A Scenic Self Drive From Valencia – Javea & Moraira
There is no shortage of gorgeous self drive destinations, whether you go north or south of Valencia. If you have enough time to do just one, consider the province of Alicante for a scenic self drive from Valencia to Javea & Moraira.
The beautiful Ambolo beach, Javea
A Scenic Self Drive: Valencia – Javea – Moraira
The pebble beaches near Javea are simply spectacular. It’s so worth it driving for an hour from Valencia to see them, especially in the summer!
I had seen the pictures of Ambolo Beach, but when I got out of the car and saw it, I was speechless. Rolling turquoise waves crashing into the white pebble beach, beautiful cliffs and the tantalizing fragrance of pine trees – all in the same place.
Another great self drive destination in Javea is La Granadella cove. One of Bruce Willis movies was shot here in 2010 – chosen for the dramatic cliffs and an unbelievable colour of the sea.
Unfortunately there was a large forest fire near La Granadella in 2016 and it will take a long time to get it to what it looked like before the fire.
Top tips for self drive from Valencia to Javea:
What to wear: wearing water shoes (cangrejeras in Spanish) is a must for Ambolo and recommended for La Granadella.
When to go: usually from mid June until the end of September the water temperature is comfortable for anyone to bathe in the sea in Javea. In summer aim to be at the beach by 9 am to avoid crowds. At midday Ambolo gets absolutely packed with people.
What to do: swimming and snorkelling are great, though sometimes it can be pretty windy. You can also do some rock climbing and cliff jumping in Ambolo.
Take AP7 or A7 (toll free).
To drive to Ambolo put into GPS: Calle de Richard Wagner, Javea. You can park at the end of the street.
To drive to La Granadella put into GPS: Avenida Tio Catala, 35, Javea. Leave your car nearby wherever there is an empty spot.
The pine trees at Ambolo beach
Drive South to Moraira
The town of Moraira is located within a 30 minute drive from Javea.
It’s a pleasant beach town with some waterfront restaurants. I recommend booking at El Chamizo.
Have steamed mussels and a tomato salad for starters and order seafood rice. At this restaurant they serve local organic white wines.
The restaurant is perched right on the shore. After a copious meal it’s nice to end up on a sandy beach – you can take the restaurant’s stairs and seconds later lay down on the warm sand and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing.
A piña colada at Algas L’Andragó.
Finish the day with a cocktail at the chiringuito (beach bar) Algas L’Andrago (a 20 minute stroll from El Chamizo).
This self drive from Valencia is an amazing and easy outing to experience in the summer. If you like to do fun stuff, consider joining my delicious tapas & wine tour! I take tiny groups around the colorful Ruzafa and the magnificent Cánovas districts in the city of Valencia!