Reflecting the tranquil ambience of Valencia coupled with the sun and fun atmosphere of the Costa Blanca holiday coast, Javea is a pretty holiday resort town set between the capes of San Antonio and La Nao, about 50 miles north-east of Alicante. Fronted by the bright blue Mediterranean Sea, and backed by the conical Mount Montgo, the narrow streets of the historic town centre and the surrounding developments have been carefully controlled to ensure no high-rise buildings impose on the serenity of the landscape.
The old town is situated a mile or so inland because its inhabitants feared the incursions of pirates in days gone by. The waterfront of Javea centres around the working fishing port and adjacent busy marina. A promenade is lined with good seafood restaurants, boutiques and pavement cafes. The most popular beach, Arenal, is a long, sandy stretch with safe bathing.
A holiday in Javea is mainly about relaxing on the beach or beside the pool, but there are watersports facilities for hire on Arenal Beach and golf courses in easy reach, including the Javea Golf Club surrounded by orange and lemon groves. Families are advised to hire a car in order to make excursions to the numerous entertaining theme parks and water parks in the area, most less than half an hour's drive away.
Javea is not for visitors in pursuit of a hectic holiday nightlife, as where activity after dark is limited to the strumming of Spanish guitars in a few restaurants and bars, or the odd flamenco show. A few British bars offer football, pool tables and sometimes karaoke nights.
The port area of Javea is a popular dining spot, with a host of restaurants offering a variety of cuisines situated along the waterfront, where it is possible to enjoy anything from pizza to paella with a view of the harbour or beach. The area fronting Arenal Beach is where most tourists congregate to dine out, and the choice is vast from Burger King to Chinese food.
Javea is approximately a 110 minute transfer from the airport