Markets and Fiestas
Jávea’s local market is held on Thursdays. Another attraction is to visit the port around 17:00 to see the fishing boats come and unload the fish. Jávea has local fiestas almost every month: among others the Fiesta of San Sebastion (January), Jávea ‘s patron saint (January), the Fiesta of Santa Cruz (May), the Moros y Cristianos (July) and Nuestro Señora de Loreto (September).
The guesthouse Can Sueño (Dutch owned) is located in Tàrbena in the province of Alicante. If you want to see the true inland Spain, a trip to Can Sueño is a must. Large and small groups of between four and twenty people can enjoy a delicious lunch, ‘mesarural’, also known as ‘table d’hote’ . The kitchen always has nature as its guide, taking inspiration from fresh herbs and flowers. The cuisine is as much as possible organic and fresh! – www.cansueno.com.
The Jalon Valley has some of the best scenery in Spain. Magnificent mountains surround the plains full of olive trees, orange groves, vineyards, raisins and almonds. Jalon’s famed citrus and almond trees surround the numerous small Spanish villages that are found dotted along the landscape. On Saturday mornings Jalon’s famous rastro market is littered with antiques. The Jalon valley is also famous for its strong home-made wine which can be bought at several bodegas in the villages.
Waterfall Callosa d’En Sarria
A supremely beautiful place to visit is Fonts d’Algar (Algar Waterfalls), a natural park inland from the town of Altea. It is an enjoyable journey winding through the groves of the local nispero trees. In a pretty, orchard-filled valley the Fonts d’Algar form a beautiful cascade of waterfalls and natural swimming pools which are set among a shady forest. Several excellent walking trails lead from here to the Sierra de Bernia.
Guadalest is the second most visited town in Spain with more than 2 million visitors a year. It is an extremely picturesque place located on a sheer-sided mountain which overlooks and provides magnificent views of the river, the dam and the valley of Guadalest. The Guadalest bell tower perched on a rocky pinnacle has become an icon for the Alicante province of Spain and the Costa Blanca.
Gata de Gorgos
Jávea’s location provides many places of interest away from the commotion of the coast. Gata de Gorgos is a delightful town situated on the valley road inland of Jávea. Its streets are lined with an abundance of basket wear including esparto, palm leaf, rattan and wickerwork.
The town of Dénia is located 20 minutes north of Jávea on the opposite side of the Montgo Mountain. The area evokes historical times and cultures which remind us that Dénia has been ruled by the Moors, Romans, Carthaginians and Iberians. As proof of the constant passing of civilizations we now enjoy the examples of architecture which have been left for us, the best of which is the magnificent castle overlooking the town. There is also a modern marina and a ferry terminal serving tours to Ibiza, Menorca, Mallorca and Formentera. On the long arm of the marina there are many delightful restaurants, bars and night clubs, as well as some superb photographic opportunities.
South of Jávea you will find Moraira, a town which has grown from being a small fishing village to an attractive holiday and retirement town with many excellent restaurants, a wide sandy beach and a beautiful marina.
Besides being the party place of the Costa Blanca, Benidorm also has a casco antiguo – the old Benidorm town centre. Here you can find nice tapas bars and shops in narrow, picturesque alleys. Benidorm’s two beaches of pure sand, the Playa de Poniente and the Playa de Levante are about 5 kilometres long in total. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing bathe under Benidorm’s sun, you should head for the Playa de Levante.
In recent years, Valencia has reinvented itself as a world-class tourist destination famous for shopping, museums and nightlife. Its distance from Jávea is just over 100 kilometres making it perfect for a day visit. Valencia features many superb attractions and districts. The old town is mixed with a newer vibrant Valencia – a busy university city with around 60,000 students and a population of more than 745,000. Many visitors, both Spanish and international, travel to Valencia just to see the breathtaking City of Arts and Science (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias), designed by the local famous architect Calatrava. The City of Arts is an exciting modern development containing the Palace of the Arts, the Oceanographic Park, the Prince Felipe Science Museum and the Planetarium. In recent years, important international sports events such as the America’s Cup and the Formula 1 Grand Prix on a street circuit at the city’s port have put Valencia more than ever on the world map.
Alicante – a size smaller than Valencia – also has areas well worth a visit. One of them is the Old Town, from the Rambla towards Santa Bárbara Castle. The narrow streets with Moorish layout are lively and home to much of Alicante’s nightlife. Here you will find everything from the most typical, age-old restaurants through to designer eateries, passing through pubs, bars and all kinds of pavement cafes in between. Postiguet is the city´s main beach – crowded with sun seekers during the day and a popular meeting point on summer nights.