Javea or Xabia as its known in Spain, is a small coastal town on the western coast, in the province of Alicante. The town sits behind a wide bay and is protected at both ends by high headlands making this a picturesque place to visit. The town lies on the most easterly tip of Spain’s coastline and juts out into the Mediterranean, just 90km away from the Balearic Island of Ibiza.
Xabia is protected from harsh winter winds of the north by the Montgó mountain that towers some 753 m high. The area enjoys more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Spain and has therefore been named as one of the healthiest places to live in the world. In the Old Town the church of Saint Bartolomeu dates back to the late 14th century and is well worth a visit
There are plenty of family-friendly activities on offer from luscious golf courses, water parks, go-karting, safari parks that will delight the youngest in the family and an excellent range of water sports for the most adventurous travelers.
There are many beautiful beaches nearby and the one at Granadelaa has been named best beach in Spain for the last two years. This gorgeous beach near Jávea, on Spain’s Costa Blanca coast with it’s sea grass beds make it perfect for snorkeling.
Due to the micro climate of Xabia, many people flock here in the winter months to boost their vitamin D intake. It is of course popular in the summer when swimming in the sea and water sports are popular.The Montgo massif is popular as a year round hiking destination.
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 and visit the busy food market with its stalls full of fresh fish and fruits and vegetables from the region. Take a coffee break at Temptations below the Church steps or stop at the cafe on C/Major below the steps which lead up to the very helpful tourist information in the Plaza de la Iglesia (Church Square). They’ll provide you with a pamphlet which gives you a suggested walking tour of the old centre.
Playa de Arenal
Playa de Arenal is Javea’s beach area. It is a chilled area stretching no more than 300m from the well located Parador hotel in the north as far as the bargain food restaurant of Scallops in the south. There are numerous café bars and restaurants set back from the wide promenade offering a variety of Spanish and international cuisine.
There’s something to suit all pockets although cheaper prices can generally be found a little further back from the front line restaurants and bars on the Arenal. 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 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.
Javea is divided into three parts:
Javea Puerto (the bustling port area); Javea Pueblo (the old town) and Playa de Arenal (the main 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.
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.