Bungalow | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Casa Blanca is a new detached 3 bedroom self-catering villa with a private pool, perfect for BBQs & sun worshipping ! With panoramic views & a back drop of Xativa Castle crowning the nearby mountain, the location is simply stunning. Casa Blanca is perfectly suited for family breaks or romantic getaways.
This secluded Spanish bungalow is tucked away in a peaceful & fertile valley of orange & lemon groves. Within a stone's throw lies the historic and beautiful medieval town of Xativa. Those of you who like to experience the culture & history of other nations will love this place This enchanting town with its beech tree lined high streets & outdoor cafes is a wonderful setting to sit back & relax sampling the 'tapas' and sipping a glass of Sangria whilst people watching. With its castle, cobbled streets and colourful local markets & restaurants, Xativa offers all visitors a taste of Spanish Spain
For days out an approx 30 min drive will take you to the lovely beaches of Gandia, Cullera, Oliva or Tavernes with their beautiful promenades and white sandy beaches they are reputedly some of Europe's finest beaches. 30 mins drive in another direction you can swim in the natural spring lakes of Anna Chella and Navarres. You can horse ride or hire quad bikes in Enquera.
From Xativa it is only a short train journey to Spain's third city, the beautiful and historic city of Valencia with its sophisticated shops and cafes, museum of Arts and Sciences and oceanographic aquarium this place is well worth a visit. Valencia also hosts Moto GP & now Formula 1!
Golf can be found at Oliva Nova a Seve Ballesteros designed course (http://golf.olivanova.com/uk/)
The fabulous water park Aqualandia and the famous theme park Terra Mitica can be found in bustling Benidorm which is only one and a bit hour's drive away. You can also go back in time and experience the incredible Troglodyte cave dwellings found in Bocairent. Viva Espania !
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gandia / Cullera 45 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Valencia 60 km, Nearest railway: Xativa 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
W i Fi is available but limited to 2 hours per day at a fast speed.
The Costa Blanca/Valencia region
The climate is relatively good all year round. The hottest months are July and August with temperatures of 30 degrees or more. The coldest months are January February and March, however the sun is often still shining. During off peak season I would recommend staying for a minimum of two weeks to ensure you can catch plenty of sun. Please use the link below to get further details on the weather in the region.
I have listed below some suggestions of things to do should you feel the need to get out and about.
- Stroll through the old city centre of Valencia, visiting the Lonja, now listed as World Heritage, the Central Market, the Cathedral, the Palau de la Generalitat, the Palace of the Marquis of Dos Aguas, the Serranos and the Quart towers. Visit the IVAM, the La Beneficencia Cultural Centre and the Museum of Fine Arts to admire their outstanding art collections and exhibitions.
- Visit the City of the Arts and Sciencies, designed by Santiago Calatrava, and now considered as one of the major leisure complexes in Europe.
- In the evening, go for a boat ride on the Albufera in Valencia and see all the beauty of a sunset over the lake.
- Order a genuine Valencian paella, a dish of all i pebre (eels in garlic and pepper sauce) in El Palmar, or a freshly made horchata (tiger nut milk) in Alboraya.
- Travel up to the hinterlands of Valencia and visit the Rincón de Ademuz, the Valley of Ayora and the Requena-Utiel district. The cuisine, landscape, fiestas, popular architecture and historical sites will surprise you.
- Enjoy nature at its best in the Alto Turia district. You can visit the animal reserve of La Serratilla in the mountains near Benagéber, climb the Remedio peak in Chelva, or hike through the ravines formed by the river Turia.
- Spend some time at the Estany lake in Cullera and try an arròs negre (rice in squid ink) at midday.
- Play a game of golf in any of the five courses located in the province of Valencia. Enjoy your favourite sport in an exceptional climate.
- Sunbathe on the beaches of Gandia, Oliva, Sueca, Tavernes de la Valldigna, Miramar, Piles and Xeraco. Further inland in the La Safor district, there is a spectacular mountainous landscape just a few kilometres from the sea.
- Visit La Canal de Navarrés and La Safor and see the cave paintings, now World Heritage sites.
- Go to a magnificent concert in Llíria, a town which is famous for its music activities. It has two orchestras and hosts many international symphony orchestras throughout the year.
