Whatever your preferred running surface, the lively town of Jávea has got somewhere just for you. The seafront promenade, quiet streets, rugged mountain paths, sandy and shingle beaches are all popular with amblers, speed walkers, joggers and runners at any level of fitness and expertise.
In fact, Jávea is now so renowned for its running locations that it is fast becoming a specialist runner’s destination. Companies such as Run in the Sun offer warm weather fitness break weekends, trail running, endurance training and marathon preparation to runners of all standards from novice to expert, although most of their clientele are training for the London, Paris or Berlin marathons. If that doesn’t speak volumes for the quality of running locations in Jávea, we’re not sure what will.
In order to celebrate the Jávea Folk Festival’s second decade, this year’s concert schedule is larger and more ambitious than ever, so new measures have been taken to protect both participants and audiences from the possibility of inclement weather. Empar Bolufer stated that a large marquee will be erected in the Plaza de la Constitución that – if necessary – could be used at short notice to offer shelter during performances. The mayor has agreed that the cost of this provision should be shared with the local Cofradía de Jesús Nazareno who have a proud history of contributing to Jávea’s rich cultural life.
In the year that it officially turns 400, Jávea will be marking the fact with a summer agenda full of lively festivities and celebrations. The pretty town that occupies a fertile valley inland from a beautiful broad bay on Spain’s east coast was proclaimed a ‘royal town’ by King Felipe III on the 2nd of July 1612. Now, exactly four centuries later, it has grown into a modern community that embraces its rich past whilst looking confidently to the future. To celebrate such a landmark date, the Town Hall created a special committee with the purpose of planning a series of commemorative events that will effectively be spread across a large part of the year. The festivities will be opened with a special concert at which ‘The colour of the waves’, a piece especially composed for the event by José Miguel Fayos Jordá and inspired by the paintings of Joaquín Sorolla, will receive its debut performance.
Though created as a fold mountain some 70 million years ago, the Montgó Mountain will this month be celebrating a more precise birthday, namely the 25th anniversary of the founding the Montgó Nature Reserve. Measuring 2150 hectares, the reserve protects an area that contains a vitally important floral habitat unique to this region, with over 650 species in all, many ranking as rare relics of aboriginal Mediterranean vegetation.
At the heart of the Costa Blanca, in Alicante, is the small coastal town of Calpe with approximately 25,000 inhabitants. This town has many attractions: a yacht club, sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and a picturesque fishing harbour. However, without a doubt, the most appealing attraction is its breathtaking rocky peninsula located on the Mediterranean coastline facing the Balearic Islands. Connected to land by an isthmus, the Ifach Rock or Peñón de Ifach in Castilian, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Natural Park.
Club Náutica Jávea has released details of the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy Match Race, a major international sailing regatta. The regatta is set to take place along Jávea’s coast from Wednesday 28th March to Sunday 1st April, starting at 11am each day. World-renowned sailors such as Björn Hansen and Keith Swinton will be in Jávea to participate in the five-day event.
On Sunday February 5th and Monday February 6th the Sete Segell Film Club will show the 2011 film, The Power of Women, a collaboration between Belgian, Italian and French investors. Sunday February 12th and Monday 13th features the American film, Drive, while Sunday 19th and Monday 20th is devoted to Le Havre, a French film first released in 2011. February’s final showings will be screened on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th with the 2011 German film, Almanya-Wilkommen in Deutschland, which focuses on the experience of Turkish immigrants in the 1960s.
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