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The historic town of Gandia is situated between striking mountainous landscape and the Mediterranean Sea. Offering a wealth of beautiful golden sandy beaches, extensive shopping and historical buildings, there is plenty to do here and many places well worth a visit, such as the Palace of Santo Duque, which has been declared a Spanish national monument. However, arguably the most popular attraction for holidaymakers are the long stretches of beach and the busy harbour. Food is also a popular attraction of Gandia, as the prosperous fishing harbour and widespread orchards mean that this area is rich in fresh produce. A number of local specialty dishes such as “fideuà”, a paella-type dish made with noodles, can be found served in many of the restaurants and tapas bars that line the bustling promenade.
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When in Costa Blanca be sure to try the traditional Spanish tapas bars and restaurants, some popular choices are patatas bravas, spicy meatballs, iberico ham, manchego cheese, Spanish omelette and much more tasteful delights. Paella is also a famously known dish to the region varying in flavors, some with fish, meats, vegetables these are a great sharing dish. Wash it down with some locally produced wines or fruity sangria.
Gandia is a typical Spanish city, and many bars, clubs and restaurants can be found here. Aound the centre, there are a nmber of smaller towns and villas ges where are villas are located, and these each have their own choice of bars and restaurants.
Inland from the coast, Gandia offers vineyards and orange groves, perfect for long walks surrounded by beautiful scenery.
If you fancy exploring, a ferry from the nearby resort of Denia can whisk you over to Ibiza for an impromptu day trip. Alternatively, boat cruises are available from nearby Javea’s marina to the towns of Calpe and Altea, which provide a chance to enjoy Costa Blanca’s stunning coastline from a different perspective.
The stunning coastline of Costa Blanca is the region’s principle attraction, inspiring its name with mile upon mile of fine white sand, with many beaches awarded prestigious Blue Flag status. In and around Gandia you will find a number of popular beaches. The wonderful selection of beaches continue down the coastline, lined with some wonderful rock formations such as the Peñón de Ifach rock - a fantastic landmark in Calpe that stands over 300 metres tall and can be seen for miles around. Keen walkers will find a haven of wildlife as well as incredible views at its summit. Inland the landscape is no less impressive, with other renowned beauty spots including the hilltop village of Guadalest steeped in history and the verdant vineyards of the beautiful Jalon Valley, backed by the mountains of the Montgo National Park.
gandia has many churches to explore. However, arguably the most popular of them is the Gothic church of Santa Maria, with it’s unusual nave made of five sections. The church construction was started in the 14th century and finished in the 15th century. It was then badly damaged by fire in Spain’s civil war, but restored to it’s former glory in the 1940?s.
The Ducal Palace of Gandia has been declared a site of cultural heritage since 1964. It is one of the most important examples of civil architecture in the area of Valencia. Built in the most central and highest part of Gandia, this impressive construction has its origins in the 14th century.
Further up the coast from Costa Blanca is Valencia, a cosmopolitan city brimming with attractions for an enjoyable day trip. Here you can find everything from fantastic shopping promenades and the bustling marina, to the historic treasures of the ancient district and cathedral quarter. The futuristic, breathtaking architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences sits alongside the vast Turia Gardens, while the nearby Albufera Nature Park completes a region of spectacular diversity.
This fantastic smaller town nearby Gandia is well worth a visit to explore its charming old town and superb sand dunes.
Cueva de las Calaveras
Located 70 metres above sea level in Benidoleig are a series of caves which hold a stunning display of stalagmites and stalactites. Steeped in history with hundreds of stories to unfold; if you’re looking for mystery and dark secrets then this attraction is well work a visit!
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