JAVEA, AN OLD TOWN STEEPED IN HISTORY
Javea is a small, historic town, free of high rise buildings that offers a relaxing holiday atmosphere. The local people are friendly and affable. The clean, warm, blue Mediterranean Sea laps the beautiful beaches and coves that Javea has to offer.
With its variety of landscape, ranging from sandy coastlines to rugged mountain areas, its mild year-round climate, its careful planning policies and extensive tourist facilities, Javea is a jewel on the Costa Blanca, combining beauty and modern facilities with the charm of an ancient fishing village.
The town is situated between the San Antonio and La Nao points and enjoys the impressive and magnificent protection of Mount Montgó.
Javea’s old town is steeped in history and this is evident in the architecture, with its Tosca stone porticoes, gothic bay windows, wrought iron window bars and balcony railings. The church of San Bartolemé in the town centre is an example of late gothic architecture with a defensive character. The “Soler Blasco” Archaeological Museum is close by in the narrow streets and offers a wealth of information about Iberian history.
Dominating the fishing port is the modern silhouette of the church of Nuestra Señora de Loreto, with its roof depicting a ships hull. Outside the town, following the road to the San Antonio cape, the architectural sites include the monastery of Nuestra Señora de los Angeles, a series of small hermitages which clutch the slopes of the mountain and ancient windmills which dominate the landscape.
There are many international restaurants in the town offering a wide choice of different cuisines from around the world. Cafés and bars overlooking the Mediterranean invite you to sit, to have a drink and just enjoy the ambience of the port. The importance of the town’s maritime activities is apparent in the port area; known as Aduanas de Mar, it boasts a lovely promenade and some excellent fish restaurants where you can enjoy the ‘catch of the day’. The fishing harbour is situated next to an attractive marina full of interesting yachts, a lovely area for a morning or evening stroll. The Arenal area offers a beautiful sandy bay with palm trees and play areas for children. The bay is framed by the promenade with its wonderful choice of bars and restaurants offering national and international specialities.
Just outside the town, surrounded by pines and orange groves, the Javea Golf Club offers a pleasant setting for golfers. There are several other golf courses within easy access of Javea.