Gandia (Spanish Gandía ) is a city in the Valencian Community in eastern Spain with 78 543 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2013). Gandia is located on the Mediterranean, more specifically on the Costa del Azahar, 65 km south of Valencia and 96 km north of Alicante.
Gandia was an important cultural and commercial center during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. From 1548 to 1772 it had a university, which was closed in connection with the dissolution of the Order of the Jesuits. From Gandia some important poets come ( including Ausiàs March ) and writers (including Joanot Martorell ), but above all, the city is known for the Borgia, Duke of Gandia, the Palace, the birthplace of Francisco de Borja, one of the most important monuments of the represents city.
Gandia was the junction of two railway lines: from Carcaixent to Dénia, and from Alcoy to Gandia harbor. Until now in operation is only part of the former branch after Carcaixent, there continue today S -Bahn -like Cercanías trains to Valencia.
Today, Gandia is one of the larger coastal cities in the region, it is a bustling center of commerce and tourism. The town consists of two parts, Gandia Vila around the old city center with its historical monuments, the railway station and the main shopping streets and Gandia Playa, where you will find especially the apartments and summer houses, which are mostly inhabited only during the summer time. Beach and town center are about 2 km apart, which tourism and everyday life of the inhabitants are separated from each other.
In Gandia Valencian Noodle Paella Fideuà said to have been invented.
- Monastery of Sant Jeronimo de Cotalba
- Route of Borgia
- Route of the Monasteries of Valencia