Javea (Xabia) Spain
Javea (or Xabia in valenciano) Spain is a coastal town located in the comarca of Marina Alta, about 80 km north east of Alicante, in between Altea and Denia. You can reach Javea via the road N 332.
Javea started attracting north Europeans more than 30 years ago (Since the 1970s), expatriates to purchase retirement villas and the town has an active property industry. Javea has about 31,100 habitants now, but this is greatly swelled to well over 100,000 by the annual influx of summer tourists.
Javea is divided into three parts: Javea Pueblo (the old town), Javea Puerto (the bustling port area), and Playa de Arenal (the main beach area).
The pleasant old centre of Javea is worth passing a few hours, in the centre of town, mostly built in original Tosca stone hewn from the rocky shore, sits the Church of Sant Bartolome which dates back to the late 14th century.
Walking up a path from the Javea port - the hill of the bay allows an impressive view on the the cabo de nao.
Scuba diving in Javea is highly recommended and there's no end of dive shops offering introductory dives and PADI courses.
There are also some good trekking routes around Javea and if you are interested in doing some trekking you should ask in the Tourist Information office for the booklet "Nature Parks and Trekking Routes".
If you are looking for a golf course around Javea, please look at our Jevea golf club page.
Playa de Arenal is Javea's beach area. Its also an arc of wide white sand flanked by a promenade of restaurants, shops and bars. During the summer evenings there are a number of stalls selling handmade crafts. Many of the bars offer live music and stay open until the early hours. Sand artists and street entertainers work along the Arenal beach during the summer months.
The beach itself is fabulous with superb fine, golden sand. There are volleyball nets along the back of the beach which are popular later in the day and there are plenty play areas for the kids.
For accommodation in Javea you can look at our Javea Hotels page.