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Monday, August 27th, 2012

Cala Barraca – Portitxol, Javea’s cove of beauty

Playa La Barraca - Portixol JaveaA classic example of a peaceful, secluded cove along the coast just south of Jávea, Cala Barraca is all that is good about the Mediterranean. In other words, it’s the kind of setting people dream about when stuck in the office on rainy days – where clear water laps a beach fringed by umbrella pine. OK, the beach is more stony than sandy, but this hardly deters those seeking beauty and relative solitude in the Spanish sun.

Across the little bay you see a fair cape jutting into the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean, with the pretty island of Portitxol. Just 300 metres in diameter, this pretty islet is a collection of beaches and pine-covered cliffs that stands a short distance from the shore. Parking facilities and a quaint seaside restaurant that specialises in seafood make this a comfortable spot to come and enjoy the sun, sea and fresh breezes.

Island of Portitxol JaveaStill remarkably like it was in the days when little fishing boats and trading vessels used the bay, Cala Barraca-Portitxol is named after the traditional fisherman’s cottages that still stand along the perimeter of the beach. Unspoiled and authentic, this is an idyllic spot that retains a connection with the past of this region, and recent archaeological finds confirm that the island and coast here were once the centre of a vibrant trading route.

Although it is very tempting to spend the day lazing on the beach, splashing in the water and enjoying lunch or tapas as you gaze across the water, the more active visitor can make the most of this area by following a specially designed walking route that runs from the Creu Portitxol lookout point on the cliffside before heading down to the bay and, if you like, the island of Portitxol itself.

Covering a distance of just over 750 metrJavea La Barraca - Portixol beaches, it should take you less than half an hour but offers breathtaking views of the coastline, cliffs and the island as you start the descend through beautiful countryside from the vantage point to the beach. Though small, the island has a lot to offer, from botanical interest and fantastic views back along the coast to archaeological sites dating back to the Romans and even to pre-historical times.

If you decide to discover a whole new corner of the northern Costa Blanca at a few kilometres from Jávea, then it is really worthwhile dropping into the tourist office in town to grab some of the highly informative booklets that outline the coastal region’s delights, facilities and hiking routes in a clear and concise way. Happy exploring!

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