What are your favourite things to do in the area?
The key to this part of Spain is the outdoor living, the scenery is
spectacular and is just waiting to be explored. Gandia is steeped in history,
has fantastic shopping areas, and is fabulous for people watching from any of
the large number of cafes or bars along the Passeo or in the many small
squares. However, the best part must be the nearly 5 miles of stunning, white
sandy beaches that you find in and around Gandia, forget Florida, this is real,
and you don’t have to queue to get a space.
The area is a mecca for cyclists of all ages, and there are some great
mountain climbing areas too and ideal hiking countryside. Various equestrian centres for horse back riding too. The region has stunning scenery, pine clad mountains, rivers for fishing, streams, rock pools and waterfalls, something for everyone!. Many beautiful mountain walks or a stroll through the orange groves, a great place if you have pets and enjoy the countryside way of life.The 'Theatre Serrano' in Gandia is a beautiful building and has different productions throughout the year including Russian Ballet every December. The Casa De Cultura in Gandia city holds many cultural events all year – exhibitions, lectures and summer concerts held in the beautiful gardens in July and August (many are free). The Borja Palace dates back to the 15th century,it is very grand and shows the lifestyle of the royal Borja's. The Monastery of Sant Jeroni de Cotalba is near Marxuquera, beautiful to visit and dates back to 1388Water Sports. There are a huge selection of beaches to choose from, Daimus, Grau de Gandia are the closest beaches, jet skiing, wind surfing, dinghy sailing from the marina, kite surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking basically anything you can think of is just 15 minutes’ drive away. Also there is a yacht club called Club Nautica in Oliva.There are several equestrian centres in the area, you can have riding lessons, a hack through the orange groves or learn to drive a carriage or to do show jumping.There are several tennis clubs situated near the Grau de Gandia , Bellreguard, Alizira and is not just for tennis but Padel courts too. Lessons are available for all ages and abilities.Golf Club in Gandia is situated between Gandia and the beach of Grau de Gandia. 9 Holes with a putting green and practice range. Also the most fantastic golf course called La Galiana which is only a 15/20 minute drive from La Drova with the most breathtaking scenery, a real favorite for people who live in the area.Shopping, Gandia is a city and has all the shops expected of a city, indoor shopping complexes with cinemas, Calle Major and streets off have around 800 different shops, Grau de Gandia for beach shopping and on the outskirts are the DIY shops such as Leroy Merlin, car showrooms, garden centres, Pet stores, basically various out of town shopping centres that have everything you need. There are a variety of markets also throughout the year in Gandia, a Medieval market and a huge market over the bridge at the end of the paseo every Saturday selling everything from leather goods, clothes to olives, spices, fruit and vegetables.
Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants?
Locally you will not find a bad restaurant. If you like Pizza, Bar la Font
is amazing, and they do takeaways too. A little further afield are Bar Puig
Mola and La Vistetta, both are fantastic for Paella and a great Paella restaurant in La Drova too. In Gandia, our favourite
is Visconte, Vinos y Mas, Sabor Arte, Telero , to name just a few, all serve great food and their 'menu del a dia's' (menu of the day) have a wonderful choice of good quality food at very reasonable prices, not forgetting the great quality Valencian wines available too.
Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend?
There are countless villages and small towns, far too many to name, but
if you are thinking of buying over here, give us a call, we will be more than
happy to show you around.
Getting there – what are the roads and airports like?
We prefer to fly into Valencia, but there are also flights into Alicante
too from most major UK airports. The road links are great, Valencia is about 55
minutes away, with Alicante just over an hour. Forget the M25, the roads are
normally very quiet, even in peak times. Great thing about transport links to Valencia airport is that you can pick up a train in Gandia which takes you to the central Valencia Nord train station, and catch the metro just outside this station, which takes you straight into the airport terminal to catch your flight, which makes travelling back to the uk, or other European destinations very easy indeed.
What are the nearest international schools and how good are they?
You will find that every major city in the area will have an
international school we have one in Gandia , Xativa and Alzira. These will follow the UK curriculum, a bit of research will pay dividends, the education
standard is good. There are also a selection of private Spanish Schools and Spanish state schools to chose from if required. Gandia also has a University Campus that is attached
to the University of Valencia.