The Costa Blanca town of Javea lies in a sweeping bay between two rocky headlands and is sheltered by the bulk of El Montgó Mountain. The mountain provided refuge for the area's first cave dwelling inhabitants 30,000 years ago and over the centuries Javea has been under the rule of many great nations including Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs. Also referred to as Xábia, the town's modern day inhabitants include a large northern European expat community and it is also a popular holiday destination with Scandinavian and British tourists.
Beaches & Attractions
As is the case with many Spanish coastal towns, the beach resort area of Javea was built around the existing old port to accommodate the influx of holidaymakers, with the actual old town centre lying slightly inland allowing inhabitants of old a window of time to fortify the town in the event of pirate attacks.
The Arenal beach area is backed by a picturesque promenade lined with bars and restaurants, and the beach options include a sandy bay flanked by rocky coves and tall cliffs offering splendid views and hiking trails. Lovely walks and further dining options can be enjoyed in the port and marina with locally caught fish and seafood a highlight on many menus. The marina is also home to a yacht club and the place to enjoy a great selection of water sports.
Evidence of Javea's connection with the sea can be seen throughout the port area and even in the Church of Nuestra Señora de Loreto that has a roof constructed in the shape of a ships hull. Exploring the narrow streets of the old town gives visitors a feel for times gone by with small wrought iron balconies overlooking street side cafes and the Church of San Bartolemé taking pride of place in the town's centre. The Cap de Sant Antoni headland is presided over by a row of ancient stone windmills and offers lovely walks and views over the town and harbour.