My time in Jávea, Spain, has almost come to an end. Two more nights, and I'll be flying back to The Netherlands. Although I'm still planning to do some fun stuff during my last days here, I've done enough to list my favourites here.
If it wasn't for Sun and Co., I probably would have never heard about this small town. It's located at the Costa Blanca, right in between Valencia and Alicante. Where cities like Benidorm are full of high-rise apartment buildings, Jávea actually has a local feel to it. I think the highest building is the church tower. When I leave, I'll have spend a little over three weeks around here. So, what did I like best? (And no, this is not a sponsored post; I actually enjoyed these things!)
Since I spent most of my time there (in fact, I'm there right now), it's only fair to name this place first. Cala Bandida is a colourful restaurant at the end of the boulevard, overlooking the bay. From my current seat, I can see the entire coastline of the town, including the beaches. Looking out right now, I have to admit that I see one flat building higher than the church tower; it's at the other end of the bay.
They have a big veranda hanging over the water, serve delicious meals and got good coffee. Plus, they have pretty stable wifi. I come in and have my breakfast and coffee, work for a couple of hours and finish with a lunch. The staff is very friendly and doesn't seem to be bothered by me sitting here with my laptop. It is definitely a place I'm gonna miss!
Another thing I ended up doing three times here is kayaking. I had never done it before, but I absolutely loved it! I went with Siesta Advisor. They do tours starting in Granadella and Tamas, the owner, will bring you to some amazing caves in the huge cliffs. For me, it was a great way to get some exercise! Being in the water, with the sunshine, it was just a lot of fun.
I went twice more, because they started organizing night tours as well and I simply had to try that. With LED lights attached under the kayaks, it was a magical experience, especially inside the caves where the water was super clear. You would see the fish, the rocks, everything! With the full moon and stars above me and the lit water below me, it was definitely something I won't forget any time soon.
I've been riding horses for 19 years now, so obviously it's something I try to do wherever I am. However, even if you're not an experienced rider, I would still recommend it. On the back of a horse, you can go places you will never reach by car and often not even by foot. If gives you an entirely different perspective on the nature in your location.
I went to Centro Hipico Jávea where I booked a private trail. I explained them my experience and they gave me the perfect horse. A beautiful white horse with a funny personality, but they also have 'chairs on legs' in case you are less experienced. I went for a 1-hour ride with beautiful views on the mountains. It was perfect!
I love to grab a map and drive off to a random village in the mountains, so that's what I did a couple of times. I rented a scooter from Eurorent and when I will return it in two days, I think the owner will be shocked to see how many kilometers I did with the little thing! One day I went to Denia and Monte Pego and especially the CV-728 road was great. Another day, I went the other direction to Moraira, Benissa and Xalo. A beautiful road there is the CV-745. Also the coast road between Moraira and Calpe is beautiful.
Another day I shared a car with someone and we went to Alicante, which was a fun trip. And of course, Valencia is only an hour away as well. Public transport is not ideal around here, so if you have the chance, I would definitely recommend to rent a car or scooter, if only for a day or 3!
I know my interests can be quite different from what others like to do, so here is what my housemates at Sun and Co. did as well:
The area here is known for great cycling possibilities and is even popular among professional teams for training camps. You can bring your own bicycle or rent one. I think the earlier mentioned Siesta Advisor rents decent bicycles out as well.
There are various hiking trails around here which I have no doubt are beautiful. There is the hike up to the lighthouse, which will give you a stunning view over Jávea. At the other side of the bay, there is Cala Blanca. Want to be challenged more? Climb Montgo! It's the funny shaped mountain you can see from anywhere in the town.
Now, in March, it's still too cold, but if you would be here a little bit later during the season, you can see an amazing under-water-world. It's definitely something I would give a try next time I'm here!
Have you been to Jávea as well? How did you spend your time here? Tell us in the comments below!