La Grenadella Beach

Quiet cove of almost wild exuberance south of the coast of Jávea. Ideal for scuba diving. It is accessed via a road that runs alongside a thick Mediterranean pine forest.

La GranadellaThe Granadella is located in the southernmost area of ​​Jávea and enjoys its own history with the construction of the Granadella, a small fortification built in the 18th century, with the exterior facing lined with rough stone and which was occupied by a garrison of three men and two bronze cannons.

From this viewpoint, the gaze spills into the sea like the pine forest that starts from its plain.

The Castell de la Granadella is located on the “hill” that closes the tail of the Granadella to the southeast, at the southern end of the Jávea district preserved remains correspond or a small “horseshoe” fortification built in 1739 on a tower previous XV century. A few meters from this building, a well with a rectangular floor plan and a covered roof, which would supply water to the Castell garrison, is maintained in a fairly good state of preservation.

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Costa Blanca Crown: Valencia

Lively, warm and welcoming, Valencia is Spain’s third largest city and birthplace of its most famous dish – paella. Refreshingly non touristy, it is blessed with beautiful weather, lively nightlife, an excellent fine arts museum, and an atmospheric old town.

For a fantastic view over Valencia, head for the Miguelete – the octagonal bell tower lying atop the city’s cathedral. The cathedral itself reflects the city’s rich architectural history with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles all featured. It is claimed that the Holy Grail (Santo Caliz) – the gold cup used by Christ during the Last Supper – is housed in the cathedral’s museum. Valencia’s town hall – the ayuntamiento – lies right in the heart of the city. A palatial 18th century building, it houses two small museums and is wonderfully lit up at night. For an outstanding collection of work by Valencian impressionists such as Sorolla, Espinosa and Ribalta, don’t miss the Museo de Bellas Artes.

Situated in the Jardines del Real, the museum is one of the best in Spain and also features works by Goya, Velazquez and El Greco. The baroque palace of Marques de Dos Aguas on Calle del Poeta Querol is fronted by an impressive façade hand-carved in alabaster. The palace houses the Museu Nacional de Ceramica.

After the taxing business of sightseeing, head for the Playa de la Malvarrosa, the city’s main beach, or take a stroll in the Jardines del Real. Ideal for picnicking, the gardens are also home to a zoological park, a rose garden, and a sculpture garden. For shopping, head for the streets around Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Walk around the Barrio del Carmen, the oldest part of the city. Just west of the cathedral, it is home to countless bars, cafés and restaurants. Enjoy paella, tapas, and a jug of Sangria.

This should set you up nicely for the evening. Apart from the Barrio del Carmen, check out the Ciutat Universitaria, the Plaza de Xuquer and the beach suburbs of Malvarrosa and El Saler for a taste of what Valencia has to offer after dark.

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Key West Island T’ing Sail, Snorkel and Kayak Adventure

Key West is a spectacular tropical island in Florida USA which boasts sparkling water and a lot of fun filled opportunities for enjoyment. Tourists from all around the world visit Key West islands every year with their loved ones to explore this wonderful miracle of nature. The island offers diving, snorkeling, swimming, sailing, and key west fishing experiences along with coral reef and marine life excursions, or the dry island areas exploration. You can eat delicacies from the restaurants and cafes and indulge into an unforgettable experience in your tour.

Key West Island

Key West Island by sabianmaggy

This southernmost city is a fabulous place for planning a vacation trip and enjoying Island T’ing sail adventure. This island is located at the coastal side of Key West and is a sail away from the main area. The sail ride takes you to the glimmering clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico on a magnificent catamaran. You will get to hop in a kayak as well to enjoy a paddle ride in the mangrove rich area. The adventure includes snorkeling experience in the deep blue waters where you can check out the amazing species of fishes surrounding you and see the incredible vibrantly colored coral reefs. Do look out for sting rays, playful dolphins, manatees and sea turtles – amid these majestic marine creatures you’ll encounter a greatly exhilarating adventure which will be surely memorable and nostalgic for years to come.

The completely guided tour extends for a 6 hour excursion. The guide available at your service is highly professional and friendly with keen knowledge and interest in the life of and under the sea. He will tell you all you need to know about the trip and the activities which you can do, such as snorkeling, sailing, kayak tour etc. All equipment and gears for these activities are included in the adventure tour. Every activity spans over 1 hour. The Kayak is available for rent. For those who prefer to stay on the boat, this is a great chance to try fishing in the clear waters and try your luck in the Key West waters.

