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Gandia

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Gandia (Spanish: Gandía) is a city in Valencia Province, Spain.

Understand[edit]

Pedestrian street in the old town

Gandia is the capital of the county of La Safor, between the mountains and the beaches of the Mediterranean. It is 65 km south of Valencia and 116 km north of Alicante and is one of the largest coastal towns and a rather well kept secret. Traditionally Gandia's tourism is Spanish based with a major part of it coming from Madrid. It seems though that the cat may be out of the bag with more and more foreign tourism coming to the area. With the foreign tourism, we have also seen a rise in the number of people coming to live. Gandia is a thriving centre of commerce, and as such does not rely solely on tourism. The beach and the town are actually some 4 km apart which succeeds in separating the summer tourism from day to day living. Imagine, in the middle of August being able to visit the bank in Gandia without fighting through hoards of people waving travellers checks and smelling of suntan lotion, to then be able to visit the beach and be right in the thick of it all. The same advantages also exist in the winter time. Unlike many coastal towns which become deserted as the colder months approach, Gandia stays populated and open.

Oranges are a considerable source of income, but also onions, tomatoes, peppers and many other natural crops in La Conca de la Safor, handled and packed in the many local stores, contribute to the obvious wealth of the area, together with the industries that make the most varied of goods, the shops that sell them and the tourism, which has an important hotel infrastructure distributed along the coastline.

All these products were exported, up until recently, via Gandia harbour, inaugurated in 1893 due to an English company that built the narrow-gauge railway from Alcoi to Gandia, where the company boats unloaded the coal that heated the factory boilers. The harbour was for many years the main point of export of Valencian oranges and, though it has not the traffic that it used to have in the sixties, Gandia harbour still has a fishing fleet of some importance, while land transport has replaced transportation by sea. This has generated the appearance of many transport companies owning long-distance truck fleets that travel the roads and motorways of Europe and carry the name of Gandia everywhere in the world where it deserves to be known.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Two major airports are close enough: Valencia and Alicante, at a distance of 70 km (the former) and 110 km (the later).

By train[edit]

By car[edit]

Major roads get you to the center of the city. The main A7 motorway is directly adjacent to Gandía.

By bus[edit]

  • 2 Estación de Autobuses de Gandía (Bus Station), Avda Marques de Campo, 12 (behind the train station), +34 962 871 064. A large bus terminal with direct links to Madrid and other major city in Europe. Within the region, Alsa operates a route connecting all major coastal settlements between Valencia and Alicante, including Cullera, Gandía, Oliva, Dénia, Calpe, Altea, Benidorm, and Villajoyosa.

By boat[edit]

The marina at Gandia has 120 moorings up to 30M. No visitor moorings are available (typical med marinas) but turn up or book and you should get in.

Get around[edit]

La Marina Gandiense public bus

By bus[edit]

La Marina Gandiense (tel. +34 962 871 806) operates seven bus routes within Gandía and connecting the city to the surrounding pueblos. L2 and L6 connect the train station directly to the city beaches. A single journey costs €1.50-€1.80, depending on the route, and is payable directly to the bus driver on entry.

By taxi[edit]

See[edit]

