We love Christmas the cozy time of the year. With its delicious meals, the family gatherings and the traditions. Our climate and many rituals on the Costa Blanca area make us enjoy those dates. Christmas and kings in Denia can be really be fun for everybody. All the streets are illuminated with lights as well as our houses, villas and buildings. A lot of Christmas trees on our balconies together with the nativity scenes that we put next to the Christmas tree. The same you see with churches, schools, town halls and squares. They are decorated with the typical “birth” of the baby Jesus that can be visited. Many cities and towns are filled with Christmas markets where many families enjoy sweets, decorations and workshops. The children enjoy this a lot, knowing that the gifts will arrive soon.
The three kings
Speaking of gifts, our children are doubly happy. Because they receive their long-awaited gifts on December 24 at night or on December 25 in the morning, brought by Santa Claus. But also by the Three Wise Men, famous three kings who arrive on the night of January 5. Just after the famous parade that they do through the streets of our cities. This three kings come with horses, camels or in huge illuminated floats throwing sweets to the children. They are waiting impaciantly for them, ready with their bags to pick the sweets up. But in Denia before the parade, Melchior, Gaspar and Baltazar arrive with a boat from the Far East loaded with their gifts.
For Three Kings Day, let’s not forget our roscón de reyes made with candied fruit, with cream, without cream, but above all, knowing in which piece the figure of a Wizard King will fall, with whom you will take the crown or otherwise the broad bean, and you will have to pay for the roscón.
The Christmas Lottery
Before those exciting days we have the famous day of the Christmas Lottery that the children of the famous San Ildefonso school in Madrid “sing”, followed by millions of Spaniards dreaming that they will win a prize. Also for January 6 there is the lottery of the Child and continue with hope.
New years eve in Denia and Javea
For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, many families gather for lunch or dinner with grilled meats or our famous “puchero” with meat balls, not forgetting our famous prawns as an appetizer. All to enjoy with our famous wines and our Moscatel along with our excellent nougats. On New Year’s Eve, friends gather in houses or restaurants to eat the 12 grapes after dinner with each stroke of 00:00 on December 31 in the town halls. Even in the church squares wishing an unbeatable New Year. All those emotions with a very mild climate for those dates that we like a lot, make it worth to pass your Christmas days in Denia.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2023 with Quality Rent
You spend the whole year planning a well-deserved break and looking for fun in Denia and Javea. When you go on vacation it is to rest, sunbathe, eat well, go to the beach, swim in the pool, walk, enjoy friends and family. The perfect holiday!
But do you want to spend a funny day? Today you don’t want to go to the beach and you want to do something new or different? Do you want your children to have fun?
With Quality Rent you will have a great time. We have many plans for you all to enjoy together. You can spend a good time in Denia and Javea right between Valencia and Alicante. The Valencian Community offers many options for a funny holiday.
Parks for the whole family
There are theme parks where the whole family will have fun. Water parks, with their different slides for all ages. Natural landscapes, with waterfalls, castles and unforgettable landscapes. Ride a horse. See animal parks as if they were in their natural habitat. For the older ones there are excursions on jet skis, kayaks, quads and spending a different time in the middle of nature in our Valencian Community. Your little ones will also be able to see Dinosaurs… yes, you read that right; Ask us and you will be surprised.
We cannot forget our pets. There is an exclusive water park for them, where they will have a great time and make many friends.
We even have the only and last remaining drive-in cinema in Spain dating from 1979. With a billboard of the latest premiere films that changes every week. You can watch 2 movies in a row and eat delicious sandwiches. We recommend the tortilla with cheese and bacon. But there are much more varieties and also hamburgers with their fries.
Many different alternatives to spend an unforgettable vacation, where the whole family or friends will have a great time. Have fun in Denia and Javea!
After the Easter holidays are over, the search for the holiday with discounts in May begins. There are many vacationers who want to enjoy the beautiful month abroad. Some of our holiday homes and holiday apartments still have free capacity. The prices are very attractive and in some accommodations there is a discount of up to 30 percent. At the weekend, Denia, Javea and the surrounding area are popular destinations for the Spaniards. There are many special offers for the weekend. But not only the Spaniards benefit from May. The airlines between Great Britain and Spain also offer plenty of special prices. If you are not dependent on the school holidays, you have to secure the holiday bargain now. We would like to introduce you to some attractive special offers today.
We offer you an incredible May discount of 30 percent in the week of May 7th to 14th. Take advantage of this great offer and experience in one of the best places on the Costa Blanca in Javea. With direct access to the stony beach of La Barraca you can enjoy a touch of luxury.
