Four days escape

As we were heading eastwards along the Andalcian coast, and up to Javea ( an hour from Valencia), to stay with friends, we once again decided to have two days in Isleta del Moro on the way. This sun-baked ,wind-beaten enclave, running down to the sea, in the most extraordinary desert landscape, is, as you know a favourite place of ours. As always, this tiny enclave didn`t disappoint. Quieter this time, ( the restaurant on the waters edge, was full every lunch and supper time though), we almost had the spit of sand to ourselves , and the sea was the most crystalline ever -perfect for swimming ,as the sun was scorching hot. The light there is wonderful, and the yellow and blue boats positively zinged out at you, at breakfast time. Highlights were the freshest Dorada for lunch, and delicious Eggs Flamenco-so simple, yet so yummy ,and razor clams for supper on Friday. The friendliest staff who are so welcoming too.

We left after breakfast on Saturday, and drove for four hours through mountains and plains to the Costa Blanca, and the seaside town of Javea, with its sandy and pebble beaches, wide stretches of sand,and cliffs and coves. Staying with our friends who live here, is always inspiring, they own not only Indigo, a lifestyle store on the port, but several properties that they rent out, and they are always working on an interior project or two. Talented people with busy lives.

We stayed in one of their houses, Indigo Yard, literally five minutes from the long beach near the port, which was wonderful to zip along to for a swim . As the beach and sea bed is full of white pebbles, it truly looks Caribbean. Bliss. So near, yet in a traditional Spanish street .

Our friends take us to really lovely places to visit and eat at, and we always come home with exciting purchases, this time a huge old Spanish urn bought from a reclaim yard, some gorgeous colourful photo frames made from old boats from their store, and ( I just couldn`t resist) a pair of earrings, from another lovely store in the port-Jessica Bataille.

But more than this we come back full of ideas and having had great fun with like minded creative people.

These are the places we went to and loved:

Lunch at La Siesta.

A cool, breezy, beach front restaurant-Ibiza style, white and blue and a touch of rattan . We were starving after our journey so wolfed down a tapas style lunch.

Supper at Arrels Raca in Gata de Gorgos.

We know this village as it is famous for its shops selling baskets and blinds, and all sorts of stuff made from Esparto grass. If you have read a previous Blog post about Esparto, you will know that I couldnt possibly have any room for any more baskets, so I didnt succumb this time ! Instead I bought a small round cane table, that we are going to paint a bright yellow gloss paint , to have by the pool. The restaurant we went to is quite dark and trendy looking, and I found the menu a bit tricky as several words were unfamiliar and I gathered they were written in Valencian or Catalan. The food was DELICIOUS! Oh wow. The starter of a thin sliver of foie gras ,between a galette (slightly salty short-bready) with lemony-ginger marmalade was one of the best things that I have ever eaten. Loved the pale green bowl too. The restaurant make all their own bread, pastries, and puddings. Another simple dish of sauteed potatoes with Iberico ham and broken fried eggs atop, was just perfect, and to be copied this week at home.

Breakfast at Cala Clemence.

This beach restaurant -another cool, stylish eatery, with vibrant bougainvillea packing a punch everywhere, is up a slope on a small cliff on the beach at Portichol. We love this pretty, pebbly beach ( very hard underfoot!), edged with startling white fishermens cottages that you just want to buy, and live in forever. A gorgeous bay. At the top of which are some pretty stunning ,mega bucks styled with an inch of their life, houses.

We had a great breakfast, and then crashed out in the hot sun for a few hours before heading back to the port for more swimming at La Grava beach…

Drinks and Tapas at the Nomad Hotel.

This super trendy , inspired by Morocco ( several El Fenn-esque touchs about), opened in July , and we headed for the (pricey) Sky Bar, with its stunning views over the port, and out over the promenade to the turquoise sea. I love the styling of this place-my only criticism being, that it could do with a little more colour , to break up the stone and brick and beigey washes-think Majorelle blue .Fabulous cacti though , and views to die for-there is even a small dipping pool for residents tucked in a corner of another sun terrace. We had a waiter who took great pride in his execution of all manner of cocktails while we were there, and once we had gulped at the price of gin and tonics , we decided that we would definitely go back! ( we have got used to local Spanish bars with no measures for drinks , except how well they know you)!

We had the best time-loved the contrast between Isleta and Javea..loved all the foodie, interior and exterior housey ideas, that I have gleaned from our four days away, and it was, as it always is, lovely to see our great friends.

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