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!
Tennis courts, Cycle route, Fishing, Bird watching, Horse riding
Wind surfing, Sail boats
International Fes...national event
This is Javea's most important event, which has been running annually for almost 20 years. Spread over three days, this is a great opportunity to taste culinary specialties of 20 nations. Food, culture, music and entertainment are in abundance!
Santa Semana (Eas...national event
Easter week is the most important Catholic tradition of the year in Spain. It begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Monday. There are street processions, with colourful confetti and a carnival atmosphere every night across the Costa Blanca, where religious icons are paraded through the streets, in re-enactments of the passion of Christ.
Magical night of ...national event
Traditional dancing around bonfires, waiting for the flames to die down for the traditional leaping over the embers. On this same magical night folklore dictates that it is the most propitious time to cleanse the body and spirit by bathing in the sea at midnight. Events usually take place at the beach of l'Ampolla or Teulada town hall square.
Fiesta of San Jai...national event
A wonderful atmosphere of open air dance, bulls running and fireworks.
Virgen de las Nie...national event
This fiesta is in honour of the patron saint of Calpe; the Virgen de las Nieves. Live music, parades and fireworks create a cultural and thoroughly entertaining event.
Medieval Fiesta a...national event
A few days filled with handicrafts, traditional products, juggling and theatre, recreating a mediaeval atmosphere in the ancient centre of Teulada.
Moors & Christian...national event
This involves many festivities and a gala parade where Moors & Christians wear fantastic costumes whilst marching through the centre of Denia to the beat of each groups own following band.
Fiesta del Moscat...national event
Every year Teulada hosts this wine harvest parade, which is a celebration for farmers completing their harvest and the collection of the Moscatel grape which is sent to markets nationwide. There is always plenty of music, wine and wonderful folk dancing to be enjoyed. Please note that the weekend is always confirmed last minute but is either the first or second weekend of September
Mare de Déu de Lo...national event
This celebration is in honour of the patron saint of the sea. Based in the centre of Javea, this event offers everything a traditional fiesta should, and ends with a superb firework display.
Moors and Christi...national event
This is the celebration of Santisimo Cristo del Sudor - the patron saint of Calpe. The fiesta commences with the ringing of bells, fireworks, band parades and a presentation in the Old Town. The main procession takes place on a Saturday, and is a spectacular parade of colourful costumes and music - not to be missed!
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