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Javea, also known by its Valencian name, Xàbia, in the Costa Blanca region in Alicante, Spain. The town has three main areas namely Javea old town, Javea port, & the beach area. The old town has not changed much and is a maze of narrow winding streets with homes that have wrought iron balconies and windows in gothic style. There are many ancient churches and other structures. The harbor and fishing port has numerous restaurants and bars overlooking the sea. The Arenal beach area is the main commercial and recreation centre of the town.
- Valencia Airport is 100 km to the north
- Alicante Airport is found 100 km to the south, and Murcia Airport a bit further
- Several companies offer transportation from both nearby international airports, there is a train station connecting to Valencia and Benidorm in nearby Gata De Gorgos
For most locations in Javea a car is essential. If arriving at Valencia or Alicante airport there are several car rental companies readily available. If booking a car rental locally in Javea, it is generally advised to do so in advance of your journey as they tend to sell out during the busy summer season.
- Grenadella Cove is attached to Javea but hidden away behind the buzz of the main Arenal beach. A spot well worth visiting for its natural beauty, tranquil atmosphere and historic castle ruins.
- Montgó's prehistoric cave dwellers and hunters dating from at least 30,000 years ago, and its paintings in Migdia cave are well-known. The slopes have certainly yielded evidence of the ancient past to many local residents whether collecting Stone-Age handaxes and flints, and Roman pottery or Muslim ceramics. If you are among those who gather the wild herbs still struggling to survive amid ever-increasing construction, just think of the Moorish Caliph Abd ur Rahman the Third who, 1000 years ago, at the beginning of the 10th century, made a special journey from Cordoba to collect over a hundred medicinal herbs from the slopes of our Montgó.
- The slopes of Montgó and the tops of surrounding hills and the valley itself, all tell of the earliest known Neolithic settlements in the Western Mediterranean, where men developed agriculture and domesticated animals from around 3000 BC and into the Valencian Bronze Age between 1900 and 500 BC. In this Museum you can see Iberian beads, sherds of decorated pottery, stone axes, pestle, and mortars found all around us, including from a fox's burrow dig into the hill crowned by the Santa Lucia Ermita, and which revealed a Bronze Age and Roman Village.
- Visigoths were here too. In the 6th century AD. Christian Visigoth monks whose ancestors had accompanied the troops sent to battle in North Africa, came across to Javeda and founded the monastery of San Martin, now disappeared but which probably gave its name to the Cabo San Martin. Here Hermangildo, son of the Visigoth king Leogevild of Toledo, sought refuge in the Monastery after angering his father by marrying a Christian girl. When his father's troops arrived to arrest him all but one ancient monk fled to Portichol - but Hermengild and the old monk were killed. You'll find a number of Javiense with Visigoth names even today.
- A dilapidated village house in the angle of Santa Marta, leading off the Church Square, was pulled down in the brief period and was given to the archaeologists to examine the site. They made an astonishing discovery- The foundations of the 17th - 18th century house had been built right on top of a 3000 year old Bronze Age farming site, thus preserving the remains of two cabins and several silos. In San Bartholome, the next street, facing the church, another house has been demolished to reveal relics of a 14th century dwelling with a cistern, well and various ceramics and coins.
- After part of the Ayuntamiento was moved to its purpose-built location, opposite a car park, in 1994, the intention was to open a tourist office in the old premises. They found fourteenth century graves, some with several skeletons added later, all of the first Christians to repopulate Jávea after the long Muslim occupation. The cemetery was in use for another two hundred years and archaeologists found the remains of what appeared to have been a high, fortified tower and the later, smaller, 17th century chapel of the Desamparados. Making use of some of this material the original Ayuntamiento was built over them in 1774. Fortunately several of the rock-cut graves, without their skeleton inmates, which have been removed to the nearby Museum have been preserved and can be seen under the glass floor as you enter what is one of the Ayuntamiento's offices.
- Roman fish factory under the Parador, and the nearby cemetery, probably the largest in the province, part of which lies under the recently built Alkazaba holiday apartments.
- Temple site by the Arenal's Canal de la Fontana, us among many other relics of Jávea's ancient past.
