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day trips, Javea

"Oranges and Lemons"

Approximately 45 minutes north of Benidorm, you'll reach the town of Javea and citrus heaven. Spring is perhaps the best, and most special time to visit Javea as the fruit trees are in full flower and you are welcomed on your approach by the fragrance of orange blossom.

Javea coastline is made up of a number of small bays, each with its own glorious golden sandy beach. There are also many well respected restaurants and café bars in the port area. To gain the most impressive views of the coastline, however, you'll have to make the journey up to the lighthouse of the Cabo de Nao headland which thankfully is accessible by car. And for diving enthusiasts there is a wonderful cave housing two fresh water lakes right next to the Cabo.

Although the seafront has its own small infrastructure, the main town and population of Javea is actually located three kilometres inland. In years gone by the past inhabitants of Javea were forced to move inland owing to the frequent pirate attacks suffered on the coast. Here in the main town you can find the 12th century church of San Bartolome and the museum of Solar Blasco, where a replica of the "Treasures of Javea" - a collection of jewellery from past centuries - is housed.

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