Javea in Spain: impressive beaches and nature

Picturesque Javea is located on a beautiful bay on the Costa Blanca in Spain. It is a beloved seaside resort town in both summer and winter with many tourists coming to enjoy its sun, sea and sand. Playa de La Palma, the southernmost beach of Javea, has already been voted the best beach in Spain…twice! But Javea is not only a popular resort town; it also has an attractive, historic town centre with narrow streets, terraces, bars and shops making it a great place to stay after a day at the beach.

Javea in Spain is a truly fascinating place for both energetic and relaxed holiday moments. In addition to its beautiful beaches, there are many interesting sights, impressive natural areas and plenty of activities to experience. The beautiful crescent-shaped promenade, the marina, the bay with its fine sandy beaches, many pine trees, rock formations and the most beautiful underwater caves in Spain are the main ingredients of a holiday in Javea. Do you want to experience the ultimate holiday? Read all about Javea in Spain and be inspired.

Overview of Javea

Javea is a municipality in the Spanish province of Alicante in the Valencian Community. The town has about 30,000 inhabitants and is located between Cabo de San Antonio and Cabo de la Nao, sheltered by the Montgó massif. El Macizo del Montgó, or Elephant Mountain, is one of the most beautiful places to visit during a holiday in Javea. From the top, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Mediterranean coast. The Montgó also protects the coastline from strong winds and provides a pleasant climate. In the winter months, there is relatively little rain and temperatures remain mild. 

Javea is also a popular destination in the summer. The sun is almost always shining and temperatures range between 24-32 degrees from May to September. The coastline is 20 km long with a huge variety of beaches and bays. The popular resort town of Dénia is located slightly north of Javea. Javea is also perfectly located between the cities of Valencia and Alicante – both just an hour’s drive away! 

Javea is becoming increasingly popular with holidaymakers. Many tourists love the charming atmosphere and the great range of possibilities on offer. Despite a clearly visible increase in tourism, Javea has retained an authentic Spanish atmosphere. It used to be a fishing village and unlike many other resort towns, the traditional fishing port has been well preserved. Yachts moor among the local fishing boats in the marina, and you are sure to enjoy the marina atmosphere with plenty of bars and restaurants where you can try delicious fish dishes.

The breathtaking beaches in Javea, Spain

As we’ve mentioned, Javea has some stunning beaches, one of which is among the most beautiful beaches in Spain: Playa de La Palma. This pebble beach is Javea’s southernmost beach and is located on Cabo de la Nao. The picturesque horseshoe-shaped bay has crystal-clear waters and is surrounded by jagged rocks and pine trees. This area is a favourite among both sunbathers and avid divers and snorkellers. Don’t miss a visit to this beach!

Playa El Arenal is the only sandy beach in Javea, as the name suggests. Here, too, you can relax and unwind. This city beach is 480 metres long and has shallow water and coarse sand. It is one of the most famous and most visited beaches for swimming. This beach is awarded the Blue Flag certification each year for its environmental quality. In addition, there are several watchtowers along the beach from which lifeguards ensure the safety of swimmers. The beautiful beachfront promenade hosts a variety of restaurants, cosy bars and inviting terraces every few metres. There are also more and more luxury Ibiza-style beach tents, known as chiringuitos. Chill and lounge by the water with your feet in the sand while enjoying a fresh fruit cocktail. What more could you want?

The beautiful nature of Javea

Nature lovers can really indulge themselves in Jávea. The combination of sea and mountains makes it the perfect destination for hikers. Jávea also has a beautiful natural heritage site: Mount Montgó. In 1987 it was declared a national park. Brave hikers who reach the top of el Montgó will discover unique flora and fauna and be rewarded with magnificent views over the Mediterranean Sea, the surroundings of Javea and the mountain landscape of the Costa Blanca. The Cabo de la Nao closes the area of Javea with a 142-metre-high lighthouse, which offers views of the entire coastal strip of the Costa Blanca. You can also take some lovely walks along the vineyards and fields inland past houses with typical covered terraces.

