GandíaGandia (Spanish: Gandía) is a city in Valencia Province, Spain.
Oranges are a considerable source of income, but also onions, tomatoes, peppers and many other natural crops in La Conca de la Safor, handled and packed in the many local stores, contribute to the obvious wealth of the area, together with the industries that make the most varied of goods, the shops that sell them and the tourism, which has an important hotel infrastructure distributed along the coastline.
All these products were exported, up until recently, via Gandia harbour, inaugurated in 1893 due to an English company that built the narrow-gauge railway from Alcoi to Gandia, where the company boats unloaded the coal that heated the factory boilers. The harbour was for many years the main point of export of Valencian oranges and, though it has not the traffic that it used to have in the sixties, Gandia harbour still has a fishing fleet of some importance, while land transport has replaced transportation by sea. This has generated the appearance of many transport companies owning long-distance truck fleets that travel the roads and motorways of Europe and carry the name of Gandia everywhere in the world where it deserves to be known.
phone: +34 962 877 788address: Avda Marques de Campo, 16
phone: +34 962 842 407address: Passeig Neptú
Two major airports are close enough: Valencia and Alicante, at a distance of 70 km (the former) and 110 km (the later).
phone: +34 902 240 505 (reservations)address: Parc de L´estacio, s/nFrom Valencia, Renfe regional train line C1 departs every hour from Estació de València Nord; a one-way ticket costs €5.80 and the journey lasts about one hour.
By carMajor roads get you to the center of the city. The main A7 motorway is directly adjacent to Gandía.
Estación de Autobuses de Gandíaphone: +34 962 871 064address: Avda Marques de Campo, 12A large bus terminal with direct links to Madrid and other major city in Europe. Within the region, Alsa operates a route connecting all major coastal settlements between Valencia and Alicante, including Cullera, Gandía, Oliva, Dénia, Calpe, Altea, Benidorm, and Villajoyosa.
By boatThe marina at Gandia has 120 moorings up to 30M. No visitor moorings are available (typical med marinas) but turn up or book and you should get in.
phone: +34 902 454 645address: Moll dels BorjaOperates daily ferries to/from Ibiza (2½ hr, €70).
By busLa Marina Gandiense (tel. +34 962 871 806) operates seven bus routes within Gandía and connecting the city to the surrounding pueblos. L2 and L6 connect the train station directly to the city beaches. A single journey costs €1.50-€1.80, depending on the route, and is payable directly to the bus driver on entry.
phone: +34 962 843 000There is also a taxi stand in front of the train station.
phone: +34 962 871 465address: Carrer del Duc Alfons el Vell, 1Built in the 14th century by the Borja family, the largely Gothic palace was renovated in the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
phone: +34 962 959 540address: C/ de l'Hospital, 20This museum is devoted to the history of the area, and displays items dating from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age.
phone: +34 962 959 535address: Passeig de les Germanies, 13The former 19th-century palace is now a venue for temporary art exhibits as well as concerts.
phone: +34 962 966 819address: C/ Sant Martí de Porres, 29This ethnographic museum is dedicated to illustrating and preserving traditions of the Fallas celebration.
Torreló del PiSo named from the pine tree that grows from the top, this is the only remaining and intact defensive tower from the city walls. It was built in the mid-15th century and restored in the 20th century. It is closed to the public but can be easily appreciated from the street.
Castell de BairénThis ruined hilltop fortress was probably originally established by the Romans; the current structure dates to the Moorish period. In 1097 it was the site of a battle between the Almoravids and El Cid, and in 1240 it came under Christian control. The castle can be accessed by an easy hike of just over 1km, and has great views of the sea and the surrounding countryside.
phone: +34 619 524 093address: Autovía Gandía-L’Ollería (CV-60), Exit 35Established in the 14th century with expansions built in the 17th and 18th centuries, this significant monastery incorporates the styles of Valencian Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance, and Baroque. The monastery was dissolved in 1835 and has since been in private hands; it was opened to the public in 2005. Especially noteworthy are the Mudejár cloister, Nicolás Borrás' fresco of the Saint Supper, the 16th-century gold monstrance, and the 20th-century romantic gardens.
BeachesGandia has seven kilometres of beaches, which are known for their especially fine sand. The beach season runs from June until the end of September.
Platja del NordThe most developed beach, with lifeguard and first aid stations, showers, toilets. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available to rent, and there are a number of restaurants and snack bars immediately adjacent to the beach.
Platja de VenèciaA small urban beach by the Serpis River, with basic services.
Platja de L’AhuirA quieter beach in a more natural setting, with protective dunes and vegetation, and a nudist section.
Platja CanA dog-friendly beach located just south of Playa de L’Ahuir.
Platja de RafalcaïdGandia's most southerly, semi-urban beach has small dunes with vegetation, and is a good place for kitesurfing.
Mercadillo de la PlayaA weekly street market for local produce and other goods.
Mercadillo del Grauaddress: Plaça OrientAnother street market.
phone: +34 962 84 2209address: Plaza Mediterrània, 1Located directly on the harbourfront, this is a favourite, informal place with locals specialising in fresh seafood. Reservations recommended.
phone: +34 962 818 568address: Paseo Marítimo de Daimús, 5Seafood and rice dishes, with excellent wine in a pleasant ambiance.
phone: +34 962 840 137address: Carrer Asturies, 23In addition to fish and seafood the restaurant serves traditional Valencian cuisine, including fideuà and rice dishes.
phone: +34 962 878 109address: Avda de la República Argentina, 5Nonsmoking throughout the building, has free wifi and luggage storage, no parking.
phone: +34 962 840 300address: Passeig Marítim Neptú, 28Located across the street from the beach, the hotel is completely nonsmoking and has a pool as well as onsite restaurant and bar. Luggage storage available, free wifi, parking €10/day.
phone: +34 962 848 057address: Carrer Alcoi, 15Has an outdoor pool, onsite restaurant/bar, and free Wi-Fi. Parking €12.90/day.
phone: +34 962 848 083address: Carrer del Clot de la Mota, 9Has an outdoor pool, onsite restaurant/bar, and free Wi-Fi. Parking €10.70/day.
phone: +34 962 842 100address: Carrer de Formentera, 33Has an outdoor pool, onsite restaurant/bar, and free Wi-Fi.
phone: +34 962 840 700address: Carrer de Mallorca, 19Has an onsite restaurant, pool, fitness centre, and bicycle rental. Nonsmoking rooms available, free Wi-Fi, parking €15/day.
phone: +34 962 840 800address: Passeig Marítim de Neptú, 5Has an outdoor pool, onsite restaurant/bar, and free Wi-Fi. Pets permitted, parking €12/day.
phone: +34 965 853 939address: Passeig Marítim de Neptú, 62Directly across from the beach, with onsite restaurant, pool, fitness centre, and bicycle rental. Nonsmoking rooms available, free Wi-Fi, parking €15/day.
phone: +34 962 818 330address: Carretera Platja Daimús, s/nCan accommodate tents, campervans, and caravans. Has an onsite bar-restaurant, pool, toilets and showers, and laundromat. Non-dangerous dogs permitted.
phone: +34 962 840 470address: Avda del Grau, 142Can accommodate tents, campervans, and caravans, and also has bungalows. Facilities include toilets and showers, laundromat, bicycle rental, pool, bar and cafeteria, and supermarket. Pets under 5 kg permitted.
address: Cami Assagador de Morant, s/nCan accommodate tents, campervans, and caravans. Facilities include toilets and showers, pool, tennis court, bar, and horse and bicycle rental. Pets permitted (€2/night).