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Javea, Costa Blanca, Spain

Javea Town & Javea Municiple District Introduction

Javea is known as Xàbia by the Spanish

Javea Town



JaveaTown is split into 3 areas

  • The Old town, Javea Puerblo, located a couple of kilometres inland.
  • The harbour, Javea Puerto,
  • Playa de Arenal approximatly 3 kilometres south of the harbour

Javea Municiple District



The Xàbia district is located in the in the North East section of the Marina Alta area of Spain. It is in the Valley of the river Gorgos starting just east of the town, Gata de Gorgos

The valley is extemly fertile and many agricultural skills were introduced by the Moors.

The district includes the hilltops that range north & south of the valley that lead to the rocky headlands (capes) of Cap de Antonio in the north & Cap Prim, Cap Negre & Cap de la Nau.

All theses Capes produce dramatic rocky scenrery & magnificent views to such a degree the the concil has provided 15 viewpoints (Mirados), most of which are set up along the beautiful coastline.

Attractions in Javea

Many of the attractions are located in or near to the Historic Old Town or Port Area.

Javea Historic Old Town

Javea Old Town Map
Javea Old Town Map

Javea Ornate Stone Cross
Javea Ornate Stone Cross

Historic Old Town Description

Town walls were built after Xàbia [Javea] was reconcered from the Moors by the Christians. But due to the expansion of the town in1873 almost all trace of the walls have disapeared

The Javea Historic Old Town is defined by thr 'Ronda' roads, Ronda Nord, Ronda del Sur & Ronda Colon.  These roads were the rough locations of the Old Town walls of Javea

The Town wall gates were:

  • Portal de la Ferreria or St.Vincent's Gate
  • Portal del Clotor St.James's Gate
  • Portal de la Mar or Sea Gate
  • Much later in the 19th century the Portal Nou or New Gate

Two crosses mark the location of 2 of the 4 town Wall Gates. The photograph on the right shows the cross on the south east corner on Ronda Sur

One should note the following when walking through the fasinating Old town:

  • The handy Historic Javia Maps located in theOld Town. See photograph on the right
  • The narrow streets
  • Whitwashed houses
  • Rough cut Gothic archways.
  • The rough hewn stonework

Historic Old Town of Javea Location

The old town is located:

  • 2 kilometres & slightly south of Javeas Port
  • 1.5 kilometres north of the River Gorges

See Location of Agustinas Convent on our Javea Map

Fish Market

Javea Fish Market
Javea Fish Market

Fish Market Description

Fish Market Location

See Location of Fish Market on our Javea Map 

Mare de Deu de Loreto Church - Ulra Modern

Mar de Deu de Loreto Church
Mar de Deu de Loreto Church

Mar de Deu de Church Alter
Mar de Deu de Church Alter

Mar de Deu de Church
Mar de Deu de Church

Mar de Deu de Church font
Mar de Deu de Church font

Mar de Deu de Church way in
Mar de Deu de Church way in

Mar de Deu de Church Buttresses
Mar de Deu de Church Buttresses

Mare de Deu de Loreto Church - Ulra Modern Description

Mare de Deu de Loreto Church - Ulra Modern Location

See Location of Mare de Deu de Loreto Church - Ulra Modern on our Javea Map 

San Bartolome Church

San Bartolome Fortress Church
San Bartolome Fortress Church

San Bartolome Clock Tower
San Bartolome Clock Tower

San Bartolome Tower
San Bartolome Tower

San Bartolome Church Description

When you look at San Bartolome Church you can easily see why it is called a fortress chuch:

  • from it's extremly sturdy build
  • The almost keep like tower which was Javeas watchtower
  • The high location of windows
  • Defensive machicolatons above the main door
  • Loopholes in the walls

The church is one of the best examples of Late Vaalencian Gothic architecture.

The primitive style of the first church was started in the 14th century, with furth constuctionof the large nave with it's internal buttresses.

The 2 main entrances have pointedarches and fabulous reliet work, sculptured onto the rough hewn stone.

The church suffered extensive damage during the Spanish Civil War and its southern and western walls remain pockmarked with bullet and shell holes.

