Javea or Xabia, as it is spelt in Valenciano, is situated between two points, the La Nao Cape and the San Antonio Cape. In all its extension and in each one of its three environments: the villa, the port and the sandy area, the population maintains a balance between the important traces of the civilisations that chose the area for a settlement, and the modernity of a contemporary tourist destination. In the old town are narrow streets of whitewashed houses with windows, stone doorways and balconies. The littoral is made up of, beaches, coves and select housing estates, joined together by a string of viewing-points. From the AP7 is advisable to take the exit marked Benissa, or the N332, which crosses Gata de Gorgos following the signpost, after 6 kilometres, it leads to Javea. There are many good restaurants in Javea, as well as lots of things to do. The chances are that there will be a fiesta in one of the local villages, The fiesta of San Juan (the patron saint of Javea) is the most important date on the local calendar, when the whole town joins in the festivities. The local chefs cook a giant paella in the street which is free to all who want to experience authentic Valencian cuisine. The town's people dress in national costume and dance late in to the night to live music from local bands. There is always a spectacular firework display which is followed by the burning of a giant papiermache statue errected in the square. Javea is a corner of Spain known for it's hospitality, many fiestas and vibrant markets. For those less inclined, unspoilt beaches and rocky coves are easily reached. Javea's unique location is sheltered by the magnificent Montgo (elephant) mountain and the town itself is divided into three distinct districts: The historic medieval town, with white washed houses, narrow cobbled streets and Gothic fortified church of San Bartolome; the fishing port and marina, restaurants and plazas; and El Arenal, the bustling heart of the sandy palm bordered bay, with a long promenade, lively bars and shops, offering a wide variety of family entertainment. The Arenal beach is worthy of a special mention, as the shallow waters and natural bay make it one of the safest places to swim for families with young children. In the evenings films are shown on a big screen set-up on the sand, and it is a great place to relax with a good bottle of wine after a busy day in the sun. Like so much of the entertainment in Javea, it is all free, so don't miss out! Other beach activities include organised beach volley ball, where you can either watch or take part. Javea has a beach volley ball league and it is taken very seriously. You may also want to try your hand at sea kayaking or surfing. A little further around the headland are quieter areas such as Granadella beach, where the clear waters and rocky coves make an ideal environment for water sport activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving. On the other hand you could just relax with a drink at a beach bar or 'chiringuito.' Javea Port is known for the many varied restaurants, bars and pretty beach. The nearby marina has also retained much of the original charm of a traditional fishing village and has a market which opens to sell the fresh produce from the fishing fleet when they arrive back in port usually twice a day. Javea also has a popular tennis club and sports and leisure centre where there are summer classes in everything from Pilates to Washinkai Karate. The Montgo National Park has many fascinating walks and trails and is known for the rare species of plants. You can find out about organised walks in the National Park from Javea's tourist information office.It is also worth taking time to explore the beautiful Javea Valles, with it's many orange and almond groves, or climb the footpath to the summit of the Montgo Mountain and enjoy a magnificent 360 degree view of the coast and distant Balearics. There is a light railway which runs up the coast from Alicante to Denia and a trip on this line always makes a great day out. The train can be boarded at Denia or Gata and tickets purchased on the train. The line runs through spectacular mountain scenery, clinging to the cliffs as it winds it's way down to the coast before emerging at Calpe. From here the train follows the contours of the land, stopping at Altea and Benidorm before finally arriving at the historic town of Alicante.
Javea Police & Emergency Numbers
- Police/Fire/Ambulance: 112
- National Police : 091
- Local Police : 092
- Guardia Civil : 062
- Fire Brigade : 080
- Ambulance : 061
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