Gandia Travel Guide
It has a Mediterranean subtropical climate with mild, warm winters and hot summers. Temperatures range between 25 and 30 degrees Celcius. During August, some days may reach 40 degrees, but the gentle sea breezes cool you down. The sea remains warm in October, enabling you to enjoy a quiet swim.
Top Places To Visit
The Collegiate Basilica of Santa Maria of Gandia
This is the main church in the city which dates back to the 14th century. Its sombre architectural style was once embellished with rich interior decorations of paintings and sculptures but they disappeared during the Spanish Civil War.
The Route of the Borgias
This route includes sites associated with the Borgia family who settled in Valencia after King James of Aragon took control from Moorish rulers. The route ends in Valencia, passing by various monuments and Valencian towns where the Borgias left their mark.
The Gardens of the House of the Marquis
These are romantic palace gardens with native plants, palms, pines and bamboos.
During the summer, theatre performances are held and the House of Culture at the back of the garden is used for exhibitions and other cultural events.
The Ducal Palace of Gandia
This dates back to the 14th century, is attached to the city wall and has two gates – one Gothic and the other from the Renaissance.
The interior comprises of the Crown Hall and also the stunning Golden Gallery of Baroque style. Each room tells its own individual story and there are multilingual guides to explain the history of the place.
The Convent of Santa Clara
This convent is located in the centre of Gandia. It was originally home to ten nuns who abandoned their French convent. The sister of a French Price, Maria Escarlata, was amongst the nuns and had taken refuge after fleeing from being forced into marriage.
An exquisite art collection, which has been cherished for 550 years, is housed inside the convent.
Plaza del Prado
This is a charming, vibrant square in the heart of Gandia which hosts a multitude of bars and quality restaurants serving a variety of cuisine and great tapas. There is also a small, traditional indoor market.
There is a real hustle and bustle about the place, without it being overcrowded, and it´s a great way to spend a few hours whiling away your time, people watching. A useful play area is located within close proximity.
The Passeig de les Germanies
A favourite spot for the locals, this tranquil, tree-lined promenade is filled with fountains and benches. It is an ideal place to go for an evening stroll or to relax under the shade of the trees. There are many restaurants and bars to visit where you can sample the local cuisine.
Cueva del Parpaltó
This is one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe. Amazing views are to be had around the countryside and it´s a great place to spend your day walking, cycling or enjoying a picnic.
Parc de L´Alqueria Nova
This is a pretty little park situated in the old town. It is very well cared for and its tranquillity offers you a chance to catch your breath and watch the world go by.
Exploring The Costa Azahar
The Costa Azahar landscape offers wonderful scenery, beautiful beaches, mountainous surroundings, orange groves and a pleasant climate. It is ideal for holidaymakers who also enjoy a good mix of cultural activities.
Filled with many green spaces, secluded places, beautiful coastal views, as well as historic sites and monuments, this part of Spain is less crowded than its busy neighbour on the Costa Blanca.
The Costa Azahar countryside is certainly an area where visitors can relax while walking through the orange and lemons groves or through the parks and nature reserves. There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain climbing, rambling, rafting, sailing, water skiing, canoeing, yachting and more.
Valencia, the largest city of Costa Azahar, has gained fame as one of the most dynamic Spanish Cities. The main focal point is the outstanding Arts and Science Centre La Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias, built by the famous architect Calatrava.
A short drive north of Valencia is the coastal town of Castellon de la Plana, which has some gorgeous beaches and historic town hall building.
A short drive north from Castellon de la Plana is the picturesque town of Oropesa, which still preserves the Tower of the King, built as a defense against pirates. Oropesa is a charming town to explore with it's narrow lanes. The town boasts several fine beaches and unspoiled coves located around La Concha and Morre de Gos. There is also a modern yacht harbour with around 700 berths offering full marina facilities and well worth visiting to check out all the impressive luxury yachts.
Other coastal towns worth visiting include Morella, enclosed by 14th-century walls and the town of Benicassim which boasts an imposing 10th-century Moorish castle. Add to the list of tourist attractions that deserves a visit: the Planetarium of Castellón, Segobriga Park and Cova Negra Caves and Nature Park
The town of Calig is set inland from Vinaros and Benicarlo and is a tranquil village offering an ideal blend of modern and traditional. There is a good nightlife, a decent smattering of shops and has easy access to all other facilities. The annual fiesta in Calig is celebrated during August with a 10-day fest…. not to be missed.
Vinaros – is the first town you come across when entering the Costa Azahar. This ancient town offers a fine beach at El Forti which runs from the port to the mouth of the River Servol which is famous for its Langostinos ( prawns). For fiestas lovers the two major ones are the San Antonio in January, the festival of San Sebastian and the carnivals held in February each year.
This historic city is replete with medieval architecture and has a fine monumental heritage. Located in the northern part of the Costa Azahar, Pensicola has some amazing beaches and a superb choice of Leisure facilities. The medieval fortification gives the town real historic feel with the castle dating from the 13th and 15th centuries. Built originally by the Knights Templar it was completed by the Montesianos in the 14th century.
The castle was particularly famous for being the home of Pope Benedicte XIII, Pedro de Luna from 1411 to 1423 and is a fine example of military architecture dating from the early Middle Ages. A visit here is highly recommended as much of it still remains including the stables, a grand hall and a beautiful interior plaza.
And if you are looking to buy some holiday gifts, there are plenty of shops along its long promenade to please everyone as well as plenty of nice bars and restaurants to enjoy the local dish of Paella Valenciana.
Recommended hotels and places on the Costa Azahar
Located in central Peniscola, the popular 4 star Hotel RH Don Carlos has been recently refurbished and offers 92 well appointed rooms, First class facilities include a spa and wellness centre, large modern comfy rooms, a roof pool and modern delightful dining area which serves an excellent breakfast. The hotel is close to the beach, bars, restaurants and local attractions including the castle - Castillo de Peniscola and the La Casa del Ayer. Reviewer Rating: 8.70
Again Pensiscola is the location for our recommended mid-range budget accommodation. The 4 star Hotel RH Portocristo is located right on the beach just a few minutes walk from the town centre. The hotel has all the amenities to ensure a comfy stay including a Jacuzzi, sauna, outdoor pool, rooftop terrace, free wifi and first class dining and breakfast area. Reviewer Rating: 8.6
If you fancy a nice apartment close to the beach, then try the Interhome - Peces 3, a one bedroom property located in Cala de Moro, a short drive south of Peniscola. The apartme t is spacious, clean with a large sun terrace overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Reviewer Rating: 10.0