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Why Holiday in Javea, Moraira and Denia

The area of Javea, Moraira and Denia is a popular holiday destination as it has everything you could want to make your holiday special. You will find beautiful white sandy beaches with crystal clear water lapping at the shoreline. The beaches are perfect for relaxing with a good book and having a dip in the sea when you get too warm. For the more adventurous holidaymaker, there is also an array of water sports available on most of the beaches in the area, including windsurfing, jet skiing and diving. There really is something to suit everyone.

Of course the beaches are not the only attraction tempting visitors to the area: there are also plenty of other reasons including beautiful scenery and history to explore. The buildings are particularly interesting as you can clearly see evidence that has been left behind by each civilisation that has ruled the area at one time or another. If you want to make the most of your holiday and enjoy days out, the tram system is perfect to take you to places like Terra Mitica and Aqualandia in Benidorm, as well as many other places that are along the coastline.

There is plenty of accommodation to choose from in the area so whether you are a small family, couple or a large group you are certain to find the perfect accommodation that will suit your needs and your budget. All villas and apartments come fully equipped and you will have a choice of staying in the town centres in the middle of the action or in the surrounding areas that will provide you with breathtaking views of the stunning countryside or coast.

The weather here is pleasant all year round. The summers are hot with temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius and the winters are generally mild, although there can be some cold and rainy days. The summers are very busy with lots of people choosing to take their holidays at this time of year. The winters however are much quieter which means that you can have a much more relaxed and quiet holiday.

The nightlife in the Javea, Moraira, and Denia area is not the liveliest in Spain: however it is fairly varied and you will find a great choice of restaurants, bars and a few nightclubs to dance the night away. You will notice that the night time scene does not really begin until around 9 or 10pm: this is when people can be seen strolling up and down the promenade occasionally stopping for a drink or a bite to eat in one of the restaurants.

History of Javea, Moraira and Denia

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The Fascinating Moraira Castle

Although Javea, Moraira and Denia are classed as the same area, they all have their own individual history: all of which is interesting in its own way.

The history of Javea appears to date back to 1,600 BC with materials being found from around that time. The Romans took control of the area in the 2nd century BC and, in the 6th century AD, the monastery of San Martin was founded by the Visigoths. This is how the nearby Cabo San Martin received its name. In 714 the Moors first arrived in Javea during the Moorish invasion and stayed there until 1609. When the Christian conquest was over, the town was fortified so that it could be protected from the constant pirate attacks. The harbour that you see there today was created in the 15th century.

The history of Moraira dates back as far as the beginning of civilised man. This was determined from archaeological remains found in a local cave. When the Iberians arrived, the Moors were expelled in the 13th century by King Jaime I. There were people from Catalunya and Aragon settled on the land, which is where the Valencian dialect originates from. The town was fortified after the re-conquest just, as Javea was, to keep out the pirates. However the plaque at the entrance implies that the fortification was not completed until 1742. At the end of the 18th century, Moraira was developed as a village.

Denia dates back to the founding of a Greek colony known as Hemeroskopeion. The urban side of the town began its development in the 3rd century BC and, in 713 BC, the Moors took control of the stronghold. In the 15th century, Philip III was the monarch ruling the area: he made Denia into a town in 1612. The war of succession then took place and, in 1705 after three sieges, the castle was taken. In 1708 the devastating consequences of the war were apparent, as were the economic consequences. In the 18th century an important recuperation took place which continued into the next century. In the 20th century the vine trees were attacked by diseases which triggered another economic decline. The community was almost completely rural; however the metal industry remained unchanged until the 1960s when the tourist industry started to take shape.

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Denia at Night

When you choose to stay in the Javea, Moraira and Denia area, you will need to decide what type of accommodation you require. There are many different types of apartments and villas available so whatever type of holiday you are looking for you will find the perfect accommodation to suit your needs.

Whether you are a small family, a couple or a large group coming to stay in the area to enjoy the beautiful beaches, water sports and night life, there will be a villa that will suit your every need.