Sunset Key West

Sunset Key West by Jason

No adventure or trip is complete without refreshments and foods, of course. The catamaran is fully loaded with breakfast and buffet lunch dishes and cuisines to satiate your hunger. There are beers and wines available for those who are above 21. For kids there is a great variety of soft drinks and homemade sangria included in the menu. The lunch menu has numerous appealing dishes such as friend chicken, delicious sandwiches, steamed shrimps and mouthwatering appetizers and salads. The food is freshly prepared with the best ingredients and is finger-licking good.

The tour is available for a very reasonable rate and is certainly worth every penny you spend. The entire trip is a great source of learning and gaining knowledge. It is also a grand way to enjoy amazing water activities. Only ensure that you bring your own towel, sunglasses and sunscreens, hats and swimsuits to enjoy an uninterrupted amusement time on your adventure.

Key West Island Sunset

Key West Island Sunset by Peter Jackson

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Nightlife in Madrid, Spain

Madrileños have a tendency to not make one plan for the night however about three or 4. The result’s a loopy zigzag itinerary, with the journey itself the night’s focus. Road life reaches rush-hour proportions at 0400; arduous-core hedonists revel on till the next afternoon. Whereas the busiest nights are Friday and Saturday, with Thursday an in depth runner-up, the locals exit each night time and, miraculously, handle to work or research throughout the day. Maybe the key to countless power lies within the tapas snacks of olives and anchovies, chorizo sausages and gambas (deep-fried shrimp), Madrid’s specialities of orejas (pig’s ears), callos (tripe), mollejas (sweetbreads), snails in sizzling sauce and bull’s testicles, or it may very well be the thick scorching chocolate, accompanied with candy, fried churros downed after a protracted night time out in town. The one let-up is through the August exodus, when just a few venues keep open.


Nightlife converges in three main districts: the Chueca (Madrid’s homosexual village, additionally a stylish location for straights); Huertas (conventional Spanish music and good golf equipment and bars); and across the Plaza del Dos de Mayo within the Malasaña district (favoured by a hip younger crowd). Small streets off Gran Vía kind town’s crimson-gentle district.

The nightlife scene is diverse, with music halls, golf equipment, cafés, cocktail bars and flamenco tablaos all enjoying a task. It may be arduous to inform bars and golf equipment aside, since bars typically have a dance ground and never all golf equipment cost for entry. The place they do, Pta800-1500 is the usual admission price, which incorporates consumición (first drink). It’s customary to pay on leaving, few bars settle for bank cards. Tipping is discretionary (Pta100 will suffice).


Bars: Madrid’s bars vary from darkish, wood-panelled taverns to the fabulous Viva Madrid, Calle Manuel Fernández y Gonzáles 7, with its painted tiles of typical Madrid scenes from the 1900s. A former brothel run by gypsies, Los Gabrieles, Calle Echegaray 17, is now a good bar for a younger stylish clientele with a tiled inside that depicts Velázquez’s The Drunkards. The Garamond, on Calle de Claudio Ceollo 10, has a fort-like inside and fits a sensible older crowd. Chicote, Grand Vía 12, Madrid’s most famed bar, has preserved its Thirties inside and it’s simple to think about Hemingway reclining right here through the Civil Battle.

The very best tapas bars are clustered within the slender central streets; resembling Ventura de la Vega, the realm round Plaza de Santa Ana, and Plaza de Santa Bárbara, Cava Baja and Calle de Cuchilleros. Among the finest is La Trucha (The Trout), Calle Manuel Fernández y González three. As daybreak breaks, attempt Chocolatéria San Ginés, Pasadizo de San Ginés eleven – a mecca for decent chocolate and churros.

On line casino: On line casino Gran Madrid, carretera de la Coruna (tel: (ninety one) 859 0312), is the one formally recognised on line casino in Madrid. Situated outdoors the town, close to Torrelodones, a free bus service leaves from Plaza Espana 6. The costume code is formal, ties have to be worn.


