All About – JAVEA
Javea is a small, historic town, with no high rise buildings. The clean, warm, blue Mediterranean Sea laps the beautiful beaches and coves that Javea has to offer.
With a variety of landscape, ranging from sandy beaches to rugged mountains, Javea combines beauty and modern facilities with the charm of an ancient fishing village.
The town is situated between the San Antonio and La Nao points and enjoys the impressive and magnificent protection of Mount Montgó.
Approximately 50 minutes drive from Benidorm towards the north-eastern tip of the Costa Blanca.
History & Culture
Javea old town is steeped in history and it’s evident in the architecture, with its Tosca stone porticoes, gothic bay windows, wrought iron window bars and balcony railings. The church of San Bartolemé in the town centre is an example of late gothic architecture with a defensive character. ?The “Soler Blasco” Archaeological Museum is close by in the narrow streets and offers a wealth of information about Iberian history.
Dominating the fishing port is the modern silhouette of the church of Nuestra Señora de Loreto, with its roof depicting a ships hull. Outside the town, following the road to the San Antonio cape, the architectural sites include the monastery of Nuestra Señora de los Angeles, a series of small hermitages clutch the slopes of the mountain and ancient windmills dominate the landscape. ?
In the centre of town the covered indoor market sells all sorts of fabulous fresh local produce: fruit, vegetables, meat and fresh fish are brought up from the port daily.
Port & Marinas?
The importance of the town’s maritime activities is apparent in the port area; known as Aduanas de Mar, it boasts a lovely promenade and some excellent fish restaurants where you can enjoy the ‘catch of the day’.
The fishing harbour is situated next to a attractive marina full of interesting yachts, a lovely area for a morning or evening stroll.
Worth visiting is the The Iglesia de la Virgen de Loreto (church) built in 1967 this is one of the most modern churches you’ll ever see, with fantastic avant-garde design which is based on a single ship with an oval plan this design is very unusual. The 12 slender pillars outside are an allegory to the 12 apostles. This is such a rare design for a religious building,
Opening Hours: 9:00 am until 8:00 pm, throughout the year, extended until 9:00 pm. during the summer months.
Javea has 20 kilometres of coastline, with a choice of beaches.
The Arenal area offers a beautiful sandy bay with palm trees and play areas for children. The bay is framed by the promenade with its wonderful choice of bars and restaurants offering national and international specialties.
Granadella beach is a spectacular cove situated just South of Javia and is well known among diving enthusiasts. Parking is a few meters from the beach, and it is recommended to arrive early in the morning as this is a popular beach with many locals.
Javea is a great place to shop with an excellent choice of shops and boutiques.
Javea has an excellent choice of sea sport and fishing facilities. The modern yacht club at the sports marina has nearly 300 berths and offers all types of water sports: sailing, fishing, scuba diving, water skiing, and windsurfing.
As with any town there are lots of smaller fiestas but these are the main ones.
Jan, 19th – 21st dates may vary – San Sebastian · Bull Running –
San Sebastian has been the patron saint of Xàbia since medieval times when the terrified population of the village prayed to his image for special protection as the ‘Black Plague’ devastated Europe. Largely forgotten in recent years, the celebrations have been resurrected with bull-running around the church square.
Feb – CARNAVAL · Fancy Dress Processions
Kids and Adults Procession through the Historic Centre of Xàbia
Semana Santa – Easter Fiesta, dates vary
From 28 April – 3 May Javea pays homage to Jesus the Nazarene
July 14th – 22nd, Moors & Christians parades.
September – 1 – 8th 1 –8, the town celebrates their patroness Our Lady of Loreto..
The local cuisine of Javea is typically that of the Costa Blanca, which combines delicacies from both land and the Mediterranean Sea. Many civilizations have lived in this area (Celts, Iberians, Greeks, Romans, Muslims), all of which have all left their mark on the gastronomy.
If you have a sweet tooth then you will love the homemade pastries and deserts the whole region is famous for Jijona ice-cream (Nougat), which is made with the almonds of the region.
The Cape of San Antonio
Situated just to the North of Javea, this is a nature reserve that covers an area of 110 hectares situated between Mongo mountains and the sea, here you will get fantastic views of the surrounding area, there are 15 different look out points, on a clear day you can even see Ibiza, you will also find a light house which has been in use since 1855 the cliffs at this point are 175m high, there are also 16th century watchtowers and old windmills, so if you fancy some hiking this is the area to head to.
Whilst in this area visit Cova Tallada (carved caves)
This is a cave excavated in the foothills of Cabo San Antonio above sea level, these served as a quarry to the Muslims and the excavated rock were used in the construction of some of the most unique buildings of Denia, including its castle, its shapes and its cavities make this cave a must see.
Go swimming at the cave (wear non slip shoes) and enjoy the crystal clear waters and enjoy looking at these spectacular rocks and the caves walls. There’s even a rock t0 stop the waves coming in so the water is very calm. If you want to go deeper into the cave make sure that you take a torch because its quite dark the further you go in, but there are a lot of interesting things deeper in to the cave.
Its about a 1km walk from the end of the road with lots of wooden steps and a rope to help you get to the bottom so not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties or young children. drive from Javea on route marked PR-CV 355.
Getting to Javea from Benidorm
By car, 57.3km via the AP-7 approximately 45 mins (tolls)
or take the scenic N332 coast road, approximately 1hr 10 mins, 46km
Javea itself does not have a tram station, you would need to to go to Denia or Gata do Gorgos which is the closest inland stop near to Javea (there is also a stop by La Sella Golf resort which is between Denia and Javea and then get a bus or taxi.
Taxi from Benidorm- cost approximately 55- 70€
ALSA bus, journey time around 1 hr 30 mins, buses run 3 times a day, cost approx 12€
One of our Top 20 Places to visit in the area.