Information & Facts
A holiday in Javea is mainly about relaxing on the beach or
beside the pool, but there are watersports facilities for hire on
Arenal Beach and at the port, and golf courses in easy reach,
including the Javea Golf Club surrounded by orange and lemon
groves. Local sightseeing includes a few interesting old churches
and an archaeological museum. Visitors can also enjoy walks up the
Cabo de Nao from the harbour, for a breathtaking view of the bay.
Families are advised to hire a car in order to make excursions to
the numerous entertaining theme parks and water parks in the area,
most less than half an hour's drive away.
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and
Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.
Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided
into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and
major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards
and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the
cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.
Javea is a sedate resort with limited nightlife and
Holiday visitors in pursuit of a hectic holiday nightlife will
be disappointed with Javea, where activity after dark is limited to
the strumming of Spanish guitars in a few restaurants and bars, or
the odd flamenco show, even during the height of the summer season.
A few British bars offer football, pool tables and sometimes
karaoke nights. There are one or two discreet discotheques open
during summer in the Arenal area. For a rollicking night out
visitors will have to travel to the larger, more frenetic resorts
nearby, particularly Benidorm.
The holiday destination of Javea offers some fantastic eateries
including Karma Lounge Restaurant, Pizzeria Pepa, Restaurante
Masena and La Boheme. The port area of Javea is a popular dining
spot, with a host of restaurants offering a variety of cuisines
situated along the waterfront, where it is possible to enjoy
anything from pizza to paella with a view of the harbour or beach.
The old town is less well supplied with restaurants, but those that
do inhabit its narrow streets are cheaper than the more touristy
areas. The area fronting Arenal Beach is where most tourists
congregate to dine out, and the choice is vast from Burger King to
Chinese. The majority of establishments cater for all tastes,
offering an international selection on their menus.
The port area offers some interesting boutique shopping
opportunities for holidaymakers, while along Arenal Beach
holidaymakers are well catered for with kiosks and shops selling
all the trappings from sun cream to souvenirs. In Javea's old town
there is a daily indoor covered market, mostly stocking fresh
produce, and on Thursdays the weekly outdoor market on the Place de
la Constitution is an entertaining experience, street performers
spicing up the variety of wares on offer on hundreds of stalls.
Browse for all manner of things from fresh fish to leather sandals,
and toys to juicy Valencia oranges and 'churros' (similar to
donuts). The sprawling suburban area around Javea, which connects
to other resorts along the Costa Blanca, is well supplied with
shopping malls and modern supermarkets. Smaller shops tend to close
for siesta from around 2pm to 5pm, but stay open late in the
evenings. Larger chain stores and supermarkets remain open all day
until late at night.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March
and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary
Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).