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  • Javea : a multi destination choice

    Wed 17th January 2018

    Javea : a multi destination choice

     Javea is a town of great beauty, magical landscapes and a haven of peace and serenity. Here, nature has been so generous that it is difficult to find a similar place that can offer everything to the holidaymaker or resident without travelling far. 

    Interestingly Javea is split between the historic town, old port and the newer Arinal beaches, which is framed by the Capes of La Nau and Sant Antoni. Its coastline is 25 km long with beaches and creeks which stand out because of their natural beauty, as well as their transparent waters and the Mediterranean forest which surrounds them.

    The town spreads up the slopes of the Montgo Mountain, that dominates the view inland and along the coast, and which offers the town protection from the continental winds. The micro climate here gives rise to lush vegetation and many local species of flora and fauna.

    Here are the 5 most essential things to do in Javea.

    1) Explore the hidden coastline beyond the sandy Arenal beach to the south, which are accessible by boat, such as the caves of "Tabaco" and "Orguens" around Capes Negre and La Nau, and the "Cova Tallada" on the Cape of Sant Antoni, which can also be reached on foot.
    The pebble or rock beaches like "La Grava", "El 1º Muntanyar", "Calablanca", "El 2º Muntanyar" or "Benissero" are ideal for water sports such as jetski, windsurfing and canoeing.

     2) The Arenal area, with the Costa Blanca's only ‘National Parador’, contains Jávea's most popular beach - the Playa del Arenal - the bustling area offers fine and shallow waters. Its many services include: life-guards, play areas for children, natural and artificial shade, small motor boat and ski hire, restaurants, cafés and ample parking facilities. There are also small coves with smooth stones or rock, located in unique, privileged places, like the "Tangó" or "Pope", "La 1ª Caleta", "La Barraca" or "Portitxol", the paradisiacal "Granadella" creek which is ideal for diving, and "Ambolo" (naturist). Other coves are only accessible on foot or by boat, such as the "2ª Caleta", "Cala del Francés" or "Cala Sardinera".

     3)The former walled town now forms Jávea's historical centre and is situated around the Gothic Church of San Bartolomé, which in turn is surrounded by whitewashed houses with iron grilles and lintels made out of golden porous 'Tosca' clay. In this area the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall), Food Market, Cultural Centre, Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Chapel of Santa Ana are all located within easy walking distance. There are some great tapas bars and restaurants to be found in the narrow streets here.
     4) The marine and port area, known as the Aduanas del Mar, is located 2 km from the old historic town centre and is the place to see the modern ‘Church of Our Lady of Loreta’, constructed in the shape of the ships keel. Here you will also find some lovely bars and restaurants on the frontline and in the back streets too.
     5)Take a short drive up behind Javea’s historic town towards the Montgo Mountain, whereby you’ll find the monastery of Nuestra Señora de los Angeles, although one should note it is only open to visitors on Sundays and fiestas. Alongside the monastery you’ll find a dirt track that will take you to a series of ancient windmills that overlook the town and the coastline too. It’s a short easy walk of 300 metres, but you can meander around the site and into the windmills themselves. There are pathways around that take you along the edge of the hillside and even down to the town, though these pathways tend to be rough and rocky and not ideal if you have mobility issues.
     Apart from hotel accommodation, which includes the Parador on the Arenal seafront, there are only a few apartment blocks that straddle the seafront. Seeking a villa to rent means you’ll be located inland of the Arenal, or high up on the cliff edges around Cabo de la Nao

     

     Apart from visiting the next town, Denia, you can take a ferry to Ibiza and explore the island a little. The ferry crossing takes 3hrs 30 mins each way, so you would ideally need to spend one or two nights to make the journey worthwhile. View from La Gelesa http://www.villaspain.co.uk/villas/javea/la-galesa

    Posted by Bruce Gibson

  • Is it cheaper to book villas directly with owners?

    Thu 10th March 2011

    No, not necessarily.

    We highlighted the benefits of booking with reputable agents in our blog, Agent or owner: Why book your villa with an agent like VillaSpain?

    Book villas in Spain

    Pick an agent like VillaSpain and you can be confident in:

    • the accuracy of the villa description
    • the safety, cleanliness and suitability of your villa and pool
    • expert, local support throughout your stay
    • alternative accommodation if something goes wrong
    • the protection offered by credit card bookings.
     But say, peace-of-mind isn't crucial for you and you were willing to take a chance. Would you bag an unbeatable bargain by going direct?

