Exploring the Southeast of Spain: Javea & surrounding coastal towns
The southeast landscape of Spain is painted with different brush strokes than its northern counterpart. The mustard tones that fill your expansive view run all the way to the horizon, blending into an amber kaleidoscope of color when they meet at sunset.
This is the Spain people talk about. It’s the better known side of the country, and with reason. If artists and backpackers navigate through Spain to pay their life dues, they come to the Mediterranean to recompense.
A reward for a long journey forged means stereotypically beachy drinks, a sea impassioned with the warmth of the sun and R&R in its purest form. Sun-kissed hippies without a serious care in the world, except for when their next nap will be, this is the south of Spanish.
Javea is the personification of the free spiritedness one would expect from Spanish culture meeting the typical beach town.
A traveler’s voyage reflects his mind, but sometimes, the voyage itself cannot help but seep into the psyche recalibrating that lens through which we see life.
Cabo Prim & Playa de Portichol
The south, while not well known for its mountains, does have a rocky terrain with views it's famous for. A short drive from the center of Javea gave way to a peaceful hike filled with cliffs and blue water.
We saw fellow hikers taking a break for some sustenance, always saying "hello" and "see you later" when we met them along the trail. It’s a small gesture but you can feel the solidarity in it. We are all pilgrims on the same journey.
Naturally, the next step was to drive down to the sea we had just witnessed from above. The absence of sand is a hallmark of the more natural beaches in Spain whose rocky ground spreads like a warm, rough carpet beneath your feet.
Snorkelers and kids where making their way towards the bottom, coming back up with smiles and tales of beautiful underwater specimens. Others who don't dare become acquainted with what lies beneath the water's surface, where satisfied taking a swim and then having wine on the rocks. Staring up at the cliffs jutting into the sky a little bit tipsy and a lot of bit awed is a sweet kind of heaven.
Cala del Moraig
Images of Danny Boyle’s The Beach come to mind when you step into this secluded area. It’s a tiny piece of land sectioned off by a cliff reserved for the few lucky enough to know about it and willing to make the steep trek. Here, the waves are much stronger than the main tourist beaches, adults and children alike skipped into the sea jumping over the waves.
Cumbre del Sol
Have you ever been in a cloud? The desire to do so had never crossed my mind until suddenly a burst of water vapor went right through me. I realized the fog and cool breeze making its way through us were actually a clouds. nother beautiful, arid view encompassing so many moving little pieces to the entire island makes you feel just how small our existence really is.
Algas is a bar located on the water. The sounds of waves crashing meet your eardrums as they press against the cobble stoned wall that separate you and the sea. It’s a reminder of how close you are to earth’s most important element. We are ourselves mostly water, so it’s not surprising the sounds and sight lull us into peace and relaxation.
Till next time, España.
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