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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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XABIA JAZZ 2014 OPENS WITH DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

javeamigos.com | JAVEA - XABIA JAZZ 2014

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. The documentary will be screened in the grounds of the Riurau d'Arnauda in the Parque Montaner just above the Plaza de la Constitución; attendance is free.

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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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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - LAMBERT POSTCARDS
25 Jul 2014

FUNDACIÓN CIRNE PUBLISHES COLLECTION OF POSTCARDS BY ANDRÉ LAMBERT
The town of Jávea has been giving tribute to the Lambert family this summer and the project has been enriched by contributions from the Fundación Cultural Cirne and the municipal water company AMJASA who have both presented special publications to honour the legacy of an artistic family who first arrived in Jávea in 1920 and became the first ambassadors of the architecture, customs and environment of the town. The Fundación Cirne has published a package of ten postcards of drawings by André Lambert, a renowned architect whose illustrations a prime example of early 20th century Jávea.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - CHIRINGUITO SURVEY 2014
24 Jul 2014

CHIRINGUITO SURVEY 2014 - OUR ANNUAL REVIEW OF SUMMER BEACH BARS
Back for the fifth edition, it's the review that serves to divide opinion like no other - the javeamigos.com Chiringuito Survey! Each year a different beach bar has come out on top as our favourite place to spend some time relaxing in front of the Mediterranean. As before, our aim has been to find our favorite chiringuito for the summer. We're not looking for the most popular or the trendiest, current in-vogue place to have a drink or two or indeed the cheapest although cost is taken into consideration. What we have been looking for is the beach bar that made us think "I really don't want to leave this place!" - essentially the venue that really made us feel comfortable and want to while away a few hours by the sea.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - MUSICA A L'ESTIU 23 Jul 2014

SUMMER EVENINGS ENLIVENED BY CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Every July, dozens of young people from around the world come to Jávea to perfect their musical technique with the help of prestigious teachers. Celebrating its 29th year, the MÚSICA A L'ESTIU initiative offers specialist summer courses old Spanish woodwind instruments under the direction of Thomas Indermühle with assistance from Vicens Prats, José Luis Estellés, Dutchman Will Sanders and David Tomás Realp. Since Monday, 61 students from countries such as South Korea, China, Russia, Venezuela, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain, have been attending sessions at the Music Conservatory of Jávea, getting tips and guidance on techniques from the soloists.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - BEFORE I DIE 22 Jul 2014

BLACKBOARD INVITES PEOPLE TO EXPRESS THEIR WISHES AND DREAMS
In 2011, artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighbourhood in New Orleans into a huge backboard and stenciled it with the sentence "Before I die I want to ___________". By the following day the wall was entirely filled out with the wishes of people in the neighbourhood - Before I die I want to --- sing for millions, straddle the International Date Line, live off the grid, abandon all securities, be completely myself. Three years later and there are more 500 walls in over 65 countries and over 30 different languages - and now Jávea will be offering the opportunity to ponder life's ultimate question.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - LIVING CHESS 16 Jul 2014 

LIVING CHESS EVENT WILL BE PLAYED OUT TO THE RHYTHM OF ROCK 'N' ROLL
The special event of 'Ajedrez Viviente de Xàbia' - the 'Living Chess of Jávea' -  has been described as a "plot developed by the means of a play staged as a chess game featuring schoolchildren" and since 2002 it has been considered a 'Fiesta de Interés Turístico Nacional' - a 'Festival of National Tourist Interest' - which is an honourary distinction afforded to events help in Spain that offer something special from the perspective of tourism. This year on Saturday 26th July at 10.30pm on the harbour esplanade, the event celebrates its 18th edition and will be marking its coming of age with rock and roll.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - RECYCLED CLOTHING 15 Jul 2014

42 TONS OF RECYCLABLE CLOTHING COLLECTED IN JAVEA
The non-government organisation (NGO) 'Humana Fundación Pueblo para Pueblo' has been working since 1987 to promote environmental protection and initiate co-operation programmes in Africa, Latin America and Asia as well as Social Assistance in Spain, thanks to the resources obtained through the management of used clothing. In the first half of this year, Humana collected 41,932 kilograms - almost 42 metric tons - from the special containers in Jávea. Selective collection is an effective tool for waste management and the proof is in the fact that the recycling of used clothing and footwear collected from authorized recycling points has reduced CO2 emissions into atmosphere by some 133 tons.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - MOORS & CHRISTIANS 2014 13 Jul 2014
 
 

