Xativa

 

Xativa
While technically not in La Safor, the City of Xativa in inexorablely linked to the town of Gandia and the La Safor Region of Spain,….

It is the birthplace of two popes, Callixtus III and Alexander VI. The Borgias became prominent in ecclesiastical and political affairs in the 15th and 16th centuries, producing three popes, Alfons de Borja who ruled as Pope Calixtus III during 1455–1458, Rodrigo Lanzol Borgia, as Pope Alexander VI, during 1492–1503, and Giovanni Battista Pamphilj (he was the descdenant of Rodrigo Borgia) who ruled as Pope Innocent X during 1644–1655.

Xàtiva is built on the margin of a fertile plain, and on the southern slopes of the Monte Bernisa, a hill with two peaks, each surmounted by a Castle of Xàtiva.

Its collegiate church, dating from 1414, but rebuilt about a century later in the Renaissance style, was formerly a cathedral, and is the chief among many churches and convents. The town-hall and a church on the castle hill are partly constructed of inscribed Roman masonry, and several houses date from the Moorish period.
Xàtiva is also known as an early European center of paper manufacture. In the 12th century, Arabs brought the technology to manufacture paper to Xàtiva.

Communications to and from Xativa are excellent with quick and easy access to the arterial A7 (interior) motorway – both of which go to Valencia and Alicante international airports.

The La Safor beaches are only 40 minutes away.