simat de la valldigna

Simat de la Valldigna

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photo by josep lluis

Simat de la Valldigna is located in a stunningly beautiful valley nestled between mountains and vast areas of orange groves.

The Monastery of Santa Maria is a striking landmark in the Valldigna valley. It was founded in 1298 by the King Jaume II el Just and was inhabited until 1835. Severely damaged by two earthquakes it was finally acquired by the Valencia Regional Government in 1991 and has since been restored.

The mosque of Xara is one of the most important mosques in the Valencian Community. It was built around the 15th century to provide a place of prayer for Muslims. In 1525 a law was passed which obliged Muslims to convert to Christianity and the Mosque was then converted in to a hermitage dedicated to Santa Ana.

From Simat it is well worth taking the road which climbs up and over the mountain to the village of Pla de Corrals, the road has stunning scenery of the valley and the coast and likewise the road from Simat to Gandia.

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