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Land of the rising sun

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Jàvea has long been called Amanecer de España (Dawn of Spain), because it occupies the most eastern tip of land overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The region is a jewel officially recognised for its healthy climate and hours of sunlight. So why not pay a visit?

Jàvea primarily consists of three main areas, the Arenal with its sandy beach and vibrant nightlife of clubs and restaurants, the working port, with a more sophisticated and sedate atmosphere plus the historical Pueblo (Old Town) containing the ancient San Bartolomé Church supposedly containing the soul of the village. One of its inner walls dates from 1244 when King Jaime El Conquistador defeated the Moors, while the outside wall is pockmarked by fusillades of the Spanish civil war seven centuries later. In addition, there are a number of beautiful coves from which to explore its crystalline blue waters such as Barraca with its island of Portichol, Granadella (just voted the most beautiful beach in Spain) and the Cumbre del Sol.

It is too simplistic to say of Jàvea that the World Health Organisation named it as one of the healthiest climates in the world and that there are more recorded hours of sunshine per year on this little point of land than in any other place in Spain. That is important for those who suffer the northern European climate but Jàvea is much more. There is a sense of contentment, which wells up and exists just under the surface here. This is partly because Jàvea continues to be a working port and not just a tourist mecca; but also because it is a place where people from many parts of northern Europe come to live permanently or for just a few weeks a year.

Health is wealth
Then there are the wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables, the wine of all qualities and prices, the incredible almond blossom in the early spring, the outside markets, the endless fields of orange trees, literally hundreds of restaurants and the eternally crisp clean air.

Halfway between Alicante and Valencia airports, less than an hour from each via a modern Autopista (but far enough away to never see an aeroplane) Jàvea is easily accessible by the independent traveller. Of course there are the tourists, but unlike most of the resorts on the Spanish Costas, the vacationers here prefer to rent a villa with a private pool, or an apartment with a communal pool. There are very few hotels in Jàvea, and those that are here do not cater for package holidays.

And standing guard over Jàvea is the beloved Montgó mountain, protecting the port from the north east winds and providing its unique subclimate whilst offering numerous opportunities to explore the national park and enjoy the breathtaking views to the bay of Jàvea.

We simply ask you to come and visit Jàvea yourselves, to find that this article only just scratches the surface of this little jewel in this vibrant country that is Spain.