WHETHER it is Jávea (Castellano) or Xàbia (Valenciano), the welcome will be just the same in this delightful Spanish port resort on the Mediterranean.

I hope this selection of photos of Jávea will give you some idea of the stunning beauty of the natural environment of this most picturesque town of the northern Costa Blanca, the character and humour of its people, and the diversity of everyday life throughout a glorious year - both traditional and modern.

Away from the coast the people that we meet in the quiet streets and alleyways of the sleepy villages in the mountains welcome the stranger with a friendly Hola, a welcome as warm as the heat that has been stored in the ancient stone walls for centuries.

I am sure you will return!