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Gandia
—  Municipality  —

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Gandia is located in Spain
Gandia
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°58′0″N 0°10′56″W / 38.966667°N 0.18222°W / 38.966667; -0.18222Coordinates: 38°58′0″N 0°10′56″W / 38.966667°N 0.18222°W / 38.966667; -0.18222
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Valencia
Comarca Safor
Judicial district Gandía
Government
 - Alcalde José Manuel Orengo Pastor (2007) (PSPV-PSOE)
Area
 - Total 60.8 km2 (23.5 sq mi)
Elevation 22 m (72 ft)
Population (2008)
 - Total 80,020
 - Density 1,316.1/km2 (3,408.7/sq mi)
 - Demonym Gandiense
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 46700, 46701, 46702, 46730
Official language(s) Valenciano
Website Official website

Gandia (the official name in Valencian), with population over 80,000, is a city and municipality in the Valencian Community, Eastern Spain on the Mediterranean. Gandia is located on the Costa del Azahar, 65 km south of Valencia and 96 km north of Alicante.

It was an important cultural and commercial centre during the 15th and 16th centuries: in the 15th it had a university. It was home to several important poets including Ausiàs March, and produced the novelist Joanot Martorell, but it is perhaps best known for the Borgias, through their family title, Duke of Gandia.

Today, Gandia is one of the largest coastal towns and a thriving centre of commerce and tourism in the region. There are two main zones, Gandia City, which has all the historical monuments, commercial activity, and shopping, and Gandia beach, where apartments and summer residences used during the summer season are to be found. The bars and nightclubs are concentrated in the beach area. As is normal for Spain, nightlife does not begin until well after midnight. The beach and town are actually some 2 km apart which succeeds in separating summer tourism from day-to-day living.

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Tourism

With its long, wide, golden, sandy beaches Gandia is one of the major tourist destinations in Spain. Traditionally Gandia's tourism has a domestic base, with the majority coming from Madrid, although in recent years it has been an increasingly popular destination for international tourists, mainly French, German and British.

For culture, there are literary contests, the Summer University (Universitat d'Estiu), the International Festival of Classical Music and art exhibitions; sports include water, golf, tennis and hiking.

There are some popular Spanish restaurants around the beach.

For more tourist info: "Tourism in Gandia"

Sports

Gandia, and the whole Safor comarca, is said to be the centre of the Raspall variant of the Valencian pilota autochthonous sport. Nonetheless, Gandia held the Trinquet El Zurdo courtfield (it was demolished in 2007 to build an apartment block).

Politics

As of 2009, the mayor of Gandia is José Manuel Orengo (PSPV-PSOE).

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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From Wikitravel

Gandia is a city in Valencia, Spain.

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Gandia is the capital of the county of La Safor, between the mountains and the beaches of The Mediterranean. Like its much larger neighbour Valencia, Gandia greets the arrival of springtime with a spectacular pyrotechnic festival known as Las Fallas. Various events and entertainments take place over the period of a few days, culminating in the Feast of Saint Joseph on 19 March. All the hard work put into the creation of giant figures of wood and paper go up in smoke in the great bonfires that take place in the evening as part of the Gandia Fallas celebrations.

The city of Gandia is situated some 65km south of Valencia and 116km north of Alicante and is one of the largest coastal towns and a rather well kept secret. Traditionally Gandia's tourism is Spanish based with a major part of it coming from Madrid. It seems though that the cat may be out of the bag with more and more foreign tourism coming to the area. With the foreign tourism, we have also seen a rise in the amount of people coming to live. Gandia is a thriving centre of commerce, and as such does not rely solely on tourism. The beach and the town are actually some 2km apart which succeeds in separating the summer tourism from day to day living. Imagine, in the middle of August being able to visit the bank in Gandia without fighting through hoards of people waving travellers checks and smelling of suntan lotion, to then be able to visit the beach and and be right in the thick of it all. The same advantages also exist in the winter time. Unlike many coastal towns which become deserted as the colder months approach, Gandia itself stays populated and open.

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.

Get in

By plane

Two major airports are close enough: Valencia and Alicante, at a distance of 70km (the former) and 110km (the later).

By train

From Valencia, hourly trains can get you there.

By car

Major roads get you to the center of the city. The main A7 Autopista is directly adjacent to gandia.

By bus

Gandia has a large bus terminal with direct links to Madrid and other major city in europe

By boat

The 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.

  • Fideuà, a paella-like with thick, short noodles and seafood, is original from Gandia.
  • Monte Piño Retreat, Marchuquera (Head to the hills), 00 34 96 213 1739, [1]. Just 5 minutes out of Gandia we found this place whilst browsing the internet. It describes itself as Bed and Breakfast, which is the best understatement ever, my only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. They have everything you could wish for to make your stay relaxing, thoroughly recommended.  edit
  • Villa Florencia Casa Rural Guest House, Carreterra de Barx 14 (3.5km CV675) , Gandia , espana, 0034962960400, [2]. Villa Florencia is a beautiful and spacious country home, located in the heart of the Valencia orange growing region of Spain, yet only 45 minutes drive from Valencia airport or 1hr 25 minutes from Alicante. Only 3kms outside the town of Gandia, it is set in a rural location amongst verdant citrus groves and commands stunning views of the surrounding mountains. (38.98220,0.23638) edit
  • Oasis Gandía Palace (Close to Valencia 65km, this hotel is closest to one of the nicest beaches of the region.), Rioja, 41-43, Playa de Gandia, 46730, 962 840 772 (), [3]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. From 25 EUR.  edit
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