Villa Cabanes is located on the foot of the Montgo Mountain, known locally as the
elephant mountain, in the Spanish countryside.
The town of Javea is located in the Spanish region of Alicante on the Costa Blanca.
This popular resort is often referred to as the jewel in the crown of the Costa Blanca.
The World Health Organization once named it as having one of the healthiest climates
in the world, enjoying more recorded hours of sunshine per year than any other place
in Spain. WHO also stated that this area of Spain, and possibly in Europe, has the
least amount of pollution.
If you look at a map of Spain and you'll see a distinctive triangular landmass jutting
out into the Mediterranean halfway down the east coast. Javea is at the tip of that
triangle. That's why it's known locally as "Amanacer de Espana" or “Dawn of Spain”
- because as the sun rises in the east among the first places to catch its rays are
the three headlands of Javea. A wonderful sight, if you're up early enough! That
might be hard to do with the late night dining.
Javea's most distinctive feature is the mountain known locally as "the Montgo". This
provides a dramatic backdrop for the resort and those who live in Javea swear blind
it's an elephant, turned to stone, with its trunk dipping into the sea for a drink.
It's a strange phenomenon but you can even see the elephant's eye close as the sun
goes down (especially if you've had too much sangria!). The villa has a wonderful
view of Montgo and you really can see the eye from the naya.
Javea is divided into three distinct sections, all quite different to one another.
There's the old town - the original Javea, set slightly back from the coast and the
place to visit if you're interested in Spanish history and culture. Here you'll find
charming, narrow streets, shopkeepers speaking the local language "Valenciano" and
a truly Spanish feel to the place. Thursday's a good day to visit when there's a
big market in the Plaza de la Constitucion. You can buy everything from cheap leather
jackets (of good quality) to cheap audio tapes (of decidedly dubious quality) at
this weekly morning market. It closes up at around 1pm.
Then there's the port area - still a working fishing port and a delightful place
to visit with its mixture of fishing vessels, luxury yachts and seafront bars and
cafes. But it's the Arenal Beach which attracts the vast majority of holidaymakers
- a beautiful crescent shaped sandy beach with a promenade lined with bars, cafes,
restaurants, gift shops and ice-cream parlors. There are two or three large supermarkets
in this area; carrying everything imaginable at very reasonable prices. The villa
is about a 15 minute drive to this area of Javea.
You have a choice of two airports - Valencia or Alicante. Each is approximately an
hour to 75min to the villa. From the US you will more than likely have to fly via
Madrid or another European city. There are a number of budget airlines that fly from
the UK to Alicante - RyanAir, EasyJet, SpanAir, etc. It is also possible to drive
from Madrid to Javea, which is about a 5 hour drive. You could start or end your
Spanish Adventure with a few day stay in this lovely and dramatic city.
Renting a car is certainly recommended when arriving at the airport. Car rentals
are relatively inexpensive. Look out as most of them are standard shift and if you
need an automatic book in advance and you may have to pay extra. For day excursions
you could visit the Moorish fortress of Guadalest, the local town of Gata (renowned
for the excellence of its local craftsmanship) or the beautiful city of Valencia
with its wonderful variety of museums, shops, futuristic science centre and many
places of architectural interest.
Javea, a seaside town, is situated on the most easterly point of Mainland Spain at
the northern end of the Costa Blanca, approximately 100 km from Valencia and Alicante,
with their international airports. The coastline has scenic rocky coves, natural
parks, wonderful beaches and dramatic cliffs. Javea owes its appeal to both location
and to its unique climate, lying as it does, at the foot of the Montgo Mountain which,
rising to some 753 meters above sea level, separates Javea from the bustling town
of Denia. The mountain is a national park hosting a splendid variety of vegetation
and providing a magnificent panorama of Javea from its summit. Montgo also acts as
a natural protection against continental winds. Javea has been voted 'environmentally
near perfect' by the World Health Organization and boasts 320 days of sunshine a
year! The climate is good throughout the year, being mild in the winter (12C / 55F
on average in January) and pleasantly hot in the summer (26 C / 80F on average in
Javea is divided into 3 areas: the Old Town with narrow cobbled streets and white
washed houses, the fishing port and marina and the El Arenal sandy beach, with promenade,
shops, bars and restaurants. The old town has many historical buildings set along
narrow winding streets that all seem to lead to the Church and Market Square at the
centre. The port area is home to a local fishing fleet and a modern marina. It has
evolved into a trendy lunch and dinner destination with its waterfront restaurants
and cafe bars. Behind the beautiful sandy beach at Arenal is another wide choice
of supermarkets (many of which are open on Sundays), boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants.
All of the above is within a 10 minute drive from the villa.
Places of interest and tourist attractions: There are many places of interest in
and around Javea. Denia can be reached by road or by glass bottom boat from Javea
port. It has a 17th century castle, a large port where ferries sail to the Balearic
island of Ibiza, a selection of shops, bars and restaurants. The 16th century historic
Moorish town of Guadalest is perched high on a mountain and is reached by a gateway
through the rock. Nearby you can swim in the cool waters of the Fuentes del Algar
/ Waterfalls of Algar.
The beautiful city of Valencia with its historic buildings, museums and wonderful
shopping centers is only 1 hour away. Valencia is famous for its festivals. Las Fallas,
the fire festival, is a weeklong festival held in March. Alicante has a 16th century
fortified castle, Castillo de Santa Barbara, overlooking the town. The nearby coastal
resorts of Moraira and Calpe are well worth a visit. Also close to the Villa are
the beautiful vineyards and almond groves of the Jalon Valley, Cactuslandia with
lovely gardens full of all varieties of cactus or the famous Caves of Canelobre.
Other attractions include the Vergel Safari Park, where you can see the lions and
tigers roaming in complete freedom along with the leopards, jaguars, Iberian wolves
and primates, Terra Mitica, a roller-coaster and amusement park with some of the
biggest rides in Europe, Aqualandia water park with slides and flumes, Mundomar,
marine and exotic animal park near Benidorm, which is only 30 minutes from the Villa.