Ontinyent is a town
with everything you need in amenities but small enough to be a
community. The town centre has many schools, doctors, hospital, banks,
shops, pharmacies, bars and restaurants. Every Monday the town is alive
with the indoor and outdoor markets. Hosting many stalls it is a must
to get your fresh produce and meet the locals. Travelling around the
market stalls in the Plaza de la Coronació you will find handbags,
shoes, clothes and plants as well as many other interesting items.
Plus, of course the food stalls with fresh date bread and churros.
shopping mall, El Teler, has recently opened in Dos de Maig, boasting
many designer retail outlets for clothing and home wares, a
hairdressers, café, multi screen cinema and SuperCor (El Corte Ingles)
The commercial area of town
contains McDonalds, Caprabo, Aldi as well as several large retail shops
and DIY traders.
There are many communal
parks and plazas around the town, with one of the main ones being Plaza
Mestre Ferrero. Here children of all ages can play, while the older
generations can enjoy the refreshments of one of the nearby ice cream
or tapas bars.
The large sports facilities
available at the local centre include an Olympic sized outdoor pool, an
indoor heated pool, athletics tracks, racquetball and tennis courts.
The centre also hosts various concerts through the year.
There is a real sense of community spirit in Ontinyent,
this is apparent quite clearly during the many fiestas celebrated
throughout the year. The main Moors and Christians fiesta in August is
an extravagant and exciting affair thoroughly enjoyed by all. During
these many festivities, we can see the true Spanish spirit of living
life to the fullest.
Trains and buses run from and to the local towns in the
area, but giving the option of going further a field to Valencia City.
Museums, departments stores, and city life are short journey away. With
the recently built CV60 road the blue flag beaches at Gandia are only
45 minutes drive away. Both Alicante and Valencia airports are 1 hour
drive away also.
The old town of Ontinyent is
basically the area between the River Clariano and Dos de Maig. Many
large townhouses are situated in this area with in the labyrinth of
small streets. The museums and original state buildings can be found in
the Plaza Mayor, including the town hall ( ayuntiamento) and the
local/ national police stations. The main road from here to the Plaza
de La Concepció is pedestrianised with easy access to the many shops
and boutiques along the way. The children’s library can be found here
along with the Centre de Cultura and Museu Fester. The latter
displaying costumes from the various fiestas celebrated in this proud
community. From the Plaza de La Concepció you can turn right and walk
straight up Daniel Gil avenue through the new town center.
La Vila is the oldest medieval part of
town. The narrow winding streets are steeped in history with many
religious architectural buildings still standing. These include the
gothic Santa Maria Church and the Sant Roc christian door dating 1256.
During the Moors and Christians festival in August, a wonderful
medieval market is found with in these streets. Smells of roasted
peanuts and churros drift through the town. There is a school and
nursery in La Vila and all other amenities in the town within walking
San Rafael is just over the river from
the old medieval part of Ontinyent. It has its own schools,
medical centre, shops and pharmacy. There is a newly built Vidal
supermarket, bakeries and greengrocers. A handful of bars and
restaurants enjoyed by the local community, English and Spanish alike.
A large park with new children's play area and palm trees, where all
generations come together in the summer evenings. All in all a self
contained community but with easy walking distance to the town centre
Very good, Score from 63
19th-century Mudéjar Palace is located in Ontinyent, under an hour’s
drive from Valencia. It offers a roof terrace with an outdoor pool, and
air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi.
Latest booking: 20 hours ago
Fabulous, Score from 12
Located in a
restored 19th-century stately home, Casa Rural Morera features
rustic-style rooms with views of the surrounding countryside and a
restaurant serving traditional Valencian food.