Javea (Xabia) is a small seaside town and a very popular holiday resort in the northern part of Alicante province. It is placed between the capes of Nao and San Antonio about 80 km away from Alicante.
It faces a wide bay sheltered by rocky Montgó hill (750 m) with its beautiful Natural Park. Protected from cold winter winds, Javea enjoys a special and very healthy micro-climate. Averages temperatures in winter are about 15 degrees Celsius, ascending during summer up to 30 degrees.
Although quite small, Javea Spain is an international tourist place. One-third of its 30,000 inhabitants are British, accompanied by large German and Dutch communities. During summer, Javea is visited by more than 100,000 travelers, most of them from Spain. It can be reached following the roads CV-734 and CV-736. Due to this very good road connection, it is quite easy to drive to both Valencia and Alicante airports. In addition, you can also travel by a local train FGV, connecting all coastal towns Alicante, Benidorm, Calpe, Altea, Denia or you can take one of the regular buses to Denia, Alicante, and Valencia. For more information about bus lines and prices, please check the following site:
Like many other towns in Costa Blanca, Javea has ancient origins going back to prehistoric times. However, it grew into an important center during the Roman age as a commercial port for fish and minerals.
After the fall of the Empire, this region was conquered by Visigoths in the 6th century. Christian Visigoth monks founded the monastery of San Martin, which probably gave its name to the Cabo San Martin. In 714 AD, the town was taken by Moors whose rule ended several centuries later by the Spanish Reconquista. The last members of the Moors community were expelled in 1609 and today there are very few remains of their cultural heritage.
Turbulent history left a lot of monuments that create a specific charm of modern Javea. The Old Town is situated about 3 km inland because its inhabitants in the past had to protect themselves from frequent incursions of pirates. The most significant building in the Old Quarter is the Gothic Church of Sant Bartolomé from the 14th century. Opposite the church, there is a busy municipal market where you can buy always fresh fruit and vegetables, fish caught in local bays, and meat from the surrounding region. Take a walk through narrow streets and enjoy old Gothic architecture with iron balconies and stone porticoes (Carrer Nou street). You can relax in a number of bars and coffee shops in front of the Church. When in the mood for taking a trip through history, you can visit the Historical and Ethnographic museum, Soler Blasco, in Primicias street.
Apart from the Old Town (Pueblo), there are two more urban areas: the port and the Playa de Arenal. The port (El Puerto – Aduanas del Mar) is full of open-air terrace restaurants with Mediterranean dishes (rice paellas, shrimps, and fish). Some of them are placed on the seafront offering you nice views over the bay. The port grew from a modest fishing harbor into a modern tourist complex with a nautical club.
Arenal is urbanization along a sandy beach, with a lot of shops, bars, and restaurants. The beach invites you to enjoy golden sand, warm sea, and sunny days. There are numerous sport opportunities such as volleyball nets and play facilities for the kids. You can also take a walk along its pleasant promenade, buy some souvenirs and handmade crafts. In the evening, you can have a delicious diner and listen to live music until late in the night. Arenal is the center of nightlife with many clubs – an ideal place to spend your holidays in Javea.
Javea Spain is also a town of festivals. People in Spain like organizing numerous celebrations during the whole year. At the beginning of January, there is a procession of the Three Kings. At the end of April, you can participate International Festival Jesus el Nazareno. The main celebration in Javea is Fogueres de San Juan (St John bonfires) in the middle of June. It is followed by a colorful festival Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) recreating the time of Reconquista.
Map of Javea (Xabia)
Helps you find your way along the narrow streets of this old Gothic town.