Javea (called Xabia, in the Valenciano dialect) is the oldest known Roman settlement on Spain's east coast, dating as far back as the second century A.D. when Roman boats traded here for fish and minerals. During the sixth century Visigoth Christian monks arrived and founded the monastery of San Martin. To this day you will encounter locals with Visigoth names. There is not much evidence left of their influence, but the Moors were present from the 700s until they were expelled in 1609.
Javea, the old town, is one of the three distinct sections that comprise this popular holiday destination on Spain’s Costa Blanca. Javea sits just south of the imposing Montgo Mountain at the northern end of this 200 kilometer stretch along the Eastern coast of Valencia that’s famous for its crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and 300 days of fun in the sun.
Javea's fiestas are a product of the zeal and passion with which the locals practice their deep and unshakable religiosity. To the casual observer, it would seem that the Javeans take advantage of every excuse to throw a party. But to the Javeans every single fiesta is an opportunity to demonstrate their unshakable and devout faith in God.
If a holiday isn’t a holiday without gorgeous beaches and warm gentle seas then in and around Javea is definitely the place to go. There are many beautiful areas of coastline which offer the beach lover sun, sea and sand. So whether you like to get in on the action with swimming, diving and all the various water sports on offer, or simply like to lay down your towel and relax in the glorious Mediterranean sunshine, there is sure to be a beach in the area that will be perfect for your needs.
One of the main attractions of Javea, Arenal beach is the perfect place to chill out and take in the sun and enjoy the splendid Mediterranean. It’s a crescent shaped playground with soft golden sand that gently slopes down to the calm and crystal clear waters. Playa de Arenal is cited by the World Health Organization as "near perfect" for its cleanliness, and is rated as a blue flag beach.
One of the three sections that make up the town of Javea, the port area is itself sub-divided into three distinct zones - the fish port by the entrance, the marina where recreational boats are parked, and the dam area on the eastern side of the port. Each day the Aduanas del Mar (the official name of Javea's port) buzzes with activity as fishing boats come in with their catch for the day, and people go about their business on the bustling promenade. But despite on-going development projects, the port area has managed to retain much of the rustic charm that has made it a favorite holiday destination.
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