12 Best Things To Do In Javea, Spain

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Kate
Kate 
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Known for its coastal blue waters, since it is a town by the shore, Javea is a perfect holiday destination. It is said to be a perfect example of a Mediterranean destination, as it has a wide array of beaches and numerous adventures to choose from. If you’re wondering where to stay, there are plenty of Airbnb vacation rentals in the region. If you are looking for more upscale accommodations, choose from the luxury villas in Javea that provide amazing amenities. Start planning your next holiday to this wonderful beach destination on the Costa Blanca and take a look at our list of the best things to do in Javea, Spain.

1. Marvel at the architecture of San Bartolomé de Jávea Church

Iglesia de San Bartolomé - Nave Central (Jávea-Alicante)
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If you’re a history buff who loves admiring age-old architectural designs, then San Bartolomé de Jávea Church and its historical building is a must-visit attraction in Javea, Spain, for you. The stone building showcases a marvelous design featuring Elizabethan Gothic style. The church, located in the center of Javea, once served as a military castle until its expansion to accommodate the growing population in 1513.

The church contains four bells, named Victoria, Sebastiana, Mariana, and Bertomeua, which have been replaced with replicas of the original ones with improved mechanisms. Visit the bell tower here and see for yourself the place that once used to be a watchtower.

San Bartolomé de Jávea Church

Address: Plaça de l'Església, 03730 Xàbia, Alicante, Spain

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10:30am - 12:30pm; Sat, Sun, Holidays: 30 minutes before Mass

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2. Go for a hike in Montgó Natural Park

Montgó de Jávea / Xàbia en Alicante. Costa Blanca - Spain
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In the mood for connecting with nature while enjoying an adventure activity? Then go for a hike at the Montgo Natural Park in Javea, Spain. The park is popular for Mount Mountgo, a mesmerizing sight to remember. Spanning over 2,100 hectares (5,189.21 acres) of land, the reserve’s main parking is about 9 km (5.59 mi) North of Arenal Beach. See the natural wildlife of Javea as you climb Mount Montgo and enjoy the captivating vistas from various vantage points.

It is advisable to pack first-aid and dress comfortably before going for the hike as the emergency rescue can take quite a while to reach you.

Montgó Natural Park

Address: 03730 Xàbia, Alicante, Spain

Opening hours: Open 24 hours

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3. Cabo de la Nao

Faro de Cabo de la Nao
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Want to go on an adventure or take a rest and relax? Both options are possible in Cabo de la Nao, Cap de la Nau or Cape of the Ship, which is located at the southern edge of the bay. It consists of a hiking trail and beach. If you do opt to go hiking, three restaurants await you at the cape. Once you’ve reached the top and want to take a break at the restaurant, another bonus feature is the amazing vantage points, that stretch out to the Balearic Islands. One more thing that you will find along the trail is the Mirador Cruz del Portixol, positioned with beautiful scenery, right behind it.

Restaurante Cabo De La Nao

Address: Carr. Cabo la Nao, 154, • 03730 Xàbia, Alicante, Spain

Opening Hours: Thursday and Tuesday 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Contact: +34 965 77 18 35

Website: Restaurante Cabo De La Nao - in Spanish)

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4. La Casa-Palacio de Antoni Banyuls

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The house or palace of Antoni Banyuls, who was the royal butler of King Felipe II, was made from Javea’s local sandstone, known as tosca. It was built in the first half of the 17th century and still remains one of the town’s most important buildings. Now refurbished and made hospitable for all visitors, it also includes an archeological and ethnographic museum. The palace immerses its visitors in the culture and history of Javea, through the exhibitions and galleries from local artists.

Palace-Estate House of Antoni Banyuls

Address: “Soler Blasco” Archaeological and Ethnographic Municipal Museum, Plaça dels Germans Segarra, 1

Contact: +34 96 579 10 98

Email: mvsev.xabia@gmail.com

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00. Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, from 10:00 to 13:00. Mondays closed. Months of July, August and September: From Tuesday to Friday, from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 18:00 to 21:00. Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 10:00 to 13:00. Mondays closed: The museum is only closed on Mondays, the 25th of December (Christmas) and the 1st of January.

Website: Soler Blasco Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum - in Spanish)

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5. Playa Arenal (from USD 200)

Playa del arenal, Javea
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“Playa” means beach in Spanish and you will be seeing this word a lot when reading about this town, but Playa Arenal is extra special. It wins the Blue Flag every year for being the best beach in the world, since it has high standards for cleanliness and it shows. Despite having many visitors, the beach is wide enough to accommodate everyone and remains peaceful and crystal clear.

