Jávea and its Surroundings




The Climate of Jávea

According to a scientific study conducted in the 1990s, the World Health Organization deemed Jávea to have one of the best microclimates in the world. The explanation is evident: you can enjoy a pleasant temperature year-round, with an average of 20°C. Montgó, with its 753- meter height, shields Jávea from strong winter winds, and its large bay is sheltered by the capes of San Antonio and Prim, which together contribute to its fantastic microclimate. Interestingly, the average relative humidity is 57%, the same as that of Madrid, while in Alicante it’s 71.67%.

Jávea boasts abundant sunlight and many hours of sunshine, over 3,000 per year, which is important for obtaining the vitamin D our bodies need and for achieving a general state of happiness.

The following graph provides a detailed view:

Tourists highly value Jávea’s climate, as it ensures that their vacation days unfold just as they imagined. The following graph depicts tourists’ assessment of the climate and the contributing factors.


The predominant green color in the landscape is due to the fact that, despite not receiving frequent rainfall, Jávea has a significant amount of groundwater. This is reflected in its Arabic name: Xábiga, meaning “well/cistern.” Proof of this is the underground river Moraig, which originates in the inland mountains of Pedreguer and can be seen springing forth from the Calavera cave in Benidoleig.


Posidonia is a vital plant for our ecosystem. Many of these plants can live for 2,000 to 3,000 years. It resembles algae, though it’s not; it’s an endemic aquatic plant of the Mediterranean with roots, and its stems can reach up to a meter in length.

In Jávea, it’s common to find underwater meadows in sandier areas. They have significant ecological importance. Acting like trees in a forest; they clean the air we breathe. The same occurs in the sea; they contribute to oxygenating the waters, providing shelter and food for a multitude of marine species. During the winter, storms push their stems toward the shore, forming a barrier on the beach to protect against potential marine erosion. Their leaves die and form ball-like structures that can often be found along the shore—this indicates that our waters are teeming with life and are clean.

Playa La Grava

This beautiful spot has been awarded the Blue Flag and is located right next to the marina of Jávea and near the old fishing district of Duanes de la Mar. The beach is easily accessible and offers many amenities.

Benissero Beach / Primer Muntanyar

If you’re into water sports, this is the place for you. Unlike the rest of Jávea’s beaches, this stretch of coastline is open and exposed to fantastic winds, creating perfect conditions for kite surfing. During the summer months and just 300 meters from the port, you can enjoy activities like paddleboarding, kayaking, and jet skiing, which are available for rent.

The name Benissero comes from a man who lived in the neighboring town of Benissa. His house is now a charming and cool beach bar called La Siesta. Many years ago, a curious tradition was established: families would set up picnic tables and dine on the beach every Sunday night by the light of a bonfire. This tradition still continues on special summer evenings.

These 1,900 meters of paradise extend to the luxurious Parador de Jávea, offering an attractive combination of pebbles and turquoise waters typical of this incredibly beautiful coast. It’s an excellent place for snorkeling and diving. Swimming is also popular here thanks to the clear water that invites you to take a dip.

Arenal Beach

Located in the heart of Jávea’s bay, this is the main beach and hard to miss. Its fine sand tickles your toes and slopes gently toward the sea, making access to the water comfortable and easy. The water quality has been recognized with the Blue Flag standard, inviting you to take a refreshing swim.

With a bustling promenade, it features lively markets, shops, cafes, and restaurants. Water sports rental businesses provide all the necessary equipment to satisfy any appetite for fun and adrenaline. And if that’s not enough, the views of Montgó Mountain are truly fantastic. During the summer months, the beach lights up with a fireworks show every night. This beach truly has it all.

Segon Muntanyar

South of Arenal Beach, you’ll find a stretch of rocky coastline where the gravel is the result of petrified sand. Segon Muntanyar (Second Muntanyar) gets its name from the similarities it shares with Primer Muntanyar. This beach is wide and open, with stairs that allow for quick access to the water.

Swimming, snorkeling, or diving here is a real pleasure, especially in the early morning when the water is likely to be calm. You’ll be able to spot a wide variety of colorful fish that are attracted to this coast. The beach extends over 1,700 meters of paradise, with a level of occupancy that never becomes overwhelming, making it a great choice if you’re looking to relax.

In the middle of the beach, you can find Séquia de la Nòria. A Roman engineering work that consists of a small canal carved into the rock, allowing seawater to enter “el Saladar,” where the Romans had a small fishing operation. In the Middle Ages, a waterwheel was added to bring in seawater, which was then allowed to evaporate to obtain salt.

Cala Blanca

Cala Blanca gets its name from the white pebbles and rocks that adorn its hidden landscape. The crystal-clear water creates an excellent environment for snorkeling, and you can also enjoy spectacular views of Montgó Mountain and the surrounding scenery.

