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Javea (Xabia) - Spanish Holiday Resort on the Costa Blanca
Photos of Javea...
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- Villas - accommodation to rent
- Beach Video
- Fiestas - Calendar Dates (Link)
Javea (Xabia) Alicante, Spain
Javea - Location & directions
Javea (Xabia) is a popular family destination situated on the eastern coast of the Spanish mainland on the Costa Blanca, which translates as the White Coast. It is approximately 100kms from both Valencia to the north and Alicante to the south which both have international airports approximately a one hour drive away and both provide car rental facilities. Arriving from Alicante in the south you would travel the E-15 (AP-7) highway or the N-332 coast road which is jtruly a breathtaking journey. The coastline has outstanding views of sandy beaches, rocky coves and spectacular scenery.
Due to the natural protection of the surrounding landscape of the Montgo mountain and national park there is an average temperature in Javea of 18-24 degrees celsius, with 10 degress celsius being the norm during the winter season.
It can be split into three areas of interest as detailed below, all of which come together to make Javea an interesting, relaxing and beautiful resort that is frequented by French, Spanish and British tourists, although without the hectic hustle and bustle of a larger resort such as Benidorm,
The Old Town, The Port & The Arenal....
Javea can be divided into three main areas, these are the Old Town, the Port and the Arenal.
The Old Town is an ancient town centre steeped in medieval history and preserved throughout the centuries with its narrow streets and fortified church of San Bartolome which is situated in the centre of town and was of both a religious and military importance. At the side of the church is indoor market where you can buy local fresh produce. Also in the Old Town is the colourful outdoor market which takes place every Thursday. There are many small shops in the narrow streets of the old town such as art galleries, funiture shops and boutiques.
The Port was originally a fishing community but has now become one of the main tourist centres of town. It is a lively area with many shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Just the place to sit and sample the local food and drinks whilst watching the fishing boats bringing in the days catch into the harbour alongside the marina. The beach at the port is white pebbled and all forms of water sports are available at the marina.
Leaving the port on the road to the Arenal there are Chiringuitos (summer bars) situated along the roadside facing the sea which provide a welcome respite if walking.
The Arenal which is Javeas blue flag beach is a beautiful sandy beach and has shallow slopes into the warm Mediterranean sea. The promenade has a number of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants providing a variety of food to suit all tastes and budgets. During the evening in the summer months, you will find various stalls running along the promenade selling a variety of handmade crafts. and on some evenings there are people building sand sculptures on the beach.
The beach itself offers sand and clear shallow waters, play areas for children with climbing structures, small boat hire with pedeloes, shower facilities and ample parking behind the promenade.
Nightlife consists of a varied selection of bars, cafes and restaurants to be found in all three areas of Javea. Many bars have live music on offer and nightclubs in Javea include Penelope, Socco, La Llum, and Achill which is situated at the rear end of the Arenal and is particularly popular choice with locals and tourists alike.
Please click on the video below to see an overall view of Javea and what it has to offer.
Javea - Tourist Information
Activities & Attractions....
Places to visit include Valencia with its architecture, museums and shopping centres which is only an hour away. There are also Benidorms theme park Terra Mittica,with rides and shows, Aqualandia waterpark open mid June onwards and Mundomar with animals and dolphin show, all of which are approximately 40 mins away from Javea.
Activities available include Golf, Water sports, Beaches, Horse riding and Hiking. Other sports available locally are go-karting, clay pigeon shooting, cycling, badminton, football, tennis and much more.......
Fiestas are on certain dates throughout the year but in high season such as In mid June is the Fogueres de Saint Joan, this is a traditional Spanish fiesta which goes on for several days culminating in the burning of huge papier mache effigies in the old town. In July is the Moors and Christians festival where there are parades through the streets which can go on into the night usually resulting in a huge firework display.
There are three tourist offices in Javea, one in each of the areas, which will have details of nearby places of interest and things to do, also remember to check if there are any Fiestas taking place during your stay, and check out the many beaches available whether you want shallow child friendly, snorkeling rocky coves or the naturist beach of the Ambolo .
There are several hotels available beach front and around the port areas, none of which are over five floors high. Javea has an abundance of private villas for rental most of which offer private swimming pools and provide the perfect base for exploring the surrounding areas although a car is essential for this, and pre-booking for car hire is available online to pick up from either of the airports and drive onto your holiday home.
Examples of villa accommodation on offer are shown below.
Whatever you are looking for in a holiday, whether it is an energetic active time or a relaxing break, Javea has this to offer and more.
Check out the Celebrations & Parades throughout the year in Javea using the link below.
Happy holiday hunting and good luck on your choice!
Private Villas to rent......
Within Javea and the surrounding areas there are an abundance of villas for rental both during the height of the Summer season and throughout the year, to include longer term winter lets of 2 x month plus.
The majority of villas have their own private swimming pools making this type of accommodation a perfect base for the family holiday. Spending all day by the poolside and venturing into Javea itself during the early evening to stroll along the seafront esplanade and watch the local stall holders selling their arts & crafts, or dine out in one of the many seafront bars & restaurants whist watching sand sculptures being created on the beach in front.
So whether you are a couple looking for a romantic break, a large family or group looking for multiple rooms, then you will be spoilt for choice with the available accommodation on offer, from inland Fincas to clifftop villas.
Villa rental prices range from a couple of hundred Euros per week to several thousand Euros per week, dependent on the size of villa and the time of year.
Car Hire is recommended and is available at both the nearest airports of Alicante & Valencia.
Waka Waka Zumba - Arenal Beach Javea 2012
Click the Link for a list of dates for Javea Fiestas & Celebrations
- Fiestas in Javea (Xabia) Costa Blanca, Spain
Celebrations, Carnivals & Parades.......Throughout the year there are fiestas ongoing in Javea from Three Kings Day to Bull running. So hopefully no matter what time of year you may be holidaying on the Costa Blanca there would be a local fiesta