Jávea is located in the northern section of the province of Alicante, between the capes of San Antonio and La Nao. The Cabo de Nao separates the bays of Valencia and Alicante and is the westernmost point of the Valencia’s coastline. Frequent attacks from marauding pirates forced Jávea’s inhabitants to settle 2 km from the coast in a walled town - t hese walls remained standing until 1877. The enclosure formed by the former walls now forms Jávea’s historical centre, which is situated around the Gothic Church of San Bartolomé surrounded by whitewashed houses with iron grilles and lintels made out of golden porous ‘Tosca’ clay. In this area the Ayuntamiento, the Food Market, the Cultural Centre, the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Chapel of Santa Ana are all located within easy walking distance.
The marine and port area, known as the Aduanas del Mar, is located 2 km from the old town centre and is the place to see the Church of Our Lady of Loreta, constructed in the shape of a keel. The Arenal area,with the Costa Blanca’s only National Parador, contains Jávea’s most popular beach - the Playa del Arenal - and is reached by following the road that runs parallel to the Playa del Benissero. Jávea has a 20 km coastline that stretches from the Cova Tallá to the Cala de la Granadella. There is an interesting mixture of beaches with soft sandy beaches (Arenal beaches), small, shingled beaches bordered by pine trees which are suitable for diving (Granadella beaches), and naturist beaches (Ambolo beaches). There are also small coves: Portichol and La Sardinera. A more traditional Jávea is found inland with riu-raus and orange groves that are protected from the harsh continental climate by the natural barrier formed by Montgó, which extends to the north of Jávea and serves as a border between Jávea and Dénia.
Arroz a banda (rice in fish broth), Arrós amb fessols y naps (rice with beans and turnips), cruet de peix, suc roig and Borreta de melva (stew) - all of these dishes are made with fish. Meat dishes include rabbit with almonds. Desserts include buñuelos de calabaza and pastissets d’ametla. There are numerous restaurants where you can eat, for more information please contact the tourist offices.
Palm bags, sombreros, stone and iron work.
Church of St. Bartholomew, old town centre, mills, archaeological and ethnological museum and palace of Antonio Bañuls.
The Soler Blasco Ethnological and Archeological Museum, situated in the Old Quarter, in the Palace of Antonio Bañuls, where exhibits of the varied archeological finds can be seen, especially the Iberian treasure found on the road to Benitachell.
Jávea holds Moors and Christians pageants during the second half of July. On the 16th of July a procession at sea is held in honour of the Virgin del Carmen. The May Crosses Festival is held from the 28th of April to the 3rd of May; ‘Hogueras’ in honour of Saint John are held on the 24th of June.
Jávea can be reached on the A-7, take the Benissa exit. Jávea can also be reached on the N-332 through Gata de Gorgos where there is a turnoff on the right to Jávea (6 kilometres). Situated 92 km from Alicante and 53 km from Benidorm.
The best excursions are the ones that visit Cabos, Nao and San Antonio - with the best views of Alicante’s coastal area. You can take a trip on a boat and bathe in some of the steep coves. You can also discover sea caverns at ‘Els Orgues’ and ‘Aiguadolç’ and go diving. In the countryside - in the Pinosol district - there is a recreational area. In Montgó there are enjoyable walks to the summit of the Creuteta and to the Coves del Camell and Aigua.
There is a Yacht Club (96 578 9102) with 297 berths. Other activities include sailing and scuba diving courses. The Jávea Golf Club (96 579 2584) is located on the road to Benitachell; there are also tennis, archery, and diving schools (96 579 4653), and mountain-biking is available (96 579 5726).