Apartment in Historical Area of town

Gandia Beach
Gandia BeachSitting AreaKitchenBathroomDouble BedroomView from Kitchen to PatioPatioXativa CastleSagunto Roman AmphitheatreElche - Roman Remains & BasilicaRelaxing on Oliva beachEl Arca - Animal Rescue Centre, GuadalestGuardalest Medieval Town & CastleEl Vergel Safari Park

From $44 / night

Gandia, Costa del Azahar, Spain
Apartment in Historical Area of town
2 bedrooms
4 guests
7 night min

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
Type: Apartment
Per week: €280 - €385
Pets allowed: No
Internet: No
Description of the Gandia vacation apartment rental
The ground floor apartment has recently been converted from a traditional Valencian Townhouse in a Moorish influenced lane just off one of the main squares in the historical part of Palma de Gandia, only 5kms from the small city of Gandia. The town nestles under the Safor mountain range and is almost surrounded by orange groves that stretch down to the sea and the wonderful Blue Flag beaches. The year round crop of oranges are the main source of income for the local people and are picked and sorted in the cooperatives which is on the edge of the town. The apartment is believed to be over 100 years old has been sympathetically renovated and has kept all the traditional Valencian features: the local priest blessed the property when the church was built. The huge Valencian double doorway opens onto a spacious L shaped living area with a vaulted beamed ceiling. Through the doorway is a large hallway with seating which in the summer takes in the breeze. There is a formal dining area with Moroccan lighting and some Moroccan furniture and a further seating area with a TV/DVD/CD. For summer there is a reverse action air con unit and in the fireplace is a cast iron electric fire. There are 2 bedrooms (1 double with ceiling fan & 1 twin on the cooler side of the house) both with adequate drawer and wardrobe space.Fully tiled bathroom with shower with heating. For cooler holidays, there are gas and electric fires. The kitchen has most modern conveniences and opens onto the private walled patio to the rear which has a small garden of shrubs and trees and garden furniture and gas bbq. Our property was featured on British TV A Place in the Sun at the end of 2004.

Anne Barnett

Area Information
Nestling under the Safor mountains, Palma is almost surrounded by oranges groves that stretch down to the Blue Flag Beaches 5kms away. The orange groves give a lush feel to the area and is in fact on a deep subterranean lake which supplies our drinking water and you can see local people taking their polythene containers up into the mountains to collect their fresh water at the fountains. Ours of course comes from the tap although local people still prefer to drink the water that comes from the mountain for its healing properties.

Its only 2 mins away from the local bakery, butcher (both shops have chairs where you can practice your Spanish)and small supermarket but there are larger supermarkets in Gandia or Oliva. The town has a cafes/bars and 2 bar/restaurants where you will find local home cooked food and square pizza. There is also a Chinese cafe/takeaway. The small city of GANDIA - once home to the Borgia family (Rodrigues Borgia eventually became Pope Alexander VI and was the father to Cesere and Lucretia) Their Palace is a "must see" and the suprisingly plain Cathedral which was the setting of the film Lucretia Borgia. The historic part of Gandia is traffic free and you can enjoy the atmosphere in one of the many cafes or take a rest on the tree lined paseo. About 8kms is the Moorish town of OLIVA: divided into 3 areas, the seaside area, the new shopping area and the old Moorish town. Its narrow winding streets are dominated by the Castle of Santa Ana from where you can get spectacular views of the coast line. Oliva also has a tree lined paseo with cafes and restaurants and on Friday there is a magnificent open market where local people come from miles around to sell anything and everything but at 1pm the canon booms out which is a signal to pack up and go home. Further afield are medieval towns with cobbled streets and castles: BOCAIRENTE, XATIVA where Rodrigues Borgia was born in the fabulous castle and where Hannibal and his family lived: perched on top of a hill again the views are magnificent. Most towns have their own castle (even Palma has a dilapidated one)Fact sheets can be emailed to you on request just whet your appetite. There are plenty of Theme Parks & Safari Parks and an Animal Rescue Centre: some of these parks you can actually pet the animals, even baby lions. A good day out can be taken to ELCHE where there is the oldest palm forest in Europe, the Basillica (with its life size statue of the founder of Opus Dei, Jose Marie Escriver)and the Archaeological Museum. Outside of the city is the largest shoe outlet - I think - in Europe.

To visit VALENCIA stress free, try the train which winds its way through orange groves, vineyards and rice fields (famous for Paella of course). There is much to see in Valencia and top of the list is the Cathedral which holds the Holy Grail, the largest indoor market in Europe both in the old part of the city, and in the new, l'Hemesferic and l'Oceanographic, museums which have just been opened.

The beaches of the area - well over 17kms and most being Blue Flag beaches - have beach sports, facilities, toilets and lifeguards and some are au naturelle with sand dunes and boardwalks through the tamerisk trees. The sand is sandcastle quality and is gently sloping - the sea crystal clear. Perfect!!

All sports are catered for in the area, scuba diving, horse riding, windsurfing, sailing, tennis, mountain biking and golf. It is a wonderful walking area with illustrated walks along ancient tracks and ice trails.You can obtain them from the tourist office or you can download from the internet.

The Costa del Azahar (The Orange Blossom Coast) has as yet been untouched by mass tourism and tour operators but its time will come. Only in July and August will you find Spanish tourists from Madrid coming to their holiday homes to escape the city heat and even then the beaches are not busy.

Locally, the Valencian Community have two famous fiestas: l'Fallas-where 30'papier mache charicatures are built and then at the end of the week burnt!! - these happen in March in Valencia and Gandia. The Moors & Christians fiesta is also celebated in many of the nearby towns but the most famous (and goes on for a week) is in Alcoy - a town not far from Gandia. A castle is built in the middle of the square and the Moors & Christians fight it out with live ammunition to occupy it!! The costumes are spectacular.

We have some wonderful traditions, culture, customs and food. The local Spanish people are very friendly and will make you very welcome. A car is essential to get the most of the area, a Michelin map and a Spanish phrase book are handy but hand signals usually breaks the ice.

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Weekly Monthly Min
Aug 30 2016 Oct 25 2016 - - €307 - 1 Week
Oct 25 2016 Nov 22 2016 - - €280 - 1 Week
Mar 29 2017 Apr 29 2017 - - €307 - 1 Week
Jun 28 2017 Aug 30 2017 - - €385 - 1 Week
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Deposits: Terms & Conditions which can be sent on request
Other Fees: A weekly cleaning service is available at 35 �� payable locally. A small contribution towards electricity
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