is a small village which boasts several traditional bakers, using wood-fired
ovens to bake twice a day, shops to cover all your needs and a weekly market.
This is not a tourist village, in the sense of tourists from overseas,
although Estivella has long been a summer destination for people from the
nearby city of Valencia, seeking to escape the summer heat of the coast.
The village is set within acres of attractive 'huerta' where you can stroll
or cycle along level paths amongst oranges, almonds, pomegranates and olives.
The village has a thriving
local culture. People speak the dialect of 'Valencia', a cross between
Spanish and French, and there are regular events in the village, from visiting
bands and theatre in the 'Casa Cultural' of the village, to the August
fiestas of the village. The August fiestas are an explosion of a fantastic
range of activities and noise - from open air paella cooking competitions
to bull running through the narrow village streets. Very exciting if you
want to be part of it and don't mind noise until the early hours, but worth
avoiding if you are seeking peace and quiet !
It is perfectly possible
to manage without a car. There are regular, reliable and cheap bus services
both inland and to Valencia as well as a train which takes you from Estivella
station to the very heart of Valencia city.
The nearest beaches are about
10 miles from the villa.
Valencia airport 'Manises'
is located about 15 miles from the villa.
There are numerous fascinating
places to explore on day trips. The famous medieval village of Albarracin,
the beautiful natural hot river of the spa town of Montanejos, some of
the most important Roman ruins in Europe at Sagunto and excellent easy
rambling in the low hills and 'huertas' and more demanding walks in hillier