The capital of La Costera is the city of Xàtiva, home to many famous people, including the painter José Ribera (El Españoleto) and Pope Alexander VI. Signs of the Borjadynasty are still present throughout the city, as are those of King Phillip V, who razed the town to the ground in 1707 for its resistance to his accession to the throne after his victory in Almansa during the War of the Spanish Succession. In memory of those times, the city art gallery displays an upside-down painting of the Borbon King.
In the old town, the Old Hopital (C. 15th) is worthy of note, as are the ColegiataBasílica de Santa María or La Seu(C. 16th), theRoyal Monastery of Santa Clara, the mansions of Alcorcón, themuseums of l’Almodíand theparish of la Seu, plus many fountains such as the well-known25 Caños, and plenty more interesting attractions.
The first thing you will see on the way into the city is its magnificent castle, merging elements of iberian,roman, Islamic and gothic architecture. Moving into the valley of the river Cányoles you will reach Canals with its beautiful tower, which contains the tomb of Pope Callixtus III. Montesahas a Templar Castle and also the important Parish Museum, while Vallada offers enviable natural attractions such as el Penyó, la Salaella and theTúnel de Sumidors, diverse crafts, and the parish church. A little further you will find Moixent, with amazing natural parks such as El Bosquetand the most important Iberian village in the province, la Bastida de les Alcusses. There you can find the famous Guerrer de Moixent, an Iberian statue of great artistic value.
In La Costera, from north to south, run the stepped valleys of Montesa and Xàtiva, bordered by the Engueramountains and the Grossa mountains to the south. The river Cànyoles runs through the Montesa Valley, passing through the Valencian plains and the highlands of La Mancha. The Grossamountains begin in FontanarsdelsAlforinsandcarry on for 50 kilometers, until they reach Macizo de Buixcarró and Montdúver. The range includes outstanding limestone summits, such as La PenyaRoja de Xàtiva, along with hills and rock formations including Estret de les Aigües, where the Albaidariverdeparts towards the lands of Ribera to meet in Xúquer. We recommend that you should also visit the natural parks of Salaellaand el TuneldelsSumidors en Vallada.
How to arrive:
Three main National roads from Valencia cross this region: the N-430, a highway which passes the villages of Montesa, Vallada, Moixent and Font de la Figuera, heading towards Almansa. From Font de la Figuera, the N-344 connects the region to the province of Albacete, while from this same village the CV-660 heads towards Ontinyent. Another National road, the N-340,connects La Costera with the region of Vall d’ Albaida, whilst yet another connecting road is the CV-41, which links the villages of Canals and becomes a highway as it reaches Ontinyent. There are rail connections to Alcoi and also on the Valencia – Madrid line. A busservice links the main local villages to both Xàtiva and Valencia.
Gastronomy and events:
The imprint of Arab culture and the culinary traditions of this region combine to deliver an exquisite gastronomic experience, with flavors to suit anyone. As you would expect, rice is the leading ingredient in the majority of dishes and is found in many well-known recipes such as cassolad´arrós al forn (oven cooked rice) or arrósambfesolsi naps (rice with pork, black and white sausage and legumes), without forgetting the renowned paella which is cooked all over the region using plenty of meat, beans and vegetables. Furthermore, the desserts and sweets are some of the best examples of the region’s gastronomic traditions, for example L´Almoixavena, a pastry dessert made with oil, flour, eggs, lard, sugar and cinnamon. Also outstanding is Arnadí, an exquisite dessert made in one of two ways, either with pumpkin or with sweet potato. In both cases it is prepared with sugar and ground almonds and constitutes one of the most traditional and simple desserts eaten during Easter.Whilst native toXàtiva,today you canfindthisdelicious desserton the menus ofmany prestigious restaurants.
The festivals of the region arefull ofreligious andrecreational events, wheredances, parades, music and food take a leading role. Las Fallas is concentrated almost solely in the town of Xàtiva, with 17 commissioned Fallas(monuments) and a great number of large and childrens’ Fallas featuringin this multi-colored programme of celebratory events. Canals celebrates its Heritage Festival, which is dedicated to Saint Antoinio Abad, on the 17th January with its famous bonfire (the world’s biggest) and a fair which takes place in the second week of September. From 15th– 20thAugust, Xàtiva celebrates the traditional Firad’Agost, with a huge offering of shopping, childrens’ and gastronomic events. Vallada, during the second week of September, and Font de la Figuera, from 4th– 9th December, celebrate the Festival of Moors and Christians. Pilgrimages are held in Llosa de Ranes on the first Sunday of May, with the raising of a statue and many diverse acts at the Shrine of Saint Ana. Finally in Xàtiva, the pilgrimage to the Shrine of Saint Feliutakes place on 1stAugust.
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Horario: Tuesday to Thursday from 10 to 17 h ; Friday from 10 a.m. to 6pm, and Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 5pm