Frequently Asked Questions about Jávea
1. Where in Spain is Jávea?
Xábia, or Jávea—as it is more commonly called—is a port town located on the southeastern coast of Spain, in northern Costa Blanca, and is part of the province of Alicante. It is situated between the slopes of the Montgó Mountain in the North (Denia side) and the Cabo de La Nao Cape (Moraira side), and with a wide bay stretching between the two.
2. How big is Jávea, and how populated is it?
The total area size of Jávea is 68.59 km², with a population of 27,224 as of 2018, according to the Instituto Nacional de Estadística. About half of the town’s residents and two-thirds of its annual visitors are foreigners.
3. What is the town of Jávea like, and is it a busy town?
Jávea is a seaside resort on the Mediterranean coast.
In reality, Javea is divided into three main areas: The old town (about 3 km inland from the port), the port, and Arenal (in the centre of Javea bay).
The old town is where you will encounter history, tradition and beautiful Spanish architecture. It is also known as a market town due to the many local markets selling fresh seafood and produce. The town exudes a peaceful atmosphere and old-village charm while providing modern amenities and facilities.
The Arenal boasts the best beach in the area and also plenty of cafes and restaurants. Here is where most people head for the nightlife, and in Summer the area is a throng of nighttime revellers of all age groups. The atmosphere on the main promenade is fun, exciting and remarkably tranquil at the same time, with many families taking their small children for a stroll even at 12 in the evening.
The port also enjoys some lively entertainment (perhaps a little less than the Arenal) and offers a variety of restaurants, cafes and watering holes, many with gorgeous views across the bay towards the Arenal. The port is also the venue for many of the area’s festivities including the Moors and Christians.
Nature is abundant throughout the area of Jávea making it an ideal place to relax and rest away from the bustling crowds, noise, and pollution of the larger, busier coastal towns.
4. Why is it called the “Jewel of Costa Blanca”?
Many regard Jávea as the Jewel of the Costa Blanca, and for a number of reasons. For one, the town of Jávea is situated in an idyllic location: set on the Mediterranean coastline with a large mountain overlooking the area. Jávea’s atmosphere is also unlike many others, as although it has embraced tourism, it still retains an exclusive feel which can be observed in various areas in the town, such as Jávea Old Town and the many quiet neighbourhoods. Lastly, Jávea naturally induces a healthy lifestyle, thanks to its abundance of nature and fresh air. The World Health Organization even named Jávea as one of the healthiest places in the world.
5. How far is Jávea from Alicante International Airport and the Valencia Airport?
The distance from Alicante International Airport (Alicante-Elche Airport) is 110.6 kilometres, with a travel time of approximately 1 hour and 11 minutes by car via the AP-7 highway.
From the Valencia Airport, the distance to Jávea is 118.8 kilometres, and travel time takes around 1 hour and 18 minutes by car via the AP-7 highway.
6. How do you get to Jávea from the Alicante Airport?
- Car Rental Service – You can rent a private car to use during your trip to and around Jávea. There are car rental companies in the airport area, and you may also conveniently book in advance online or by phone.
- Taxi – Taxis are available in the airport all day and night. Fares cost around €90 – €100 depending on traffic, but you will reach Jávea in less than 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Bus – To reach Jávea via bus, you must first take an Alsa Bus from the Alicante Airport to Benidorm, then transfer to another Alsa Bus that will take you to Jávea. Total fare per person is €15.50, and travel time can take up to 2 hours and 55 minutes.
- Beniconnect–Benniconnect provides easy, 24/7 airport transfer services to and from Alicante, Valencia, and Murcia Airports. You can choose from shuttle service, private transfer, or train station transfer. The company has booths in the airport, but you can also easily book online through their website: http://benniconnect.com
7. What is the climate like in Jávea?
Like most towns on the Costa Blanca, Jávea is a sunny destination with a climate characterized as mildly warm. Because of Jávea’s orientation between the ocean and the mountain, however, it experiences a relatively cooler air during summer. During the winter months (December – February), temperatures regularly rise to an average of 20°C daily, and during the summer (June – August), Jávea often experiences pleasantly warm and sunny weather with temperatures averaging around 30°C daily.
