One of our favourite beaches are Callblanque which is in a nature reserve near La Manga. Its nearly an hours drive but worth it. When we first discovered it, it was a quiet beach but its becoming more popular and busier each time we visit. Park officials now charge 4E for entry (the beach we were on had life guards so the payment is worth it) and we discovered they only let a set number of cars in. When we left they weren't letting any cars on the road down to the beach. There are several beaches in this park. They have gorgeous soft, golden sand and crystal clear water. The pic below was taken when we arrived at 9.30am, it got busier but nowhere near as packed as the rest of the local beaches are in the middle of the day.
The other one is Lotus Forest Dew and I'm probably about 1/4 into it. I'm currently working just stocking stitch but will start some lace patterning soon .
I'm making slow progress on Owen the monkey. Only 2.5 legs done.