Are you planning a road trip to Javea on the Costa Blanca North in Spain and looking for inspirational travel ideas. This guide include great destinations, attractions, and basically all you need to see when you want to spend the day in the beautiful city of Javea.
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Road trip to Javea
Coast and culture are some of the big draws of Javea in the Costa Blanca North region of Spain. If you fancy a short break away from the crowds where the sun is warm but not too hot, and the scenery can’t help but make you smile, then you should consider an road trip to Javea?
The resort of Javea (also known as Xabia) is a Costa Blanca town lying at the eastern most point of the Spanish coast, approximately 1 hour’s drive from both Valencia and Alicante airport. See Google Driving Direction. The resort is overlooked by the impressive mountain Montgo Massif. Standing at over 750 metres high, Montgo dominates the scenery of not only Javea but also the nearby resorts of Denia and Moraira.
The population of Javea is officially 33,000 and just half of this number is actually Spanish. Its’ amazing scenery and an average of nearly 320 days sunshine per year makes Javea not only a popular holiday destination but also a great place to live. Javea is split into three main areas, the Arenal, the Port and the Old Town. The Arenal area of Javea surrounds the glorious sandy beach of the Playa de Arenal. ( Here you also find BlancaCars Rent a car office ) The entire beach front of the Arenal is lined with numerous bars and restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisine.
Without doubt, you’ll love this road trip to Javea; it’s a perfect choice to spend a day of culture, or just enjoy a quiet walk in a beautiful place. Hit the road and discover the most beautiful places in Javea.
Historic Center of Javea
We will start the road trip in Javea in the old town. Walking through the streets of the charming old town of Jávea will transport you, back in time, to the Middle Ages. Among the most representative buildings of the Historic centre of Javea include Iglesia de San Bartolomé. One monument composed almost entirely of the distinctive local sandstone is this 16th-century church constructed in the Valencian gothic style. This rock was quarried at Cabo San Antonio, the promontory just to the north of Jávea.
The church was constructed when Corsairs were a constant threat to coastal towns, which explains its tough, military appearance: There are battlements on top and you can even make out the loopholes for guns, as this was a place of refuge during attacks when people would often be captured as slaves.
Mercado Municipal de Abastos, set in a beautiful Gothic building, Iglesia de San Bartolomé, built for the safeguard in case of pirate attacks that is considered National Artistic Monument, the City Hall “Ayuntamiento”, a beautiful eighteenth century building erected on an ancient medieval cemetery, from which some graves are still preserved, or the Museo Histórico y Etnológico located in a building of the XII century, and one of the most important of the town, the Casa-Palacio de Antonio Banyuls, which was steward of Felipe III and houses inside a plant dedicated to underwater archeology, collecting remains found in the history of the coast of Jávea, as well as works of different painters.
Wandering through the narrow streets of the old town you will find nice restaurants and typical Spanish bars where you can eat tapas or that offering a complete daily menu of three courses for little money. The Spanish like to eat the so called “menu del día” at lunchtime.
Just a 2 minutes drive from the historic center of Javea ( old town ) will take you to the beautiful harbor of Javea, the next destination in this road trip guide to Javea.
“Did you know that Javea’s location on a triangular point from the mainland makes it the first place in Spain to get the sun in the morning.”
Experience the beautiful port of Javea
Today, most ports in the tourist areas have become trendy marinas with exclusive shopping shops, but not the garden in Javea. It still works as a fishing port with boats moored nearby. If you take a trip to the harbor you will be attracted to the beautiful promenade, restaurants and cozy local bars. The view of the bay is spectacular. In the the port area of Jávea there are many nice restaurants, the fish dishes are particularly recommended here. Many restaurants offer fresh fish on the menu, right out of the sea.
“Did you know that the climate in this area by the WHO, World Health Organization, has been declared as one of the healthiest in the world?”
