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L'Olleria Valencia Spain a municipality in the Vall d'Albaida in the Valencian Community, Spain. It is famous by its glass manufacturing activity, especially blown glass. L'Olleria is an important industrial site in the Vall d'Albaida area.


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L'Olleria is a working town with around 7000 residents. It is centrally located to explore both the inland and coastal areas of the Valencia Province, one of three provinces which make up the Valencia Region. The larger town of Xativa, the Moorish capital of Spain in the 16th century, is 10 miles away. The hilltop castle and surrounding forts complement the still fully inhabited old town with its narrow streets. In the surrounding countryside, other castles, forts and churches date back from the period of conflict between the Christians and the Moors in the middle ages. This conflict is celebrated in many of the towns between March and Setember, each holding major fiestas which take a year to prepare.

The award winning and extensive sandy beaches of the prosperous town of Gandia are 30 mins to the east. Although the British are closing in as we move up the coast from the Costa Blanca, Gandia remains one of the main holiday resorts for Spanish holidaymakers. In July and August, these beaches are very busy but for the rest of the year they are much quieter. The large number of beachside restuarants compete for custom by offering very low priced, set menus of the day. Gandia has good boutique type shopping and a variety of international cuisine.

As the third largest city in Spain, Valencia offers the visitor a rich cultural heritage coupled with modern attractions such as the new marine centre where visitors pass through and under the main exhibitions. The city catherdal is spectacular as is the multitude of old buildings and churches located around the city centre. A trip on one of the open topped buses is highly recommended. The train ride from Xativa is around an hour and costs about £3 return per adult.

On the edge of the Orange Blossom coastal area, the countryside is cultivated with orange, almond and olive trees. This gives the land a much more verdant appearance than the more arid areas in the Costa Blanca to the South. There is ample opportunity to enjoy long walks, visit the many old castles and forts, explore old villages in the mountains, visit the weekly markets in most of the towns or simply enjoy a drink and some tapas at a small bar and watch the world go by.


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In this section we hope to provide you with information on some of the main attractions and amenities offered within a radius of one hours' drive or train journey. The main roads are good and fast and the trains cheap and comfortable.
Where we have experienced such, we have tried to express an objective opinion as to the merit of the attraction.


The main beaches are about a 40 minutes drive to the east. Gandia Beach, Daimus, Piles and Oliva beaches are all well managed with long stretches of good, clean sand. There are ample beach cafes, sun umbrella and chair hire facilities. Along the promenades there is a mass of restaurants and cafes offering all types of food. Some do very good value set menus for around 7-8 euros per head. First line parking is only a problem in high summer. In our experience, Gandia Beach and Daimus are good beaches to visit and, even in high summer, there is plenty of space for everyone. The Spanish tend to pack 10 metres from the waters edge with the other 30 metres deserted. Few Brits around and English is not always understood in the restaurants.


The tourist markets are generally found on the coast and more so in the Alicante/Benidorm areas. Smaller, local markets can be found most days and offer clothes, shoes etc. There is a daily market in Valencia which claims to be the largest in Europe. There is a large market in Gandia Beach each Sunday during the summer and worth a visit. Others are located in Alcoi, Xativa, Ontinient and Oliva.


Although we are only 40 minutes from the coast, we are considered to be in the mountains. To be fair, this is probably true, but it is not quite Ben Nevis! However, there are many locations within 30 minutes drive into the countryside where you can enjoy magnificent views across the different valleys. Because this area was at the front line of the medieval conflict between the Moors and the Christians, there are a multitude of castles, forts, churches, monuments and old villages to visit and explore.


