For a truly authentic glimpse of Spain when visiting the Costa Blanca, Cala Barraca is a must. Situated on the rugged headland just south of Jávea, this charming little cove is a delightful change from the often busy beaches that are popular along the Costa Blanca coastline. Protected by picturesque cliffs and fringed by pine forest, Cala Barraca is sometimes referred to as Cala del Portixol which is the name given to the small island not far from the beach.
Cala Barraca Facilities
As one would expect from such a secluded cove, the facilities are rather basic with a parking area, chemical toilet and first aid hut open in the summer months. It's not all roughing it though as there is a quaint beach side restaurant nestled among the scattering of fishermen's cottages that specialises in delicious seafood dishes and local recipes of the region. The small pebble cove is lapped by crystal clear waters ideal for snorkelling, and an easy swim out to the Portixol Island offers further excellent snorkelling spots and has some interesting flora.
The forest, hills and cliffs around the cove are unspoiled and wonderful to explore. Visitors can just walk at leisure or head for the Creu Portixol viewing point where there is a hiking trail that skirts the hills and cliffs offering stunning vistas through the trees and rocks before descending back down to the beach. One of the most pleasant ways of exploring this beautiful coastline is by kayak or canoe and these can be hired from Canoes Xabia located within the bay. If you have not used a kayak before then it's best to book a kayak tour where you will be accompanied by a professional guide who knows the most picturesque areas to visit.