Javea. A dream on the Costa Blanca.
Jávea is a town in Valencia County, located in the province of Alicante and part of the region of Marina Alta. It has a census of 27,060 (INE2017) from which 53.1% are foreigners. Tourists and visitors to the town can hear conversations between the locals in their dialect, the Valencian. That is why Jávea is commonly known as Xàbia.
The first official documents related to Jávea are from King James II. Some historical data of interest are for example that in 1397 Javea was granted the title of “villa”. On the XV century the population increases and in 1510 Javea was the town of the region with more inhabitants (930). Another interesting facts are that Javea was not affected by the Black Death plague of 1502 and that in the War of Spanish Succession took part on the Borbon side.
Due to its geographical location, Javea is accessed by road through N-332, but it also has excellent communications with the airports of Valencia and Alicante and the high-speed train stations of these same cities, thanks to the Mediterranean motorway (AP-7), which takes us there in a quick drive of just under one hour.
Jávea has three urban centres connected to each other by a bus line that runs all year round. The first of these, is the Historical Center (Old Town) formerly surrounded by the medieval fortress wall and with its church of San Bartolome, dated from XVI century, and completely built in tuff stone, its clock tower stands out and can be seen from anywhere in the town. Right in the same square we find the old Market Hall, the museum of ethnology and different monuments of interest. On summer nights bars and restaurants are filled with people, sitting on their terraces, to enjoy the extensive local gastronomy.
The fishing port is the second of the urban centres, where we also find the church or Parroquia del Mar, of a more modern style and a peculiar design that makes you feel that you are inside the sea when you look up at the ceiling, which looks like the keel of a boat and the twelve apostoles that support the outter structure. Here we can see typical fishermen's houses and the fisherman's market, where the daily catches are auctioned. The beautiful promenade next to the popular gravel beach and Jávea Yatch Club is worth mentioning.
Finally, the area of the Arenal, with its sandy beach and fantastic restaurants facing the sea, which concentrates the majority of the tourism during the summer months due to its wide variety and offer of water sports, such as jetsky and scuba diving.
Jávea is enjoyed all year round thanks to its climate. According to a study carried out by WHO, Jávea is considered one of the best microclimates in the world. Perhaps that is why many tourists and day visitors come to enjoy its beaches and pebblestone coves, gastronomy and Mediterranean charm.
Among the many things to do and visit in Javea we would like to highlight outdoor sports such as hiking routes to the Montgó mountain or La Granadella, all-year-round outdoor cycling, sightseeing at the Miradores and a long list of etcs.
It is worth enphasizing the offer of schools, with a range to choose between state, public and private schools, teaching in Spanish, Valencian or English.