Golf equipment: Though slightly staid in its musical style, Madrid strikes to the sound of Latin American music, world music, mainstream disco, home, hip hop and underground. Choose up AB totally free in stylish retailers in Malasaña or at DJ-run AMA Information, Calle Espíritu Santo 25, for the most recent membership information.

Most vacationers converge on the golf equipment across the Sol and Gran Vía, however it’s possible you’ll need to check out a few of the native haunts as a substitute. A typical evening would start at about 2300 at Serrano four, Calle Serrano, Independecia, Puerta de Alcalá or Sportsman, Calle Alcalá sixty five, earlier than transferring on to Fortuny, Calle Fortuney 34, Archy, Calle Marqués 27, or Monet, Calle del Padre Damián 23. There isn’t a admission cost however stylish costume is beneficial. If power continues to be forthcoming, the locals dance to techno at Pacha, Calle Barceló eleven. Gabana 1800, Calle de Velázquez 6, is one other fashionable venue for trendy 20- and 30-somethings – if the objectionable bouncer permits admission.

Dwell music: Madrid presents a large selection of flamenco, salsa, jazz, African music and music by cantautores – Spanish singer-songwriters. The Café de la Palma, Calle la Palma sixty two, is the bar of the second and a venue for singer-songwriters, flamenco and Cuban music. Followers of Cuban music ought to head for Cuando Salí de Cuba, Calle Ternera four. Reside performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday start at 2230. Moby Dick, Avenida de Brasil 5, within the Castellana district, performs reside pop and rock on weekdays and hosts DJs (reggae and rap) at weekends to a blended clientele of foreigners and locals.

For an much more eclectic alternative of music, attempt Café Populart, Calle Huertas 22, the place you may expertise every little thing from dwell jazz to swing, salsa, blues, gospel, African and reggae. There are two exhibits nightly at 2300 and 0030. The Irish Rover pub, Avenida de Brasil 7, imports Irish, people and nation music. Worldwide acts play commonly on the Café Central, Plaza del Angel 10, Madrid’s high jazz venue. Pop stars and the perfect salsa bands carry out at La Riviera, Paseo Bajo de la Virgen el Puerto s/n.

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Javea or Xabia ?

A few people have asked why the town is sometimes referred to as Javea, sometimes Xabia.

Its quite simple really, the offical spanish name is Javea and that is what is used internationally too. However, the valencia region has its own language called valenciano, which most locals speak alongside spanish. Xabia is simply Javea in valenciano. In many roadsigns and documents you will see the Xabia & Javea alongside eachother, however by law only the spanish version has to be there … which of course means that patriotic valencians will go out of their way to ensure it says Xabia and only Xabia. This is why you sometimes see official signs painted over with the valenciano version for instance.

Anyway, the town is the same – its just blessed by two languages.

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Montgo – Denia / Javea

Anyone visiting the Jávea area will have admired the elephant mountain Móntgo from a distance. Raises into the skies the bare top of Montgo is visible from anywhere in Javea valley.

The majority of Montgo is designated as a natural park and the undisturbed nature is home for a variety of rare fauna, interesting birds and other animals enjoying the peace of the mountainous terrain. Humans, tourists and residents alike have several options for taking part in the pleasures Montgo provides. There are plenty of viewing points and walking routes round the iconic mountain as well as caves to explore.

For a pleasant family picnic out in the magnificent nature of Jávea and some of the eye-catching views in all of Spain try heading up to Cabo San Antonio, the lighthouse at the end of the flat ridge of Montgo.

At the various viewing points round Cabo San Antonio there are plenty of perfect spots for picnics or chilling out with refreshments as you enjoy the unique nature and jaw-dropping panorama of the Jávea coastline and valley. The mountain top is narrow enough that you can easily nip from one side to the other to enjoy the views out over the Mediterranean as well – on clear days you can see Ibiza in the far distance.





Whilst up on Montgo you can stop for a walk round the old monastery, have some refreshing drinks at the excellent club La Hacienda or stop for a bite to eat at one of the Montgo restaurants.

Finding your way up to Montgo is quite easy. Follow the signs towards Denia up behind old town Javea, follow the narrow little mountain road and turn right when you see the signs for Cabo San Antoni. The natural park is entirely free to enjoy.

