Javea Holidays – Stylish resort with genuine Spanish character
Javea will suit couples and families looking for a traditional resort with genuine Spanish personality. This attractive fishing town is perfectly placed for exploring a stretch of coastline famed for its idyllic weather, beautiful scenery, sparkling coves and family holiday beaches. Astonishingly clear water attracts diving and snorkelling fans.
Javea is blissfully free of the high-rise development found down the coast at Benidorm. The resort has built a reputation for upmarket apartments and villas with good-looking pools and gardens. A series of beaches and small coves is complemented by a well-preserved medieval old town, a stylish marina and a working fishing port. Javea has a reputation for fine dining, with excellent fish restaurants and authentic tapas bars. Summer season nightlife is enjoyably relaxed.
A great resort for coast walks and world-class golf. Boats ferry visitors up and down the coast to equally attractive neighbours like Denia and Calpe. You are also within reach of top Spanish family attractions like Aqualandia and Tierra Mitica.
When to go
Spring arrives early and is a particularly inspiring time. You can expect plenty of bright sunshine and a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere on local beaches. Late summer and early autumn are equally peaceful. Spring and autumn are by far the best seasons for coast paths and walking trails in the Montgo National Park.
June and September are much quieter than the traditional Spanish holiday months of July and August. There are enjoyable fiestas in mid-June and late August running into early September. Javea is not entirely dependent on tourism and remains an attractive destination during the mild sunny winter.
The weather in Javea
The healthy climate of this picturesque corner of the Costa Blanca is famous throughout Spain. Spring is a beautiful time to visit. Warm enough for sunbathing and the surrounding countryside is at its prettiest. Temperatures hit 20º or more by May.
Javea delivers very reliable sunbathing weather right summer and into early autumn. Javea holidays in July and August will have incredibly long days of constant sunshine with average highs around 30º. Breezes help to keep things fresh. Summer evenings temperatures of 20º make for romantic outdoor dining. June and September are just as good. Mild winters see an average 5 hours a day of bright sunshine.
Getting the best deal
Search for holidays to Javea early if planning a visit in July or August. Javea has a very high reputation with discerning Spanish holidaymakers, who normally book well in advance. June and September see far fewer visitors so you can expect lower prices and greater availability. Look out for terrific bargains in spring and early autumn, when the resort is especially relaxing and beaches are wonderfully quiet.
Our email newsletter will keep you up to date with late deals and last minute holiday bargains. Take a look at our present best deals and consider close neighbours like Denia and Moraira.
Airport and transport need to know
Most package holidays to Javea fly to Alicante (ALC). You can also reach the resort from Valencia (VLC). Both are major Spanish airports with plenty of shops and restaurants. You will find far more flights and a much wider choice of departure airport when flying to Alicante. Average flight time to Alicante and Valencia is 2 hours 30 minutes.
A transfer to Javea from Alicante and Valencia will take about 1 hour 15 minutes. A taxi from Alicante should cost about €90 (₤74). Private shuttle companies offer a much cheaper alternative. Buses from Alicante city centre take 2 to 3 hours and cost €10 (₤8) Buses from Valencia city centre take 2 hours 30 minutes and cost €11 (₤9). An equally straightforward self-drive journey by motorway from both Alicante and Valencia.There is a good bus service to beach resorts like Denia and Calpe but the loveliest way to visit is by boat.
The best beaches in Javea
Costa Blanca beaches are exceptionally clean and are 100% family friendly. Resort centre beaches have sunbeds and well-maintained toilets and showers. You will also find quieter coves with fewer facilities and people. Water quality is exceptional. It is easy to get to neighbouring resorts on local buses and ferries.
Beaches in the Javea region score highly when it comes to surrounding scenery and offer a more authentically Spanish atmosphere than resorts like Benidorm. Beaches exist alongside working fishing ports. Town centres have genuine character and historical interest. There is certainly no shortage of space, with dozens of beaches on 15 miles of unspoilt coastline. Javea beaches are famed for their sparklingly clear water. For a look at Javea beaches go to www.xabia.org
The Blue Flag beach of Playa Arenal is an outstanding 500 metre stretch of sand with shallow water ideal for children. A very well-equipped beach with sunbeds, parasols, showers and changing rooms. The promenade has a good collection of restaurants and bars. This is the most popular beach in Javea thanks to the quality of its sand.
For more space in the summer season head for Playa Benissero, a mile-long stretch of shingle favoured by windsurfers. There is a good beach bar and similar facilities to Arenal. Or head north around the headland to the fine pale shingle of Playa La Grava.
For unspoilt beaches head for the Cala Blanca area: a picturesque series of small rocky coves and scenic headlands. Crystalline waters are popular with snorkellers. Stunning Cala Granadella is the starting point for a fine coastal footpath and is another favourite with scuba divers. If you are prepared to walk you can find beautiful coves with very few people. Ask at Denia tourist office for details of footpaths to idyllic spots like Cal Sardinera. Few or no facilities at most of the smaller coves.