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There are lots of places in Spain that we hadn’t ever visited before moving here, and Jávea is one of them. We’ve visited the town twice since moving to Spain and it’s become one of our favourite places to visit on the Costa Blanca. There are so many reasons to visit Jávea!

Jávea (or Xàbia, in Valencian) is without a doubt one of the most beautiful towns on the Costa Blanca and a great destination for a family holiday in Spain.

In this blog post we’ll share some more about why you should visit Jávea in Spain and what it has to offer.

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Where is Jávea?

Jávea is a coastal town and municipality in the comarca of Marina Alta, in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain, by the Mediterranean Sea. Jávea is located 86km from Alicante, 45km from Benidorm and 112km from Valencia.

What is the nearest airport to Jávea, Spain?

The nearest airport for visitors to Jávea is Alicante airport, which has many great low-cost flight deals to Spain. Alicante Airport to Jávea is approximately 99km and takes around 1hr 15 minutes to drive.

There is a direct bus from Alicante Airport to Jávea that departs twice a day. The journey takes approximately 2h15m and costs from €15. There are no trains or trams directly from Alicante airport to Jávea but you can rent a car at Alicante airport which is a great idea if you plan to explore the local area.

You can also fly into Valencia Airport when visiting Jávea, which is a 1.5 hour drive away. A bus from Valencia airport to Jávea takes 2 hours and costs from €14, or alternatively you can rent a car at Valencia airport.

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Is Jávea worth visiting?

Often referred to as the “Jewel of the Costa Blanca”, Jávea is definitely a must visit destination! From the beautiful sandy beaches to a picturesque old town, vibrant nightlife and wonderful restaurants, plus some of the best views, there is something for everyone in Jávea. We highly recommend combining Jávea with a trip to the neighbouring town of Denia.


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With so many things to do in Jávea, Spain on your next trip to the Valencian Community, take a look at this list of reasons to visit Jávea…

Beautiful viewpoints

One of the top reasons to visit Jávea is for it’s amazing coastal views. Jávea’s viewpoints, or miradores, offer some of the best panoramic views on the Costa Blanca. From Javea’s iconic viewpoints such as Cap de Sant Antoni and Mirador de la Falzia (our favourite!), you’ll have unparalleled views of the coastline and the surrounding natural beauty, as well as some of the most beautiful luxury villas in Jávea, Spain.

Most of these viewpoints are well signposted and have parking nearby, so you don’t have to worry too much about walking or hiking to find amazing views over the Mediterranean sea.

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Pristine beaches

Jávea boasts some of the most stunning beaches and secluded coves on the Costa Blanca if not in the whole of Spain. Beaches to explore on your trip include Arenal Beach in the town centre and the more tranquil Granadella Cove, offering crystal-clear waters and beautiful surroundings perfect for sunbathing and relaxation.

Jávea beaches can get very busy during the peak season, so make sure you head down there early to get a spot. We have tried to get to Playa la Granadella twice but the road was already closed at 9am as it was so busy!

If you can get a spot on a Jávea beach you won’t be disappointed, so it’s worth an early start.

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The historic old town

If you like exploring old Spanish towns then you’ll enjoy a wander around the charming historic centre of Jávea. With narrow cobblestone streets, old churches, traditional Spanish architecture, and cosy tapas bars, there’s lots to see in Jávea old town.

Many houses are decorated with flowers and the streets often have fiesta decorations, making it perfect to snap some photos while you explore.

Jávea old town is within walking distance of the main beach area but if you prefer you can jump on the Jávea tourist train which has a total of six stops scheduled along the 8km route. The round trip takes 1 hour and you can get on and off along the route as you wish. The meeting points are at Avenida Alicante in the old town, Avenida Jaume I at the port, and at each end of the Paseo del Tenista David Ferrer at Arenal beach.

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Water sports and activities

It’s no surprise that a seaside town like Jávea has lots of water sports on offer. You can try your hand at everything from paddleboarding and kayaking to snorkeling and sailing, a perfect afternoon for anyone who loves being on the water.

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Jávea and enjoy water sports, head down to the marina for some fun activities.

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The food

While in Jávea you must try some of the local cuisine which features plenty of fresh seafood, traditional Spanish tapas, as well as a wide range international cuisine. Popular restaurants in Jávea include La Siesta on Jávea beach and one of our favourites the boho style Beach House Beach Club at the port.

Whichever Jávea restaurants you choose to eat and drink at you’re promised amazing views of the sea!

Check out reviews for Jávea’s best restaurants on TripAdvisor before you go.

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Fiestas and cultural events

Who doesn’t love a Spanish fiesta? Jávea has a lively cultural scene with a range of festivals and events throughout the year, including the San Juan Bonfires, Moors and Christians celebrations, and the Three Kings Parades. You’ll often find the narrow streets of Jávea decorated with bunting and flags in preparation for the town’s exciting fiestas.

Whichever Jávea fiesta you choose to attend you can always be sure of music, dancing, fireworks, food and great entertainment.

If you have plans to visit Jávea in 2024, check out this calendar of fiestas and events.

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Vibrant nightlife

If you’re looking to party, Jávea is home to an exciting nightlife scene with a wide range of bars, clubs, and beach parties that go on until the early hours. Whether you want to drink, dance or listen to live music, you’ll find the perfect party spot in Jávea.

Most of Jávea’s nightlife is centered around the Arenal beach area where you’ll find most of the bars, cafes, clubs and restaurants.

You can find more information on the best nightlife spots in Jávea here.

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The weather

The weather in Jávea, Spain is one of the best reasons to visit. This part of the Costa Blanca gets around 320 days of sunshine every year so you can be sure of lovely blue skies most of the year. The best time to visit Jávea is in spring and autumn when temperatures are warm but mild. Jávea weather in July and August is very hot and humid making it difficult to explore too much, this is also peak season when the beaches are at their busiest.

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Scenic coastline walks

Jávea is a great place for taking leisurely strolls along the beautiful coastline, exploring scenic walking paths such as the La Granadella Trail and the Cap Prim and Cap Negre route, which offer breathtaking views and tranquil surroundings.

The coastline around Jávea is rugged and dramatic, so some of the walks aren’t best suited for small children. However, if you can manage it you will be pleased you made the effort for the views alone. You can find more child-friendly walks in Jávea, check out this walking & hiking guide for more information.

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Vibrant local markets

Spanish markets are like no others and always a great place to soak up the local culture. Jávea’s bustling markets include the colourful weekly outdoor market held every Thursday in the Plaza de la Constitución, where you can buy fresh produce, artisanal goods, and local crafts.

You can also find the indoor Mercat de Xàbia which is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 2pm and again from 5pm to 8pm, and on Saturdays from 8:15am to 2pm, with many food stalls and bars.

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We hope this list of reasons to visit Jávea has given you some inspiration. As you can see, Jávea is an ideal destination for a Spanish holiday. Whether you’re drawn to the pristine beaches, outdoor lifestyle, or the vibrant nightlife, Jávea promises a holiday you won’t forget.

To find more things to do in Jávea as well as a map of the area, head to one of the three Jávea Tourist Information Offices located at Plaza de la Iglesia, Plaza Almirante Bastarreche, and Carretera Cabo de la Nao-Urbanización La Plaza.

Places to visit near Jávea

If you’re staying in Jávea but fancy a trip to explore the surrounding area, we would recommend a day trip to the following areas:

Where to stay in Jávea

Jávea has so many accommodation options from high quality hotels to cosy hostels and good value airbnbs. Click below to find some of the best deals on Jávea accommodation.

Places to stay in Jávea:

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