Oliva- Great views from a traditional Spanish townhouse
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The town

Oliva is a traditional Spanish market town. It lies between Alicante and Valencia in the 'Oranges and Lemons' region of the Costa del Azahar – close to the border with the Costa Blanca.

Oliva is steeped in history. One street dates back almost five hundred years.

Many traditional fiestas pass through the maze of narrow cobbled streets in the old town area. These include the ‘Fallas’ (festival of fire) and the Carnival. The Moors & Christians festival in July depicts the epic struggle as the Moors were driven out of Oliva. It culminates in an amazing display of costumes and fireworks.
 

Typical Oliva street.

Typical Oliva street.

 

Oliva’s history is reflected in a former mosque that is now a church and in the ruined Moorish castle. They – along with the town’s other blue domed church – are illuminated at night on the dramatic skyline.

Twenty thousand people live in Oliva. The new town area has a covered food market and plenty of shops and supermarkets. A weekly outdoor market sells fresh local food, household goods and clothes.

See below for a website with some of the wide variety of restaurants and bars that cater for all tastes.

Oliva from the ruined castle.

Oliva from the ruined castle.
 

Beaches
Oliva’s magnificent beaches stretch for 6 miles (10km.) It is usually possible to find a quiet spot even at the height of summer – especially if you head for the sand dunes. We took the photo above in June.

Strict planning controls have saved the area from skyscrapers.

Pau-Pi beach is just five minutes drive from the house. It has a good selection of bars andrestaurants. Pau-Pi is served by regular buses from the centre of Oliva and is around 40 minutes walk from the house.

Other nearby beaches include Terranova, which has the popular Kiko Port restaurant.

Unspoiled beach – in June!

Unspoiled beach – in June!

 

A number of bars are set-up on the beach itself during the summer. They stay open for most of the night.
 

  Leisure facilities
A host of leisure activities are available in the area. These include swimming (indoor and outdoor pools at Oliva’s sports centre), walking, golf (four courses – including the Oliva Nova, which was designed by Seve Ballesteros), cycling (bikes can be hired locally), horse-riding, yachting, wind surfing and deep sea diving.

More details from the Oliva tourist office, whose website address is below.

The surrounding area
Within a few minutes drive from the house you will find aromatic orange and lemon groves, mountains, miles of unspoilt beaches and many lovely towns and villages. The cities of Valencia and Alicante are each only an hour’s drive away.

Driving south from Oliva takes you through the traditional seaside towns of Denia, Javea, Calpe and Altea before arriving on the Costa Blanca. Denia (12 miles from Oliva) has ferries to Majorca and Ibiza.

There are many tourist facilities on the Costa Blanca, including a large theme park on the outskirts of Benidorm – Terra Mitica (see directions)

The city of Alicante is the capital of the Costa Blanca. It has a lovely promenade alongside the harbour and some fantastic restaurants and tapas bars.

Driving north
from Oliva for four miles takes you into the next door town of Gandia, which is traditionally Spanish and has a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Valencia is served by a half-hourly train service from here, which passes through rice paddy fields.

Valencia is the capital of the Costa del Azahar. It is Spain’s third largest city and is well worth a visit. There are many centuries of history and also an amazing new science park which includes the L'Oceanografic aquarium.

Driving inland from Oliva takes you to various picturesque towns. Xativa has an impressive castle and streets full of Spanish life. Guadalest is built into the side of the mountain and has a fortress with amazing views over the mountains and valley.
 
 

Useful websites

Oliva tourist office (in English):
www.tourist-oliva.com

Tourism site for the region of Valencia:
http://www.comunitatvalenciana.com

Weather forecasts for Gandia (the next town):
Go to
www.weather.com and type in Gandia.

Maps of area:
http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?city=oliva&state=&country=spain&size=big

Restaurants in the area:
http://www.rentoliva.co.uk/oliva-restaurants.htm

Terra Mitica theme park:
http://touristnet.turisme.gva.es/touristnet/pralicante/terramitica/publico/paginas/main_en.htm

Company that provides airport transfers, property services etc:
www.olivaguide.com

Bird watching in the area:
http://www.surfbirds.com/mb/trips/spainolivabnb.html
 

Email :  info@accommodation-oliva.co.uk

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