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Gandía, a city in the valencia province

In 2014, when we first visited Gandía, the place was still a white spot on the map for us. Our first and lasting feeling of the visit was that we had found a hidden treasure, a real gem on the east coast of Spain. Now, several years later, the feeling is the same, but now Sunsation Beach has become a natural part of the city's beach life in the early and late summer. Come and discover Gandía with us!
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Gandía Playa & Ciudad

Measuring in at 120 meters wide and 7 km long, Playa Gandía is larger than the eye can perceive. The nearly flat, silky smooth and bright sandy beach resembles Santa Monica Beach with its palm-lined promenade. During the summer, the beach is packed with Spanish tourists, who seek out the sea for both relaxation and partying.

Gandía town sits along the river, Rio Serpis, about 7 km from the beach. Here you'll find a very lively and in many cases cozy city center. Go here for a stroll and perhaps experience the local culture at one of the many bars and cafés. The best time to visit is in the evening, just before the shops close and then enjoy dinner on a cozy outdoor terrace in our slice of "real" Spain.

Bars & Nightclubs

During the summer months (June to August), the relatively quiet beach town is transformed into a real party place with nightclubs and bars filled with thousands of party-hungry Spaniards. During our season, when we fill the nearly empty beach with beach volleyball, there are still several bars and nightclubs to choose from, but most of the nightclubs are only open on weekends. So if you are eager to party all night long, Fridays and Saturdays are the safest bet, it's just like at home.
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The Food

On the east coast of Spain it feels a bit like air-dried ham (Jamon Serrano and Iberico), white bread with tomato sauce (Pan con tomate) and rice dishes (arroz) are considered a human right.

If you ask our Spanish friends Paella is a lunch activity, which preferably should be shared with many in someone's garden or terrace. Instead of the classic BBQ charcoal or gas grill, the host sets up the large paella pan on a gas burner (or even open fire if you're lucky). Of course it's OK to eat paella at a restaurant even for dinner.

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Of course it's OK to eat paella at a restaurant even for dinner. You could even bring it back to the apartment, as it's usually available for takeout (in the pan) both at lunch and dinner. Paella Valenciana is a regional classic, with rabbit and chicken as the protein, but Fideua is the real Gandines specialty where the rice is replaced by pasta and the protein usually comes from the sea.

Another type of breakfast with hearty baguettes, olives, roasted peanuts accompanied by beer or wine. An authentic Gandines Almuerzo should be experienced if you don't mind beer or wine before noon. The first time it felt a bit like we were having our night snack after a clubbing, but for breakfast an ordinary morning. However, the atmosphere is always good and you're guaranteed to be one of very few tourists.

We get many questions about where to eat the best Tapas and for that you need to go downtown Gandía. Some of our favorite spots are; Bar Plaza, La Llimera or La Delicà. All of them have their own style and charm.

If you want to get the top gastro experience then a visit to Marina Alta is a must. In just 30 min by car you get to an area that holds an impressive 13 of the 23 Michelin stars in the Valencia Province.

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You could even bring it back to the apartment, as it's usually available for takeout (in the pan) both at lunch and dinner. Paella Valenciana is a regional classic, with rabbit and chicken as the protein, but Fideua is the real Gandines specialty where the rice is replaced by pasta and the protein usually comes from the sea.

Another type of breakfast with hearty baguettes, olives, roasted peanuts accompanied by beer or wine. An authentic Gandines Almuerzo should be experienced if you don't mind beer or wine before noon. The first time it felt a bit like we were having our night snack after a clubbing, but for breakfast an ordinary morning. However, the atmosphere is always good and you're guaranteed to be one of very few tourists.

We get many questions about where to eat the best Tapas and for that you need to go downtown Gandía. Some of our favorite spots are; Bar Plaza, La Llimera or La Delicà. All of them have their own style and charm.

If you want to get the top gastro experience then a visit to Marina Alta is a must. In just 30 min by car you get to an area that holds an impressive 13 of the 23 Michelin stars in the Valencia Province.

The Shopping

Closest to our beach arena are a number of beach and souvenir shops. You'll find everything from the shoe store to the store with everything for a day at the beach, but also pharmacies and basic grocery stores. If, on the other hand, you are pumped to get lost in a shopping mall or bargain in one of the city's local shops, you can leave the beach for the city center by bike, bus or car. Here you'll find everything from local specialist shops to the more well-known international brands. The La Vital shopping mall doesn't close until 22:00, so you can even go shopping after a long day at the beach.
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Spending Money

The Valencia region, which Gandía is a part of, is very affordable in comparison with, for example, Madrid, Barcelona or Mallorca. Much thanks to the fact that Spanish tourists make up the majority of visitors, prices haven't skyrocketed. Of course, there is a wide range of both prices and quality in Gandía as well, but what is certain is that you get more for your money.

Basic Restaurant

Water, 50cl €1-2
Beer, 33cl €1-2
Wine, 25cl €2-3
Today’s lunch €9

Better Restaurant

A beer, 33cl €3
A glass of wine €4
Gin & Tonic €7-12
Today’s lunch €15

Transportation

Train to/from Valencia €10.50
Taxi, 8 km €10-15
Valencia airport (~ 80 km)
€90-120
Alicante airport (~ 140 km) €180-200

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