Things to do in and around Javea
Javea is the jewel in the Costa Blanca and has much more to offer than just Blue Flag Beaches. It is a destination that can keep the entire family entertained for the duration of your stay. Rich in culture, history, fiestas and variety from coastlines to rugged mountains, the below will provide you with additional ideas and suggestions to really explore what makes this town so popular amongst tourists and locals alike.
HIKING | BEACHES | MIRADORES | HISTORICAL SITES | BIKING | RELAXATION | WATER ACTIVITIES | BARS AND CLUBS | INDOOR ACTIVITIES | BEYOND JAVEA
One of the best ways to see some spectacular natural views, walk along unspoiled tracks or just enjoy some light exercise is to embark on one of the many hiking trails that cut through and surround Javea. The official tourism website of Javea has five different trail routes that you can download and follow - Montgo, Granadella, Cala Barraca, Cap Prim and Ermita Santa Llucia. Each booklet provides the distance, expected completion time, gradient and difficulty level as well as a complete map and description of what to expect along the way. From beautiful inland walks to more advanced mountainous climbs, these routes can be enjoyed by everyone.
Additional trail and walking routes around the wider Costa Blanca are available. Driving west from Javea towards the inland mountains provides you with some of the most dramatic scenery in the area. Further descriptions of what is available can be found on the javeamigos website.
Please be sure to take the required equipment when you go including plenty of water, sun screen and the appropriate footwear for hiking on loose gravel and rocks.
There are three Blue Flag Beaches in Javea - La Grava, Playa Arenal and La Granadella all of which offer spectacular beauty.
Playa Arenal is the only sandy beach in Javea and is considered the main tourist area with many amenities there including bars and restaurants along its promenade, water sports and children's play areas. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer. During the high season, you will also find market stands offering traditional Spanish arts and crafts during the evenings.
La Grava is part of the Port Town where you can take a swim in it's calm waters or relax for the day while watching the boats leave and return from the marina just next door. For the children (and a small fee) there is an inflatable playground in the water just off the shoreline.
La Granadella is consistently ranked high up in the lists of best beaches across all of Spain - and it's easy to see why. After a drive down some narrow roads you arrive at a horseshoe pebble beach with blue clear waters. Ideal for sitting out on the deck chairs and enjoying the stunning view. It's common for boat owners to congregate along the waters here and drop anchor for the day. You will also find the waters perfect for kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding or just regular swimming around exploring the rock faces that provide the cover. There are also a couple of restaurants just behind serving food throughout the day.
Other notable beaches and coves to sunbathe, swim, snorkel and relax include Cala Blanca, Cala Sardinera, Cala Barraca, Cala Ambolo (naturist) and Primer Muntanyar. You can review pictures and more information on the beaches and coves on the official tourism website of Javea. For a detailed map of beach locations, please refer to our page under "What To Do" and "Map - Villa Sahara".
Seeing some of the Miradors of Javea is a must do when you visit. And if you really feel adventurous, you can tick off all 15 of them by following the entire 29km "Ruta de los Miradores de Xabia".
They are designated, strategic viewpoints that show spectacular views of Javea. The miradors of Javea are clearly signposted and each one has been carefully selected due to it’s amazing views. The concept is that each one represents an imaginary window through which you see the most fantastic views. There is no cost to view each mirador. The views from each mirador are easily amongst some of the very best views the Costa Blanca has to offer. You can have a great day’s adventure trying to find each one either on foot for the endurance walker or by bike.
Links to further information on the Javea Miradors:
Cycle map of the Miradors passing 13 of the 15 stop off points.
Office Xabia Tourism webpage with pictures and more information on each point.
Map of the Miradors de Xabia
Javea is steeped in rich history from it's early establishment in 1397, although there is evidence of Roman occupation as far back as 2nd century BC. Attacks from the sea during the 15th century meant its inhabitants moved inland and built a wall around the city which is stood until 1877. Remains are still visible today in parts of the Old Town. Thanks to this long history, Javea has significant heritage of historical monuments and shows influence through the ages from the inhabitants of the Romans, Moors and Christians. A popular selection of these include:
Molins de la Plana - these historic windmills were used to grind wheat and other cereals in the region and built between the 14th and 18th centuries. A 4km circular walk takes you past all 11 windmills and some excellent views of the area.
