Villajoyosa AKA La Vila Joiosa is a small beach town on the Costa Blanca in Spain.
Famous for its colourful beachfront houses- Casas Pintadas- and chocolate, it has one of the cleanest sandy beaches anywhere on the Costa Blanca.
Even though it is close to Benidorm it is a world apart in terms of ambience. It is popular with tourists but it still feels like you are in a predominantly Spanish town.
Beaches in Villajoyosa- The main beach Playa de Villajoyosa- Playa Centro- is in front of the coloured houses and is about 1km long and rarely too busy even in high season. This Blue Flag beach has fine sand and palm trees and the water shelves off slowly so safe swimming for kids. A waterfront promenade is lined with cafes and restaurants and local families enjoying a stroll.
The Old Town- Easily walkable and charming with Roman bridges, medieval forts and modern street art. Head to the church- Santa Maria de la Vila Joiosa- and pay the very small entrance fee to climb the church tower for a great view of Villajoyosa.
The beachfront and old town has at least half a dozen really good places to eat. Some of the restaurants here are amongst the best in this area of the coast, particularly for lovers of fresh local seafood.
Here are some of our favourite places to eat in Villajoyosa:
El Hogar del Pescador- Next to the Yacht Club- Club Nàutic- with views over the marina this is a well-known seafood restaurant popular with locals and visitors in the know. Arroz Negra for 2 people with a chilled bottle of Rose was a lunchtime well spent!
La Mar de Salat- A friendly and laid-back restaurant at the end of the main beach. It is a great place for a bocadillo and beer for lunch or a reasonably priced daily menu.
T- Class- A short stroll from the main beach but still beachfront is this Asian/ Spanish fusion restaurant. A seasonal salad with cured duck ham, pear, rocket and dried fruits followed by a bacalao main course was excellent.