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