Saturday, 25 February 2012

25 Feb 2012 – Xativa

This was our second day trip with U3A, this time to Xativa.   Although only an hour or so away, we had never visited and were looking forward to it.

The trip included an optional visit to the castle.   Its possible to walk up, but we were quite happy to catch the tourist road train along with the rest of the group.  This included a recorded commentary as we made our way through the town and up to the castle.

We were quite impressed that entry to the castle was only 1.20 euro each.   Very good value, but a long wait as they tried to issue tickets to our large group.   There were very few other visitors, and obviously they were not geared up to large numbers arriving at the same time.  

Unfortunately we did not have a guide, but most of the exhibits had an English translation.   Despite this is very interesting exploring the grounds.

Unlike our last trip, we did not have a guide around the town.   We did have a map from the tourist information office, but it was not much use.  We soon tired of walking around the streets and found ourselves a nice café for lunch.
Xativa is well worth a visit, and we were lucky with the weather.   Without a guide we did not get to appreciate the full historical importance of the town, but we did enjoy the castle.

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