Javea is a small, historic town, free of high rise buildings
offering a relaxing holiday atmosphere. The local people are friendly and
affable. The clean, warm, blue Mediterranean Sea laps the beautiful beaches and
coves that Javea has to offer.
With its variety of landscape, ranging from sandy coastlines
to rugged mountain areas, its mild year-round climate, its careful planning
policies and extensive tourist facilities, Javea is a jewel on the Costa
Blanca, combining beauty and modern facilities with the charm of an ancient
The town is situated between the San Antonio and La Nao
points and enjoys the impressive and magnificent protection of Mount Montgó.
Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Alicante
towards the north-eastern tip of the Costa Blanca.
Javea old town is steeped in history and it’s evident in the
architecture, with its Tosca stone porticoes, gothic bay windows, wrought iron
window bars and balcony railings. The church of San Bartolemé in the town
centre is an example of late gothic architecture with a defensive character.
?The "Soler Blasco" Archaeological Museum is close by in the narrow
streets and offers a wealth of information about Iberian history.
Dominating the fishing port is the modern silhouette of the
church of Nuestra Señora de Loreto, with its roof depicting a ships hull.
Outside the town, following the road to the San Antonio cape, the architectural
sites include the monastery of Nuestra Señora de los Angeles, a series of small
hermitages clutch the slopes of the mountain and ancient windmills dominate the
In the centre of town the covered indoor market sells all
sorts of fabulous fresh local produce: fruit, vegetables, meat and fresh fish
are brought up from the port daily.
The importance of the town’s maritime activities is apparent
in the port area; known as Aduanas de Mar, it boasts a lovely promenade and
some excellent fish restaurants where you can enjoy the ‘catch of the day’.
The fishing harbour is situated next to a attractive marina
full of interesting yachts, a lovely area for a morning or evening stroll.
Pavement cafés and bars overlooking the Mediterranean invite
you to sit and have a drink and just enjoy the ambience of the port. ?
The Arenal area offers a beautiful sandy bay with palm trees
and play areas for children. The bay is framed by the promenade with its
wonderful choice of bars and restaurants offering national and international
Javea is a great place to shop with an excellent choice of
shops and boutiques.
Javea has an excellent choice of sea sport and fishing
facilities. The modern yacht club at the sports marina has nearly 300 berths
and offers all types of water sports: sailing, fishing, scuba diving, water
skiing, and windsurfing.
There are a number of sports clubs and associations in the
area where you can enjoy a game of tennis, horse-riding ?and even shooting.
Just outside the town, surrounded by pines and orange groves,
the Javea Golf Club offers a pleasant setting for golfers. There are several
other golf courses within easy access of Javea. ??
The Javea town fiesta is held during the second fortnight of
July and is an occasion for feasting, dancing, parades, music and fireworks, as
are the Moors & Christians parades at the end of August.
From 28 April – 3 May Javea pays homage to Jesus the Nazarene
and from 1 –8 September, the town celebrates their patroness Our Lady of Loreto.
The local cuisine of Javea is typically that of the Costa
Blanca, which combines delicacies from both land and the Mediterranean Sea.
Many civilizations have lived in this area (Celts, Iberians, Greeks, Romans,
Muslims), all of which have all left their mark on the gastronomy.
The diet in Denia is a healthy Mediterranean one; the Costa
Blanca is rich in fish, vegetables, olive-oil, rice and fruit and the
ingredients which are all used to prepare delicious, healthy dishes, such as
Paella Valenciana, Arroz Negro (black rice), Arroz al horno (Oven baked rice),
Arroz a banda (fish and rice stew), Arroz del Señoret (Princes rice).
Aside from seafood, typical dishes include succulent lamb
chops, rabbit in garlic, roast leg of lamb with garlic and fresh rosemary, and
home made sausages and black puddings.
If you have a sweet tooth then you will enjoy the local
homemade pastries and deserts that the whole region is famous for. Or Jijona
ice-cream (Nougat), which is made with the almonds of the region.
Whilst in Javea we recommend you try the local wine selection
on offer, especially Jalon wine a which is of high quality with a lovely
There are many international restaurants in the town offering
a wide choice of different cuisines from around the world.
Javea enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea
breezes in summer and protection by surrounding mountains against the cold
North winds in winter. The area averages nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine each
year and the average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees.
In 1986 the World Health Organisation recommended the climate
of the area as one of the most equitable in the world - neither too hot in the
summer nor too cold in the winter. On average it can boast 325 sunny days each
year making it an ideal all year round destination.