Gandía ( Spain ) lies approximately 40 minutes south of Valencia City by car, 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 invading foreign tourists but has kept its essentially Spanish spirit and identity.
2010 will be a particularly important year for the town, as it marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of the town’s spiritual mentor, St Francis Borja. He is now acknowledged as giving Gandia much of its cultural identity and heralding what is known as Gandía’s Golden Age of learning and prosperity. The fact of Francis Borgia’s 500th anniversary will be an extra focus in the already rich calendar of fiestas and events that take place throughout the year in this vibrant Spanish town.
Gandía is a town of contrasts and therefore is able to provide almost everyone with a reason to come to the town and have a thoroughly enjoyable stay in the district. 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. 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.