Javea is situated in the North of the Costa Blanca, between the big cities of Valencia and Alicante. The Costa Blanca North is known for its good climate and various micro-climates, which make sure that summers are not too hot, and winters not too cold. The temperature will always be comfortable providing you with an opportunity to enjoy the Spanish weather in as well summer as winter. Out of 365 days, the sun shines more than 320 days and besides that it hardly rains.
Javea is recognized by The World Health Organization (WHO) for having one of the best and healthiest climates in the world. This climate has a very positive effect on human health, which even reduces the symptoms of certain health conditions. Well, that is a reason to move.
Javea was first mentioned as an own village in 1397, but it belonged to Denia. The Romans had a big impact unsurprisingly when they started using it as a port, between the Arenal and the Port, you will see where 2 channels were carved out to be used in the fish salting process, or visiting the museum in the Old Town you see relics from that era. The Islamic Moors arrived in the 9th Century until final expulsion in 1279, long time after the Romans abandoned Javea and it was left uninhabited, brought their art, culture and architecture into the region.
‘The Moors and the Christians’ is celebrated in Javea every year in July, a big festival during one week to show the battles between Muslims and Christians, representing the invasion through the Muslims and the reconquest through the Christians, and to mark the end of the Arabian dominion, which was an violent and bloody era in the Spanish history. Between 1300 and 1680 Javea was frequently attacked by pirates, that’s made the citizen moving 2km inland and building the ancient city walls and towers to defend themselves like Granadella castle, watch towers of Ambolo and Portixol.
Javea was very important as well in the era of raisin trade throughout 18th and 19th century (Raisin drying facilities). You can visit for example el Gran Riurau dels Català d’Arnauda. You will find remain of all these different times to view for example like San Bartholomew church, the palace house of Antoni Banyuls, the municipal indoor Market and Dénia Castle.
Javea is known for its gorgeous coastline and rugged and mountainous landscape. Picture-perfect bays, miles of sandy beaches and large rocks make nature absolutely breathtaking.
At only a kilometer away from the old town of Javea you can find national park the Montgo, named after the mountain which guards over the town and provides its people with beautiful views. The Montgo is 754 meters high and has the shape of an elephant when seen from specific view points. It has an especially green landscape and consists of numerous hiking paths.
Besides all of this, the surroundings of Javea have a big variety of orange, olive and almond trees which create a beautiful landscape, especially around winter time when most of the trees are blossoming.
The old town of Javea has exactly what you would expect from a Spanish town. It has little, picturesque streets, small squares and a lot of history. You can find the old church of San Bartolome, which is built in a Gothic style. The church together with the food market are dominating the centre of the town. In the food market you can buy a lot of products locally produced and harvested, so you can be sure that you will be eating foods that didn't travel long ways to get to your plate.
Looking for the buzz? The Arenal is the place to be! Filled with a lot of restaurants, bars and clubs located on the promenade, the Arenal is the place where people head over to spend a great night. The Arenal also has one of the only sand beaches in Javea, which makes it also a perfect place to spend the warm summer days.
Javea was originally a fishing town, but because of the upcoming tourism, it has been transformed to way more than that! However, in the port you can still see a lot of history. Fishing boats will bring in the catch of the day which you can eat in one of the many restaurants which are located in the port. You can find extensive menus in the restaurants for great prices starting from only €10,-. The port also gives the possibility to practice water sports from the Nautical Club at the Marina.
It could be possible that you are not the person who likes to spend the entire day laying on the beach. But don't worry, Javea has enough to offer! There are various companies offering activities such as snorkeling, diving, waterskiing etc. at different locations such as the Granadella beach and the Arenal.
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