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Activities

We have a great number of activities that we tailor to the visitors age.
 
Each week we visit the Gandia Saturday Market, allowing guests to shop, as well as experience the small town atmosphere.
 
We have two walking tours of Gandia, that we alternate each Tuesday. These tours visit the Tuesday Market on Passeig de les Germanies, parks, historical plaques and sites, museums, nature reserves, castle ruins, a fabulous palace, and ancient cathedral, before winding our way through the alleys and laneways to find numerous small shops and hidden treasures.
 
Each Wednesday we visit one major attraction such as Oceanografic Valencia, BioParc Valencia, Algar Waterfalls, Terra Natura, Santa Barbara Castle, and the Volvo Ocean Race Mueseum.
 
Every second week we head for a tour of the delicious Chocolates Valor museum and manufacturing facility where we learn the history of the company, how chocolate has been made over the decades, and how it is made today. The tour includes two free chocolate bars, and there is an opportunity to purchase more.

We do lots of other things as well. Just look over the weekly schedules below for a description of some of the places we visit and what you can see and learn.
 
Note: While we try very hard to stick to our schedule, we occasionally must modify our schedule due to factors beyod our control such as holidays, weather, facilities closing for maintenance, etc. But don't worry, if we can't get to one thing, we will replace it with something equally as fascinating.

Week One

Oceanografic

Week One activities include:

Oceanografic Valencia

Oceanogràfic of Valencia is the biggest aquarium in Europe. It is located in the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències. This place faithfully reproduces the most important marine ecosystems.
The Oceanographic is the largest complex of its type in Europe, with a surface of 110,000 square metres and a water capacity of 42 million litres. This includes a 26 million litre dolphinarium and a 7 million litre ocean tank with sharks, rays and other fish. There are 45,000 animals of 500 different species including fish, mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates — amongst these are sharks, penguins, dolphins, sea lions, walruses, beluga whales, and more — all inhabiting nine underwater towers. Each tower is structured in two levels and represent the major ecosystems of the planet.

Cueva del Parpalló

In the cave of Parpalló was found the largest collection of prehistoric art in Europe. Its chronology spans the Upper Paleolithic Era. There are over 6,000 individual paintings with symbolic representations and animals. It is therefore one of the most important archaeological treasures of the Iberian Peninsula, and becomes one of the most important archaeological sites in the continent.
Read more: Week One

Week Two

Terra Natura

Week Two activities include:

Terra Natura

Terra Natura Animal Parks lets visitors make contact with animals with barriers invisible to the human eye. Many species can be viewed, including elephants, tigers, monkeys, lions, African buffalo, and rhinos.
The 320,000 square metres (79 acres) of Terra Natura Benidorm are divided into four zones or areas: Pangea (the park entrance area), America, Asia and Europe. Between the areas visitors can see about 1500 animals representing 200 species.

Algar Waterfalls

Picturesque nature reserve featuring waterfalls, a walking track, swimming holes & a picnic area.
Read more: Week Two

Week Three

BioParc

Week Three activities include:

Bioparc Valencia

Bioparc Valencia is a 10-hectare zoo park in Valencia. It has a large collection of African fauna. The concept of the zoo, called Zooimersion in Spanish, consists of immersing visitors into the animals' habitat and not vice versa. This is achieved by not using the traditional railings and cages that are common in many zoos, using instead rivers, ponds, streams and rocks to separate visitors from the animals. Also, great care has been taking in reproducing the eco-systems, including an important collection of African flora.

Monasterio de Sant Jeroni de Cotalba

The monastery of Sant Jeroni de Cotalba is one of the most historic monastic constructions in Valencia and located near Alfauir, a village about eight kilometres outside Gandia.
It has its origin in Xàbia. In 1374 Pope Gregory XI authorized the foundation of a monastery to the hermit of Xàbia, who belonged to the Hiernymite order. The duke Alfonso of Aragon granted the grounds to the building. The monastery was attacked by pirates in 1387. Therefore, the monks feared to return there. For that reason in 1388 Alfonso of Aragon bought the territories of Cotalba from the Muslims, which were more protected and he donated them to the Hieronmyte monks of Xàbia. They moved to Cotalba and Alfonso of Aragon founded the monastery in 1388. In 1388 Alfonso of Aragon and Foix, Royal Duke of Gandia, constructed a fortress to protect the monastics from attacks by Berber pirates. Tradition claims Saint Vincent Ferrer preached publicly from the monastery. The father, Pere March, and the two wives of the well-known Valencian medieval poet Ausiàs March are buried in this monastery.
Read more: Week Three

Week Four

Santa Barbara Castle

Week Four activities include:

Santa Barbara Castle

Bronze Age, Iberian, and Roman artifacts have been found on the slopes of the mountain, but the origins of the castle date to the 9th century at the time of Muslim control of the Iberian Peninsula, from 711 till 1296. The Arab medieval geographer Al-Idrisi calls this mountain Banu-lQatil, and the toponym may derive from the words pinna (Arabic for "peak") and laqanti, adjectival form of Laqant, the Arabic name for Alicante.
On 4 December 1248, the castle was captured by Castilian forces led by Alfonso of Castile. It was named after Saint Barbara, on whose feast day the castle was recaptured from the Arabs. It was conquered by the Aragonese in 1296 during the reign of James II of Aragon, who ordered its reconstruction. Peter IV of Aragon, Charles I of Spain and Philip II of Spain would oversee further reconstructions.
The castle was bombarded in 1691 by a French squadron. During the War of the Spanish Succession, it was held by the English for three years. In 1873, it was bombarded, along with the city, by the cantonalistas from the frigate Numancia.
From the 18th century the military role of the castle has declined and it was used sometimes as a prison. The castle remained abandoned until 1963, when it was opened to the public.

Volvo Ocean Race Museum

The Volvo Ocean Race Museum is a modern installation where visitors can enjoy a close-up view of the world's longest and toughest professional sporting event and learn about the heroes who battle the oceans in this race around the world. Take a trip through the history of the regatta and the marine world in this state-of-the-art interactive space - the only museum in the world dedicated to a race considered the Everest of Sailing.
Read more: Week Four
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