Alzira is located around 40km to the South of Valencia and 20km from the coast. Enjoying the coastal climate of the Mediterranean it doesn’t have the high and low temperature fluctuations of central Spain.
For this week’s Spanish Sunday blog post I am taking a photo tour of the town of Alzira.
The first sight on approaching Alzira is the church that looks down on the town from a hillside to the south. Mare de Déu del Lluch has views to Valencia in the north and across the Ribera Alta countryside towards Xativa to the south.
Alzira is built on the banks of the Rio Júcar. With fertile orange groves all around the town and stretching towards the coast, the marsh lands growing rice for paella, much of the industry around Alzira is based on farming.
Alzira is on the main train line connecting Alicante and Valencia. Services into Valencia are frequent and well priced. During the day the service runs on the hour and delivers passengers to the centre of Valencia for around 7€.
The inland edge of the town still retains the ancient Arabic walls. Remembering a time before James I liberated the town from the Arabs, these walls are just one of many Arabic influences in the design and architecture of the town.
The Plaza Mayor, or main square, in Alzira is fringed with orange trees. Bars and restaurants serve a variety of food and drink and the plaza is always busy, even through the winter months.
The old town of Alzira is a maze of narrow cobbled streets. Amongst the bars and churches is a central square that is home to the ayuntamiento (town hall).