Posted on 31 July 2017
The words “Costa Blanca” automatically conjure up thoughts of lively resorts, tower blocks and package holidays. After all, this long stretch of Mediterranean coastline is home to Benidorm – the daddy of all holiday resorts – and Torrevieja, which has quickly transformed from a sleepy salt-mining and fishing village into a thriving holiday hotspot.
If you’d prefer to purchase a property in a more quintessentially Spanish setting, however, you need not be put off by any preconceptions you may have about the region. Head just 40 minutes’ drive north of the bright lights of Benidorm and you will discover Jávea: “the pearl of the Costa Blanca”. Located in the shadow of Montgó Mountain – part of a protected national park – this pretty coastal town is divided into three main parts: Jávea Pueblo (the old town), Jávea Puerto (the port) and Playa de Arenal (the beach).
Jávea Pueblo oozes Spanish old town charm. Traditional squares, whitewashed buildings, narrow streets and the Gothic San Bartolome church combine to make this a captivating place to visit, or even live. Visit the bustling market which takes place in Plaza de la Constitución every Thursday, for your chance to stock up on freshly caught fish and fruit and veg from the region.
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While other destinations further along the coast have succumbed to the temptation to develop trendy marinas with designer shopping outlets, Jávea Puerto has managed to retain its authentic charm. The area remains a functioning fishing port, where locals both live and work. Bars and restaurants flank a palm-lined promenade, with views across the bay. You might even bump into Hollywood A-listers like Matt Damon on your stroll, who recently holidayed in the town.
No town on the Costa Blanca is complete without its own beach. Playa de Arenal is not only appealing because of its central location, with convenient access to cafes, bars and restaurants, it is also one of the few sandy beaches in the area. Its 480 metres by 140 metres of soft sand also makes it one of the largest playas around. Relax and enjoy the spectacular view of Montgó Mountain, before cooling off in the azure waters that have enticed artists to Jávea for centuries.
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