Cala Portichol Javea


Javea from the sea

Where it is and How’s the Weather, What to do, Restaurants, Bars and Hotels, Villa and Apartment rentals, Villas and Apartments for Sale, Activities etc. and in this blog post we will tell you all you need to know to make your stay in Javea the best ever.


A great place to live and holiday. Port, beaches, restaurants, walks and much more. Read on, it’s all here in Javea.

Javea in Alicante - it’s a must on any Spanish itinerary. 
A beautiful Mediterranean coastal town that you just have to see. 
Let’s go and see what’s on offer?

Jávea (Xàbia) is a coastal town located in the north of the province of Alicante, Spain. Here you will find lovely beaches, impressive cliffs, delicious Spanish food, a wide offer of water sports and lovely mountain routes with stunning views of one of the most beautiful coastal landscapes of the Mediterranean.

In fact, more than 50% of its population are foreigners who moved here to enjoy its high quality of life and warm weather and if you wish to know more about Jávea, keep reading and you will find out why this is one of the most popular destinations of the Costa Blanca!



Jávea is a town located in the north of the Costa Blanca, in the province of Alicante, Spain.  

It is at the foot of Montgó, a mountain between Denia and Javea which rises to 753m above sea level, bathed by the Meaditerranean sea and between two capes: – Cabo de La Nou and Cabo San Antonio.

It is situated at only 14km to Moraira, 35km to Calpe, 12km to Denia, 98km to Alicante Airport and 119km to Valencia airport.

Jávea has typical Mediterranean weather, with warm and sunny winters and an average temperature of 17.7ºC. The hottest month is August, with an average temperature of 25.7ºC, and the coldest is January with an average of 11.1ºC.

As far as rainfall is concerned, July is the driest month, with an average of 6mm, and October is the rainiest month of the year with an average of 73mm.

Spring is a good period to visit Jávea. In March, for instance, temperatures are mild, with an average daily temperature of 20ºC and a minimum of 10ºC at night.

If you come in March, don’t forget a jumper or a light jacket as you will need it at night and perhaps some days so for more information, please click on the following link:


We all have preferences when we travel but like everything in life everything has advantages and disadvantages.

Hotels may be more comfortable, the rooms are cleaned everyday,  they have staff on-site to help and they usually offer more services than a serviced apartment of the same standard.

However, serviced apartments and villas are better for large groups or families with children as they offer more privacy and extra space with a kitchen, a living area and separate rooms.

Parador de Javea

Jávea offers the visitors a wide range of tourist accommodation for all tastes and pockets.

From a 4 star hotel, such as Parador de Jávea, Hotel Sol or Nomad Hotel to a private villa with a pool in the surroundings of Jávea or an apartment in a closed complex closer to town.

Unless you own your own place, and that’s a really fun idea for the family, your choice is between, a hotel, an apartment / villa or camping.

Whichever you choose you’re probably only looking for somewhere to park your stuff and sleep. A hotel provides more facilities but less privacy.

A rented villa or apartment gives you your privacy and, depending on numbers, will be cost effective.

Ask yourself, “will you eat out a lot?”  Camping, well you’re on a budget but Javea has great campsites.


Parador de Jávea, Av. del Mediterráneo, 233, 03730 Xàbia, Alicante, Spain•+34 965 79 02 00. Swimming pool in a very pleasant garden and a gym. Good location but not much character.

The Beach House – Studios & Suites, Plaza Adolfo Suarez, 16, Only rated 3 star but I kind of like this establishment; it feels like a home from home.

Hotel Sol de Jávea,  Avenida del Mediterráneo, 180. No doubt built for couples on holiday in an excellent location. Swimming pool could be more private.

Nomad Hotel – Xábia Port, Camí Casetes 8-9, For my next visit I’ll try this one. Good Wifi for you “Digital Nomads”!


If you are a camping lover, Jávea also has two official campsites with all the facilities you need to park your campervan, caravan rent a cabaña or stay under canvas surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Try these out: –

Rent a cabaña – photo

The type of accommodation you choose depends on the purpose of your visit, your taste, budget and needs. We are sure that you will find the best option for you!


There are several rental agencies in the area and aside from the multinationals like airbnb and try these for their local knowledge and experience: –

Try these: –

You can also visit,

Need a car? Try these local companies: –


Javea Cars

Car Hire Javea

Autos Javea SL


Here is a taster – walks, beaches, fishing harbour and fresh fish market, shops and markets, water-sports, karting, golf and equestrianism.

And if that isn’t enough then you can always find more.

Jávea offers lots of things to do and see and we have selected 7 things to do in Jávea: –


1. A walk through the town of Jávea.

We begin our list of things to see in Jávea with a walk through this beautiful town.

