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Javea is located in the Spanish Alicante region on the Costa Blanca. With its white beaches and gentle Mediterranean breezes (this sounds a lot like a tourist brochure but it´s true!) it´s easy to see why Javea is referred to as “the jewel in the crown of the Costa Blanca”. As well as that tasty little title, Jave is also called the Dawn of Spain (Amanacer de Espana). It´s three headlands are the first place to catch the sun in Spain each morning. Worth a look if you´re an early riser or a late partygoer.
Javea is halfway between Valencia and Alicante airports. If you use the toll roads (these are motorways) it will take you about an hour to reach either one of these. Allow just under two hours if you take the longer routes.
Javea has been popular with English-speaking expats since the 1970s and is now home to roughly 13,000 UK and US emigres. This means that there are a decent number of business and personal networks for newcomers to join, and the huge tourist populations in summer keep Javea well-equipped with English-speaking facilities: Not just tourist offices and other handy services, but also doctors, dentists, electricians and so on.
As well as the public and private Spanish schools, Javea has an international school that offers the British curriculum to its students. The Lady Elizabeth School (http://www.theladyelizabethschool.com/) is coed, non-boarding and caters for kids from three to eighteen years old. It´s well located in Casco San Juan, right near the town centre of Javea.
If you move to Javea, no matter what your environmental principles: Get a car. Public transport is basically non-existent and if you are not spending all of your time in the town or on the beach (both of these being easily navigable on foot), you will need access to private transport. It would be great if Spain had a German-style network of trains, buses and metros but the fact is that it just doesn´t. There´s no point moaning about it, as so many do, just accept that fact that you will need wheels (motorscooters are a great option if you are daring enough) and get on with arranging them.
For expats who relocate to idyllic seaside towns like Javea, it is easy to become a little resentful of the tourists who spoil your peace and quiet in summer. This is a mistake that many of us have made – and it really is a mistake. Apart from wasting your summer on feeling disgruntled, you may also be resenting your next neighbour: Enough tourists end up becoming expats that it is your best interests to remember your manners. Also, the tourist dollar keeps towns like Javea alive, so try not to be too dismissive when you see bewildered tourists making the same mistakes you once did.
Prices vary greatly in Javea, but the best examples to give you an idea of the range are a three bedroom apartment with a communal swimming pool for 200,000 Euro or a two bedroom villa (detached house) with its own pool on a normal sized suburban block for 325,000 Euro. For renting, most three bedroom apartments are rented out from around 750 euros per month.
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