Javea lies in the valley of the dominating Montgo Mountain (753 metres) in the Northern Costa Blanca and is one of the most popular resorts of the region. The town started attracting North Europeans more than 30 years ago and many of these visitors never left, leaving a thriving international community to this day. Javea is an attractive destination with plenty to offer visitors including some of Spain's finest golden beaches.
Javea is divided into three parts: Javea Pueblo (the old town); Javea Puerto (the bustling port area); and Playa de Arenal (the main sandy beach area). Today the old town and the port are pretty much joined thanks to the property development which has gone on in the town whilst Playa de Arenal lies some 3km along a rocky beach from the Port.
The Old Town
The pleasant old centre of Javea is worth passing a few hours one morning. Just wander around admiring the whitewashed buildings with Gothic features. Take a look in the Gothic Church of San Bartolome Visit the busy food market with its stalls full of fresh fish and fruits and vegetables from the region.
Take a coffee break (or something stronger!) in one of the lovely Bars. Take the time to try the various Tapas…
The Port "Aduanas del Mar"
Nowadays most ports in tourist destinations have become trendy marinas with designer shopping outlets but not Javea. It still functions as a fishing port with yachts moored in the same vicinity. It is very much a lived in area which is popular with visitors attracted by its lovely promenade with open air terrace restaurants and pleasant local bars. Views across the bay are spectacular. During the first week of September it is home to one of Spain's more unusual fiestas when bulls are released into a paddock area where they are taunted by local youths who jump into the sea when the bull charges them. The aim is to get the bull to fall into the water (see Javea Festivals).
The Beach "Playa de Arenal"
Playa de Arenal is Javea's beach area. A horse shoe shaped area stretching no more than 300m from the well located Hotel Parador in the north as far as the rocky outcrop in the south. This area has numerous café bars and restaurants set back from the wide promenade.
The beach itself is fabulous with superb fine, golden sand. There are volleyball nets along the back of the beach which are popular later in the day and there are plenty of play areas for the kids.
Just 8km south of Playa de Arenal is rocky outlet called Cabo de la Nao which affords stunning views back over Javea and as far as Ibiza on a clear day.
As well as whiling away your days on the beach at Playa del Arenal and dining in some fine local eateries there's plenty to do to amuse the whole family. Scuba diving in Javea is highly recommended and there's no end of dive shops offering introductory dives and PADI courses. The Javea area has a selection of Golf Courses including La Sella, a short drive away, with 27 holes.
There are also some good trekking routes around Javea and if you are interested in doing some trekking you should ask in the Tourist Information office for the booklet "Nature Parks and Trekking Routes".