Xàtiva

 

In the central part of the land of Valencia, in the heart of the La Costera district, nestling against the foothills is the ancient town of Xàtiva. The backdrop to the town is a mountain massif dominated by the Serra Vernissa and extending northwards to the vega, the rich fertile plain of the Jucar river valley with its patchwork of crops.

An interesting stroll along the mountainside shows a contrast between the dry rocky mountain terrain with the traditional Mediterranean crops such as olive and carob and the greener more lush areas of the northern slopes.

This is a land which has been inhabited for millennia. The Cova Negra (black cave) near the town is perhaps one of the most important settlements from the Mousterian period, along Spain's Mediterranean coast. A Neanderthal skull found here dates from 30,000 years BC.

Places of Interest

Historical Xàtiva is really impressive with the beauty of its churches, temples and palaces, as well as certain streets, such as the Moncada and Corretgeria, the Market Square and the area between the collegiate and the former Royal Hospital. The wealth of culture can be felt in every corner of Xàtiva - it is the one town on the Costa Blanca from which you only need turn a street corner to come across yet another work of art, a historical monument or a cascading fountain.

The Cathedral (Collegiate or Seu) is a magnificent building commenced in 1596 and houses a variety of valuable treasures as do the Gothic churches of Sant Francesc, Sant Pere and Sant Domènech. The church of Sant Feliu is the oldest house of worship dating from 1269. It is located on the north side of the castle, next to the ruins of an Arab palace and the archaeological site of the Roman city of Saetabis. There are several palaces in Xàtiva including the 15th Century Sant Ramon Bonhiverns Palace, the 15th Century Marquis of Montortals Palace and the 13th Century Archdeacon's Palace.

Xàtiva has a wealth of monuments and historical buildings within short walking distance and it is well worth picking up a guide book from the tourist information office. The booklet is available in English and has a good map showing the various places to visit and the opening times.

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