Gandia Spain

The Best Things To Do in Gandia, Spain

The beautiful town of Gandia, located in the province of Valencia, Spain, offers a lot of exciting activities for visitors to enjoy. It’s not as popular as other destinations in the area, such as Calpe and Benidorm. It’s definitely a hidden gem.

Before visiting Gandia for the first time, I had a look on the internet, but I couldn’t really find a lot about it. Now that I’ve visited Gandia many times, I decided to create this guide to help future travelers like you explore everything that Gandia has to offer.

Gandia still has a very authentic and local feel to it. Probably because it’s not yet discovered by mass tourism. Most tourists here are Spanish tourists (from Madrid) and not foreign tourists. This makes it an even better place to explore.

Additionally, the prices here are still very affordable compared to other Spanish travel destinations.

In this guide, we will have a look at the best things to do in Gandia, making sure you have an unforgettable experience. From exploring its historical sites to trying the local cuisine, there is something for everyone in this vibrant town.


Is Gandia in Spain worth visiting?

Gandia is definitely worth visiting. There is a lot to do here. There are beaches, cultural sights, shopping opportunities, beautiful natural attractions and more waiting to be explored.

What makes it even better is that it’s still a very authentic Spanish city, not overrun by tourists. Plus it’s very affordable! It’s also a great base to discover more of the Costa del Azahar.

When to visit Gandia?

You can visit Gandia all year round. It’s not like a ghost town in winter, which happens to other very touristy places in the area. During summer it can get very crowded in Gandia, especially on its beaches.

The best time to visit Gandia is around May, June, September and October, when the weather is at its best (not too hot, not too cold) and the beaches aren’t too crowded.


The best things to do in Gandia, Spain

There is a lot to do in this authentic city, which is home to around . The top things to do in Gandia include the following:

Visit Gandia Playa

It’s important to note that Gandia City and Gandia Playa are two different locations. They are around a five minute drive from each other.

As you can guess, Gandia Playa is located on the beach, whilst Gandia city is located more inwards, in the city. They are both worth visiting and are a good combination of sea views and local city vibes.

Gandia Playa
Gandia Playa

If you’re visiting Gandia Beach, I would highly recommend to visit the port as well. Here you will find some nice restaurants with great views. In Spanish this is called Grau i Platja. A restaurant I recommend visiting here is called Meraki Port.

Grau i Platja Gandia

Visit Teatre Serrano

For theater enthusiasts, a visit to Teatre Serrano is a must. This theater has been a cultural hub in Gandia for over a century, showcasing a variety of performances, including plays, concerts, and ballets.

Immerse yourself in the local arts scene by attending a live show at this iconic venue, where you can witness the talent and creativity of Gandia’s artists.


Visit the Saturday market

To experience the vibrant atmosphere and local flavors of Gandia, make sure to visit the Saturday market. This market offers a diverse range of products, from fresh fruits and vegetables to clothing and plants.

If you’re someone who enjoys thrift shopping, then this is especially something for you. Take your time to wander through the stalls. The Saturday market is not only a great place to shop but also an opportunity to get a glimpse of the daily life of locals.


Explore the Ducal Palace

One of the must-visit attractions in Gandia is the Ducal Palace. If you want to explore the rich history and architectural beauty of Gandia, then you should definitely visit this. This palace was once the residence of the Borgia family.

As you explore the various rooms and courtyards, you’ll be transported back in time, marveling at the details and grandeur of the palace.

outside Ducal Palace
Ducal Palace in Gandia

Enjoy the local cuisine

No visit to Gandia would be complete without tasting the local cuisine. Gandia has lots and lots of great restaurants. It’s one of the reasons that I love this place so much. What’s even better, is that most of the restaurants are very affordable. From paella to grilled sardines, there is a lot of variety of food in this city.

I was actually surprised how many restaurants there are and I’m still trying to eat at every one of them.


Go on a day trip to Xativa Castle

For a change of scenery, go on a day trip to Xativa Castle, located around half an hour away from Gandia. This impressive fortress sits on top of a hill, providing panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Here you can explore the castle’s towers, walls, and courtyards and you’ll gain insights into its historical significance. A short drive away from the castle you will find Xativa city itself. This is another great city that I really recommend visiting.