Cala Blanca has an approximate length of 300 meters and consists of three smaller coves that sit side by side, giving this piece of rocky coast its unique shape. These coves can only be accessed on foot by following a long staircase built into the rocks from the nearby cliff viewpoints. You can access these stairs from either the Cala Blanca viewpoint or the Les Caletes viewpoint.


This rustic cove features an 80-meter stretch of pebble coast. It is located at the end of Avda. Ultramar, the road that provides easy access to Cala Blanca. It’s just 100 meters from the nearest parking area, making it very convenient. From here, you also have access to the Mirador de Cala Blanca.

Cala de Dins

Situated in the southern part of Jávea, right in front of cliffs where the Jávea bay ends and a mountainous area begins, continuing south along the coast to Moraira. This spot has a special charm, and you’ll enjoy views of Cap Prim.

The water is always calm and pleasant due to a stone arm that extends into the sea, creating a protective barrier against the waves. From here, the view of the surrounding natural landscape and the white cliffs of Jávea is truly spectacular.

Caleta del Francés

The name “Caleta del Francés” or “French Cove” comes from a man named Monsieur Lambert who once lived there. This small cove is accessible from the adjacent Caleta II, and you’ll find absolute tranquility here.

Cala Sardinera


The name “Cala Sardinera” originates from the fact that it was the best place to fish for sardines using traditional “sardinales” (fine nets) that were released twice a day: once at dawn and once at dusk. Since then, it has become a wonderfully pristine cove with a shoreline covered in gravel and pebbles.

Located on the northern side of Cap Prim and Sant Martí, you can reach it on foot from the Mirador de la Cruz del Portitxol via a path that runs through a beautiful natural setting.

This beach is also peaceful and pleasant, offering excellent opportunities for snorkeling and swimming.

Cala Barraca or Portitxol

This pebble-covered beach with clear waters is located between Cap Prim and Cap Negre. It offers views of Portixol Island, about 300 meters from the coast. Its crystal-clear waters make it one of the best beaches in Jávea for scuba diving and snorkeling. Similar to Cala Sardinera, you can access it on foot from the Mirador de la Cruz del Portixol, or by car via the Cabo de la Nao road. However, arriving early is recommended, as it can get crowded, and it’s only about 900 meters long.

Cala Ambolo


This untouched cove is made up of pure white silica sand, washed by clear blue waters. Located just before Cabo de la Nao, it resembles a tropical paradise and is also one of the best nudist beaches near Jávea, although swimwear is also permitted and often used by most bathers.

The beach is close to the Mirador de Ambolo. Its name comes from the Torre de Ambolo, one of the many watchtowers in the Portixol area that were built in the 16th century to defend against pirate attacks.

There are no lifeguard services or beach chair rentals here, but it’s undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in Jávea. The occupancy of this bay is relatively low, and it’s approximately 300 meters long. During the summer months, it’s wise to arrive early as finding parking can become a bit challenging as the day goes on.

The beach is popular among snorkelers and climbers, as it features a small rocky island from which climbing and cliff jumping are popular. A little further away is the island “Isla del Descubridor.”


Cala La Granadella


Known as the best cove in all of Spain. It is the southernmost cove in Jávea, awarded the Blue Flag for its excellent water quality. Its horseshoe shape, surrounded by mountains, creates a picturesque nirvana. The surrounding mountains form a natural landscape of great beauty, and its caves and forests are just begging to be explored.

Its crystal-clear waters are a paradise for both divers and snorkelers. The beach is very popular and therefore quite busy in the summer, so arriving early is recommended.

Cala del Moraig

Cala del Moraig is one of the most beautiful spots on the Costa Blanca, where nature is solely responsible for its attractiveness.

It consists of two parts: the beach itself and Cova dels Arcs, possibly its most photographed corner. It’s a perfect spot to spend a summer morning due to its excellent diving conditions and rocky area.

Other Small Beaches in Jávea

In addition to these Jávea beaches, you can explore other sandy spots that are too small to be considered “beaches,” but they maintain their natural charm and are true paradises for diving enthusiasts.

Playa del Pope or del Tangó

Playa del Pope or del Tangó, on the southern side of the Marine Reserve of Cabo de San Antonio, is located at the northern end of Jávea. Here, you’ll find two small bays with coarse sand, where divers will discover spectacular natural richness beneath the crystal-clear waters.

Cala del ministro

At the end of the Primer Muntanyar beach, behind the Parador de Jávea, lies Cala del Ministro. It’s a beautiful, small rocky cove with many pools hiding a rich marine fauna that’s worth discovering. Enjoy crystal-clear waters and natural pools.

The name of this beach comes from a gift from Franco to his finance minister Navarro Rubio, who built a house that is still visible from the cove. This beach doesn’t have any services, so you need to come prepared. However, it’s an ideal spot for sunbathing and swimming (it’s recommended to wear water shoes due to the pebbles). Additionally, at the end of the cove, you’ll find a fantastic viewpoint that offers a beautiful view of the impressive Arenal Beach.