#LAMARCAESCAPES Jávea by Astrid Chacón

JÁVEA: A jewel by the Mediterranean Sea in the province of Alicante & La Costa Blanca. It is only 1 hour away from Valencia, and an easy 4.5 hour drive from Madrid. Jávea is well known for its gorgeous, crystal clear water, rocky landscapes and delicious seafood. Dive below to discover the best things to do on your trip to Jávea with this wellness guide by Astrid Chacón.

WHAT TO DO: There’s something for everyone, especially for active souls. There are rental companies around town, and some very close to El Arenal where you can go if you want to paddle board, kayak, kite and windsurf, rent a bike, or even rent a boat or a jet ski. There is a also a sailing school for those more experienced in that area. 

Other activities include snorkeling, playing beach tennis or beach volleyball, and of course, running along the beach and promenade. For the more adventurous souls, you can rent a bike and ride it to Cala de Portixol (Note: it's not for the faint hearted) or to Cap de San Antoni. The Montgo Natural Park is very big and there are great hiking trails to take advantage of.

If you are looking for something more relaxing, simply go to the beach and relax reading a book or sunbathing. The best beaches are: El Arenal (it’s the only sandy beach), Cala Blanca, Cala Portixol, La Granadella (it's quite far so go by car), and La Grava. Most beaches have rocks, so make sure you have your “escarpines” (wet socks or booties) ready!

El Arenal is right in front of the promenade, where you will find many options for dining all day long. Other beaches have chiringuitos or you could bring a cooler with some drinks and snacks from home. The sun is incredibly hot during the summer months, so remember to be constantly hydrating by drinking water and reapplying sunscreen!

WHERE TO EAT: The seafood is incredible everywhere you go and there are many options for all tastes.

Cala Clemence: My favorite. It is located in Cala de Portixol. The food is very fresh and delicious, the decor lovely and the views unlike any others. 

Pòsit: Cozy restaurant in the waterfront next to the marina. All the seafood is delicious.

La Fontana: Get the super thin crust vegetarian pizza and ask for guindilla if you'd like some spice!

V-thos: Adorable plant-based café. Great smoothies and juices.

La Bambula: A good spot for sunset and drinks. They have different types of live music at night.

Atalaya: Beautiful view of El Arenal. Get the fresh spinach, feta and watermelon salad.

Chabada: Cool vibe and decor. It's nice for breakfast or happy hour.

Carnaval

Montgo di Bongo: By the water, great for a bite, drinks and swimming in the sea.

La Caleta: Very casual chiringuito near Cala Blanca.

La Perla de Jávea: An option for a more special dinner. Order the arroz negro and navajas.

WHERE TO STAY: I would recommend looking for an apartment rental or a house rental through Airbnb, Booking, Expidia or another of those sites if you are staying more than a weekend to be able to also cook at home. There are many options for rentals and some are overlooking the water, just two minutes from the calas. Otherwise, there are also some hotels such as: Nomad Hotel Xabia, Hotel Parador de Javea, and Hotel Sol de Javea.

WHERE TO SHOP: Walk around town and discover all the small boutiques selling unique artisanal pieces.

Dona Alpargata Alpargatería: I loved this store. It has gorgeous alpargatas made in La Rioja. 

Índigo: Another gem I found walking, filled with treasures from clothing to postcards, necklaces, and more.

Kahoa accesorios: a beautiful artisanal brand of woven accessories.

Summerhouse

Mediterranean Nomad: interior design studio and decor store with stunning pieces for your home.

WHY I LOVE IT: It’s a destination I’ve had my eye on for some time now since I have been living in Madrid, and one I will definitely repeat. The views, beaches and seafood are spectacular. There is a lively vibe, locals are very kind and it’s easy to stay active each day by running, biking, playing beach tennis or any other water sport you prefer.

It's also a very romantic place where you can visit with your partner, but it is also full of families and friend groups. I would love to go back with my family in the future.

What I enjoyed and appreciated the most, is that you can connect with nature and yourself daily, you find peace and happiness in the most simple things.

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