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a mouutain retreat in the La Safor region of Valencia
a mountain retreat in the La Safor region of Valencia
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                                                           ROUTE OF THE MONASTERIES

It’s a tourist route which goes to these five valencian monasteries:

-Monastery of Sant Jeroni de Cotalba (Alfauir)
-Corpus Christi Convent (LLutxent)
-Monastery of the Valldigna (Simat de la Valldigna)*
-Aigües Vives Convent (La Barraca d’Aigües Vives)
-Monastery of the Murta (Alzira)

* The only monastery situated in the town centre

The route can be visited by foot or by car. Both routes are different and each one goes through different towns, but both routes pass by these five monasteries.

ROUTE BY FOOT:

The GR-236 is the international code of the Monasteries route by foot (The tourist route by car hasn’t got any code). It is a GR (long-haul path) officially approved by the Valencian Federation of Mountain Climbing.

The GR-236 begins in Gandía and finishes in Alzira passing by these monasteries:

-Monastery of Sant Jeroni de Cotalba (Alfauir)
-Corpus Christi Convent (LLutxent)
-Monastery of the Valldigna (Simat de la Valldigna)
-Aigües Vives Convent (La Barraca d’Aigües Vives)
-Monastery of the Murta (Alzira)

All the paths are perfectly signposted from the Train Station of Gandía to Alzira. Just follow the signs, you can’t miss it. There are road signs in problematic forks with location signs (they indicate where you are) and direction signs (they indicate time and distance to the next village or monastery). The signs are white and red and they all have the path code (GR-236). Besides every 40 or 50 meters there are colour marks on the floor (two parallel lines, white colour the one above and red colour the lower one). When the path goes through a built-up area, then the colour marks disappear and 10 x 10 cms - metallic-badges turn up with the route logo, and also an arrow indicating which direction you have to follow.

To walk round this route you need 2 or 3 days, depending on how much you want to walk every day. There is a main route (3 or 4 days) and there is another way where you can take a short cut in the route (2 or 3 days), but with the last option you can not see one monastery (Corpus Christi in Llutxent)

MONASTERY OF SANT JERONI DE COTALBA:

THURSDAY:

WINTER (16th OCTOBER TO 15th MAY): 10:00 TO 13:00 H
SUMMER (16th MAY TO 15th OCTOBER): 10:00 TO 13:00 H AND 17:00 TO 18:00 H.
GROUPS MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT IN THE TOWN HALL OF ALFAUIR (TEL.: 96 283 54 38)

SATURDAY:

WINTER: 11:30 H.(16th OCTOBER TO 15th MAY).
SUMMER: 11:30 H. AND 17:00 H. (16th MAY TO 15th OCTOBER).
GROUPS MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT IN THE MONASTERY
TEL.: 628 578 600

MONASTERY OF THE VALLDIGNA:

From Monday to Sunday from 9 to 15 and from 16 to 18h
Tel. 96 281 16 36

CORPUS CHRISTI CONVENT

Make appointments at the Town Hall of Llutxent. Tel. 96 229 40 01

AIGÜES VIVES CONVENT: Closed

MONASTERY OF THE MURTA:

-From 8 h to 1 hour before nightfall everyday of the year
-The Monastery will be closed the days with strong wind or Alerta 3.
-Groups bigger than 15 persons must notify their visit to the Office of Medio Ambiente of the Town Hall of Alzira: 96 245 92 69
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