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Walk Round Javea Old Town

Just a short distance from the busy port and beach areas of Javea you will find the quaint, peaceful old town where you can admire the historic buildings and mix with the local people as they go about their daily lives.

Park in the underground car park in Plaza Constitucion and walk up through the public gardens to see the restored Riurau which was used to protect the grapes while they were drying.  From here it is a short stroll down to the town passing the Convent, built in 1946, on the site of the original 17th-century convent, which is now used as a day centre for Alzheimer sufferers.

Jesus Pobre Sunday Market

The weekly Sunday market in Jesús Pobre, between Javea and Denia, is a great place to meet up with friends and enjoy a drink and something delicious to eat as well as purchasing local produce and crafts. It is always well attended by both the local Spanish and foreign residents of all nationalities and of course in summer is very popular with visiting tourists.Riurau market

In winter it is held from 10 am until 2 pm and in the summer 6 pm until 10 pm, and there is ample well-organised parking. Held in the traditional Riurau it is a delightful setting and there is also a play area for the young ones.

Many of the stalls are run by families from the village selling their home produced fruit and vegetables as well as bread, baked goods and preserves. On the first Sunday of each month, the market is doubled in size with extra stalls selling antiques and memorabilia. Often there is live music and demonstrations of crafts or traditional dances and procedures.

Municipal Market

Then enter into the maze of narrow streets which make up the centre of the old town.  You can see the St. Anna Chapel which was built around 1502 and was the chapel for the old town hospital, then admire the beautifully restored Casa Lambert built in 1857, now used for cultural activities.  The church of St. Bartholomew dates back to the 14th century – there are no set opening times but the best time to try is mid-morning during the week.  Next, pop into the municipal market where you can mix with the local people doing their shopping and enjoy a coffee or beer in one of the bars.  There are stalls selling meat, fish, flowers and vegetables, cheeses and cured meats and it is a good place to buy some of the local specialities.Javea Old Town

Nearby you will find the Tourist Information office where you can pick up further information on things to see in the area – under the glass floor you will see the remains of over 20 tombs excavated from the Medieval Cemetery.  The museum is also well worth a visit with many archaeological and ethnic exhibits housed in a 17th century building (free admission, closed Mondays).

As you wander around you will see many small shops, including one selling the stunning dresses used during the traditional fiesta parades and of course there is a selection of small bars and restaurants ideal for a drink and a few tapas.

Tosca Restaurant in Javea

Tosca Restaurant has been open since June 2006 and offers an excellent menú and choice of wine. Their objective is to ‘occupy a special place in the minds of their clients’.

Situated opposite the Parador Hotel on the Arenal beach and enjoying great views of the canal and the bay, it is decorated in a welcoming style using a combination of modern and traditional materials including the local tosca stone from which its name is taken.

Wine Cellar

Specialities include Fried Cod with Honey, Chateaubriand in Salt and T-bone steak cooked on a hot stone. Desserts include Marscapone Mousse, a selection of hand-made cakes and a choice of sorbets, starters Monkfish and Salmon Carpaccio and Duckliver and Goat cheese lasagne. The wine cellar has a choice of over 100 different national and international wines, all served at the correct temperature and the service is friendly and professional.

Once a month they have a special evening meal ‘A Marriage and Food and Wine’ – 6 courses each accompanied by a different wine. Examples of the dishes are Filo Pastry stuffed with Black Sausage and Onion, Baked Sucking Lamb with Sauteed Mushrooms and Apple stuffed with Chestnut Puree. Information on the different wines is available on the night.

Not surprising that you have to book!!

Flamenco Dance Spectacular, Viva España Restaurant

For that extra special experience why not visit the Viva España restaurant in Oliva and enjoy their Dinner Dance and Flamenco Floor Show.

This takes place every Saturday evening and Sunday lunchtime (plus Friday evenings in the summer). Enjoy an excellent 3 course meal (main course steak, cod with almond sauce or grilled sea bass) followed by an unforgettable performance of flamenco with its powerful rhythms and sensational costumes. The show lasts for about an hour and is followed by dancing to a live band.Flamenco Show

Depending on the menu you choose the price is 28€ or 38€ (plus iva) and includes a bottle of wine between 2 people. On certain dates in the year there is an additional demonstration of horse dressage.

If you prefer only to enjoy the dancing to a live band there is also the Sunday evening buffet – for 10€ you can dance to 2 live bands and enjoy a wide choice of pastries and home-made cakes.

Day Trip to Elche

Famous for both its palm trees and shoe factories and with many museums and historical buildings, not to mention the famous 15th August religious festival, there is plenty to do and see in Elche, near Alicante. The city has two international UNESCO awards – one for its palm groves and one for its religious play, the Misteri d’Elx, which people of the city have performed each year since Medieval times.

