Spain Guide


Oliva Tourist Attractions Things to Do

Oliva and its surroundings offer a huge variety of things to do and places to visit. The main magnets for foreign visitors are sun and golf but there's much more to this area which is rich in history and culture as well as being right on the doorstep of some of Spain's biggest tourist attractions.

The focal point of international tourism here is the Oliva Nova Golf and Country Club (easily spotted from the A7 motorway and national coastal road due to its giant golf ball which dominates the skyline!)

The four star Oliva Nova hotel is flanked by the beach on one side and the 18 hole Seve Ballesteros designed golf course on the other. The club has an American style 73 par course and its fairways are lined with holiday villas. There are full practice facilities and a pitch and putt training area. Other facilities include a golf school, tennis courts and a football pitch.

About 15 minutes drive south, between Denia and Javea, there's La Sella Club with its mainly flat "use all the clubs in the bag" course. The course is in a beautiful setting with a mountain backdrop, many trees and water obstacles (in the form of the various canals and lakes which irrigate the course).

Other sports available in and around Oliva include horse riding, go karting, cycling (bikes can be hired from shops in the town), mountaineering and of course a huge variety of water sports. The town's municipal sports centre has indoor and outdoor pools and facilities for wall tennis, basketball and petanque.

Explore the town's back streets and learn about its rich Roman and Moorish past through the museums, churches and monuments which proliferate in the old Christian and Arab quarters. In Calle Santisimo in the town centre you can see the remains of a Roman kiln from the first century AD. It was once part of a pottery which produced ceramics and building material.

The archaeological museum, a 16th century former manorial home of historic and architectural interest in itself, houses exhibits from prehistory to the 16th century charting the region's domination by the Iberians, Romans and Moors.

At the junction of Calle La Abadia and Calle Las Torres you'll find the 16th century tower which formed part of the old defence wall which once surrounded the town. And dominating the town from the summit of the Santa Ana mountain is the old castle (an impressive sight when lit up at night).

Within easy reach of Oliva there are some wonderful day trips and excursions to enjoy. Valencia is only an hour's drive north with its excellent shops, restaurants, beautiful palm fringed squares and stylish architecture. The Principe Felipe Arts and Science Centre has become one of Spain's most visited attractions since it opened in December 2001 with its emphasis on inter active exhibits, this makes a great day out for children and adults alike. The complex includes an aquarium, dolphinarium and planetarium.

Just 40 minutes drive south is the lively international resort of Benidorm with the Terra Mitica theme park, Aqualandia waterworld, Mundomar exotic bird and marine life centre and a host of other tourist attractions.

To the north west of Benidorm lies the ancient Moorish fortress of Guadalest, perched impossibly on its mountain pinnacle. The drive alone will take your breath away and the views from the castle are simply staggering. Guadalest is a major tourist attraction so brace yourself for crowds and too many tacky gift shops but it's still worth a visit, as are the nearby Algar waterfalls.

Another fascinating excursion (and one which has not yet been over run by tourists) is to the Cova del Rull in Vall d'Ebo, inland from Pego. The drive over the mountains, via many steep and somewhat hazardous bends, is probably enough to deter many a wary traveller. But at the end of it you'll be treated to a staggeringly beautiful display of stalactites and stalagmites in a cathedral like mountain cavern.