Spanish Sunshine on the Costa Blanca
We came to the Costa Blanca and more specifically to Cumbre del Sol to have 6 weeks of Spanish Sunshine. We did not leave disappointed. Our first stop in Spain was Seville. You can read about our adventures of driving from Albufeira in Portugal to Seville and then onto Porto here. What we did realise was that we wanted more time in Spain so we planned to come back and when we did, it was to this beautiful location.
If you come to the mediterranean coast of Spain it is worth taking some time to visit the town of Moraira. We loved Moraira and met lots of local and international visitors. What we did notice was that there are many English who have retired to Moraira and are now enjoying a proper dose of sunshine. Good choice! What’s not to love about that.
Visit Moraira and its Beaches
Situated an hour between Alicante (to the South) and Valencia (to the North) the town of Moraira is a perfect stop before and after the chaos of the larger cities. With a summer temperature ranging between 28 – 31 in summer.
About 20 mins from the infamous Benidorm, it has all the charm and beauty of a coastal town without the party atmosphere of Benidorm. Moraira offers a much more laidback experience and while there are plenty of clubs and nightlife, it was not something we were looking for.
It is so easy to get to this pretty town. Buses run directly from the airport to Moraira. Or hire a car. We had a little car that was aptly named the buzz box, but it was needed as we were at the top of Cumbre del Sol and there was no public transport.
Cumbre del Sol
This gorgeous Spanish Holiday Home ‘estate’ was perfect for our 6 week stop. We actually considered staying for longer. There is a fantastic international school Laude Lady Elizabeth 5 minutes walk and they have exceptional facilities. We were there during the summer holidays so we didn’t get the chance to take the kids to have a look. But we are working ways to go back. This little ‘town’ has a beautiful pool with it’s own very strict lifeguards – no ball games!
To book this property or any others you can have a look through Airbnb just here
Restaurante La Cumbre – Spanish Food and Sunsets
This restaurant is perched on top of the hill and has the most expansive outlook. With a backdrop of many Spanish villas and holiday homes the view is stunning. Looking out to the ocean it feels like you can see forever. The food here is delicious and with a pool that can be used by any diner, any time, our kids were in heaven. As were we! The kids happily entertained themselves in the pool for hours, while we soaked up the Spanish sunshine, the views and the Sangria!
Spanish sunset over Cala Moraig and Cumbre del Sol
This is an evening view over the tops of holiday homes to the sea as the sunset. This was perfect way to finish up each evening. The menu is wide ranging and of course there are lots of different options, including pizza and paella. We couldn’t go past having paella each time we were here. But the kids were happy with pizza and. There is also an early snack bar type menu, but this is only available during the day, come 6pm the restaurant switches over to the dinner menu. While we sat outside and enjoyed a very casual setting, it is possible to sit inside the restaurant and have a silver service type dinner. This is not our thing so we opted for enjoying the outdoors and the sunsets!
This little pebble beach was reached by driving down the most ridiculously steep road. Walking down would be ok, but back up… nope not doing it! So nearly every morning we would all throw our swimmers on and jump in the buzz box and drive down to this amazing spot! We would try and be here by 7am to avoid the crowds. It is hard to believe that this little cove is full of people and they all start to arrive as we leave around 7.30am. This was a perfect way to wake up each morning. The water was so salty we could all float around and I am sure that I would have been able to read a book, given the chance! Cala del Moraig – our favourite early morning swimming spot
One of the most beautiful things I noticed was the dramatic change in light. This beautiful orangey early morning light would change throughout the day and become so much brighter and hotter as the day wore on. Although it is hard to imagine this little beach gets absolutely packed with people. We preferred the quiet mornings down here to the craziness of packed pebble beaches, so used the pool at Cumbre del Sol during the day.