Explore and Learn About the History of JÁVEA 
by visiting its most exciting and unique monuments and museum 
with Spanish Fine Arts & Architecture Historian / Educator, Karla Darocas, Hons. B. A. 

MEETING PLACE: Central Indoor Market * The Cafe shop La Paraeta at the Calle San Marco door. Beside Carniceria Mutt
 - Come early for your coffee.


TIMES: 10:30 - 13:00 finish times depends on bathroom breaks :)

FEE 10 euros: includes LECTURE & WALKING ROUTE / MAP, in case you get lost or separated from group

MAX. 5 students per group MAX

END OF WALK: Get a beverage and Q & A time...
NOTE: If you enjoy ancient artifacts then you can head back to the museum after the lecture.

PARKING in the Municipal Parking Lots...



  • This is a "walking" lecture in the old town of Xàbia  / Jávea exploring the eras from the 14th - 20th centuries
  • Examine both civic and sacred architecture in its historical context / family association.
  • Examine the monuments
  • Examine the exterior / interior of the Church of San Bartolomé including the architecture, altars, chapel, polychomes, and artworks
  • Visit the museum and examine the rural traditions memorialised by impressionist artworks by the late Solar Blasco (founder of museum)

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"The walk opened my eyes to look in depth at many buildings I walk past all the time. The talk was absolutely fascinating and highly detailed. Karla communicates in a friendly and accessible manner; answering questions in an enthusiastic way that demonstrates her depth of knowledge and willingness to share her knowledge and encourage interest to those with her. Karla's teaching method is friendly and easy to understand. I recommend her lectures and walks."

***** Nicky Clark - Javea

"I learned about the history of the major buildings in the old town. I have been on similar walks in the past but I felt this was more informative and spontaneous. I like the way Karla uses modern phrases that are succinct with their meaning. I would certainly recommend her teaching."

***** Wendy Loxley, Javea

"I have lived in Javea for many years but did not know much about the history of the town. Karla brought the past to life and linked the history to art and architecture of the times. I will now revisit the places we visited during the walk, particularly the museum, to learn even more. Karla is really good at explaining history and making it interesting."

Thank you Karla,
***** Karen Stephens, Javea

"We had a very enjoyable morning with Karla wandering the streets of the pueblo that we have walked many times before, but this time with fresh eyes and ears. We learnt so much on our walk, about Valencian Gothic, including Isabelline architecture. We also learnt about the three great periods of prosperity in Javea. Each period contributing to the architecture that surrounds us in Javea, the reason why Javea is considered to be an architectural gem.. the use of tosca stone, unique to this area.... and why a raisin or pasa , became known as a sultana!

We love Karla’s art lectures and now we love the walks as well. Karla has an inimitable teaching style that raises smiles at the same time as educating. I would definitely recommend her teachings. "

***** Gladys and Ian Cummings

"I learned a lot about architecture in the Old Town of Jávea. I have lived here now for 13 years and have discovered a lot of treasures over time, however, Karla's tour opened my eyes even more to historical details and the beautiful architecture (e.g. the church, the market hall, and the numerous mansions and palaces with an inner courtyards). What a 'rich' place we live in. I appreciate Karla's huge knowledge about art and architecture as well as her ability to draw attention to details. I absolutely recommend her teaching."

 Karla - thank you for this wonderful tour!

 ***** Angelika Goette, Jávea

"Being new to the area, Karla is opening up a whole new culture for me. I feel I'll be "more at home", more comfortable with my Spanish surroundings. She's so natural with her knowledge. She's a pleasure to listen to. I definitely recommend her"

*****  Josette Jouas, Denia

"I learned many interesting facts about the life of Javea - the importance of raisins etc in the wealth of this town. The difference between palaces & mansions, use of tosca, Franco’s memorial & more. Karla's style of teaching is knowledgeable & enthusiastic. I would recommend it"

***** Jo Connell, Moraira

"I learned about the origins of the building that is now the covered market and more about the 'Franco' memorial and the Bolufer and Arnauda mansions plus loads more. I had always wondered why the churches in American cowboy films looked like those in our small Spanish village and now I know why! Karla has a relaxed approach to her teaching with plenty of interesting facts. I definitely recommend her classes."

*****  James Ward in Javea


Valencia is full of architectural treasures around every corner. This abundance of unique manifestations and artifacts of humanity has made Valencia the 2nd most important city in Spain. 

Valencia has been a very special place since the time of the Romans. It really comes into its own with the wealth of traders, nobles and royalty in the medieval era.  The marvelous comes to life in facades and interiors of churches, convents, monasteries and secular buildings and palaces.  


LECTURE OVERVIEW : Valencia's Fine Arts Collection - the most important in Spain.

- the architecture of the museum building, portal and dome
- the most important Renaissance courtyard of the 16th century, owned by ambassador Vich and preserved at the museum. 
- Valencian Gothic alters and polychromes - magnificent collection
- The most prestigious Valencian master artists such as Vicente López, Juan de Joanes, Jacomart, Joan de Joanes, Francisco and Juan Ribalta, Jerónimo Jacinto de Espinosa, José de Ribera and others.
- Grand Spanish masters from Sevilla and Madrid like Diego Velázquez, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and Francisco de Goya.


Painting by Valencian Master * Jerónimo Jacinto de Espinosa 
Peter Paschal was born in Valencia on Spain’s east coast in the year 1227. Peter’s parents were devout Mozarabs (Iberian Christians) who lived under Muslim rule, paying a yearly tax known as a jizyah. The Mozarabs and the Muslim Arabs co-existed and even spoke a similar language known as Mozarabic.