We first fell in love with Gandia on our honeymoon in September 2005. My criteria was it had to be Spain, there needed to be a beautiful wide beach and it needed to be very Spanish. I wanted complete Spanish immersion.
We have since been back 3 times and it is on our itinerary for summer 2016. So yes, we like it 🙂
If you are after a break where you can holiday like the Spanish do, Gandia is your place. An added bonus is how close Gandia is to Valencia, another wonderful Spanish city everyone should visit. It takes about 45 minutes in the car – but we enjoy taking the train from Grao de Gandia train station, not far from the beach (or Gandia town when that train wasn’t running). It is a pleasant journey through the orange groves and takes just under 1 hour.
Playa de Gandia is very popular with Spanish holiday makers. In the heart of August prepare to rise early and do battle if you want a first line spot on the beach. Of course we never once made it to line 1 (linea 1) but always found a great spot. Being a Spanish holiday resort the majority of beach goers disappear in the afternoon for a siesta and to avoid the hottest part of the day. If you are not tied to school holidays, July or September are my favourite months to visit.
Although there are all the shops and restaurants that you would need in and around Playa de Gandia, the main town in actually 2km inland. It is well worth a visit for a look around the shops or a stroll along the tree lined promenade of Passeig de les Germanies.
Elsewhere in Playa de Gandia, a stroll around the harbour area and old town are enjoyable. Each evening along the seafront (in the summer months at least) there are local market stalls.
There is plenty for children to be kept amused, with lots of beach play areas which come alive at night.
If you are expecting dinner to be served at an English time then Gandia is probably not the destination for you. Most restaurants don’t serve evening meals until late in the evening. Gandia is a very family friendly destination and the locals are warm and welcoming. It works well as a combination holiday with Valencia.