Church of Our Lady of Loreto

Address: Calle Pio X s/n, Javea, 03730, Spain

- Free


Javea’s iconic fisherman’s church.

One of the most contentions buildings in Javea lies at the heart of the narrow streets of the fisherman’s quarter – the church of Our Lady of Loreto, built in 1967. According to tourist promotional literature the ‘avant-gard structure’ ‘...rises, majestically...’ with its ‘...compact image and the architectural risk of the slender struts which support its boat-like roof.....whose zenital light perfectly evokes an atmosphere of reflection and spirituality’, and because of this I’ve been disparaging the building for years. When at last I visited it I finally understood what the architect had been trying to say, even if it had been a bit pompous. The beautifully constructed wooden ceiling really does look like the hull of a boat crashing through the cement waves of the curved walls, which shadow the shape of the hull. The light streaming through the small windows high up on the walls appears to be lifting the boat above your head, only for it to come crashing down again.

Value for money

Expert tips

Go outside of mass times when the church is more likely to be empty, to appreciate the full effect.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Sightseeing
  • Design and architecture