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The old historic part of town
The old historic part of town
The old historic part of town Your holiday rental Mont Monduver
la Safor countryside You can see this snow well on one of our walks The Vall de Gallinera National Park
The Vall de Albaida National Park Gandia Playa is you need to rest your weary feet

Apartment in Valencia, Spain

Property Details of Valencia Apartment

Discover the beautiful Valencian countryside with our illustrated self-guided walks. The area offers breathtaking views and stunning scenery. Based just 5kms from the cosmopolitan city of Gandia and 17 sandy beaches, your accommodation is in a traditional newly renovated Valencian townhouse, which will sleep 4 (http://www.valenciaholiday.iowners.net) and is in a quiet area in the historic part of Palma de Gandia, a small pueblo sheltering under the la Safor mountains and surrounded by orange groves which stretch down to the sea. Ideally placed to discover the many National Parks and Nature Reserves of the Valencian countryside: the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast), the Costa Blanca areas and the inland sierras around the Alcoy, Bocairent and Quadratonda areas. You will discover rugged mountain ridges, craggy limestone peaks and pinnicles, deep gorges, and soft sandstone ranges. Other walks will take into fertile valleys, paddy fields, orange and olive groves and the history of Spain will enfold before your eyes: pre-historic caves, snow wells (neveras), old medieval forts, deserted towns and Arab castles. You will not be disappointed. There are short strolls to 5hr hikes so there is something for everyone’s ability. These self guided walks will allow you the unique opportunity to explore these landscapes and experience the Spain long forgotten. Where the sun shines 300 days of the year this is an incredibly green region and sustains a variety of wildlife, flora and fauna. If you get tired of walking the nearest beach is 5kms away where you can rest or perhaps a bit of sightseeing – there is plenty to history for you to take in and Valencia is only 40 minutes away on the train. Some walks will pass through nature reserves where buzzards, kestrels, peregrines and griffon vultures can be seen. Wild boar, lynx, rabbits, hares and the odd wandering group of goats and sheep roam and geckos lay out on open ground sunning themselves. In spring, the area is heady with the exotic aroma of orange and almond blossom: herbs – lavender, rosemary and thyme – and wild orchids, broom, foxgloves and poppies and ferns hide in the fissures of the limestone. In the autumn the green leaves of the trees show their amazing vibrant colours with low lying scrub such as hornthorn, juniper and wild roses display their berries. If you get tired or want a change, the beach is only 5kms away. Valencia is just 40 minutes on the train where you can do a self-guided walk around the city sights or be part of the café culture and take in some museums and art galleries. There are plenty of Theme Parks and Safari Parks to entertain you. With lots of illustrated walks, most paths are clearly waymarked: PRV or GR routes - others are following the old Arab or Mozarabic trails which zig zags across the countryside. The easy strolls are often short but may be a little steep in short sections. The moderate walks are more demanding and are for experienced fell walkers. The very difficult walks are often poorly waymarked where you will have to have a good sense of direction: are often high level walking footpaths and screes and which are for experienced mountain walkers. When can you walk? Anytime! However, we recommend autumn, winter and spring being the best times: with the summer months being very hot so if you do contemplate this time of year, it is advisable to get on the hills or mountains early in the morning, take plenty of water, and aim to finish your walk at lunchtime. We are sure you will enjoy this stunning part of Spain and if you would like to learn more about the Valencian countryside, click onto http://www.valenciawalking.iowners.net And if you have been hankering after the “real Spain” well this is it – our small rustic town of Palma de Gandia is sheltered by the Safor Mountains and is almost surrounded by orange groves that stretch down to the sea. Our holiday home (featured on A Place in the Sun 2004) is a two bedroom single storey traditional Valencian townhouse that has been tastefully renovated and is situated in a peaceful cul-de-sac of 4 other Spanish owned properties where narrow winding lanes and quaint passageways criss cross with small squares and shady parks. Sympathetically renovated retaining the original Valencian features, we believe our home is over 100 years old. The ceramic tiles around the fireplace are original and there is a story that when the church was dedicated the priest came and blessed all the houses in the historic part of town. The traditional Valencian door has shuttered glass windows and decorated ironwork rajas’ and opens onto a spacious open plan L shaped living area with vaulted beamed ceilings. Near the doorway is a casual seating area. The formal dining area has seating for 4 and there is a second sitting area which has reverse air conditioning, a TV/DVD/CD player and a cast iron electric fire for chilly evenings. There is also a large portable gas stove and electric fires. Two bedrooms (1 double with ceiling fan and 1 twin) each with large floor to ceiling wardrobes 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. The high walled private patio area has a southerly aspect and there are small shrubs and trees, garden furniture and gas bbq. 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 as Jose and Rosa are learning English, you could practice your Spanish with them. There is also a hairdresser and a public telephone box in the plaza and a couple of Tobacconists in the town. Just round the corner is the butcher and a small supermarket and on the opposite side of the road you will find “Bar Palma” where you can eat home cooked food in the evening. There are various tapas bars, 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 and a Menu del Dia can cost from 7.50€ to 12€. Viva Espana restaurant on the Gandia to Oliva road has an excellent flamenco floor show at the weekends. In the evening there are some lovely walks through the shady orange groves or you can meander along the old narrow lanes down to the river. There is excellent fishing (permit from the Town Hall) when there is water in the river! An outdoor swimming pool is open in the summer months. For more information click onto http://www.valenciaholiday.iowners.net

