The Tangó or Pope beach in Jávea is an old cove that was under the cliffs of the Cape San Antonio next to the Levante breakwater in the port of Jávea. For generations, this was an emblematic place for the locals, who enjoyed crystal clear and calm waters.
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This corner of Jávea was considered one of the most charming places in the Valencian Community, but unfortunately nature has made it disappear. Bathing is currently not allowed as only part of the rock remains and there is a danger of landslides.
The cove was 50 meters long and was made of pebble stone and rock. Now, only rock remains, the one that has come off the cliff of Cabo de San Antonio. The fact that the sea has appropriated this small cove has caused this corner to be totally isolated.
It was around 2006 when this cove completely disappeared. The sea was gradually swallowing the gravel of the beach due to the storms. Cliffside falls and erosion have done their job as well. Between sea and mountains, Tangó beach or Pope beach is only a memory for those who have been able to enjoy it.
It was in 2014 when it was definitively closed due to the risk of landslides. As of 2017, the severe storms suffered have further deteriorated the situation in this cove.
In the image provided by Vicente Doménech, from Xàbia Meravellosa, we can see the Bar Tangó and observe the difference between the passage of time and the disappearance of the cove (compared to the photo below).
The name of the beach has its history. The name of Pope It is awarded by neighbors between 1989 and 1965, on the occasion of a Russian Orthodox priest. The story goes that this religious man who went every day of the year to bathe in this cove, even in winter, from there, the Pope beach.
Vicente Doménech, has lent us this beautiful image of the cove in the 60s.
The other name, Tango, it also has its history. Its origin alludes to the shipwrecked rescue platform that was built in 1899 in the 'Morro de la Creueta' and that was in operation until 1972. The footbridge was located on a rock, a few meters from the beach. A pole is a kind of perch that warships carry on each side when they are at anchor. Due to similarity, the same name is given to the platforms of the coastline and hence this beach was known since then as the Tango.
La Cala or Playa del Tangó is located in the Duanes de la Mar area, on the inner road of the port. It is located at the eastern end of the Reserve and next to the North breakwater of the port of Xàbia. Access to the cove can be done by car to its surroundings.
This cove, being located very close to the Cabo de San Antonio Marine Reserve is an ideal place to practice the snorkel and scuba diving. In fact, one of the diving routes in Jávea that we find today is called the Tangó route. This route is accessed from what was the beach, it has a low difficulty and a maximum depth of -12 meters.
On the other hand, bordering this cove and ascending the cliff, through a hiking route, you arrive at Cabo de San Antonio itself, another option to enjoy the surroundings.
This route can either be started from the beach itself, right next to what used to be Bar Tangó, there is an access that starts the path (PR-335) or, from the Cabo San Antonio Lighthouse, descending until you reach the cove.
Currently, in this area only gastronomy service is provided. To the left of the cove is the Bar Tangó, which has survived, for years, erosions and marine storms.
Regarding the views, from this point, and after the construction of a small viewpoint, when the beach disappears, although it is currently deteriorated by the last storm, part of Cabo de San Antonio, the sea and Cap Prim. At the back is the marina.