Javea is situated on the most easterly point of mainland Spain at the northern end of the Costa Blanca, approximately 100km from Valencia and 90 km from Alicante. Javea is the closest mainland town to the Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Formentera and Mallorca and only a short ferry ride from each.
The coastline of Javea has scenic rocky coves, wonderful beaches and dramatic cliffs. Javea has been voted environmentally near perfect by the World Health Organisation and boasts 320 days of sunshine a year! Javea can be divided into three main areas, the Old Town, the Port and the Arenal.
Nearly every kind of watersport is catered for in Javea, and for those who don’t want to get their feet wet there is golf, bowls, tennis, cycling, horse riding and hiking to name but a few.
Javea has an ancient town centre steeped in medieval history which has largely been preserved throughout the centuries. Here you can wander through the maze of narrow streets and small plazas.
The Gothic fortified church of San Bartolome dominates the centre of the town. This building dates back to the 15th century, half religious half military. At the side of the church is a beautiful Neo Gothic building which houses the indoor market where you can buy local fresh produce daily. The colourful outdoor Javea market takes place every Thursday in the market place nearby.
This was originally a fishing community but has now become one of the main tourist centres of Javea. Here amongst the modern buildings you will find the ancient quarter of narrow streets with the simple fishermen’s houses. It is a bustling area with many shops, cafes, bars and restaurants – just the place to sit and sample the local wines and seafood whilst watching the boats bringing in the day’s catch.
From the heart of the port of Javea rises the majestic structure of the church of Our Lady of Loreto with a roof which imitates the hull of a ship. The modern Nautical Club at the marina has facilities for all forms of water sports.
Javea’s blue flag beach where the shore gently slopes into the warm sea. The promenade has a number of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants providing a variety of food to suit all tastes. During the evenings in the summer months, you will find various stalls here selling handmade crafts. Many of the bars have live music and there are several discotheques for those that like to dance the night away.
There are also several scenic coves nearby. Grandella, with its crystal clear waters is a favourite for scuba diving and snorkelling, as is Portichol. There is even a naturist beach at Ambolo.
Nearby places to visit
The beautiful city of Valencia with its historic buildings, museums and wonderful shopping centres is only 1 hour away from Javea. For the younger members in your party, Benidorm’s Terra Mitica theme park (40 mins away) is a must. You will also find Acqualandia and Mundomar here.
At Gata de Gorgos (8km) you will find what the local craft industries have to offer – palm leaf, rattan and wickerwork articles. The three Tourist Offices of Javea will have details of nearby places of interest. Be sure to check if there are any fiestas taking place during your stay – these are always well worth a visit.
and take a look at the video about Javea put together by our sister company Javea Rentals..