Spain is a diverse country! It is a lively, friendly, social, somewhat noisy, colourful country! Life is lived at a slower pace and it is still very much a family orientated society.
It has diverse climates, the north being cooler and less reliable than the South or Mediterranean coast. Sun glowing in an azure blue sky indicative of a warm or hot climate encourages plenty of healthy outdoor activities. Through most of spring, summer and early autumn, gardens, patios and terraces become an extra room with meals cooked and eaten outside.
Spain´s history leaves a wealth of cultural sites to visit and it is renowned for its many creative fiestas in both cities and villages, with processions and marching bands.
Spanish cuisine varies from differences in geography, culture and climate. The cultural differences inherited from Spain´s extensive history has led to an array of unique cuisines. Being an agricultural country, fresh fruit and vegetables abound, reasonably price and delicious. Seafood is also readily available from the waters that surround the country. It is also renowned for its health benefits and fresh ingredients.
Valencia, is a charming old city, the capital of the Old Kingdom of Valencia province of Spain, and is well worth a visit. It is the administrative capital of the autonomous Comunidad de Valencia and the third largest city in Spain, situated on the Mediterranean Costa Azahar, the Orange Blossom Coast. It is of course, the city where “El Cid”, Spain’s national hero, fought against the Moors, and popular festivals in the city and many villages around still depict this era.
Starting in the mid-1990s, Valencia, formerly an industrial centre, saw rapid expanding development. Whole sections of the old city as well as many local landmarks were extensively restored, which together with its cultural and touristic possibilities, transformed it into a vibrant city.
Valencia´s International Airport is on the edge of the City and high-speed trains now leave the centre for other more distant parts of Spain, and the continent.
Valencia is famed for its nightlife, the wild Las Fallas spring festival and the stunning architecture of its Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, City of Arts and Sciences, where interesting museums are housed.
The region of La Safor is encompassed by the foothills and mountains of the Safor range on three sides, and by the Mediterranean Sea on the fourth. It is, basically, a hugely agricultural region with typical Spanish villages and small towns populating the area, surrounded by orange groves: and to cap it all, some of the most beautiful beaches along the Spanish coast. Due to the protection of the mountains, it almost has its own micro-climate.
It is an area of outstanding beauty with tourist trails across the mountains, with castles and monasteries to visit en route. The perfume of the orange blossom when in bloom pervades the air and, with a superb climate, it is indeed a beautiful area.
The largest city of the area is Gandia, a fascinating city and very popular city with tourists, both from home and abroad. The City and its beaches offer much to keep the tourists occupied both during the day and night.
The typical Spanish villages of the area also have much to offer. They are picturesque, and some very old, and try faithfully to maintain their ancient architecture.
Fiestas and processions abound in the area, in the cities, towns and villages – and everybody joins in! Anyone with musical talent, of any age, is encouraged to join the bands. In the evenings, it is not unusual to be in the city or town and hear the bands rehearsing!! The Fallas costumes are absolutely stunning.
All-in-all the Safor area is a delightful region to visit, live and work in and to retire to.
Situated at the northern end of the Costa Blanca on the Mediterranean coast, the city of Gandia is located some 65 kms. south of Valencia. Gandia City and its Beach – The Grau- are actually some 2km apart!
During the 15th and 16th centuries Gandia was an important cultural and commercial centre perhaps best known for the Borja family one of whom became Duke of Gandia, where he built his castle. Remains of the Castle have been restored and refurbished and is now a major tourist attraction. Today, Gandia is one of the largest coastal Cities and a thriving centre of commerce, with excellent shopping, tourism and historical monuments. There are Art Exhibitions, an International Festival of Classical Musical, literary contests as well as many sports such as golf, tennis, hiking and all manner of water sports and many local Fiestas.
The Grau has long, wide, 3kms. of golden sandy beaches, where tranquil waters ensure you´ll enjoy a dip in the waters of Mediterraneaan. It is one of the major tourist destinations in Spain Mediterranean Sea. Bars and nightclubs are concentrated in the beach area – as is normal in Spain, nightlife does not begin until well after midnight.