The town of Jávea is situated 2km from the coast and it has a beautiful old town.

Although it is not there anymore, you should know that, in the past, a wall protected the old town of Jávea, which is made up of small and narrow medieval streets that lead from one square to another.

The most important is the Plaza de la Iglesia, which houses the Gothic church of San Bartolomé. This church also fulfilled, in medieval times, the function of defence of the city.

Nearby, we find the market  Mercado de Abastos and the Town Hall.

Having a walk through its narrow cobbled streets full of shops, bars and restaurants is a real wonder.

We recommend a walk around the church square Plaza de la Iglesia and its surrounding streets, where there are beautiful corners to discover.

In addition, there is a very good atmosphere and a wide variety of restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs.

2. The port and Duanes de la Mar neighbourhood

Xàbia has always been linked to the sea. Around the port, we find the Duanes de la Mar neighbourhood.

In this zone, you can feel the seafaring essence of the Mediterranean: fishing boats arriving at the port, the smell of fresh fish, the traditional fish auction, sailing boats that set off from the marina…

However, there is also a commercial area of great tourist interest and there are also many good shops, bars and cafes and fantastic seafood restaurants.

It is an example of a neighbourhood that developed year after after year without losing its original charm.

The landmark of the port area is the church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Loreto, an example of avant-garde religious architecture, whose roof imitates the hull of a ship.

3. Scenic Viewpoint Route of Jávea – Ruta de los Miradores de Jávea.

The coastline of Jávea is one of the most beautiful coastal landscapes of the Mediterranean, with high cliffs and beautiful beaches.

We invite you to discover it yourself as it is a perfect plan for one day and it is accessible by car.

This 30km route is one of the main natural tourist attractions of Jávea. It is made of 15 viewpoints along the coast where nature has created amazing landscapes with breathtaking sea views.

These 15 viewpoints are located along the coast of Jávea, from north to south, from the viewpoint of “Els Molins” in the cape Sant Antoni, to the Mirador de la Granadella in cape de la Nao.

Here you have the location of the 15 viewpoints of Jávea, so that you can reach them easily with the GPS of your mobile: [Aquí puedes extraer el mapa ]

4. And these may be a little more than a stroll for the more energetic: –

  • Gata de Gorgos to Ermita de Rio Gorgos… easy, 9.5 km. 2.5 hours
  • Javea La Plana via San antonio lighthouse… moderate, 10.7 km about 3 hours
  • Montgó (Dénia- Jesús Pobre)… moderate, 11.7 km about 3 hours +
  • SJ: Benitachell Tossal Gros… moderate, 7.8 km 2 hours +
  • Hiking Route  El Montgó… difficult, 14.9 km about 5 hours 
  • Eye of Montgo from Las Rotas circuit… difficult, 14.6 km 4.5-5 hours

BEACHES AND CALAS (secluded coves)

Since this is without doubt the most beautiful coastline on the Costa Blanca we have treated you to much greater detail than is the norm. We have to assume that it is this reputation that has brought you here.

1. Cala Granadella

La Granadella is always a good plan in Jávea. This is one of the most famous “calas” ( Small beach, often with pebbles and surrounded by mountains or rocks) in Jávea.

It is a beautiful beach for its natural environment and its crystal clear and turquoise water.

It is important to arrive early, especially during the summer months and weekends. At the moment, due to the measures against Covid 19 it is even more important as there are limits on capacity.

There is parking in the area below and another one going up to the hill with capacity for many cars.

From here, you will find nice views of the cala. Access is easy but if you park high up, the way back will be a bit hard, especially after a long, Spanish lunch.

There are several restaurant options, but we definitely recommend the Sur Restaurant for its quality and its charming staff.

There is also a beach bar, la Bandideta, from the owners of the mythical restaurant in Jávea, Cala Bandida.

This is the perfect place that you can eat and also have a drink in the afternoon. You can’t miss it!

2. Cala Portitxol

Cala Portitxol -or Barraca- and whose fishermen’s houses with white facades and doors painted in blue is one of the most Instagrammed places of the Mediterranean,  is another must-see of Jávea.

We advise you to go early because  the parking has limited places and there are also restrictions on capacity due to measures against Covid-19. The access to the beach is very good, since the parking is next door.

Another option is to leave the car at the Mirador La Creu del Portitxol and walk down, which takes about 10 minutes on footpaths.

This cala is ideal for those who hate sand as there are pebbles and rock and it is a paradise for lovers of water sports such as snorkeling, diving and kayaking.

In front of this beach, we find the Island of Portitxol (300 metres) of great botanical and archaeological interest.

