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Costa del Azahar, Spain  (# 28272)
 Gandia-Apartment (sleeps 4) with Character & C
  VacationsFRBO Costa del Azahar Vacation Rentals Property ID 28272 Costa del Azahar Rental  

Major City: Gandia
Distance: <5 km
Community: Palma de Gandia,Nr Gandia


Type:   Townhouse
Area: Close to Beach

Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
Baths: 1
Size: 200 Sq Ft

Internet: No
Pets OK: No
Pool: No
Spa: No

Calendar: No
Exchange: Yes
For Sale: Yes
Credit Cards: No

 
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The Old Moorish part of Palma de Gandia
   
 
 

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Name: Anne

Phone: 00 44 (0)1539 725828

Languages: English

Personal Website: http://www.valenciaholiday.co.uk/http://www.valenciaholiday.iowners.net

VacationsFRBO Listing Since: 2008-02-26

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     Description 


Gandia lies between Valencia and Alicante and is a very Spanish
resort. Our Place in the Sun was indeed featured on the BBC Channel
4 program A Place in the Sun, and is situated in a small town of
Palma de Gandia which nestles under the Safor mountains and almost
surrounded by orange groves.The main industry in the
area is agriculture and our town's main product is oranges which are
a source of income almost all the year round.Steeped in history you
can see the Arab influence everywhiere from the architecture to the
stepped terraces on the mountains,the irrigation systems and the
rice fields. We are just 5km from the nearest beach and there are
over 17km of Blue Flag Beaches to choose from.

This is the land of the Borgia family, El Cid and Hannibal and there
are plenty of castles and medieval towns to explore and you should
not miss the Borgia Palace in Gandia. Nearby are Theme Parks, Safari
and Water Parks. Plenty to do for a couple of weeks without sitting
on the beach every day.

Set in the historical part of town where we believe our property to
be over 200 years old there are winding narrow streets that criss
cross with quaint passageways and small squares. Set in a quiet
location just off one of these small squares, in a cul-de-
sac of 5 other Spanish owned townhouses.

All on one floor, the property has been sympathetically restored and
refurbished from an old Valencian townhouse and has retained the
original Valencian features and some original tiles. It is a
charming property, cosy and homely and convenient for most amenities
in the town and easily accessible to the cities of Gandia, Oliva and
Valencia.

This property was one of 6 properties that we viewed on the UK
program "A Place in the Sun" which is being repeated on various UK
TV channels.



 

     Amenities 


The town has basic shopping facilities - the bakery which is just 2
minutes away and a butcher about 5 minutes. There is also a small
supermarket, a chemist, ATM and a tobacconist and a doctor. There
are hypermarkets and supermarkets in both Gandia and Oliva.

This is the "real" Spain where you will need a phrase book and where
as yet the area has not been touched by mass tourism and holiday
tour operators. A part of Spain where traditionally Spanish people
take their holidays and where the Spanish still hold their family
values. Its a laid back atmosphere where if you want a little bit
more life, you can chill out and go into Gandia and Oliva in the
evening

The small town has its fair share of bars and cafes - the local bar
5 minutes away offers a home cooked evening menu, there is Chinese
food and a restarant "Aventura" a 15 minute stroll away where Moma
has an extensive menu to choose from and excellent square pizza. For
a greater selection of bars and restaurants there are hundreds
between Gandia and Oliva and both towns have a tree lined paseo
where you can sample the local Gandia wine and people watch. Plenty
of bars offer Menu del Dia from around 8 euros.

In the summer months there is a modern open air swimming pool in the
town and there are lots of water and beach sports in Gandia and
Oliva. Scuba diving and bikes can be hired locally and the scenery
surrounding the area attracts walkers. Almond and Orange blossom in
March is very picturesque

The accommodation comprises: a large L shaped living space where
there are two sitting areas, an air conditioning unit and fireplace,
TV/DVD/CD player and a formal dining area. There are two bedrooms (1
double with ceiling fan and 1 twin) and a fully tiled bathroom with
shower. The kitchen/diner is fully equipped and opens onto the patio
to the rear of the property. The high walled and very private patio
has garden furniture and gas bbq.

Most sports are catered for, and a Severe Ballersteros 18 hole golf
course is situated just south of Oliva and horse riding about 5 kms
from Gandia.



 

     Attractions 


Just 5kms from Palma, the old historic part of the city is paved so
that you can wander through the medieval area and take in the
atmosphere and see the Cathedral and the Borgia Palace and other
places of interest. The city has smart shops, a multi-screen cinema,
a bowling alley etc and is a pleasant place to stroll. The old
ruined castle of Santa Ana dominates the old Arab quarter of Oliva
where you will find lots of interesting architecture and narrow
winding streets. Both Oliva and Gandia are about 1kms from their
respective beach resorts. Gandia with its full on beach facilities
and south of Oliva there are quiet rustic beaches with sand dunes
and tamerisk trees.

20Kms from Gandia is the small city of Xativa where Hannibal once
lived with his family in a prominently placed castle and where
Rogrigues Borgia was born(who became Pope Alexander VI and fathered
Lucretia and Cesere) Xativa was the first place in Europe to make
paper and it is said that there are over 1,000 fountains. A
beautiful restful city - and a beautiful castle. North of Valencia
is the town of Peniscola where "El Cid" with filmed in the Knights
Templar castle and nearby is the town of Sagunto with its Roman
amphitheatre and old Jewish quarter. There are medieval cave towns
and other places of interest and south of Alicante is the city of
Elche is where there are more Roman ruins, a Basilica that holds the
life size statue of the founder of Opus Dei,Jose Marie Escriver, and
an ancient palm forest and archaeological museums.

For a day out visit Valencia on the train, cheap and stress free.
The train meanders through orange groves, vineyards and rice fields
and once there you can either wander through the city or catch the
tourist bus where you can hop on and off at attractions. Must sees
are the Cathedral that holds the Holy Grail, the largest indoor
market in Europe the recently built City of Arts & Sciences, and
perhaps you can squeeze in some art galleries.

There are theme parks, water parks and safari parks nearby.

Valencia is hoping to hold the 33rd Americas Cup and trials are now
being held for entrants. In the summer Valencia also plays host to
F1 Racing with a circuit similar to Monaco. This is the city
to rival Barcelona and you will find the local people here very
friendly and helpful and we are sure you will have a wonderful
holiday whether you are beach lovers or history buffs. Please
contact us if you require any further information or visit our web
site.

Note: Valencia airport is approx 34 miles and Alicante 50 miles with
Barcelona about 4 1/2 hrs away.



 

     Rates 



November - March £280 Mid Season 29th march to 28th June & 30th August to 25th October - 307 Euros High Season, 28th June to 30th August 385 Euros and the minimum booking for the high season is 2 weeks. There is a 200euro breakage/security bond which is returned to you within 4 weeks of your department from Gandia - less the cost of electricity consumed.



 

     Home Exchange 


Would love to exchange anywhere interesting, i.e. we like history
and the beach. We would particularly like to swap at Christmas to
India or Egypt but are open minded.



 

     For Sale 


If you like what you see, our holiday home is for sale 150,000 Euros
but we're not moving far, just to a larger family home in Palma de
Gandia



 

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