For a small town, Jávea certainly punches above its weight where cultural and sporting activities are concerned. September normally marks the end of the busiest part of the tourist season but this month’s events schedule reveals that Jávea is far from winding down for the autumn.

Exhibitions opening this month include a photography display by Jávea’s Photographic Group, which is inaugurated on Thursday 6th and runs to the end of the month in the Casa del Cable. Aurelia Massanet will be exhibiting her work at Ca Lambert from Friday 7th until Saturday 29th. Later in the month (from Saturday 22nd until Sunday 30th) at Al Marge Espai d’Art two artists combine to provide an interesting multimedia experience: Eloy Velázquez exhibits his sculpture, while visitors will also have the chance to view Ana Díaz’s photography.

Children will be able to let off steam and expend excess energy at the 31st Peña La Bufa Trophy School Race, which is being organised by the town’s Cycling Club and sponsored by Jávea’s Sports Council. For adults eager to improve their physical fitness, Sunday 16th is a day to be notched on the calendar, since it marks the 3rd competition in which participants aim to swim across the port in the fastest possible time.

From Sunday 2nd until Wednesday 5th Jávea’s citizens celebrate the ancient Virgin of Loreto festivities with the unusual ceremony of the running of the bulls into the sea. If you have recently moved to the town or are merely visiting, this is a wonderful opportunity to witness an authentic annual celebration.

History is also on the menu this month, and where better to start gaining a sense of the past than by exploring the town’s turbulent evolution? On the evenings of Tuesday 4th and Tuesday 11th there will be guided tours of Jávea, the first in English, the second in German, where participants will learn the backgrounds to some of the town’s leading attractions. This event is likely to prove popular, so contact the Tourist Information Centre on 965 790 736 to book your place.

On Wednesday 5th at 19:00hrs a group of actors, each of whom will represent a historical character, will take participants on a lively theatrical tour, enacting some of Jávea’s most memorable events. Again, there will be limited places on this tour, so it is advisable to contact the Tourist Information Centre in advance.

September is also the month in which Jávea holds its International Short Film Festival, starting on Thursday 13th; this year participants will include the town’s Cinema Workshop, the University of Sakarya, Turkey, the University of Zaragoza, María Carbonell Dance Studio, Valencia and Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London.The Asociación del Camino de Santiago will present diplomas to the pioneers who participated in the Camí de l’Alba (Dawn’s Way) at 11:00hrs on Saturday 15th. On the same day many of the restaurants will feature special menus. These are just some of the activities and events that will be taking place in Jávea this month; for more information about this action packed month please visit the official website at where you can download a detailed PDF file.