Javea, Costa Blanca
Javea is an ancient fishing village in the north of the Costa Blanca, surrounded by numerous beautiful capes, coves and beaches and situated approximately 90 kilometres from the cities Alicante and Valencia. The 753m high Montgo Mountain overlooks the area and provides shelter from Mediterranean winds.
Before the advent of tourism, it was a small, sleepy village relying on fishing and farming for local income. Many of the 'fincas' (country farmhouses) that have been renovated feature wide, covered terraces that were originally used for drying crops and grapes.
These days, Javea is divided into three main areas, the beach, the port and old town and an easy way to get between them in the summer months is on the fun train that runs back and forth until late.
The old town dates back to the 17th century and is where the main church, markets and post office are located. Surrounding the indoor market and church are narrow, Moorish style streets, lined on both sides by shops of all kinds, art galleries and restaurants.
The port area comprises an interesting architectural mix of modern and ancient whitewashed buildings and narrow streets.
The sandy Arenal beach is surrounded by a low-rise promenade featuring a wide selection of bars and restaurants. In the summer evenings, local artisans set up stalls and sell their wares here. Further along, towards the port, there is a pebble beach with water skiing and windsurfing and numerous beach bars.