Jávea, the paradise of the coves of the Costa Blanca
It is one of the privileged corners of our geography and its coastline is dotted with some of the most impressive coves in the Mediterranean.
That Jávea is a pearl of the Levantine coast is not a secret.
In the following, we kindly invite you to see our latest insights on the beautiful Jávea, one of the gems of Costa Blanca that… Discover the secrets of the city, wander along the Mediterranean avenue, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of famous beaches, savour the gourmet creations of local restaurants. Create your exclusive shopping itinerary. And enjoy unique and private views of the best that the local real estate market offers. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
However, it is striking that, when it comes to talking about coves, those in this corner of the province of Alicante do not have the same predicament as those of Ibiza or Cabo de Gata, with which they share the sea and which they can tutear in beauty. Each one in its style, of course, but with the exception that in Jávea, on the coast that stretches from Cabo de la Nao to San Antonio, they follow one another that is more different, a range of possibilities that make everything type of demands and tastes as far as beaches are concerned.
Diversity is precisely one of the factors that distinguish this Levantine corner. It has nothing to do with the Ambolo cove with El Arenal beach, or the Sardinera cove with that of Granadella. The latter is, without a doubt, the star. Present in all the rankings of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, this cove with crystal clear waters, in the southernmost area, near Cabo de la Nao, measures 160 meters. It’s small, yes, but it’s enough to provide perfect beach days. Enamora already when viewed from his vantage point.
More wild is Ambolo, one of the coves preferred by locals. It is one of those that remain completely untouched, which is helped by the difficulty of access by car or that the steep mountain range does not allow constructions here. It is the best option if we want to practice nudism, but this practice has been cornered at the end of the sand, narrow and no more than 200 meters long, occupying most of the space traditional bathers. Its counterpart, that of Portitxol, in front of the island of the same name, is much more familiar and easily accessible, as well as more extensive, almost a kilometer of gravel between the two capes that demarcate it.
Although the roads of Portixol and Cabo de la Nao allow access to the coast, access to many of the coves is preferable to be done on foot or by bicycle (in addition to the mountain is a flat for those who want to combine cycling and a good swim in the sea). Not only is there little space for parking in many of them, but if you find it, the number of maneuvers you have to do to get out can be exasperating.
If we prefer not to move too much of the city, or we look for a traditional beach, it is in El Arenal where we must nail the umbrella. This urban beach of coarse sand and calm sea, shallow, is in the tourist expansion of the city, on a long promenade full of shops, restaurants, apartments … Like Granadella or La Grava, also in the urban core, but gravel, looks blue flag. The latter is perfect for those who seek tranquility without, therefore, having to get lost among the coves of Cabo de la Nao. Small, narrow and gravel, just look at the intense blue of the water to want to stay there watching the sunset.
Of course, if it is a matter of views, Jávea has a choice. Only the coast of the municipality has 15 viewpoints. From Cape San Antonio, to the north, to the castle of La Granadella, to the south, they are happening along the different coves and natural parks. Together they form the Route of the Viewpoints, in which abandoned traditional mills, archaeological remains and, of course, postcard prints in which the Mediterranean is the star. The viewpoints of La Nao and San Antonio are undoubtedly the most spectacular, and many are part of hiking and cycling routes to which more interesting.
This is as far as the mainland, because in the sea, along the 25 kilometers of coastline, there are also other ‘lookouts’: those of marine fauna and flora. They are discovered thanks to diving, a practice with more and more followers in Jávea. It is one of the areas with greater diversity, with meadows of posidonias, brown algae, breams, smooth, sponges, anemones … Just a few glasses, tube and fins, without having to make a big effort to lung, to see wonders to not more than two meters deep. Cala Blanca or La Granadella are two of the favorite places for these dives.
Another type of immersion, which is done in the culinary culture of the city, requires even less logistics, just wanting to smack. In addition to the fishing tradition, we must add the rich vegetables and fruits that are grown in the Sant Bertomeu Valley. This has allowed a rich Mediterranean diet in which there are dried fruits, ñoras, muscatel grapes, anchovies, canned fish of all kinds … and, of course, rice, such as paella with anchovies and spinach. And while cooking, nothing like a tapas based on red prawns from the market or boiled beans.
Among the restaurants where to approach these delicacies, and many others, we find on the beach from classics such as La Siesta or La Perla de Jávea, others more tourist in El Arenal, or design as Cala Bandida. Of course, if we want to make the menu ourselves, the appointment is in the afternoon at the Lonja, when the traditional auction is held from Monday to Friday. From 6pm. it is possible to buy fresh fish and seafood from the bay at the point of sale that the Fishermen’s Association has in the same fish market. For the rest of the ingredients, nothing like the Abastos market, in the historic center. And if we have a special fondness for the markets, the one in Jávea is held on Thursday mornings in the Plaza de la Constitución.
Activities are not lacking. Discover the coves, the seabed, the viewpoints and the rich gastronomy will have us quite busy, and always amazed at what we are going to find. It will seem a lie to us, without needing to move more than 20 km. we are able to find so much diversity and preciousness.
How to get? Jávea is located north of the province of Alicante. By car, taking the exit of the Autopista del Mediterráneo (AP-7) or the N-332. If you prefer to travel by plane or train, it is necessary to have a transfer from Valencia or Alicante. Where to sleep? Hotel Spa El Rodat, near El Arenal. Denia Marriott La Sella Golf Resort & Spa, in the Montgó Natural Park and that adds golf to the offer. More information: Tel .: 965 790 736. Tourism of Jávea.