8. What and where is Jávea Old Town?
Javea Old Town is one of Jávea’s three main areas (Arenal, Jávea Port, and Jávea Old Town), and is a place where you get to see and experience traditional Spanish architecture and lifestyle. Located right in the town’s centre, Jávea Old Town features narrow medieval-style streets, houses made of Tosca sandstone, and white-washed buildings with Gothic windows and doorways decorated with colourful flower pots. There are many traditional shops and tapas bars in the Old Town, with a large fresh food market every Thursday morning.
9. What and where is the Arenal?
The Arenal is Jávea’s most popular destination for tourists and visitors. It is located in the Bay of Jávea and is home to the famous Arenal Beach. The beautiful large sandy beach is bordered by a long promenade, and plenty of restaurants, cafés, and bars offering spectacular views of the sea, and even more spectacular nightlife.
10. What and where is the Montgó Mountain in Jávea?
Popular for its formation that looks like an elephant’s head and trunk, the Montgó Mountain is a large and looming mountain that sits between the towns of Jávea and Dénia. In Jávea, the mountain is located to its north. The Montgó is a favourite among hikers, as there are numerous trails for both experienced hikers and those who simply want to explore and appreciate the mountain. The mountain is also home to over 650 plant species—about 80 of which are endangered. It also provides a sanctuary for over 150 animal wildlife species.
11. What and where are Jávea’s best beaches?
- Arenal Beach – ‘Arenal’ means ‘sandy ground’, and which is what Jávea’s largest beach is aptly called. Located right on the Bay of Jávea, Arenal Beach is a wide stretch of fine sand shores that gently slope into the sea. The beach is ideal for people of all ages, and even those with disabilities.
- Playa La Grava – literally translating to ‘Gravel Beach’, this Blue Flag beach sits right next to Jávea’s marina and offers easy access for everyone. The waters in here are calmer, and therefore perfect for a relaxing dip.
- Cala La Granadella – Known as one of Spain’s most beautiful beaches, this hidden gem is a horseshoe-shaped cove, with gentle waters, soft, sandy shores, and seagrass beds. It is surrounded by many trees, giving it a feel of paradise.
12. What are things to do in Jávea?
Because of Jávea’s varied topography, and unique sights and attractions, it offers a variety of exciting activities. From snorkelling and scuba diving in its beautiful beaches and coves to hiking the trails of Montgó Mountain, and exploring the streets of Jávea Old Town, there are tons of ways to discover and enjoy the natural charm of Jávea. Visit https://villasdelujo.com/top-10-unique-things-to-do-javea/ to get a much better grasp on what to expect when in the town.
13. How do you get around the town?
- Car Rental Service – Exploring the town and its neighbouring areas is easy with a rental car. Car rental services are available throughout Jávea and can be booked online or by phone.
- Taxi – Getting from one place to another within the town, or even in its surrounding region, is not difficult, as taxis are readily available at any time of the day or night.
- Bicycle –Jávea is a great place to get around by bike, as it is abundant in natural scenery and fresh air. You can ride through shaded trails, tree-lined streets, and even pine forests, or along the promenade by the beach.
- Walking –Jávea is not a large town, and many of its sights and attractions are located not too far from each other. Walking is a great way to get to know the town, and explore the many unique offerings, all the while enjoying its scenic views and fresh, healthy air.
14. How far is Jávea from Dénia and Moraira?
Dénia is very close to Jávea—only 10.9 kilometres by car via the CV-735 highway. Travel time will only take around 22 minutes. You can also travel on the CV-736 from the Old Town over the Montgó Mountain to get from Jávea to Dénia and vice versa. This will take 22 minutes.
Moraira, another town in Costa Blanca, is just 13 kilometres to the south of Jávea and can be travelled within 20 minutes by car via the Carrer Benitachell.
15. Where are the best places to stay in Jávea, and what kind of holiday accommodations does it have?
Depending on your preferred lifestyle and taste, Jávea offers villas overlooking the port and sea, apartments on the Arenal, or a traditional Spanish-style house in Jávea Old Town.