Jewel On the Costa Blanca with Two Names
Briefly explained – Xábia [ˈʃabia] is the name of this beautiful coastal town in the province of Alicante in Valencian dialect, Jávea [ˈxaβea] is its name in Spanish.
A small seaside resort and market town between two rocky headlands have become very popular especially with foreigners. Half of its resident population and over two-thirds of its annual visitors are foreigners.
Everyone enjoys the lifestyle that Jávea offers. If you like good food, you can discover a great selection of restaurants that offer a variety of dining experiences. If you like to shop, you will surely find something among the shops and boutiques of the old town, the sandy beach or the port of Jávea. Do you want to move to Jávea with your children? Do not worry about education because Jávea offers national or international schools. It’s a place of good schooling education and there are many clubs catering to different languages, uniting all nationalities and Spain offers a first-class health system.
Welcome to Spanish Paradise!
Xàbia or Jávea is situated on the easternmost point of the Mediterranean coast in the north of the province of Alicante which is a part of the Valencian Community. On days with clear sky you can see the Ibiza island which lies about 90 kilometers to the east. Jávea is a wonderful place to live as well as for a vacation. Local tradition mixed with many different nationalities makes it very cosmopolitan with something for everyone. It is located between two cities with airports – Alicante and Valencia. The old town offers ancient architecture, the port is a traditional fishing port combined with nautical leisure facilities for all to enjoy.
The area was first inhabited in prehistoric times, 30,000 years ago by cave dwellers on Montgó. Subsequent residents have included Stone and Bronze-age peoples, Romans, Greeks, Phoenicians, Visigoths, Germanic, Carthaginians, and Moors. Roman fishing boats used the port, and there is evidence that dates the Roman occupation of Xàbia to the 2nd century BC, it makes Xàbia the oldest known Roman site on the coast with a commercial port for fish and minerals.
In the 6th century AD, Christian Visigoth monks came to Xàbia and founded the monastery of Sant Martí, which likely gave its name to the cape in the area named Cap San Martí. Hermenegild, son of the Visigoth king Leovigild of Toledo, sought refuge in the Monastery after angering his father by marrying a Christian girl. When his father’s troops arrived to arrest him all but one monk fled to Portichol; Hermenegild and the old monk were killed. Several people with Visigoth names still live in the area.
There is little left of the Moors and their culture, other than some inscribed gravestones and ceramics. They had controlled the area from about 714 AD until they (the Moriscos) were finally expelled from the Alicante region in 1609. The hermitage of Popol dates to the 14th century.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, pirate raids were prevalent, so a wall was built around the town for protection. The wall was later torn down, and today a replica exists in its place in certain sections.
Beaches and Nature
The landscape is considered one of the most beautiful of all Spain, with its hills and lush valley that ends in the blue sea. Jávea has a number of clear water coves to explore or if you like a more lively atmosphere you can spend the day on the sandy beach.
- Playa L’Arenal v Jávea
- La Grava
- Cala Blanca
- Cala Sardinera
- Cala Ambolo
- Cala Granadella
- Cala Barraca o Portitxol
- Primer Muntanyar o Benissero
- Segon Muntanyar
Recreation and Leasure
Even if you are coming to spend the holidays in Jávea, you get to enjoy our lifestyle. Most people like Costa Blanca and Jávea undoubtedly. You can make all type of sport, everywhere and all year – swimming in crystal clear waters, hiking through beautiful valleys or in the mountains, motorbiking, cycling, visiting a lot of gym places, dance salsa, and other Latino.
Excursions and Trips
Within easy reach, you will find some bigger towns worthy of sightseeing like Dénia, Moraira, Calpe, and Altea in a distance of 15 km, Benidorm about 30km. Among other coastal resorts, there are plenty of interesting places in the hinterland as well as in the mountainous parts suitable for daily excursions – the magnificent fortress of Guadalest, situated on the top of the massif, Vergal Safari Park near Denia, Europe’s largest palm forest near Elche and the ancient city of Murcia. Also, Valencia is just 1.5 hours away by car, Barcelona and Madrid are both about four hours away on a great freeway. Spanish Euro Disney “Port Adventures” near Barcelona is about four and a half hours away
You can enjoy Mediterranean favorite regional dishes and fine cuisine in a large selection of local restaurants or you may choose to go to the regional capital city Dénia which has been declared a town of gastronomy by UNESCO.
When we talk about the climate in Jávea, they usually say that the place has the best micro-climate with approximately 320 days of sun! But when it rains, it rains a lot, although it does not last long. This part of the coast has blue skies and bright sunshine most of the year.