Javea, (pronounced Have-eea), is a small historic coastal town on the Costa Blanca. It lies between Moraira, (pronounced More-eye-ra), to the south and Denia to the north.
Climate in Javea
Javea is sheltered on either side by two rocky headlands, Cabo la Nao and the Cabo de San Antonio and is protected from wintry northern winds by Mount Montgo.
It has more recorded annual sunshine than anywhere else in Spain and is considered by the World Health Organisation to be one of the healthiest places in the world.
Javea’s benign climate has made it hugely popular with people from all over Northern Europe who come to Javea and the surrounding area to live or on holiday.
Like so many Costa Blanca villages and towns on the coast, the old quarter lies back from the sea and small fishing port as a protection against pirates and raiders in times gone by.
Originally surrounded by a protective wall, some of which remains, the narrow streets and stone buildings retain much of the atmosphere of a medieval Spanish village with the late 14th century Church of Sant Bartolome at its centre.
Rising between Javea and its neighbouring town, Denia, and lying only a few hundred metres from the coast, is the 750 metre high promontory and nature reserve of Montgo. Walkers and nature lovers will find a rich diversity of flora and fauna and can enjoy spectacular views across the wide bay and inland. Approaching Javea, the Montgo bears a resemblance to a gigantic elephants’ head.
Javea did not escape the Spanish civil war; shell and bullet scars are still evident on the walls of the church. A modern feature is the municipal market, built on the site of the Convent of Agustinas Descalzaz, an order of Augustine nuns who went barefoot, and where local produce meat and fish can be bought.
There is also an excellent art gallery, regular art exhibitions are held in the town library and an interesting museum featuring the local history. As you would expect there are numerous bars and restaurants catering to the Spanish and foreign visitors and inhabitants.
Modern developments have sprung up all around the old town with smart apartment blocks and a large variety of shops.
The Old Port of Javea
Although known by locals as the old port, the modern harbour dates from the 1950’s and 60’s. Still an active fishing port, it also caters for boat and yacht owners who can take advantage of the excellent facilities of the ‘Club Nautico’. Lying back from the harbour are modern streets lined with shops and restaurants, including a cinema that regularly features films in English.
Travelling along the road for a little less than a kilometre south of the ‘Old Port’ past attractive bars sitting on the wide pebbly beach you will come to the ‘Arenal’. This is a man made wide sandy beach in its own bay and is an ideal spot for every manner of seaside pursuits. including ‘people watching’.
One of the only Parador Nacional Hotel’s on the Costa Blanca is situated here, for those who are not familiar, these are state owned hotels that offer remarkably good value in food and accommodation to a very high standard. Nearby is a river mouth where small pleasure craft are moored.
Beaches and Activities
The ‘Arenal’ is where most of Javea’s night life takes place. A bewildering number of bars and restaurants line the promenade and streets behind and in the summer months many will have nightly entertainment and live music.
Tennis enthusiasts are well catered for with two clubs where courts can be hired and visitors welcomed.
The drive out of Javea up to Cabo la Nao should not be missed. Past impressive villas, superb views and countryside to the lighthouse at the top.
The view from the top of the cliff out to sea is seriously stunning. Walk up a few metres to the restaurant where you can enjoy a meal or a drink on the terrace and take in the scene. You will probably be joined by a friendly seagull called Audrey waiting for you to feed her a snack.
Orange groves abound on the plains surrounding Javea and several excellent restaurants worth a short drive out offer excellent cuisine and value.
Javea is a must to consider if thinking of moving to Spain to live.
Schools and Clubs
Well served with schools including English run Private schools, plenty of social clubs catering for a variety of activities, over 12000 English residents, nearly as many German plus many other nationalities, there need never be any feeling of being far from the familiarity of home.
How to Get There
Midway between Alicante and Valencia Airports, both only about one hours drive away, and served by an excellent motorway giving good access to all parts of the peninsular, communications are not a problem.
Holidaymakers, particularly families with children, will discover that Javea has just about every imaginable facility available to enjoy a carefree safe break in the sun.