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Welcome to JAVEAMIGOS.COM, the online guide sharing a passion for Javea. Created and maintained through experience, a love for the town of Javea and its people and a desire to get to know them better, JAVEAMIGOS.COM is an online guide with a difference through which we hope to encourage residents and visitors alike to enjoy Javea's many delights and to help unlock some of its secrets. Within these pages, you will find the popular 'ALL THE FUN OF THE FIESTA', our unique rough guide to the fiesta calendar in Javea which describes what happens, why it happens and how to get involved. Our 'EATING AND DRINKING IN JAVEA' guide to bars and restaurants in Javea is a growing database of the many drinking and dining venues in town whilst the 'WALKING IN JAVEA' section shows how you can work off those calories by enjoying Javea's stunning natural beauty. If you're coming to Javea to visit, take a look at our special 'JAVEA HOLIDAY GUIDE' which will help you get the best out of your stay in our wonderful town. And if you're coming to Javea to stay, check out our special guide 'CUTTING THE RED TAPE' through which we aim to make the notorious Spanish bureaucracy just a little easier to bear. For sports fans, the 'SPORT IN JAVEA' section highlights what's available, including the town's very own semi-professional football club, CD Javea. And finally, whether you're living or visiting Javea, our extensive 'WHAT'S ON IN JAVEA' guide will help you find some of the best entertainment in town.


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FIESTAS OF LORETO DE XÀBIA OPEN THIS WEEKEND WITH PRESENTATION

javeamigos.com | JAVEA - PORT FIESTA

The popular celebrations of 'Mare de Déu del Loreto', commonly known as the "port fiesta", kick off this weekend with the presentation of the 'mayorales', the main protagonists of the 2014 celebrations. The evening kicks off some two weeks of activities which includes community dinners, float parades, live music and dancing, sports events such as cycling and Valencian pilota, the spectacular 'correfocs' and the final night fireworks (subject to permission) and, of course, the popular 'bous al mar' along the water's edge. We have a full programme of events for the 2014 edition as well as a rough guide to what, how and why.

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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - ISVH BOMBEROS
14 Aug 2014

BALCÓN AL MAR FIREFIGHTERS NEED NEW VOLUNTEERS
The volunteer firefighting unit 'Bomberos de Balcón al Mar de Xàbia' has become operational again after a recent reorganisation. The unit, now headed by Sören Meilick, is now looking to recruit and train new volunteers to bring it back up to full complement to provide firefighting support in the Balcón al Mar zone and across the municipality. Experienced firefighter Sören Mielek was announced as the new commandant and the unit has been reorganised to be available to fight fires in the Balcón al Mar zone during the period of highest risk. However, the unit is also looking for more volunteers who would be interested in joining them.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - RAFA ANDARIAS
14 Aug 2014

RAFA ANDARIAS VISITS MAYOR BEFORE HEADING TO CANADA
Sailor Rafa Andarias popped into the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia this week to meet with mayor José Chulvi before his departure with the Spanish national team to Halifax in Canada for the IFDS World Championships which take place between the 19th and 24th August. Andarias forms part of the four-person team that will represent Spain in the individual class 2.4mR. Among its sponsors are the municipal water company AMJASA.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - PORT FIESTA FIREWORKS 13 Aug 2014

LORETA FIESTAS ANNOUNCED PENDING FIREWORK AUTHORIZATION
The organising committee of the Fiestas Mare de Déu del Loreto - commonly known as the port fiestas - has published its official programme for the 2014 celebration, a book of more than 100 pages of cultural content which as always includes a historical account of life in the port and in Jávea in general. The book's cover is illustrated with a photograph of the iconic firework display that brings the two week festivities to an end. This image was chosen many months ago but it has now become a symbol of the struggle for survival of this popular aquatic pyrotechnical show which has closed the fiestas for more than 40 years.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - PARQUE PINOSOL 11 Aug 2014