There are apartments available in the town centres, allowing you to be in the thick of the action but still only a short walk or drive away from the beautiful white sandy beaches. If you prefer to have a relaxing quiet holiday, you will find beautiful villas and apartments in surrounding areas near to beaches and with stunning views.

All apartments and villas are fully equipped with everything you could need for an enjoyable relaxing holiday, from a fully equipped kitchen to air conditioning and fans. Some of the larger villas will have a spacious terrace and perhaps their own private pool: all of which would be perfect for barbecues or just a relaxing evening drink with friends and family after a fun packed day out.

Most of the villas and apartments are a short walk or drive from restaurants, bars, shops and beaches, so a day out from your villa will be relaxing and care free. Depending on where you choose to take your villa or apartment will determine the type of view you will have: however you are guaranteed a view of either the beautiful countryside or a sea view as this area is so scenic.

Whatever accommodation you choose to stay in, you are guaranteed to enjoy every minute of your holiday in Spain.

Must See Sights and Attractions in Javea, Moraira and Denia

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The area of Javea, Moraira and Denia is very historic and there are plenty of sights that demonstrate this. If you are interested in history the area will not be a disappointment for you to explore. There are lots of activities for all the family to enjoy so a holiday here will be anything but boring.

Javea has an old town with many Gothic style whitewashed buildings. The church of San Bartolome is an interesting piece of Javea's history and the port in Javea is very authentic. Unlike some ports, it has been well preserved and still functions as a fishing port. It is also very popular with visitors and has a lovely promenade with pleasant bars where you can take in the beautiful view over the bay. Playa de Arenal is the beach in Javea and it is a perfect stretch of beach to relax on. It has scuba diving and sailing available, as well as a volleyball net and play area for the children. There are also plenty of excursions available including trips to Denia and Gandia.

As Moraira has a lot of history it is not surprising that there are many historical sites around to be visited whilst you are staying in your Moraira villa. There is a cove called the Portet which was once a shelter for Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Moorish boats, as well as privateer sailing or trading ships. Today it is now a great site from which to take part in nautical sports. A stroll will take you to the nearby watchtower near Cap d'Or. This overlooks the beach and from the top there is a beautiful view. While you are staying in Moraira there are beautiful beaches to relax on with many water sports available. There are also golf courses situated in the area and a go-kart track, which is great fun for all the family.

Denia has a castle which is one of the town’s most popular tourist attractions. The castle was built in the 11th and 12th centuries and, from the top, there is a beautiful view of the sea and the surrounding areas. Inside the castle there is a very interesting museum to visit. Other museums in the area include a toy museum which is definitely worth a visit if you are a history enthusiast. If you are feeling adventurous then take a trip to windsurfing Denia. There is a windsurfing, kayaking and paddle surf school set on a beautiful beach in Denia.

When you are on holiday in the Javea, Moraira and Denia area, there are so many things to do and see that you will be spoilt for choice.

Villages around Javea, Moraira and Denia

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There are several villages around Javea, Moraira and Denia that you can visit easily whilst staying in the area. There are coastal villages with beautiful white sandy beaches and small traditional villages which are typically Spanish.

Benissa is a coastal town with much more to offer than just beaches. Here the amazing architecture of the buildings and monuments, including the Church of Purisima Xiqueta and the Franiscan Monastery: all reflect the rich history of the area, so when you are taking a stroll through the old town take a moment to appreciate the surroundings. Benissa is one of the oldest towns on the Costa Blanca and has some 4 kilometres of coastline with cliffs, coves and rocks intermittently scattered all the way along. The scenery here along the coastline is simply beautiful and perfect for a relaxing day on the beach. Alternatively, enjoy some sightseeing and feel part of some Costa Blanca history. There are many activities available in the town, including water sports, basketball, football and gym classes with more available in the sports centre.