San Bartolome Church was listed as a National Historic and Artistic Monument in 1931 and is an embolich centrepiece ofJavea's historic quarter.

San Bartolome Church Location

The church is located:

  • Slightly east of the old historic towns centre
  • Opposite the Town Hall & Tourist Information Centre on it's souther side
  • Opposite the Indoor Market on the northern side

There are cafes with tables & seats in the squares& streets around the church

See Location of San Bartolome Church on our Javea Map 

Agustinas Convent

Santa Maria Convent Javea
Agustinas Convent Javea

Agustinas Convent Description

The community of Discalced Agustinians was formed in Xabia by sister Ana Maria Gallart in 1663.

Discalced meens that they went barefooted or wore sandles

Agustinas Convent Location

The Convent is located on the western edge of the Old Town of Javea

See Location of Agustinas Convent on our Javea Map 

Ermita Sant Joan

Ermita Sant Joan

Ermita Sant Joan Description

 

A religious building going back to Medieval times, the door which was full of woodworm has been replaced, but the building requires a lot more restoration.. The floor has been dug up by archiologists to reveal it full of graves.

Ermita Sant Joan Location

 

To theside of the Ermita Sant Joan is the old cemetary

See Location of Ermita Sant Joan on our Javea Map 

 

Javea Soler Blasco Museum


Javea Soler Blasco Museum

Soler Blasco Museum Description

Soler Blasco Museum Location

See Location of Soler Blasco Museum on our Javea Map 

Javea Town Hall

Javea Town Hall
Javea Town Hall

Town Hall Description

The Town Hall building dates from the 14th century when it was 2 stories high. It was restored in the 18th century and an additional floor was added in the 20th century.

The alterations maintained some of characteur of the original building and adding a neo classical look

Town Hall Location

Located opposite San Bartolome Church and next door to the Javea Tourist information Office.

See Location of JaveaTown Hall on our Javea Map 

Javea Windmills - Els Molins

Javea 11 Windmills
Javea 11 Windmills

Javea 3 Windmills
Javea 3 Windmills

Windmills Description

Javea has 12 windmills, 11 of them running in a line west to east on the hill top, La Plana, at a height of 190 metres above sea level.

The other one the Moli de Safranera is at a lower level only 60 feet above sea level. All were built between the 14th & 18th  century for grinding grain.

These windmill were so important yhat Javea was known as 'The Granary of Alicante' in the 17th century.

The mills have deteriated to the degree where they look like round watchtowers rather than windmills.

There are plans for the council to restore 2 of the mills, replacing the machinery and adding sails.

Spectacular views can be seen from the windmills and the eastern end of the row (seaward end) is marked as a viewpoint (Mirador) on the local tourist maps obtainable at the Tourist Offices

Windmills Location

The windmills are located on top of the La Plana hill northeast of the Javea Old Town & northwest of Javea Port. They dominate the skyline and easy to sea from all areas of Javea.

See Location of Windmills on our Javea Map 

Montgo National Park & Montgo Mountain

Mount Montogo
Montgo National Park & Montgo Mountainl

Montgo National Park & Montgo Mountain

Montgo National Park & Montgo Mountain

See Location of Montgo National Park & Montgo Mountainl on our Javea Map

Javea Beaches

Plaja de l' Arenal beach, Javea

Plaja de l' Arenal beach Description

The beach of El Arenal is the most populat and has full facilities such as toilets, showers, disable access, water sports, parking & lifeguards

The beach is ideal for families and has fine golden sand

Plaja de l' Arenal beach Location

See Location of Plaja de l' Arenal beach on our Javear Map 

Plaja de Benissero beach, Javea

Benissero beach
Benissero beach

Riu Gorgos
Riu Gorgos

Plaja de Benissero beach Description

Is the longest of Javea Beaches and like Plaja de Grava is made of pebbles some of which are very large.

