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. Take a look at our list of the best things to do in Javea, Spain and start planning your next holiday to this wonderful beach destination on the Costa Blanca!
1. Cabo de la Nao
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
2. La Casa-Palacio de Antoni Banyuls
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: [email protected]
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.
“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.
El Rodat Hotel Village Spa
Address: La Murciana, 9, 03730 Jávea, Spain (see map)
Price:Contact this property for rates and availability.
4. Arenal Promenade
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.
Address: Platja de l'Arenal, Javea, Spain
5. 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)
6. Water Sports
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 paddleboarding, 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.
Activities: Sailing, Diving, Stand Up Paddle (SUP), Kayaking, Windsurfing, Jetski/Motor Boat,
Email: [email protected]
Website: Sport in Javea
7. Iglesia de la Virgen de Loreto
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
8. Cabo San Antonio
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)
9. Molins de la Plana
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
10. Cova Tallada
Last among the many other beautiful spots in Javea, 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.
Address: 03730 Xàbia, Alicante, Spain
Website: Cova Tallada (in Spanish)
Clear & relaxing
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, so if you want to unwind and enjoy the clear water, then Javea or Xàbia is the perfect destination for you.
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