The weekly craft market that is being held every Saturday and Sunday morning by the sea front at the end of Avenida Jaime I in the port of Jávea, will only continue till the 16th of June. Because on Friday the 21st of June the traditional summer fair will start in the same spot (see Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/rx5uWDjHiYs or search for “Feria de Artesanía Xàbia”), opening every evening till the 2nd of September.
This is the seventh year running that Amata (the regional craft association) joins forces with the local shopkeepers to liven up the promenade along the sea front with a craft fair. A real craft fair, with real craft workers who make what they sell and hope to sell what they make. Not for nothing has Amata chosen the slogan “Artesanía de Autor®” – which means that what you see is made by the man or woman on the stall – nothing imported, nothing made by friends or from a small factory.
The stalls can vary from week to week, but you will alwayds find that every stall offers something different: leather bags, leather belts, original lamps from recycled material, rag dolls, wooden toys and puppets, jewelry from silver, copper, ceramics, macramé or recycled tins, hand painted designer clothes and even some paintings and water colours. Many of the people will be at work in their stalls so you can get them to add a name or a detail or, if you can wait a few days, let them make something specially for you.
Amata was set up in 1998 and remains true to its original philosophy, which is that only goods made by the people on the stalls can be sold on the craft fairs it organises. That is why more and more aficionados have come to appreciate this special quality – the quality of a gallery even if it is sold in the street from a stall. Several stalls come for the whole summer, others just a few weeks so as to combine a holiday at the beach with the possibility of earning a living. It’s a varied show, week by week. Never boring.
A visit to the market can be combined with a stroll to the port (with its fishing boats and fish market) and back along the promenade with its attractive bars and restaurants, shops and terraces, to enjoy the cool sea breezes and watch all the other visitors walking, jogging and cycling along. And, if you like modern architecture, you can have a look at the Virgen de Loreto church, a concrete structure shaped like a ship! You can even get to the market in the tourist train that runs every hour between the Arenal beach of Jávea and the Port: it stops right at the fair!
The market starts on Friday the 21st of June and opens every evening till the 2nd of September (except for a few days when the locals celebrate their fiestas) and opens at 7 in the evening till midnight.
For further details ring 639 979 678 (and Elvira speaks English). There is also a page in Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/feriaartesaniajavea/) where you can find any news about special activities like live music in this fair and possible changes in the opening times.
Come and see for yourself the difference with other beach fairs!