The newly renovated and modern furnished apartment in Denia is perfectly located. Here you can spend your relaxing holiday on the beach. The residential complex offers a communal pool. But also direct access to the sandy beach of Denia – pure sun, sea and sand. The apartment is nicely furnished, with a modern flair and for the smaller purse. We are also giving a 20% discount in May.
Villa Anna – Holidays in the countryside and discount in May
Holidays can come true in this classic Spanish villa surrounded by a beautiful garden. Villa Anna has been modernized in the last 2 years and has all the amenities a holiday home needs. The pool can also be heated so that you can swim even in May. Having breakfast on the terrace in the morning, enjoying nature and the wonderful air of the well-known Cabo La Nao in Javea… that means relaxation and vacation. We are giving an incredible 30% discount in May.
These are our best examples of how you can save a lot of money by vacationing in May. There are other discounts that you can find here on our holiday rentals page : Discounts in May
Javea is not yet as well known as it should be for its good and varied restaurants. It often tends to be compared to her “older sister” Denia. However, there is a colorful variety of restaurants and bars in Javea. From Spanish cuisine with its tapas, paella and traditional dishes to a fusion of cultures. Mixed cuisine; German with Spanish-Mediterranean and reinterpreted classic dishes. We also don’t want to leave out our international residents and restaurateurs. Germans, Indians, Asians, Italians, French, Colombians, Mexicans… a vast ethnic variety is available. On the other hand you can also find pubs in the old town or modern restaurants on the beach. In every corner of Javea there are opportunities to eat.
International food in Jávea
Javea has been a place to vacation thanks to the “mouth to mouth” for a long time, let’s say that it has been kept as “a secret”. But this little paradise has grown due to its territorial extension in many square kilometers like almost no other place on the Costa Blanca. This beautiful place is also being chosen more and more for events, celebrations, weddings and much more. Several restaurants and event planners offer additional services for these on-site occasions. Established restaurants in Javea often offer catering services for private parties that take place in holiday homes and villas.
Every year the International Festival is held in Jávea with the representation of a large number of countries from all the continents. It is a festival of culinary character where you can enjoy a path through the different nations that participate from “A” for Germany to “V” for Venezuela. If you are on vacation in the area during these dates, it is a must to visit.
Lastly, we do not want to forget to mention our Michelin star holders in Javea. Restaurants like Bon Amb and Tula Restaurante are very much worthy of these awards.
Here you will find some recomendations of Restaurants in Javea:
La Plaza6 Ctra. del Cap de la Nau Pla, 122 03730 Xábia, Alicante 966462314 La Plaza6
Tasca la Rebotica
Carrer Sant Bartomeu, 6
03730 Xábia, Alicante
Carrer de la Mare de Déu dels Àngels, 2
03730 Xàbia, Alicante
Cala Bandida Puerto de Jávea, Muelle Pesquero, s/n
03730 Xàbia, Alicante
965791064 Cala Bandida
The beaches and Bays in Javea are well known for ist variety of small and large bays and its big sandy beach with a boulevard. Jávea, or Xábia as it is called by the locals, is situated on the most oriental spot of Spain, around the “Cabo La Nao” it is surrounded by water by more than 180º. That’s why this is an ideal spot to discover bays from the ground as well as by boat from the sea. Of course also sandy beach lovers will be happy in Jávea. The so called “El Arenal beach” in Jávea offers a sandy beach with a length of around 1,5 km and an adjacent boulevard with a large variety of bars, restaurants, nightlife and shopping opportunities.
Consecutively we will list you the most important beaches and bays in Javea/Xábia:
El Arenal Javea
La Barraca (also known as “Mar Azul” or “Portichol Beach”)
Cala Sardinera (also known as “The pirate beach Portichol”)
Caleta (also known as Cala Blanca)
El Port (Beach next to the port)
Cala del Tangó (Beach behind the port)
Cumbre del sol
El Arenal Jávea (1)
Out of all the beaches and bays in Javea the Arenal is the most popular sandy one, with a length of around 1km. This beach is very well visited, because the water is very shallow. From small children to older visitors this beach is ideal to swim, sun bathe and play. There is also a playground for children and several volleyball nets. The beach extends from the lookout point “Punta del Castell” until the other side of the “Parador de Turismo”.Directly adjacent to the beach there is the beach promenade with a lot of bars, restaurants, shops and nightlife in Jávea.The sandy beach “El Arenal” is rewarded with the blue flag every year.
