Javea – Costa Blanca North


Javea lies at the foot of the Sierra del Montgo, 8 kilometres south of Denia. It is said to overlook one of the most beautiful bays of the Costa Blanca. It is the second largest municipality in the Alicante province, with an area of just over 68 square kilometres. The town is popular with holidaymaker’s, particularly in the spring when the smell of orange blossom is constantly in the air.

As with many other areas on the eastern Spanish coast, the centre of Javea was surrounded by fortifications as a protection against attacks from the Barbary Coast pirates. Today, a few stretches of these fortifications can still be seen. The old part of the town is made up of a labyrinth of narrow streets full of whitewashed houses, many dating back to the 17th and 18th century. Javea CalaPeculiar to Javea is that many of the older buildings have window and door frames which have been roughly carved from sandstone blocks. As with Denia, beaches in Javea consist of rocky stretches which border on cliffs jutting out over the sea or wide beaches with golden sands. Javea has 25 kilometres of coast with the following beaches:

Avoid the crowds in Javea.

 For those who like to be far from the madding crowd, Cape San Martin will appeal. Here you will find numerous bays and coves relatively deserted and even during the peak holiday seasons not too crowded. Property in Javea is quite expensive but if you have the money, some of the villa designs are quite spectacular and worth every penny you will spend. Unfortunately, at the moment there are problems with this area and these are mentioned below.

If you are looking to purchase property in Javea or this part of the Northern Costa Blanca you need to be aware of the 1994 Urban Development Activity Act. This has been reported extensively in the UK media and is a method of forcing Spanish property owners to hand over their land at ludicrously low prices and/or contribute huge sums of money to the development of the area. At the time of writing, Javea is the area most affected.