Javea and Moraira
JAVEA is a small, historic town, free of high rise buildings offering a relaxing holiday atmosphere. The local people are friendly and affable. The clean, warm, blue Mediterranean Sea laps the beautiful beaches and coves that Javea has to offer.
With its variety of landscape, ranging from sandy coastlines to rugged mountain areas, its mild year-round climate, its careful planning policies and extensive tourist facilities, Javea is a jewel on the Costa Blanca, combining beauty and modern facilities with the charm of an ancient fishing village.
The town is situated between the San Antonio and La Nao points and enjoys the impressive and magnificent protection of Mount Montgó.
Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from either Alicante or Valencia airports.
History & Culture
Javea old town is steeped in history and it’s evident in the architecture, with its Tosca stone porticoes, gothic bay windows, wrought iron window bars and balcony railings. The church of San Bartolemé in the town centre is an example of late gothic architecture. There are many excellent restaurants in the narrow streets and you have both an indoor market with fresh fish, meat and produce and a very popular weekly outdoor market.
Dominating the fishing port is the modern silhouette of the church of Nuestra Señora de Loreto. There is an active fleet of fishing boats that bring in fresh fish on a daily basis and is situated next to a attractive marina full of interesting yachts, a lovely area for a morning or evening stroll. The pebbly beach in the port is very popular and cafés and restaurants line the boardwalk where you can enjoy a drink or a meal overlooking the Mediterranean.
The Arenal area offers a beautiful sandy bay with palm trees and play areas for children. The bay is framed by the promenade with its wonderful choice of bars and restaurants offering national and international specialities. You also have a wide variety of other types of beaches such as rocky coves, pebbly beaches and other hidden treasure beaches such as the beach of Granadella which was voted the beach beach in Spain 2 years in a row.
Javea is a great place to shop with an excellent choice of shops and boutiques.
Javea has an excellent choice of sea sport and fishing facilities. The modern yacht club at the sports marina has nearly 300 berths and offers all types of water sports: sailing, fishing, scuba diving, water skiing, and windsurfing.
There are a number of sports clubs and associations in the area where you can enjoy a game of tennis, padel, horse-riding, organised walks, running etc. The Spaniards are very sporty and you will find almost all sports here.
Just outside the town, surrounded by pines and orange groves, the Javea Golf Club offers a pleasant setting for golfers. There are several other golf courses within easy access of Javea such as the La Sella Golf club with 27 holes.
There are so many Fiestas in Spain and in the summer it feels like there is one almost every week. The Spaniards love their fiestas and always find a reason to have one.
The local cuisine of Javea is typically that of the Costa Blanca, which combines delicacies from both land and the Mediterranean Sea. Many civilizations have lived in this area (Celts, Iberians, Greeks, Romans, Muslims), all of which have all left their mark on the gastronomy.The diet is a healthy Mediterranean one; the Costa Blanca is rich in fish, vegetables, olive-oil, rice and fruit and the ingredients which are all used to prepare delicious, healthy dishes, such as Paella Valenciana and many other rice dishes.
Aside from seafood, typical dishes include succulent lamb chops, rabbit in garlic, roast leg of lamb with garlic and fresh rosemary, and home made sausages and black puddings.
If you have a sweet tooth then you will enjoy the local homemade pastries and deserts that the whole region is famous for.
Whilst in Javea we recommend you try the local wine selection on offer.
Javea enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection by surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The area averages nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and the average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees.
In 1986 the World Health Organisation recommended the climate of the area as one of the most equitable in the world - neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. On average it can boast 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all year round destination.
Moraira is a gem of a town just a short distance south of Javea on the coast of the central Costa Blanca and a 30 minute drive from Benidorm to the south. Formerly a quaint fishing village with stunning views across to El Peñon de Ifach, the rock of Calpe, it now survives from tourism whilst retaining much of the charm which has long attracted visitors and foreign residents.
Rather than the tacky fish and chip type eateries of many resorts, Moraira is blessed with a wide selection of stylish cafés within its pleasant streets notably ‘Deli’ on Calle Calatayud which serves up an interesting selection of home cooked dishes including inventive salads, curries from many nations and quiche dishes. For more authentic Spanish fare try the shaded Las Gaviotas in the main square which lies in the shadow of the town’s church. The main fish restaurants are located on the front overlooking the small port and fish market (La Lonja) where fish auctions take place every morning at 10am except Sundays. Well worth seeing.
Platja de l’Ampolla is Moraira’s only beach within comfortable walking distance of the centre lying just 500m from the fish market. Another more attractive option is Platja del Portet which is 1.5km north of the centre. This is the most chilled out spot you could ever wish for with golden sand, turquoise waters and a few little café bars overlooking the beach. For more extensive beaches it’s only a short drive to Javea and Denia where some of Spain’s finest beaches can be found. Beaches immediately south of Moraira are rocky rather than sandy but are excellent for snorkelling.