Jávea is made up of three different urban centres: the historic area or the old town, with pretty streets, the Port or Aduanas del Mar, a typical Mediterranean fishing neighbourhood with the fishing port and finally the Arenal beach, epicentre of tourism and nightlife.
- Old Town
Over the last few years, the Historic Center of Jávea has been growing but nonetheless has kept its charm.
Today, it is the administrative centre of the city. Walking through the streets, you can find all kinds of shops, some of long-standing tradition ones, as well as tapas bars, restaurants and other services.
The heart of the old town is the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, surrounded by the most emblematic buildings of Jávea :
-San Bartolomé Church, built during the XIVth and XVIth century in an Elizabethan Gothic style.
-Jávea Town Hall, dating from the XVIIth century, restored in the XXth century.
-Mercado de Abastos or Municipal market, a place to visit and buy local “gourmet” products.
-Archaeological and Ethnological Museum Soler Blasco, an impressive 17th-century palace with an interesting selection of paintings by the local painter J.B Segarra Llamas, and a big collection of underwater archaeological pieces found on the coast of Jávea.
- The Port or Aduanas del Mar
The port area of Jávea is a charming maritime neighborhood with old fishermen’s houses and narrow streets…
In front of The Grava Beach, a popular walkway leads you to and from a large variety of restaurants, hotels, museum and shops.
Despite its growth, Aduanas del Mar has manged to keep its allure and can be said to be one of the liveliest districts, popular throughout the year. Visitors are particularly attracted to the area to witness the arrival of the fishing boats at the port, sailing boats to the Yatch Club, and fish auctions at the market of La Lonja.
Two emblematic buildings draw ones attention to the charm in the area:
-Our Lady of Loreto Church, inaugurated in 1967, it is an important example of avant-garde religious architecture. Its form simulates the design, lines and structure of a ship.
–The Cable House, dates from 1860. Unfortunately, only the pillars of the original Naya are standing but the building was restored as a museum showcasing art by local artists.
- Arenal Beach
The Arenal Beach, located in the centre of Xàbia Bay, is the main tourist attraction and without doubt, the beach most frequented by swimmers because of its fine sand and shallow waters.
Along the beach, a circular walkway carries the name of Javea’s most famous world-renowned athlete, the tennis player David Ferrer.
This area of Javea is the most cosmopolitan of Jávea and offers a fabulous choice of restaurants.