The town of Javea / Xabia (which has approx. 27000 inhabitants) is situated on one of the most beautiful bays of the coast between the Cap de Sant Antoni and the Cap de Sant Marti, right at the foot of the legendary Montgo mountain.
Not only the historic center but also the Mediterranean-style houses transcend the usual concrete unit sausage of the Costa Blanca. Javea actually consists of 3 parts: the existing harbor district known as Duanes de la Mar, the tourist-controlled neighbourhood L’Arenal and the old center, where you can still discover picturesque corners.
The historic center
In the narrow streets, whitewashed walls alternate with stone houses, and lush plants hang beneath them. The massive construction of the Sant Bertomeu (14th-16th century) is reminiscent of the time when the Isabellinian gothic weather-church protected the inhabitants of pirate traps. Also worth seeing are the town hall and the market hall with its busy stalls. In the Casa-Palacio de Antoni Banyuls you will find the archaeological and ethnographic Museu Soler Blasco with interesting objects from the Iberian and Phoenician peiodes. A stunning place to visit is the ‘Iberian treasure of Xabia’ found in 1904 by the Lluca district. The find consists of various gold and silver jewelery artifacts.
Stroll through the port district
In the old fishing village of Duanes de la Mar, the concrete church Mare de Deu de Loerto stands out, with a wooden ceiling reminiscent of a ship’s keel. The traffic-calmed beach promenade stretches along the pebble beach Platja de la Grava, lined with numerous restaurants and cafés. This is where the Casa del Cable, converted into a modern exhibition hall, was built in 1860 as a telegraph station for the undersea cable connection with Ibiza.
Wealth from raisins
In the Parque Montaner on the northwestern edge of Javea is a huge thatched roof with 30 bricked arches, the Riurau de los Catala d’Arnauda. In the 19th century the muscatel grapes were dried in these riuraus, for export to northern europe. At the time, this was an important industry that contributed to the economic prosperity of the city.
Swimming and sunbathing
In addition to the Platja de la Grava at the harbor and the sandy Platja de l’Arenal you can swim in several rocky bays: in the pebbled Cala de la Barraca with beach restaurants opposite the Illa del Portixol, in the Cala de la Granadella, with sand and pebble beaches and at the Platja d’Ambolo.
In de zomer zijn er in Jávea tussen de haven en de Arenal meerdere chiringuitos, kleine houten strandtentjes langs de kust waar u onder het genot van een drankje en de koel briesje kunt genieten van het uitzicht op zee.”>In the summer there are several chiringuitos in Jávea between the harbor and the Arenal, small wooden beach bars along the coast where you can enjoy the sea view while enjoying a drink and the cool breeze. In most chiringuitos you can have a bite to eat and they are open till late for a cocktail.
Of course in Jávea, like on the whole Costa Blanca, celebrations like Reyes, Semana Santa and Moros y Cristianos are celebrated but the typical “fiestas del pueblo”, village festivals of Jávea are San Juan in June with the “fogueres” (not to be confused with las Fallas even though they look alike) and as main activities the parades through the streets and flower offerings, and the celebrations of Virgen de Loreto in the last week of August to 8 September with Bous a la Mar (bulls to sea).
One of the highlights of Jávea is the coastline with the beautiful panoramic landscapes. When you are in Jávea you must “visit” the Miradores, these are 15 different viewpoints (miradores) that offers the coast of Jávea and from where you can admire this beautiful landscape.
The route starts at the Cabo San Antonio with “Cap de Sant Antoni” and “Els Molins” from where you have a view over the entire bay of Jávea. Then there are consecutively the Cabo de La Nao: Punta de L’Arenal, Séquia de la Nòria, Cala Blanca, Caletes, Creu del Portitxol, L’Illa, La Falzia, Cap Negre, Cap de la Nau, Les Pesqueres, Ambolo , Castell de la Granadella and Granadella. From these viewpoints you have a different view of Jávea, the sea, the valley, a bay or the island of Porticholl. In clear weather you can even see the island of Ibiza.
At the edge of the cliff
The 2 km (approx) long descent from the mirador de la Granadella to the quiet cala with its pebbles is definitely worth the effort. It is one of the most beautiful bays of the Spanish Mediterranean coast. The Mirador d’Ambolo offers views of the coast of the same name. For those that want to go down to the cala d’Ambolo, you will be surprised to find a nudist beach. The next destination with a spectucal view of the lighthouse on the Cap de la Nau.
