Javea has a really lovely golf club where not only the golfers enjoy themselves. This video was taken at the pond that sits beside the club house and sports a large variety of monster multi-coloured fish and is also the home to a fun-loving bunch of painted turtles. Watch as this wee turtle gets caught up in the middle of a turtle turmoil.
The port in Javea is a great place to get your morning exercise. After the fishermen have brought their boats back in, they leave their nets out to dry. Other fishermen kick back and relax and fish from their chairs along the docks. There is always some kind of exciting action happening at the Javea port.
NEW YEARS DAY morning we went down to our coastal lookout park and the view was amazing because there was no wind making waves so the sea was like glass. Then we went down to the beach and there were a few folks with dogs having fun.
La Creu del Portixol or the Cross of Portixol is not only a Mirador or Lookout but it also marks the entrance to a hiking trail along Cape Prim. Cape Prim is a unique ecological micro-reserve park. You can see the multi-mix of marlston or mudstone and clay cliffs, which caress this coastal enclave. It also has rare indigenous plants of great ecological value, so it very important to stay on the marked paths and not to pick the plants or alter their environment in any way! On the one of the park you can see the tiny island of Portixol. On the other side of Cap Prim you get a fantastic view of El Montgo, the elephant mountain and its long adjoining trunk-like cape of San Antonio. Cape Prim can be found at the southern tip of Javea Bay and is enjoyed and it is appreciated by many visitors both locally and from all over the world.
Here in Spain are still celebrating into January 6th with the Three Kings. During this time, it is traditional to indulge yourself with a freshly baked circular cake stuffed full of delicious cream and topped with candied fruit and coconut. It is called El Roscón de Reyes (the Kings Cake) and it is a truly heavenly delight. One of the top bakeries to purchase your El Roscón de Reyes is just on the edge of the old town in Jávea and is called PASTELERÍA DIEGO. This bakery is full of amazing traditional Spanish delights. Even their Roscón de Reyes come with four different fillings including plain, vanilla or chocolate cream as well as a sweet pumpkin spread..The unique thing about these special cakes is that they come with two tiny surprises baked into their bounty. One surprise is a ceramic king who brings luck to the person who gets him in their slice. The other surprise is big lima bean and to the person who receives this prize – is obliged to pay for next year's roscón.
Restaurante La Cumbre is a like a 5 star eating establishment but without the attitude. Surrounded by incredible sea views, La Cumbre restaurant serves up a marvelous menu and fine wines. The menu of the day starts with sensational selection of tapas that are so tasty and so tantalizing that tourists often take photos of them. The main course is of your choosing - so if you like fish with peanut sauce, pork with a Roquefort sauce or the duck with a sauce of grapes and port wine, you must save room for desert. Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed an exceptional experience at an affordable price. Restaurante La Cumbre is the pride of Cumbre del Sol.
Getting your daily requirements of vitamins is never a problem when you shop at the Teulada street market every Wednesday morning. Spain is the Garden of Eden for the rest of Europe. Delicious and fresh veggies of all shapes and sizes can be purchased for incredible prices. And if you are a fruit freak, then dive right in to the sensational selection of fruit that is sure to keep you healthy and full of vitality. Still hungry? Then try some of the other food choices like cheeses, meats, olives, dried fish and candy can be found at the market as well. Spain is also famous for its domestic products so while at the market why not pick up something for yourself, or your home? How about a Spanish leather belt, bag or hat as a gift? After the market, you can just pop around the corner and visit the community center. There you can get a discount on tapas and coffee. See you at the Teulada Market!
This Spain Discount Holiday Rentals apartment is an adorable attic apartment on top of a 2 story walkup with a fun sundeck rooftop terrace facing the pool and the sea. 2 double bedrooms sleeps 4 comforably. This apartment is walking distance to the grocery store, coffee shop, hair dressers and 4 star restaurant. It is one minute to the community beach by car and 10 minutes to 4 other fantastic blue flag beaches. There is a living room / dining room with American-style kitchen and balcony, complete bathroom, a big terrace, community pool, gardens, and a community tennis club. What more do you want?
