baby and child friendly holidays - Javea, Spain

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Boy rockpooling in Javea, SpainJavea, Spain from Clare, June 2010

Holiday Type: Beach holiday – sun, sea and sand
From: Clare

Was Javea, Spain good for children?:

Javea is a really child friendly resort on the Costa Blanca with a great beach, and a car free promenade which meant the kids could run up and down it safely. We went to some great restaurants. The resort isn't spoilt, yet most people speak some English so you shouldn't experience many language problems.

How was your accommodation in Javea?

Type: Villa
Name: Private villa booked through homelidays

How was the accommodation for the children?:

Accommodation suitability for children rating: 5 stars

We loved the accommodation, it was excellent for us.  We were 6 adults and 4 children.  The villa was well furnished and well equipped.  There was a lot of space so you could comfortably all be together in one place to relax or eat or for a moments peace, there were plenty of places to retreat to.  The pool was brilliant with a great terrace and a bar area. 

The owners have carefully considered young children and the pool is walled and gated from wandering youngsters.  The whole grounds are secure with high walls to the garden and an electric gate.  The only thing we had to watch were the stairs in the house with our 2 year old.  However, we slept on the ground floor on the same level as her and didn't experience any problems. 

Having a trampoline in the garden was excellent - it alone kept the children entertained for hours! 

Did you eat out with your children in Javea?

Eating out for children rating: 4 stars

We ate at a couple of restaurants both of which were really good.  We had lunch at Austriaco and Cafe Wien on Arenal beach.  Don't be fooled by the name they had some great spanish food - the paella was fantastic.  The staff were great with the children.

We ate one evening at the Acqua bar steakhouse (Arenal beach).  The food was really good and very reasonable.  The kids menu was limited, but they really enjoyed the food they had.  Again, the staff were really friendly.  One warning - don't let children stray from the table too far, the restaurant is near part of the beach without a wall which has a drop down to the sea.  Unlike other parts of Spain where you can't dine until 8.30 ish in the evening, these restaurants were open earlier and had plenty of diners in fro 

Are there things to do for the children in Javea?

Activities for children rating: 4 stars

We spent most of our time between the beach and the pool at our villa which the children were very happy with. The beach was great. There are palm trees at the back of the beach for shade and play areas with slides/climbing frames etc dotted across the beach.  The sea was a good temperature and the children enjoyed jumping over the small waves.

We spent a lovely morning exploring rockpools on the other side of the harbour.  Buckets and nets were really cheap to buy from the Arenal beach front shops, and the kids were really excited to catch little crabs, find shells and watch the little fish (all the crabs went back in the water of course).  You will need good grippy footwear for the kids.

There is a working harbour, but hold tight to little ones' hands there as the harbour walkway isn't walled.  There are other activities nearby like horse riding, pedal boats to hire and boat trips but we didn't feel the need to check any of these out.

Any other things you think parents should know about Javea?

There are two Mercadona supermarkets in Javea which has excellent food at a good price.  They stock baby milk and food but not usual UK brands.  They sell own brand and pampers nappies.  Mercadona is closed on Sundays.  There is a supermarket called Saladar which is open on a Sunday which caters for English tastes and so is very expensive.

If you need suncream I would recommend Mercadona's own brand as it is good and cheap.  A bottle of nivea suncream was being sold for 29 euros in one of the beach front shops! 

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