Welcome to Jávea, Steve! I hope you are ready for this whistle-stop tour because we have a lot to fit in. You have chosen to visit this beautiful little Spanish town at my absolute favourite time of year, orange blossom season. So, before I get you settled, in our first job is to drive you through the splendour of the orange groves.
Winding through the narrow roads you can see our famous Montgo mountain, renowned as the ‘sleeping elephant’. If you look closely you can see it’s head with a cave keeping an eye on us as we travel through the fragrant valley and head along towards its trunk which reaches the Cap San Antoni lighthouse where, on a clear day, you can wave at our friends on the island of Ibiza.
From this viewpoint it is possible to see whole of the Jávea area, unspoilt by any high-rise buildings and reaching all the way to the Cap de le Nau on the other side of the bay with its island of Portichol just out of sight.
But I digress, you must be thirsty so let us go and have a coffee in the old town. The drink of the Gods for you, so you say, and there is no place better to partake of such a worthy beverage than with our friend Javí at The Black Turtle restaurant from where we can sit at the window and see the magnificent church ‘Iglesia de San Bartolomé’.
Before we head down to the port, I just have to pop into the local municipal market Abastos to get some supplies for our afternoon walk.
Jávea (Xàbia in the local Valenciano) is one of the most internationally diverse communities on the Costa Blanca with about half of the residents composed of foreign nationals and full of a multitude of inclusive clubs, businesses, associations, international schools and friendly people who bend over backwards in order for you find your way whether you are just arriving or in need of a helping hand.
The local charities organize many social events too. Just a week or so ago their was a 3 kilometer sponsored mirador walk along the coast for the Make a Smile in aid of the children of EMAUS children’s home. We had a famous face or two and fancy dress galore and everyone, young and old, came together for a fun filled day walking along the stony beach to the Arenal beach and this is exactly what we are going to do now.
Before we begin I want you to see the port. Most evenings you are able to buy all of your fresh fish and seafood here or you can just come and sit and watch the array of fishing boats and luxury yachts happily bobbing side by side.
As we walk along you can look up to see the church constructed to look like the bough of a ship. Legend has it that when a group of local fishermen got stranded at sea during a storm, they prayed to the virgin Loreto and promised to build a church if they got back alive and the Iglesia de la Virgen de Loreto is the result.
We carry on past the Duanes de la Mar and past local tapas bars and restaurants that cater to most palates, including pizza lovers such as yourself and onto the stony beach which plays host to the summer beach bars (chiringuitos) from May to October and affords great views over the Mediterranean.
It is thirsty work this so I suggest we stop at the Arenal beach for a pitstop. Listening to the dulcet tones ofat our friendly local radio station, BayRadio whilst sipping on a sundowner cocktail is one of the best ways to unwind and one I never tire of.
Thank you for coming to visit us here, Steve. It is time to get you some rest before your next stop so I will drop you off at the exclusive family-run El Rodat hotel and spa for you to completely relax in luxury and comfort. You get to choose from an ancient Ayurvedic massage, steam baths, Finnish sauna, or just sit in the relaxation room with tea service.
There are so many wonderful aspects of living in such a multicultural and yet equally Spanish environment. You get the best of the best way of living and a way of life that would be so hard to find almost anywhere else in the world. It was an absolute pleasure showing you around and hope to welcome you back soon.
I must run, we have a fiesta again this weekend and so I need to go and get my party dress on. Why don’t you check out the Gallery, Steve
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