Palau Ducal dels Borja
Torrelló del Pi
  • 1 Palau Ducal dels Borja (Palacio Ducal de los Borja / Borja Ducal Palace), Carrer del Duc Alfons el Vell, 1, +34 962 871 465, . Nov-Mar: M-Sa 10:00-13:30 15:00-18:30, Su and holidays 10:00-13:30; Apr-Oct: M-Sa 10:00-13:30 16:00-19:30, Su and holidays 10:00-13:30. Built in the 14th century by the Borja family, the largely Gothic palace was renovated in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. €6 (adults), €5 (seniors/children 12-17), €4 (disabled/children 7-11); 20% discount for visitors who arrived by train (must show Renfe ticket). Ducal Palace of Gandia (Q549063) on Wikidata Ducal Palace of Gandia on Wikipedia
  • 2 Museu Arqueologic De Gandía - MAGa (Museo Arqueológico de Gandia / Gandía Archaeological Museum), C/ de l'Hospital, 20, +34 962 959 540, fax: +34 962 959 569, . Sep-Jun: Tu-Sa 10:00-14:00 15:00-19:00, Su 10:00-14:00; Jul-Aug Tu-Sa 10:00-14:00 15:00-20:00, Su 10:00-14:00. This museum is devoted to the history of the area, and displays items dating from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age. €2 (adults), €1 (concessions), free on Su and holidays. Archaeological Museum of Gandia (Q9046772) on Wikidata Archaeological Museum of Gandia on Wikipedia
  • 3 Casa de Cultura Marqués de González de Quirós (Marqués de González de Quirós Cultural Center), Passeig de les Germanies, 13, +34 962 959 535, fax: +34 962 959 539, . M-F 09:00-14:00. The former 19th-century palace is now a venue for temporary art exhibits as well as concerts. Free.
  • 4 Museu Faller (Museo Fallero / Fallas Museum), C/ Sant Martí de Porres, 29, +34 962 966 819, . Winter: Tu-Sa 10:00-13:00 17:00-19:00, Su 11:00-14:00; summer: Tu-Sa 10:00-13:00 18:00-21:00, holidays 11:00-14:00. This ethnographic museum is dedicated to illustrating and preserving traditions of the Fallas celebration.
  • 5 Torreló del Pi (Great Pine Tower) (on the corner of Carrer Alzira and Carrer Sant Rafael). 24 hrs. So named from the pine tree that grows from the top, this is the only remaining and intact defensive tower from the city walls. It was built in the mid-15th century and restored in the 20th century. It is closed to the public but can be easily appreciated from the street. Free.
  • 6 Castell de Bairén (Castillo de Bairén / Bairén Castle) (3km N of the centre of town). 24 hrs. This ruined hilltop fortress was probably originally established by the Romans; the current structure dates to the Moorish period. In 1097 it was the site of a battle between the Almoravids and El Cid, and in 1240 it came under Christian control. The castle can be accessed by an easy hike of just over 1km, and has great views of the sea and the surrounding countryside. Free. (Q4889360) on Wikidata es:Castillo de Bairén on Wikipedia

Further afield[edit]

Gothic-Mudejár cloister of the Reial Monestir de Sant Jeroni de Cotalba
  • 7 Reial Monestir de Sant Jeroni de Cotalba (Monasterio de San Jerónimo de Cotalba / Monastery of Sant Jeroni de Cotalba), Autovía Gandía-L’Ollería (CV-60), Exit 35 (Alfauir, 8 km W of Gandía), +34 619 524 093, . Sa 10:00-11:30 (unguided tour), 11:30 (guided tour); Su: 11:30 (guided tour). Established in the 14th century with expansions built in the 17th and 18th centuries, this significant monastery incorporates the styles of Valencian Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance, and Baroque. The monastery was dissolved in 1835 and has since been in private hands; it was opened to the public in 2005. Especially noteworthy are the Mudejár cloister, Nicolás Borrás' fresco of the Saint Supper, the 16th-century gold monstrance, and the 20th-century romantic gardens. €6 (adults), €5 (seniors/youth under 18), free (children under 7); combined ticket with Ducal Palace: €10 (adults), €5 (seniors/youth), free (children under 7). Monastery of Sant Jeroni de Cotalba (Q1321720) on Wikidata Monastery of Sant Jeroni de Cotalba on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

Platja de L’Ahuir

Beaches[edit]

Gandia has seven kilometres of beaches, which are known for their especially fine sand. The beach season runs from June until the end of September.

  • 1 Platja del Nord (Playa Norte). The most developed beach, with lifeguard and first aid stations, showers, toilets. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available to rent, and there are a number of restaurants and snack bars immediately adjacent to the beach. (Q9060670) on Wikidata es:Playa de Gandía on Wikipedia
  • 2 Platja de Venècia (Playa de Venecia). A small urban beach by the Serpis River, with basic services.
  • 3 Platja de L’Ahuir (Playa de L’Ahuir). A quieter beach in a more natural setting, with protective dunes and vegetation, and a nudist section. (Q18005776) on Wikidata
  • 4 Platja Can (Playa Can). A dog-friendly beach located just south of Playa de L’Ahuir.
  • 5 Platja de Rafalcaïd (Playa de Rafalcaid). Gandia's most southerly, semi-urban beach has small dunes with vegetation, and is a good place for kitesurfing.

Festivals[edit]

Burning of a falla monument during Falles

Like its much larger neighbour Valencia, Gandia greets the arrival of springtime with a spectacular pyrotechnic festival known as Falles. Various events and entertainments take place over the period of a few days, culminating in the Feast of Saint Joseph on 19 March. All the hard work put into the creation of giant figures of wood and paper go up in smoke in the great bonfires that take place in the evening as part of the Gandia Falles celebrations.

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Mercadillo de la Playa (Gandia beach street market) (by the beach). Su mornings. A weekly street market for local produce and other goods.
  • 2 Mercadillo del Grau (Grau street market), Plaça Orient (in the port area). Th mornings. Another street market.