Two Walking Routes

Start at the tourist office where you can collect maps and leaflets. There are two walking routes, one through the city and one through the palm grove – we suggest you do the former in the morning as many of the museums and buildings close at lunchtime for the traditional siesta. You should climb up to the roof of the Basilica de Santa Maria cathedral and admire the wonderful panoramic view, visit the Fiesta museum where you can enjoy an audio-visual presentation about the play which celebrates the assumption of Mary, see the remains of an Arabic bathing house and visit as many of the museums as you have time for!! These include the La Alcudia Museum – the archaeological site where the bust of the ‘Dame de Elche’ was discovered and the palm Grove Museum which shows the origins, history and development of the Elche Palm Groves.

Museums

There is also the ‘Huerto del Cura’ Museum which is an artistic garden with displays of Mediterranean and tropical plants including the famous Imperial Palm. The municipal park in the centre of the city has plenty of seating areas to relax and enjoy the trees and plants and from here you can enjoy the tourist train which takes you around a journey lasting approx 30 minutes.

For art lovers there is a permanent open air sculpture exhibition next to the park and there is the Museum of Contemporary Art which has a large collection mainly by Spanish artists.Elche also has some great shopping – the Salvador Artesano shoe factory outlet is a must for all shoe lovers as it is about the size of a football pitch!! Nearby is the El Corte Ingles department store and an indoor shopping mall.

If all that is not enough for a day out you can combine it with a visit to the nearby El Hondon nature reserve where there is an information centre and a walking route around part of the salt lagoons and marshes.

Bioparc Valencia: a new generation zoo

This is a very popular day out for children and adults alike as it is a new type of zoo where the visitor is immersed completely in the wild habitats of the animals. Bioparc Valencia is also dedicated to conservation of animals, to education and to awareness of the necessity of preserving natural ecosystems. It participates in many captive breeding programs for species in danger of extinction, and at the same time it offers a rich educational experience.

Wild Animals

It is an adventure in discovering wild animals and their habitats. The animals, the vegetation and the landscape form a setting that invites the visitors to discover the complexity of the natural ecosystems surrounding them. They have had hundreds of births at the Bioparc, so the animals seem to be very happy there, and are well looked after.Wild Animals

The barriers are hidden, giving a sense of continuity between the enclosures in which the animals live and the space that the public occupies, wandering among herds of antelopes, giraffes and rhinos while a pride of lions watches over the vast grassland from its rocky summit. You can discover life underground, exploring the burrows of aardvarks, warthogs and hyenas or venture into the thick equatorial forest in search of gorillas, leopards, buffalo’s and elephants.

An original zoo with no hidden barriers and it is a delight to sit in the café watching the animals roam about.

Valencia is approximately 1 hour from Javea so a visit to the Bioparc is easily done when staying in any of the villas.

www.bioparcvalencia.es

The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia

The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is a unique complex devoted to science and culture, housed in spectacular modern buildings designed by Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela which are well worth seeing in their own right. There are 5 centres spread along approx 2 kilometers in the dry bed of the River Turis –  the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema and digital projections), the Umbracle (a landscaped vantage point and car park), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (an innovative centre of interactive science), the Oceanográfico (the largest aquarium in Europe with over 500 marine species), the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía  and the Ágora.

Great for Families

The most popular to visit, especially for those with children, are the aquarium and the science museum. This museum has become a world reference point for interactive science and is one of the most visited places in Spain.  Its main objective is to stimulate curiosity whilst surprising and amusing the public by its contents in the worlds of science, technology and the environment.

There are workshops and demonstrations of amazing experiments on physics, chemistry, biology and sound. You can observe our planet as an astronaut from the International Space Station and fascinating images captured by telescopes and space satellites.

You’ll get the chance to experiment with electricity and be surprised by its effects. Bells that ring without touching them or candles that go out with a metallic wand without the need to blow are some of the experiences that will make your hair stand on end!

Large Aquarium

The aquarium is the largest in Europe and contains examples of the world’s main marine ecosystems. Each building is identified with the following aquatic environments: the Mediterranean, Wetlands, Temperate and Tropical Seas, Oceans, the Antarctic, the Arctic, Islands, and the Red Sea, as well as the Dolphinarium with 24 million litres of water and a depth of 10.5 metres. The Underwater Restaurant and the Access Building which welcomes visitors stand out because of their spectacular roofs designed by Félix Candela.Aquarium

During your route through the various installations, visitors can see at first hand the behaviour and way of life of over 45,000 individuals of 500 different species: dolphins, belugas, walruses, sea lions, seals, penguins, turtles, sharks, rays, sawfish, jellyfish, starfish, sea urchins, and crustaceans of all kind…, as well as wetland bird species such as those inhabiting the Albufera de Valencia and tropical mangrove swamps.

A great day out for all the family and approx 1 hours drive from our villas in Javea.

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