Jávea is commonly known as the “Jewel” of the Costa Blanca. Situated on the most easterly point of the Costa Blanca, Jávea is the first place on the Costa Blanca to welcome the morning sun and has been recorded as having more full days of sunshine than any other town in the Costa Blanca.
Jávea is situated mid-way between Alicante and Valencia airports and enjoys good road systems to both. Close to Dénia, Moraira and the Jalón Valley, Jávea is ideally situated as a base to explore the rest of the Costa Blanca region. Many people, ex-pat and Spanish, have fallen in love with the town after visiting the town for a holiday and gone on to buy a property in Jávea or take a long term rental in Jávea and move there for good.
Jávea is separated from Dénia by the Montgo National Park (El Montgo). Jávea has a coastline of more than 20 kms with many little coves and bays that can only be accessed by foot or boat. It is a town with something to offer to all ages and is made up of three distinct areas: the wide sandy beach of the Arenal, the Port (Puerto) with its working harbour and popular marina, and the typically Spanish Old Town (Pueblo) which is the historic and administrative centre of the town.
Jávea’s Arenal (Beach)
The Arenal is a wide, sandy, blue-flag beach, serviced by a wide, safe promenade with lots of shops, bars and restaurants. Probably the most popular area for families with young children and teenagers, the Arenal has plenty to offer in terms of sports (boat hire, jet skis, diving centres, pedalos, volleyball and football pitches, playgrounds etc), entertainment (nightclubs, restaurants and bars with live music and/or international TV), food (cuisine of all international flavours) and shops (boutiques, market stalls and even a Spar!). Just behind the Arenal are more shops, banks, restaurants, and more sports and entertainment (tennis clubs, go-karting and further inland, several first –class golf courses).
The Port (Puerto)
Once home to one of the main local industries of Jávea (fishing), the Port still has a thriving fishing community where it is possible to get fresh fish or seafood nearly every day. Narrow streets lead down to the harbour and marina which is sheltered from the weather by the San Antonio headland on which is situated one of Jávea’s two lighthouses. The Port area also has a pebbly beach which great for snorkelling and swimming and a wide and sunny promenade full of shops, bars and restaurants where you can sit and relax, meet friends or simply watch the world go by over a coffee or glass of wine.
The Old Town (Pueblo)
The Pueblo is Jávea’s historic centre and is home to the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall), the Cultural Centre, museums, churches, shops, bars, restaurants and local markets. This is where you will really feel you are in Spain as you wander through narrow cobble streets full of white-washed houses, take a trip around the Gothic Church of San Bartolomé which dominates the town centre or sup a caña (small beer) whilst you try out some traditional Spanish tapas. On Thursdays, the local market comes to Jávea and fills the Plaza and surrounding streets with stalls laden with everything from fruit and vegetables to flamenco dresses and cheap sunglasses!
For more information on what Jávea has to offer, visit www.xabia.org