Alcoi & Xativa
Alcoi is situated in the Comunidad Autónoma (autonomous community) of Valencia in southeastern Spain. This historic town is well-known for its fantastic Moors and Christians fiesta, cuisine, and areas of natural beauty.
It is known also as ‘the city of bridges’. From its many bridges, you can see the magnificent mountains and natural landscape surrounding Alcoi, including the Carrascal de la Font Roja natural park and the Sierra de Mariola mountain, known for its variety of aromatic plants.
The square of Plaza de España is the center of the city. In the medieval quarter, you can visit the old City Hall, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of the Festivities of Moors and Christians. If you go in the opposite direction, up to San Nicolás street, you will discover the Modernist part of town.
Fun fact: Alcoi is also the hometown of the Serpis olives, which has to be the most famous tapas in the world.
HISTORY OF XÀTIVA
Xàtiva is a town in eastern Spain, in the province of Valencia. It is located 25 km west of the Mediterranean Sea. In the 12th century, Arabs brought the technology to manufacture paper to Xàtiva, which made the city known as an early European center of paper manufacture and education.
After the Christian repopulation, the city became the cradle of one of the most powerful families of the Renaissance – the House of Borgia, which produced Popes like Callixtus III (Alfonso de Borgia) and Alexander VI (Rodrigo de Borgia).
CASTLE OF XÀTIVA
The city is best known for its unique castle which is located between two peaks. Thanks to its strategic location on the Sierra del Castell hill, this fortress has been the scene and spectator of a lot of battles. The castle forms the highest point of the defensive walls that once encircled early medieval Xàtiva. Despite its Iberian and Roman roots, most of the castle walls and towers preserved today are of Islamic or Gothic origin. More information: https://xativaturismo.com/en/xativa-castle/
In 2008 it was elected as one of the seven wonders of Valencia.
It is one of the best experiences to immerse yourself in if you love sightseeing and rich history!
9:00 Leaving Valencia
We meet at 8:45 in Avenida Aragon 31 (In front of Mestalla) and leave at 9:00.
10:30 Arrival to Alcoi
When we arrive we will have a break to go to the toilet and to drink something quickly.
11:00 Tour in Alcoi
We will have guided tour of Alcoi in English.
12:30 Free time in Alcoi
Free time in the city and lunch.
14:30 Leaving to Xàtiva
We meet at the bus and go to Xàtiva.
15:15 Arrival to Xàtiva
We arrive at Xàtiva and we will have free time to visit this beautiful village, its surroundings, its steep streets and finally arrive to the castle.
18:30 Departure to Valencia
Meeting on the bus at 18:15 and at 18:30 departure to Valencia.
Food and drinks: You can bring from home or eat at a restaurant there.
Clothes: Bring comfortable clothes because we will walk a lot, and don’t forget to bring a jacket because during the evening it can get cold.
Single ticket: 20€
Group of 5 or more: 18 €
The price doesn’t include tickets to Xativa castle.
Special 10% discount with a code “LANGUAGEEXCHANGE” till Tuesday 13/04.
How can you book the trip?
Online: Link below.
Office: Plaza Honduras 26, (09:30 – 14:30)
At language exchange meeting. See the page to see where they are.
MEETING POINT: AVENIDA ARAGON 31 VALENCIA 46010
Important & Cancellation policy Cancellation policy: If you cannot join the trip, the following conditions apply: Until Monday (20:00): 100% devolución. (5 days before) Until Tuesday (20:00): 80% devolución. (4 days before) Until Wednesday (20:00): 70% Devolución (3 days before) Until Thursday (20:00): 50% Devolución. (2 days before) After Thursday, No devolución (1 day before) Special Coronavirus Protocol. If you feel bad: Fever, cough or Respirate problem , Please don't come at the meeting point. If you show us a a valid paper proof and we will return you in form of voucher. Same apply in case of Emergency(illness, injury or force majeure) These devolution doesn’t include the service fee. Important info: We will always stay as a group, but if you want to explore on your own, it is possible. You will need to inform one of the organisers and be on time at the meeting places on the time of departures. The weather is going to be good on the day of the trip. In case of bad weather, the Trip will be postponed/ cancelled or extra precautions will be taken. (In case you cannot join due to cancelation or postponement of the date, your money will be returned to you). For every trip, there is always a minimum and a maximum number of participants.