How to arrive:
The village can be reached from Valencia via the Ademuz (CV-35) motorway, taking the “Marines-Olocau” exit and then following the CV-25 road for some 20 Km, reaching Gátova after passing through Marines, Olocau and Marines Viejo. It can also be reached from Bétera, following the Náquera (CV-310) road, immediately taking a left turn (CV-333) towards Olocau and joining the CV-25, at Km 12.8., shortly before Olocau. From Segorbe, take the Altura road, or from the A-23, take the exit indicated “Segorbe-Altura”, direction Altura. Once having passed through Altura, take the CV-25 at the only roundabout, direction Gátova, which lies at a distance of 15km. Public transport: Autocares Yuste, between Gátova and Llíria.
Notable dishes include paella, cabbage stew, and traditional dishes made with extra virgin olive oil produced locally from “serrana” olives. Cured sausages, sweets and pastries, honey, etc., are also produced. In addition to the typical dishes, other dishes include “tortas a la “calda” de sardina” and, above all “olla de col” (cabbage stew). Typical sweets include “mona de pascua”, which is prepared at Easter, sweet potato cakes and pumpkin shred.
Places of interest:
Gátova is located in the heart of the newly-declared Sierra Calderona Natural Park, and as such its natural resources are the most important heritage it possesses. Excursions through landscapes full of charm and beauty, a large number of natural springs (“Alameda”, “Rebollo”, “El Tormo”, “Vallejo”, “Iranzo”, etc.), with mineral-medicinal properties, peaks and viewpoints (“Gorgo”, “Águila”, “Piezarroya”, etc.), combined with visits to historic sites such as mills (“Ceja” and “Cachumbito”) and the Piñel aqueduct. The 18th-century parish church consists of two buildings made with masonry work and lime mortar, with lateral chapels between each buttress. The central nave has a barrel vault, whilst the side chapels have vaulted ceilings. The sacristy is notable for its flat structure.
Of the scant traditional craftwork still carried out in the municipality, mention may be made of chairs made from esparto. Local traditions are perhaps best represented in the local cuisine.
The festival of Saint Anthony is held on the weekend closest to the 17th January. Events include a dance in the square, the blessing of animals and distribution of snacks, wine and “rolls”. There are bull-running festivities during the third and fourth weeks of July. The first weekend of August sees the celebration of the Immaculate Conception, with festivities in honour of unmarried women, whilst during the third weekend of the month celebrations are held for Saint Raphael, in honour of unmarried men. Both festivities include processions, fireworks and dances. The festivities in honour of Benisanò’s patron saint, Our Lady of Mercy, are held on 23rd, 24th and 25th September.