Situated in the province of Alicante, Spain and located behind a wide bay, Javea is a popular seaside resort and costal town. It is a popular tourist destination because of its micro climate, considered as one of the healthiest in the world. Add to this the fact that this costal town receives more sunshine than any city in Spain and you will understand why it is a preferred destination for Europeans, especially during the harsh winter months. Good roads connect this costal town with regional capitals and both Valencia and Alicante airports are just an hour’s drive away.
There are direct coach links to both these airports and to Madrid as well. Tourists also have the option of visiting the city through train via the Gata de Gorgos station. The main town can be split into three different and distinctive segments… the arena, the port, and the old town. Those who are familiar with the history of the town will tell you that a huge wall used to protect this town during the old days. This wall was set up to protect the inhabitants of the city from marauding pirates. Search around a bit and you will find evidence of these fortifications.
Stone crosses mark the locations of the three original gates. Do not miss the Sant Bartomeu church, in the heart of the town, which dates back to the fourteenth century. The port is another important part of the city and boasts of a number of popular eateries. Even though the first jetty was built as far back as in 1871, the harbor that you now see was constructed during the 1950s and 1960s. Do not miss viewing the Mare de Deu de Loreto church that was constructed in 1967 and is considered as a landmark of the port. Its shape reminds viewers of a fishing vessel bursting through the waves.
Visiting Javea and not visiting Arenal would be a crime. This beach boasts of white sand and contains quite a number of restaurants, bars, and shops. This is perhaps the best place for you to purchase local handmade crafts. Most of the bars also offer you the option of listening to live music. If you are lucky enough, you might catch glimpses of street entertainers and sand artists going about their artistic task. Visitors have the option to frequent modern nightclubs or traditional Spanish bars. Make it a point to include this seaside market town when you next visit Spain.