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Javea

Javea, Spain

Combine secluded sandy coves with calm, translucent waters and you've got an idea of what Javea holidays are all about. Add majestic mountainous views, delicious tapas and sunny weather, and it's the recipe for a perfect holiday.

Holidays to Costa Blanca always go down well, but holidays in Javea take things to the next level. Javea is a port town that sits in the foothills of Montgo Mountain. Close to Valencia and Alicante, which has helped increase its popularity with holiday-makers, its relaxed pace of life revolves around a Medieval church, while restaurants and bars overlook charming cobbled streets.

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Visit a different beach each day

Javea has a whopping nine beaches and they're hands-down some of the most beautiful and popular in the Costa Blanca. Its coastline is 20km long, and each beach is unique. An impressive row of cliffs line the shores, so scenic coastal walks are a must while you're staying here.

On the beaches below, you can enjoy the warm sands and equally warm Mediterranean Sea. The clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, diving and kayaking. The two best beaches by far for exploring are Arenal Bay and La Grava. Both are Blue Flag beaches and have plenty of restaurants and bars where you can dine in fine style. You can walk between the two, and it's worth visiting both if you can.

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  • Valenciano
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Head into Arenal for evening entertainment

The old town has restaurants serving fresh seafood late into the night, as well as intoxicating live flamenco. Whichever restaurant you dip into, you'll find moreish tapas and sweet sangria. During the summer, holidays in Javea come to life. Pop-up bars spring into action along the seafront, lining the promenade between Arenal Bay and the port.

In fact, wherever you go in Javea, you'll find tapas being sold on every corner. And each individual bar, café and restaurant has its own unique take on traditional dishes. Local specialities include cooked snails, borreta de melva (delicious mackerel stew), and oven-baked cod.

Take to the waters on a kayak

Watersports are varied in Javea and offer everything for both beginners and experienced visitors, so whether you want to sail, fish, dive, water ski or wind surf there is plenty to choose from.

Kayaking is popular with locals and visitors alike: guided excursions take you around the base of Javea's imposing cliffs. You'll paddle into grottos and even explore the inside of the dark caves using hand-held lanterns. You'll also get the chance to see historical coves.

Some of the kayaking routes are popular with Monk seals, so you could be lucky enough to spot these friendly animals! All kayaking tours let you stop to swim and snorkel in the clear waters.

Explore the national park around Montgo Mountain

Montgo Mountain is unmissable for those on Javea, Spain holidays. It attracts climbers and hikers from all over Europe, all of whom want to scale its majestic peak. There's a range of trails to follow: some are harder than others. Easy paths lead you around the lower parts of the mountain and can take around three hours. The harder paths are suitable for experienced hikers, and are around seven or so hours long. The terrain is diverse: from soft heather to stark pine forests, you'll see many different sights.

Plus, the mountain is home to a huge number of animal and bird species. Whichever way you decide to enjoy the mountain – whether on foot or by bike – you'll be rewarded with spectacular views over the sea. On clear days, you'll even spot the party island of Ibiza.

Spend a day out at Guadalest

There are plenty of day trips to choose from during holidays in Javea, Spain. You'll need a car for most of them – especially if you want to explore the elevated fortress of Guadalest. Once you finish the 40-minute drive up the steep mountainside, you'll get incredible views across the region.

Guadalest is tiny, with only a few hundred residents. However, it's popular with visitors. The reservoir is a main attraction: it's an otherworldly blue colour, which seems too bright to be real. The town itself is a big draw. The old village and castle is accessed by a tunnel carved through the rocks. If you've got a few hours, you can walk through the surrounding mountains, exploring the pine groves.

You'll instantly feel at home in this popular resort – and you'll find yourself coming back time and time again.