How to arrive:
Xeraco can be accessed by different means of transport. By road (A-7 motorway and N-322 national road). Xeraco also has a Renfe “Cercanías” station, which connects the town with Valencia and Gandia. Trains run every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 60 minutes on holidays. The train station in Xeraco is located near the town centre, in the industrial area. Thus, Xeraco is well connected by rail, since it is possible to reach the town from the city of Valencia, the destination of a large number of medium- and long-distance trains, as well as of AVE high-speed lines and Euromed routes from Madrid and Barcelona. A bus route connects Xeraco with the Renfe train station in Gandia, from where it is also possible to catch long-distance train lines. Other bus routes connect the town with Xeraco beach in the summer. There is a daily bus service between Xeraco beach and Madrid during the summer months.
“Cercanías” train timetable: http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/cercanias/valencia/index.html
Another of Xeraco’s tourist attractions is its cuisine, which is typical to the La Safor area and is clearly rice-based. Xeraco offers a wide range of exquisite rice dishes, including oven-baked rice, rice with fish stock and “la zarzuela”.
These dishes can be sampled at any of the village’s restaurants, both in the town and on the beach, together with salads prepared with fresh produce from Xeraco’s agricultural land.
Another specialty are “tortas” (cakes), especially “torta salada” (savoury cake), a true Xeraco speciality that is prepared in the town’s bakeries. Mention may also be made of the local stuffed peppers.
Just as important as the dishes mentioned above are the town’s sweets: cakes, donuts,… A good sample of the Xeraco’s sweets can be found on the town’s beach in the summer. The village bakeries, as well as Xeraco’s different associations, make their products available at the Xeraco Traditional Sweet Fair, where visitors can acquire example of the local products.
Places of interest:
In addition to the town’s significant tourist and environmental heritage, such as the historical centre and its surroundings, Xeraco also offers different monuments of historical interest, such as the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation, the Guaita Tower, Cistern and the Chapel of Holy Christ of Agony.
Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation
Located in Plaza de la Iglesia, in the heart of the Xeraco’s historical centre. It was built in the 18th century in the neoclassical style with a modernist façade. It has two bell towers. It has seven side chapels.
This is one of the emblems of Xeraco. Located on the right bank of the River Vaca, in an area called “El Gorg”, the area where the river is at its widest and deepest. It is about two kilometres from the beach. It was built in the 16th century as a surveillance and maritime defence for the Kingdom of Valencia. Circular tower.
Located between Calle Cervantes and Calle Pintor Sorolla. It is an underground building, made of stone and covered with a barrel vault, and which was used to collect water from underground streams (1885). Today it houses the local museum.
Hermitage of the Holy Christ of Agony
Located in the historical centre of Xeraco. It was built in the 19th century. The hermitage is dedicated to the patron saint of Xeraco, “Holy Christ of Agony”.
On 16th and 17th January, festivities are held in honour of Saint Anthony the Abbott. Activities include bonfires, the blessing of animals, blessed bread and a pilgrimage.
On 12 and 13th June, festivities are celebrated in honour of Saint Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of the town. The celebrations include recreational and religious events.
During the 3rd week of July, festivities are celebrated in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and in the 3rd week of September the town’s main festivities are held in honour of Saint Isidore. Saint Raphael, Our Lady of Sorrows and Saint Anthony of Padua.