Jávea is a town with three stories to tell. The charm of the old town, the peaceful working port and the sandy beach nestled between rocky headlands. Sheltered at the foot of the mountain called Montgó Massif, this dramatic setting only adds to Jávea’s effortless appeal.
Around an hour’s drive from the hub of Benidorm, and only a little further down the coast from Valencia, Jávea is well connected. The town has a variety of activities available, including diving, football and windsurfing. However, you won’t be alone if you prefer just kicking back and snoozing on the sandy beach.
Like many Spanish towns, Jávea is known for its welcoming vibe, most notably during a fiesta! Revel in feasts and parades through the summer months, as well as around Easter. Early September is also the time to celebrate Our Lady of Loreto, the town’s patron saint.
People have been attracted to Jávea for centuries, with Romans, Greeks, Phoenicians, Moors, Visigoths and plain old modern Brits all making their way here at one point in time. Be careful, though the thriving expat community here proves that Jávea is likely to capture your heart!
The old town, also known as Xabiais in Valencia, is remarkably unchanged from its early days as a fishing village. The whitewashed walls, Gothic features and traditional markets of the old town are unmistakably Spanish in style. Some of the narrow and winding streets prevent traffic passing through, making them a great maze to explore on foot. The striking 14th-century church of San Bartolomé is a great monument to climb and engage your inner ruler.
Jávea’s port was once famed for exporting raisins to Europe and North America. When the demand for raisins decreased, the port began to attract more fishermen and the harbour you can now see today was rebuilt in the 1950s and 1960s. The area is now completed by many restaurants and tapas bars, and there is a well-liked bookshop to pick up a few holidays reads for the beach.
Playa de l'Arenal
Whiling away the hours on white sands and in warm Mediterranean seas – what more could you want? With short, mild winters giving way to long hot summers, the sunshine is almost guaranteed. This lively beach attracts thousands of visitors each year, with restaurants, cafés and bars making this a great place for easy entertainment. Have no fear, even if it’s so long, you’re sure to find a spot all to your own. With showers, beach beds and parasols all easily available to rent, you can rock up anytime throughout the day, ready to relax.
This shingle beach may not have the softness factor like the Playa de l'Arenal, but the impeccably blue sea in contrast with the pine forest behind will easily lead you to think you’re in paradise. The cove is particularly good for scuba diving and snorkelling, or get a unique view of the cove by kayaking around the pale rocks.
Montgó Natural Park
Home to some really gorgeous plants and wildlife, and luckily the park protects them. Here you can see ancient oaks and fan palms, red lavender and violet. Some nickname the distinctively shaped Montgó Mountain ‘the elephant’, due to its trunk-like slope and knobbly ‘head’. We’re fairly certain you won’t find actual elephants roaming the park here but look to the sky to spot birds of prey including, if you’re very lucky, the endangered Bonelli’s eagle. Lizards, badgers, dormice and snakes can also be found darting across the park. Those who wish to climb to the top of Montgó might like to take a camera to capture the panoramic views across the sea, with the island of Ibiza visible on clear days.
If you can bear to prize yourself away from Jávea, the nearby city of Dénia is a great day trip. The church of Iglesia de la Asunción is easy to spot, with an impressive blue dome taking centre stage. The city’s landmark is a hilltop castle. Enter through the arched entrance and discover a castle that has protected the city from attack for hundreds of years. Next door is the Archaeological Museum, displaying artefacts and information about Dénia’s ancient settlements, the roots of which go back to prehistoric times. It’s even possible to walk to Dénia from Jávea, but it is a bit of a feat, with the route being around five miles long.
Jávea has made its name with fresh fish and seafood. Caught straight from the sea, you are likely to be eating that morning’s catch by lunchtime. You’ve probably already tried paella, but if it’s a favourite dish, you should give fideuà a try. Similar to paella, and still packed with fish and seafood, what makes this Valencian dish so unique is the replacement of rice with long fine strands of pasta. For the sweet-toothed, try pastissets de ametlla, little almond cakes that’ve come from the almond groves in the surrounding valleys.
Simple pleasures are not to be overlooked, and sharing a bottle of wine from a local vineyard at sunset by the harbour will feel like absolute heaven. Treat yourselves!
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