- Rest and relax by ‘taking the medicinal waters’ and bathing at the Cofrentes, Chulilla, Calles or Requena health spas.
- Make sure you make time to take in a classical play at the Roman Theatre of Sagunto.
- Climb up to the castle of Xàtiva, commanding a kingly view of this historic city, and discover the manorial homes and palaces in the city centre.
- Comb the narrow streets of Bocairent, then visit the ancient Moorish caves cut into a nearby cliff
This extraordinary Valencian town and its beautiful surroundings must rate as one of Spains nicest areas. Xàtiva is such a clean and welcoming town that visitors feel at home there immediately.It is the town of a thousand springs. A jewel of the Costa Blanca, a place where the Iberians minted their first coins and from where the Moors introduced paper to the rest of Europe.This sophisticated town is the perfect haunt for youth in search of designer shops or those wanting to delve deep into the history of the Romans, the Carthaginians, the infamous Hannibal and the Christians during the time of Jaume I.This area is just soaked in history.
Xatavia castle with its 30 towers and four fortified gateways, must rate as one of the loveliest in the Valencian Community, not only because of its historic value but also because of a lot of thought and work has gone into its surroundings. Tinkling fountains, small orange groves, herb gardens that perfume the air, give you a sense of what life must have been like in an important garrison town. On the way up to the castle look out for the wonderful hotel/restaurant called Mont Sant which offers excellent cusine in a wonderful setting (please note reservations should be made to guarantee a table). Below are listed some of annual events held in Xativa
* March - Fallas: marvel at the 30m tall sculptures at most road intersections - all of which are spectacularly burned on the final night of the festival.
* August - Xativa festival with bullfights, concerts, carnival attractions, street markets, fireworks daily and plenty more besides.
* December - more on street carnivals with the traditional nativity scene recreating the town of bethlehem - complete with real camels, lambs, ducks, turkeys and cattle.
* January - Reyes parade depicting the arrival of the 3 wise kings on the night of January 5th.
Valencia is a 45 min train ride from Xativa. The ancient city of Valencia was founded by the Romans in 138 BC, naming it Valentia Edetanorum, although Iberian peoples had inhabited the area for centuries before. The area was thoroughly romanised in subsequent centuries, until the 6th century AD when the city was taken over by the Visigoth monarchy. The Arab invasion in 714 left the most noticeable mark on the city though, until 1238 when King James I conquered the city and turned it into an autonomous kingdom with its own legislative parliament.
During the Middle Ages the city grew into an important economic force, with a strong silk producing industry, and a significant agricultural production. The 15th century was Valencia’s golden century, but this position was weakened by the War of the Germanians, which ended in 1522. In 1609 the Moorish were expelled form the city, bringing an end to the prosperity and economic strength. During the War of Succession, the people of Valencia sided with the Archduke of Austria, instead of Philip V, causing him to take away the city’s autonomy after his victory. It was not until the 18th century that the city’s economic and cultural situation was revived.
Valencia was made the capital of the Republican government during the Civil War (1936-1939), but received the status of Autonomous State with the re-establishment of the monarchy.
The city itself has a wealth of beautiful historic buildings, the Miguelete being a notable example. This tower, which was built separately from the Holy Cathedral Church, houses an enormous staircase of 207 steps leading to the top, giving magnificent views over the city. Linked to the cathedral is the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados, dedicated to the patron saint of the city. This building was built on the ruins of the old Roman forum, and houses a revolving statue of the Virgin. The cathedral itself was originally built as a Mosque, but was converted to a Roman Catholic Cathedral when El Cid conquered the city. Later it reverted back to being a Mosque, only to be turned back into a Christian cathedral when James I re-conquered the city.
The old city, contained within the Moorish walls, and the ancient outer ring of the city, contain many historical remains, archaeological sites, religious buildings, and palaces that were built over many centuries..
Valencia also has two magnificent beaches, Arenas and Malvarossa, which are both just a few minutes away from the city centre. Both beaches can be easily reached via public transport, by car, or by bicycle along special cycle lanes. Facing onto Malvarossa beach is the house of the famous Valencian writer, Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, which has been recently refurbished. Along these two beaches runs the beautiful Paseo Marítimo, where people roller skate, jog, walk, or sunbathe. Many bars and restaurants serve paella, fish stew, and fresh fish.