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Cabo San Antonio Jávea: how to get there, what to see and the best photos

03 October 2020 - 01: 00

El Cap de Sant Antoni It is an emblematic cape, located between the municipalities of Xàbia and Dénia. It is one of the easternmost points of the province of Alicante (surpassed by Cabo de la Nao or Cap de la Nau in Valencian), and therefore, from the Iberian Peninsula. It occupies an area of ​​about 110 hectares, and its cliffs rise more than 150 meters above sea level. At its feet is the Cabo de San Antonio Marine Reserve and it is also home to important flora micro-reserves. In addition, it is a place to take beautiful photographs.

Getting Here

From Jávea, take the Xàbia-Dénia road (CV-736) and turn right onto the Cap de Sant Antoni road (CV-7362). Here is a map to help you.

Because it is important

In Cap de Sant Antoni, end of the Natural Park Montgó, there are two vegetable microreserves, one on the north cliff and the other on theIllot de la Mona (Islote de la Mona), at the foot of the cape. In addition, it is a place for whale watching and it is also a marine reserve.

The micro-reserve of flora

What is a flora microreserve? The following information is extracted from the panels installed on the rope itself:

The objective of the network of flora micro-reserves of the Valencian Community is to include, in plots of up to 20 hectares, a representation of rare, endemic or threatened flora. It is the only legal figure in the European Union dedicated to the conservation of flora. In them, research and vegetation management are carried out (alien species are eliminated, selective clearing and felling are carried out, seeds are collected to conserve them in a germplasm bank and for nursery production), censuses, inventories are also carried out. and habitat mapping.

L'Illot de la Mona It is a small islet that occupies less than 700 m2 and only reaches 15 meters in height, but it is one of the points with the highest density of rare and endemic species in the entire network of micro-reserves. Three species mark the importance of the islet: the Silene de Ifach (sylene ifacensis), marine alfalfa (Medicago citrine), which only has another population in the Columbretes Islands, and the saladilla (Limonium scopulorum), which is located between the Dénia coastline and Poble Nou de Benitatxell.

Unfortunately, in 2014 a fire devastated much of the cape, now recovered.

The marine reserve

Again, we extract information from the panels installed in the vicinity of the cape:

The Marine Reserve of Fishing Interest comprises a mosaic of biological communities of exceptional conservation interest, including: rocky bottoms, sandy bottoms, detrital bottoms and seagrass meadows Oceanic Posidonia y Cymodocea knotosa.

Far from being just a "nuisance" for bathers on the beaches, the oceanic posidonia has a very important role in nature and it is necessary to claim it: it is responsible for one of the most important underwater ecosystems and its presence indicates good health in the waters. Posidonia meadows are home to a multitude of species that serve as food, shelter and laying place.


The laws that regulate the marine reserve are:

  • Decree 212/1993 of the Valencian Government that establishes a marine reserve area around Cabo de San Antonio.
  • Law 9/1998 of the Generalitat Valenciana, on maritime fishing in the Valencian Community.


The reserve zone includes the inland waters between the easternmost point of Cabo de San Antonio and the meridian of 00º 08,10 'E.

What species are protected

The main species that are preserved are:

  • Fish: mullet, sea bream, mabra or blacksmith, bream, grouper, sole
  • Cephalopods: octopus and cuttlefish
  • Crustaceans: the lobster and the slipper
  • Bivalve molluscs: mussels, sea dates and crate
  • Echinoderms: sea urchins


In the Middle Ages, the Hieronymite monks settled in isolated parts of the world, in search of solitude and tranquility to meet God. Around 1340, there was a movement in which numerous groups became hermits and dispersed through the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon in search of caves, mountains and other remote places. Here in Xàbia, twelve faithful withdrew to the calls holy caves (holy caves), under the Cape of San Antonio.

Sister Catalina Bas, a nun from Xàbia, also retired to a cave. In 1373 according to some sources, in 1376 according to others, the Bishop of València, Jaime de Aragón, granted him the privilege of building a hermitage in honor of Saint Anthony.

What to see and what to do

This is an exceptional place for lovers of nature, photography and to enjoy wonderful views.

The viewpoint

A little before reaching the end of the cape, we found a gazebo from which you can see the entire bay of Jávea.

El faro

In the highest part is the Lighthouse (first lit 1855). At the moment it cannot be visited, but in the near future it will be an interpretation center for the Marine Reserve and the Montgó Natural Park.

The hiking route from Cap de Sant Antoni to Port de Xàbia

This route is classified as low difficulty, it is very affordable and allows you to come into direct contact with nature and the landscape. These are the details of the itinerary from the cape to the port.

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  1. M. Victoria Roig Borras. says:

    It is a shame that they try to destroy that wonder of nature such as Cabo de San Antonio and Mongo. Do not allow any crane with the intention of BUILDING to enter.

  2. Carmen Gomez Lorenzo says:

    There are two VERY IMPORTANT issues that we must highlight and of course BRAKE.

    The first, as from Xavia, contemplating that piece of rock, still virgin, they still see each other, how the cranes advance with tremendous daring, being convinced, installing their cranes and continuing to build despite being almost everything abandoned and with waste ... only with the intention of investing ... in a Natural Park, such as the Montgo, since 1986, at which time, it must have stopped building and now must be taken to the Courts, so that all those constructions and their ambition disappear and they are also forced to leave it as it was in its beginning.
    They have money to leave the houses empty after building them illegally, even if it does not seem that way ... well now to pay to tear them down and leave the environment as it was again, because that is for ALL THE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD and NOT for a few whimsical and with money, that are STEALING the INCALCULABLE BEAUTY OF THE SURROUNDINGS.

    Secondly, the SHAME FIELDS OF SHOOTING both on one side and on the other, that no matter how hard we have fought, so that those undesirables are cleaned and disappear, who are busy raising the birds and then killing them in flight, on Sundays nothing less and causing some
    DEFENSE NOISES, even after 1986, which was named Montgo Natural Park, so that it would be RESPECTED and NOT BUILT, nor NOISE, for the nesting of Eagles, harriers, insectivorous birds, which are sorely lacking, etcetcetc. It turns out that a gang of degenerates manages to get away with it, leaving behind a trail of devastators that there is no way to get out of there, to get a clean environment, where you can go in SMALL ELECTRIC BUSES, to see the sunset. sun, to see the island of Ibiza on clear days, to cut off traffic to all vehicles that are NOT electric and small, such as bicycles and especially so that pedestrians can exercise and enjoy so much beauty by walking.
    A tourist place, without vehicles and guarded and protected at all hours, not allowing garbage to be left, smoking, barbecues, candles, etc. EVERYTHING THAT CAN CAUSE FIRE.
    CLOSE THE DOORS ARRIVAL AT THE TIME WHEN THE SUN HAS FALLEN AND PROTECT AND BE ABLE TO ENJOY THIS PIECE OF SKY, WITHOUT ABUSE, NEITHER ANIMALS, NOR THE ENVIRONMENT, PLANTS, etc. because it is nothing less and nothing more, than a PIECE OF HEAVEN and it belongs to ALL THE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD, and NOT a few, abusers and unconscious who believe they are owners of the world, just because they have a handful of money ...

    ENOUGH NOW !!!

    Let's protect in MONTGO NATURAL PARK
    LET'S GO TO THE EUROPEAN COURTS, here they don't seem like ACTS to solve these problems.