2 Bed Apartment Oozing Character & Charm Gandia
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Recently renovated from old Valencian Townhouse with vaulted beamed ceilings in the historic part of Palma de Gandia- the "real Spain".5kms from Gandia & Oliva, the Blue Flag Beaches & Historic Sights
- Price from 50 EUR / Day
- Capacity up to 4 people
- 2 bedrooms & 1 bathroom
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Last updated: 07/24/2009
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GANDIA 5km & over 17km of Blue Flag Beaches
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.
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. See our web site
Prices & deals
- Lowest Daily Price:
- 50 EUR
- Highest Daily Price:
- 64 EUR
- Lowest Weekly Price:
- 350 EUR
- Highest Weekly Price:
- 450 EUR
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Location & area
Convenient for both Valencia & Alicante Airports, Barcelona Airport is also worth considering for its very cheap flights if you are travelling from the UK. Trains run from all points of Spain to Valencia and onwards to Gandia. A car is recommended to get the most out of the area and we can recommend a company for you.
This is the Costa del Azahar (the Orange Blossom Coast) an almost untouched part of Spain which is popular with Spanish holidaymakers and as yet, has been untouched by mass tourism.
We are just 5kms from the small sophisticated city of Gandia where you can visit the Cathedral which was recently the back drop for the film "Lucretia" and the historical Ducal Palace where the infamous Borgia family lived. The old part of the city is traffic free and there are little passageways to explore and a cool wide tree lined paseo with fountains where you can sit in one of the many cafe/bars. Gandia Playa is just 1km from the centre of the city with a wide sandy Blue Flag beach that has every facility and water sports you could wish for. The new promenade is raised above the road with palm trees and stretches for miles. There are cafe/bars/along the promenade and a small selection of shops and is an ideal place for an evening stroll.
The Moorish old town of Oliva is just south of Gandia and is approximately 8 kms from Palma de Gandia. The old town is dominated by the castle of Santa Ana which overlooks the narrow winding street. On Friday morning there is a huge market where local folk sell everything from fruit and vegetables, to home ware and clothes. Oliva is split into three, the old town with its steep streets and atmospheric Moorish houses, the new town with its tree lined paseo, and the beach area 2 kms away. It doesn't take long to get to any of the Blue Flag beaches - overall there are over 17kms of clean sandy beaches - all are different from beaches with facilities and water sports to rustic ones fringed with tamerisk trees and sand dunes.
When you have tired of building sandcastles on the beach,you can explore the castles in area.
Xativa (45 miles) has a castle with fantastic views and which was the birthplace of Rodrigues Borgia - Pope Alexander VI (father of Lucretia and Cesere)and home to Hannibal. The town has many interesting features and is reputed to have 1,000 fountains. There are other castles within easy distance but one of the interesting ones is the castle where El Cid was filmed at Peniscola - although a good day out it is certainly worth a visit.
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Elche has the oldest palm forest in Europe and has Roman remains, museums and a Basilica which has a life size statue of the founder of Opus Dei, Jose Marie Escriver. On the outskirts of the city are numerous shoe outlets as Elche is Europe's largest producer of shoes.
Valencia is a cheap train journey which meanders through vineyards, orange groves and rice fields. The Cathedral holds the Holy Grail which has now been blessed by 3 Popes, and the oldest and largest indoor market in Europe. The recently opened l'Hemesferic and l'Oceanographic are also must sees.
Near Benidorm are the theme parks Terra Mitica & Terra Natura, Monduver Exotic Aniaml Park and Aqualandia Water Park.
At Guadalest you can visit the castle and Los Arcos an animal rescue centre with bears, tigers, lions, etc. There are a number of Safari Parks the nearest being at Vergel where there are picnic facilities and a huge area for getting up really close to some of the animals.
If you are bored at the weekends you can visit Gata de Gorgos: a town famed for its basket ware and you can also visit the nearby Rastro (car boot sale)
Spain wouldn't be Spain without its fiestas and two special ones are la Fallas (where 30' papier mache charicatures are paraded around the towns and then at the end of the week are torched. Valencia has the best example and the time to visit for this fiesta is March. Most towns celebrate the Moors & Christians festivals where in some towns real gunpowder is still used. Alcoy approx 1 hr from Gandia is the most famous where mock fighting between the Moors & Christians to regain the castle erected in the middle of the town goes on for a week. Most smaller towns have both these fiestas but on a smaller scale.
Most sports are catered for in the area but in particular there is a Severiano Ballesteros Golf Course and cycling (bikes can be hired locally) The area has interesting old walking trails and these can be downloaded from the internet or supplied free at the local tourist information office. We will be pleased to supply any information to make your holiday special. With Valencia holding the 2007 Americas Cup and Bernie Ecclestone preparing to bring Formula 1 Racing to the city, the area is set to become a rival for Barcelona.
As yet this is the "real Spain" that people talk about, where Spanish people come for their holidays, own holiday homes and where Spain's traditions, culture and customs are still celebrated. Best to get here before other people discover the best kept secret.
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- Palma de Gandia, 46724, Gandia, Spain
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- countryside, mountainside, near cultural interest, near diving spot, near fishing area, near golf course, near historical interest, near horse riding, near restaurants & bars, near shopping area, near tennis courts, near the beach, near water sports, old town, theme/safar/water parks nearby, town!
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The property has a L open plan living area with vaulted beamed ceilings. The traditional Valencian doorway opens onto the large hallway/sitting area and a formal dining area. A further sitting area has a reverse air con unit, fireplace and colour TV/DVD/CD. The kitchen/diner has seating for 4 and opens onto the garden area which has terracotta tiles, shrubs and trees, garden furniture and a gas BBQ. There are 2 bedrooms, 1 double with ceiling fan and 1 twin bedded room on the cooler side of the property. A fully tiled bathroom has a bath and a shower.
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