Javea (or Xàbia, as it is known in Valenciano, the local language) is a lovely coastal market town and seaside resort between Alicante and Valencia, in the province of Alicante. Known as Spain’s Sunrise, it is the first point on the mainland where the sun is seen rising. Javea was listed by the WHO as having one of the healthiest climates in the world, with more recorded hours of sunshine per year than in any other place in Spain.
Javea has a population of 29000, half of which is foreign. Whilst it was known to be one of the most popular holiday destinations for the well-heeled Spanish, it remains a verypopular holiday resort for families, both Spanish and foreign, who want a seaside holiday but prefer to avoid the typical mass tourism cities along the Spanish coast.
Javea has very few multi-story buildings and no skyscraper-type high-rise hotels or apartment complexes, so it retains a quiet small town feel, and avoids the mass tourism of places like Benidorm, just down the coats.
There are several beach areas, a quaintly busy fishing port-area, a popular marina, sufficient restaurants and bars to cater for all tastes and a relaxed and youthful feel to the many beach-bars. These‘pop up’ along the stony waters edge in the summer season, providing unrestricted access to enjoying the fabulous seascape in the comfort of shady terraces, whilst watching the many water-sports and sailing regattas in the bay area.
Javea is busy during the summer and other holiday periods, but pretty tranquil, yet still full of life, out of season, because of its relatively large and very international resident population.