- There is little left of the Moors but some inscribed gravestones and ceramics, although they were here from about 714AD until the last, were expelled from Jávea and Denia in 1609. Most were farmers, cultivating and terracing the land but undoubtedly there are remains hidden beneath many buildings and wooded areas.
- Visit Mercadillos - weekly open air markets for all kinds of goods.
- Go visit the Fuentes del Algar Waterfalls in the Mountains
- Go visit the caves near Benidoleig or Canalobre
- Go swim, sun and surf at the Arenal Beach
- Rent a sailboat, sailboard or jet ski
- Take the ferry boats to Denia or Altea
- Take a hike to the top of Montgo
- Go parasailing
- Go skin or scuba diving in the sea
- Watch the commercial fishing boats come in at the port
- Visit the Denia castle and museum
- Take a walk at the arenal
- Go visit one of the Safari Parks - Aitana or Vergel
- Visit all the view spots of Miradors
- Go to the Rastro - Antique markets - in Jalon on Saturday
- Take a ride up to the castle in Guadelest
- Go visit Alicante
- Take a ride on the Lemon Express
- Have a coffee and brandy on the seafront in the Port
- Pick some books up at the used bookstore - Pollys
- Go to the waterpark in Benidorm
- Topless sunbathing at the beach
- Take a walk down the tree lined street in Denia
- Visit the Solar Blasco museum in the Town
- Go to a Bodega and find an old bottle of wine - 64 Rioja!
- Visit the fishermans church in Javea Port
- Flowers at the Javea port from funky florist Cream and Browns Florist, or visit there site at http://www.creamandbrowns.com/
- Sun Villas Javea, (Javea), ☎ +34 657 519 509, . Properties for sale in the Javea and Moraira area www.sunvillasjavea.com
- Corral del Pato - A local favorite outside of Gata on Lliber-Jalon road. Very good Catalan cuisine with popular menu; amazing wood fired lamb, oxen and duck! Eat outside under huge carob trees. Recommended/must book. Local Jalon wine by pitchers. Open except Monday. Tel. 96 575 68 34
- Casa Pepa - Fantastic food in a nice setting. This restaurant is located in the orange groves near Ondara. Great menu/food, and excellent wine list. Pricey but worth it! Tel. 96 576 6606 Open except Sun/Mon
- La Boheme (& Los Remos) - Are the two better restaurants at Javea's arenal. French owned/fine tapas. Consistently good reports. By Parador end of promenade Tel. 96 679 1600 Open everyday except Wednesdays
- El Clavo - In Port, Classic Spanish fisherman's bar. Fresh seafood and good values. Menu on wall only! Overlooking sea near fishing docks.
- Drassanes - Near Denia, is one of the best fish restaurants. Excellent "memu Gastronomique". Denia harbour front, end of palm treed avenue north of roundabout Tel. 96 578 1118 Open everyday except Mondays
- Mena - On rocks at end of Las Rotas road (over Montrgo-Denia rd, hard right at bottom roundabout. Tel. 96 578 0943 Lovely terrace right on the Sea! Good for rice dishes.
- Austrian Cafe Wien (& bakery) at Arenal beach. Excellent bread, pastries and croissants (a favorite place for breakfast). Tel. 96 579 3804 Open everyday except Wed. Austrico restaurant is here too.
- Piripi - Excellent/imaginative copious "Tapas": on new pedestrian Javea port sea-front. Probably the most frequented by locals for food and scenery. Open everyday except Sun-pm & Mon
- Azorin - Javea Port (in street behind Napoli Pizza and Piripi) Super Fish & Chips (& chicken), great for kids! Order a paella or fidejua ahead of time. Great mixed fish plate. Tel 96 659 4495
- Cabo de la Nao - On the cliff next to the lighthouse Fantastic views and good food. Tel 96 577 1835
- Masena - Swiss owned with very good foods and wines. On road between Javea roundabout and Golf course, across the street from Giardino. Try the salt encrusted sea bass. Tel 96 579 3764
- Gota de Mar - On main road just below the villa at entrance to Tosalet and Hotel Rodat. Lovely terrace overlooking valley. Tel 96 577 1648 Except Sun/Mon
- Montgo - 2 to 3 km on Javea -Jesus Probre road on left with large patio below Montgo) Amazing value, quantity, quality & well presented. Praised for world's best fish & chips! Tel. 96 579 5021 Great view of the mountain. Also try Los Almendros across the street!
