Oliva, Spain

The historic town of Oliva lies on the southern tip of Costa del Azahar, close to the border of Costa Blanca, on what is known as the Orange Blossom Coast. Oliva is not a tourist resort but a traditional spanish town and will introduce you to the 'Real Spain' and its many traditions.

Boasting over 300 days of sunshine each year the mild winters, and pleasant summers, more bearable than further south, mean the 10 km of golden clean beaches can be enjoyed for most of the year. The beaches are easily accessible by a 20 minute walk through the vast orange groves, a 5 minute drive, or a bus from the town centre.

Oliva is steeped in history with its Moorish castle remains, a maze of narrow cobbled streets, one street built into the hillside dates back to the 16th century, as well as the two beautiful blue domed churches. The churches and castle are illuminated at night, making the skyline a sight not to be missed. You may also be lucky enough to catch one of the many traditional fiestas as they pass through the streets. For example in July there is the Moors & Christians Festival, depicting the historic past of the area, with fantastic costumes & firework finale.

In the newer part of the town you will find a covered market, selling fresh meat, fruit and veg as well as super-markets, bakers and plenty of shops to meet all your needs. The main pasai is host to a weekly market, here you can buy clothes, household goods and beautiful fresh food. For those little things you miss from the UK and to contact friends and family back home "Internet Cafe - U. K. Foods SL" can be found off the pasai.

An evening stroll along the pasai is a must, you can sit at one of the al-fresco bars and watch the world go by as you enjoy a cooling drink. You will also find many of the restaurants in Oliva here, ranging from traditional Spanish to International cuisine. The Viva Espana restaurant on the outskirts of town is worthy of a visit.

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Oliva Beaches Club Nautico webcam

Terranova Beach

This is perhaps our favourite beach; this beach’s quality has won the blue flag award on many occasions. A beach bar is located close by & there is shop & couple of restaurants just off the beach, Kiko Port restaurant being one of them, this is an excellent restuartant in a beautiful setting.

Pau-Pi Beach

Another excellent beach with a good selection of restaurants located nearby specialising in Paella (usually have to be pre-ordered)

Aigua Blanca

This is an open beach with natural dunes that lies between two rivers, the mouth of the Alfadali & the Bullent. In the summer they set up pictureque beach bars where you can have a cool drink in the shade. There is good selection of restaurants & bars close by – Monte Christo restaurant has a good reputation for Tapas.

Sports & leisure facilities in the area include :-
  • Golf at the Oliva Nova Golf course

  • Sailing, Kite Surfing & wind surfing at the Club Nautica www.olivasurf.com

  • Cycling (bikes can be hired from El Valenciano in the town)

  • Horse riding (riding school & stables located near Oliva Nova)

  • Deep sea diving at the nearby town of Bellereguard

  • Swimming at either the indoor & or outdoor pools at the town's main sports centre or of course the sea

  • Walking in the hills on the many paths & tracks

  • Tennis at the Club de Tennis

  • For more information and pictures see www.tourist-oliva.com

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