Jávea is located in the northern section of the province of Alicante between the capes of San Antonio and La Nao. The Cabo de Nao separates the bays of Valencia and Alicante and is the westernmost point of the Valencia´s coastline.
Frequent attacks from marauding pirates forced Jávea´s inhabitants to settle 2 km from the coast in a walled town - these walls remained standing until 1877. The enclosure formed by the former walls now forms Jávea´s historical centre which is situated around the Gothic Church of San Bartolomé surrounded by whitewashed houses with iron grilles and lintels made out of golden porous Tosca stone.
The sea has always played a leading role for those living on the Costa Blanca. There are more than 200 kilometres of coastline dotted with cliffs beaches and secluded coves while the mild climate allows water sports to be practised practically all year round and is a very important attraction for lovers of the sea.
The seabed of the Costa Blanca is especially rich and beautiful: places such as L’Illa de Benidorm and the Cabo de San Antonio and Tabarca Marine Reserves are idyllic settings for scuba diving.
The landscape of the Costa Blanca is characterised by a gentle coastline overlooked by mountains that can reach 1500 metres in height only a short way from the coast such as Aitana and Puig Campana making Alicante the second most mountainous province in Spain.