Oliva is a small municipality of 26,000 inhabitants in the south of the province of Alicante on the Costa de Valencia. It is located at 75 km from Valencia and its international airport. This municipality has 11 km of coastline, featuring fine sand beaches and long dune systems, some of them awarded the Blue Flag for the excellent quality of its beaches and facilities.
The municipality has a nice old town featuring neighborhoods full of humble houses where you can stroll around discovering magical corners.
Oliva holds some interesting monuments, such as Iglesia de Santa Ana, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Portal de la Virgen María, Murallas and Palacio de los Centelles. In addition, the population has 3 museums, the Archaeological Museum that displays different collections and archaeological remains of the history of the population, Museo de la Ilustración and Museo Etnológico.
Lovers of nature and hiking will undoubtedly enjoy Parque Natural el Marjal de Pego-Oliva and Sierra del Safor, which are beautiful natural parks that lie on the border between the Costa de Valencia and the Costa Blanca, with landscapes of great beauty, suitable for hiking trails or mountain biking. Pico del Safor is 1,000m high, from where you can spot Ibiza on clear days.
One of his treasures is Terranova is a 1,700m long beach that has a great ecological wealth thanks to its important dune system. It is a quiet beach of low occupation and one of the few unspoiled beaches that remains in the Levantino Coast.
The gastronomy in Oliva is rich and varied, a healthy Mediterranean diet that combines tradition with modernity, so we can find restaurants of all kinds, from signature cuisine to fast food or beach bars restaurants to places where you can taste delicious dishes or simply have some traditional Spanish tapas and a good wine. Some of the main dishes of the Oliva's recipe book are its rice dishes, which are cooked in different ways, such as arroz a banda, arroz caldoso, arroz con verduras and, how not, the famous Valencian paella.
Leaving rice dishes aside, there are many more to try. Stews of fresh fish, salt or grilled fish, seafood, coques de falcó, a fine pasta made of wheat that is accompanied with different products, Figatells, a delicious mixture of meat and spices that is accompanied with mustard, or pebreres farcides, which are red stuffed peppers, are some of the typical dishes that the Oliva locals simply love.
Oliva still maintains a calm and traditional atmosphere, because its kilometric beaches have not yet been completely invaded by big constructions, as in other places of the Costa Levantina. Oliva has an enviable climate with temperatures above 21º. Winters are mild and summers are hot. Statistics say that Oliva has more than 290 clear days a year.
Playa Oliva is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches of the Valencian Community: 10 km of fine sand in an exceptional natural environment, where there are practically no buildings; in fact, we can only see isolated and small houses that differ from the large skyscrapers of the Valencian coast. It is a quiet beach with 7 or 8 beach bars and good facilities.
Aigua Blanca is a beautiful white sand beach of about 1,000m in length bordered by natural dunes. It was awarded the Blue Flag for its beauty, good services and facilities. An ideal beach for surfing and windsurfing.
Playa Pau Pi is a 1.100m long beach with fine sand and calm waters situated in an urban setting. It is located south of the yacht club, it features quality services and facilities, as well as a wide restoration offer.
Deveses is an 840m long beach of fine sand located in a protected area, next to the mouth of the Racons-Molinell river. In this area, they still practice the traditional pesca de la angula. The beach maintains a semi-natural atmosphere with large dune systems and in a very sparsely populated area. It is a really windy area.
You can get to Oliva by taking a plane in the Valencia airports, 88 km, or from Alicante to Elche, 118 km, from where several bus companies travel to Oliva. Another option is by train, although Oliva has no station, the nearest train station would be Gandía, to the north, and Denia, to the south.
There are several city buses to move around, although it is easy to walk on foot. There are also taxi and car rental services, which will allow you to tour this beautiful area.
Finding a perfect accommodation in this town is very simple: thanks to our search engine, you can choose the accommodation that best suits you, an apartment with sea views, a house with pool or a cottage in Oliva. If you travel with family or friends, renting a house or apartment in Oliva will be your best option, as you will have more space, you will be free of schedules and, best of all, it will be much affordable than a hotel. Come and choose a rental apartment in Oliva, you will not regret it.
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