Eat[edit]

Fideuà
Fideuà negra

Fideuà, a paella-like dish with thick, short noodles and seafood, is originally from Gandía. A variation of this is fideuà negra, prepared in the same manner but with the addition of squid ink.

  • 1 El Hogar del Pescador, Plaza Mediterrània, 1, +34 962 84 2209. M-Th 12:00-16:00 20:00-23:45, F-Su 11:00-17:00, 20:00-23:45. Located directly on the harbourfront, this is a favourite, informal place with locals specialising in fresh seafood. Reservations recommended. €20-30 per person.
  • 2 Restaurante Casa Manolo, Paseo Marítimo de Daimús, 5 (on the beach), +34 962 818 568, . Daily 09:00-23:30. Seafood and rice dishes, with excellent wine in a pleasant ambiance. €30 set menu.
  • 3 Restaurante Kayuko, Carrer Asturies, 23 (Platja de Gandia), +34 962 840 137, . Tu-Su 13:00-16:00, 20:00-23:30. In addition to fish and seafood the restaurant serves traditional Valencian cuisine, including fideuà and rice dishes. €20 set menu.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Hotel Borgia, Avda de la República Argentina, 5 (town centre), +34 962 878 109. Check-in: 12:00-24:00, check-out: 07:00-12:00. Nonsmoking throughout the building, has free wifi and luggage storage, no parking. Doubles €51+ including breakfast.
  • 2 Hotel RH Riviera, Passeig Marítim Neptú, 28 (Platja de Gandía), +34 962 840 300, . Check-in: after 16:00, check-out: before 12:00. Located across the street from the beach, the hotel is completely nonsmoking and has a pool as well as onsite restaurant and bar. Luggage storage available, free wifi, parking €10/day. Doubles €50+ including breakfast.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 3 Hotel Biarritz Gandía, Carrer Alcoi, 15, +34 962 848 057, fax: +34 962 843 302. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Has an outdoor pool, onsite restaurant/bar, and free Wi-Fi. Parking €12.90/day. Doubles €100+.
  • 4 Hotel Cibeles Playa, Carrer del Clot de la Mota, 9, +34 962 848 083. Check-in: 14:30-20:00, check-out: 11:30-12:00. Has an outdoor pool, onsite restaurant/bar, and free Wi-Fi. Parking €10.70/day. Doubles €75+, breakfast €3.
  • 5 Hotel Los Robles, Carrer de Formentera, 33, +34 962 842 100, . Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 12:00. Has an outdoor pool, onsite restaurant/bar, and free Wi-Fi. Doubles €100+ including breakfast.
  • 6 Hotel RH Bayren Parc, Carrer de Mallorca, 19 (directly across the street from the RH Bayren Hotel & Spa), +34 962 840 700, . Has an onsite restaurant, pool, fitness centre, and bicycle rental. Nonsmoking rooms available, free Wi-Fi, parking €15/day. Doubles €118+ including breakfast.
  • 7 Hotel San Luis, Passeig Marítim de Neptú, 5, +34 962 840 800, fax: +34 962 840 804, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Has an outdoor pool, onsite restaurant/bar, and free Wi-Fi. Pets permitted, parking €12/day. Doubles €90+ including breakfast.

Splurge[edit]

  • 8 RH Bayren Hotel & Spa, Passeig Marítim de Neptú, 62, +34 965 853 939, . Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 16:00. Directly across from the beach, with onsite restaurant, pool, fitness centre, and bicycle rental. Nonsmoking rooms available, free Wi-Fi, parking €15/day. Doubles €160+ including breakfast.

Camping[edit]

  • 9 Camping l'Aventura Playa, Carretera Platja Daimús, s/n (Daimuz), +34 962 818 330, . Can accommodate tents, campervans, and caravans. Has an onsite bar-restaurant, pool, toilets and showers, and laundromat. Non-dangerous dogs permitted.
  • 10 Camping L'Alqueria, Avda del Grau, 142, +34 962 840 470, . Can accommodate tents, campervans, and caravans, and also has bungalows. Facilities include toilets and showers, laundromat, bicycle rental, pool, bar and cafeteria, and supermarket. Pets under 5 kg permitted.
  • 11 Camping La Naranja, Cami Assagador de Morant, s/n, . Can accommodate tents, campervans, and caravans. Facilities include toilets and showers, pool, tennis court, bar, and horse and bicycle rental. Pets permitted (€2/night).

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