Javea (aka Xabia) is on the Northern Costa Blanca. It’s rugged coastline is indented with secluded coves and sandy beaches. These hidden caves and bays were once used by pirates and smugglers in the Middle Ages but are now used by sunbathers, snorklers and scuba divers.
Javea and the surrounding northern Costa Blanca is a real surprise to those who have not had the pleasure of visiting this area. It is very green and mountainous!
Javea has three distinctly different areas; the old town, the port & the Arenal.
Arenal is the main beach area (15 mins by car) with many restaurants and shops along the seafront of Javea. This is a wide sandy beach with shallow waters ideal for young children and lots of facilities such as volleyball, windsurfing and beach bars. Monitored by the Red Cross Beach Patrol
Behind the beach is a pedestrianised promenade lined with bars and restaurants offering everything from live bands to traditional restaurants. There is a small fair for the children in the summer months with rides, trampoline and go-karts. The promenade is a great place for a stroll in the evening.
This is the place where you can eat tapas, paella but also fish and chips and English breakfast. The great thing about Javea is the choice of the three very different parts. It’s almost like visiting a theme park and entering different worlds!
Many people’s favourite area of Javea this has a fascinating charm factor hard to define. Traditional whitewashed houses surround the bay. Watch the fishermen bring in their fresh catches or watch the sailing boats set off from the marina. Eat at the fantastic seafood restaurants.
There are also many good boutiques, shops, bars and cafes – it’s bustling with activity. The Port area of Javea has a real Spanish feel, this is an area where locals live and work in harmony with the tourist elements.
The landmark of the Port area is the church of Our Lady of Loreto with a roof which imitates the hull of a ship.
Between the Port area and the main Arenal beach are rocks perfect for exploring and in the summer this stretch is lined with beach bars.
HISTORIC OLD TOWN
There is the traditional Old Town of Javea where you can wander down ancient narrow streets and visit the local market on a Thursday. Built with original Tosca sandstone it’s rich in medieval history.
The Gothic fortified church of San Bartolome dominates the centre of Javea’s town. This building dates back to the 15th century. At the side of the church is a beautiful building which houses the indoor market where you can buy local fresh produce daily.