The 'White Coast' or Costa Blanca region of Spain is regarded by many as having one of Europe's finest climates and Javea is situated right in the heart of this region almost midway between the cities of Valencia and Alicante, with each of the airports being about an hour and a half away by car.
There is a shuttle bus operated by Beniconnect which will take you almost to the door of the apartment from Alicante Airport, if you do not wish to drive. You must book via their website at https://www.beniconnect.com/
The Town has three distinct parts. The old town is situated about 2 km inland from the predominantly rocky coastline. To the east of this is the Old Port area, situated at one end of a curved bay, whilst at the other end about 2km away lies the beach area of El Arenal. Each has its own distinctive character. For those wishing to explore the quieter 'real' Spain, there is some wonderful rugged mountain scenery and characterful, picturesque villages within easy reach inland.
You can find detailed information on the Javea website, www.xabia.org
The Old Town
The Old Town is mainly set on a hillside, with lots of quaint narrow streets, overlooking the coast. It is full of character, with many fine buildings, some with medieval history. Well worth a look in particular is the fine church of San Bartolomé, mostly dating back to the 16th Century.
There is an attractive indoor market and also once a week (Thursdays) a very lively and sizeable outdoor market. The Museo Arqueológico y Etnográfico is well worth a look.
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The Port Area
This lies 2 km to the east of the Old Town and is built around the beautiful fishing Port and yacht harbour. There is a small yet thriving fishing fleet and market where the fish is traded towards the end of each day. The area has its own modern and most unusual Fishermans Church, with its unique ceiling, constructed in timber to resemble the bottom of a boat.
The area has its own special charm and character, with a most attractive promenade, full of attractive and tasteful restaurants and bars.
Immediately behind the sea front lie pretty streets and plazas, with a wide variety of tasteful shops and further restaurants and bars.
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This bustling and lively part of Javea lies some 2 km South of the Port area and possesses a fine sandy beach and is well served by a very extensive mix of shops, bars and restaurants.
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Watersports: There are various activities available along the Javea coastline and full details can be obtained from the tourist office website.
Tennis: There is a tennis club near to El Arenal beach (Club de Tenis Xabia)
Golf: Golf in Spain can be expensive and the courses quite crowded but there are various courses in the area, including a magnificent 18 hole course (La Sella) near to Denia and Javea has its own 9 hole course and there is a further 9 hole course at the nearby town of Moraira. You will need to book at least 1 day in advance and handicap certificates are required.
Horse Riding: Centro Hipico Javea, offers horse riding lessons and accompanied horse rides.
Walking: The tourist office will be happy to supply pamphlets giving details of their 6 ecotourist routes each of which describes a signposted route in the vicinity, with varying grades of difficulty. For the more adventurous, a short drive into the mountainous country inland will provide more strenuous and remote walking.
Cycling: There are also extensive cycle routes now available. (Maps are available from the local tourist office).There are of course a host of other activities and things to see in and around Javea and to find out more visit www.xabia.org