Facilities and services on the Arenal beach:
Rental of sunbeds and parasol
Life-guards and Supervision
Paddleboat and canoe hire
Floating platform (only in the high season)
Cala de la Barraca beach or Portichol (2)
Secondly the beach of La Barraca consists mostly of medium-sized stones mixed with sand and rocks at the end. This beach is very popular for divers and water sports enthusiasts and was for many years a secret tip, because not that many people in the summer came to this beach.
Today, the beach is well known, also due to the original Spanish restaurant “La Barraca” that is known for its paella. Meanwhile, the well-known Bar Cala Clemence has also been established there for a few years. This is very popular for celebrating weddings. In the summer you can find a canoe rental. There are some old and restored fisherman huts where the locals spend their weekends in the summer. La Barraca is a beautiful natural beach for those who want to be a little away from the tourist hassle. There is a small island called Portichol (Portixol) which is directly opposite the beach and is of great interest for conservationists.
Common facilities and services at La Barraca beach:
Lifeguards of the Red Cross
Diving and snorkelling
Opposite of the nature environment Portichol
Two villas to rent on the beach of La Barraca – privileged place!
Casa Alicia, Javea, up to 10 people with direct access to the beach of La Barraca.
Casa Luna, Javea, up to 14 people, just behind Casa Alicia with private pool and good price.
Cala de la Granadella (3)
La Granadella is one of the southernmost bay of Javea / Xábia and consists of a mixture of stones and rocks. Due to the crystal clear water the beach or bay is very well known and popular also for divers. Many boats come here during the summer to anchor at the bay, due to the resident restaurant at this beach which is very popular. The bay is reached by a 2 km long road curve. From here, there also begins a nice walking trail to Castell de la Granadella.
Common facilities and services on the beach of La Granadella:
Blue Flag for the bay
Rental of sun loungers and parasols
Floating platform (high season only)
Diving and snorkelling
Restaurant, WC and telephone
Cala Sardinera (Pirate beach) (4)
This bay or beach consists of Middle-and large stones and is located on the north side of the Cap de la Nao and Cap Negre. This beach is only accessible by a steep path from the Cruz del Portichol. The descent is beautiful, because it leads through untouched nature. Previously, the sardine nets were designed in this bay, therefore the name. of the beach. The bay has a length of about 300 meters and it´s known for all boat lovers which anchor there during the summer months.
Properties of Cala Sardinera:
Cala Blanca (La Caleta) (5)
Cala Blanca, which means “white bay” owes its name to the white cliffs and consist of two bays called Caleta 1 and Caleta 2. A narrow path connects these. You can admire magnificent structure of eroded rocks. The small, different bays consist of stones and rocks. From the parking area there are still about 200 meters to walk on a nice path until you get to the small bay. Only a few meters before the car parking there is also an original, simple, local Spanish Restaurant, overlooking the sea, which serves local dishes.
Facilities and properties of Cala Blanca:
Stones and rocks
Beautiful rock formations
Muntanyar I (6)
Under Muntanyar I, we understand the distance between the point Parador (end of El Arenal Javea) to the port area. This section consists of rocks, which are mostly flat and partly the sea is accessible by construction ladders. On this beach you can find lots of natural Tosca stones as it is were they where mined earlier. Along the beach Muntanyar from May to October you can find the “beach bars” that are temporarily constructed bars along the coats, which is popular for the tourists as well as residents to have a drink, a bite to eat and to enjoy the view of the sea. However there are also all year round opened bars and restaurants, such as La Siesta (Beach Club) and the Montgo di Bongo.
Facilities and features of Muntanyar I:
Length of 2 km
Swimming and snorkelling
Beach bars in the season
View point Sequía de la Noria
El Port (Playa de Grava) (7)
The “Playa de Grava” translated stone beach, located south of the port of Javea, belongs to the district Aduanas del Mar. This beach is popular for residents at the port and the city centre. Next to the beach you will find the harbour promenade with its many shops, restaurants, bars, hotels and supermarkets.
Common facilities and services at La Grava El Port:
Rental of sun loungers and parasols
Restaurants and Bars
Cala del Tangó (8)
The beach and the bay Tangó or Pope is located behind the port of Javea, just below the Cabo of San Antonio. The beach has been taken away long time ago by the waves of the sea, however it is still possible to enjoy several small bays which are connected by a footbridge. You will also find the restaurant El Tango.
Properties of beach El Tango:
Stone and rock beach
Viewpoint and pier
Beach in Cumbre del sol – Cala de Moraig (9)
Finally we would like to mention Cumpre del sol even though it is not part of Javea it belongs to Benitachell. However we would like to mention this beautiful beach as it is only 10 to 15 minutes away by car from Javea and its very popular. This beach is a stone beach and thanks to the mountain it is very sheltered and surrounded by beautiful nature. It is common to many divers and water sports enthusiasts.
