Near to 17kms of Golden Blue Flat Beaches (#954)
Gandia, Spain

Bedrooms:2 Sleeps:4
Bathrooms:1 Handicapped:No
Pet Friendly:No Smoking:No
Pool:No Term:1-30 days
Specials: Please ring for 2 week prices and specials

Built about 100 years ago, the traditional
Valencian door has shuttered glass windows
and decorated ironwork rajas� and opens
onto a spacious open plan L shaped living
area. Near the doorway is a casual
seating area where you can sit in the
summer and catch the cool breeze. A formal
dining area has seating for 4. A second
sitting area with comfortable settees and
chairs has a TV/DVD/CD player and a cast
iron electric fire. For chilly evenings
there is a reverse air conditioning unit,
electric heaters and a large portable gas

2 bedrooms (1 double with ceiling fan and
1 twin with fan and of course air con in
the main living area) each bedroom has a
large floor to ceiling wardrobe and
cupboards and window shutters to keep out
the sun in the summer. The modern bathroom
is fully tiled with vanity unit, wc, bath
and shower. With seating for 4, the
kitchen/diner has new kitchen units and
appliances and opens onto the patio. This
high walled private area has a southerly
aspect and there are small shrubs and
trees, garden furniture and gas bbq for al
fresco dining.

Just seconds away brings you to the small
Plaza de la Vella where Rosa and Jose have
their bakery - ideal for your warm bread
in the morning and not far to go! There
is also a hairdresser and a public
telephone box in the plaza and just round
the corner is the butcher and a small
supermarket and an English speaking
Pharmacist. Nearby you will find �Bar
Palma� where you can eat delicious home
cooked food in the evening. There are
various tapas bars in the town an English
bar and a Chinese takeaway. Just 15
minutes stroll brings you to the
restaurant �Aventura� where Moma has an
excellent menu of home cooked food and
delicious square pizzas. All the food is
very reasonably priced. To complete your
holiday, you should not miss the Viva
Espana restaurant on the Gandia to Oliva
road. At weekends there are excellent
flamenco floorshows and Lipizzan horse
exhibitions, however, its advisable to
book. The food is excellent and we can
certainly recommend the paella.

In the evening there are some lovely walks
through the shady orange groves or you can
meander along the town�s old narrow lanes
down to the river. Nearby there is river
and sea fishing and the town�s open air
swimming pool is open in the summer months
but the big pool is next to the sandy
beach 5kms away.

The area is steeped in history so when you
get tired of building sandcastles on the
beach, you can discover the ruined
castles, palaces and quaint old cobbled
medieval towns and cave houses. The
sophisticated city of Gandia is just 10
minutes away and was home to the infamous
Borgia family. The medieval part of Gandia
is traffic free which enables you to
explore the narrow passageways: the
Borgia Palace is magnificent. The area
around the Cathedral at night is
atmospheric and a costume film about the
life of Lucretia Borgia was filmed in this
area. There are boutique shops, cafes and
the famous Lizeran tapas bar. The paseo
with its fountains, runs the length of the
city, with banks, restaurants and small
cafes where you can sit and watch the
world go by. A Carrefour supermarket can
be found in Gandia and there are shopping
malls, a multi screen cinema and 10 pin

Gandia Playa is about a kilometre from the
city and is backed by a road and long wide
pedestrian promenade. The beach has
much to offer the sports enthusiast with
beach and water sports available: it has
beach loungers, changing rooms, toilets,
childrens playgrounds and lifeguards etc.
The area around the playa also has a
scattering of shops with an excellent
selection of cafes, bars and restaurants
and a couple of small supermarkets.

In two weeks you won�t have time for all
the sights but you can be assured of a
holiday to remember savoring the
traditions and kindness of the Spanish
people, their culture, customs and their

Near to 17kms of Golden Blue Flat Beaches
Oliva Blue Flag beach - rustic with plenty of beach bars
Oliva Blue Flag beach - rustic with plenty of beach bars
Our olde worlde Valencian townhouse - seen on BBC TV A Place in the Sun
Our olde worlde Valencian townhouse - seen on BBC TV A Place in the Sun

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Deposit Requirements

A security deposit of 250� is required which
is refunded less the cost of electricity

Rental Policies

We are flexible with arrival days

Refund Policies

The 50% deposit to secure your holiday is not

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Features and Amenities Nearby Activities
This is an old property fully modernised and
is in a small row of 4 other Spanish owned
properties. It is a traditional Spanish home
and any amenities are in the description.
Oliva � 8 km south of Palma . The old
ruined castle of Santa Ana overlooks the
old historic Arab quarter with its steep
narrow winding streets, quaint white
washed houses and blue domed churches. The
new town has a selection of shops and
supermarkets and on Friday morning there
is a huge outdoor market � it gets very
busy and ends promptly at 1pm. Heading
towards the sea from the new town is Oliva
Playa not perhaps offering the range of
sports and comforts of Gandia but it can
be a little quieter. There are other
beaches in between Gandia and Oliva:
Miramar, Bellregard, Daimus, Piles, Kiko,
etc. all having small promenades and
cafes. South of Oliva are rustic beaches
which are backed by tamarisk trees. The
quality of the sand is excellent for
building sandcastles and the beach gently
slopes into the sea. So good is the sand
that on occasions it is exported to the
Canary Islands.

