10 Things To Do And See in Jávea (Xàbia), Spain! The town of Javea, Spain, is a small, pretty Costa Blanca resort town nestled in a broad bay between Cap de la Nao and Cap de San Antoni. The town has numerous coves featuring rocky and sandy beaches strung along the lovely, blue Mediterranean Sea. The area’s rugged mountainous terrain creates steep cliffs with spectacular views.
Many northern Europeans, attracted by Javea’s mild climate, have bought retirement homes there, and the town boasts a lively expatriate community. It is a popular tourist destination as well, combining the charm of a traditional fishing village with an abundance of facilities and activities for tourists. Here are 10 things to see and do when you visit.
10 Things To Do And See in Jávea
1. Playa la Granadella
This rocky beach is situated in a secluded cove about 20 minutes drive from Javea. The beach is popular with divers and snorkelers. Dramatic pathways wind around tall forested cliffs surrounding the beach area.
Cala de la Granadella, Things To Do And See in Jávea, Spain by Diego Delso
2. Arenal Beach
This beach is clean, sandy, and dotted with palm trees. There are several play areas and a wide selection of beachfront shops and restaurants.
Arenal Beach, Things To Do And See in Jávea, Spain by Gustavo Naharro
3. Arenal Promenade
The newly refurbished Arenal promenade offers a wide selection of shops and market stalls, plus outdoor cafes, bars and restaurants. It is a great place to linger over coffee and people watch. A night market is open along the beachfront every night in the summer until midnight.
Arenal Promenade, Things To Do And See in Jávea, Spain by chisloup
4. Montgo Natural Park
This park features winding paths up the Montgo mountain. The paths zigzag most of the way, with a steep rock scramble near the peak. At nearly 2,500 feet above sea level, the climb is well worth it for the fantastic views of the town. There is a variety of trails, both easy and challenging, for hiking or cycling. Picnic areas are scattered throughout the park.
Montgo Natural Park, Things To Do And See in Jávea, Spain by Espencat
Two very different churches dominate the landscape of the town. The Church of Nuestra Senora de Loreto, near the fishing port, was built in 1967 of reinforced concrete in a modern style. Its roof depicts a ship’s hull, and twelve anchors supporting the church are meant to represent the 12 apostles.
The Church of San Bartomeu dates back to the 14th century and is the centrepiece of Javea’s historic district.
Church of San Bartomeu, Things To Do And See in Jávea, Spain by Marcosjavea
6. Javea Golf Club
This is an inexpensive, pleasant 9-hole golf course with a terrace restaurant.
Javea Golf Club, Things To Do And See in Jávea, Spain / clubdegolfjavea.com
7. Old Town
The Old Town offers winding streets to explore, the town hall, museums, art galleries as well as a wide variety of restaurants and nightclubs.
View of Javea from Montgó massif, Things To Do And See in JáveaSpain by Rodriguillo
8. The Town Market
Every Thursday morning, Javea hosts a market in the centre of town, with dozens of stalls selling fresh, locally grown produce. It is an ideal place to pick up your picnic lunch for your hike up Montgo Mountain.
Javea Market, Things To Do And See in Jávea, Spain by javeavacation.com
9. The Marina
Visit Javea’s picturesque marina and fishing port for a flavor of old Spainish maritime life.
Javea from Cap de Sant Antoni, Things To Do And See in Jávea, Spain by EBV10
10. Cap de la Nau and Cap de San Antoni
Both of these spots have scenic lighthouses and spectacular views of Javea and the coastline.
Cap de Sant Antoni windmills, Things To Do And See in Jávea, Spain by Espencat