Church of the Virgin of Loreto - this avant-garde structure is contentious for its risk taking architecture as it gives the appearance of a boat crashing through the waves. Built in 1967 it's worth a visit to make up your own mind.
"Virgen de los Angeles" monastery - a monastery, 160m above sea level, of the Order of St Jermone run by one sole monk who carries out all the duties.
Chapel of Calvary - noteworthy for it's traditional, yet iconic, Arabic dome and houses the towns treasured image of Jesus Nazreno.
Look out for torres (towers) placed around the town. These are typically defensive structures build during the Muslin reign around the 11th century. These include Capsades Tower, Ambolo Tower, Portichol Tower and Torronel Tower.
Javea Old Town - spend half a day exploring the historical city center and where Javea was first settled. Walk through the ancient narrow streets and influence from its medieval history. Places of interest include:
There are many cycling routes through and around Javea. Some are relaxing rides along the tourist areas, others are more energetic but provide the opportunity for some spectacular scenery.
The official tourism website of Javea has ten designated cycling routes for you to explore the town and discover some of the attractions that make Javea so popular as well as some of the neighbouring towns with their own charm and character.
Two suggested bike rental shops are located in town and have an excellent selection of road, hybrid and mountain bikes. It is recommended to book in advance, especially during the summer season:
For the more serious cyclist, there are advanced routes across the Costa Blanca, with some sections often used to stage parts of La Vuelta. There is an excellent list of suggested routes to take advantage of provided by Cyclinglocations.com.
Please be sure to take the required equipment when you go including plenty of water, sun screen and appropriate equipment to repair punctures.
Javea has a selection of different options to help you relax and unwind during your vacation. Some places are located in town, others are individuals that will come to your location and provide 1:1 treatments.
Home massage options:
Matthew Armstrong - Javea Massage Therapies
Clive Sinclair - Massage Remedies Javea
Almost every kind of water activity is available in Javea. Sailing remains a favourite with the locals and holiday makers with the marina in the port area containing over 500 moorings. If you are able to get out on any kind of water transport, there are many coves and inlets to explore only accessible by the water.
A lot of rental equipment is available down by Arenal beach where you will see the stands along the sand advertising day rentals for equipment, excursions and lessons.
Here is a list of some of the most popular water activity options:
Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle (SUP) options:
Snorkeling - it is best advised to purchase snorkeling equipment from one of the many local shops as it is relatively inexpensive. The majority of the beaches and coves around Javea provide excellent snorkeling. The four recommended above others would be Cala Blanca, Cala Sardinera, Carla Portixol and Playa de Granadella. You will see snorkelers and divers enjoying these waters and the coves around their corners.
Javea doesn't pretend to be the hottest place along the Costa Blanca for nightlife. It's neighbor, Benidorm, takes care of that. There is, however, plenty to keep you entertained during the evenings and into the night with excellent restaurants, bars and plenty of dancing opportunities.
The main area to find restaurants, bars and clubs is down by Arenal Beach and along the promenade there. It is family friendly both during the day and night with many options for cuisine from local Spanish to Indian, British, Italian, American BBQ and more. The alternative area for restaurants is to head to the port area where you can find many Spanish restaurants serving traditional menus throughout the day.
The three most popular clubs are:
La Hacienda - located on the side of the Montgo mountain, right in the middle between Javea and Denia, it is described as a hidden gem. Not quite a bar, not quite a club it caters to a wide range of tastes mixing indoor and outdoor hang out spots and individual rooms.
Moli Blanc - one of the oldest nightclubs in Javea, it's built in and around an old windmill on the main road between Arenal Beach and the Javea old town. Made up of several areas for partying, dancing a chilling it provides much of what club goers want, with the added bonus of stage shows and performances throughout the summer.
Achill - one of the older but more classier and traditional bar/club it is located on the Arenal Beach with a glorious view of the bay. If you are looking for that DJ, dance, cocktail and vibrant atmosphere for a late night summer party then this would be the place to go.
While rainy days are fairly uncommon in Javea, they do happen and with it comes the need to be aware of some of the indoor activities that are available. Or perhaps you might just like a break from the sun! Aside from the museums, churches and spas that are listed above, some other recommendations are:
Casa del Cable - built in 1860 it was an important telegraph link between the mainland and the islands including Ibiza by means of a submarine cable. It houses the history of the communications as well as being used now for art exhibitions.