Orba is situated 18 kilometres inland from Denia and is a charming traditional Spanish village with around 2,000 residents. The landscape in the Orba valley is filled with citrus groves which provide beautiful scenery to sit and relax in whilst watching the sun go down. In the centre of the village there are several historical sites to visit, including the 13th century Castellet which is one of the oldest structures there but is now unfortunately in ruins. However, when it was built, its purpose was to protect the Christian fortress. The 16th century honourable house that was built for members of nobility is also another place of interest not to be missed. Orba is one village that definitely knows how to celebrate the historic fiestas and they even have bull runs through the village in June, where locals are chased through the street by a herd of bulls. This is a very traditional but very dangerous activity and it is advisable to stay well out of the way.

Jalon village is at the heart of the Jalon Valley and it is a beautiful village surrounded by the Sierra de Bernia and the Sierra del Former mountains. In the valley there are an abundance of orange groves, olive and pine trees and vineyards. Jalon is famous for its wines and the best wine they produce is a fine Moscatel, along with some great reds. In the town of Jalon there are historical buildings that reflect the history of the area, including the Church of Jalon with its distinctive blue dome. In Jalon you will find plenty to do, with markets, shops, bars and restaurants. If you are the active type there are plenty of rambling paths, water sports, mountain biking, quad biking and horse riding.

Golfing in Javea, Moraira and Denia

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When you are booking your next golfing holiday, remember that golf in the Javea, Moraira and Denia area is popular and there is a good choice of golf clubs to choose from. The weather is very good throughout the year which makes it possible to play all year round and visitors are welcome on most courses.

Javea Golf Course welcomes visitors all year round. The course is flat which helps when playing in the summer heat as it requires minimal effort to walk around. In the winter, players will be sheltered from the wind by Cape San Antonio. The course has 9 holes and 34 bunkers and, when you have finished your hard day on the golf course, there is a clubhouse with swimming pool and great changing facilities. Within the clubhouse there are 2 bars and a restaurant which guests are invited to take full advantage of; while you are enjoying your drinks and meal you can take in the beautiful panoramic views over the countryside.

The Ifach Club is situated in Moraira set in a country estate with beautiful views of the Rock of Ifach. The course was designed by Javea Arana to be short and difficult. There are bunkers and narrow fairways on the course, making it very challenging and best suited to experienced golfers who want to use the full range of their clubs. It is a 9 hole, par 30 course and is said to be just as enjoyable to play in the summer as in the winter. Facilities at the club include buggy hire, trolleys, lockers, pro shop, changing rooms and parking. There is also a restaurant and café bar serving a wide range of drinks, bar snacks, tapas and main meals with beautiful views from the restaurant.

La Sella Golf Course is a part of the Marriot hotel group in Denia and is one of the best golf courses around with a luxurious feel. It was designed by Jose Maria Olazabal who is the double champion of the masters in Augusta. The course was designed in 1991. It has 27 holes and is perfect to play on all year round. Many top names in European golf have graced the course and it has hosted national team events.You can view most of the area golf courses and their details here.

Javea, Moraira and Denia Fiesta's

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There are many fiestas all over Spain celebrating an array of historic events. Many fiestas are the same countrywide; however there are also some that are specific to certain areas. Javea, Moraira and Denia are no exception to these traditions so, if you want to experience the real Spain, why not visit during fiesta time.

One of the most interesting fiestas in Javea is “The Funeral of the Sardine” which is held on February 28th. Although this may sound comical to most people, it actually has a very strong historical background. The tradition began when King Carlos III and the authorities of Madrid decided to treat the citizens to sardines and unlimited wine; however the sardines were spoiled so, instead of making a statement about the sardines, they would bury them so that they were still able to receive the wine. The fiesta today consists of about 100 men wearing 19th century attire with canes walking slowly behind a man with a coffin the size of a shoe box. They walk along the central street to the sound of the death march with a brass band following. After the procession there is a funeral banquet which is in the form of a picnic.

In Moraira on January 5th there is a procession called “Los Reyes Magos” or “The Three Kings”. Although this procession takes place in many parts of Spain, it is still a spectacle to be seen. The fiesta is the main celebration of Christmas and starts with a parade in the Ampolla beach area. There is then a procession of decorated floats with bands and dancers giving out sweets and presents to the children.

