On Spain’s Mediterranean coast, sheltered between the Cap de la Nao and San Antonio headlands, Javea has become a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. With a resident population of around 30,000 from some 30+ countries, Javea is as diverse a town as you will find on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
Town planners in the 1960s banned high-rise buildings (you will find only 3 in Javea), and limited apartment buildings to 4 or 5 storeys. But the main development in the town has been in the outlying areas where hundreds (maybe even thousands) of villas have been built.
Javea is roughly split in to 3 distinct areas.
- The Historic Old Town (Casco Antiguo). This is the original village of Javea, with narrow winding streets, the large fortified church, covered market and Town Hall. Here you have a selection of shops, restaurants, bars and a wonderful covered market. In the market (Mercado de Abastos) we have a butcher, fish monger with freshly caught fish from the Port fish market, vegetable stalls and a couple of great eateries.
- Aduanas del Mar is the original port of Javea. Javea Port is now home to a small fishing fleet of around 18 boats. These boats go out daily and return in the evening, selling their catch in the fish market in the Port. At a bar/restaurant nearby you can order fish straight off the boats. It doesn’t get much fresher than that. Also in the Port you have the Yacht Club (Club Nautico Javea), a couple of pebble beaches offering good swimming, and of course lots of shops, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes.
- The Arenal. Javea’s only sandy beach is situated 2.5Kms to the south along the coast from the Port. A recently created one-way system gives priority to cyclists and walkers between the two areas. The Arenal beach is dominated by a promenade about 650m long, lined with shops, restaurants and bars. The beach itself is sandy, and shelves out gently in to the small bay. It is a family friendly beach also popular with surfers and paddle boarders.