Javea or Xabia in Valencian, is a beautiful coastal town on the Costa
Blanca in Spain and an ideal holiday destination in the Comunidad
Valenciana, in the north of the province of Alicante. It is the most
eastern village of the region La Marina Alta.
Mediterranean culture in this convenient location on the coast,
surrounded by beaches, people, culture, festivals and gastronomy.
Javea, with a surface of 68,4 km and surrounded by beaches and
mountains, is enfolded by the foothills of the "Las Planas" and the cape
"Cap de Sant Antoni" in the north with an altitude of 167m above sea
level, in the northeast is the Montgo mountain with 753 m altitude, in
the east lies the broad valley of the rio Gorgos that traverses the area
from east to west and in the south the mountains of Granadella
extending in a platform of 200m height and cape "Cap de la Nao".
In 2011 Jávea had 32.469 inhabitants. Xàbia exists of 3 parts; the historical centre, the harbour and El Arenal, the different urbanizations are located around those areas.
The old town centre is the part of Javea that maintained until today its
typical spanish caracter with its narrow streets, whitewashed houses,
arched doorways, stained glass windows, wrought iron railings "rejas"
and stone balconies.
The harbour of Javea, which found its origin in the fifteenth century
and grew in the centuries after with its peak in the nineteenth century
with the export of raisins, is now a fishing port and the arrival of the
boats and the traditional auction have become a tourist attraction. The
residential area surrounding the port has a strong sailors character
with old fishermen's houses and narrow streets.
The Arenal beach, is located in the middle of the bay of Javea and the
main tourist attraction and undoubtedly the most famous beach for its
fine sand and shallow water. The promenade offers nice shops,
restaurants and bars, both day and night you can go here for a drink and
Climate of Javea / Xàbia - Costa Blanca
The climate in Javea, as in the rest of the Costa Blanca, is a moderate
to mild climate throughout the year. The Montgo protects Xabia against
the cold in winter and the breezes from the east from the sea make the
heat in the summer more pleasant.
The average annual temperature varies between 17 to 22 degrees, with an
average temperature of 12 degrees in January to an average temperature
of 26 degrees in July and August. Javea is very green, although
it does not rain so often, Xabia has lots of water underground. For this
reason it is thought that one of the possible explanations of its name
comes from the Arabic word "Xabiga" which is a kind of well or water
reservoir, in combination with the large volumes that existed in this
The history of Javea / Xàbia
Javea has a rich history, most likely due to its location at the coast,
the climate and the valley, there have been many colonists and invaders
who settled here over the centuries. The oldest evidence of human
activity in the time of Javea is found in the cave of the Montgo, where
some materials come from the Upper Paleolithic, about 16,000 years
before our era.
In the history of Javea 7 main stages can be distinguished: the Iberian era, the Roman period, the Visigothic era, Islamic period, the Medieval period, the Modern period and the Contemporary. But the most important and relevant stages in the history of Javea / Xàbia are perhaps the Roman and Moorish times.
Landscape and surroundings of Javea / Xàbia
Javea is situated between two capes, Cabo San Antonio and Cabo de la Nao and is sheltered by the mountains of the Montgo.
The coastline of Javea stretches over a length of 25km and offers a diverged landscape. The coastline itself consists mainly of rough cliffs, coves and bays with pebble beaches except for the Arenal, the sandy beach of Xàbia. These cliffs and bays with several caves are also beautiful when admired from the sea.
The mountainous areas are covered by stretched out pine forests and the flat part is very fertile, here are grown grapes, almonds, olives and oranges.
The landscape of Javea (and Denia) is characterized by the Montgo
mountain, which can be seen for miles around and many say that from the
Javea side it looks like an elephant with its head and trunk that
extends to the sea. The Montgo is 753 meters high and consists of rocky
formations, cliffs and caves and is home to some of the most unique
flora and fauna in Spain. In 1987 the Montgo area is named a national
park. It is possible to climb the mountain from different places,
excursions are also offered with a guide.
On the other side of the mountain lies Denia, a Spanish fishing village blossomed into a tourist coastal town on the Costa Blanca. With its long sandy beaches, charming narrow streets with shops, restaurants and terraces, the main street Marqués del Campo, the fishing harbor and the new marina is well worth a visit during your stay in Javea.
Around Javea there are the spanish villages Jesus Pobre, Moraira, Gata de Gorgos and Pedreguer which all still maintained their typical Spanish character.
Who during his stay wants to visit the larger towns and cities can make a trip to Benidorm, Alicante or Valencia.
Beaches and bays of Javea / Xàbia
The 25km long coast of Xàbia offers a variety of beaches and bays that are known for their natural beauty, clear waters and Mediterranean woodland settings. We distinguish beaches of gravel, stones and rocks or sand, where all kinds of water sports can be practiced: jet ski, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking, water skiing, paddle boats, sailing, fishing etc.
