Nestled in the shadow of the Montgo Mountain, this picturesque resort offers holidaymakers an authentic taste of Spain. If its traditional values and age-old landscapes you’re seeking, Javea holidays are perfect. Situated on the beautiful stretch of coastline of the Costa Blanca, you’ll uncover a wealth of sandy beaches as well as an old town littered with historic architecture, brandishing its own unique charm. Aside from its aesthetics, there is plenty to do in this part of Spain too – from exploring its awe-inspiring countryside to revelling in its vibrant nightlife.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 55m
When to go
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One of the most embraceable Javea attractions is the way that the town can easily be divided into three distinctive areas. This feature gives Javea a variable appeal, welcoming history nuts to the pretty old town, sun lovers to the beach area and sailing enthusiasts to the bustling and glitzy port.
Javea is arguably the heartbeat of the Costa Blanca region of Spain, boasting a vibrant atmosphere along the 24 km of beautiful coastline, as well as a lively nightlife and some very intriguing historical sites in the surrounding area. You’ll never run out of things to do in Javea, whether you’ve jetted over for a short break, on a family holiday or for a sunny weekend with your loved one.
Although the sun and sea prove to be the primary lure for visitors to the area, those interested in history and culture will find many things to do in Javea. If you’re able to look beyond the staggering beauty of Granadella Cove, which in itself is an arduous task, you’ll discover some ancient castle ruins overlooking the bay – the old-timers certainly picked a scenic spot to build their structure.
Wine and Dine
Visitors will be exposed to a diverse array of cuisines throughout the holidays in Javea. There are fantastic restaurants serving up a variety of international, Mediterranean and Spanish dishes to hungry holidaymakers. If you’re after a local flavour you should look no further than Iberia Gastrobar which is the perfect place to try some tapas and other Spanish treats, or Azorin for more of the same.
Bon Amb Restaurant serves up some fantastic Mediterranean dishes in a stunning location, while you’ll find a surprising choice of top-class Indian restaurants around Javea, including Gurkha Palace and The Himalayan Restaurant.
The numerous beaches in the area prove to be some of the best places to flock for those with kids. They’ll love splashing around on Arenal, La Granadella and Ambulo Beach, or donning a newly-purchased snorkelling set and exploring the numerous bays. Away from the beach you’ll still find numerous attractions for the young’uns to enjoy.
Nearby Benidorm boasts some great family attractions which make the coastal resort a perfect place to visit for a day trip. Aqualandia is a great water park home to countless slides, pools and attractions, while a stone’s throw away is the Terra Natura Wildlife Park – a great place to take animal-loving youngsters.
Action and Adventure
Many of Javea’s attractions encompass the seaside, and numerous action-packed activities can be experienced on and beneath the waves along Javea’s coast. There is a decent surfing scene found at Arenal Beach and whether by board, by kite or with a little bit of windsurfing, you can take advantage of the waves and the gusty breezes. Alternatively you can get beneath the waves with a snorkelling or scuba diving trip, allowing you to explore Javea’s underwater highlights.
One of the top things to do in Javea is pay a visit to the nearby Montgo Natural Park and explore the beautiful scenery that it plays host to. There are some great hiking trails around the park that present you with some stunning ocean vistas, especially from the very top of the Montgo.
Life's a Beach
Holidays to Javea are famed for a glorious climate, with many choosing to escape the unpredictable British weather in search of winter sun. The best way to take advantage of the tan-enhancing weather is to head to the beach, of which Javea has two stand-out areas. La Grava is mostly favoured by locals, lined with a parade of authentic Spanish and tapas restaurants for you to sample. Further along the coast is Arenal Beach, a much busier beach with bustling bars edging the sand. Hire pedaloes out to sea for fun with the little ones, or kick back and relax with a drink or two
You’ll find it very easy to relax among the various Javea attractions for those looking for some rest. One of the best places to find relaxation is along the great beaches that the area has to offer. None will quite grab the imagination like Granadella Cove – one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain; it is perfect for an afternoon of sunbathing. Alternatively, you can take to the sea by renting a sail boat from the port area and bob along the scenic coastline.
Sipping on a cocktail in the evening by the sea will be many people’s idea of rest. There are countless bars around Javea that can serve you this image, and none come better than Jalousie Cocktail Bar and Achill. If you still haven’t got your batteries fully recharged, head to The Treatment Works – here you can get therapy treatments, massage, reflexology and facial to rejuvenate you before your flight home.
Javea is packed with bars and places to go out in the evening to let your hair down a bit. You can always head to nearby Benidorm for some serious clubbing spots but there is plenty to keep you going in Javea itself. Nights out usually start quite late, due to the light evenings and weather people eat late and then head out at about 9 or 10 so expect to be partying until the early hours. Bars and clubs are centred around the Arenal beach and Achill is one of the most popular, the bar is right on the beach with tables and dancefloor looking out onto the sea. Other clubs include La Hacienda, La Noche and Moli Blanc. You can even have a try at karaeoke in Javea and, due to the amont of tourists here there is an Irish bar with live music and beers rather than cocktails.
Javea is a family friendly place and very popular with tourists but there are still places you can find to be alone here if you are travelling as a couple. Head to La Granadella beach for a bit more privacy, because the road there is a little less accessible – it is a bit of a windier and windy path – but the beach is worth it for seclusion and relaxation. There is also a fish restaurant right next to the beach where you can go for a romantic meal as the sun leaves the beach. Montgo natural park is a lovely place to spend a day walking with your partner if you are looking for something more active than chilling on a beach. The walk to the top of the rock is worth it for the views when you get there and the countryside is stunning.
The surroundings in Javea are romantic enough that whatever you do will be an experience to remember. Strolling through the town and looking at the architecture before finding a quiet restaurant to have a romantic meal will be ideal.
If spas are your thing, Los Banos de Javea is a beautiful old hammam style spa that offers massage and steam rooms for a whole day of happiness.
The Montgo Natural Park is another place of scenic beauty that holds some historic secrets. There are numerous prehistoric caves dotted around the park which were once inhabited by our ancestors. None are more alluring than that of Migdia Cave – home to some prehistoric cave paintings.
If you’re after some culture within Javea itself, the old town area is a perfect place for culture vultures to wander for an afternoon. The area is defined by its winding maze of streets and gothic architecture, while every now and then you’ll encounter an old church or striking landmark.