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6. Arenal Promenade

Javea-Arenal
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After spending time on the beach, you can go to the shopping and dining district, at the Arenal Promenade, awaiting you, right behind the beach. The promenade is great for walking, jogging and spending time with friends and family. It also has a wide array of bars, restaurants, shops, and booths. There are also recreational spaces around the area if you and your family and friends want to play sports, such as volleyball, biking, or football. There are also parking spaces for those with cars. It is a good space, overlooking the ocean.

Arenal Promenade

Address: Platja de l'Arenal, Javea, Spain

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7. Playa de la Granadella

Another playa is Playa de la Granadella, which is another Blue Flag beach, that assures visitors it has high standards. A special feature of this beach is its cove. It has a calmer scene than any other beach in town, which makes it the perfect destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. It is also good for little children, because of its shallow water and sandy beach.

Playa de la Granadella

Address: Platja de la Granadella, 03738, Spain

Website: Playa de la Granadella - in Spanish

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8. Water Sports

Canoeing
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With lots of beaches, comes lots of activities. Almost every kind of water sports activity is available in this town. Some of the activities provided in these areas are kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, and motor boating. There is also an option to have a guide with you if you are not up for trying something by yourself. On the other hand, if you’re up for more exercise and excitement, then you can venture the waters, yourself. The beautiful sights from the beaches of Javea in Spain are always an additional thing to look forward to.

Water Activities

Activities: Sailing, Diving, Stand Up Paddle (SUP), Kayaking, Windsurfing, Jetski/Motor Boat,

Email: info@javeamigos.com

Website: Sport in Javea

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9. Iglesia de la Virgen de Loreto

Parroquia del Mar (Jávea) Alicante,Comunidad Valenciana,España
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The Iglesia de la Virgen de Loreto is one of the most modern churches you’ll ever see, with its avant-garde design, which is rare for such a religious building. Its distinctiveness is captivating and can be seen from streets away. Despite its modernity, each aspect and feature of its design has a meaning, that visitors can discover and see for themselves.

Iglesia de la Virgen de Loreto

Address: Calle Pío X, 9, 03730 Jávea, Alicante, Spain

Contact: +34 965 79 12 86

Opening Hours: 9:00 am until 8:00 pm, throughout the year. In summer it is extended until 9:00 pm.

Website: Iglesia de la Virgen de Loreto

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10. Cabo San Antonio

Faro del Cabo de San Antonio
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The Cape of San Antonio will surely cap off your adventures in Javea. A land filled with nature reserves, hiking and parks, it’s a nature lover’s paradise. You can also see the most complete views of the area, once you’ve reached the top. Most visitors say this is the best lighthouse in the city for you to see the most scenic and panoramic view of Javea.

Cabo San Antonio

Address: Ctra. del Cap de Sant Antoni, 48, 03730 Xàbia, Alacant, Spain

Website: Cabo San Antonio - in Spanish)

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11. Molins de la Plana

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For more sightseeing, another point of interest, with amazing views, is from the Molins de la Plana. These “molinos” are windmills, used for milling local products. The windmill holds a few more historical and cultural facts, making it worth seeing and the view is worth seeing, as well.

Molins de la Plana

Address: Camí de les Pedres, 16, 03730 Jávea, Alicante, Spain

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12. Cova Tallada

Arcs naturals a la cova Tallada de Xàbia
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Joanbanjo used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Among the many other beautiful things to see in Javea, Spain, is Tallada Cave. It might take a few minutes of walking to get here, but let me assure you it is absolutely worth it. Explore inside the beautiful cave, in which you can swim, kayak, and/or snorkel. You can also take a guide with you to learn more about the rich history of this cave. Relax inside this impressively large cave, which you can swim in, at sea level.

Cova Tallada

Address: 03730 Xàbia, Alicante, Spain

Website: Cova Tallada - in Spanish)

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Clear & relaxing

Duanes de la Mar des del port, Xàbia
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Joanbanjo used under CC BY-SA 3.0

The places mentioned here are all well-connected and close to one another, making it easy for eager visitors to explore the whole town. Known for its seaside resorts and market towns, this town will not disappoint in making each person feel relaxed and at home. If you’re still wondering what to do in Javea, go through this list and prepare to unwind and enjoy the clear waters of this tranquil place.

Frequently asked questions about best things to do in Javea, Spain


  • What can you do in Javea for free?

    Visiting the church of San Bartolomé de Jávea Church, going for a stroll to the Playa de la Granadella beach, diving into the history of Iglesia de la Virgen de Loreto Church, and sightseeing at Molins de la Plana are some things you can do for free in Javea, Spain.

  • What are some romantic things to do in Javea?

    Enjoying water activities at the popular beaches of Javea, indulging in delicious dinners at Cabo de la Nao restaurant, and exploring the beautiful insides of Cova Tallada are some romantic things couples can do in Javea, Spain.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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