- Calpe Harbor - Can be the best place for fish: any restaurant will entice you in with marvelous displays of fresh fish. There is nothing like this anywhere else nearby. Strongly recommended.
- Montevideo - A favorite for meat. Just out of Benitachell on way to Cumbre Del Sol. Tel 96 649 3283
- Pepe Y Estrella - On sea front near the port. Classic Spanish with a great view of the bay.
- Peter Arnold Wines (La Bodega del Garroferal), Ptda. Garroferal 7, Murla 03792, ((Hard to find, so phone to ask for directions!)), ☎ 965581829, . 9 am - 7pm everyday by appointment. Situated in the Jalon Valley (Vall de Pop), approximately 30 minutes inland from Javea/Denia. Although grapes have been grown in this region since Roman times, La Bodega del Garroferal was only set up in 2002. Run by German-born Peter Arnold (who had already made a name in the international wine scene) and his English wife Helen, this is a tiny, relatively new winery in the Jalon Valley. The pair relocated to Spain from South Africa in 2002. They offer a small range of delicious wines - three reds, three whites and one rosé. For a small charge, Helen offers a sumptuous range of tapas to complement an arranged wine tasting. You can visit the vineyards, taste and see how the wines are made and then you can play with the family cats! Phone in for an appointment. Prices per bottle range from 4.75 Euros to 7 Euros.
- La Locura Javea, Arenal Beach (Above Scallops), ☎ 686310290. A disco pub with a wide variety of music.
- Montgo di Bongo, Avda. del Mediterraneo (Between The Arenal & The Port), ☎ 609 702 809. A beach bar in Jávea. Drinks. Music. Foods.
- Socco Javea, Playa del Arenal. Socco Sala was born on April 19, 2011 as a Coffee Lounge & Dance Floor, where during the day you can enjoy the world of coffee, premium beers, and wines. At night enjoy the Gin & Tonics Premium prepared Rones import and enjoy the best music and House Commercial Club. Cocktails a fact integrated space for enjoyment and pleasure
- Casa Amanda, . Secluded villa with private pool set in a prestigious area of Javea
- Villa Sol y Luna, Montgó (03730 Javea (Spain)), ☎ +34 639 123 183, . Bordering Mongo National Park with exceptional views across the valley of Javea to the mountains beyond, Villa Sol y Luna provides the perfect retreat for your relaxing Mediterranean holiday.
- Villa Leo, Montgo (Past Javea Historic Centre), . checkin: 12; checkout: 12. A beautiful 4 bedroom Javea villa to rent with heated pool and air conditioned/heated bedrooms in the prestigious Mount Montgo area. This holiday villa is a great place to unwind and relax, close to restaurants and Javea. from 1000/week.
- Finca Montgó Jávea, Montgo Valls 03737 Javea, ☎ +34 644 364 265, . checkin: Flexible; checkout: Flexible. Stylish, intimate and relaxed guest house offering flexible and comfortable accommodation with the very best hospitality and service, principally catering for adults.
- Villa Seniola, Travesia de les Sorts (03730 Javea/Xabia), ☎ (+34)616711762, . It is located only a few minutes walk from Jávea/Xàbia old town and 2 Km from the Port Beach. Private swimming pool, garden, two terraces, great naya with lounge, 5 double bedrooms, 3 baths, air condition/heating pump in all the house, BBQ, free wifi and satellite TV. Prices from 695€ to 2395€ week
Javea is generally a safe place to visit as long as you use common sense. Robbery gangs in Costa Blanca are present so you must make sure that any accommodation you decide to stay at has adequate security. Theft is not unheard of, so should anyone you don't know approach you, you should secure your valuables and not let anyone visit your accommodation unless they are authorized to do so by invitation by either the owner or yourself. Never leave valuables in your car that will be difficult to replace.
However, you are unlikely to be hurt should you be a victim of theft, and in order to heighten security never walk alone after dark. Use your common sense and you should be fine.