Javea is situated between the San Antonio and La Nao capes. It is a small, historic town, free of high rise buildings, as indeed is the beautiful coastline, with its golden sandy beaches and myriad rocky coves and dramatic cliffs. It is presided over by the impressive Montgo mountain and national park land. This, together with the nearby Jalon Valley, offers excellent hiking/walking opportunities in the area.
The Arenal beach area is the tourist and commerical hub of Javea. The wide, sandy beach, dotted with palms, has play areas for children and the shallow waters make it ideal for little dippers! Ample sunshades and sun loungers are available for hire and there are a range of watersports activities to participate in at the beach and port. The promenade hosts an array of traditional and international bars, restaurants and interesting shops and boutiques.
Javea old town is steeped in history. Its own Soler Blasco Archaeological Museum offers a wealth of information about Iberian history. Other buildings of historical/architectural note include the church of San Bartoleme in the town centre, the church of Nuestra Senora de Loreto and the monastery of Nuestra Senora de los Angeles.
The Port area or Aduanas de Mar houses an impressive marina and harbour, where the local catch is brought in daily. The promenade has several fish restauants and the Port area boasts exclusive shops, elegant restaurants and bars. The coast between the Port and the Arenal Beach also offers excellent rock-pooling opportunities!
The Balcon del Mar area also has some lovely coves with pebble beaches (Portichol and Granadella) and beautiful views with good restaurants from which to enjoy them.
There are several other beaches along the coast including El Portet, close to Moraira, which boasts golden sands, turquoise waters and beachside restaurants.
Casa Halcyone is ideally situated to explore the above amenities. There are also several restaurants within a few minutes' drive of the villa and the nearest supermarket is 5 minutes away. There are also several others close by in Javea and the indoor market in the old town sells household goods, fruit, vegetables, meat and fresh fish from the local catch.
Gata de Gorgos, which offers local rattan and wicker crafts, is located just 8 kms from Javea. Denia is a twenty minute drive away and with its castle, sandy beaches and cosmopolitan shops, bars and restaurants, is worth a visit.
Further afield, Valencia, with its historic buildings can be reached in an hour and the large water and theme parks of Benidorm are only 45 minutes away.
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