Jávea (Xabia)

Jávea is commonly known as the “Jewel” of the Costa Blanca. Situated on the most easterly point of the Costa Blanca, Jávea is the first place on the Costa Blanca to welcome the morning sun and has been recorded as having more full days of sunshine than any other town in the Costa Blanca!  Happy days!

Jávea is situated mid-way (just over 1 hour’s drive) between Alicante and Valencia airports and enjoys good road systems to both. Close to Dénia, Moraira and the Jalón Valley, Jávea is ideally situated as a base to explore the rest of the Costa Blanca region or just to chill out and enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean weather.

It is a town comprised of different residential areas called “urbanisations”, most of which are quiet and residential and all just a few minutes’ drive from amenities.  Each urbanisation has its own distinct character, catering to individual tastes of every discerning property seeker.  From the grandiose, traditional fincas of Tosalet, one of first urbanisations to be built to supply second homes for the Spanish “gentry” from Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, to Villes del Vent a more recently constructed urbanisation, providing large open plan villas of modern construction to cater for more contemporary tastes.

Many people, ex-pat and Spanish, have fallen in love with the town after visiting the town for a holiday and gone on to buy a property in Jávea or take a long term rental in Jávea and move there for good.  Many ex-pats have chosen Jávea as their home in the sun due to the fantastic expat infrastructure, services and amenities.  It offers easy access to excellent international schools (LAUDE Lady Elizabeth School, Xabia International College (XIC), Steve Jobs School) great local Spanish schools, superb medical and health facilities and countless other facilities aimed at expat residents.  Being a favourite holiday destination with virtually 100% tourist occupation in the peak season, Jávea is a perfect location to buy a property to use as an investment holiday rental property.

Jávea is separated from Dénia by the Montgo National Park (El Montgo). It has a coastline of more than 20 kms with one main sandy beach (Arenal), several pebbly beaches and many little coves and bays that can only be accessed by foot or boat. It is a town comprised of different residential areas called “urbanisations”, most of which are quiet and residential and all just a few minutes’ drive from amenities.  Jávea has something to offer to all ages and nationalities, and is made up of three distinct areas: the Arenal, the Port (Puerto) and the Old Town (Pueblo).

 

Jávea Arenal (El Arenal)

The Arenal is a safe and sandy, blue-flag beach, serviced by a wide promenade with lots of shops, bars and restaurants. Probably the most popular area for families with young children and teenagers, the Arenal has plenty to offer in terms of sports (boat hire, jet skis, diving centres, pedalos, volleyball and football pitches, playgrounds etc), entertainment (nightclubs, restaurants and bars with live music and/or international TV), food (cuisine of all international flavours) and shops (boutiques, market stalls and food shops). Just behind the Arenal are more shops, banks, restaurants, and more sports and entertainment (tennis clubs, go-karting and further inland, several first –class golf courses).

The Port (Puerto)

 

Once home to one of the main local industries of Jávea (fishing), the Port still has a thriving fishing community where it is possible to get fresh fish or seafood nearly every day. Narrow streets lead down to the harbour and marina which is sheltered from the weather by the San Antonio headland on which is situated one of Jávea’s two lighthouses. The Port area also has a pebbly beach which great for snorkelling and swimming and a wide and sunny promenade full of shops, bars and restaurants where you can sit and relax, meet friends or simply watch the world go by over a coffee or glass of wine.

 

The Old Town (Pueblo)

The Pueblo is Jávea’s historic centre and is home to the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall), the Cultural Centre, museums, churches, shops, bars, restaurants and local markets. This is where you will really feel you are in Spain as you wander through narrow cobble streets full of white-washed houses, take a trip around the Gothic Church of San Bartolomé which dominates the town centre or sup a caña (small beer) whilst you try out some traditional Spanish tapas. On Thursdays, the local market comes to Jávea and fills the Plaza and surrounding streets with stalls laden with everything from fruit and vegetables to flamenco dresses and cheap sunglasses!

For more information on what Jávea has to offer, visit www.xabia.org

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