Javea is in an ideal location as it juts out to sea – making it one of the first places on the Spanish Mediterranean to catch the morning sun. As well as attracting families and sports lovers to its shores, Javea is popular with artists as it has an unusual light. The shimmering turquoise seas and majestic Montgo mountain have provided inspiration for artists and photographers for many decades.
Midway between Alicante and Valencia, Javea is well-served by both airports which are used by low-cost airlines. It is just off the AP7 motorway and the N332 main road so it is easy to get in and out of this bustling family resort.
First, let's head for the beach. The Arenal is the main beach area with fine sands and crystal clear waters. It is easy to see why this is such a popular resort for families. The beaches are very clean and safe. The promenade running along the Arenal is lined with shops – in case you forgot to pack your bucket and spade – bars and restaurants serving everything from traditional English to seafood and Italian cuisine, for example. As you get towards the end of the Arenal, you will find chillout bars and restaurants with superb views across the bay.
The Port provides another outlook on Javea's coastal life. This is still a working town and the bustling port provides ample evidence of that. In the afternoon, the fishing boats make their way back to port to unload their catches which are auctioned off. Many restaurants in this area of town specialise in seafood dishes and rely on the local fishermen for their produce.
The old town has been extensively renovated in the past few years to restore the historic centre to its former glory. It is a maze of narrow streets, old churches and imposing townhouses with intricate wrought-iron balconies blooming with colourful flowers.
Walkers, divers, hikers, cyclists, golfers and tennis players also love Javea for its sports centres, caves and coves, and mountainous regions. One of the world's top tennis players David Ferrer was born in Javea and is an inspiration for many young players in the region.
Javea – also known as Xabia in the Valencian language – is a gem of antiquity and natural delights on the northern Alicante region.