The small bays and rocky coast provide ideal sites for diving and snorkeling. On most beaches in the summer sun beds and parasols can be rented. The Arenal, located in the middle of the bay is the most famous and
visited beach and the only sandy beach of Javea. Along the entire beach
is a promenade with shops, bars and restaurants, making this beach so
popular, and where you can go for a snack, drink or ice cream on a
glorious day at the beach. Also on the Arenal beach various water sports
can be practiced and you can play beach volley ball or hire a boat or
Besides the Arenal there are several pebble and rocky beaches as Pope -
Tangó, La Grava, La Muntanyar and La Caleta. The crystal clear water and
beautiful views make these beaches unique, also snorkeling offers some
beautiful underwater views.
La Granadella is one of the most beautiful bays of Javea, with high
cliffs on both sides this bay, consisting of pebbles, offers stunning
views, crystal clear water, snorkeling possibilities and you can canoe
along the impressive cliffs and caves. The Granadella beach is voted
best beach of Spain in summer 2012. La Barraca - Portixol is a quiet bay
and particularly popular with fishermen and the local population, the
bay overlooks the island Portitxol. When we talk about the beaches of Javea, we should not forget to mention
the chiringuitos. These typical beach bars are open from about June to
September and can be found among others between the port of Javea and
the Arenal. A drink at the sea front in one of these beach bars
with a breeze from the sea gives you a real holiday feeling. Most bars
also offer small snacks and also in evening you can enjoy here a drink
or a cocktail.
“Miradores“ – the viewpoints of Javea / Xàbia
Along this beautiful coastline Xabia looks out over the sea from its 15
miradores i.e. viewpoints. All are well marked so they are easy to find
for the visitor. From north to south these are: Els Molins, Cap de Sant
Antoni, Punta del Castell, Séquia de la Nòria, Cala Blanca, Caletes,
Creu del Portitxol, L'Illa, Falzia, Cap Negre, Cap de la Nau, Pesqueres,
Ambolo, Castell de la Granadella and Granadella. We definitely
recommmend you to drive a route along these points during your stay in
Also for people that are looking for an active holiday Javea offers
enough possibilities, tennis, golf, mountain biking, hiking, sailing,
cycling are just some of them.
Apart from the water sport activities mentioned earlier like jet skiing,
windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking, water skiing, driving a paddle
boat, sailing, fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving and beach activities
such as beach volleyball are also hiking, cycling, mountain biking and
mountaineering known in this region. There can be distinguished several
routes in the Montgo area, Reserva Marina, Ruta de Las Ermitas,
Granadella, to the lighthouse or viewpoints, through the beautiful
countryside and the valley.
Javea offers tennis courts, a riding club, sailing club, gyms, diving
schools, cycling club, basketball and football, rifle club and a golf
There are several 9 and 18 hole golf courses in the Comunidad Valencia
and the Costa Blanca and the climate in this region makes it ideal to
play all year round.
Javea Golf Club is situated on the road from Javea to Benitachell. This
9-hole golf course was designed by Francisco Moreno and opened in 1981.
Sheltered by the Cap San Antonio this golf course has a perfect
microclimate all year round and it is located in a beautiful natural
setting, surrounded by pine trees.
Nearby is the 27 hole La Sella golf course, designed by José María
Olazábal in 1991 and internationally known for its excellent conditions
to play all year round. There are three 9 hole courses that can be
distinguished by 3 different colors and names of local winds by their
- Llebeig, south oriented, in Valencian this is the name for the hot wind from the Sahara
- Gregal, eastward and owes its name to the ancient sailors who used this wind on their journeys to Greece
- Mestral, coming from the north, is this the cold wind feared by the farmers.
On all three courses you can enjoy golfing in the pure nature.
Shopping in Javea / Xàbia
Nice souvenir shops at the boulevard, small boutiques in the harbor and shops in the old town offer a day of shopping in Javea strolling along the beach or through the narrow streets.
Of course there is also a weekly market in Javea, this is held every Thursday in the village and you will find not only fruit and vegetables here but also textiles, shoes, bags, home, garden and kitchen items etc. even souvenirs can be found here.
Near Javea, in the nearby Ondara, is the shopping centre Portal de la Marina which apart from many shops also offers places to eat and a cinema.
For those who want to go for a day out, the closest cities Valencia and Alicante are a must. For a city trip or just a day of shopping while you can enjoy in the mean time these cities and the beautiful buildings, especially in the center of Valencia these can be admired.
Sight seeing in Javea / Xàbia
Iglesia de San Baratalomé
The most remarkable building in the old town is without doubt the church
of San Bartalomé, from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, with
extensions in the eighteenth century and nineteenth century. The main
work fits in the Isabelline Gothic. The importance and significance made
that it in 1931 this building was declared a National Artistic
Mercado Municipal de Abastos
Opposite the church is the current municipal covered market where you
can find a wide variety of goods such as fruit, vegetables, fresh fish
and meat. Formerly on this spot stood a monastery "Convento de las
Agustinas Descalzas", it was destroyed during the Civil War (1936-39) to
build a covered market but it was not until 1946 that this was actually
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Loreto
The charm of the port area is emphasized by the church Iglesia de
Nuestra Senora de Loreto (the Church of Our Lady of Loreto), opened in
1967. Known for its daring design of the lines and the conception of
space and the shape of a ship.