The Old Town of Javea

Javea is more than a pretty resort town with stunning beaches and nature. In the historic town centre, you can really experience Spanish history and culture. Despite the influx of tourists, nothing has changed in the Old Town. Take a trip through time and enjoy the Medieval architecture, the maze of narrow streets, white houses, Gothic features, stone arches and colourful flowers.

The Gothic church of Bartolome and various museums dating back to Roman times are definitely worth a visit. More architectural highlights can be found in the main square, such as the town hall, the tourist information building and the covered market. Take a stroll through the busy market with local products such as fresh fish, vegetables and fruit. Day or night, the daily life of Javea is a real adventure. With art galleries, nice shops, delicious restaurants and a café on almost every street corner, you’re sure to have an amazing visit.

Sightseeing in Javea

To make sure you really get the most out of your holiday, we’ve made a list of the three most impressive sights in Javea, Spain:

1. Elephant Mountain: El Macizo del Montgo

Number 1 is of course the natural park of El Macizo del Montgó. You’ll be able to recognise this mountain resembling an elephant with its trunk in the air from afar. It is one of the most beautiful places you can visit during your holiday in Javea. You’ll also have a beautiful view of the Mediterranean coast from the top. As you follow the hiking trails, you’ll pass numerous viewpoints and incredible flora and fauna. The path takes you past 11 windmills, as well as the Cap de San Antoni viewpoint, the Sanctuary of Mare de Deu dels Angeles, Torre Gerro, the Cova Tallada cave, the balcony of Montgo (Balcón Montgo), and continues up to the highest point (Cim Montgo). All in all: phenomenal!

2. Cap de la Nau nature reserve

The southern border of Javea is formed by Cap de la Nau and its lighthouse, the easternmost tip of Spain. The cliffs at Cap de la Nau are breath-takingly beautiful and you can even see as far as Ibiza in clear weather. This beautiful nature reserve makes for a fun day out and you won’t have to go hungry since there’s also a restaurant just past the lighthouse.

A little further on, you’ll find El Castell de la Granadella – Granadella Castle, which can be recognised by its rough stone horseshoe shape and two bronze cannons.

3. The church of La Parroquia Nuestra Señora de Loreto

Another fascinating highlight is the church of La Parroquia Nuestra Señora de Loreto in the marina of Javea. This impressive church was built in honour of the local fishermen who survived a boat crash. The church has the hull-like shape of a ship and resembles a boat breaking through the waves.

What to do in Javea? 1,001 activities

You can experience it all on the beaches of Javea in Spain. Playa El Arenal, Javea’s busiest beach, is located in the centre of the bay and has a beautiful promenade with numerous terraces and restaurants. Climbing frames and volleyball nets on the beach are very popular among children and young people. However, if you prefer relaxation and nature, head to the quiet cove of Granadella, where you can also snorkel and dive in very high-quality waters. The marine reserve of Cabo San Antonio offers a wealth of underwater fauna and flora. In this unique diving paradise with natural caves, you’ll find numerous protected species such as langoustines, grouper and horn coral. You can also practice several water sports here: Javea is the-place-to-be for sailing in particular.

Javea is a real haven for hikers, walkers and cyclists who want to enjoy beautiful mountains and valleys full of flora and fauna. You can also book a mini cruise from Javea to Denia. Skip the traffic jams and enjoy the pure natural air conditioning on an excellent day out! In the morning, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast in the port of Javea as the sun rises, followed by your exclusive boat ride with excellent panoramic views of the coastline, while relaxing in the gentle breeze. After sailing about 4 miles, you’ll arrive in the fascinating historical city of Denia – an authentic Spanish village with the castle of Denia as its main attraction.

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Read our blog: Javea: explore the beautiful Costa Blanca – for more fun facts about this beautiful seaside town! To know more about a holiday in Spain in general, check out: Holidays in Spain – everything you need to know about the sunny destination of Spain