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4 must-see places to visit in Javea (that are not beaches)

Although we generally associate Jávea with beach tourism, reality tells us that it also has many other charms that should not go unnoticed. The good weather can be enjoyed from other places and here we are going to discover some of them.

Jávea has many alternatives to the classic sun and beach tourism. Here you can also go hiking, discover places with a lot of history or admire buildings of great artistic beauty.

In short, we want to show you the other side of Jávea, which makes this town one of the most recommendable spots on the Mediterranean coast.

Soler Blasco Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum

To better understand the present and future of a place, you have to look back and see how things used to work. In this sense, the Soler Blasco Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum offers a broad and detailed perspective of what life in the area used to be like.

Located in the house-palace of Antoni Banyuls, one of the most representative buildings in the town, it houses works and exhibitions that retrace the history of the town.

It has ten rooms (eight permanent and two temporary) that will allow you to experience the Mediterranean coast from another point of view, as Jávea has been a fundamental part of this area throughout the centuries.

The museum can be visited throughout the year, although opening hours vary according to the months:

  • October to June: Tuesdays to Fridays > 10-13h and 17-20h. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays > 10-13h.
  • From July to September: Tuesday to Friday > 10-13h and 18-21h. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays > 10-13h.
Fachada del Museo Soler Blasco de Jávea
Façade of the Soler Blasco Museum in Jávea – Photo from the web javea.com

Church of Nuestra Señora de Loreto

One of the most representative places of the traditional area of Jávea is the Church of Nuestra Señora de Loreto. Although it was built in the 20th century, it evokes the maritime character of Jávea from its origins, as the roof seems to resemble the hull of a ship.

Many visitors come across it on a stroll through the town, as it is not your typical flashy, pompous building. Therefore, located in the heart of Jávea, you will be able to capture the essence of the Mediterranean almost from a glance.

In short, this religious place represents the combination of classicism and the avant-garde of the area and, by extension, of the Costa Blanca, as it probably combines the best of both worlds and, perhaps for this reason, has become a landmark of the landscape in Jávea.

The Cable House

Although La Casa del Cable was originally used to house a telegraph station in the 19th century, it is now used for exhibitions and presentations.

Logically, it was very important at the time to connect the Balearic Islands with the Iberian Peninsula, as the town of Jávea was ideal for this both for its location and the interest generated.

Although the original construction dates back to 1860, it has been remodelled maintaining the tosca pillars. In this way, past and modernity go hand in hand to exhibit part of the history of Jávea and the Mediterranean coast in general. The exhibitions here are of incalculable cultural value, as they provide an insight into the customs and traditions of the former inhabitants of this area.

Casa del Cable, Javea
Casa del Cable, Javea – Photo from the website xabia.org

Municipal Market

To finish this review of some of Jávea’s lesser-known treasures, we move on to the Mercado Municipal de Abastos. As was the case in other towns, this was the nerve centre of commerce. As well as food shops, you can find bars where you can have a drink and a bite to eat while you enjoy the architecture.

It is in a perfect state of preservation and sells goods of the highest quality. The Mercat de Xàbia maintains the traditional essence of going to talk to the vendors and engage in conversation about produce and life in general.

If you are in need of provisions and want to immerse yourself in the daily life of Jávea, the Mercado Municipal de Abastos is a must visit – your stomach will thank you for it!

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