MOORS & CHRISTIANS 2014 KICKS OFF WITH FORMAL PRESENTATION
As the temperatures continue to climb, the streets of the port area of Jávea have been filled with colour and noise as the annual Moors & Christians fiesta kicks off another year of festivities honouring San Jaime - Santiago Matamoros · Saint James the Moorslayer. Each of the dozen 'filaes' were introduced to the audience of family, friends, curious onlookers and bemused tourists, represented by their standard-bearers and colleagues dressed in costume. César Rodríguez Macho of the Christian Filà Contrabandistes took his place as 'capitanía', replacing Pedro Buigues Morató of the Moor Filà Almoriscos, accompanied by the standard-bearers Pilar Sig Raya (Abanderada Mora 2014) of Filà al-Tarik's and Ana Segarra Sapena (Abanderada Cristiana 2014) of Filà Ballesters.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - WORK BRIGADES12 Jul 2014

FOREST BRIGADES WORKING TO CLEAR AREAS SUCH AS GRANADELLA
For the second year, the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia has launched a summer social work programme to provide temporary jobs, not only in a bid to combat unemployment in the municipality, but also to meet the needs for fire prevention and maintenance of the town's forest environment. Since July 1st, three teams with a total of 15 people have been working in the increasing heat to clear zones in Granadella, Tarraula and Parque Pinosol as well as streets such as Carrer del Pic Tort, Calle Cuesta de San Antonio and Cami Monasteri de la Plana.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - SEVERE DROUGHT
11 Jul 2014

LA MARINA ALTA ON RED ALERT FOR SEVERE DROUGHT
La Marina Alta has achieved red alert status, the highest level of emergency in case of drought. The Confederación Hidrográfica del Júcar (CHJ) rates levels of drought from 0 to 1 and has determined that our region rates 0.0, the worst possible rating based on water reserves and comparison with other systems of the CHJ. The lack of rainfall in the Marina Alta has seen water reserves at an all-time low with only the Alacantí-Vinalopó region seeing similar conditions to receive the same rating. Since our region has no reservoirs, the data has been derived the delicate state of most of the wells which supply the municipalities of the region.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - SOCCER CAMP 10 Jul 2014

PIONEERING SOCCER CAMP RECORDS ANOTHER SUCCESS
Seventy youngsters attended the eleventh edition of the Penya La Marina de Xàbia Soccer Camp, taking advantage of the sport facilities in the town. The kids enjoyed individual and team tactical training on the municipal football pitch, talks and workshops, and visits from professional players and officials. The opening ceremony took place on Sunday 29th June at the Pabellón Municipal Miguel Buigues with José Buigues, president of the Penya La Marina, explaining to the parents of the children attending all the activities that were to take place during the week-long soccer camp.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - SOCIAL MEDIA
08 Jul 2014 

TOURISM JAVEA DOUBLES SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS THROUGH #XABIA 365 INITIATIVE
Councillor Antonio Miragall (Tourism) has taken stock of the impact generated in 15 days by the 'funtrip' initiative organised by his department and aimed at people who advise or recommend holidays in social networks. Miragall explained that in Twitter the hashtag #Xabia365 has been used by 450 users and has increased through the network to record some 32 million hits. Some 400,000 people have been reached on the Facebook platform and, in other applications, more than 6,000 photographs have been uploaded.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - PIANO COMPETITION
07 Jul 2014

ALMOST 50 YOUNG PIANISTS IN SECOND INTERNATIONAL PIANO CONCERT
Almost 50 young pianists from across the world participated in the second edition of the International Piano Competition 'Villa de Xàbia' which took place last weekend. Twelve-year-old Pascual Safont Melchor triumphed in the Infantil category whilst Phillipe Lynov came first in the Juvenil. Russian pianist Alexander Zinin topped the pile in the Senior Category. The contest, which has attracted several major sponsors this year, was held in the auditorium of the Conservatori Professional de Xàbia, just off the Plaza de la Constitución, which was perfectly set up for the occasion with the installation of a Blüchner grand piano in excellent condition loaned from Piano Importa of Xàtiva.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - SHOPPING NIGHT
05 Jul 2014

ALL INVITED TO THE FIRST "SHOPPING NIGHT" OF THE SUMMER
Details have been announced for two special 'Shopping Nights' which have been scheduled for the summer, organised by the Xàbia Histórica business association. The two evenings, which will take place throughout the historic centre of Jávea, offers shopping until midnight in the many shops in the quarter as well as some fantastic dining and live entertainment in the streets. Councillor Juan Luis Cardona (Economic Development) said that since its inception two years ago, the 'Shopping Night' experience has been a successful formula, filling the streets of the historic centre with a great, friendly atmosphere.
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javeamigos.com | JAVEA - MILAGROS LAMBERT
05 Jul 2014 

THE LIFE AND ART OF MILAGROS LAMBERT
On Friday 11 July, well known art promoter Isabel Bilbao will present an illustrated talk on the life and works of Milagros Lambert to compliment the exhibition 'Xabia and the Lambert family' which is being presented in five exhibition sites across Jávea from Wednesday 9th July until Sunday 21st September 2014. Isabel Bilbao says that, through this talk, she wants to "leave a lasting memory of this extraordinary woman" whose life and work has captured her imagination.
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