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The many tourist attractions of Javea, Spain
Lying in the shadow of the impressive Montgo Mountain on the Northern Costa Blanca, you will find the Spanish town of Javea, a sought after tourist and residential location, about an hour's drive north of Alicante. A popular holiday destination, Javea attracts both Spanish and foreign tourists alike with its unspoilt golden beaches, glorious weather, historic buildings and churches and it's vast array of promenade boutiques, bars and restaurants.
Various attractions in the area offer a wide range of leisure activities such as the glass-bottomed ferry that has a twice-daily service between Altea and Denia stopping en route at Javea, or a bus trip to the cultural city of Valencia 1 hour to the north and last but not least, a visit to the wonderful Theme and Water parks just 40 away are a must for families and grown ups alike.
The pleasant weather throughout the year makes Javea a year-round tourist destination. In summers, the temperature reaches up to 40 degree Celsius while the winter temperatures are never lower than 10 degree Celsius. The high season in Javea is in the summer when the tourist influx is at its peak. So if you are planning your trip to Javea in the summer, be sure to book your hotel or vacation rental well in advance.
The town of Javea is divided into three parts: Javea Pueblo (old town), Javea Puerto (port area) and the Playa de Arenal (beach area).
There is nothing more relaxing than strolling down the old town admiring the Gothic architecture, of special interest is the historic church of San Bartolome, built in the 12th century and still a major tourist attraction. You can get tourist information at the Plaza de la Iglesia or the church square and explore the quaint backstreets and shops of the old town with it´s traditional townhouses and narrow alley ways.
Unlike other ports that have become more trendy and bustling with activity, the Javea port still retains its old world charm. Alongside the luxury yachts you will find a beautiful promenade, open air terraces, and various bars and restaurants. Come September and this fishing port hosts the uniquely Spanish bull-fighting festival and in July, the ever popular 'Moros and Christianos' carnival attracts many visitors from all over the region.
The major beaches of Javea are the sandy Arenal and the 'pebbly' beaches in the port. Perfect for spending a relaxed day in the sun or whiling away the hours playing volleyball, these beaches with their vast expanse of golden sands are perfect for water activities, with scuba diving being the most popular. You’ll find a wide array of dive shops offering introductory dives or the PADI courses. Of course, in the evening when the sun sets there is nothing like meeting your friends or the locals at the bars for some casual chit-chat or listen to some live music over your favorite drink.
Nestling between the Cabo San Antonio and the cabo San Martin bays, Javea is well-known for its scintillating views and wide ranging facilities. One of the major sight-seeing attractions of the town is the Avenida del Mediterraneo near the Javea harbor area. A promenade of bars, fish restaurants and local ártesenia´ shops attracts many visitors all year round. If you prefer the outdoor life, you can check out the trekking and horse riding routes, or make a visit to the dolphin park 40 minutes away, a must for the nature enthusiast.
The Cabo San Antonio to the north of Javea is the most easterly point of mainland Spain whilst on the opposite side of the valley there is the Cabo de Nao hillside, whose major attraction is the picturesque lighthouse and spectacular viewing point over the Mediterranean.
For further sightseeing you can also visit the nearby towns of Calpe, Denia, and Gandia, or for the more culturally minded, Valencia and Alicante, an hour's drive away, are cities not to be missed.
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