Gandia lies approximately 40 minutes south of Valencia City by car, 40 minute north of Benidorm and 90 minutes north of Alicante and is a favourite holiday destination for Spanish holidaymakers, often coming from the centre of the country to this area for a coastal break. Because of its position at the very north of the Costa Blanca, and at the very south of the Costa del Azahar, the town has not become a major tourist destination for foreign tourists but has kept its essentially Spanish spirit and identity. Gandia is also the centre of the La Safor region and surrounded by the La Safor mountains.
Gandia is one of the major cities of the Valencian community. It currently has 81,993 inhabitants, according to the municipal register, and therefore ranks amongst the largest and most important cities of the province of Valencia. It has a high level of socio-economic development within the central region of Valencia.Gandia offers visitors a great choice of places to go and see during their stay in the city. Thanks to its rich past, traces of its history can be seen when taking a stroll around the town and observing the most significant and historical buildings of the city. However, it is also an increasingly modern city which succeeds in presenting itself in an ever more attractive way as far as its cultural and historical roots are concerned, without losing any of its identity.
Gandía is a town of contrasts and therefore is able to provide almost every tourist with a reason to come to the town and have a thoroughly enjoyable stay . This applies not only to the facilities and entertainments that are on offer, but also to the very nature of the town and its surroundings. If a sophisticated town with stylish shops and boutiques is what a visitor is looking for, then Gandía has plenty of these, to be found both in the traditional shopping streets of the old town and also in modern shopping centres on the outskirts. Gandía also has a number of buildings in its “Historic Centre” (most notably the Borgia Palace that will appeal to the culture seeker and those interested in the history of the town and its notorious, famous family. Also well worth a visit is the Gandia Archeological Museum.
Whatever the reason for selecting a holiday destination, a visit to Gandía has plenty to offer everyone. Fabulous beaches, breathtaking mountain scenery, historically interesting buildings and architecture, fiestas, latest cinema releases and sophisticated shopping are all to be found either in Gandía town itself, or within a very minutes’ drive away.
Gandia enjoys the mildest climate of the Mediterranean coast, with temperatures staying within pleasant boundaries both summer and winter. Annual average temperatures are 11°c in January and 25 °c in August, and the climate is a calm one that ensures mild winters and warm summers.
Situated on an alluvial plain formed by the river Serpis, between the low hills of Beniopa and Benirreda and the mountain of Falconera, this county is divided into ten districts. Its historical roots are found in the mountains, particularly in the Paleolithic site of Parpalló Cave, which is one of the most important sites of its kind on the Iberian Peninsular, with thousands of traces of platelets and paintings inside. The Iberians occupied the hilltop of Bayren (with the castle of the same name) in the fourth century BC. The origin of the current settlement of the city dates back to the Islamic period. In 1249 King James I gave a villa to his son, Prince Pedro. Converted into a duchy by Martin the Humane, the house of Borja purchased this duchy in 1485. Key rail and port construction in 1890 heralded the modernization and industrial development of the city.Today it is a thriving city with great economic diversification, but with particular reference to the service and tourism sectors.
As its name suggests, Playa de Gandía is the summer, coastal resort area of Gandía and lies a short distance from the main, inland town. With a large number of hotels and self-catering apartments offering accommodation from modest to luxury, as well as the range of night time entertainment already mentioned, Playa de Gandía is also the proud possessor of one of the finest beaches to be found anywhere in the Mediterranean. Awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award, the beach is backed by a beautiful promenade some seven kilometres long with shops, bars and restaurants which together provide the tourist with everything they could need for a complete seaside holiday.
On the other hand, if a lively entertainment and nightclub scene is high on the list of a visitor’s priorities, the separate but nearby Playa de Gandía provides a huge selection of bars, nightclubs, casinos and dance venues that cater for all tastes and ages. A nightlife scene that equals the best anywhere on the coast – No mention of Playa de Gandía would be complete without including the wealth of fiestas that take place throughout the year.
Whatever the reason for selecting a holiday destination, a visit to Playa de Gandía has plenty to offer everyone. Fabulous beaches, breathtaking mountain scenery, historically interesting buildings and architecture, dazzling nightlife & fiestas and sophisticated shopping are all to be found either in Gandía town itself, or within a very minutes’ drive away. It really is not hard to understand why Playa de Gandía comes so high up the list when Spanish holidaymakers themselves are deciding upon their own favourite holiday destination in Spain.
If your thoughts are more on permanently living in or near Gandia, there is no shortage of options. The area offers everything from studios and one bed apartments in the town and near the sea to magnificent detached villas. Something for everybody. You will be pleased to know that there is a professional English-owned estate agency that can help.For many years, Girasol Homes have been helping people move to the area. They have an intimate knowledge of Gandia and the whole Valencian Community. They will be able to help you at every stage of the process.