Last year, ffi and I overwintered in Calpe for the first time. We had to base ourselves there because, as it was our first time down there, my folks (who live there) would have gone berserk if we'd gone anywhere else! We stayed on La Merced for 3 months and to be fair, it was a fantastic experience but........ similar to the "Is it me or is much of Spain scruffy" thread, I must admit that we came back somewhat disapointed with the coast of the Costa Blanca and its campsites. For us, loving CL's/small sites, La Merced was just about as good as it got!:Sad: We went out in the Nav' as far North as Los Pinos at Denia and as far south as Mazzaron, checking out every site we could possibly find along the coast (about 30 odd) and ALL seemed to be busy, packed in tight and pricey? We got the impression that the Costa Blanca just isn't for us. Is it worth going further south on the Med coast or will it just be more of the same? I've just been looking (again!oh at Pinar San Joses web site and although it looks a lot more like what we like, the weather there worries me?