The question whether we (Nikki, Callis and Kirsten) wanted to go on a study trip to the Costa Blanca in order to get a better feel of the product of Casita Travel. Ofcourse, we immediately said yes, because how great is it to be able to advise clients based on your own experiences and having seen the area and holiday homes yourself?
Sunday October 3
With the International CoronaCheck app/ QR code, Spanish health certificate and passport in our pockets, last October 3 we flew to Alicante. After a pleasant flight we arrived at the airport, where we had to show our SPTH form. We were kindly assisted and could continue our trip within no-time. But first, we took a quick break to eat a sandwich at a lunchroom and catch our breath. Then, we collected our rental car.
Vamos…. via the highway, with occasional stunning views of the sea, we drive towards Javea. The last stretch we drive via an inner road; the scenic route. It’s about a 1-hour drive to Javea, with mostly good roads.
At the villa we are greeted by the Dutch representatives of Casita Travel, Erika and René. They welcome all our guests personally. So if you have any questions or comments during your stay, you can contact them.
After arrival, we unload our suitcases, freshen up and then immediately set off to visit the first villas of the study trip: Villa Margaret and Casa Lynn, that are located near each other. Next, we set off to Moraira for a refreshing drink. It’s about a 20-minute drive via a mountain road.
We take place on the terrace of Bar La Cabana, a hip and tastefully decorated place with views over the bay of Moraira. Here we evaluate our journey from the Netherlands. Everything went smoothly and easily, even during the coronavirus crisis. And even having just arrived, we can’t stop talking about our surroundings and everything we have already experienced in a short time this day. Just consider the astonishing views of the azure sea, various altitude changes, mountains and the green scenery.
Since it is already a bit later in the evening once we finish our drink, we go straight on to the tapas diner at the Gastro bar 21, Moraira. Normally you would drive right past this restaurant, but luckily for us, René and Erika know just which places to visit. They are happy to share their tips with you during your stay. We walk into the restaurant that on first glance appears very small, but though a corridor we set foot into a beautiful garden, with all the tables set in green surroundings with a great view over the mountains. The versatile tapas board is simply delicious. Afterwards, we head back to Villa Bella Javea, where we are staying for our trip. We look back on a busy but exciting day.
Monday October 4
The next day, we are up early to visit some other holiday homes. We start the day with a tasty homemade breakfast, where we are suprised with a beautiful sunrise. Full of enthusiasm, set off in our rental car to the first couple of holiday homes of the day, including Villa Alegria, Villa La Perla and Villa Mimosa in Moraira. Villa Mimosa is new in our selection of holiday villas. This lovely, one-level villa with private pool, large outdoor kitchen with build-in barbecue and beautiful view over the green surroundings, is a beautiful addition in our offer. After admiring Villa Mimosa, we drove on to Villa Sol Naciente, where the hospitable Dutch owners proudly showed us their attractive villa. And we visited Casa Marisol as well, a holiday home with green surroundings. The view from the outdoor kitchen is absolutely amazing. Between visits, we took a break to sit back and enjoy a nice cup of coffee/ thee at Algas in Moraira, a nice outside terrace with views over the sea.
After our visit to Casa Marisol, we went straight on to Casa Luna, where we were met by our local representative Jan. Casa Lunca feels like a true home with a communal swimming pool on the other side of the road.
After all those amazing house tours, we went out for lunch at Dreamsea Mediterrenean, a beautiful lunchroom with, again, astonishing sea view. We savored the salmon-avocado tartare, highly recommended for salmon lovers. After our lunch, we went on with our visits. We went to Villa Monica en Casa La Paz. Casa La Paz has recently been completely renovated. We were hugely impressed by its space and stylish decor. Before we knew it, we drove to the last house of the day: Casa Javea Sol, a lovely holiday home with wide views. The owners couldn’t wait to show us the cozy house. There was no lack of hospitality, as the owners had some delicious homemade sangria ready for us, so we could recover a bit from all the impressions of the day. Delightful.
Of course, a trip past the highlight of Javea couldn’t be missed. From the viewpoint at Cap de la Nau you can, with a bit of luck, spot Ibiza in the distance. We drove on to Granadella bay, a beautiful moon-shaped cala like the ones you see in magazines. At Beach Bar Cala Clemence, we enjoyed a delicious cocktail. This bar is attractively decorated in Ibiza style. Afterwards, we drove on to the promenade of Javea, where we got to see a gorgeous sunset. With the whole team, we enjoyed two large pans of Paella at the restaurant Chabada Javea.
Tuesday October 5
The third day already. We got up early again and had breakfast on our terrace, watching another very beautiful sunrise. With Casita Travel’s itinerary, we left for Casa Dels Tossals, a unique villa with a beautiful terrace and private pool. We then visited the modern villa Casa Piececieto and the large Villa Royal Palm for 11 people. A stunning villa decorated with taste. We were also invited to visit Casa La Suerte. What an ultimate tranquillity do you get to experience here! This villa is beautifully decorated as well and the views over the green surroundings and the sea make this villa truly unique.
In the small bay of La Fustera, there’s a beach bar where we ate a small lunch, after which we started a walk along the Ecopad, a hiking path along the beautiful bays from Calpe to Moraira. We recommend starting this path in Calpe. If you love hiking, this path is highly recommendable. You walk along the azure bays and stumble across restaurants and bars, to take a break with a refreshing drink. This hiking trail is also doable in hot weather, as there are many shady spots and beaches. From Calpe, we got back into the car. We drove past the famous flamingos of Calpe and went on to explore Villa Noreña (what a view!), Villa Beluga (in the Jalon valley, so beautiful), Finca Lucette (the peace and quiet here is overwhelming) and Villa Bella Moraira (what a space).
We drove on to El Portet bay, where we had a chilled drink overlooking the waves and the sunset. What a beautiful setting! In the evening, we went out for dinner in the centre of Moraira, after which we took a walk along the waterfront and ‘Castel de Moraira’. We ended the day back at our own Villa Bella Javea. When Callis put on her bikini at 11pm and slid down the slide into our pool, we, Kirsten and Nikki, couldn’t stay behind. Lovely!
Wednesday October 6
The last day of our studytrip has arrived. Our suitcases packed, we close the door of Villa Bella Javea behind us. Before we board the plane back to the Netherlands, we visit a few more villa’s, together with René: Casa de Los Sueños (with whirlpool), Casa Dabuti and Villa La Siësta. Once again, all villa’s offer spectacular views and a private pool.
After visiting the villas, we say goodbye to Erika and René. Off to the airport! A drive of about an hour later, we neatly returned our rental car and were able to check-in. We soon landed in the cold and rainy Netherlands. We look back on some beautiful and rewarding days at the Costa Blanca!
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