When one is reflecting on Spain, the first thought doubtless will be of sun, sea and sand. The Costa Blanca conforms perfectly to this picture almost throughout the year. It is therefore that many European pensionados are staying here in winter season, due to its pleasant climate and healthy air. Because especially many elderly people are visiting this area during this season the reduced mobility is taken into account in almost all areas. Most beaches in the vicinity are also accessible to wheelchair users via wooden paths and special parking areas for disabled persons are close to the beach Often a beach wheelchair is available at almost every beach and free to use. Moreover, people are always very helpful if you do experience an obstacle.
Recommended beaches for wheelchair users:
- Cala Moraig (Cumbre del Sol): a beach at the foot of high cliffs lending it a rough appearance; disabled parking areas and wheelchair available; own beach tent, intimate and not too crowdy.
- Platja de l'Arenal (Javea): large sandy beach with wide promenade and wheelchair accessible cozy eating places. In the evening strolling enjoyably along the promenade.
- El Portet (Moraira): small, intimate beach with paved walking path with benches.
- Cala Advocat (Benissa): small, intimate beach on the road from Moraira towards Calpe. You just have to find out exactly where it is. Has a parking place with a small pier, suitable to wheelchair users.
The Costa Blanca is often being associated with the modern and massive city of Benidorm, partly due to TV series dedicated to this big place. However, at the Costa Blanca also many villages can be found where time seems to have stood still.
- Benitachell: a church in the heart of this village is worth visiting and in addition, many narrow streets are characteristic for the authentic Spain.
- Moraira: traditional fishing village that has retained its authenticity; no high buildings here but pleasant shopping streets, cafés, terraces and a weekly market on Friday.
- Javea: the new area is pretty massive, but the old town is still authentic, a bit hidden from the masses; saunter through the old streets.
- Benissa: located inland; away from the crowds at sea the picturesque old town is set among vineyards and orchards of almond and olive trees.
- Guadalest: known for "El Castell de Guadalest" and its reservoir, an ideal destination for a day trip inland.
- Valencia: is the third largest city in Spain and home to many historical but also many modern buildings; this city was founded in the year 138 BC by the Romans and considered the birthplace of paella, one of the most famous dishes of Spanish cuisine; Valencia is also known as the Orange City and when you might be driving that way it can be seen why.
For more activities in the region:
Of course Casa Peguche has its own private swimming pool but there is a large public swimming pool lying two streets behind Casa Peguche that is accessible to the tenants of our Casa. This pool, which is also accessible for wheelchairs users has a snack shop and a real meeting place for youngsters in the area. The pool is within reach on foot so children may walk there independently. Various playthings are present including an alley for jeu-de-boules.Pool on the video is the public swimming pool behind Casa Peguche.
Cumbre del Sol has its own horse riding school, "Hípica Cañada del Sol". From here horseback rides may be made in the adjacent nature reserve Granadella. One can get riding lessons here as well. It has several outdoor arenas and a restaurant where a simple meal can be enjoyed. During high season a Flamenco Show takes place every Friday night.
Walking in La Granadella
La Granadella is the area between Cumbre del Sol and Javea and lends itself to beautiful strolls through nature. It is a beautiful walk from the manège through the area via Castel Playa de la Granadella. It's a brisk walk but the views are breathtaking.
The smugglers path
An ancient smugglers route runs along the high cliffs from Cala del Moraig to Calle de Llebeig. Walking this adventure trail you will be rewarded with many panoramic views over the Mediterranean. The caves you encounter, used by smugglers to hide their contraband, are carrying you along in an exciting adventure of bygone times. This walk then takes you through lush green pine forests of Calla de Llebeig to El Portet. With the sun on your head and a little fantasy you imagine yourself walking in the jungle.
Video:De la Cala Moraig a la Cala Llebeig
Walk along the coast: Cumbre del Sol - Moraira
Besides walking great mountain biking may be experienced in Granadella too. A marked trail from Cumbre del Sol runs to Javea and from there other trails may be followed. Eventually a round trip of 33 kilometers (20.5 miles) and a difference in height of 490 meters may be made.
Cumbre del Sol and its surroundings are ideal for cycling. Memorably la Vuelta a España passes this region almost every year. For many a cyclist the top of La Cumbre, Puig de la Llorenço, is a real painful experience.
Here you will find different routes
In Cumbre del Sol (and just behind Casa Peguche as well) several tennis courts are present which can be rented. Here one may play tennis and padel, the latter being a Spanish version of tennis, more or less a mix of tennis and squash.