Javea is on the coast between Denia and Moraira. This beautiful Mediterranean resort has been popular with tourists since the 1960s. This is due not only to the variety of attractions and fabulous restaurants but also for health reasons; Javea boosts a microclimate purported to be one of the healthiest on the planet, thanks to the mountains that lie to the west of the town and the Mediterranean Sea to the east.
Fifty three percent of the residents of Javea are expats, mainly from the UK, and also Germany and the Scandinavian countries, many of whom decided to settle in the town for the health benefits it provides.
There are three principal areas in Javea, which are the beach, the port area, and the old village. Needless to say, the beaches are very popular in the summer months and you will find all the usual water sports available, including paragliding, diving, jet skiing and several rides suitable for children. Arenal Beach is the busiest sunbathing location and offers well-frequented bars and restaurants overlooking the Mediterranean.
The old part of Javea town is fascinating to walk around and browse the traditional Spanish shops or stop for a tapa in one of the bars or cafes. Every Thursday a large market is held in the Plaza de la Constitucion where you’ll find stalls selling clothes, local food and wine, and also handmade crafts.
The port area of Javea was constructed in the 15th century and is still a busy and thriving fishing port. The local fishermen arrive back to the port at dawn every day with their catches to sell to local restaurants and shops. You will find many restaurants in the harbour area selling the freshest seafood imaginable. You can also wander around the marina where luxury yachts are moored.
The beautiful Iglesia de San Bartolome is a church that dates back to the 12th century and deserves a visit even if you are not a church-goer. The Soler Blasco Museum is another stopping point that should not be missed as it houses many artifacts from several centuries ago and if you go up to the roof you have a spectacular view of the whole town.
Those who enjoy exercising and the great outdoors can take a walk up the Cabo De Nao San Martin where you will reach a small lighthouse that has marvellous views over Javea. Nature lovers can visit the Montgo Nature Park where there are numerous species of birds, plants, and flowers.
Just like with most of the Costa Blanca towns, golf lovers who live in Javea are spoiled for choice. There are top class courses to choose from, the nearest being The Club del Golf La Selia, which is around 8 miles from Javea town centre.
Javea is a desirable place to live for expats, and of the 30,000 inhabitants of the town, 53 percent are foreign nationals. Due to the high number of expats plenty is going on socially even for newcomers who might struggle with the Spanish language.
Javea property prices have recovered quite well from the recession, which reflects demand – so you can be sure you are making a wise investment even though you may not be able to buy a property as cheaply here as in other towns in Spain.
The Arenal Beach is the liveliest zone for nightlife during the summer months, so living in this area can be quite noisy – although only for a few months in summer, as overall, Javea is a tranquil town. But if peace and quiet is important for you, you might prefer to opt for a house or apartment located away from this part of town, such as in the village. The main village area is around 1.5 miles from the beach, and here you will find many spacious apartments, along with studios flats and townhouses.
You can arrive in Javea from the UK from Valencia airport to the north, or you can fly to Alicante airport in the south. There are more flights to and from Alicante airport from the UK than Valencia, but it is always good to be in driving distance of two airports.
The journey takes around one hour 15 minutes to either airport if you take the shortest route.
The microclimate that is so healthy is one of the reasons people flock every year to Javea. The town is protected from harsh Northern winds by the Montgo mountain range which is almost 2500 feet high. Winter temperatures rarely drop below 12°C, and during the summer you may find temperatures reach a sweltering 30°C. Idyllic temperatures can be experienced in the months of June and September when a temperature of 26°C is average.