Casa del cable – The house of the cable
Another interesting building in the harbor is the Casa del Cable (the
house of the cable) in 1860, of which only the pillars of the "naia" are
preserved. It housed the telegraph station which connected peninsula
with Ibiza through an underwater cable. After renovation, the rooms are
now used for exhibitions.
Ermitas de la conquista – Chapels of the conquest
Built in the 14th and 15th centuries are named this way because of
the era in which they were built, the Christian occupation. We
distinguish the following in the are of Javea:
- San Antonio,
already gone, was on the cape that gave her the name (Cabo San Antonio).
There are only the remains of a pavement of tiles.
- Pòpul (XIV-XV) situated on the Ctra. Jesús Pobre with paintings of Soler Blasco.
- San Juan (XV-XVI), became the old cemetery chapel in 1817.
Lucía y Sta. Bárbara (XIV-XV) is the most beautiful and representative.
On the holiday of St. Llúcia December 13, the village climbs the hill
in pilgrimage to the holy place.
The 18th century was an era marked by demographic and economic growth,
in which wealthy families or small landowners built these shrines. They
are simple and small in size. Of the six chapels, two have
disappeared and all are privately owned except Ermita del Santo Cristo
del Calvario on the way to Denia. The original chapel was built in 1770
but the mid-19th century it was rebuilt and it became the current
chapel, with a large facade, various geometric figures, the shape of a
Greek cross and a dome covered with blue glazed tiles.
The eleven windmills on La Plana
These windmills date, one from the 14th century and the rest from the
18th century. The mill of La Safranera dates from the 19th century
(1850). The mills at La Plana have a cylindrical shape, are 7 feet tall
and about 6 feet wide, their function was to grind wheat.
they are outdated and without wings but the remains of these windmills
can be seen from many places in Javea, since they are on the higher
located La Plana.
Archaeological and ethnographic museum Soler Blasco
Includes a magnificent reproduction of the Iberian Treasury of Javea,
including a diadem which appeared in a ceramic jar in Lluca. Also,
samples of the Roman and medieval pottery are displayed. Besides the
eight rooms, two halls are for temporary exhibitions.
Festivals and celebrations in Javea / Xàbia:
Impressive processions, bull run and traditional costume characterize the celebrations of Javea which more than once end with beautiful fireworks. The most important holidays on the calendar of Javea are:
- 17 January – San Antón blessing of the animals in the parish del Mar.
Carnaval although it is not very typical of this region, is also celebrated with parades and costumes of course.
Easter on the other hand is an important time of the year and is celebrated with family.
San Vicente Ferrer is the patron saint of the Comunidad Valenciana and the celebration takes place on the Monday after Easter Monday.
Festivities of Jesus of Nazareth, which main activity is the descent of the sculpture of Jesus of Nazareth to the church San Barta Lomé and back to the chapel del Calvario. These days, also the crosses of 2 May are celebrated with crosses of flowers.
24 June - San Juan begins with celebrations and festivities in the 15 days before of which most take place in the last 5 days prior to the night of San Juan. Bulls, fireworks, the "Focs the San Joan" (Fires of San Juan) define this party and of course the monument made of paper mache.
- The third week of July there are the Moros y Cristianos, also these celebrations, which represent the battle between the Moors and the Christians, are celebrated in Javea like in the whole Comunidad Valenciana with beautiful costumes, processions, fireworks and the whole is accompanied with salute and cannon shots.
End of July - Ajedrez Viviente this living chess game is celebrated since 1996 and has been declared a festival of national tourist interest. It consists of a stage adaptation, which each year focuses on a different theme acted by children who represent a living chessboard.
Last week of August – beginning of September, the Fiestas de la Virgen del Loreto take place, the festivities in honor of Our Lady of Loreto. With local traditional festivities such as "Bous a al Mar" (bulls in the sea).
13 December Santa Lucía, the ascension to the chapel of Santa Lucia and the tasting of hot chocolate.
Other celebrations: Santa Cecilia patron saint of the musicians (22 November), Nuestra Señora del Carmen, patron saint of the sailors (16 July), Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles (August 2).
Residential areas in Javea / Xàbia:
The holiday homes and villas are located in residential neighborhoods and residential areas, there are:
- The villa residential areas Balcón al Mar, Costa Nova, Marina, Ambolo,La Siesta
- The wooded residential areas El Tosalet, Toscal and Cap Marti, Lluca, El Rafalet, Tesoro Golf Park and Seniola
- The residential areas between Arenal and the golf course Adsubia, la Finca and Cansalades
- The residential area between Javea old town and the harbor Partida Mezquida
- Villas and holiday houses on the slopes of the Montgo and La Plana or in the beautiful bay Porticholl in Mar Azul and Portichol