Playa de la Granadella
Next step on the road trip to Javea is a special place where you can dip your toes or, have a picnic by the sea, enjoy the views or do some snorkeling. The city of Javea can delight us with 25 km of beaches, a varied coastline with beaches and coves with natural charm. Playa de la Granadella is a beautiful bay with pebbles, 220m long and 24m wide, with gentle waves that make swimming a pleasure. The beach is located in the southernmost part of Javea and from there you can see the castle Adella. This is a beach of history and with all the amenities and Blue Flag status for its water quality. Here are lifeguards and first aid services, bus and parking spaces, regular cleaning and sunshades and hammock rentals. This bay is ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.
“Did you know that the famous tennis player David Ferrer comes from Jávea?”
Hiking trails in Javea
Javea’s most famous landmark is the Montgo Mountain. Javea residents say that it’s an elephant that has been made of stone. You can even see the elephants eye shut when the sun goes down. From the vast massive Montgó mountain that extends its protective arm into the sea to the open natural areas of Adella in the south, Javea offers many opportunities for hikers of all ages and all skills. Five official routes exist, almost 45km of trails open up the beauty of both nature and the coast and are perfect for a short afternoon walk along the sea cliffs, or for the more daring and experienced hiker can even climb to the top, from where you have beautiful views of the surroundings.
There are short walks through orange groves on the plain, or cultural walks through the narrow streets of the historic center. There are more energetic Rambles to the castle of Adella or to the iconic windmills of La Plana, as well as the wonderful carved carverns of Cova Tallada.
“Did you know that Jávea is known for that it is very green despite the fact that there is little rain? This is because Jávea has a lot of underground water. In addition, there is an underground river called “Moraig” which comes from the mountains of Pedreguer and which one can see the origin of in the cave “La cueva de la calavera” (the cave of the skull) in Benidoleig.“
One of the highlights of Jávea is its coastline with beautiful panoramic scenery. Therefore when you’re in Jávea you “must” visit the “Miradores”, 15 different viewpoints (miradores) offered by Jávea’s coastline and where you can admire the magnificent scenery.
Start the road trip at the Cabo San Antonio with “Cap de Sant Antoni” and “Els Molins” which offer views over the whole bay of Jávea. Then there are successively towards the Cabo de la Nao: Punta de l’Arenal, Séquia de La Noria, Cala Blanca, Caletes, Creu del Portitxol, L’Illa, La Falzia, Cap Negre, Cap de la Nau, Les Pesqueres, Ambolo, Castell de la Granadella and Granadella. From these viewpoints you every time have another magnificent view over Jávea, the sea, the valley, the bay or, for example on the island Porticholl. On a clear day you can even see Ibiza.
15 viewpoints (miradores)
The Javea Scenic Viewpoints Route is a fantastic way to spend a different kind of day. There are several stretches that can be done on foot, through a beautiful natural route, so if you like to keep fit while enjoying one of the most beautiful coasts of the Mediterranean, you’ll love this place. Read more about each of the 15 viewpoints in Javea
“Did you know that the Javea main town fiesta – Fogueres de Sant Joan de Xabia is held in June 14th – 24th and the Moors & Christians fiesta at 11th to 19th of July.”.
Chillout in Javea Arenal
We will end this road trip in the Javea Arenal area. This is the perfect place for dinner and drinks in the afternoon and here you will find a variety of restaurants and bars, something for everyone. Not only do you find a lovely half a kilometre long sandy beach and a nice promenade, but her you also get the traditional cuisine from Javea. The food consists of rice dishes, seafood and Spanish tapas. There are several restaurants that offer both meat and fish dishes as well as pizzas, pastas or burgers. One can eat in a Spanish, Italian, Mexican or Sushi restaurant. Also tapas and paellas are in several restaurants on the Arenal on the menu.
If you want to get an adrenaline kick we suggest riding jetski or water ski, go windsurfing or flyboarding or discover the fascinating underwater world during a scuba diving trip. In Javea Arenal and surrounding areas you get it all.
Map of restaurants in Javea