Things to Do & See
Things to Do & See
Javea is a beautiful, historical, coastal town with much to see and do and well worth a visit. The city of Javea (or Xabia in Valenciano, the local language) lies about 80 km north east of Alicante, in between Denia and Altea. You can reach Javea via the road N 332, a wonderful coast road along the coastline of the Costa Blanca.
Javea is a charming Spanish town divided up into 3 main areas of interest: The Beach area (Arenal) with its large beach is surrounded by a great selection of cafes, shops and restaurants facing the sea. The Port with its marina is a pleasant place for a walk and also boasts some great spots to eat and drink. Javea’s Old Town is a really charming, characterful area with a very provincial Spanish feel, and here you can practice your Spanish with the locals as you explore the nooks and crannies of the old style streets with their whitewashed walls.
Sightseeing in Javea
Of particular interest is the 12th Century Gothic Church of San Bartolome with its many Gothic features. Also of interest is the museum Soler Blasco, which can be found in the calle Primicias. The museum displays a copy of the treasure of Javea, which consists of jewellery from the past centuries. The original treasure of Javea can be seen in Madrid.
Javea also has its own Port, with traditional fishing boats coming and going, along with more modern yachts moored nearby. There is a lovely promenade that you can stroll along watching the various boats go in and out of port, or you can opt to enjoy a coffee on the many outdoor terraces along this stretch. From here you can enjoy spectacular views across the harbour.
There is the modern Yacht Club (Club Nautico) in the marina which has 300 berths and where most water sports are on offer including swimming, sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, sailing, jet skiing, fishing and much more. For the more adventurous you will find many places offering Scuba Diving lessons/courses, as well as sailing courses which are also popular in the region.
Javea’s lovely sandy coastline stretches for 25kms of golden sand and little coves you can discover. The main beach is Playa de Arenal, here you can rent out sunbeds and parasols, or simply lounge in the golden sand. There is a nudist beach in Ambolo, and little coves in Barraca, Caleta and Falsia.
For those who prefer to keep to dry land there are 13 golf courses in the region. Javea itself has an excellent 9 hole course (with 2 putting greens per hole) as well as a 20 bay driving range. Some of the other courses can be found in Teulada, Calpe, Benissa and Moraira which are all within a half hour drive from the villa. For those looking for a Championship course then La Selle in Denia is only a 15-20 minute drive away. There are another two Championship courses in Benidorm, which is a 35 minute drive, and another excellent 18 hole course in Alicante, which is about an hour away.
Javea has is very own tennis club, L’Ancora Tennis Club which offers great facilities including 4 floodlit tennis courts, bar and restaurant and it also has its own swimming pool. There is also the Club de Tennis Javea which has both asphalt and clay courts available and is centrally located. A further 10 minute drive inland will take you to another tennis complex called Los Pinos.
The area has 2 horse riding schools, one in Sella and the other in La Hipica. They cater for all levels from beginners to the more experienced rider. This is a good fun day out for all the family.
There are so many wonderful walks around this region with so many different views to look at, that no matter how long you stay you will never tire of the scenery. There is Montgo, Javea’s elephant-like mountain for those that are into climbing, it rises 753 metres above sea level. The views from the top are quite breath-taking, and it has one of the best botanical reserves the Valencian has to offer. Or for a more leisurely stroll, walking around the old cobbled streets of Javea will not disappoint.
Other activities going on in the region are:
Crazy golf, cycling, netball, badminton, go-karting, trike hire, clay pigeon shooting, football and basketball.
Just on the other side of the Montgo is Denia, only a few miles further up the coast. With about 29 000 inhabitants, Denia possesses one of the most important harbours of the area, with ferry connections to Ibiza, Mallorca and others. This and the huge fishing fleet have made Denia a very prosperous city over the past years. One of the most visited tourist attractions of Denia is the castillo (castle). The castle built in the 11th and 12th century offers a wonderful view around the sea, the city and the hinterlands. Within the castle you will find the Palau del Governador with its museum. Along with the other interesting museums in Denia, the Museo Etnologico will give you further details on the rich history and culture of Denia.
The coastline stretches for miles and for those wishing to explore the area then Valencia to the North ( a 1 hour drive) is well worth a visit. Valencia is one of the most beautiful city in Spain and offers so much to see, from the world famous Futuristic City of Arts and Sciences to old town centre and stunning Cathedral.
Or why not drive South to the old town of Torrevieja (a 2 hour drive) with its large fishing port and marina. The Sea and Salt Museum is definitely worth a visit, and is steeped in history about the salt industry in Torrevieja and La Mata. There are also many traditional Spanish Festivals held here each year. Please check for various dates.