SANDWICHED BETWEEN TWO equally beautiful beaches, Playa de Cala Mosca in Playa Flamenca is the Orihuela Costa's shortest beach, with an official length of just 108 metres measured at the waterline.
But Cala Mosca isn't the smallest beach. That accolade goes to Playa de Punta Prima beach to the north of Playa Flamenca, and Cala Mosca offers more surface area with 6,821 square metres of idyllic golden sands.
The diminutive size doesn't detract from the popularity of the beach, and Cala Mosca has plenty of plus points to offer the tens of thousands of visitors that come to enjoy the sand, the sun, and the sea every summer.
Indeed, the beach is revered for its perfect shape – a deep triangle of sand protected on both sides by a rocky headland that assures safe and calm bathing waters throughout the seasons.
Playa de Cala Mosca is surrounded on three sides by a wide paved pathway that wraps around the rear of the beach, and two shallow ramps offer easy access for everyone, including families with children or people with mobility issues.
Playa de Cala Mosca in Playa Flamenca
Cala Mosca is one of two adopted beaches in Playa Flamenca and the larger Cala Estaca beach can be found further south along the shoreline, adjacent to the Mediterranean promenade.
However, visitors prepared to venture “off-piste” will find a third beach located 100 metres to the north. A well-worn dusty path leads to Cala de Cabo Peñas, a natural and secluded sandy beach unadopted by the Town Hall.
The local government signed an order designating the natural cove as the official dog beach for the municipal Orihuela Costa area in May 2021. Today, residents and visitors can enjoy the beach with their pets without restrictions.
Further north, the path follows the coast toward Punta Prima 1.2 km away. The brisk 10-15 minute walk passes two more shallow sandy bays and some beautifully rugged coastline. The topography remains flat throughout.
A lifeguard service operates on Cala Mosca beach during high season, and a chiringuito beach bar provides refreshments and light bites on the beach itself. Sunbeds and parasols are available for hire from the beach bar.
The ultimate beach location for your summer holidays
The beautiful promenade along the beach's southern fringe hosts the Playa Flamenca commercial centre, with a selection of local shops, café bars, and upscale restaurants offering beautiful views over the beaches and sea.
The history of the promenade dates back to 1972 when a group of Dutch investors saw the potential of what was then little more than a rocky outcrop of undeveloped scrubland. They transformed the area into the popular and thriving Mediterranean holiday and leisure destination we see today.
Just like Orihuela Costa's other beaches, Playa de Cala Mosca is Blue Flag accredited for the outstanding condition of the beach, infrastructure and maintenance, and consistently high standards of water quality.
Plentiful free on-road parking is available around the promenade itself, and further free parking can be found along Calle Los Claveles and other streets within the one-way system.
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