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Chocolate Festival in Xábia

Got a sweet tooth? The weekend 10th till 12th of August offers no less than the Chocolate Festival in Xábia. From 6pm till 1am every night the church square by Saint Bertolome will he heaving with chocolate fans and activities for all ages.

Stalls are in place with homemade chocolate made on the spot, theres choccy activities for kids, chocolate therapy and even a chocolate museum. What more could the heart possible desire?


You can learn about the history of cocoa, participate in chocolate workshops or have some chocolate make-up among the dozens of entertaining activities happening right in the heart of Javea old town all weekend.

Dont miss out on the delicious festivities in Javea old town. Chocolate Festival Jávea – Plaza De La Iglesia – 10-12th August – 6pm-1am

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Jávea Shopping By Night

On 8th of August when the sun has set behind Móntgo its time for Shopping By Night in Jávea.

All shops in old town of Jávea stays open for a night of shopping, entertainment and surprise till way after midnight. Apart from the opportunity to stroll around shopping by night in the lovely Spanish village atmosphere the evening features plenty of things to do with your family.


A tapas route through town with a special offer of 2euros for tapas and a drink. Take care, the old town tapas are seriously addictive and you will be exposed to all the best tapas places in Jávea doing the route through the historic village. Further there will be music in the streets and a classic motorbikes exhibition to enjoy.

Head up to Xábia old town for a pleasant evening with excellent and cheap food, a chance to try out all the little specialty stores and relax in the wonderful vibe of the narrow streets and busy squares of the historic city centre of Javea

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The Jávea Port – Tranquility And Charm

The Jávea Port – Duanes Al Mar – is a charming alternative to the buzz of the busy Arenal Beach. Tourists preferring a more tranquil and relaxing atmosphere might well take more pleasure in finding Jávea holiday accommodation on the port than near the prolific sandy beach, the Arenal.

Built around the small Jávea marina and fishermans port, the area has a natural vibrancy with boats landing their cargo of fresh fish and outdoor cafés serving delicious siesta dishes


The Javea port feature numerous small specialist shops selling health food, designer wear, second hand books and jewelery among many other things. A stroll through the narrow streets of the port resembles the diverse shopping streets in Northern Europe several decades ago.

The local Javea cinema, Cine Terraza Jayan, showing English and Spanish films most evenings throughout the year has its home on the port along with a local museum regularly featuring displays from the history of the area.


Holiday rentals on Jávea port or within walking distance are readily available. On the port itself the majority are in the form of apartments, however villas and duplex bungalows are found nearby at quite reasonable prices. The area is generally slightly lower priced than the Arenal beach but if you require luxury facilities such as British tv, aircondition or a pool you need to inquire specifically for it, as the port is less of a tourist setup.

Apart from the vacation rentals the port is home to a couple of cosy little hotels such as the seafront Hotel Miramar and Hotel Javea with the rooftop restaurant Attico.

Even if you choose a vacation break in other parts of Jávea, the port is a worthwhile visit for a peaceful night out or an excellent meal in one of the many restaurants. The main port promenade along the sea holds an overload of high standard restaurants with brilliant paellas, Italian food and many other specialties. Non surprisingly the port has a superb selection of fresh sea food restaurants as well.

Slightly withdrawn from the seafront promenade several outdoor cafés such as Bar Marcon, Area 1 and El Varadero are ready to serve impressive selections of lunches, smoothies and tapas.


A few more pictures from the Jávea port, the marina and the beach:

javea port

The Jávea marina and fishermans port is small but vibrant, set in jaw dropping surroundings at the foot of the Montgos stretch out towards Cap Sant Antoni.


The charming port promenade and the many tapas bars in the little sidestreets are popular choices for evening meals and tranquil walks by the Mediterranean.


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Days Out From Javea – Valencia Football Games

Football is much more than life and death in Spain. Football is pure passion to the vast majority of Spanish. In Jávea your vacation wont be blessed with international level football, though you do have the option of experiencing genuine lower league Spanish football by attending the home games of the local heroes Club Deportivo Jávea or upcoming rivals Mediterraneo Javea a league below.

If you fancy a real sense of Spanish football passion on a grander scale, a perfect sporty holiday treat is taking the evening off to attend one of the Valencia Cf home games.


