We are located between 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.
La Drova is situated at the base of Mt. Mondúver (841m). If you climb to the top there is a panoramic view of the La Safor region, and on a clear day it is possible to see the island of Ibiza.
The area is mountainous with numerous walks of all degrees of difficulty, but well worth the effort for the views alone. This natural environment is a refuge for a variety of flora and fauna. There are two dozen different herbs to be found growing wild on the slopes, many specialty trees and rare orchids.
The skies are dominated by the stately Royal Eagle - you will find it gliding above the crags seeking prey. Within the forest, woodpeckers and nightingales live together with weasels, badgers and an animal that has returned to the forest after centuries, the boar. The calls most prevalent at night are those of the fox, the little owl, barn owl and common owl.
La Drova and Barx have spring water sites, which make excellent stopping points for replenishing bottles when walking or cycling.
Restaurant Parpallo in La Drova village is famous throughout the area for their paellas. A taste of real Spain for our guests!
The historic village of Barx is located just 1.3 km from La Drova.
The village boasts many shops including, two supermarkets, a chemist, two bakers, three butchers, a bank, and a tobacconist. There are numerous bars and restaurants providing excellent meals at ridiculously low prices. A typical ‘menu del dia’, consisting of a three course meal with wine and coffee, costs around 7 Euros.
A weekly market is held on Tuesdays, where many bargains can be found, as well as fresh fish from Gandia.
There are many fiestas in Barx, the main one celebrated during the third week in August. This fiesta is in honour of St Michael and the Divine Shepherdess, of whom there is a statue overlooking the village. During the fiestas, there are lots of activities including theatre shows, live bands, fantastic pyrotechnic displays, with the celebrations carrying on throughout the night until 6am!
Gandia is unquestionably the capital of the La Safor region and is one of the largest coastal towns and a rather well kept secret.
The Gandia sea front, almost 4 km long and 125 metres wide is characterised by its seemingly endless and well-cared for promenade and features a wide variety of facilities to suit all tastes. Seasonal facilities are installed on the north beach to hire all types of windsurf equipment. Sailing possibilities are complemented by a dinghy sailing school located in the yacht club.
Restaurants, bars and discos are the main meeting points on pleasant summer nights. The beach and the town are actually some 2km apart which succeeds in separating the summer tourism from day to day living. There are numerous designer shops in the tree lined town centre for some serious retail therapy!
The Palau Ducal de Gandia, a well-built construction centred around a large courtyard, is one of the most beautiful architectural monuments in Gandia. The birthplace of Saint Francesco de Borja, it was almost a ruin when it was acquired by the Jesuits in 1890. They started its reconstruction as they considered it a spiritual symbol of the order. It is now beautifully restored and well worth a visit.