PINOSOL PARK IMPROVEMENTS FUNDED BY ALICANTE
The Ayuntamiento de Xàbia held a special council meeting last week to approve two draft projects, one of which is to improve the Parque de Pinosol, one of the most popular open spaces in Jávea, including the renovation and expansion of the children's playground. The expansion has been requested by the Consell del Xiquets, the municipal children's council which allow the younger members of the community to participate in the development of their town.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - BASKETBALL 08 Aug 2014 

WORLD CUP BASKETBALL TOUR VISITS JAVEA
The Federación Española de Baloncesta - the Spanish Basketball Federation - and one of the main sponsors of the forthcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup which is being hosted by Spain have launched a special campaign called "Tour Ciudadano 0'0" which is a tour of some 5,200 kilometres around the country along which a basketball will be thrown by volunteers in a symbolic action much like the Olympic torch that is carried around the host country before the Games. The intention is to convey the passion for basketball, the sport and healthy living as well as promotion the World Championships. Jávea is one of the municipalities that has been chosen to form part of the tour which will arrive in town this Sunday 10th August.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - MARINA ALTA DESERT 07 Aug 2014

LA MARINA ALTA NOW ONE OF THE DRIEST ZONES ON THE PLANET
The continuing drought in the Marina Alta is a serious cause for concern as rainfall has all but deserted the region in the past twelve month. Now, a study from the Laboratory of Climatology at the University of Alicante has found that the region has become one of the driest populated areas on the planet with just 104 litres per square metre of rainfall in the past year, 16 less than the Sahel region of Africa which is renowned for its regular droughts. In recent months, almost no rain has fallen from the sky and the region beginning to experience a desert climate.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - FIREWORKS 06 Aug 2014 

MINISTRY PROHIBITS FIREWORK DISPLAY ON THE HARBOUR WALLS
With just over a fortnight to go until the start of the fiestas of Maré de Deu de Loreto - aka the port fiesta - the Ayuntamiento and the Comisión de Nuestra Señora del Loreto are trying to find a solution to avoid the cancellation of the iconic firework display which brings the festivities to an end on September 8th after the Ministry of Infrastructure refused permission for the use of the outer harbour wall due to safety concerns. Permission has been refused for the use of the harbour wall for the launching of pirotechnics based on a 2014 contingency plan which prohibits such activity within 500 metres of a green zone. In this case, the end of the outer harbour wall normally used for the display is 460 metres from the slopes of the Capo de San Antonio.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - OCCUPANCY RATES04 Aug 2014

TOURIST OCCUPANCY RATES FOR JULY UP 3% ON 2013
Tourist occupancy rates during July were slightly up against the same month in 2013, reports the Department of Tourism. Councillor Antonio Miragall, who heads up the department, said that the figures confirmed a sustained growth in the sector in the municipality. The month closed the month with a 76.33% recorded occupancy of registered accomodation, slightly up on 2013 which saw a 73% rate. In the campsites, a figure of 58.6% was recorded (2013: 57.6%) and holiday rentals also increased from 77% in July 2013 to 80% this year.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - NEWPOLICE OFFICE
01 Aug 2014

NEW FOREIGN TOURIST ASSISTANCE OFFICE OPENS IN THE PORT AREA
As reported at the end of last month, the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia has opened a new office called the 'Servicio de Atención al Turista Extranjero (SATE)' - essentially a Foreign Tourist Assistance Office - which will respond more effectively to foreign visitors to Jávea who have been unfortunate enough to have suffered a crime and may be concerned about language problems when reporting the incident. This special office will advise on how to file a statement, how to cancel credit cards and documentation, how to contact embassies and consulates as well as how to communicate with their families.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - MOLINOS 01 Aug 2014

WINDMILL NUMBER TWO WILL BE RENOVATED AFTER AGREEMENT SIGNED
The Ayuntamiento de Xàbia has signed an agreement for renovation work to number two of the windmills that sit on La Plana de San Jerónimo, one of the iconic features of Jávea. The document contains official permission to start consolidation work and restructuring of the walls of this traditional building that was used to harness wind energy for agricultural use. The contractor, a Valencian specialist company called Contrafforte Restauro, plans to start work late next week. The project, prepared by town hall specialists, will be funded entirely by the Generalitat Valenciana. The work was put out to tender by the Ayuntamiento itself with a base price of 39,995 euros and was finally awarded to Contrafforte Restauro for 27,776 euros.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - FUNDING AGREEMENTS
30 Jul 2014 

