A portrait of Jávea

Nestling beneath Mount Montgó, you’ll find Jávea to be the perfect coastal town. Devoid of towering blocks of flats and still with a truly Spanish feel, this is the perfect area in which to settle for those wanting the authentic Spain whilst having all facilities and choice to hand.

As you might expect there’s plenty of history in Jávea too. It has retained the atmosphere of a small village whilst expanding to suit the needs of a growing population. It’s an all-year round destination with much to enjoy in the quieter and cooler months of autumn and winter.

The scenery in this area is incredibly varied and you can take your pick from mountain, sea or nature reserve. Hidden coves and small, rocky beaches pepper the coast although it’s got its fair share of golden, sandy beaches too.

Careful panning laws mean that the horizon has been protected from high rise apartment blocks. The atmosphere of this bustling town has been preserved in spite of its steady growth. The old town is very traditional with its gothic feel and medieval layout of traditional Spanish narrow streets and whitewashed walls. Saunter towards the main beaches however, and in the summer you can find a thriving nightlife and clubs too.

Jávea welcome its tourists and its foreign residents alike. It has a modern approach to integration that is demonstrated in its official tourism website. Don’t be confused by the slight change of name to Xábia. This is the valenciano language version of Jávea and reflects the town’s key position in the community of Valencia, equidistant between the cities of Valencia and Alicante.

To see and to do in Jávea

A portrait of Jávea

Jávea is an attractive combination of the features that people ask for when thinking of buying a property in Spain. It has its own seafront and beaches extending inland with its traditional old town, mountainous area, nature reserves and modern facilities too.

It’s well-appointed with all the services you might need when living or holidaying in Spain. It has its own indoor market where you can stock up on locally produced fish, meat and vegetables and a variety of shops and boutiques cater for different ages and tastes.

There are plenty of historic buildings to visit if you enjoy finding out more about Spain’s intriguing past. For example, the churches of San Batolemé and Nuestra Señora de Loreto are popular and there are small hermitages and a monastery to explore too.

A visit to its fishing port is a must to savour the heart of Jávea culture. Its Aduanas de Mar has an attractive promenade and a selection of fish restaurants where you can sample today’s catch. It’s not just a working port but includes a marina where you can gaze at the variety of boats and yachts or perhaps even moor one yourself.

From the coast to the old town you will find a whole variety of bars and restaurants to suit a variety of tastes. Some of the most popular local dishes include rabbit in garlic, arroz a banda (fish stew) and, of course, paella valenciana.

If you want to practise an existing sport or even take up a new one, there are a number of clubs and local associations that you can join. The Javea Golf Club is located just outside the town and tennis, horse riding and a whole range of outside pursuits can be practised here. The El Arenal beach has all the water sports facilities that you could hope for and scuba diving is a joy in the clear waters.

Every month you can select from a different fiesta. The people here know how to make the most of their year and there is always some event, religious ceremony or festival to look forward to. However, if you would prefer to lay back and relax, Jávea’s beautiful coastline presents plenty of opportunity to do just that.

Jávea facts

  • Population: 27,000
  • Nearest airport: Alicante (1 hour 15 minutes)
  • Road access: N332, AP7/ E15
  • Public transport: Bus
  • Beaches: El Arenal, La Granadella, Cala Sardinera, Cala Blanca, La Grava
  • Nearby towns: Denia, Benissa, Moraira
  • Cities: Alicante (1 hour and 30 minutes), Valencia (1 hour and 30 minutes)