Local Information about Javea
Javea is a small, historic town, free of high rise buildings offering 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
The town is situated between the San Antonio and La Nao points and enjoys the impressive and
magnificent protection of Mount Montgó.
Approximately 1 hour’s drive from Alicante towards the north-eastern tip of the Costa Blanca.
History & Culture
Javea old town is steeped in history and it’s 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 clutch the slopes of the mountain and ancient windmills dominate the landscape. ?
Port & Marinas
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.
Javea has a huge variety of restaurants and bars for dining out for typical Spanish or many
other international cuisines. Enjoy the traditional Spanish Old Town, the beautiful port area or
the more bustling and touristy Arenal.
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.
Javea has an excellent choice of sea sport and fishing facilities. The modern yacht club at the
sports marina has nearly 300 berths and offers all types of water sports: sailing, fishing, scuba
diving, water skiing, and windsurfing.
There are a number of sports clubs and associations in the area where you can enjoy a game of
tennis, padel, .bowls, cycling, walking, climbing and so much more. Golf is very popular and
there are many beautiful courses within a 1 hour drive, as well as Java golf club and La Sella
within a few minutes drive.
Local public Spanish schools are free in Spain. The Law of Education makes it compulsory and
free for pupils to attend school between ages 6 and 16 years old.
International schools in and around Javea are the most popular choice for expats, with several
in the area.
British schools usually follow the UK curriculum and offer GCSEs, A/S and A levels. Many also
now offer the internationally- recognised International Baccalaureate diploma as an alternative
to A levels.
Javea enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection
by surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The area averages nearly
3,000 hours of sunshine each year and the average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees.
In 1986 the World Health Organisation recommended the climate of the area as one of the most
equitable in the world – neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. On average it
can boast 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all year round destination.