We’re going to bring you a range of family holiday ideas over the next few months. So whether you are planning a get away for this summer, or planning ahead for next summer, we’ll have a holiday to whet your travelling appetite. First up is the very family friendly Javea in Spain.
Family friendly Javea
Why take a family holiday to Javea, Spain? It has a great beach, with plenty to do for the children, some great Spanish food but with restaurants that have opening times to suit British families eating with children.
Restaurant recommendations in Javea:
The staff at Austriaco and Cafe Wien were fantastic with our children and despite the very unspanish name, we ate a fabulous seafood paella there. The Acqua bar steakhouse (Arenal beach) served good food and really reasonable prices. The kids menu was limited, but you could always have your children share an adult meal. As seems the way in this area, the staff were really friendly. But do be careful, don’t let children stray from the table too far, as the restaurant is on a raised part of the beach that doesn’t have a wall and there’s quite a drop down to the sea.
Things to do with children in Javea:
The beach is lovely with palm trees at the back for some much welcome shade. There are play areas dotted across the beach. Our children enjoyed swimming in the sea and loved jumping over the small waves. The working harbour is worth a visit but you need to hold hands here as the harbour walkway isn’t walled off. On the other side of the harbour is a place for rockpooling so do take some good grippy footwear. The kids spent ages finding little crabs and watching all the little fish. You can buy buckets and nets very cheaply from Arenal beach.
What else do parents need to know about Javea? There are two Mercadona supermarkets in Javea which have excellent food at a good price. You have to check out the fish counter in any Spanish supermarket – it’s a fish lover’s paradise! Mercadona stock baby milk and food but not usual UK brands. Do check their opening times and note that they don’t open Sundays so take enough nappies, milk etc if you are landing late on Saturday. They sell own brand and pampers nappies (which are called Dodots in Spain). See our pages on buying baby milk, food and nappies in Spain for more info. There is a small supermarket called Saladar which is open on a Sunday and is mainly there to cater for English tastes so it is very expensive. Javea is popular with German tourists too, so you’ll also find an Aldi and Lidl near by. Do check out the daily indoor market in Javea for the best option for local produce.
I would recommend Mercadona’s own brand suncream if you find yourself needing any as it is good and cheap. We found a bottle of nivea suncream that was for 29 euros in one of the beach front shops!
Have you been to Javea?
We’d love to hear from you if you’ve been to Javea with your family. Let us know if there are any recommendations you’d make as to where to eat, or things to do in the area.