Calas de Jávea

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Calas de jávea

Jávea, on the north coast of Alicante, is the municipality that offers the greatest variety of beaches and coves in the whole province. This is the municipality that ends the Gulf of Valencia. In its approximately 20 kilometers of coastline you will find 13 beaches and coves surrounded by mountains and Mediterranean vegetation. The coves of Jávea offer a scenario that merges the blue of the sea with the aridity of the rocky mountains.

Each of these beaches or sandy areas has a peculiar charm, but all of them offer a common denominator, their calm and crystalline waters. Jávea is an ideal destination for any time of year, as this corner of the Mediterranean has a microclimate with average temperatures ranging between 18 and 24 degrees all year round. Dare to discover some beautiful coves in Javea.

Portixol Cove or Barraca Cove

Portixol beach, the best known of jávea's coves.

This small beach has two names, Portixol or Barraca. The first refers to the Illa del Portixol, which can be reached by swimming, as it is located just in front of the cove, while Barraca is for the white houses of fishermen known by that name.

The beach is about 900 meters long and is made of gravel and stones. It is a space especially recommended for those who are not very fond of sand on the coast. It is the most photographed of the Calas de Jávea, especially the blue door of the photograph.

It has hammocks and umbrellas, canoes and security, but does not offer many parking facilities.

Cala Barraca stands out especially for the clarity of its seabed and the cliffs of Cap Prim on the left and Cap Negre on the right.

Granadella Cove

Granadella cove
Granadella Cove

La Granadella is the southernmost beach of the municipality and possibly the most beautiful cove of Jávea. It is a sandy area of high occupancy in summer that has a parking lot. It is located in the neighborhood of La Granadella, an old fishing village with low houses that are rented in summer.

It is also a gravel beach that offers a variety of services: hammocks, umbrellas, surveillance, canoes and even floating platforms.

It is an ideal place for snorkeling, with several marked routes. Among the recreational activities that this cove allows, one of the most interesting is to rent a kayak or a canoe to visit some nearby caves such as Llop Marí, at the tip of Ambolo.

Cala Blanca-La Caleta

Cala blanca javea

Knowing the coves of Javea should lead you to visit Cala Blanca. Actually, this sandy area is the conjunction of three small coves: La Caleta I, La Caleta II and La Cala del Francés . It is called Cala Blanca because of the white stones of its cliffs. These small spaces are ideal for sunbathing with the family. Its crystalline waters allow you to see a great amount of flora and fauna in its bottoms. They are not very accessible sandy areas, but they are worth a visit.

  • La Caleta I is a sea inlet that is well protected from the waves, offering a perfect place for children to play.
  • La Caleta II is the rocky outcrop that continues the previous one, it is composed of rock and large stones, also very protected from the waves.
  • Finally, the Cala del Francés is so named because that is where Sr. Lambert, one of the first tourists in Jávea.

Pope or Tangó Beach

Playa del pope

This sandy area is called a beach, but its extension makes it more like a small cove. It is only 100 meters long and is located next to the marina of Jávea. Its name comes from the fact that in front of the beach there was a footbridge called tangó. Pope derives from a priest of Russian origin who for a long time used to bathe daily at the beach.

In reality, the Tangó or Pope is no longer a beach or cove, since the action of the sea has made the sandy area disappear. Here begins the Marine Reserve of Cabo San Antonio. However, the fact that there is no sand does not prevent bathing, because from the rocks of the breakwater you can take a dip and dive to see the interesting seabed of Jávea.

Arenal Beach

Playa arenal javea

We include the Arenal beach in this list because it is the only sandy beach in the entire municipality. This characteristic, and its nature of urban beach, make it the most crowded of all Jávea.

It offers calm and very transparent waters. It is equipped with numerous services such as rental of umbrellas, hammocks, canoes, games for children, cafes, restaurants and entertainment venues on the nearby promenade. A

It is also a perfect place to enjoy sports on the shore, with beach volleyball nets and beach bars where you can rent jet skis. This beach is about 500 meters long and 50 meters wide.

Minister’s Cove

Cala ministro javea

The Ministro’s cove is undoubtedly among the most beautiful coves of Jávea for its particular structure. Its name, also curious, is due to the fact that Navarro Rubio, who was a minister during Franco’s regime, built his house there. Today the residence is uninhabited, but can be seen from the beach.

The cove is of very small dimensions and is mainly made of stones, but it has an extensive historical legacy. There are located the baths of the queen, a settlement of Roman times that served as fish salting. It is an artificial construction that over time has been transformed into natural pools.

At the end of the beach there is a small viewpoint from which you can see the Arenal beach in its entirety.

Sardinera Cove

La sardinera cove in jávea

This almost virgin beach is less frequented due to its difficult access. It offers azure waters and seabed with Posidonia and a lot of fauna. It shares characteristics with Cala del Ambolo, although the latter is already off-limits.

They are perfect spaces to enjoy relaxation and tranquility, but they are not so advisable to enjoy with the family.


Up to here a small review of the coves of Jávea. The 20 kilometers of coastline, many of them dotted with high cliffs created by the Montgó Massif, give rise to spaces very protected from the waves that offer the perfect setting to enjoy swimming. We recommend you to visit La Cova Tallada and other magical corners of the coast.

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