Here, we recommend Cala Clemence, Mediterranean food and very nice views of Cala Portitxol.

3. Arenal beach

If there is an emblematic beach in Jávea, this is Arenal beach.

It is situated in the centre of the Jávea bay and it is one of the main tourist zones in town and undoubtedly the most well-known and popular beach, which is visited by bathers due to its fine sand and shallow water. It is perfect for families with children.

In its northern end there was an important Roman settlement, in the area where nowadays the Parador de Jávea is located. Nowadays, this area is known for its wide range of leisure and gastronomy.

This is the place to enjoy the nightlife of Jávea. Along the promenade, there are many shops, restaurants and pubs and it is the perfect entertainment and shopping area of Jávea, especially during the Summer season.

4. Cova Tallada

La Cova Tallada, which served as a marine refuge in the Second World War, is a spectacular and beautiful cave at sea level made of rough stone.

Here you will enjoy unique views and take impressive photographs and you will also find a jewel heritage inside: a 16th century inscription on the rock that recalls the visit of Felipe III.

From June 15 to September 30, it is necessary to book the visit on the official website of the Montgó Natural Park as the maximum number of simultaneous visitors inside the Cova may not exceed 71 people.

There are companies such as: –

  • Marinalia
  • Kayak Javea
  • Aventura Pata Negra – they carry out Kayak routes to Cova Tallada + Snorkel + Speleology.



Tapas bar old town Javea – photo

If you’re yearning for tapas the Old Town is the place to find the best and there are many establishments to choose from so enjoy a stroll through the narrow streets as you make your choice.

Some examples: –

Tal Cual Tapas y CocKtails, Carrer Andrés Lambert, 8

Tasca La Rebotica, Carrer Sant Bartomeu, 6

Restaurante Cajita Azul, Carrer En Finestrat, 9

Taberna Andares Ibéricos, Calle Santísimo Cristo del M, 7

Restaurante Nesfor, Carr. Cabo la Nao, 25


La Llum, C/ de Gual, 1

Bar Smiths,Carrer Antoni Llidó, 8

Tal Cual Tapas y Cocktails, Carrer Andrés Lambert, 8

Chabada, Paseo Amanecer, Bloque 3,

La Siesta, Av. del Mediterráneo, 27

Quo Vadis Snooker Club & Bar, Calle Cannes, 29


Bistro Die Kleine Weltlaterne, Carrer Tamanraset, 2 – whatever you select you will not be disappointed.

Restaurante Masena, Carrer Benitachell, 9 – Chef Hamid Megrini Moujtahid will serve you a sample of culinary wonder. French Mediterranean fusion.

Restaurante Portitxol Jávea, Calle Ronda Nte., 9 – exceptional mediterranean style.

Royal Gurkha Cuisine, Av. Rey Jaime I, 8 – aren’t there just times when nothing but something a little spicier will do.


Casa de la Cultura, Plaça de Baix, 6 – performing arts theatre in Xàbia.

Cine Jayan, Calle Santísimo Cristo del Mar, 14 – Spanish & English films.

Autocine Drive In, Partida Deveses D, 27 – yes, you’ve guessed it.

San Sebastián – festival to honour the Patron Saint of Javea and be brave and join the bull run.

Half-Year “Mare de Deu de Loreto” – what a celebration and something for all ages.

Jesus Nazareno – held in honor of “Jesús Nazareno” and here another chance to run with the bulls.

Xabia Folk” Folk Festival – traditional folk music.

Jazz Festival. Held each summer – every night in the Plaza de la Constitución

Javea Jazz Festival – photo


If you have already finished your Jávea Holiday and you like it…  Are you thinking of coming back but you would like to buy your own villa or apartment in Jávea? If this is the case, then read on.

There are literally hundreds of portals dealing with thousands of properties for sale in Jávea and over 100 estate agents in the area, So trying to wade your way through all of those is extremely difficult, especially when you have to make allowances for “Infoxication and Estate Agent Lingo”.

That’s where we come in: – If you would like we help you in making the right selection for your requirements and ensuring the property you choose is legal in every respect, well built, value for money, free of external charges and liens etc. We are here to assist you. In fact, this is our speciality and something we’ve been doing for the last 40 or so years.

At Search and Survey Spain we are not estate agents and have no allegiance to any estate agencies. 
Our only interest is finding the right property for you, that the property is legal, well built, value for money and free of any external charges or liens. 
If you like we can help you make the right selection to suit your requirements?

We are here to assist you. In fact, this is our speciality and something we’ve been doing for the last 40 or so years.

Click the link here to visit our website and see what you think?

Search and Survey Spain Team
The Search and Survey Spain team – from L-R Manu, Chari, Ian, Monica and Manolo.


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