NEW! NEW! Land of the Borgias
DURATION3 days Staying in Gandia
DATES12-14 May 2020
22-24 September 2020
PRICINGMay 122€pp sharing a double room, 151€ single. Including train ride and boat ride.
September 123€pp sharing a double room, 156€ single. Including train ride.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENTFor technical reasons, singles bookings must be done by telephone. (+34) 966 785 910.
Land of the Borgias is a unique experience to discover the splendour of the most universal, powerful Valencian family in 15th and 16th-century Europe.
To travel this route is to walk through an exciting spectacle of art, landscape, history and culture.
Xàtiva and Canals are the birthplace of the Borgia family.
In Xàtiva, Rodrigo de Borgia’s birth home is conserved in a beautiful square.
In Gandia, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the Ducal Palace is an admirable architectural complex, the most distinguished Borgia monument. This is where most of the Borgia Dukes and their descendants were born, including St Francis de Borgia in 1510. Worthy of mention are the Crown Hall, the Saint’s Chapel and the Golden Gallery, hypnotising the visitor with their beauty. The mark left by the Borgia family in Gandía is found in the Colegiata, the Santa Clara convent and the University.
Day 1 – Visiting the ancient, historical town of Xativa – Tuesday is market day. The ancient core of this special city was officially declared a site of Historical and Artistic interest in 1982 and you simply cannot visit without taking a leisurely stroll around the streets of the old quarter and pausing to admire it´s spectacular collection of monuments born of a turbulent past and present.
Included in the day is a train ride to the castle. (Castle entry not included as visit is optional)
The castle forms the highest point of the defensive walls that once encircled early mediaeval Xàtiva. Despite its Iberian and Roman roots, most of castle walls and towers preserved today are of Islamic or Gothic origin. Its imposing architecture renders the castle one of the city’s finest gems, and it has been declared a Cultural Heritage Site.
Heading then to check into our hotel in Gandia and with free time to explore
The city of Gandia is the heart of the Valencian administrative region of La Safor. Gandia has a privileged location, between the sea and the mountains. Within the city, one is surrounded by a rich historical heritage that permeates the monuments and the spirit of the people. This is one of the biggest attractions of a city whose tourism sector is capable, through its infrastructure and variety, of satisfying the most demanding visitors.
A visit to Gandia allows you to discover a very special city. Its beach, its historical centre linked to the most universal Valencian family (els Borja – the Borgia) and its natural environment provide the city with a unique quality that combines the warmth of Mediterranean destinations with a powerful tourist appeal.
Day 2 – visit the Albufera national park. The Albufera is a freshwater lagoon. Here you can enjoy a traditional boat ride (optional - not included in the price) – one of the most popular ways to enjoy the scenery. We stop in El Palmar in the heart of the park – a beautiful village with lots of bars and restaurants were you can have lunch. The natural biodiversity of the nature reserve allows a great variety of flora and fauna to thrive and be observed year-round.
After lunch we journey to the coast to enjoy beautiful beaches then back to the hotel for a free evening.
Day 3 – Breakfast then journey to the port city of Denia. Denia is a fantastic place to visit. There is the ruined castle which proudly guards the town and has stunning views out over the marina. The prestigious marina with its wonderful elevated promenade is a sight to see - a 20 kilometre coastline of both rocky and sandy beaches, the fish market, the old town and the impressive tree lined main shopping street as well as the museums make this well worth a visit.
Free time to visit the sights, have lunch and then head back home.