Javea Costa Blanca

Information on the seaside resort of Javea Costa Blanca, Spain.

Costa Blanca Resorts - Javea

Located in the Marina Alta district of the Alicante province of Spain within the Communidad de Valencia, the lovely coastal town of Javea lies on a wide bay, sheltered on each side by a rocky headland. A desirable seaside town, Javea's population of 29,000 rises to around 100,000 during the busy summer season.

Attracted by its old port, its fine, golden sandy beaches and its fabulous, temperate Mediterranean weather, many choose to visit year after year. Although popular, Javea does not get as crowded as some of the other Costa Blanca resorts and so will suit those looking for a quieter holiday but still with plenty of facilities.

There has been human activity in the area around Javea for some 16,000 years, going back to the Upper Palaeolithic Era, this increased during the Neolithic Era and the Bronze Age. Before the arrival of the Romans, the Iberian Culture rules supreme, and some important Iberian jewellery has been uncovered in the region dating from the 3rd to 2nd Centuries BC, including pieces in silver and gold.

The Romans brought organised society and agricultural advancements to Javea and built independent villas. The Romans were replaced by the Visigoths, about who little is known, though it is suggested that they may have built a monastery near Javea (San Martin).

The Visigoths were in turn replaced by the Moors who held sway over the Iberian Peninsular between the 8th and 13th Centuries and it was the Moors who further developed Javea as an agricultural area. At about this time and after the Christian re-conquest Javea was walled and fortified, some remains of these ancient walls still remain to this day.

Worth seeing today are the Gothic Church of San Bartolome dating from the 14th Century, the old port and harbour from the 15th Century and the Mount Montgó Natural Park.

The main beach of Javea is Playa de Arenal, a fine sandy beach with a good range of facilities, the promenade is lines with bars and restaurants and a craft market is held on summers evenings. Javea's local market is held on Thursdays.

Some of Javea's fiestas - January - Fiesta of San Sebastion, Javea's patron saint, May - Fiesta of Santa Cruz, July - Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians), September - Nuestro Señora de Loreto (with bull-running).

Javea is situated just off the N332 coastal road and can be easily reached from the AP-7 motorway, nearby resorts include Moraira, Denia, Benissa, Calpe and Gandia.

Javea Links: Javea Main Page - Javea Hotels - Javea Weather - Javea Port

Nearby Places: Benidorm - Denia - Moraira - Calpe - Gandia - Oliva - Pego - Altea - Albir - Guadalest - Villajoyosa - Teulada - Benissa - Cumbre del Sol - Ondara - Els Poblets

Attractions: Gallinera Valley - Penon de Ifach - Algar Waterfalls - Caves of Canelobre - Fuentes de Algar

Golf Courses: Oliva Nova Golf - Ifach Golf Club - Real Faula Golf - Spain Golf

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