the famous viewpoint of the Castle and Balcony of the Mediterranean.

Mirador del Castillo and Balcón del Mediterráneo near Cala del Mal Pas (Benidorm).

How to get to Mal Pas cove (Benidorm) and how to get there

As far as access is concerned, it is easily accessible on foot. Parking can be difficult in summer due to high demand, but there is a free car park next door with between 50 and 100 spaces, and there is also a blue zone for parking, so if you don’t go at rush hour, you won’t have a problem. There is also a taxi pick-up point.

All in all, Mal Pas cove stands out as a unique Costa Blanca cove right in the heart of the city centre—highly recommended!

Mascarat Cove (Altea)

Mascarat cove (Altea) in Alicante.

Below the impressive Sierra de Bernia mountain range, the Mascarat cove in Altea is a beautiful corner of the Costa Blanca that stands out for its proximity to several hiking trails that offer panoramic views of the coast. Among them is the start of the “Ruta del Mascarat”, where visitors can explore the geology and history of the area. 

This cove, stretching about 100 metres and flanked by high cliffs, stands out for its mix of small stones and sand, supporting a rich marine life in its crystal clear waters.

Ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving (especially on the rocky outcrop at its northern end), you will be able to observe posidonia meadows with a multitude of life. Among its services, Mascarat cove offers footbaths, a Red Cross post, and the well-known Mascarat beach bar.

How to get to the Mascarat cove (Altea) and how to get there

The cove is about 10 kilometres from the centre of Altea, and access is relatively easy by following the local signs. However, during the summer, it is advisable to arrive early to secure a good parking place and enjoy the cove before the influx of visitors intensifies. As an alternative parking option, we recommend the Campomanes Yacht Club car park. 

If you like beaches that combine sea and mountains, this is one of the coves on the Costa Blanca that does just that.

Cap Blanc cove or Punta Estrella cove (Moraira)

Cala Cap Blanc or Punta Estrella (Moraira), one of the best coves on the Costa Blanca for snorkelling or diving.

Set in the charming municipality of Moraira, within the Marina Alta region, Cap Blanc cove, also known as Punta Estrella, is a small unspoilt cove on the Costa Blanca. This small rocky cove, measuring approximately 200 metres in length and 8 metres in width, maintains a low level of occupation, making it an ideal spot for activities like snorkeling and scuba diving.

Access to Cap Blanc cove is mainly by car, although there are very few car parks in the immediate surroundings (for about 5 or 6 cars). However, you must walk the last stretch to the cove, which can challenge people with reduced mobility due to the uneven terrain. Be careful! Landslides frequently occur in this place, so experts do not recommend visiting with children.

If you are looking for a place to practice water activities in a quiet natural environment, this is one of the best coves on the Costa Blanca.

Testos cove (Benitachell)

Testos cove (Benitachell) in Alicante.

Nestled in “El Poble Nou” in Benitachell in the Marina Alta, between Moraira and Javea, the Els Testos cove is another unspoilt treasure of the Costa Blanca. This pristine cove, surrounded by majestic cliffs and lush vegetation typical of the Alicante region, is only accessible on foot (following a path that traces the course of the ravine, known as the “Ruta dels Testos”) or by sea (by boat, paddle or kayak).

This is a small gravel cove, shaped by the drainage of the “Barranc de l’Infern” and located near Moraig cove. Set between vertical rock walls and adjacent to Morro Falquí, a promontory that rises more than a hundred metres above sea level, it is notable for the clarity of its crystal clear waters, ideal for scuba diving or snorkelling, and the peace it evokes.

This difficult access reinforces its appeal as a perfect escape for those seeking a secluded natural experience.

Cantalar cove at “Cabo de las Huertas” (San Juan)

Cala Cantalar in Cabo de las Huertas (San Juan), one of the best coves on the Costa Blanca.

Finally, and located in the well-known Cabo de las Huertas, near San Juan (Alicante), we introduce you to Cantalar cove, a naturalistic and unspoilt cove that is home to the best sunsets in the area. 

Approximately 100 metres long, Cantalar cove is ideal for activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving and paddle surfing, thanks to its transparent waters and the rich underwater life it hides. Moreover, despite being a “virgin” bay, since it has no services (although it is close to them), it is a beach that has gained popularity in recent years and is more crowded than the two previous ones. 

It is somewhat difficult to access this cove as you have to walk down a path that is not suitable for people with reduced mobility or wheelchair users. As far as parking is concerned, the Cantalar cove in Cabo de las Huertas has a free car park close to the cove, although you will have to walk down a slope or staircase before reaching the path that leads to it.

Visit it, bring a picnic and don’t miss the sunset from one of the most beautiful coves on the Costa Blanca in the opinion of many young people from Alicante!

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Discovering the idyllic coves of the Costa Blanca may tempt you to explore moving to this charming coastal area of Spain. In the Alicante beach area it is possible to find a wide variety of properties, from elegant penthouses with panoramic sea views to comfortable flats in residential areas. 

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