About Jávea - Xàbia
Javea is located on the east coast of Spain on the Northern Costa Blanca. It is favoured destination for Spanish and other Europeans due to its excellent climate, crystal clear Mediterranean waters and lush vegetation. Having hot dry summers and mild winters it offers the resident and tourist a fantastic location to enjoy all that Spain has to offer.
Javea is much greener than it southern neighbours due to the slightly higher rainfall in the winter and the under-ground stream systems and run offs from the famous Montgo mountain, that can be seen for miles and provides a fabulous back drop to this wonderful area.
Originally a fishing village and farming land with orange groves, grapes and almonds, it has retained much of the original history and Spanish culture that a visitor would expect from Spain. During the start of the building boom and tourism to Spain, Javea set a law not allowing buildings to be built over a certain height which has meant there are no high rise blocks found along the coast in other towns such as Calpe and Benidorm, this great foresight has kept the village feel and they views from around the area unspoilt by huge concrete structures.
The town is made up of three distinct areas which all offer their own unique experiences. A resident or visitor can enjoy Spanish culture, beach life as well as cosmopolitan shops and restaurants. Surrounding the town are many styles of villas in the residential areas of Javea which are located all around the hills.
The Old Town is dominated in the centre by the Church of St. Bartholomew with its high tower that can be seen across Javea. Many services and weddings are held at the church and most weeks there will be something happening. It´s great to see a wedding with guests dressed to the nines and the famous lines of firework bangers that are set off to mark the occasion – Although extremely loud.
The Old Town holds the main annual fiesta of San Juan starting in the middle of June. This is a ten-day celebration culminating in magical firework display on the 24th June. On the eve of San Juan there is a crazy event called “Correfoc” where fires a lit in the streets and residents and tourists jump over them. Then fireworks and thrown and sparks fly everywhere, any visitor is recommended to where old clothes and a hat or you will get a few small burns. This goes on until the early hours of the morning.
The port of Javea is where you will find the marina as well as the daily working fishing boats bringing in their catch. There is a fantastic modern church built to resemble the hull of a boat. It is well worth a visit.
In the port you will find several boutique shops and many quality restaurants, where you can enjoy lunch or dinner looking over the sea. There is a promenade to take a stroll without traffic, making it safe and friendly for families.
The Arenal beach is a wide expanse of sand with a gentle sloping shore that is enjoyed by locals and tourists. Surrounding the Arenal there is a car free promenade where you will find a huge array of bars and restaurants for every taste.