Writing this on holiday in Spain I’m not trying to rub anyone’s noses in it – I have heard the weather is improving back home.
I came over for my eldest daughter’s wedding. She lives in a small village called Jesus Pobre, probably the size of Galgate, situated 15 minutes from the coastal resort of Javea on the Costa Blanca.
Spain, as we know, is in a bad way due to the recession but areas along the Costas tend to be financially independent with tourist Euros and can attract visitors from other parts of Spain as well.
Javea is not Benidorm – thankfully. It is a beautiful town with three distinct areas and markets them very well.
First we have the beach area called the Arenal which is not allowed high rise and is one end of a sweeping bay. It has a lovely promenadeflanked by quality shops, bars and restaurants.
Walk about a mile around the bay and past various beach side bars and you come to the busy working port area full of hotels, bars, eateries and at tea time a thriving fish market.
Just a mile further inland from the port is Javea old town with its hill-top church and narrow streets.
Towering over the whole town is the impressive Montgo Mountain. There is a good smattering of ex-pats around the area but not too many British tourists – it’s quite a well kept secret. Many of the visitors are from Germany, Holland and Italy with many from Madrid arriving late July.
Many tourists stay in villas (like us), and use the local shops and supermarkets for provisions – alcohol is cheap, in fact cheap enough for you to be able to go out as well and sample what is on offer in the different areas of the town.
There is however no rowdy behaviour either night or day, considering the abundance and cheapness of alcohol and the temperature.
Families are welcomed at any time of day.
It would be great to see our seaside resort on its uppers like Javea, just one thing stopping us though – the weather and a massive culture change!