Javea is a characteristic region on the Mediterranean coast of Alicante, Spain. It is popular with foreign and domestic holiday makers but also British expats, who choose it for their retirement years. It is also known as Xabia and every year generally demonstrates more hours of sunshine than any other region of Spain.
Weather and Climate
Javea has a semi-arid climate of which August is the hottest month of the year when temperatures are in the mid 30 degrees Celsius. Rainfall mostly occurs in September and October, and winters are mild.
The island of Ibiza is situated to the east and is 90 kilometres away. Cape De la Nau is the largest cape in the area but the region is better known for the 750 metre high Montgo Mountain.
Javea was once ruled by the Romans, although the Greeks and Goths were also prominent in the area. Wander the streets of the city centre and you will realize that it still adheres to its medieval layout plan for streets and houses. In the North, artefacts found prove that Javea has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Interesting historical buildings include the windmills of La Plana, the old city walls, town hall and convent.
Locals rely on tourism and agriculture as their main sources of income and the latter is seen at the weekly market that is held on a Thursday. Javea itself is separated into three districts which are Arenal beach, the old town and the port. Part of the lure for tourism is the ten beaches in the area of which Javea central beach, La Grava and Benissero are the busiest.
How to Get Here
Fly into Valencia or Alicante airport, which are both 100 kilometres away. Local excursion providers in Javea also operate one or two way airport transfers otherwise car hire is available from the airport although during high season of summer, pre-book because there is a high demand.
Buying Property in Javea
A property purchase in Javea should not be taken lightly. The property market in Javea has seen highs and lows when it comes to prices in recent years, so shop around to get the best Javea apartment for your money. Don’t forget to use a certified and licensed lawyer, ensure paperwork is notarized and enlist the help of a reputable estate agent to help you through the process.
Top Activities in Javea
- Landscape photography
- Hiking and trekking
- Bike expeditions
- Scuba Diving
- Art exhibitions
- Annual festivals including the Xabia Folk
- Expats groups for hobbies such as photography, arts, crafts and sports.