Amunt Valencia!
… goes the cry of the fans at the huge Stadium in Central Valencia and basically is the local Valencia/Catalan word for “Up Valencia” or even “Valencia To the top”, such is my poor command of the Catalan dialect here, but nevertheless if you are here on the Costa Blanca, and fancy watching a great game of footy, only about an hour and half up the fast AP7 motorway you will find the vibrant city of Valencia.

Valencia football Club, or “F.C. Valencia” in the local lingo, is the 3rd best team in Spain, so they say, after Barcelona and Madrid, and has featured such famous international players as Antonio Puchades, Faas Wilkes, Kurt Jara, Mario Kempes and more recently players like Juan Mata, Gaizka Mendieta and David Villa.

So if you love watching a good football game then spend a day in the exiting city of Valencia and watch the team play, in fact if you time it right, they do sometimes play English premier league teams too.


Tickets For Valencia Home Games
Valencia plays their home games at La Mestella. A 55.000 capacity all seater stadium with a normally terrifying atmosphere for visiting teams. The average attendance is around 40-43.000 for league games with the big games versus Real Madrid, Barcelona etc obviously pulling the biggest crowds.

In reality the Valencias home games are never sold out and you can simply turn up and buy a ticket at the door. Do not fall for online ticket sellers claiming they have the very last tickets for this or that game at triple the normal price. Check the Valencia Cf website if you want to make sure. You might still want to buy your tickets in advance to be able to comfortably choose your seats and sections in the stadium, again just go to Ticketmaster or Valencia Cfs website.

Tickets for Valencia home games vary in price from game to game according to the opposition. Further, as is customary different parts of stadium have different prices. The lowest category seats start at around 50euros, but you may want to buy slightly better ones to get closer to the action on the pitch.

2012/2013 Valencia CF Home Games in the league
Aug 26 Valencia v Deportivo La Coruña
Sep 16 Valencia v Celta Vigo
Sep 30 Valencia v Real Zaragoza
Oct 21 Valencia v Athletic Bilbao
Nov 04 Valencia v Atlético Madrid
Nov 18 Valencia v Espanyol
Dec 02 Valencia v Real Sociedad
Dec 16 Valencia v Rayo Vallecano
Dec 22 Valencia v Getafe
Jan 13 Valencia v Sevilla FC
Jan 20 Valencia v Real Madrid
Feb 03 Valencia v Barcelona
Feb 17 Valencia v Mallorca
Mar 03 Valencia v Levante
Mar 17 Valencia v Real Betis
Apr 07 Valencia v Valladolid
Apr 21 Valencia v Málaga
May 05 Valencia v Osasuna
May 29 Valencia v Granada

On top of these games there will be plenty (hopefully) of cup games and European matches, but theyre yet to be announced. Take note that the dates announced & kick off times wont be finally confirmed till as late as 10days before the actual games.

How To Find Valencias Mestella Stadium ?
Once you arrive in Valencia, from the main train station in the centre of the city, called Estacio del norte (north station, basically) you can flag a taxi (always white cars with taxi plates), and ask to go to the Mestalla stadium, which will cost you around 20 euros.

Remember the double “l” is Spain is a “Y” sound , so you have to say “Mestaya”.

Also if you find the main city hall, called the “Ayuntimiento” or “Ajuntament”, there are buses that go directly outside the stadium, but check with the bus company before leaving.

And if you plan to make use of Valencia excellent underground (Tube trains), then you take the line 5 (green on the map) from Xativa metro, next to the main train station.

Driving in central Valencia, is NOT for the faint hearted and you would be advised to park up and get on the metro, as above.

Spanish Holidays with a spice of football
There’s nothing worse than being married to a football fan if you are not a fan of the “beautiful game” yourself! Standing on the terraces in freezing cold rain back in the UK, supporting your partner, who supports his or her favourite team is of course always a labour of love.

So when you are on holiday on the Costa Blanca, soaking up the sun, sipping cool Mojito by the pool and reading that novel you brought, which has been sat on the shelf back in the UK, the LAST thing you want to do is to hear about football!

However, if you traveling to Spain with some equally football mad mates, and just couldn’t possible go without watching a game for a couple of weeks, don’t bother about missing home, and checking the internet to try and see the latest scores, because Premier league level action is actually right here on your doorstep in Spain!

Co-writing by local Valencia Author Guy Alexander Bell

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