Javea is a beautiful town situated on the most easterly point of mainland Spain, in Northern Costa Blanca, about 100kms from Valencia and 90kms from Alicante. It’s rugged 20km coastline is indented with secluded coves like La Granadella and sandy beaches such as El Arenal.
Away from the coast is a historic centre to wander through and there are endless opportunities to escape to the wilderness all around. Jávea is bookended by two soaring headlands and the hulking mass of the Montgó Massif will catch the eye of anyone in need of adventure.
Javea has been voted environmentally near perfect by the World Health Organisation and boasts 320 days of sunshine a year. Another plus point is new building developments in Javea are subject to height restrictions which mean there are no high-rise buildings unlike in other Costa Blanca towns.
The locals are proud to speak Valenciano which is very similar but not the same as Catalan and this is spoken, not just in Javea, but in the whole Valencian region. This is why you see the local word for Javea which is Xàbia.
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Javea is split into three distinct areas.
Javea old town
There is the old town of Javea where you can wander down ancient narrow streets and visit the local market on a Thursday. The old town is rich in medieval history and the buildings are built with original tosca sandstone.
The Gothic church of San Bartolome dominates the centre of Javea’s town. This building dates back to the 15th century. At the side of the church is a beautiful building which houses the indoor market where you can buy local fresh produce daily.
The port of Javea
The port is a popular area of Javea as it has a fascinating charm. Whitewashed houses surround the bay and you can watch the fishermen bring in their fresh catches or watch the sailing boats set off from the marina.
The port area of Javea has a real Spanish feel and it is an area where locals live and work in harmony with the tourist elements. It is a lively bustling area with many shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. I recommend eating at one of the many fantastic seafood restaurants here.
The landmark of the Port area is the church of Our Lady of Loreto with a roof which imitates the hull of a ship.
The Beach of Javea
The bustling Arenal area is the sandy blue flag beach which is surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants. It’s a great place to walk along the promenade in the evening. It can be touristy and is the least Spanish part of Javea but nevertheless it is a crucial part.
During the evening in the summer there are various stalls here selling a variety of handmade crafts. Many of the bars have live music and there are several discotheques.
The Arenal is also very good for families and children. The beach is large and very wide. The water is very shallow and calm as it is in a sheltered bay.
This is the place where you can eat tapas and paella but also find places that serve fish and chips and English breakfasts. The great thing about Javea is the choice of the three very different parts.