Javea (also known as Xabia) is a gem of a town situated 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 is situated on the most easterly point of mainland Spain about 100 kms from Valencia and 90 kms from Alicante. Options to getting to Javea are covered on our airport transfers page.
Javea has been voted environmentally near perfect by the World Health Organisation and boasts 320 days of sunshine a year.
New building developments in Javea are subject to height restrictions which mean there are no high-rise buildings unlike in other Costa Blanca towns such as Calpe or Benidorm.
Many would argue Javea is the finest place on the whole Costa Blanca. We wouldn’t argue too strongly with this.
Javea, or Xabia as the locals call it, is split into three distinct areas.
JAVEA OLD TOWN (XABIA PUEBLO)
There is the 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.
THE PORT OF JAVEA (XABIA PUERTO)
Many people’s favourite area of Javea this has a fascinating charm factor hard to define. 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 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. It is a lively bustling area with many shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
The landmark of the Port area is the church of Our Lady of Loreto with a roof which imitates the hull of a ship.
THE BEACH OF JAVEA (PLAYA EL ARENAL)
The bustling Arenal area is basically the sandy blue flag beach which is surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants such as the renowned Los Remos or La Boheme.
It’s a great place to walk along the promenade in the evening. It’s very touristy obviously and is the least Spanish part of Javea but nevertheless it is a crucial part.
During the evening in the summer there are various stalls here selling a variety of handmade crafts. Many of the bars have live music and there are several discotheques.
Try the Platino bar for entertainment such as Adam King singing live on most Saturdays.
The most popular bar is known as Champagne which has been renamed Jalousie.
Set off the beach is the popular Irish Bar An Shebeen.
The Arenal beach area is the place to enjoy the nightlife which although relatively quiet and limited does have it’s lively spots such as the nightclub Achill.
Below we have a short video clip of the Javea’s Arenal beach shot from the right hand side of the beach near Scallops restaurant. The video shows the beach in July, the mountain in the background is the Montgo.
The Arenal is very good for families. The beach is large and very wide. The water is very shallow and calm as it is in a sheltered bay. You can easily sit in a cafe or bar and be able to see your children. Generally Spain is very family-orientated and you can feel much more relaxed about your kids safety than you would anywhere else.
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!
In the centre of these three areas are plenty of apartment blocks of which many are for rental. Surrounding Javea are beautiful green hills peppered with very expensive villas. These can make a great choice for a holiday if there are a few people. They can work out very cheap per person but you can spoil yourself as many of them are the definition of luxury – palm trees, swimming pools, entrance gates, jacuzzis etc.
The streets in the old town of Javea are worth exploring with the fortified Gothic church (San Bartolome) and a very good museum (Museo Etnografico ‘Soler Blasco’) which explains the history of the coast from Palaeolithic times through Iberian, Roman and Medieval times.
In 1244, King Jamie claimed Javea back from the Moors. In the 14th century, King Jamie II built a further fortress and the town’s walls along the streets of Maria Gallard, Primicies, Major and Roques.
In the 15th century an economic recovery with an increase in population began. This improvement of wealth is reflected in building habits with many new streets built and the city gates constructed.
Javea’s population significantly increased and drew the attention of the Barbarians. As a consequence, fortresses and churches were built, including the church Eglesia de Sant Bertomeu (San Bartolome).
During the early 1500’s plague was prevalent in Javea and the town’s hospital was built. All that is now left of this hospital is the Capella de Santa Anna.
In the 18th century Javea participated in the succession war on the side of the Bourbon and gained a number of privileges. In addition to numerous honorary titles, Javea received permission to build a harbour from which it was able to export fruit to other countries. A trade which began with raisins and then extended to wheat, grapes, bread and olives.
From the second half of the 19th century onwards, the manufacturing process and export of raisins became the major industry.
What are the Miradors of Javea?
The miradors of Javea are 14 designated, strategic viewpoints that show spectacular views of Javea. The miradors of Javea are clearly signposted and each one has been carefully selected due to it’s amazing views. The concept is that each one represents an imaginary window through which you see the most fantastic views.
Javea’s miradors are all along the coastline of Javea and the first mirador is to the north of Javea at Cap San Antonio where the lighthouse is.
The miradors continue along the coastline to the 14th mirador to the south of Javea which is just around the corner from Javea’s Granadella beach.
There is no cost to view each mirador. The views from each mirador are easily amongst some of the very best views the Costa Blanca has to offer. You can have a great day’s adventure trying to find each one.
Below we have a photo of the mirador map at La Granadella.
Below we have a video showing the view from the mirador at La Granadella.
POPULATION OF JAVEA
Javea has a huge expat population, mainly English but also a substantial German contingent. Javea is a very cosmopolitan and a great place to move to or invest in.
It is very much a place where you can feel you are in Spain but where you can feel reminders of home. There are many English and German supermarkets, lots of clubs and societies and people who speak your language.
Club De Golf De Javea
Ctra. Benitachell 4
03739 Xabia / Javea
Telephone: +34 965 792 584
Just outside of Javea and Benitachell. A relatively small 9 hole golf course. The two additional putting greens and the twenty bay driving range offer enough room to practice your golf swing.
Javea (Xabia) Tourist Information Office (Oficina de Turismo)
Javea Tourist Office (Centre)
Address: Plaza de la Iglesia 4, 03730, Xábia-Jávea. (Alicante – Alacant).
Telephone: + 34 965794356
Opening Hours: Winter: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 19:30. Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:30 h. Summer: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 13:30 h. and from 16:30 to 20:00 h. Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:30 h.
Javea Tourist Office
Address: Paseo Amanecer, S/N (Junto Cruz Roja), 03730, Xàbia/Jávea.
Telephone: +34 669859587
Opening Hours: After the months of July, August and September every day from 10, 00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 21:00 h.
Javea Tourist Office (Arenal)
Address: Carretera Cabo de la Nao-Pla, 136. Residencial La Plaza. 03730. Jávea-Xàbia.
Telephone: +34 966460605
Opening Hours: Winter: Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 13:30 h. Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:30 h. Sundays and holidays closed.
Javea Tourist Office (Port)
Address: Plaza Almirante Bastarreche 11. 03730. Jávea-Xàbia. Alicante – Alacant.
Telephone: + 34 965790736 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Times: Winter, from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:30 h. and 16:00 to 19:30. Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:30 h. and 16:00 to 19:30. Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 13:30 h. Summer, from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:30 h. and from 16:30 to 20:00 h. Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:30 h. and from 16:30 to 20:00 h. Sundays from 10:00 to 13:30 h.
IMPORTANT JAVEA PHONE NUMBERS
Town Hall: 96 579 05 00
Local Police: 96 579 00 81
Guardia Civil: 96 579 10 85
Iberdrola: 96 579 11 84
Fire Brigade: 96 578 00 80
Health Center: 96 579 25 00
Post Office: 96 579 00 53
MOVING TO JAVEA – LIVING IN JAVEA
If you have found this guide on Javea because you are thinking moving to the Javea area you may also find our moving to Spain section with expat interviews and accounts of how they found their move to Javea Spain, useful and informative.
Javea Tourist Information – Page Summary – If you are visiting Javea on holiday or if you live in Javea or are thinking of moving to Javea we hope this page on Javea tourist information has been useful.
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