Villalonga – The Essential Guide from Local Residents…
Enjoy our quick guide to Villalonga – a fine small town located within the La Safor district wherein Gandia is the “capital.”
Where is Villalonga?
Villalonga is situated approximately half way between Valencia and Alicante. The area is Costa del Azahar which is just north of Costa Blanca North. It is a very picturesque location surrounded by orange groves and the Safor Mountains. When I say mountains I do not mean the Pyrenees! These mountains actually protect the area from frosts and the really cold weather. So the climate is around 2 degrees warmer than most other places but not too hot in the summer. Beaches 15 minutes away and a massive choice to select from.
Car: From Valencia follow the E15/ AP7 towards Alicante, take exit 60 sign posted Gandia, follow signs for the N332 signposted to Alicante exit CV686/CV60. Follow this road over several roundabouts cross over CV60 and head to road CV685 signposted Villalonga/Palma de Gandia/Ador/Villalonga.
Bus from Valencia to Gandia and at Gandia station change for the local bus to Villalonga.
Train from Valencia to Gandia and at the station change to bus to Villalonga.
Car: From Alicante Airport follow the A7 and take exit 813 onto the N340/CV615 towards Gandia then get onto the CV60 towards Gandia towards the end of this road you need to head for the CV685 signposted Villalonga/Palma de Gandia/Ador/Villalonga. Time approx. 1hour 10 minutes.
Bus from Alicante to Gandia and change at station to local bus to Villalonga.
Are there many facilities such as doctors and dentists, shops etc?
Villalonga is a self-sufficient town with bars, restaurants, supermarkets, banks, iron mongers, bakers, butchers, community swimming pool and sports centre, doctors, dentists, schools and chemists.
The history of Villalonga dates back to when Jaime I conquered the Valencian lands during his long reign (1213-1276).
What places of interest can we find in Villalonga?
Parish Church. Built in 1719 opened on November 6, 1757.
Ermita de San Antonio Abad and SantaBarbara
Chapel of the Virgen de la Fuente (Capella de la Verge de la Font, Patrona de Villalonga)
Villalonga Castle, also known as “the castell dels Moros” is a Moorish castle located in the mountains of Les Fontanelles 1.5 kilometers from the town, from where it dominates the plain.
What are your favourite things to do in the area?
Walking/Hiking. There are some beautiful walks along the river Serpis which is very popular with fishing too. This river follows from the Safor Mountains to the Sea.
Community Swimming Pool. During the hot summer months the community swimming pool is open to the public, a pass can normally be obtained from the local town hall. This allows you to use the pool all summer. When we talk about community swimming pools we are not talking about the swimming baths you find enclosed in most countries here they are a great place for a family day out with sun shade provided, chairs and plenty of space for a picnic and entertaining.
Beaches. Due to the golden sands that stretch all along this coastline, there are numerous beaches to choose from. Many have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award as a result of both clean water and facilities available. Beaches are approximately 15 minutes’ drive away with a super choice of activities from wind or kite surfing, kayaking, canoeing, snorkelling, sailing or for the more relaxing lifestyle of sunbathing. In the summer months there are sunbeds and shades to hire and pop up bars along the coastline various beaches include, Gandia, Daimus, Miramar, Bellreguard and Piles. Some of these beaches have access for wheelchair users and most are populated by the Spanish. So if you are looking for a Spanish holiday or way of life this is a perfect location.
Golf Course. Oliva Nova Golf Course has 9 or 18 holes and you can choose which you wish to play, designed by world famous Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros. The course is next to the beach situated on a 5 star complex, there is a driving range, professional coaches for lessons for all abilities.
Equestrian Centre. Oliva Nova has the world’s best riders that gather in the Equestrian Centre Oliva Nova. The MET 2014 will count on the representation of riders from Germany, France, Spain, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, USA, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, Malaysia, Chile, South Africa and Switzerland, amongst others. All together about 350 male and female riders from 44 countries and five continents as well as a total of more than 2,000 horses from the world’s best stables will participate in an intense schedule of international competitions in Show Jumping and Young Horses.