Bahia del Portixol
You reach the mirador on the Cap Negre via a narrow path along a rock face. It is one of the most magical places on the Costa Blanca, because here the entire coast up to Javea is at your feet. From the Mirador de Falzia you look out on the small Illa del Portixol. Here some hiking trails start
The mytic mountain of Javea
A view of 360 degrees and in the vastness of the Mediterranean you can see Ibiza and Formentera. The best of the Montgo is the 733 meter high summit, even if you doubt on the way, the more rewarding it is to glide over the mountains and the in-blue water once.
The Montgo mountain range extends to the cliffs of the Cap de Sant Antoni and this 75 km2 nature reserve includes a huge variety of flora and fauna. About 650 different plant species have been counted here. Especially the holly oak and rosemary bushes are very numerous here. Among the mammals that are found on the Montgo are wild boar, foxes, genet cats and bats.
The plain of Sant Jeromi
The route marked with white and yellow poles to the top is the last stretch of the PR-CV355 hiking trail, which connects the port of Javea with the Montgo. The unpaved path is first wide and easily accessible. Behind a group of pine trees a narrower path goes to the right. You continue straight ahead and you pass a few houses on your left and on the right the exit to the Sant Jeromi shooting range. Shortly after the right-turning path to the cave Cova del Camell is a sign with a map of the nature park. Up to this point you have walked about 2 km over the plain of Sant Jeromi, but now the terrain becomes more rocky.
To the top
The first rocky path, which is still surrounded by palm trees, winds its way further to the summit in small hairpin bends. Take a look along the way: the view reaches all the way from the undulating coastline of Denia in the north to Javea in the south. At the point where the walking path PR-152 goes to Denia you follow the left path to the top. Approximately 30 minutes after the junction you will reach the Penya Roja, a reddish overhanging rock, from where you can see the lighthouse on the Cap de Sant Antoni. Now it is about an hour’s walk to the top. A sharp bend to the left goes through a difficult zigzag path over a rocky ground, on which the path can sometimes be hardly recognized. Here you have to find your own way through the rocks. However, there is no risk of getting lost, because white and yellow markings indicate the direction of each. Moreover, you can already see the top. Then another paved part of the path follows and then the last climb through the rocky landscape begins. On a rock plateau the hiking trails from Denia and Jesus Pobre join the paths from the direction of Javea. A land surveying research point indicates the actual summit.
Did you know that…..
That at the end of the 18th century the French assembly national decided to use the 10 millionth part of the earth meridian quadrant as a basis for the newly to be defined length unit meter. Using triangular measurements, the distance between the North Pole and the Equator was determined. One of these land surveying triangles was formed by the Montgo the highest mountain in Ibiza and the summit of the Desert de Les Palmes in Castellon.
The weekly market there every Thursday is on the placa de la Constitucio and the Placeta del convent in the old village.
From 16:30 on weekdays freshly caught fish was sold to the stalls around the harbor.
That you can dive at the waters around the Illa del Portixol and the Illa d’Ambolo are excellent diving areas and 10 dive routes have been set out. In order to dive in the Reserva Marina the Cap de Sant Antoni you have to apply for a few days in advance. (info at the town hall of Javea)
Ibiza is excellent for a day to visit
Jávea a vast area is located between two capes, Cabo San Antonio and Cabo de La Nao and has an area of 68.59 km2.
Javea is located 96 km from Alicante airport and 120 km from Valencia airport.
Jávea has 27,681 inhabitants (2015) of which 53.1% is of foreign nationality, especially British and Germans.
The number of inhabitants doubled, and in the summer it multiplied even to about 150,000, by the number of tourists, the main economic sector today.
85 different nationalities live in Jávea?
The Cabo de La Nao is the most easterly point of this part of Spain?
The tennis player David Ferrer comes from Jávea?
The two capes Jávea protect and provide a unique microclimate?
Has the climate in this area been declared one of the healthiest in the world by WHO, the World Health Organization?
Jávea is known that it is very green despite there is little rain? This is because Jávea has a lot of water underground. In addition, there is an underground river called “Moraig” which comes from the mountains of Pedreguer and whose origins can be seen in the cave “la cueva de la calavera” (the cave of the skull) in Benidoleig.
Perhaps the name Xábia derives from all this underground water, namely from the Arabic word “Xábiga” which means something like “poz