Denia holds “The Fallas” or Bonfire Festivals in March, which is arguably the most popular festival of the year. People come from far and wide to join in with the celebrations. The fiesta usually involves the Crema which is the burning of bonfires on St Joseph’s night. Locals will throw massive papier-mache figures of famous figureheads onto the bonfires, which are usually over 50 feet in height. The effigies are amazing to see before they are burnt and this festival is a real spectacle. The fiesta as always is accompanied by lots of fireworks.A list of fiesta's is available so you can plan your holiday to enjoy at least one.

Dining and Nightlife in Javea, Moraira and Denia

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Javea, Moraira and Denia area is quite varied when it comes to nightlife. Although it is by no means the liveliest area in Spain, everyone is comfortably catered for, whether it is for evening strolls along the streets, eating in one of the many restaurants and cafés or just finding a late bar or nightclub to dance the night away. Whatever your preference, you will not be disappointed with the entertainment that is available.

Javea night life usually does not start until 9 or 10pm so you will notice that there are not many people around until that time. The area appeals to families so the night life tends to be quite low key compared to other parts of the Costa Blanca, although there are a few late bars and nightclubs for young people to dance into the early hours. Many people, often families or couples, will start their evening with a stroll along the promenade followed by a few drinks and a pleasant meal. The main nightclub in Javea is called Achill: this is a disco situated on the Arenal to the right of the beach and is the place to go. Other Javea nightclubs include La Hacienda, Moli Blanc and La Noche.

Moraira night life is fairly quiet compared to many other destinations in the Costa Blanca; however there is a great atmosphere in the town after dark. There are many restaurants to choose from and a good portion of them offer live entertainment with traditional flamenco dancing or karaoke. Moraira boasts quality restaurants serving fresh fish, tapas, Greek, Indian and English cuisine. For holidaymakers on a budget, the best menu to look out for is the “Menu del Dia” or “Menu of the Day”. This is usually a set meal offering two or three courses at a set price. There are plenty of bars to choose from for a relaxing evening drink and two “open air” dance venues that stay open until the early hours of the morning for the party animals.

As with Javea and Moraira, Denia is fairly quiet when it comes to night life; however, the town can be as busy at night as it is during the day, with many bars and restaurants to choose from. These include relaxed quiet restaurants along the seafront where couples can enjoy a romantic meal whilst listening to the sea lapping at the shoreline. If you like live entertainment there is no shortage of it in the summer months and most of the bars do not close until the early hours of the morning, which guarantees to keep visitors entertained. There are many family orientated establishments in the town and children will always be made welcome.

Shopping in Javea, Moraira and Denia

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While you are on holiday in the Javea, Moraira and Denia area, you will not be disappointed with the shopping opportunities available for holiday essentials, gifts and souvenirs. As you would imagine, there are open air markets that make for a great morning or afternoon out.

Javea has an outdoor market every Thursday in the old town parking place. The market is very popular and has a large range of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, fresh fish and meat. The market is a fun place to shop and good too for those on a budget, as you can try out your bartering skills for just about anything you wish to buy. In addition to the food products available to purchase, there is also a large selection of leather goods, shoes, clothing and items for the home. It is worth shopping around at the market as prices can be competitive. There is an indoor market located to the side of the church of San Bartolome where you can purchase fresh produce. There are clothes shops, perfume shops and jewellery shops in Arenal selling a wide range of products; boutiques and furniture shops can also be found in the old town.

Denia offers a very enjoyable shopping experience. You will find all of your high street goods along with top range clothes for both men and women. Beautiful little boutiques are dotted along the main street of Calle de Marques de Campo, selling designer clothes. If it is gifts you are searching for to take home from your holiday in the Javea, Moraira and Denia area, then there are lots of gift shops selling unusual and exquisite gifts. Those visitors with a sweet tooth will be happy too as there are confectioners selling an array of sweets to please every palate, as well as cake and pastry shops serving a selection of produce from the bakeries. If you need a break from shopping, or are simply all shopped out, there is a great choice of restaurants in the area serving some of the best regional and international cuisine on the Costa Blanca, including tapas bars, seafood, Mexican, Italian and German restaurants amongst others.

