Cala Granadella

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Cala Granadella

Spectacular shell-shaped cove in a closed bay with turquoise blue water. Located in the interior of Alicante (Spain).

Cala Granadella is a unique cove that looks like a natural circular sea pool. It’s embraced on both sides by two high headlands. This place to swim is very popular.
 
It’s called both a cove and a beach (‘Cala’ and ‘Playa’ de la Granadella). It can get crowded in the summer. Yet it’s more relaxed than other popular beaches in Alicante, like Benidorm and San Juan. Cala Granadella has kept its authentic vibe. It has several nice restaurants at the back of the cove. Luckily, not much else has been constructed right behind it.
 
Cala Granadella is ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Its circular bay shape protects it from strong winds and currents. The turquoise, crystal clear water makes it an ideal natural sea pool.

parking at Cala-Granadella

You can park in the main car park (at beach level) or on the road that goes up the left headland (where this photo was taken).

Cala-Granadella tuquoise water

The views of the beach and its turquoise waters are impressive.

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You can rent kayaks and see the cliffs and cove from another perspective.

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To the left of the cove, there is a path that goes through the rocks.

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Castell de Granadella was built for protection against pirates, but there is not much of it left.

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From this path along the rocks, you have another view of the beach.

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Cala Granadella is protected in a semi-closed bay. The water is usually calm and there is little wind and waves. You won’t see surfers or windsurfers here.

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The cove has medium-sized pebbles (which you’ll notice when you lay on your towel). The public varies from young to old.

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There are fewer people on the right end of the beach. Behind the rocky area, you’ll see two tiny coves.

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This is a great place to swim a few laps or snorkel to see the animals living on the rocks.

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In this area of ​​the beach, it’s easier to swim without running into someone.

Cala-Granadella cove to swim in

The headland is huge, so the cars parked on it look tiny. Can you see them?

 

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HOW TO GET TO - Cala Granadella

Getting There

Getting There

The easiest way to get to Cala Granadella is by car. You can even park a couple of meters away from the cove. The roads are in good condition and the cove is well signposted.

Transport Options

You can usually get there by car, except on busy days (see Parking section below).

Parking

The main car park has 200 parking spaces and is next to the beach. You can also park on the side of the road on the promontory to the left of the cove. From here you’ll have spectacular views of the cove.
 
In the summer, two barriers are installed when the car park is complete. You can then park in the car park at Guardia Park. From there, take the tourist train or bus down to Cala Granadella. The bus stop is in Guardia Park, 3,9 km away from the beach. This free service starts at 11 am and ends at 8 pm every day of the week.

Location

Spain, Alicante

Villages Nearby

On a straight line, the distance to the closest towns is a couple of km. Yet the real distance is much more due to the curves on the road on the high mountains.
(Moraira 18 km), Javea (11 km), Benitachell (21 km)

Difficulty Level

Very Easy

Walking Time to Swimming Spot

1 minute

Drinking Water Spots

None

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When to Go & Opening Times

In the summer and weekends, it can get very crowded. You’ll enjoy the place more if you can go during the week. It’s open all year round, 24 hours a day.

Entrance Fee

None.

Activities

Swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, hiking

Facilities

Rental of hammocks, sunbeds and umbrellas (fixed), lifeguard, footbath, bathrooms, restaurants and a parking. It is also possible to rent kayaks and see the coastal cliffs and their caves from the sea.

Kids

The cove has medium-sized pebbles. The water gets suddenly deep when you enter the water.

Dogs

No

Skinny Dipping

No

Wheelchair Access

None

Restrictions

It’s forbidden to make fires, litter, and camp.

Most sun creams contaminate the water, try to apply them well before taking a dip.

(Scientists have found that sunscreen releases significant amounts of titanium dioxide, which damages aquatic life).

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Things to Do – Cala Granadella

Things to Do

This hiking route to Castell de la Granadella has unbeatable views of the cove. To get there, from the main car park, go up the staircase located on the headland on the left of the cove. Follow a steep stone path, and you’ll reach the castle. Castell de la Granadella, is the remains of an old fortification that helped defend against Berber pirate attacks. When you get to the castle, you have to return via the same route.

There is also a viewpoint at its north end and some caves located at its south end.

 

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Where to Eat

The cove has 3 restaurants: Restaurante Sur, Rosita and Llebeig. They specialize in rice and fresh fish. They are only open in summer and at weekends, starting from April-May.

Accommodation

Avenida Tio Català is a road full of houses attached next to each other in Cala Granadella itself. These were fishermen’s houses, and passed from generation to generation. Today, some are rented during summer. In the mountains at the back of the cove, there are many villas and apartments which are often for rent.

Geography

Altitude

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Size

This cove has a big bay and the beach is about 200 meters long by about 30 wide (although there are areas where it is reduced by half and more if we take into account the area of ​​hammocks and umbrellas).

Under Foot

Medium-sized pebbles

Maximum Water Depth

As soon as you enter the water, the depth can be  more than 2 m.

Minimum Swimming Level

The circular semi-closed bay shape protects this cove from big waves and currents. Be aware that there is a sudden drop in depth when you enter the water.

Shade

The cove has sunshine most of the day.

How clean is the swimming spot?

Very clean. You might find the occasional cigarette bud, but that's mainly it.

Water

Underwater

There is usually very good (around 15m) visibility under the water. You may see different kinds of fish. Along the rocks you will see urchins, snails, etc.

Water Temperature

Slightly warm during summer

Water Colour

Crystal clear, turquoise waters

How clean is the water?

Clean

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Check out the best Wild Swimming spots on the COAST!

Cala Granadella
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Keep it Clean!

The Rules

Clean the swimming holes!

Swimming Safety

Read these Tips
&
be Safe
when Wild Swimming

DESTINATIONS

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SWIMMING SPOTS

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