I'd meet up with you but unfortunately (understatement!) I am stuck in Blighty at the mo.
Interesting to see others' views and to see how different they can be. I like Javea because, IMO, it is not chic. For example, there was recently interest in development of the whole marina area of the port. Over in Denia they've done some development resulting in the creation of a new area of bars and restaurants that I would describe as chic, and I just hope it never happens here.My first impression was that Xàbia was too chic and select for me.
If I had the choice I'd live high up on those hill crests hoping for some fresh air to waft over in the evening
but would fear that property prices might be forbiddingly high.
Nice rock - Monte Mongó.
Nice guy running the Baret del Bus snackbar at the bus station
Trivial, futile stuff that won't help you a jot!
I hope you have a great time and find the home of your dreams.