    Not if the following example is anything to go by.

    We identified two similar villas: both located in idyllic Moraira, both with heated pools, furnished to a good standard with three bedrooms and several bathrooms (our so-called rivals had two, ours had three).

    Booking with VillaSpain would save holidaymakers money each and every week of the year, making a substantial saving of £10,208 over one year's worth of bookings.

    Who was the competition in this example? HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the American-owned DIY portal, allows owners to advertise their own villas. They claim customers can save up to 40% on agents' prices.

    Yet, our weekly price beat theirs, each and every week, saving customers well over £500 each week at peak times in July and August. When booking for two weeks or more with VillaSpain, the savings even increase with the waiving of the single week surcharge.

    PeriodOwner's rates pwTotalsVillaSpain rates pwTotalsDifference

    Jan-Mar

    12 weeks x £500

    £6,000

    12 weeks x £287

    £3,444

     

    April -May

    9 weeks x £668

    £6,012

    9 weeks x £477

    £4,293

     

    June

    5 weeks x £966

    £4,830

    5 weeks x £737

    £3,685

     

    July

    4 weeks x £1,513

    £6,052

    2 wks x £887 + 2wks x £987

    £3,748

     

    August

    4 weeks x £1,513

    £6,052

    4 weeks x £987

    £3,948

     

    Sept

    4 weeks x £966

    £3,864

    4 weeks x £737

    £2,948

     

    Oct

    4 weeks x £735

    £2,940

    4 weeks x £477

    £1,908

     

    Nov-Dec

    8 wks x £483 + 2 x £651

    £5,166

    8 wks x £287+ 2 wks x £477

    £3,250

     

     

     

     

    Single week surcharge 52 wks x£35

    £1,820

     

     

     

     

    Average added linen at 4 x £8pp x52 wks

    £1,664

     

    Totals

    52 weeks

    £40,916

    52 weeks

    £30,708

    £10,208

    Villas used in this example were:

    HomeAway Holiday-Rentals' villa

    VillaSpain's villa: three bedrooms/ three bathrooms with heated pool

    Discrepancies can occur for a number of reasons:

    • Owners tend to love their villas, understandably. But sometimes love is blind. Without an honest, professional appraisal, it can be all too easy to overvalue a property.
    • There could be a ‘suck-it-and-see' approach to renting, in order to see how high prices can be pushed.
    • The owner may be unperturbed if the villa remains empty, as it can be made available for family and friends.

    Whatever the reason, it makes sense to book villas in Spain where location, facilities and furnishings have been assessed impartially to determine the correct market value. Look at our transparent pricing policy.

    Plan your Spanish holiday now and check out our stylish, luxury villa collection. They're honestly rated and fairly priced.

    How do you book your Spanish holiday? Do you book villas in Spain first? Check our cheap flights later? Or wait for late availability deals and book on impulse?

    Leave your comments here.

    Posted by Bruce Gibson

  • Enjoy some unspoilt beaches during your Javea villa holiday

    Tue 04th January 2011

     From Cabo de San Antonio to Cala Granadella, Javea has 25 Km of varied coastline typical of the Costa Blanca. Apart from the golden sandy beaches with promenades, bars and restaurants, there are also some virgin coves that are sure to delight visitors.


    One such delight is Cala Ambola, a small gravel cove approx 300 meters, located south of Cabo de la Nao, along the coast of Javea, within the province of Alicante. A pleasant unspoilt bay with beautiful crystal clear water and from this charming beach you can see beautiful landscapes such as the small islet of the Discoverer. Cala Ambola is one of the best nudist beaches in the province of Alicante, perfect for those seeking a little peace of mind while enjoying the nature. It is also very good for diving, as it houses some beautiful seabed.

     

    For holidaymakers who don't want to see “that much” scenery, try Cala Granadella a lovely cove with pebbles and rocks with gentle waves which make swimming a pleasure and a Blue Flag status guaranteeing its water quality and services. This cove is ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling.


    There are many more beautiful coves of all sizes to be explored, some off the beaten track that make you feel like its your own personal beach.

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