Light House: Cabo de La Nao

The most Easterly peninsular in Spain, this cliff-top light house commands insta-worthy views of sea, cliffs and sky.

A cliff top peninsular, famous for its working light house and beautiful seascapes, which on a clear day carry the eye across the Med to the island of Ibiza. A winding 15-minute drive from the Arenal beachfront will transport you into a peaceful refuge of plant dotted cliffs, whirling sea birds and big open skies. A Summertime experience not to be missed is a table on the hanging balcony of the Mirador restaurant. This is not for the fainthearted or for guests with vertigo, but if you can conquer your fears it’s one for the memory banks!

JH Loves: Visiting the point on a clear Summer’s evening to watch the sunset towards Calpe’s famous ‘Ilfach’ rock.

Faro Cabo de La Nao, Ctra. Cabo La Nao, 03730 Jávea (Restaurant Mirador Jávea, call t: 965 770 811 for opening hours).

Medieval Meandering: Jávea Old Town

Cobbled streets and honey toned buildings (thanks to the native Tosca stone), the old town is a beautiful, tranquil place with a surprisingly rich heritage. Spend the morning meandering around the narrow walking streets, looking out for the Mudejár arches and Medieval fortifications left behind by earlier civilisations. Pay a visit to the towns 15th Century church ‘Iglesia de San Bartolomé’ and neighbouring covered market ‘Mercado Municipal de Abastos’ a foodie haven of fresh local produce and ambient bar stalls. Bijou tapas bars and cafes are dotted throughout the town, making it easy to sit and contemplate the lovely surroundings of this historic centre.

JH Tip: A weekly market takes place every Thursday in the square ‘Plaza de la Constitucion’. We recommend arriving early before the market gets underway!

Mercado Municipal de Abastos, (Indoor market by the Church) Carrer Roques, 03730 Jávea, Alicante

Fiery Fiestas: Fogueres de Sant Joan

A crazy, fun-filled week of theatre, children’s event, fire jumping on ‘Nit del Focs’, effigy burning and musical fireworks!

The most anticipated week of the year in Jávea Old Town, and arguably the best fiesta to participate in during Javea’s busy fiesta calendar. For an entire week, the Old Town becomes a hub for traditional music and dancing, of outdoor theatre productions, al fresco pop-up bars and ‘fire themed’ traditions. Two enormous, and often politically themed, effigies are constructed in the main square, and are set alight on ‘Día de Sant Joan’ to a spectacular musical firework display that’s a real feast for the eyes and ears.

Top Tip: Not here for Sant Joan? Don’t worry as Jávea has a plethora of Fiestas and goings on throughout the year (see below).

Fiestas de Sant Joan, Jávea Old Town, every June, check out for more information on all local fiestas.

Fresh Produce Lovers: Jávea Market

If you fancy buying fresh produce and want to support the local community, this vibrant weekly market is the place for you.

Every Thursday, from 9am to 2pm, you are invited to peruse the market stalls in Jávea Old Town. Pick up fresh fruit and veg, dried meats, local cheese and honey, clothing, handmade leather bags and belts, jewellery and other artisan goods. Most vendors set-up shop in the main square ‘Plaza de Constitucion’ with some stalls spilling over to the lower square ‘Plaza del Convento’, so make sure to go a little further than the main square. Inexpensive, underground parking is conveniently located below the square – just follow the P sign and don’t forget to safeguard your ticket for the pay machine!

JH word of warning: It can get hot rifling through all the goodies, be sure to stop for a refreshment at one of the tapas bars dotted around the perimeter of the square.

Jávea Market, Every Thursday from 9am to 2pm in the Plaza del Constitucion, 03730 Jávea.