The Valencian region is excellent for
walking the ice trails and around the old
towns (see our Walking web site: )
Scuba diving, bikes, horse riding and go
carting are all available and there is an
18 hole Severiano Ballesteros Golf Course
south of Oliva. Gandia is very central to
many of the old castles and historic towns
such as:

Xativa (the castle was home to Hannibal
and his family and where Rodrigues Borgia
(father to Cesere and Lucretia and later
to become Pope Alexander VI) was born. The
castle is perched on three hills and there
are excellent views of the plains beyond.
Xativa was the first town in Europe to
manufacture paper and there are some
interesting old medieval buildings with
magnificent doors. It is also said that
there are over 1,000 fountains in the

Bocairente was called Bekir�n by the
Muslims because of the dominant
architectural style in the town which used
the form of beehives. There are extensive
cave systems both in the town and 500
metres on the outskirts which
archaeologists believe are remnants of an
Arab settlement. The town has steep
cobbled narrow streets and many of the
houses are built into the rock including
one of the bars. The bullring dates back
to 1843 and is also built into sold rock

Elche, south of Alicante is a very
pleasant day out. The Palm Grove,
dedicated as a World Heritage site, is the
largest in Europe and has 200,000 examples
of palms dating back to prehistoric times.
The Basilica of Santa Mar�a was built on
the site of a mosque and is where the
Mystery Play is performed every August.
The tower has many steps but is well worth
the climb for the superb view. For Dan
Brown fans, there is a life size statue of
the founder of Opus Dei, Jose Marie
Escriver. There are many historic places
to visit, the museum, the Arab Baths and
the Archaeological Museums. Elche�s
footwear factories produce almost half of
the footwear manufactured in Spain and
there are factory outlets on the edge of
the city where you can shop till you

Alicante, Javea and Denia all have old
historic areas and castles and beaches and
the medieval town of Guadalest has a
( reached by a tunnel) which is perched on
a pinnicle of rock. The surrounding views
are stunning. Just 200yds along the main
road is Los Arcos, the animal sanctuary
where rescued bears, tigers, lions and
monkeys can end their days after being
abandoned or mistreated. As Los Arcos
exists purely on charity, please be
generous with a donation.

To the north of Gandia, surrounded by
freshwater lakes is Cullera. The natural
vantage point of the medieval Castle and
Sanctuary of La Mare de Deu del Castillo
stands at the highest point of the town.
Cullera lighthouse and Dragut cave awaits
the traveller on the other side of the
hill. The Turkish pirate Dragut used the
cave when he raided the town around the
14thC. You could round off the day at
Utiel, at the Vicente Gandia Vineyard (la
Hoya de Cadenas Estate) an area that
produces excellent wines. You are invited
you for a small charge, to taste their
wines and have a tour of the vineyards or
perhaps have lunch there too. In Utiel
there is an old historic network of
underground caves divided into Jews,
Christian and Muslim areas, a very old
19C bullring and honey and wax museum.

North of Valencia is Sagunto and
Peniscola. There are mainly Roman remains
to be found in Sagunto: the ruined temple
of Diana, a Citadel and a 19C restored
Amphitheatre. The city was captured in 219
by the armies of Hannibal and under Roman
rule minted its own coins. Peniscola has
a beautiful crescent shaped beach and the
old fortified town with a castle was where
�El Cid� was filmed.

Near Benidorm are the theme parks, Terra
Natura, Terra Mitica, Aqualandia and
Monduver. El Vergel Safari Park 20
minutes away where you can picnic to the
sound of lions and tigers. If you can
catch them you can pet the domestic
animals including pot bellied pigs who
love being tickled and scratched.

Valencia is a 40 minute train journey
through rice fields (for our paella)
vineyards, orange and olive groves. There
is a tourist bus where you can hop on and
off at strategic sights, but must sees
are: The Cathedral that holds the Holy
Grail, the beautifully tiled Indoor Market
� the largest in Europe, the Arts &
Science Museums (l�Hemesferic &
l�Oceanographic) and if you want to join
the caf� crowd, there are plenty of tapas
bars, museums and art galleries. The
Botanical Gardens have recently had a
make-over and the new Bio-park (zoo) has
recently been opened.

It has been confirmed that the 33rd
Americas Cup regattas will be held in
Valencia in 2010

August. - Formula 1 Racing comes to
Valencia -
2008 is the first of a 7 year contract -
2008 is the first of a 7 year contract.

to 23 August 2009 we will experience the
passion of Formula 1 in the Telef�nica
Grand Prix of Europe in Valencia. Three
exhilarating days that will kick off with
a free practice session, continue with the
official practice and qualifying round,
and end with the Grand Prix of Europe. But
this year, the novelty will be the
inauguration of Valencia's first Formula 1
street circuit, the Valencia Street
Circuit, which promises to bring the most
exciting racing spectacles over the next 7
The Valencia Street Circuit has a superb
set-up; the port of Valencia, and is
designed to ensure the safety of drivers,
as well as the enjoyment and fun of the
fans. Visit
the official webpage of Valencia Street
Circuit. For more information of whats
happening in Valencia

The Moto GP Grand Prix Valencia is held
every year at the Ricardo Tormo Stadium -
(Sunday October 26th)
s/252/320/9595/MotoGP%20/valencia-motogp .

Of course there are lots of fiestas, the
important ones being le Fallas (where 30�
papier mache charicatures are built and
then burnt at the end of the week, the
nearest being Valencia, Gandia and Denia
in March. The Moors & Christians battle
it out for supremacy: the best being Alcoy
but smaller towns have them too.

The famous tomato festival in Brunol is
held in August
and local towns have bull running
festivals. The old bullring at Ondara has
bullfighting during the summer, notices on
the outside walls usually inform you of

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