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WHY BUY A HOME IN JAVEA?

Javea is one of the most beautiful locations to live on the Costa Blanca. With its mix of traditional Spanish culture and modern living, many people moving to Spain choose Javea to buy a property. There is so much to see and do, whether you choose to live in Javea permanently or for just part of the year.
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WHAT CAN I DO WHEN I LIVE IN JAVEA?
The temperate climate of Javea means outdoor living and fun in the sun for everyone. When you buy a property in Javea and live in this beautiful part of Spain you will be spoilt for things to do:

Beaches in Javea
Javea has a selection of beaches, the main one being the popular Arenal, with its shallow and safe waters - perfect for children. The Arenal is a great place to spend a day out as it is backed by a wide range of bars and restaurants and beach shops. The newly laid promenade is perfect for a gentle stroll after a day lazing on the beach before dining in one of the many international restaurants that line the seafront.

At the other end of Javea lies the fishing port, home to many expensive yachts sitting comfortably alongside fishing boats that trawl out to sea to catch fresh fish later sold in the port market and the restaurants of Javea. Alongside the port is a pebbly beach which enjoys views of the port and to the Arenal on the other side of the bay. There are some delightful restaurants at this end of Javea.

And living in Javea means you willl have time to explore the less well-known rocky coves and beaches of the Javea coastline. One of the most beautiful beaches on the outskirts of Javea is Granadella, where snorkelling and diving is a popular watersport.

The Montgo Mountain
The massive Montgo mountain provides a dramatic back drop to the town of Javea and rises to a height of 753m (2470ft) and, from the top, on a clearday, Ibiza can easily be seen.

It can be seen from numerous towns in the regions, including Javea, Denia, Pedreguer, Jesus Pobre, Gata de Gorgos and even further afield.

There is evidence that the Montgo was occupied by cave dwellers as far back as 30000 years ago as remains of pottery, bones, coins and cave paintings have been found in the area.

The Montgo has been designated both a natural park and an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers cyclist, walkers, mountain bikers and hikers both easy and challenging routes to climb.

The local people of Javea refer to the Montgo as the ‘Elephant mountain’ because, from the Javea side, it resembles an Elephant’s head and trunk – a cave is the elephant’s eye. The Montgo is responsible for providing Javea with its micro climate, thus providing it with temperate weather conditions throughout the year.

Nudging against the Eastern side of the Montgo is La Plana, which can be reached by hiking from the port or the old town of Javea, or by road.

La Plana offers amazing panoramic views of Javea bay and the valley and, once up there, you can visit the eleven Molins which were used to grind wheat and cereals for the local people and date back to the 16th century. Also on the La Plana is the Monasterio Nuestra de los Angels and the Cap de San Antonio lighthouse.

Watersports in Javea
Many watersports enthusiasts choose to live in Javea for its wide selection of aqua activities. Sailing, kayaking, stand up paddling, surfing, windsurfing, snorkelling, and of course just swimming in the warm, calm waters of the Mediterranean.

Having a home in Javea means you will have year-round access to some of the most exhilarating and fun activities in or on the water.

Walking and cycling
Only through living in the Javea region are you likely to have the time to explore the fantastic scenery. There are walks and cycle routes all around the area, which you can either take as part of a guided group or alone. For more information visit the Javea Tourist Information office at www.xabia.org

Scenery in Javea
Buying a property in Javea means you are likely to have beautiful views of the sea and mountains. And, of course, a view of the mystic Montgó mountain, which looks down over the town, is a must for many homebuyers in Javea.

The Montgó is a protected national park and offers gentle strolls, more challenging hikes and some of the most breath-taking views on the Costa Blanca.

Dining in Javea
Eating al fresco is another reason to enjoy life in Javea. There are a numerous selection of restaurants offering traditional Spanish and international cuisine and suitable for all budgets. You can choose to eat in one of the many restaurants along the Arenal, or visit the old town of Javea, for a more traditional taste of Spain.

During the summer, living in Javea means a taste of real outdoor Spanish life. One of the most relaxing places to enjoy tapas and drinks are the beach bars (chiringuitos) along the road from the Arenal to the Port. This is the perfect location to take in the sunset, the moon rise over the sea or a spot of people watching!

Fiestas
Not to be missed are the many Spanish fiestas that take place in Javea throughout the year. The biggest Javea fiesta is when the town celebrates its patron saint, San Juan, during the summer solstice, on 21 June, when fires are lit, fireworks are let off and there is music and dancing till the small hours.

Worth noting is the Javea International Festival that takes place every year at the end of June. This event celebrates the mix of international cultures that have chosen to make their life in Javea.

There are also many other fiestas throughout the year, visit the tourist information site for more information www.xabia.org

Transport in Jávea
Transport in Spain is unfamiliar territory for many expats – but it needn’t be as complicated as it seems. Hot Property has compiled a guide for new residents about how to get to and from the town, as well as how to find your way around.

Getting to Javea from the airport
Alicante and Valencia are the most popular airports to service Jávea. Below are some of the more convenient options to get there once you land:

Buses
From Alicante – Although there is no direct bus between Jávea and Alicante airport, ALSA (Spanish bus company) runs a service between Alicante and Benidorm, with the option to transfer to Jávea. This service departs from floor 2, just outside Departures, costing roughly €16 per person. During the day, buses run on the hour until the afternoons when they run less often. Buses do not run at all from 20.15 until 07.45, and the journey takes between 3-4 hours. See www.alsa.es/en for more information.

From Valencia – ALSA runs an infrequent service to Jávea, once in the morning and once in the evening, during the week. During the weekends, the service runs once on Saturdays and twice on Sundays.

Taxis
Although convenient, this will obviously not be the cheapest – a taxi will cost approx. €120 one way.

Transfers
Suggestions for local transfer companies include:

Beniconnect
Provides a fantastic transfer service between both airports for 25€ per person and also runs a private shuttle service.

Alicante Taxi Transfers  
Provide a transfer service for individuals and businesses.

Car rentals in Jávea
A few suggestions for local car rentals:

Javea Cars
Jávea cars save the hassle of queuing at the airport and instead allow you to pay at the office when you arrive.

Sol Mar
Another Jávea-based company.

Alternatively, you can book with the main rental companies based at whichever airport you are arriving at.

Driving directions
Take the AP-7 motorway for a 90 minute drive to Jávea from either Alicante or Valencia airport. The toll cost is approx. €8-9 from both airports.

Local Buses in Javea
Within Jávea, there is a public bus running every 30 minutes in the summer and once an hour during the winter. The service is currently ran by DeniBus, which has the ‘Toscamar’ route starting at the bus station and finishing at the Toscamar urbanisation, stopping at the Arenal, Old Town and Port in between.

Be mindful that drivers speak limited English, and usually prefer you to have the correct change for your journey (1.50€ general admission) – regardless of the distance you are travelling. In the winter, buses do not run on Sundays and during fiestas.

For full details of the timetable you can visit the DeniBus website at www.denibus.es/lineas-regulares, then expand the ‘Jávea – Toscamar’ route at the bottom to view the most up-to-date timetable. (You can translate the page if your Spanish isn’t up to scratch). On here you will also find more information on ticket prices.


 

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