Common facilities and services at the beach Cala de Moraig:
Thanks to the large diversity of flora and fauna of the sea ground, diving is one of the most famous activities in the area. It is also do to the great variety of coasts along Javea and Denia and its big diversity of caves. The rocky bay and the cliffs of the Cabo de la Nao are very famous. Even Cabo de San Antonio has ideal areas for diving. These were declared marine reserve due to the large variety found on the sea ground. Within the marine reserve you may only dive with a special permit. (more…)
Rough cliffs, enchanting bays and turquoise water: there is always something to discover in Javea! So ideal and perfect for a relaxing day by the sea in Javea!
La Granadella – a perfect day by the sea in Javea
In the bay “La Granadella” you lie on smooth, white stones. The wind blows through the pine forests. The waves are rushing. The water glitters. Finally holidays! Well, the bay is no longer an insider tip since Bruce Willis shot a movie here and the Spaniards voted the beach on the Costa Blanca the most beautiful in the country. Go anyway, especially in the off-season! The location and the water are just spectacular.
The Arenal – a classic in Javea
Do you prefer action? Then on to the “Arenal”, the long sandy beach in the center, directly on the beach promenade. First a game of beach volleyball or surfing, then an ice cream or a mojito in one of the many cafés or beach bars. Later in the evening we have dinner in a restaurant with a view of the sea – and then we celebrate… The Arenal is where most of the bars, cafes and clubs in Javea are located. Everyone can find something for their taste here. Nightlife takes place here, for young and old.
Porticholl Beach – La Barraca
The beach of La Barraca was still an insider tip 5 years ago. But today Porticholl or La Barraca beach is well known for its water sports activities such as canoeing, scuba diving and snorkeling. The bay is just perfect to spend the day by the sea of Javea. The approach through the residential area of Mar Azul is interesting. This shows what Javea has to offer. Beautiful villas overlooking the sea. We therefore recommend that you ask us about these vacation spots. We have some holiday homes there for you. Down in the bay is a nice day bar with tapas, wine and coffee. A perfect destination. Many bridal couples celebrate their wedding here. Between May and October, Cala Clemence is a coveted place to party.
The Historic Center of Javea, is a beautiful place to visit. Javea is a small town on the Costa Blanca, with narrow streets and old buildings. You can spend the day walking through its streets and discovering all the little details of its town houses. It has a wide variety of restaurants with terraces, you can even go to a restaurant with a backyard, enjoy a glass of wine and delicious tapas. Or better a paella with sea views to watch the sunset? In Javea everything is possible. (more…)
The “Route of the Viewpoints of Javea” is a wonder for the five senses. Fifteen viewpoints await you to be discovered: lighthouses, windmills, stone crosses, all on the coast with vertiginous cliffs with sweeping views. You just have to lace up your shoes and go out and enjoy, many of these points have direct access to get there by car, others are perfect for going on a route. The sea, the light, the colors… As far as your feet take you, or going down to a refreshing swim in the sea.
An obligatory stop on the “Ruta de los Miradores de Xábia”, is undoubtedly the “Cabo de la Nao” and not only because it is the easternmost point of Spain. Up on its high cliffs, the view is simply amazing. The waves crash against the rocks. The clouds dance around the lighthouse. And far on the horizon, Ibiza appears. Thoughts go. This is called freedom!
Route of the Viewpoints of Javea:
Cap of San Antoni
Pointe de l´Arenal
Sequia de la Noria
Creu del Portixol
Cap de la Nau
Chateau de Granadelle
Grab a paddle board or a kayak at Javea and head off to the adventure! The Costa Blanca around Jávea is very wild and beautiful, especially when seen from the sea. There are so many corners to visit that one day is not enough to visit such wonders.
It is recommended to start early in the morning, as soon as the sun rises, this is the moment when the sea is at is calmest. Normally from midday the wind around Cabo la Nao begins to blow intensely, making kayaking difficult.
We highly reccomend you to go to one of the stone caves with a kayak at Javea. Some were created by wind and water, others were created by man, but they all have something in common; their beauty. Whoever enters is amazed. What light and what water! Cristal clear! Now all you have to do is to put on the goggles and the tube and start diving. With your head submerged under water, the world looks very different.
There are several companies in the area that do excursions, or if you have experience you can go alone, but we always recommend to check the weather and sea forecast before starting this adventure that will undoubtedly leave you with the best memories.
You can also practice other sports in this area, check our post about Diving in Jávea.