Moraira street market is a main attraction for holidaymakers as the market has an exciting atmosphere that is buzzing and busy. The kinds of things you can purchase here are fresh and cheap fruit, vegetables, carpets, household goods, clothes, leather wear and jewellery. The market is open every Friday morning, just behind the town in the large car park.It couldnt be easier to plan a shopping day by clicking here

Best Times to Visit Javea, Moraira and Denia

The best times to visit the Javea, Moraira and Denia areas ultimately depends on your individual preference and what type of holiday you want.

If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the high season with lively crowds, buzzing bars and busy restaurants, along with the hot weather the region is fortunate to have, then the best time for you to visit would be in the summer months of July and August. In the summer all of the restaurants, bars and hotels are open so there is plenty of choice for dining and accommodation. The sun is very hot at this time of the year and can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius. The beautiful sandy beaches will be busy with the summer crowds and there are lots of activities on offer for you to take part in.

For those who prefer less crowds and a more relaxed holiday with good weather that is a little cooler than the summer months, the best time to visit is September and October. At this time the beaches are not so busy so you will have space to enjoy the sun and the water sports without being surrounded by people or stuck in queues. This time of the year is perfect for sightseeing without becoming too hot and bothered. The restaurants and bars are still buzzing but are not as busy.

On the other hand if you are not a sun-worshipper and you enjoy a nice quiet holiday whereby you can enjoy the sights and shopping, then the winter is a good time to visit. The months of November to March are usually mild in temperature although there can be some colder days, so packing a few warm items of clothing in your suitcase is advisable. The crowds will have gone by this time, allowing you to relax in the peace and quiet. It should be noted though that a lot of bars and restaurants close at this time of year so there will not be as great a choice as there would be at the busier times.

Climate for Javea, Moraira and Denia

Javea, Moraira and Denia have a beautiful Mediterranean climate with very hot summers and mild winters. Quite often people can spend Christmas day on the beach, both locals and tourists, so this goes to show how mild the weather can be in the mid-winter.

In the summer the weather is very hot and can reach over 40 degrees Celsius. The summer months are July and August, however September can also be very hot. With these sorts of temperatures you will probably prefer to spend lazy days in the sun on the beautiful beaches or by the pool in your chosen villa or apartment.

TThe winter months are milder as mentioned earlier: however if you are visiting at this time of year it is always advisable to bring layers with you in case you experience one of the cooler days. The winter months run from November to April and the average temperature at this time is around 14 degrees Celsius, which is still a pleasant temperature especially for sightseeing and shopping. The added bonus is that the area will be that much quieter for you to completely relax on your holiday.

Getting To and Around Javea, Moraira and Denia

Getting to your holiday home in the Javea, Moraira and Denia area is simple. Alicante (ALC) is the closest airport at just over an hour away by car and there are many scheduled chartered and budget flights arriving and departing daily.

If you prefer to drive to your villa in Javea, Moraira and Denia, there are good ferry crossings from the UK to France. This can make for a fun start to your holiday as you will see and experience different sights as you are driving through France into Spain.

When you want to travel around the area during your holiday there are several different options. The obvious one is to hire a car as there are many car hire companies in the area for you to choose from. This will make it much easier to get around sightseeing or to get out to the beaches which cannot be reached by public transport.

Should you prefer to leave the driving to someone else on your holidays there is a good public transport system to use. From Denia you can take the tram called FGV Alicante. This is an easy and convenient way to get around whilst you are on your holidays. The tram starts in Denia and from there you can travel to many places including Benidorm, Altea and Calpe, with plenty of connections at the different stops so you can get to places such as the Terra Mitica theme park which is great for families. The tram ride is also a pleasant trip as it follows a very scenic route. The trams run at regular times, so while you are in the area why not pick up a timetable and have your own adventure. There is a very good regular bus service running in Denia and Javea, so there are plenty of ways to get around.

Taxis are available and can be a good option when you want to get to certain places that public transport does not serve. You should bear in mind however that taxis can be quite expensive so using them for the whole of your holiday could become costly.

