Windmills over Jávea
If you take the road to Cabo San Antonio on your right you will see signs to the Windmills ( Molins). There is a convenient parking spot and a walk of several hundred metres until you find the set of small windmills that are being renovated. There are interpretation boards nearby that provide further background to their history. However what I found particularly rewarding was the stunning view over the town and port of Jávea. Spend a while there to get your bearings and you might be able to work where your apartment, villa - or even yacht - may be amongst the others set out before you.
One word of warning though. Remember that the windmills will not have been located there just as an added curiosity so take an extra item of clothing because it could be very chilly up there.
Trek to Castell del Granadella
Find your way to the lovely little cove of Granadella on the Cabo de la Nao headland south of Javéa town. There are lots of parking spaces. If you then walk about 150m away from the beach you will find a concreted road that bends uphill. Walk up this road and follow the white and yellow stripes painted on the rocks. These mark the route to the ruin of the Castell del Granadella. The path becomes progressively more rocky, narrow and tricky but the views are outstanding and it is well worth the effort to make this 1.6km trek. You even have a destination to head towards.
Perched on the headland are the ruins of a small outpost that was built in the 1700s to act as a lookout post for any advancing pirate ships that may have been attempting to land at the cove of Granadella. It is only a small structure but it did have amazingly thick, stone walls.
According to the helpful noticeboard the building was destroyed by the British during the Napoleonic wars in 1739. I could imagine a volley of cannonballs from ships out at sea raining down on this small 'Castle' blasting through its heavily strengthened walls. I hate to think what would have happened to the poor soldiers in the building.
If you go just a little further round the headland you are afforded fantastic views of the coastline down towards Cumbre del Sol. If you go in April you might even spot the Black Wheatear birds singing and displaying from the rocks on the headland. It's well the effort. You can cool off on the beach at Granadella after your walk and perhaps have a drink or a meal at the local bar.
Sunday Morning on the "Prom"
We used to like to go down to the seafront for coffee and particularly enjoyed it on a Sunday morning. Our favouritwe cafe was the one nearest to the Tourist Information Office we arrived early enough for my sister-in-law to do a little sketching before there were too many people about. Then we settled down for a bit of people watching until it was time to think of Lunch.
Some mornings there would be a small procession or band and always local familes with their children out for a walk before a big family lunch in one of the restaurants nearby.
When the service in the Parish Church of the Sea was over, sister-in- law and I loved to see the very stylish and elegantly dressed local women taking a little walk along the prom.
( I would have loved a picture but felt it would have been rude to take any)
As the morning went on so the prom became really busy with a great buzz in the cafes and in the air.
Jávea es un pueblo maravilloso y una joya escondida en mi opinión. Llegamos por bus, a un costo relativamente bajo, de Valencia y sólo se tarda aproximadamente 2 horas para llegar allí. Luego nos fuimos a dar un paseo por las colinas y disfrutamos del hermoso paisaje. Después nos dieron algo de comer en una cafetería / restaurante encantador y nos dirigimos hacia la oficina de turismo para obtener información. Una vez que llegamos esta información nos fuimos al puerto y luego a la playa. En lugar de la arena de la playa es de piedras y también cuenta con aguas cristalinas. Perfecto para nadar! Luego nos fuimos al centro de la ciudad y visitamos la plaza de la ciudad y se veía en todos los bellos edificios y patios. Después de que luego nos fuimos a la Museo Arqueólogico Y Etnográfico Soler Blasco de la plaza del pueblo y fue maravilloso ver a los viejos estilos de vida del pasado. en general, disfruté muchísimo de mi viaje a Javea y lo recomiendo!!
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Information on the sea front
There are a number of TIO's located in different locations in Javea; the two we used most were the one on the sea front and the one up the hill n Javea town.
The one by the sea was not only very helpful but so pretty !
Cabo de la Nao
Cap de la Nau, Cabo de la Nao in Spanish literally Cape of the Ship, is a headland located in the town of Javea. It is rocky, steep and mostly composed of limestone. It marks the southern limit of the Bay of Valencia. A lighthouse is located 120 meters over the sea level.
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Visit the port and the Fishermen
Do go down to the port and particularly to the fishing port.
It is very colourful and there is always something going on there.
The boats have so many floats and "what-have-yous" on them they appear to be always adorned for a festival.
But that is just the way they are.
When the nets are laid out to dry their colours are really quite beautiful. My sister-n-law, a painter found lots of inspiration there.
Her partner, a ceramacist, was very interested in the terracotta pots used by the fisherman.
The fishermen's cafe on the quay is a great place for lunch too. It is out of sight of the track usually taken by tourists and we we were the only non-Spanish people there.
LA NAO CAPE
Cabo de la Nao is a cape near Javea which is 116 m (380.5 ft) high. It is located in the very east of the Costa Blanca and offers fantastic panoramic views .Also here you will find a beautiful lighthouse!.
On top of the mountain, you will find an excellent restaurant with low prices, where you can enjoy the view while having a delicious Spanish dish.Although i didn't had a meal here,i just had a coffe because during my visit here it was late afternoon,i saw the menu at the door and i noticed also the good and cheap prices.
NATURAL PARK OF MONTGO
If you are a nature lover,then a must see in the area is THE NATURAL PARK OF MONGÓ, It is the mountain Montgó which is 753 m (2470 ft) high, offering a phantastic view over the natural park.Also from here you'll see also some awesome views of the city and Mediterranean Sea.
There are some walking tours to see all this beautiful mountain,ask in your hotel or in the information point of Javea for some information,maps or the best way to go up.I didn't had the time to go up the mountain but the views of it from Javea is very good isn`t??
SPRING IN JANUARY!
Along all the coastline on this area,you'll find a lot of pine trees forests on mountains and hills,but in fields you will find normally orange,lemons and many almond trees.Thanks to our nice and warm weather during wintertime,don't be surprised to see some of these trees in blossom even in January!.This photo was taken on January 23th and you can see all flowers on these almond trees.
Driving through the coastline road,you will see on small mountains and hills,this kind of residential areas,all these nice houses have a Mediterranean architecture and they looks very nice.The majority of them,are from rich people and many of them from people from other countries of Europe that come here to spend all winter season.Really all of them got awesome sea views!!
CALPE AND IFACH ROCK
Another very interesting place to visit and very close to Moraira,(about 12 miles) it is the city of Calpe and located here it is also the Ifach Rock,that is another Natural Park.(see my Calpe page for more information).Other nice places to stop around are:
GATA DE GORGOS
This is another nice place to stop,if you are visiting all Javea area and around:
Moraira nestles in the pine-clad hills overlooking fine sandy beaches, calm seas and rocky coves. This area is also renowned for its superb eating grapes grown to perfection on the neat, sunny terraces which slope gently down the sides of the valley towards the sea.
WALKING TRAIL AT LA NAO
There is a good but short walking trail at La Nao Cape.You can walk just for a small part of this place,to see the Lighthouse,go to restaurant and around.
Also at the end of the trail,you will find a lot medium size rocks,unfortunately some of the best views,that you can see here,is go climbing up to these rocks,but be careful because may be a little bit dangerous.(You can fell ground from the rocks,but not to the cliffs!)
Along all coastline of Alicante and also other provinces in Spain,you will see a lot of these beautiful medieval watchtowers.They were used for posibles invasions from the sea.A few of them are very well conservated and may be a good idea go up and take a look.
That one it is located on a hill just outside of the town of Moraira.