Benicolet is situated on the CV 610 road leading from Gandia to Xativa in the La Safor region of the Costa del Azahar, in the province of Valencia. With it’s wild, unspoilt mountain scenery it is a place of incredible natural beauty. A short drive up some of the mountain tracks will lead you to breathtaking views. Head inland to Xativa with its magnificent castle perched on a razor back mountain dating back to 219 B.C. where Hannibal was born (of elephant crossing mountains fame), or go to Gandia and take in Borgia Palace and many other historical areas and, of course, the coastline of over 100 kms of sandy beaches, only 16 kms away.
The average yearly temperatures are idyllic, 32°C in summer, 18°C in spring, 19°C in autumn and 12°C in winter. The surrounding farmlands are mainly orange groves (hence the name Costa del Azahar – meaning Orange Blossom coast). The orange groves, being evergreen give an all year round lush feeling to the place and in the spring the air is filled with the scent of orange blossom.
Things to do…
The outdoor enthusiast is well catered for in the region.
On the coast it is possible to water-ski, jet-ski, fish, sail, windsurf, kite-surf, swim, scuba dive, or just lay on the beach, relax and sunbathe. There are marinas in Gandia, Oliva, Denia and Javea. The beaches are, in a word, magnificent.
There is also an international golf course, designed by Severiano Ballesteros himself, The Club de Golf Oliva Nova, Oliva, only 20 minutes away.
The mountains offer a whole host of activities as well as breathtaking scenery, including climbing, rambling, riding, cycling, or just wandering to your hearts content.
There are a large selection of restaurants and bars to choose from, ranging from typical Spanish cuisine to a few Chinese and Indian restaurants. For the kiddies among us there is even a McDonalds, Burger King and Pizza Hut in Gandia.
Or just relax with your feet up and a glass of Sangria! (alcohol free if you wanna fly!!!)