Category Archives: Javea Attractions
In the history of Spain and Spanish civilization there were enough violent actions with dramatic conquests and defeats to make a fantastic computer game, or better still, a fabulous Festival. Spaniards in general tend to be enthusiastic, adventurous and volatile; perhaps it has something to do with the climate. Far more than weather, however, the historical heritage of today’s Spanish people is a huge factor, which also accounts for one of the most beloved and elaborate of Spain’s many festivals.
In the long history of the town of Xabia, or Javea, different cultures have exerted their influence on the land, the architecture and the customs. Much of that legacy has been lost to the wear and tear of time and the incursion of successive dominions, but some of the landmarks left behind have endured for many centuries. One of the most notable of these is the Iglesia-Fortaleza de San Bartolomé or Saint Bartolome Church-Fortress.
The Canal de la Fontana runs through the community of Javea and was formally the Rio Gorgos river mouth before it was diverted to the Port area. While the Canal is quite scenic and adds charm for sure to the streets of the city, it also has a practical use as it has been utilised for over five decades to moor small boats. In fact, small boats line the sides of the Canal that has been recently been remodelled. The end result is more space for practical use and more decorative banks and bridges to make it a more pedestrian friendly area.
Amongst Javea’s many lovely beaches, the Playa Cala Blanca rates on many lists as the most beautiful of them all. Though quite small (about 300 metres long and eight metres wide) it lies within a rocky cove that shelters some of the clearest and most alluring water anywhere on the Mediterranean.
Javea has been blessed with more than its share of gorgeous shoreline, but for the quintessential beach qualities dear to the hearts of Northern Europeans in general, Arenal Beach stands head and shoulders above all the rest. Arenal has everything a beach-lover could want, with the possible exception of those who prefer solitude with their sand, sun and clear, clean salt water.
The Chapel of Santa Llucia and Santa Barbara in San Bartolome is easily the highest point of the surrounding area. It reaches 162 meters into the sky making the chapel the top of the skyline in the municipal area. The hermitage is named after two saints so the strongest is considered the first, but both names are still considered to mark the chapel.
January 5th 2017 was a great day for little ones and families down at the port in Javea as thousands of people came down to enjoy the arrival of the Three Kings bearing gifts of sweets and candy for hundreds of eager children lining the streets leading into the town.
The Costa Blanca boasts so many inviting beaches that describing them in suitably glowing terms becomes quite challenging. However most beach-goers enjoy a challenge and that must be why so many of them have posted glowing reviews of this particular one of Javea’s nine beaches – Playa Ambolo.
Javea is very fond of its festivals, like every Spanish city and town and village and hamlet – anywhere people are gathered in a community large or small. Festivals may be based on ancient traditions or they may have been instigated in recent years; in fact it sometimes seems that festivals are their own reason, just a fine excuse for a party.
The Cova de Barranc del Migdia, referred to in English as the Cave of the Barranc del Migida, is unusual in that it was accidently discovered. Today the cave is under careful investigation and the site of archaeological excavations, but it wasn’t known until April of 1989 when a group from the Gata Caving Club stumbled into its opening.