Spain Guide


Javea Beaches

Javea's Arenal beach is the main magnet for the vast majority of tourists. It's sandy, safe, in a beautiful location and offers a wide range of activities to keep people of all age groups amused. This horseshoe shaped beach is in an attractive bay between the headlands of Cabo San Antonio and Cabo San Martin. It has limited space which means it does tend to get quite crowded in July and August but that never seems to deter the Javea devotees who return here year after year.

The Arenal offers a perfect day out for families no matter what age your children are they'll find plenty to keep themselves busy here. In the summer months there are volleyball nets, climbing frames, water rafts, pedaloes and play centres for the under eights.

The sea is rarely rough and you have to wade a long way out to get out of your depth so it's perfect for younger children. Lifeguards are on hand throughout the summer as are Red Cross first aid volunteers to cope with the occasional mishap.

The beach is kept spotlessly clean by the local council which does a big beach sweep every night.

For water sports such as jet ski ing and water ski ing take a stroll from the Arenal towards the port past the Parador Hotel to the Montañar, a one kilometre stretch of sandstone "beach", which joins the Arenal and port areas. Those who don't like sand (and crowds!) prefer to spend the day on the Montañar but it's hard rock so you need a sun bed and the swimming is more hazardous as you plunge straight into deep water. Not for young families.


Venture further along to the port where there are two very attractive pebble beaches one in the port itself and the other at the marina end of the port. The latter is called Tango Beach it's tiny but in a beautiful setting. It stays relatively quiet as most tourists never find it. A great place for snorkeling and there's a bar and restaurant on the beach so you can make a day of it.

In this marina area you'll find Javea's Sailing Club "Club Nautico" and the Javea Sailing School. And there are boat rides around the Cabo San Antonio headland to the neighbouring resort of Denia.

For scuba divers (or would be scuba divers) there's the Javea Sub Aqua Club which offers lesson for beginners and escorted trips for qualified divers. The climate and crystal clear waters here make diving an exhilarating experience there are underwater arches, walls and caves to explore, giant clams, sea urchins, octopus and a whole world of Mediterranean marine life.

Head along the coast road, going south from the Arenal up the mountain towards the lighthouse at Cabo La Nao. Here you'll find the beautiful pebble beaches of Portitxol and Granadella both well worth a visit because the scenery is gorgeous