Oliva (pronounced Oliba) is a municipality in the comarca of Safor in the Valencian Community. It is situated between two airports, Alicante and Valencia. To it's east runs miles of beautiful Blue Flag beaches and is surrounded by mountains.
In the old town there are two churches, Sant Roc, which dates from the 18th-19th centuries and Santa Maria la Major which dates from the 17th-18th century. The historical streets are picturesque and wind narrowly up and down the hillside, where the locals can stop at one of the many small bars and catch up with the local news.
San Roc Church Santa Ana Church
The streets of San Roc
The Paseo, where they hold their colourful Friday Market and some of the Fiesta activities
There are many Tapas bars, cafes and restaurants along the paseo where you can sit and have a nice cool drink and just people watch.
Or why not go down to the beach. Here you'll find the Marina, miles of Blue Flag beaches and in the summer months you can cool down at one of the Chiringuitas that pop up on the beaches
The urbanisation on Tossal Gros and the views from Tossel Gros of Oliva
Santa Ana Castle and the view of Oliva from it
Close by is Font Salada, a spring fed pool that has been traditionally recognised as being beneficial for skin complaints. For those wishing to take a dip in the pool during the cooler months, no problem the pool maintains it's temperature throughout the year. There is a cafe/bar at the pool where you can enjoy a cool drink, snacks or even a meal.
The Calaveras Cave, Benidoleig
The Calaveras (skulls) Cave is the main attraction of the village of Benidoleig. The cave obtained its name from the 12 skull that were found in its interior when it was discovered in 1768. Cavanilles established that these skulls were the skulls of Moors who had died during earlier explorations of the caves.
Bronze an dNeolithic remains have also been discovered in the cave. A 400 metres passage inside the cave end up at an interior lake.