Javea belongs to the Alicante region of Valencia, Spain. Sitting in the North on the Mediterranean coast, artefacts found in the area have proven that is has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Various rulers over many years include the Romans, Greeks and the Goths. These days, life is a lot quieter and the two main sources of income are tourism and agriculture.
Javea has a semi-arid climate so it is enjoys hot summers and mild winter temperatures. September and October are when the most rainfall occurs, otherwise if you are after the sun; the best time to visit is between April to August. In August, the temperature is an average of 21 degrees Celsius.
One of the reasons why Javea is popular as a tourist and expat destination is because of the huge amount of things to do in the region.
Things to Do in Javea
1: The varied landscapes and intriguing flora and fauna, make it a top destination for hiking and trekking routes. Explore independently or look around the local tour excursion providers for group trips. Most of the official routes can also be explored on bike.
2: Scuba divers will be pleased to know that there is a treasure chest of discoveries underneath the sea. If you are an experienced PADI diver, visit one of the local tourism offices, to find out the ten designated and top rated scuba diving areas. Otherwise sign up with a local travel agency for a beginner’s course.
3: Cultural exploration is ideal for first-time visitors who want to discover the cuisine and traditions of the locals. There are often various art exhibitions throughout the year and annual festivals include the Xabia Folk in May. The Javea Restaurants Organization also hosts many events to promote regional and Mediterranean cuisine to the outside world.
4: Historical travel enthusiasts should first of all explore the city centre, which to this day showcases its ancient medieval layout. Note the architecture of the old buildings and seek out historical monuments such as the old city walls, the town hall, the old convent and the windmills of La Plana.
5: Two of the town’s most popular beaches are El Arenal with its shallow water, sports and various restaurants nearby. La Grava is also popular and does not get as busy as the former beach. Both are officially listed as Blue flag beaches.
6: Lastly Javea has a great leisure scene with a variety of cinemas, bars in the Playa Del Arenal area and historical city centre. A number of expats groups have also been set up to connect people with like-minded hobbies such as photography, arts, crafts and sports.