Local Area Details

Steeped in history 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 alleyways the Borgia Palace which is magnificent and the Cathedral where the film Lucretia Borgia was recently filmed There are boutique shops and cafes and the famous Lizeran tapas bar The paseo with its fountains runs the length of the city and on the side of the road are banks restaurants and small cafes where you can sit and watch the world go by On the outskirts of Gandia is the large hypermarket Carrefour Gandia Playa is about a kilometre from the city and is backed by a long promenade The beach has much to offer the sports enthusiast with beach and water sports available it has beach loungers changing rooms toilets and childrens playgrounds The area around the playa also has a scattering of shops with an excellent selection of cafes bars and restaurants Oliva 8 km south of Palma de Gandia is dominated by the ruined castle of Santa Ana which overlooks the old Moorish part of the town with its steep narrow winding streets and quaint houses The new town has a selection of shops and supermarkets and on Friday morning there is a huge outdoor market where people come from miles around to sell their home produce the market sells literally everything 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 between Miramar Bellregard Daimus Piles 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 on occasions it is exported to the Canary Islands The area is excellent for walking the ice trails and around the old towns and illustrated walks can be either downloaded from the internet or obtained from the local tourist offices Most sports are catered for and there is an 18 hole Severiano Ballesteros Golf Course south of Oliva Scuba diving and bikes can be hired locally Gandia is central to many of the old castles and historic towns Xativa 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 1000 fountains in the city Bocairente was called Bekirn 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 also built into sold rock dates back to 1843 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 200000 examples of palms dating back to prehistoric times The Basilica of Santa Mara was built on the site of a mosque and is where the Mystery Play is performed in 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 Elches footwear factories produce almost half of the footwear manufactured in Spain and there are factory outlets on the edge of the city Alicante Javea and Denia all have old historic areas and castles and the medieval town of Guadalest has a castle 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 await 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 Uteil an area that produces excellent wines Vincente Gandia winery invite you for a small charge to taste their wines and have lunch and perhaps have a tour of the vineyards There is an old historic network of underground caves divided into Jews Christian and Muslim compounds and a very old 19C bullring and a 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 with El Vergel Safari Park 20 minutes away where you can picnic to the sound of lions and tigers and if you can catch them pet the domestic animals including pot bellied pigs who love being tickled Valencia is a 40 minute train journey through rice fields vineyards and orange and oliva 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 tin Europe the Arts Science Museums and if you want to join the caf crowd there are plenty of tapas bars museums and art galleries 2008 is the start of the 33rd Americas Cup and the beginning of the Formula 1 Racing built with the help of Bernie Ecclestones expertise the circuit will be similar to Monaco Of course there are 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 and Gandia and in the summer The Moors Christians battle it out for supremacy the best being Alcoy but smaller towns have them too There is the tomato festival at Brunol and lots of bull running festivals at nearby towns The old bullring at Ondara has bullfighting during the summer notices on the outside walls usually inform you of dates In two weeks you wont 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 food

VALENCIA WALKING Gandia Spain Property Information

Location:Valencia, Spain
This Property Sleeps:4
Minimum Price Per Week:€350
Maximum Price Per Week:€450
Nearest Airport:Alicante & Valencia Airports (airport code VLC)
A deposit of 50% of total tariff is payable on booking This is to secure your dates and in the event of cancellation is nonrefundable The balance to be paid 1 month before departure or sooner if a late booking A damage or loss or accident security payment of 250€ is payable with the balance of your booking This will be refunded less the cost of utilities once our local agents have checked the apartment

Property Features

  • Close to a golf course

Accommodation and Facilities Summary

Theme Quiet yet close to local activity, Away from it all
Accommodation Changeover Day Flexible, Size: Spacious, Accommodation Type: Self Catering
Suitability Non Smoking Only, Geared towards the older generation, Unsuitable for the elderly or infirm, Wheelchair inaccessible, Children Welcome, Family Oriented, No Pets
Outside Shared Swimming Pool, Terrace, Parking, Patio, Barbecue
Location In the Country, Distance to Airport 50-100km, In a Town, Distance to local restaraunts <100m, Distance to convenience store <100m, Distance to beach 3-5km, By the sea, In the mountains
Local Area The local town is Wild, Distance to Local Town Centre 500m, Restaurants, Quiet Bars and Pubs
Local Activities Snorkelling, Nearby Zoo, Water Park, Diving, Mountaineering, Roller Skating, Windsurfing, Walking, Swimming, Water Skiing, Tennis, Sailing, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding, Golf, Fishing, Cycling
Living Room Fireplace, Gas Fire, Armchairs 3, Sofas 3, Seating for 4 People
Laundry Ironing Board, Iron, Clothes Dryer, Towels Provided, Linen Provided, Washing Machine Provided
Kitchen Toaster, Grill, Separate dining area, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Oven, Hob, Washing Machine, Microwave, Crockery & Cutlery Provided
Entertainment Cassette Player, Radio, DVD Player, Video, TV
Dining Dining room, Seating for 4 People, Dining room table
Heat/Cooling Electric Heaters, Ceiling Fans, Aircon throughout
Bedroom Twins 1, Doubles 1
Bathroom Bathrooms 1

Contact Information for VALENCIA WALKING Gandia Spain

Name: Anne Barnett
Telephone: 0044-01539-725828
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Apartment in Valencia, Spain