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javeamigos.com | WALKING IN JAVEA - SHORT ROUTES AND GENTLE STROLLS

javeamigos.com | WALKING IN JAVEA - SHORT ROUTES AND GENTLE STROLLS


There is something for all abilities in Jávea and you don't have to be a seasoned hiker to enjoy the beauty of the area. A gentle walk around the historic centre takes in some of the most important heritage of the town, such as the fortress church of San Bartolomé and the route of the old walls which once protected the village from marauding pirates. The beautiful valley has some hidden delights within reach of everyone, including the ancient olive tree and the old wells of the ancient cattle tracks while the flat plateau of La Plana affords some fantastic views across the region whilst taking the walker to the very bottom of the path of the ascent to the summit of Montgó.


Walking through History

La Plana - Close to Montgó

Valley of the Ancient Olive Tree

javeamigos.com | WALKING IN JAVEA - WALKING THROUGH HISTORY

With a recorded history stretching back more than seven centuries, Jávea has a vast collection of interesting and varied sights ranging from the impressive fortified church of San Bartolomé which was built in stages between the 14th and 16th centuries, the modest Capilla de Santa Anna, a small chapel built in 1502, and the elongated building of the Ruirau d'Arnauda, a more recent construction which is a prime example of a traditional raisin drying facility, an industry that was once dominant in the area. This short walk of only two and half kilometres passes through many of these historic monuments as it weaves its way along the narrow streets of the historic centre, starting and finishing at the Plaza de la Constitución where there is ample parking in the underground car-park.

javeamigos.com | WALKING IN JAVEA - LA PLANA: TOUCHING MONTGÓ

This is a pleasant little route of about four kilometres which proceeds in a large loop around La Plana de Justa, the wide plateau just below the imposing eastern flanks of the mountain of Montgó. The route is simple and fairly flat, following the wide forestry tracks in a circular route which starts and finishes at the car-park of the shooting range - Campo de Tiro San Jerónimo. The views to the south over the wide plain of Jávea are quite stunning and there is an option to walk to the beginning of the summit path to the top of Montgó from where, on a clear day, one just might make out the island of Ibiza in the far distance, a thin smudge on the horizon to the east. There are no real difficulties, no lung-busting steep ascents, just the tranquility of a natural park which has been protected the area for over 25 years.

javeamigos.com | WALKING IN JAVEA - THE MILLENNIUM OLIVE TREE

With the steep cliffs of Montgó dominating to the north, this delightful walk passes through the fields of the valley in the relative peace and quiet offered by the countryside. The route visits the ancient olive tree which is between 800 and 1000 years old, planted by the Arabs who used to dwell in the valley, and still bears three types of olive. It also passes by the 14th century chapel of Popúl which fell into disrepair during the Spanish Civil War and was renovated in the early 70s thanks to the efforts of British ex-pats who began to settle in the area. In between there is a very pleasant stroll through the 'campo', a route of about five kilometres with very little ascent and descent and on varying surfaces from narrow tracks to wide country roads.


The River Walk

Castellans - Les Valls

The Two Chapels

javeamigos.com | WALKING IN JAVEA - THE RIVER WALK

This is a nice flat circular route of just over seven kilometres which mainly follows the course of the river Gorgos from the sea to about three kilometres inland combining both urban and countryside, perfect for an extended morning stroll and perfect for dog-walking. The route is mainly on tarmac but there are one or two sections along rough track so good footwear such as trainers or even walking shoes would be recommended. During the walk the route passes various landmarks including the desalination plant and the old stone bridge. Being a circular walk, the route can be joined at any point but this description starts at the sea on the Puente de Triana at the mouth of the Gorgos and follows it in a clockwise direction. It should take about two hours to complete, allowing for stops along the way.

javeamigos.com | WALKING IN JAVEA - CASTELLANS-LES VALLS

A mixture of urbanisation and countryside, this circular walk of around six kilometres is a great option for some morning exercise and perfect for dog-walking. Bring circular it can be joined at any point but in this route description we begin in Placeta del Convent in the town, perfect for a pre-walk coffee and perhaps something stronger afterwards. Walking in an anti-clockwise direction, the route climbs steadily through the Castellans urbanisation with its narrow roads lined with sprawling villa complexes before finally breaking out into the countryside and dropping down to skirt around the Huertos. Crossing the main road the road works its way back to the town through Les Valls along the narrow Camí Vell de Gata to return to the Placeta del Convent for that refreshment.

javeamigos.com | WALKING IN JAVEA - THE TWO CHAPELS

This route combines two of the most iconic chapels in Xŕbia: the small 17th century chapel of Santa Llúcia on top of its own little hill of the same name which overlooks the town and the iconic blue-domed chapel of Calvario which houses the town's treasured image of Jesús Nazareno, of which the 250th anniversary of its arrival in Xŕbia was celebrated in 2017. The route climbs up to the top of the hill along the route commonly used for the pilgrimage every December to enjoy the stunning views in all directions before dropping down and passing through the Santa Llúcia valley for the short climb to the blue-domed chapel. The return continues along the Via de Cruces with its Stations of the Cross to pass through the large ornate stone gateway rarely seen by many but so worth a visit.

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