- About Jávea / Xàbia
Interesting facts about Jávea
Located on the Northern Costa Blanca, we can find Javea / Xàbia right between Valencia and Alicante. The distance from Jávea to Ibiza is only 90 km. On sunny and clear days, you can see the island of Ibiza from different spots of Jávea. The Cape San Antonio (to the North) and Cap Prim or Cape San Martin (to the South) give shape to the beautiful bay of Javea. Geographically, the most important is the Cabo de la Nao, which represents the part that goes deepest into the sea in this part of the Coast. The Montgó is the most remarkable Summit of Jávea, with more than 750 m of height.
According to a scientific investigation of the 1990s by the World Health Organization, Jávea was considered to have the best microclimate of the World, followed by Rio de Janeiro, and the truth is, that you can enjoy a good temperature all year round with an average that ranges from the 18º C to the 24º C.
Javea consists mainly of the following three centres:
Old Town / Pueblo (Xàbia Histórica):
This part of Xàbia still retains its peculiar medieval layout, a network of narrow streets dotted with white facades, arched portals, lattices and Gothic Windows of forging, all topped by the "rough stone" feature of the area. Strolling through the streets allows us to go back to past times.
With the years, this area has continuously been developed without losing its charm. Currently, Jávea´s Old Town is the administrative center of the city. Walking through its streets we can find all kind of shops of long tradition, as well as tapas bars, restaurants, etc. Shopping in the municipal market, where you can buy all kind of native food and gastronomic specialties, has become something essential for our visitors. In addition, every Thursday between 8:30 a.m and 2:00 p.m there is the Weekly Market (Mercadillo) on the Plaza de la Constitution and Plaçeta del Convent.
During the year, there are various events and parties, as those dedicated to Jesús Nazareno or the spectacular Fiestas de San Juan in June.
Port / Puerto (Duanes de la Mar):
The origins of the port date back to the 15th century, but it is in the middle of the 16th when it gains more importance, which will grow in later centuries, being in the 19th century when it reaches greater success by the exportation of raisin. The first breakwater and Pier date from 1871. When this trade went into crisis at the end of the century, it became a mere fishing activity. Around the port grew the area of strong sailor character, with old whitewashed fishermen's houses and narrow streets.
The charm of this area is enhanced by the sculptural silhouette of the Church Nuestra Señora de Loreto, inaugurated in 1967, important example of religious architecture, which stands out for its daring design and the conception of space.
Currently, the Port is one of the most animated areas during all the year. You can find all kind of shops, restaurants and other services.
The arrival of the boats, the auction and subsequent sale of fish at the "Lonja" have developed into something essential for Javea´s visitors. Next to the port, the Club Náutico offers different options for nautical sports and activities.
During the year the Port celebrates different events and parties, as the Moors and Christians during the month of July. But certainly the most popular fiestas for the people of the Port are the ones dedicated to their patron saint, the Virgin of Loreto, at the beginning of September.
The Arenal Beach / Playa del Arenal:
The beach of El Arenal, located in the center of the Bay of Javea, is the most tourist spot, and without any doubt, the most famous and frequented beach by them tourists, due to its smooth sand and its crystal waters. This area, which is famous for its wide range of leisure and gastronomy, has experienced tremendous growth over the past years. At its northern end, there was an important Roman settlement, where the Parador Hotel of Javea is now. Along the promenade there is a huge number of bars, restaurantes and shops.
The summer nights on the Arenal are extremely lively. It is the most cosmopolitan area of Javea, extensive facilities for leisure and gastronomy make that your visit is inevitable and that the temptation to return is irresistible.
Sources: Web Oficial Turismo Javea and Wikipedia