Take A Break In Javea
Thousands upon thousands of visitors come to the Costa Blanca year after year. Drawn in by the attraction of the vibrant Spanish resorts, the excellent Mediterranean cuisine and not least the endless supply of sunshine and sandy beaches.
Among the smaller seaside resorts on the Costa Blanca, we find the village of Javea. Compared to tourism giants such as Benidorm, Torrevieja and Alicante the small town of Javea is barely noticeable on the map, but it would be a grave mistake not to have a second look when planning a pleasurable vacation for you and your family.
What Javea may lack in size it makes up for in charm, authenticity and quality. The Arenal beach is among the most family-friendly in Spain with its shallow bay, family orientated activities and lifeguards for protection around the clock. The sandy beaches of Javea are surrounded by a perfect choice of restaurants catering to every taste, wallet and age group.
Several Spanish tourist resorts have degenerated into artificial tacky ghettos without much of the traditional Latino charm or personality. Crime has become rife, the dirt piling up and the only residents being expats who never made it home from their last vacation. Javea is entirely different. The town retains a very characteristic Spanish culture that blends tourism with siesta bars serving tapas, bull-runs through the streets and a historic centre with narrow streets and alleyways, outdoor cafés and a vibrancy rarely found on the Costa Blanca. Crime does exist in Javea but it is far less a problem than in the bigger resorts. Certainly, you wouldn’t think twice about letting your kids go to the beach alone, walking home on your own from a club at night or indeed leaving your car unlocked by the beach. Furthermore, a huge effort has been made by the local council and local volunteer groups, such as Javea Miravellosa, to ensure that all of the natural beauty of Javea is presented in the most appealing of ways. As a consequence visiting Javea is safe, pleasant and enjoyable for people of all ages.
Getting To Javea
Located right between the airports of Valencia and Alicante you are only an hour’s drive on the motorway from either airport with easy access to the rest of the world. Transport to and from the airports can be easily arranged by rental car, with airport services such as Beniconnect or you can simply jump in a taxi at a fixed rate. They are readily available at the airport and advertise their rates in advance.
Holiday Accommodation in Javea
Javea has few hotels compared to most resorts, which means you will not find hordes of package-deal tourists staying in cheap, rundown hotels. There are a few very nice options such as the Parador, should you prefer hotel accommodation.
The majority of visitors spend their vacation in holiday villas and apartments. The choice is extremely good and with a bit of digging you can find some excellent bargains even during the high-season. Generally the quality of holiday villas in Javea is well above Spanish average with most options being luxuriously equipped with gardens, pool, air-condition, satellite television and other pleasantries or necessities – depending on your point of view.
It is worth exploring the options a bit before committing to a specific villa. Get the exact location of the villa and place it in relation to the activities you wish to be involved with. If you are craving a week of tranquillity without disturbances whilst sunbathing in the garden, a villa in a quiet urbanisation is probably a wise choice for you. If the beach is your main target a nearby villa or apartment is obviously more suitable, whereas the full Spanish experience with fiestas and integration in the Latino lifestyle can be catered for by accommodation in the historic centre of Javea.
Just to clarify, in castellano (“Spanish”) the town is officially known as Jávea, although you will often see it spelled as Javea. In the local language (valencià) it is known as Xàbia. It’s the same place – twice as good!