We recommend what to see, do and eat in this corner of Spain to which, even today, the best of each house escapes. Sorolla could not have described it better after his first visit in 1896: “Xàbia has everything I want and more. If you saw what I have in front of my house you would not find the words to praise him. I’m speechless from the emotion that still dominates me. Imagine that my home is located in Monte Carlo itself. This is a dream craze, the same effect as if I lived in the sea, on board a large ship (…) It is the place I always dreamed of. Sea and mountain, but what a sea ».
1. From cove to cove and shot because it touches me
With 20 kilometers of coastline, one of the strengths of Jávea is its variety of beaches. Between the port and Cap Prim are the most flat and accessible, while between Cap Prim and Cabo de la Nao there are coves located between cliffs that stand out for their views. From the Sardinera , with its salt water pool, to the Granadella , which was chosen in a contest orchestrated by Antena 3 as the most beautiful in Spain and served as the setting for the film The cold light of day (2012). But also that of Moraig (and its chiringuito to take paella), Ambolo (virgin and nudist), that of Portixol (with its white barracks) or the Cova Tallada (a natural cave in which to snorkel).
2. Hiking days and camera in hand
Not only sun and beach tourism lives this orchard. Its landscape draws a range of possibilities in terms of excursions. The visit to the natural park of the Macizo del Montgó is an indispensable tic in the list, but better if you go hiking. The day can continue with the monastery of San Antonio and the eleven windmills of La Plana which, built at different times between the 13th and 19th century, offer a panoramic view of the Mediterranean that neither the song of Joan Manuel Serrat. The Cabo de la Nao lighthouse and the Cruz de Portixol lookout are two technical stops that can be interspersed in the itinerary when they are most convenient.
4. Mid afternoon strolls and other pleasures
Getting lost in its labyrinth of cobblestone streets, guarded by white houses and barred windows, is always a good idea. The scenery that is drawn is full of color and flowers, but also of historic buildings such as the fortified church of San Bartolomé , considered a national artistic monument; the municipal food market , housed in a Gothic building; the City Hall , erected in the 18th century over a medieval cemetery , or the Antonio Banyuls house-palace , where the Soler Blasco Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum is located. The markets are also the order of the day, such as the Riurau de Jesus Pobre or Jalón specialized in antiques.
5. To leave and … not return until dawn
– Montgo di Bongo ( Avenida del Mediterráneo, 63 ): for drinks and DJ sessions.
– Treasury ( Carretera Cabo de San Antonio ): to attend, in summer and midweek, the private concerts they celebrate. The Grand Canyon, the informal band that created Leiva and Carlos Tarque to have fun versioning classics, was one of the invited groups.
– Molí Blanc ( Avenida del Pla ): to return to your teenage years and to the 80s.