|August 24, 2016||No Comments|
Having lived in Javea for almost three decades, I can tell you the vast majority of British, German, Scandinavian and French families and individuals who come to the town with the intention of staying for long periods or permanently, do just that. However, there are the few that after spending some time here decide against Javea, and look towards alternative resorts.
The main reason being, Javea properties are relatively expensive compared to nearby resorts like Moraira and Calpe. A second reason is they assumed all locals would speak British due to the large expat community and were disappointed to find this is not the case, or because they come with limited funds and are concerned that a lot of jobs in Javea are seasonal. However, these disappointed would-be expats are few and far between, and because of the many great attractions the town has to offer, it is little wonder thousands of expats of all ages have decided to make the resort their permanent home.
Javea is set in an ideal location on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, with a range of high mountains to the west. This setting gives Javea its own special micro-climate and for this reason it has purportedly been designated by the World Health Organization as one of the healthiest places to live in the world.
Expats, mainly from the UK, Holland and Germany, make up half the population of Javea. Apart from being very healthy, there are many good reasons why people are attracted to this beautiful part of the coast between Denia and Altea.
The busy little port of Javea dates back to the fifteenth century. It is still an important port for the local fishermen who sell their fresh catches at dawn to the owners of local shops and the many popular restaurants that serve fresh seafood daily.
Visitors to Javea may also admire the many luxury yachts to be seen moored in the marina during the summer months.
Local beaches in the area provide plenty of opportunities for swimming, jet skiing, diving, paragliding and other water sports.
The Arenal Beach and its sheltered little coves make this one of the most popular places for sunbathing. This is also the area’s liveliest nightlife hotspot, where most of the restaurants and local bars offer covers with sea views.
Other Javea Attractions
One and a half miles from the beach, the old village area of Javea is made up of attractive whitewashed apartments and townhouses. Historic Javea is much more traditionally Spanish than many of the larger resorts on the Costa Blanca. Javea has some delightful old streets to explore and a good selection of bars, cafes and local shops.
The weekly town market is well worth a visit. Every Thursday the Plaza de la Constitucion in Javea is filled with market stalls, selling a variety of handmade crafts, local food, wines and items of clothing.
Javea also has a beautiful twelfth century church, the Iglesia de San Bartolome, and an interesting collection of jewellery, which is housed in the Soler Blasco museum.
Local Walks and Wildlife
The little lighthouse on the Cabo De Nao San Martin can be reached on a pleasant walk from Javea and provides some splendid views across the area.
Walking in the nearby Montgo Nature Park is a great way to see some of the local wildlife of the area, particularly the interesting species of birds, trees and beautiful wild flowers that are native to the region.
The Club del Golf La Selia is located just eight miles away from the centre of Javea and it is just one of the top class golf courses that lie within easy reach. Golfers will find that there are quite a number of fine golf clubs in the area.
Air Travel to Javea
Javea can be reached either from Alicante Airport or from Valencia Airport further north. Convenient shuttle services take about seventy five minutes to travel between Javea and the airport at Alicante, which has more regular flights to and from the UK than the airport at Valencia.
Javea is popular for its convenient location on the Mediterranean coast and its unique micro-climate. The area it is also much appreciated for its natural beauty and the charming old streets of Javea are known for their traditional Spanish atmosphere.
Javea’s microclimate has great health benefits and is one of the reasons that the town is so popular among expats. The 2500 feet high Mongo mountain range protects Javea and its residents from harsh Northern winds, and temperatures in the winter rarely fall lower than 12°C. The summer heat can be too much for some, though idyllic for beach-goers as temperatures reach a sizzling 30°C. June and September see perfect temperatures in Javea at an average of 26°C.
As an Expat Location
If making friends is important to you, Javea could be the best resort town in Spain for you to consider for relocation. With such a large expat community, and plenty of meetups and events arranged all year round, it is very easy to meet a wide range of folk from all walks of life, who are now in a similar situation to yourself.
If you are moving to Spain with young children, and would like they continue with their education based on the British National Curriculum, you have the choice of two International schools in Javea – the Laude Lady Elizabeth school, or the Xabia International College.
Like most seaside resort towns, many jobs in Javea are seasonal, and therefore it would be tough to survive all year if you are of working age. Furthermore, due to the high number of unemployment in Spain, finding work initially could also be a challenge. However, if you are able to support yourself or make a living virtually, you will find Javea has plenty to offer as a permanent resident for expats of all ages.