Wander around Passeig de les Germanies

When you’re looking for a stroll in Gandia, head to Passeig de les Germanies. There are lots of restaurants located around this vibrant promenade. Take a leisurely walk, rent a bike, or simply sit on one of the benches and soak in the atmosphere.

Passeig de les Germanies is the perfect place to get a glimpse of what Gandia is like.


Go shopping

If shopping is on your agenda, Gandia has plenty to offer. Explore the town’s shopping districts, where you’ll find a mix of local boutiques, international brands, and markets. One of the shopping streets is called Carrer Major.

You will also find big shopping malls in Gandia, such as Centro Commercial La Vital and Centro Comercial Gandia.


Visit Valencia on a day trip

It’s worth mentioning that there is a direct train from Gandia to Valencia and vice versa. This train ride only takes around an hour in total and brings you to the very centre of Valencia. So going on a day trip to Valencia from Gandia is definitely worth it!

As there is lots to do in Valencia, you will definitely not get bored. You can visit its beaches, go shopping, maybe even visit Port Saplaya or go thrift shopping. You can also visit its cultural sights such as the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

There is something here for everyone and taking the train here is very convenient, hence I highly recommend a visit to Valencia.


Visit Casa de Cultura

A cultural gem in Gandia is Casa de Cultura. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Gandia. This cultural center hosts a wide range of events, including art exhibitions, concerts, and workshops. It serves as a platform for local artists and performers to showcase their talent.

Come here on Saturday around 12.30 PM to get a seat on time. Mostly on Saturdays there will be a gig on at around 13:00 PM. It will often be filled with locals who are singing and dancing away. It’s without a doubt one of my favorite places in Gandia to visit.

It’s also surrounded by lush greenery and feels like a true escape in the city. Casa de Cultura is a testament to Gandia’s thriving arts and culture scene, and a place worth exploring.


Go hiking in the mountains of La Drova

If you’re seeking an outdoor adventure, you can visit nearby La Drova. This place is home to gorgeous mountain scenery and there are many hiking opportunities here.

Although it’s only small, there are still quite a lot of things to do here. You can for instance hike to the Monduver, the highest peak in the area.

Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a nature enthusiast, the trails in La Drova cater to all levels of fitness and offer an amazing outdoor experience.

La Drova is not more than fifteen minutes away from Gandia by car, which makes it a great day trip from Gandia.


Relax on a terrace at Placa Major

Placa Major is definitely one of the prettiest places in Gandia. Even though it’s popular with locals, it feels a bit hidden away.

Here you’ll find the Colegiata de Santa Maria and several restaurants and bars, such as Al Punto Gastrobar. It’s the perfect place to sit on a terrace, soak in the atmosphere and just relax. 

People standing at Placa Major

Visit Parc de Sant Pere

It’s always nice to find a green oasis in a city. Parc de Sant Pere is one of the green spots in Gandia. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a place to relax. There’s an outside fitness park, a simple playground for children, several benches and lots of trees.

girl walking in parc de sant pere in Gandia
girl walking in park in Gandia

Walk over the bridge

At the end of Passeig des Germanies you’ll find a bridge. On Google Maps you’ll find its location under “Pasarela del Paseo de Germanias”.

One of the best things to do in Gandia, is to simply walk over the bridge and admire its views. At the end of the bridge you’ll get to a park called Parc d’Ausias March. If you fancy a nice stroll, then head over to this bridge.

bridge in Gandia in the distance surrounded by greenery
person cycling at the end of the bridge in a park

Final thoughts

Gandia is a destination that offers a wealth of experiences. From exploring historical sights such as the Ducal Palace to immersing yourself in arts and culture at Casa de Cultura or Teatre Serrano. There is no shortage of things to do in this vibrant destination.

Whether you want to lay on the beach, hike in the nearby mountains or go shopping, Gandia and its surroundings have it all. So pack your bags and go and explore the authenticity of Gandia, Spain.


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