The beach has facilities

Plaja de Benissero beach Location

Located between Plaja de Grava beach & Plaja de Grava Beach starting on the southern side of the river, Riu Gorgos

See Location of Plaja de Benissero beach on our Javear Map

Plaja de Grava beach, Javea

La Grava Beach
La Grava Beach

Bars & Cafes La Grava beach
Bars & Cafes La Grava beach

Plaja de Grava beach Description

Pebbles Beach that is backed by a promenade & some restaurants & bars with beautiful clear sea & has been awarded a blue flag

Plaja de Grava beach Location

Located just south of Javea harbour & marina

See Location of Plaja de Grava beach on our Javear Map 

Cala d' Ambolo cove - Naturist Beach

Cala d' Ambolo Naturist Beach Description

Cala d' Ambolo cove & beach is a naturist beach which is made up of pebbles, rocks & boulders.

There are no facilities at the beach

The sea becomes deep quickly and large waves may be present.

The areas rocky nature results in clear water and is popular with snorkelers.

Cala d' Ambolo Naturist Beach Description Location

Located

  • 5.5 kilometres (line of sight) south south east from l' Arenal beach
  • on the southern side of Cap de la Nau

See Location of Cala d' Ambolo Naturist Beach on our Javear Map 

 

Shopping in Javea

Javea Indoor Market



Javea Indoor Market
Javea Indoor Market

Javea Market Food stall
Javea Market Food stall

Javea Indoor Market Description

The Javea Indoor Market is also known as the 'food market' and the ideal venue to purchase your food if on a self catering holiday, or to purchase snacks for a days out outing.

Javea Indoor Market Location

Javea Indoor Market is located at Celestino Pons  in the centre of the Old Town opposite the northern side of San Bartolome Church.

See Location of Javea Indoor Market on our Javea Map 

Javea Street Markets



Javea Street Markets Description

Javea Street Markets Location

The main street market is located at Plaza. de la Constiution a few hundred metres to the north west of Javea Old Town every Thursday and at some public holiday periods. this is outside Javea Indoor Market

Street traders set up stalls behind L' arenal beach every evening

See Location of Javea Street Markets on our Javear Map

Javea Chemists - Phamacy



Javea Chemists Locations

We have shown a chemists shop in each of the 3 areas of Javea but there are several more as below:

Javea - Old Town

There are 5 chemists in The Old Town & immediate area.

Javea - Port

2 chemists in the Port area

Javea

3 chemists in the main beach area of -L'Arenal

See Location of Javea Chemists on our Javear Map 

 

Javea Transport

Javea Tram (railway) station



Javea does not have a Tram station. The nearest one is at , from where you can catch a bus to

Perhaps more conveneent is the Tram Station at Denia with a Bus to Javea from Denia bus station. This may seam a strange statement because the tram stops at Gata de Gorges on its way to Denia, and the bus from Denia bus station also passes through Gata de Gorges on it's way to Javea.  The reason is that there is more to do in Denia while waiting for the next bus or train. The location of The bus station is easier to find in Denia than the bus stop in Gata de Gorges.

Javea Local Buses



Roundabout near Bus Stop
Roundabout near Bus Stop

Javea Bus

There is a bus every 30 minutes connecting the 3 seperate areas of Javea - The Old town - The harbour - Playa de Arenal

Javea - Denia Bus

See comment made about the bus above

The Bus stop in on the inland side of Javea

Javea Long Distance Buses



Alsa run buses to Valencea Benidorm & Alicante

Boat Trips & Ferries

Mundo Marino Boat Trips & Excursions



A wide selection of boat trips & excurcions from Javea

More details

Javea Official Tourist Information Offices

Javea Tourist Information Puerto



Tourist Information Office Javea Port
Tourist Information Office Javea Port

Pl. Almirante Bastarreche, 11 Aduanas del Mar, Puerto de Jávea 03730 Jávea Tel: 96 579 07 36

 

Javea Tourist Information Old Town



Javea Old Town Tourist Information Office
Javea Old Town Tourist Information OfficeLocated opposite San Bartolome Church and next door to the Town Hall

Plaza de la Iglesia, 4 03730 Jávea Tel: 96 579 43 56

 

Javea Tourist Information Playa Arenal



Carretera Cabo de la Nao Urbanización La Plaza, Playa del Arenal 03730 Jávea Tel: 96 646 06 05