Javea lies in the shadow of the dominating Montgo Mountain in the northern Costa Blanca and is one of the most popular resorts of the region. The town started attracting north Europeans more than 30 years ago and many of these visitors never left leaving a thriving ex-pat community to this day. But don’t let that put you off. Javea is an attractive destination with plenty to offer visitors including some of Spain’s finest golden beaches.
Javea is divided into three parts: Javea Pueblo (the old town); Javea Puerto (the bustling port area); 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.
Javea Old Town
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.
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 (see Javea Festivals).
Playa de Arenal is Javea’s beach area. It is a chilled area stretching no more than 300m from the well located Parador in the north as far as the bargain food restaurant of Scallops in the south. There area numerous café bars and restaurants set back from the wide promenade which charge prices inconsistent with a place that hasn’t yet acquired exclusive client status. They also charge for two sunbeds with a parasol and there’s a charge to use the water from the beach showers.