Javea, also sometimes known as Xabia, is situated on the Costa Blanca, some 50 miles from Alicante and 60 miles, or so, from Valencia. Voted, environmentally, “near perfect” , by the World Health Organisation – and, indeed, boasting over 320 days of sunshine a year – the town nestles at the foot of the mighty Montgo Mountain, between the picturesque bays of San Antonio and San Martin.
Javea is rapidly emerging as a popular tourist attraction – not entirely surprising, given its 15 miles of superb coastline, fantastic opportunities for outdoor pursuits and numerous, cafes, bars and restaurants –
but, nevertheless, maintains a relaxed, typically Spanish atmosphere.
Access to Javea, from northern Europe, is easy, via direct international flights, operated by “budget” airlines, to the airports of Alicante and Murcia.
Javea can be divided roughly into three distinct areas, each with its own individual charm and atmosphere.
The old town of Javea, built largely in original, Tosca sandstone, has narrow winding streets, and is rich in cultural heritage. For sightseers, the old town includes the fortified, Gothic church of “Iglesia de San Bartolome”, and an excellent museum, “Museo Etnografico Soler Blasco”.
The area known as the “Arenal” includes the largest sandy beach in the area – awarded the EU “Blue Flag” for safety – with crystal clear, calm Mediterranean waters. The beach itself is surrounded by a multitude by shops, bars and restaurants, and while this is the area of Javea most affected by the tourist trade, it is vibrant and colourful, nevertheless. You can, for example, take an evening stroll along the promenade, take a look at the variety of handmade craft items available from the many stalls, or sample the atmosphere in one of the many bars that have live music.
The port area offers a harmonious blend of traditionally Spanish, and more tourist driven, elements. Javea is still a working fishing port, but this area also includes shops and lively bar and restaurants.
Property prices, for all types of property, from apartments, to villas, on the Costa Blanca compare very favourably with the cost of similar properties on, for example, the Costa del Sol. Property prices typically range from roughly £120,000, for an apartment, up to roughly £220,000 for a villa. Villas on Costa Blanca do tend, generally, to be in slightly more rural locations, and this is particularly true in Javea, so transport options are a consideration.
The growth of tourism in the Javea area, and the consequent demand for accommodation means that not only can property investors expect significant appreciation of the property itself, but also a lucrative and stable rental income, if desired, for the whole of the year. Rental incomes, for example, of £500 per week, in the summer months, and £350 per week, in winter (such as it is), for a typical two bedroom apartment, are not uncommon.