As stated, our Guided Bird Watching Trips are available to those staying throughout the Valencia / Costa Blanca region. However, for those who choose to holiday in our specific area, the following information may be of interest.
La Drova is located between Valencia (70km South of Valencia) and Alicante in an area known as La Safor, which is renowned for its temperate climate and is designated as an area of outstanding beauty. Whilst being only 15km from the coast, La Drova is situated in the high lush valley of La Safor, between the mountain ranges of Buixcarro and Monduver, at an altitude of 375 metres above sea level. The valley has beautiful mountain views on both sides, with the peak of Monduver (841m) standing guard at the valley head. This affords a beautiful Mediterranean climate, often with a gentle summer breeze, making the hotter months much more comfortable. Winters are mild with very little rainfall, and Spring is simply delightful.
The species list for the La Drova valley alone currently stands at 76. Breeding birds include Wryneck, Red Rumped Swallow, Nightingale, Melodious Warbler and Chough. Its mountainous yet coastal position often brings in many interesting migrants, including Golden Oriole and Short Toed Eagle.
A 4 minute drive or 20 minute walk from La Drova lies the charming and ancient village of Barx where a traditional and vibrant Spanish life continues, as it has for generations. Here you can find many bars, restaurants, shops, two small supermarkets, butchers, bakers, tobacconist, bank, chemist, hairdresser etc.
La Drova is located fifteen minutes drive from the typically Spanish town of Gandia and its 7 kilometres of award winning Blue Flag beaches. The beaches are rated as amongst the best on the entire Mediterranean coast. The beach slopes very gently into the sea to ensure a beautifully safe environment. They are cleaned daily, and have areas set aside for beach sports including football, beach volley-ball and kite flying. For children there is a great selection of climbing frames and activities. There are plenty of public toilets and showers all the way along the beach, and many cafés and bars right the way along the promenade. The promenade has plenty of shady seating areas, palm trees, drinking fountains and a designated cycle path.
For more information on Gandia, see this article which is provided by a writer who worked with Channel 4´s A Place In The Sun when they visited our area.
The main town of Gandia has a typically vibrant Spanish feel, with a good selection of bars and restaurants, a cosmopolitan shopping area and a historical quarter which includes the famous Palace of the Borjas.
The main “Paseo” is where people can stroll along in safety, or simply sit outside one of the many café bars and simply watch the world go by!
The enchanting and truly traditional old town of Xativa lies only 30 minutes drive from La Drova. The narrow streets of the historical quarter are simply fascinating, whilst a trip to the beautifully preserved castle is a must.
For those interested in culture and history, Xativa has many museums and historically important buildings all of which can be visited by following the various way-marked Historical Walking Routes. The Roman Road “Via Augusta” passed through the town, and evidence of Roman occupation can still be seen today.
Xàtiva is also the birthplace of two Popes of the Borja dynasty, the only Spanish popes the Catholic church ever had. The famous painter José de Ribera, known as “El Españoleto”, is another of Xativas famous sons. In the XI century the first paper mill in Europe was built in Xativa, the paper being made with straw and rice, known today as “Xativí paper”. Xativa also offers a vibrant shopping area, a twice weekly traditional market, and a huge selection of bars and restaurants to suit all budgets.
A 15 minute drive from La Drova lies the historical village of Simat. The short journey itself provides stunning views of the Mediterranean and the dramatic mountains, cliffs and valley of Valldigna. The village of Simat is a must for those interested in local culture and history. It´s main attraction is the Monastery of Santa Maria. This is one of the most important monasteries in the region and was founded by King James II in 1298. It´s open 7 days per week and it´s long and fascinating history can be appreciated much further by making a visit. Another historically important site is the Mosque of La Xara. This was built in the 15th Century as a place of worship for the Muslim community. In 1525 a law was passed forcing all Muslims to convert to Christianity, and the mosque was subsequently converted to a hermitage. This ancient building still contains many interesting features that date back to its Muslim roots. The village of Simat also boasts a packed calendar of local fiestas when the ancient streets are filled with the sights and sounds of processions, fireworks and medieval markets.
Spain´s third city, Valencia is easily accessible for day trips either by car or by the superbly reliable and low-cost rail service from Gandia.
This avant-garde city boasts not only a very historically important centre with beautiful old squares, churches and a huge traditional market, but some superbly modern architecture, a marina, beach, and plenty of green spaces and parks in which to sit and relax.
The international airports of Valencia (50 minutes drive) and Alicante (90 minutes drive) are close by and easily accessible via the excellent arterial AP7 motorway.
We´re always happy to provide clients with additional information on local tourist attractions and places of interest.