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Javea Holidays with your Children
Javea (Xabia) on Spain’s Northern Costa Blanca is a fantastic place to visit with your children. Javea holidays are going to be filled with happy memories, whenever in the year you visit – basking in one of the healthiest climates in the world, according to the WHO, temperatures are moderated by the imposing and beautiful presence of Mount Montgo, meaning Javea enjoys milder winters and less baking summers than surrounding parts of the Costa.
Javea has many beaches to offer, including the famous Arenal – a sheltered sandy bay, backed by a range of family-friendly restaurants offering Spanish and international cuisine options at all budgets, as well shops with gifts and beach supplies, and climbing /play equipment on the beach. There are also often cinema nights on the sands in August, and a large fun fair a few blocks back.
To escape the crowds, head to the beautiful rocky coves of Portichol or Granadella… both have limited parking so you will need to get down there early, and take all you need for the day, but it’s worth it for the glorious bathing and snorkelling as well as quiet sunbathing. There is also a large gravel beach in the Port area, which makes for a good balance between summer crowds and easy access to restaurants and shops, as well as extensive rocky beaches running between the Arenal and the Port, and south of the Arenal down towards Cap Prim. There are Javea beaches for every taste, and your kids will love it.
Eating out with kids in Spain is easy, children are welcome everywhere, and a welcome lively and loud part of Spanish society. The Arenal, Port and OldTown regions of Javea all have plenty to offer, and you will find a range of prices and styles of food on offer. The Spanish tend to eat later than you might be useful, and particularly off peak some restaurants might not open, or open their kitchens, till after 8:00. But you can always find something to eat, with Spain having more bars and restaurants per head of population, than anywhere else in the world.
Accommodation in Javea is broadly either apartments, which tend to be down near the coast, or villas, which tend to be up on the hillsides. Having a villa of your own can be surprisingly cost effective especially off peak, and you will enjoy the privacy of your own pool and garden. Cots are baby equipment are easily hired in the town, but don’t expect the same safety standards you might be used to at home, a villa holiday with a toddler may require extra vigilance – un-gated pools, stone steps, hard floors and sharp corners are the norm. Likewise in apartments, most will have terraces which are supplied with tables and chairs for enjoying the sunshine – these are major safety risks for unsupervised small children.
Unless you are in an apartment close to the beach and plan to stay there throughout your holiday – and there are worse plans believe me – you will need a car for your holiday in Javea. With car hire for a week costing less than a private airport transfer, this is a no-brainer – and you can then explore the more secluded beaches away from the crowds, as well as enjoying nearby coastal towns such as Denia and Moiraira, and exploring slightly further inland such as the villages of Jalon or Benitachell. You can even go further afield to the theme parks of Benidorm – but mainly, if you are in a villa, you will need a hire car just to get to the beaches and restaurants easily.
If you are unlucky enough to find a rainy day, or you just want a change, there is a cinema in the Port which shows English movies several nights per week, or for younger kids there is a soft play and child-care center in the OldTown run by caring and friendly staff. You can always find out - in English - what events and entertainments are going on at local parent’s group the Old School GateEnjoying a holiday in Javea with children is easy, many British families live here year round – enough to support several International schools – as it offers just the right blend of Spanish and international culture, sunshine and great quality of life. Come and visit us soon, and have a wonderful holiday with your children in Javea.