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Orxeta is a small farming village located on the slopes of the Sierra Orxeta, close to the Sella River which flows into the nearby Amadorio reservoir. Agriculture is the traditional economic activity of the village, and dry-crops such as almonds and olives are cultivated, though the economic pressure exerted by the nearby coastal area has meant that many of its inhabitants have moved to Benidorm and Vila Joiosa to work in service industries. Today, as a result of an improvement in the transport network and the proximity of the coast, this demographic trend has been reversed and the natives of Orxeta now prefer merely to work on the coast whilst sleeping in a small peaceful village.  


    In mid September, fiestas are held in honour of St Nazario and St Thomas of Villanueba.  

Oliva and its territory constitute, since old times, a place of setting for the different people that have settled in the Mediterranean through the years. Iberians, Romans, Muslims and Christians have lived here and have left their mark everywhere: very important archaeological ruins, the famous irrigation channel network, the the ruins of the castle, the urban typology...

There are good connections from Alicante airport, approximately 100km away up the Costa del Azahar or Valencia airport approximately 75km away via the A7 motorway. Car hire is readily available at both airports alternatively for a reasonable fee a pickup can be arranged and a car can be hired in Oliva if required. Buses run from the town centre to near-by Gandia, where you can catch a train to Valencia, all areas of the Costa del Azahar and beyond - trains are regular, cheap, clean and above all reliable!

Oliva is surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery and aromatic orange and lemon groves. The region lies on one of Europe's largest subterranean lakes, making it very green and fertile. Just outside Oliva is the Oliva Nova 18 hole golf course offering excellent facilities. A further 3 golf courses can be found within a short drive of Oliva.

Drive up the Costa del Azahar towards Valencia and you will reach Gandia, again traditionally Spanish with a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Here you can catch a train to Valencia passing through rice paddy fields on the way.

The drive south takes you past Oliva Nova Golf to the more traditional, but still refined seaside resorts of Denia, Javea, Calpe and Altea, each with it's own unique charm. If you wish to travel a little further you will leave the Costa del Azahar and reach Benidorm, in Costa Blanca, providing you with all the tourist attractions of a modern holiday resort. For the young and the young at heart Terra Mitica Theme Park on the outskirts of Benidorm is a must. With lots of rides and attractions to suite all the family it makes a great day out.

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