With its unspoilt golden beaches and beautiful warm climate, the Spanish town of Javea is a popular tourist destination. About an hour’s drive from Alicante, on the northern Costa Blanca, Javea lays in the shadow of the impressive Montgo mountain with an array of historical buildings and churches to visit, along with plenty of promenade, bars, bistros, and independent boutiques to enjoy.
Javea is an ideal destination to visit at any time of the year due to its mild climate, with temperatures rarely dropping below 10C during the winter months and reaching an average of around 35C in the summer. Many expats of all nationalities chose to buy property in Javea, Costa Blanca. In fact, there are more foreigners living in the town than Spanish natives.
The town is divided into three main areas: Javea Pueblo (the Old Town), Javea Puerto (the Port Area) and the Playa de Arenal (main beach Area)
Full of impressive Gothic architecture, quaint back streets, and narrow alleyways full of townhouses and shops, the old town is an interesting and relaxing way to spend the day. Tourist information is available at the Plaza de la Iglesia or the church square to answer any queries you may have, or to advise you about what is available locally.
The historic12th century church of San Bartolome is definitely worth visiting while you are in this area.
There are two main beach areas in Javea, the more stony beaches by the port and the sandy Arenal area, perfect for spending a lazy day swimming in the sea, and soaking up the sun. The seas around Javea are ideal for scuba diving so there are plenty of dive shops nearby, offering the chance to go on an introductory dive or attend a PADI course. There are also plenty of other activities on offer including boat trips, volleyball and fishing.
As the day ends, there are a variety of beach side bars or restaurants available to relax and unwind during the evening with your family and friends.
The port area of the town still retains all the charm of days gone by. With plenty of bars and restaurants along the beautiful promenade with its open-air terraces, you will be able to sit and watch the luxury yachts and other boats bob gently on the sea.
The port hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the popular ‘Moros y Christianos’ carnival in July.
Along with its breathtaking scenery and beautiful beaches, Javea has a lot more to offer, including trekking and horse-riding routes and an amazing dolphin park just a 40 minute drive away. Near to the harbour area there is the Avenida del Mediterraneo, a promenade full of bars, fish restaurants, and artisan shops selling unique gifts and souvenirs, which is always a hit with tourists.
It is also possible to visit the nearby towns of Calpe, Gandia and Denia if you are feeling a little more adventurous, or the cities of Alicante or Valencia, about an hours drive away for a more cultural experience.