Cine Jayan (Cinema) - offering films in their original versions located in the port area.
Ondara Shopping Center - a 20 minute drive out of Javea towards Denia on the N332 will take you to the Ondara shopping center. While there is nothing particularly "local" here, for those that like the brand stores will certainly feel at home, although they do also have a bowling alley and their own cinema.
Project X Escape Room - a popular concept the world over has now arrived in Javea. You and your team are locked in a room and have 60 minutes to solve clues and puzzles in order to escape before the time runs out.
Cuevas de las Calaveras (Skull Caves) - a short car ride out of Javea you will find the Calaveras Caves. The caves got their rather sinister name form the many skulls that were found in them when they were discovered in 1768. There is an interesting historical display which outlines the formation of the cave system and details some of its subsequent uses. During WWII soldiers used the cave to store food and even to repair aircraft engines.
There is much more to see and do for those that want to explore towns and areas outside of Javea for the day, most of which are within 60 minutes drive.
Towns to visit:
Moraira - 20 minutes drive from Javea. Up until the 1970s it was a collection of fisherman cottages. Since then, it's become an exclusive holiday resort with 8km of blue flag beaches. With its affluent feel this is a popular and charming seaside resort.
Calpe - 35 minutes drive from Javea. Transitioned from a little fishing village to a summer tourist destination it's best known for it's fine sandy beaches, imposing Penon de Ifach rock and great value fish restaurants.
Altea - 40 mintues drive from Javea. One of the most charming towns in the Costa Blanca, it's a place packed full of character with exquisite local crafts, paintings and gifts.
Benidorm - 45 minutes drive from Javea. Benidorm is an expat favorite across Europe where you will find over 4 miles of sandy beaches packed full of holidaymakers all year round. Known for its nightlife, the best across the Costa Blanca, it also offers excellent restaurants and shopping. A sky-rise dream for those that are looking for 24 hour activity.
Other day activities:
Algar Waterfalls - 55 minutes dive from Javea. Through a circuit of 1.5km, you can walk through the bed of the river, see the waterfalls and the numerous springs and take a swim in the crystal clear waters.
Safari Aitana - 90 minutes drive from Javea. Enjoy a wild and natural experience in spectacular surroundings 1000 meters above sea level. The Safari Aitana is a reservation for wild animals from five continents.
Vital Parc Center - 40 minutes drive from Javea. An adventure park in the middle of nature offering various entertainment activities such as archery, zip lining, a circuit of platforms amongst the trees to navigate and more.
Valor Museum of Chocolate - 50 minutes drive from Javea. Come and learn how Valor chocolate has evolved since its first set up in 1881 and how this rich food is produced. The museum is also home to one of the best collections of machinery used in the chocolate making industry.
El Castell de Guadalest/Caslte of Guadalest - 70 minutes drive from Javea. Listed on the "most beautiful towns in Spain" website, Guadalest is a step back in time. Nestled high above sea level, the town was declared a historic-artist set in 1974. Take your camera for some stunning scenery.
Cuevas de las Calaveras/Skull Caves - 30 minutes drive from Javea. The caves got their rather sinister name from the many skulls that were found in them when they were discovered in 1768.
Cuevas de Canelobre/Chandelier Caves - 75 minutes drive from Javea. Home to one of the highest cavities in Spain it contains many impressive shapes as stalactites, stalagmites, columns and jellyfish, among many others.
Terra Mitica - 50 minutes drive from Javea. With rides, shows, shops, restaurants and a hotel this theme park certainly has more to offer than a day will allow.
Terra Natura and Aqua Natura - 45 minutes drive from Javea. Terra Natura animal park is a new generation where you can discover the "zooimmersion", a new concept in habitat design that allows you to make contact with animals through invisible to human eye barriers. Next door is Aqua Natura, a 40,000 square meter water park designed for everyone to have a good time with over five large sections to relax and play.
Aqualandia - 50 minutes drive from Javea. One of the worlds largest water parks at over 150,000 square meters and located in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Mundomar - 50 minutes drive from Javea. An animal park designed to be fun for the whole family with different species of mammals, birds and reptiles along with various shows and the possibility of swimming with sea lions or a dolphin encounter.