Environment

OLIVA

The town of Oliva is near the southern boundary of the province of Valencia, next to the province of Alicante. Its coastline extends over 11.8 km from Denia to Piles, with sandy beaches and the natural park of Pego-Oliva Marsh nearby.

There are important rivers within the Oliva city boundary such as the Bullent river, also known as Sequia del Vedat, which is the natural border with the Pego area and the Racons river, also known as Mollinel river, which is the limit between Oliva and Denia until it empties into the Mediterranean Sea.

In Oliva there are 4 distinctive neighbourhoods:

Santa Maria, Sant Roc, El Pinet and Sant Francesc, all growing and expanding in recent years. The oldest area is the district of Santa Maria. This space was walled in the fifteenth century. At the top of this area was Palace Centelles.

Oliva is primarily an agricultural community, oranges being the main export product and also rice was cultivated in the ancient marshes of the Pego natural park until the 60´s.

Ecclesiastical monuments:

• The Church of Santa Maria: XVIII century.

• Church of St Francis of Assisi. Patron of Oliva, the celebration day is on October 4th.

• Church of San Roque: built in the 19th century, on an earlier temple site.

• Chapel of the Virgen del Rebollet: XVII century.

Palace Centelles: Currently there is only one tower and the remains of the palace walls still standing. The palace was built in the 15th – 16th centuries overlooking the town. It was dismantled, and the most notable pieces moved to Denmark and various museums.

Events:

Major Festivals: are on May 3rd the Holy Christ of San Roque and on September 8th Nuestra Señora del Rebollet, both patrons of the city.

The Fallas: are in March and have been celebrated since 1981.

Moors and Christians: held in July.

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