Sports & nature
The town of Jávea is a sport-loving municipality. Throughout the years it has produced many sporting heroes of which the town is always proud including tennis player David Ferrer, to whom the new Arenal promenade was dedicated. The success of local sportsmen and women not only on a regional and national level but also on the international stage is testament to the strong sporting heritage of Jávea. And even in these tight economic times, the town hall acknowledges the importance of sport in the development of its community and over the past few years the town has seen new padel courts, improvements to the football ground, a new trinquet for continuing the traditional of Valencian Pilota, and will soon be boasting a new state-of-the-art climbing wall and improved climbing routes in Ambolo and Santa Llucía. There is a thriving golf community making use of the many facilities in the region as well as emerging disciplines such as SUP (Stand Up Paddling), triathlon, and much, much more. Jávea offers just about every kind of sport for every taste - it's so much more than sand, sea and sangria.
From the huge hulking mass of Montgó which extends its protective arm into the sea to the wide open natural spaces of Granadella to the south, the municipality offers plenty of scope for walkers of all ages and all abilities. Five official routes exist, almost 45km of trails opening up the beauty of both the countryside and the coastline and perfect for a brief afternoon saunter along the sea-cliffs or an energetic day-long push to mountain summits. There are short strolls winding through the orange groves of the plain or cultural wanders through the narrow streets of the historic centre. There are more energetic rambles to the castle of Granadella or to the iconic windmills of La Plana as well as the amazing carved carverns of Cova Tallada. And there are challenging scrambles to the great open cavity popularly known as the "Eye of Montgó" and, of course, to the very summit of Montgó, standing over 750m above sea level and dominating the town to the north.
There also is plenty to offer within a short drive from the coast, including Aitana, the highest mountain in the region rising to 1,559m, and the enigmatic Barranco del Infierno, a popular hiking destination which is also known as 'La Catedral del Senderismo' - the 'Hiking Cathedral' - can be explored on the testing PR CV-147, a 15km route that boasts some 6,000 steps carved by the Moorish population that once lived in the area.
So put on those boots, pull on the rucsac, fill the water bottle and get out WALKING IN JAVEA ...