A beautiful 3 bedroom detached villa located on a new development near the old Spanish village of Benitachell. The development is new with modern infrastructure and facilities. Only completed in 2006, this villa is presented as new and is only one of four that share a 9m x 5m communal pool located to the front of the property. Entrance to the property is into a hallway which leads to an open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area. The villa benefits from a good-sized master bedroom with modern en-suite bathroom and two further double bedrooms, a shower room. There is full gas central heating via wall-mounted radiators, fitted wardrobes in all bedrooms, double-glazed windows with security glass, persianas and grills. Javea Golf Course is close by and the popular coastal resorts of Moraira, Cumbre del Sol, El Portet and Javea are only 5 km away.
Once a tiny fishing village, Moraira is now one of the most glamous yet cozy holiday spots in the world. With two beaches, a harbour, and a village packed full of fine dining, cafes, shopping and bars; it is like a super resort location. Celebrities frequent Moraira and enjoy the place the same as us normal folks. The village hosts a giant open market every Friday that sells fresh fruit and vegetables, shoes and souvenirs, leather bags and other bobbles. Moraira is marvelous!
Getting your exercise is easy when you explore the "paseo" at Las Rotas Marine Park in Denia. This walking trail takes you along a jagged coastline that is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but a snorkelers dream. Here you will find coral colonies, caves and other natural enclaves. In fact, you might want to curl up in a crack of rock and picnic or read. You might even see the coast guard zipping by in his high speed motor boat. When you return from you walk, the Las Rotas restaurant is a seafood treasure. Looking up you will see a pre-medieval Arab guard tower and as always - blue skies.
This villa is on Cumbre del Sol with seaviews and lots of space. It is a south facing vill so you can get the sun from morning till evening. There is a big fireplace too and would make the perect family Christmas rental. It belongs to a wine maker who owns a bodgea in Cariñena, Zaragoza. He also creates the delicious Cumbre del Sol wine - which is a dry red blend of grapes - perfect with all Spanish foods. You will receive a complementary bottle of this famous wine - when you select this Snowbird rental.
This 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom duplex is perched high on the side of a mountain offering the most amazing panorama sea and nature park views. This rental is owned by a yachting couple who enjoy the sea and watching the many shipping and luxury liners, as well as sailing and pleasure yachts that stream past their bird's eye balcony.
March is an exciting season in the Valencian community. To get a feel for the action you must day trip to the magnificent city of Valencia around the 17th and 18th. From the parliament buildings to the bull ring and all around the city you will be swept away in the excitement of the famous Fallas Festival. Marvelous monster sized sculptures will meet you at every corner. They are surreal and sensational works of artistry. The streets are filled with citizens costumed to reflect the past traditions of Valencia. And - in true festival tradition, there are many weird and wonderful attractions too.At two 2pm - the streets fill with people as it is time for the festival's daily fireworks competition.Once the smoke clears, the entire city is showing its colours. Men, women and children parade through the streets in emotional devotion to their Virgin Mary and Child. Over the two days they will construct a gigantic tribute statue with carnations, which are Spain's traditional flowers.
March is Fallas Festival season and you can also celebrate this event is in the port town of Denia. Here you can get up close and personal in order to get those memorable photographs and videos. The flower parade in honour of the Virgin Mary and child is a chance for the Valencianos to dress in their traditional costumes. Their carnation clad Virgin isn't as big as the one in Valencia city but just as important. The town is full of fantastic hand crafted statues that take months to create, however - come midnight these amazing creations will be burnt to the ground as though they never existed. This is called the creama and it is extremely exciting. Stand back and be amazed. You would never be allowed near a street fire like this at home.
JANUARY is still about oranges and good food and wine, but it also about taking the New Year's Day Polar Plunge to raise money for charities. It is also about the Three Kings Day celebrations and fireworks.
DECEMBER is all about Christmas, but is also about oranges. A 45 minute drive from your Snowbird rental is the midieval town of Xàtiva and all around that special place are the Valencian orange valleys, deep and thick with tasty, sweet Valencian oranges.