Javea in Spain lies about 80 km north-east of Alicante, in between Denia and Altea. It is about 1 hour’s drive from either Valencia or Alicante airports via the motorway, making it easily accessible. Javea is often called the “Jewel in the crown” of the Costa Blanca, with more hours of sunshine each year than any other Spanish resort according to the World Health Organization. Javea is divided into three areas, Javea Old Town, Port & Arenal Beach, all different but together making this a fantastic holiday destination for all the family.
Javea Old Town: Full of Spanish charm with its traditional houses and narrow streets. In addition surrounding developments have been carefully regulated to ensure no unsightly high-rise buildings. Javea’s old town is set back slightly from the coast (approx 2km) and it’s big market in the Plaza de la Constitucion is the place to be on a Thursday!
Javea Port: To this day it is still a thriving fishing port which supplies local seafront bars, cafes and mainland Spain every day. After a bite to eat why not visit the marina with its variety of fishing boats and luxury yachts?
Arenal Beach: By far the busiest area of Javea, which isn’t surprising with its beautiful sandy beach, hidden coves and promenade lined with bars, restaurants, cafes and gift shops. Many different watersports are also be enjoyed here.
Activities: There is plenty to see and do, ranging from the beautiful 12th century architecture (church Iglesia de San Bartolome) to Javea’s most distinctive feature, the mountain known locally as “Montgo”. The Montgo is an unmissible background to the resort and as such features on many postcards and holiday snaps. Javea’s residents think it looks like an elephant with its trunk dipping into the sea for a drink. Javea’s Arenal area becomes a 24-hour playground during July and August. It can be noisy at night during those two months, but most of Javea’s accommodation is located far enough away to relax in peace and quiet.
Restaurants: Javea has a fantastic choice of restaurants, including Karma Lounge, Pizzeria Pepa, Restaurante Masena and La Boheme. Javea’s port area is very popular, with restaurants offering anything from pizza to paella. The old town also has some restaurants which are cheaper than the more popular tourist areas. Arenal beachfront is where most tourists like to dine out and the choice is fantastic, from fast food to Indian.
Shopping: The port has a good choice of chic boutiques but for souvenirs it is best to head for the Arenal beach area with its many kiosks. In Javea’s old town the indoor covered market opens daily and offers fresh produce. On Thursdays the weekly outdoor market on the Plaza de la Constitution is really entertaining, with street performers adding to the whole experience. Fresh fish, fruit, toys and leather goods are just a few of the many items available. Remember that every day between 2-5pm the shops tend to close for siesta but re-open until late in the evening to make up the lost time.
Javea Accommodation: Accommodation is varied, with a large selection of villas and apartments and a selection hotels. Choose from a variety of Javea rentals available on a short or long term basis. Apartments and villas are available in peaceful locations set back from the hustle and bustle, alternatively there is a good choice in town where no car is required. Rent Javea villas beyond your dreams or opt for Javea apartment rentals near the beach in a central location.
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