It is no exaggeration to say that there seems to be a festival somewhere celebrating some saint or event every other week. Most seem to be a great excuse to burn off a major amount of fireworks. Staggered throughout the summer, the big event is the week-long festival of Moors and Christians. Each village re-enacts the conflict with parades, mock conflicts and music. The parade of societies in L'Olleria lasts some three and a half hours and in the larger town of Ontinyent, we gave up after four hours, halfway thru the proceedings. Each society represents either Moors or Christians and works for a year on their costumes and presentation of whatever theme has been chosen. The fireworks, another staple requirement of a good fiesta, are always pretty impressive.
In mid March is Fallas. As far as we understand, this celebrates the end of winter and the start of the new seasons. Effectively, another multitude of societies labour for a year building a tableau of papier-mâché statues up to 30ft tall to satirise an event or organisation. It all culminates on 17th March when the entries are judged. Once judged, and starting in reverse order, they are set alight amidst more fireworks. For around six hours in the participating towns, it is an arsonists' dream. The Fallas in Valencia is world renowned and televised live. We understand that it is mayhem, with the force of the fireworks being physically felt by up to 100,000 watchers. At 2pm they have a sound pyrotechnic display (?) that lasts for 30 minutes. It is a 12 hours bash and a wonder to behold.


Valencia is the third largest city in Spain. It combines a rich cultural heritage with all the modern amenities of a major city. In the centre there is a monument or old building on every street corner with some sort of story attached. A dry riverbed has been developed into a green belt that passes thru the city. Although not great open-topped, bus tour fans, we enjoyed the tour round Valencia. It leaves from outside the impressive cathedral and takes one and a half hours to complete. The recently built City of Science and Modern Arts is an architectural marvel. It boasts numerous first's and biggest's of its kind in Europe. We visited the marine centre where the attractions were first rate. Everything from a Beluga Whale, an excellent dolphin show, to an underwater tunnel with shoals of fish and many, many sharks to keep you entertained. It is a tad expensive for a family but a unique experience that will fill a full day depending on the level of interest. The Lladro Museum is located on the outskirts of the city and a bus service is available from the centre for factory visits. If you add the street cafes and boutiques, a day in Valencia is recommended. The train journey from Xativa station takes about one hour and the return fare is currently under five euros per person. There is a regular bus service to Valencia direct from L'Olleria.
Xativa (pronounced Ah-tee-bah) was the capital of Moorish Spain. The original castle overlooks the old town with its narrow streets. Although significantly enlarged today, it still retains its charm as you wander thru the old town. A little motorised train will take you from the tourist office in the town up to the castle. Reportedly, there are a very large number of steps to navigate as you pass from one part of the castle to another. Over a week in mid August they hold a big traditional market (more fireworks) and they do a good Fallas in March.
Gandia is probably considered the main town in the area. The centre is pretty with its main boulevards interspersed with fountains and palms. It has a large area of boutique-type shops where you can browse away the hours.
Bocarrent is the epitome of Medieval Spain. First to hold its festival of Moors and Christians each year, the old town is perched on a steep slope, overlooked by its own castle. When the old town is backlit at night, the effect is very impressive and surreal. A short drive away is the village of Agres, also perched on a hillside, where you can enjoy a panoramic view looking back over to our own hill, some 15 kilometres distant.
Benidorm is a little over one hours' drive and perhaps, at first, does not lend itself to the image of tranquil Spain. Probably so, but it offers modern entertainment in abundance with regular performances by major international stars. The Terra Mitica Water Park is a one of the biggest attractions in the area for families with younger children who want to experience the thrills of the rides offered. We understand that it is a great day out although the queues can be long.
Guadalest is located high in the hills, midway from the coast toward the large town of Alcoi. It is a bit of a trek to get to the village but just worth the trouble. A bit of a tourist trap but compensated for by the views during the drive and when you are there. Amongst the kiss-me-kate shops are some nice pottery and china stores. Can be busy because it is a popular destination on the tourist bus run.
Elche boasts at being the centre of the Spanish footwear industry. It is located inland south towards Alicante. There is a lovely garden park where the tourist office is located. There are outlet shops in two of the main shoe manufactures but while they offer good bargains, the local markets match the prices on offer. It is a nice drive there thru a mountain pass and across the length of a high valley.
Oliva is on the coast, south of Gandia. Currently it is on the front line of the British advance up the coast . It is most notable for its excellent golf course, designed by Seve Ballesteros. To play, you require a handicap card and 66 euros per round. The course is long and stiff but beautifully laid out. It is prudent to book as Oliva Golf is one of the few courses in the area. For non- golfers, there is a spa and beauty centre on the course and the town itself has a good market held each Friday morning.



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