Information about Javea at the Costa Blanca in Spain:
Javea (in Valenciano Xabia) has approx. 27.000 inhabitants and is located on a 3 km long bay between the Cabo de San Antonio in the north and the Cabo de la Nao in the south. Well known on the Costa Blanca is also the mountain Montgo which shares its southern side with Javea and the north side with Denia.
Javea is divided into 3 districts: the Arenal with its approximately 250 m long sandy beach (Playa Arenal), the port area (Puerto) and the village with the old town of Javea. The Arenal section of Javea has lots of quality restaurants, bars and pubs. It is a bit quieter in the old town or at the port of Javea. Definitely worth seeing here is the modern fishermen’s church with its keel-shaped roof, modeled after a ship’s hull. The church was built in the 1960s in expressionist style. Visit the fish auction hall at the port of Javea where you can buy fresh seafood and fish during the auction in the late afternoon.
The old town of Javea with its medieval streets consists of many small old-fashioned tapas bars and numerous shops. This is where the weekly market of Javea takes place. Javea has a lot of nice boutiques and shops that invite you to stroll and shop. During summer time the arenal beach offers a great range of water sports activities . The southern part of Javea’s coastline is characterized by steep rocks where many small coves and beaches are carved including the rocky beach for nudist enthusiasts “Cala Ambolo” near the urbanization “Balcon al Mar”.
Javea beach “Cala Tango” or “Cala Pope”: a natural stone beach directly at the southern foot of the Cabo San Antonio.
Javea beach “Cala La Grava”: immediately south of the harbor adjoining stone beach on the harbor promenade.
Javea beach “Cala Benissero” (also Cala 1 Muntanyar): south of the confluence of the Riu Gorgos located stone beach with rocky sections.
Javea beach “Cala 2 Muntanyar”: south of Arenal adjoining stone beach “Cala Blanca” this beach is the continuation of the previous beach and also rocky.
Javea beach “Cala Sardinera”: a bay northwest and below the Cabo La Nao is a stony beach.
Javea beach “Cala Barraca” or “Cala Portitxo”: rock and stone beach opposite the Isla de Portitxol in the south of Cabo la Nao.
Javea beach “Cala Granadella”: one of the most beautiful bays in the west of Cabo la Nao, rocky and stony which can be reached by serpentine by car through a gorge. There are parking spaces here but you have to come early in the morning in summer times, otherwise parking is a bit difficult. There are also restaurants serving typical spanish dishes.
Javea has an international school, the “Xabia International School”. This accompanies children from elementary school to high school graduation.