Trail running in Jávea (Spain)

This post highlights a few beautiful spots to trail run in Jávea, a small town on the southeastern coast of Spain. Wildly hot in the summer, this area of Spain is perfect for a visit during any other season.

Running to the top of the Montgó Massif

At the top of the Montgó massif. Photo © Siena Anstis.
Facing the Montgó, which looks deceptively easy. Photo © Siena Anstis.

The Montgó Massif dominates views in Javéa (only competing with the sparkling sea). The peak of the Montgó Massif is a classic trail run in the Javéa area, which can be started from the town of Javéa or the residential neighbourhoods that sit at the bottom of the mountain. Expect busier paths (which can be nice!), a fair bit of scrambling at the top, and an expansive view over the sea. The trail is entirely exposed, so be prepared with water (none up there) and sunscreen. Most people start the well-marked route from near the Campo de Tiro de Denia. More details on the route are available here and you can find good trail markings on

Running down the Carretera del Cabo de San Antonio and down to Javéa and/or Plana de la Torre

The view from Cape de San Antonio. Photo © Siena Anstis.

This is another pretty run which can start somewhere near the intersection of CV-736 and Carretera del Cabo de San Antonio. After running a few kilometres down the carretera (a relatively quiet road) towards Cabo de San Antonio, you can veer off on a trail to the left (the turn-off is marked by trail signs) which takes you down towards Plana de la Torre and Torre del Gerro. After visiting Torre del Gerro, you can return by the same trail and then run down to Javéa using the trail on the right side of the road, near the tip of Cabo de San Antonio (also marked with trail signs).

Swimming, kayaking, snorkelling…

Last, but not least, you can reward yourself with a dip in the beautiful sea water around Cova Tallada (also a pretty, but short, run from Denia) or, a bit further away, the Granadella beach. Both Cova Tallada and Granadella beach look like perfect areas to rent a kayak and explore the seaside from the water.

Swimming at Granadella beach. Photo © Siena Anstis.