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Things to Do Teulada wineNestling between the mountains and the sea, the wonderful climate of this specific area boasts an average yearly temperature of 18 °C. The town hall in the Plaza de la Constitucion was inaugurated in 1991. Setting it apart from its coastal neighbours of Calpe and further south, Benidorm, the town council passed laws limiting the height of buildings and protecting the natural pines that cover the sides of the valley leading to the coastal part of the municipality, Moraira.
Teulada Plaza SpanishDuring a visit to Teulada why not explore the different plazas on offer as each one is unique in itself. The first is a relaxing walk down a narrow street to the Plaza de la Constitucion (Constitution Square). Located here is the new Town Hall inaugurated in 1991. From here follow Canonge Valles Street to the Plaza de la Creu (Cross Square). Close to here, during medieval times, the village was fortified by a wall surrounding it. Located in its wall is The Sea Doorway which was closed to protect the village people during an attack by barbary pirates. The last plaza is reached via Dalt Street where you will find The Church Square.
Orba Spain costa blanca January 5th: The Three Kings- this is usually a day set aside for the children, as they gather in the village square and await the arrival of the Three Kings. There are an assortment of presents passed out to the children at this time by the Three Kings.

 

Jalon Valley Alicante Costa BlancaWhen you think of the Costa Blanca and all you can see is concrete towers and mass tourism at its worse, then think again. This may be true of the southern end of the Costa Blanca but with a 90 minute drive north from Alicante you enter a very different world. Here the high rises give way to smart villas and the countryside changes from brown to lush green consisting of orange, almond and lemon groves.
Things to Do Sierra de Bernia Jalon ValleyOnce you are past the concrete and the plains you will start your journey into the foothills that are covered with orange groves and ancient olive trees. At this point you look up, and framed by the azure blue of both the sea and the sky is your objective, Bernia. The mountain, which divides the two Marinas. It is covered in ancient pathways which at one time were climbed by bandits of old and Royalist soldiers. Once you view this mountain your emotions are automatically captured........
Arenal Beach Javea Costa BlancaArenal beach is made up of a wide arc of white sand with a promenade behind it where you can find various types of shops, some selling handmade arts and crafts as well as bars and restaurants. You can spend the evening here as some bars offer live music until the early hours. The area is well known for the sand artists and street entertainers who work along the beach during the summer. There are a number of historical sites located here from a Roman settlement to the Fontana Castle, built in 1424 and destroyed by the English during the Peninsular War in the early 19th century.
Penon de Ifach Natural Park Calpe Costa Blanca SpainPenon de Ifach is a rather large lump of white rock that appears to rise up out of the Mediterranean sea some 332 meters in height and extends its arm into the sea about 35 hectares. Located near Calpe it is the symbol for the Costa Blanca and the smallest natural park in Spain. You can either stand and look at it or you can climb it.
Benitachell, Moors and Christians, Fiesta, Costa Blanca, SpainIf you are looking for a fiesta or a festival then Benitachell is the place to be as the town has it's fair share of them. On January 5th all the children in the village gather in the square where gifts are passed out to them during the Procession of the Three Kings. During Easter a cross is carried through out the village followed by people dressed in black holding candles, this is a very somber occasion.
Javea, Denia, Altea, Alicante, Calpe, MorairaJavea is a great holiday destination as there is always plenty to see and do. The town and its pretty marina are also full of wonderful places to eat, drink and generally watch the world go by. The town also has a wide range of regular events and fiestas so the is usually something going on that you can get involved in.
The biggest of these fiestas is San Juan, which is held in June.
Towns & Resorts on Costa BlancaIf you are looking for Javea it can be found in between Denia and Altea about 80 km north east of Alicante. Once you arrive here you will discover that the village has three different parts to it. The actual village lies about 3 km inland, the port of Javea and the area around the beach of Javea. You will know when you are in the old part of town as there are many traditional built houses, they are the ones with balconies still hanging on. One of the outstanding features of Javea is the 12th century church of Iglesia de San Bartolome where you can spend some time exploring.
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