Javea is a pretty town situated on the coast halfway down the Costa Blanca (White Coast) region of Spain. Falling under the province of Alicante – Javea, (or Xàbia as it is written in the local language of Valenciano) is a popular holiday destination with all nationalities and a sought after location for people looking for Villas For Sale In Javea or for those who want to move abroad.
With many beautiful beaches and lying just 90km west of Ibiza, the party island can be seen from Javea on a clear day, of which there are plenty. Javea has regularly featured in the top three of the world’s most healthy destinations, according to the World Health Organization. The climate is known for its health benefits with clean air and mild all year round temperature and makes Javea a favourite destination for those that suffer with illnesses such as asthma and arthritis.
The permanent population of Javea is around 35,000 people but this number grows to over 100,000 during the summer period. Nationalities that can be found living here and visiting include Spanish, Russian, English, German, Dutch, French and Belgian.
Apart from the wide choice of beaches, including a couple of nudist beaches, perhaps the most famous sight of Javea is the mountain known as the Montgó which lies to the north of the town and resembles the shape of an elephant, complete with eye. The trunk of the elephant leads to the sea. Montgó is said to shelter the town from harsh winds and helps to account for the mild climate. Montgó is actually a declared nature reserve and plenty of walkers climb the summit every year to be rewarded with stunning views from the top.
Looking down on Javea you can see the three distinct areas of the town, namely the old town, the port and the arenal. The arenal is the main tourist part with the large sandy beach backed by plenty of restaurants and bars and has a buzzing nightlife. The port is the fishing port with a pebbly beach, the harbour and sailing school and is a beautiful part of the town, while the old town is full of quaint narrow side streets, typical Spanish townhouses, bars and shops, and is where the weekly market is held. All three areas have their own delights and pleasures to offer and should all be explored in their own right.
As with all Spanish towns, Javea has its own fair share of fiestas with San Juan being the longest and most famous. If you are visiting Javea for the first time and want to be immersed in Spanish tradition then visiting during the two weeks of this fiesta is well recommended. Held in June, normally beginning on the 10th June, there are daily events to take part in or observe, fire crackers and parades, with the culmination being the burning of huge papier maché figures and a superb firework display that is set to music. The fiesta is so popular that it has been declared an official tourist attraction by the Valencian tourist board.