The attractive town Xativa lies on the banks of the River Albaida, in the province of Valencia, Spain. Not only is Xativa an attractive place to visit and enjoy authentic Spanish culture, but it is also well-positioned for hiking, climbing and exploring the surrounding mountains, making it an ideal destination those who seek a rural break, but like to have the benefits and amenities of a town close at hand.
The most famous landmark in Xativa is the historic Castle of Jativa, which rises high above the town, and can be spotted long before you approach the area. With 30 towers and four fortified gateways, the impressive structure is an excellent place to start your vacation in Xativa.
Sampling the local cuisine is an important part of any trip to this area, and fruits, wine, rice, grains and olive oil are the local specialities that can be picked up at the town’s busy market. If you prefer to have your meals cooked for you, you will find several restaurants to choose from. Quality is high and prices are much lower than you would find in the bigger Spanish cities.
The centre of the town is a pleasant place for a stroll, and consists of spacious avenues lined with fountains and elm trees. Points of interest here include the public gallery, the cobbled square that is Placa de Mercat, and the Collegiate church, which dates back to 1414 and was rebuilt a century later in the Renaissance style.
Xativa lies on the Southern Slopes of Monte Bernisa, and is just minutes from many hiking, biking, walking and canoeing opportunities amongst the mountains and the nearby Enguera lakes.
Valencia (60km) is one of the biggest and most important cities in Spain, and serious consideration should be given to at least one night’s stop-over on the way to or from your self-catering accommodation in Xativa. There are many delights to be discovered in the city, including its fantastic architecture, top quality shopping and entertainment, and historic old town. Many golf courses and beaches can also be enjoyed in the nearby region.
The Mediterranean climate of the Valencia province means long, hot summers, with temperatures well above 25C on the vast majority of days. Winters are mild, with an average temperature of 15C, and rainfall is low throughout the year. This means that any time is a good time for a holiday in Xativa.
Valencia Airport (VLC) lies 70km from Xativa, and thanks to the advent of budget airline travel is relatively cheap to get to. Ryanair and easyJet are two of the market leaders in this field, and fly from UK airports such as London Gatwick (LGW) and Bristol (BRS). Flight time from the UK is around one and a half hours.