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Javea – The Mountains, The Sea And The Fiesta

By Expert Author: Muchosol Muchosol

Javea, or Xŕbia, has varied scenery which has been sculpted by the influences of wind and sea throughout the centuries. The discovery of Javea beautiful landscapes and coastline is one of the many attractive features which awaits us in this privileged enclave on the Costa Blanca. In its large Municipal territory, we can explore a series of coves, beaches, cliffs, islands, caves and capes as well as mountains and valleys. It has various protected spaces such as a Natural Park, a Marine Reserve and 6 Plant Microreserves. Different Hiking routes and Scenic viewpoints have been conditioned to join them.

Its exceptional natural environment combines sea and mountains and represents an excellent alternative for hiking fans who can explore its luxurious vegetation, stroll along its cliffs and enjoy its spectacular views. You can take group routes by joining the “Centre Excursionita de Xŕbia”, which organizes free guided routes. You will surely enjoy your stay even more by staying in one of the beautiful villas in Javea.

Enjoy the great summer atmosphere in the popular refreshment stands known as "xiringuitos".

On the other end of it, Javea has a wide variety of nightlife options. The beach area called Playa del Arenal has the largest number of bars, where you are sure to find the place best suited to your tastes, all kinds of pubs, discotheques, chill-out, live music and many other night spots along the entire promenade of Paseo del Arenal.

However, you can also find interesting nightlife venues in the city centre, in the Aduanas del Mar district in front of the Sea Promenade, where you can have a great time in Winter and Summer nights.

During the summer, various refreshment stands called "Chiringuitos" are set up on the beach called Playa del Primer Muntanyar, where you can enjoy fantastic sunsets, sip a cocktail during the hot summer nights or attend the numerous . With this amount of leisure offer all you have to do now is choose amongst the villas to rent in Javea, which one suits you the best.

Javea also focuses its attention on the younger crowd, organizing several events throughout the year focused on young people which are really fun and interesting. These are a few of them:
- Jávea Active Extreme: skate, scooter and bmx
- Surf-Skiing Competition (Festival del Mar, June).
- Children's Football Campus by the “Penya la Marina” (in July).
- Rhythmic Gymnastics Summer Campus (Club Esportiu Montgó Xŕbia).
- Children's Basketball Campus by Joventut Xŕbia (July).
-Parkour Thematic Activities.

Regarding its climate, Jávea has a mild one during the entire year. Thanks to the montgó mountain barrier, the town is protected from the continental winter cold fronts and benefits from the sea winds and westerly breezes which provide relief from the summer heat. The average annual temperature ranges from 18 to 22 degrees.

Taste an excellent meal in the restaurants where you will have the opportunity to discover the local gastronomy.

Jávea’s cuisine is intimately linked to its splendid geographical location. The majority of the fruits and vegetables are grown in the fertile valley of Sant Bertomeu and in its orchards whose soil is frequently enriched by silt when the Gorgos River overflows. Jávea also benefits from its privileged relationship with the sea as evidenced by the local cuisine with its rich varieties of fresh fish, seafood and shellfish, commercialized under the quality trademark: “Pescado y marisco de la bahía de Xŕbia” (Fish and Seafood from the Xŕbia Bay). In addition to fish and seafood, another unique and valuable product is the "erizos de mar" (sea urchins) which are usually served with bread or in dry rice dishes.

Among the rice dishes, you may choose among “Arroz a banda" or "Arroz a la Marinera" (seafood paellas), "Arroz al horno" (oven-baked rice), "Paella con boquerón y espinacas" (Paella with anchovies and spinach), “fesols i naps” (Rice stew with beans and turnips), "Arroz negro" (Seafood paella in squid ink) and the "Arroces melosos con bogavante y langosta" (Stewed rice with lobster).

For dessert, we recommend those prepared with typical products from this region such as almonds, oranges, raisins and figs. Typical examples of desserts include: Tortŕ de Almendra (Almond flat bread), the Pastissets (Stuffed fried cakes with filling), "Coca María" (Sponge cake), the "Sopŕ" (Crčme caramel), the "Casca" (Ring-shaped cake) and the"Pelota dulce" (Sweet bread-balls).

There are plenty of reasons to visit Javea, we have only listed a few of them. Surely, after you visit it you will have a lot more to add to it. When in Javea, be sure to enjoy yourself to the fullest.

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