TOWN HALL RENEWS FUNDING AGREEMENTS WITH LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS
Mayor José Chulvi has signed cooperation agreements with several social, economic, education, sports and cultural organisations in Jávea. The APASA dog shelter has received a sizeable sum to help with its work whilst business associations have received some 47,000 euros to assist with its programmes to promote their businesses. Parents associations of various schools across the town have also received financial assistance to help fund their extracurricular activities whilst the tennis club can count on suitable funding to assist with its children's academy.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - XABIA JAZZ 2014
29 Jul 2014

OVER 20 SWING DANCERS WILL ENTERTAIN FOR XABIA JAZZ 2014
The opening performance of this year's Xàbia Jazz international festival which will be by the young musicians of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band has generated great excitement in the area. The talented youngsters will be offering a lively repertoire which will review different styles of Dixieland, New Orleans, Swing, Big Band, Bebop, Funky and Vocal Jazz. And now a group of dancers from Alicante and Valencia who specialise in swing and lindy hop have offered their services for this extraordinary performance.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - ISVH BOMBEROS
29 Jul 2014

REORGANISATION OF THE ISVH BOMBEROS BALCÓN AL MAR
The ISVH Bomberos Voluntarios de Balcón al Mar is to recruit and train new volunteer fire-fighters as part of its reorganisation after a combination of events has seen the size of their trained crew fall by about 50% of their normal numbers. With a new Commandant at the helm, the volunteer fire-fighting unit will be back in business to fight fires in the Balcón al Mar area of Jávea and, indeed, beyond.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - XABIA JAZZ 2014
28 Jul 2014 

XABIA JAZZ 2014 OPENS WITH DOCUMENTARY SCREENING IN RIURAU
The 2014 edition of the Xàbia Jazz international festival takes place this weekend and this year's event is not only about the music but also includes a special screening of a documentary about the opening act of the festival, the Sant Andreu Jazz Band, on Friday 1st August. The film by Ramon Tort called "Kids and Music" chronicles the work of the music school of Joan Chamorro in the Sant Andreu district of Barcelona and the development of the youngest jazz band in Europe which will be performing in the Xàbia Jazz festival the following evening on Saturday 2nd August. .
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - AJEDREZ VIVIENTE
28 Jul 2014

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR THE LIVING CHESS EVENT
On the night of Saturday 26th July, the eighteenth edition of the 'Ajedrez Viviente de Xàbia' was staged on the esplanade in the port of Xàbia, a special event organised by the committee of the 'Fiestas Mare de Déu de Loreto' (commonly known as the 'port fiesta') with the collaboration of the Ayuntamiento and the Provincial Council of Alicante and has been, since 2002, listed as a 'Fiesta Interés de Túristico Nacional'. A giant chessboard measuring 10 metres by 10 metres served as the centre stage surrounded on each side by temporary stands which sat almost 1,000 spectators. For 2014, the theme against which the living chess game was played out was the history of rock and roll from its roots with the slaves of the Americas through Elvis Presley and to the rock of the 70s and beyond.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - NEW TOURIST SUPPORT OFFICE
25 Jul 2014 

JAVEA OPENS CRIME SUPPORT OFFICE FOR TOURISTS
Tourists who are unfortunate enough to suffer a crime in Jávea will now be able to call on the support of a new office called 'Servicio de Atención al Turista Extranjero (SATE)' - Foreign Tourist Services - which will be the first of its kind in the Marina Alta region. Mayor José Chulvi and Francisco Martínez, the Secretary of State of Security, signed a collaboration agreement in the regional government offices in Alicante for the immediate start of the facility . The signing was also attended by councillor Juan Ortolá (Public Safety), Chief Police Inspector José Antonio Monfort of the Policía Local de Xàbia and Lieutenant Javier Soliveres of the Guardia Civil de Xàbia.
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