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Ontinyent Sightseeing and Meseums

 

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Ontinyent Places to Visit – Sightseeing

Ontinyent has plenty to offer; history, modern cafés, bars and restaurants, commercial centres, theatres, cinemas and parks.

La Plaza Mayor
This stands above an area which is at the foot of the city walls and opens onto the ravine Sant Jaume-Almaig. This has been, since the 16th century, one of the main public spaces in the city which explains why many of the old
historic buildings are situated around the square. The old casa del Consell (town hall) built in the first half of the 16th century presides over the square and still houses some municipal offices, although in the middle of the 20th century it was reformed, to the detriment of its façade.

Llotgeta de Mostassaf
At the end of the 16th century this was built onto the side of the casa del Consell. Some parts can still be seen today although it has undergone significant changes. This is where the castle is built each year during the local Moors and Christians festival.

Almodí Vell

Situated on the western side of the Vila and built in the 16th century, it was converted into a prison during the following century and then subsequently into municipal offices when the new prison was built in the 18th century.

Els Porxets
This shows the original porticoes aspect that the square presented at the beginning of the 16th century. Of particular interest are the decorated walls with renaissance paintings from the 16th century and a relief of the Immaculate Conception from the 17th century.

Palau dels Comtes de Torrefiel
This building dates from the 15th and 17th century and is to the side of the Porxets. It houses the current ayuntamiento offices. Inside there is a magnificent gothic stone portico from the beginning of the 16th century which is identical to that which can be found in Valencia Ayuntamiento, and a stone staircase from the same era which features gargoyles along the base of the supporting pillars.

Convent de les Monges Carmelites

Standing next to the Santa Maria bridge (1942-1953) and alongside the old Biar road, this building dates from the 16th century and is in excellent condition despite the heavy damage sustained by the 18th century church during the Civil War.

La Vila

Entrance is via the Sant Roc Gate or the Pujada del Fossaret slightly higher up, the Vila is the jewel in the crown of the city and conserves tucked-away, charm-filled corners. From the Sant Roc gate you can access the Palau de la Vila, also known as the Palau de la duquessa d´Almodóvar dating from the 13th century. The palace is situated on the most
exposed part of the old city walls and overlooks what was once the old kingdom of Castella. Raised on the old Muslim ruins and heavily transformed in the 18th century it still conserves medieval fortifications. Due to the extensive renovation work currently in progress, it is not possible to visit the palace at the moment.

The Vila was declared an area of historic-artistic interest in the 70´s and possesses some of the most representative Valencian medieval architecture. It must be remembered that at the beginning of the 15th century Ontinyent
already had a large population, third largest in the area south of the river Xúquer, after Xativa and Oriola. In the quarter around the Calle Mayor, as you walk around, take the time to look around and, particularly above you, at the magnificent façades that have survived the developer´s blindness, and don´t forget to take a glance at some of the little side streets which offer
the unsuspecting visitor unexpected glimpses into what a real medieval Spanish town looked like. Brightly painted frontices, flowers at balconies, doors ajar onto darkened interiors: Enticing, suggestive imagery that make one feel almost like a voyeur. Climbing towards the Plaza de Sant Pere we leave behind the streets with names which hint at history, Cordellat, de
l´Eglésia etc and cross over to the other side of the river. A look over your shoulder will reveal one of the most attractive images of the city; the houses, perching on the foundations of parts of the old defensive wall, appear to almost tumble over themselves and hang precariously over the river Clariano.

Plaza de la Vila

This can be reached by calle Fossaret or via the Plaza Mayor and from here one can climb up to the spectacular medieval fortifications of the Mirador which was the old main gate into the Vila and from the Portal de l´Angel you can see a magnificent view of the city.

The church of Santa Maria and the chapel of the Immaculate Conception

The majority of the building dates from the 14th and 15th centuries and occupies a site that was the location of an old temple which was in turn built over an old Muslim mosque after the expulsion of the Moors. As soon as you enter the church and above the door you can see the sepulchre of Llop Llopis de Vaello, the eldest son of one of the knights who redistributed houses and property in Ontinyent in 1250. Most of the construction dates
from the first half of the 16th century although there are several parts which are considerably older (14th and 15th centuries). The building, during the 15th century, of an apse and the opening of two wings is well documented but the definitive reform took place during the period 1518-1530 and was carried out by Benet Ogre from Lió in France. At this time there were also two pillars built that were a copy of pillars in the Llotja in Valencia.

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Halfway through the 19th century a disastrous remodelling was undertaken in the neo-classic style which lead to the ceilings pillars and windows being covered up or destroyed altogether. The renovation which took place in the 70´s restored most of this damage and returned the building to its original style.

The presbytery was built in 1570 and renovated in the 17th century. The sacristy was built between 1580 and 1610 and just below it is the crypt where the visitor can see the (MMMM)

The chapel of the Immaculate Conception (1662-1692) was built almost at the same time as the bell tower (started in 1689) and houses a solid silver image of the patron saint of the city.

Other points of interest in the church are the 15th century notice board, 20th century oil paintings by Josep Segrelles, a magnificent 17th century Florentine Font, a collection of works by Vidal i Tur and Ribalta and 20th century sculptures by Marià Benlluire.

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The Santa Maria bell tower is one of the symbols of the city and built over several phases between the 17th and 18th centuries, the construction was begun in 1689 and the second phase was finished in 1745, but the tower was damaged by the earthquake of 1748. The current condition, with iron re-inforcing bands, is as a consequence of a lightning strike in May 1859 which meant the demolition of the top of the tower and a new addition, which was finished in
1880. The spleandour of the tower was accentuated by the demolition of the houses which originally stood at its base. The tower is also famous for housing the oldest bell in the Vall d´Albaida. The Rellotge, which bears the name of Rauxa i Foc dates back to 1563. It´s worth a visit on a Sunday morning to take in the stunning views of the valley and the Mariola, which marks the beginning of the Vall d´Albaida.

Plaza de Baix

If you leave the Vila by the Portal de la Trinitat or from the Plaza Mayor via Porxets you will come out onto this square which has been the home of the market in Ontinyent for more than 5 centuries. The area is known as el Raval and gives onto the northern end of the town and the old Castella road.

Pont Vell (The old bridge)

This emblematic bridge was built between 1500 and 1501 by the master stone masons Pere Ribera from Xativa and Joan Montanyés. It comprises two arches supported by three bastions, the centre one in the form of a boat. The balustrade of the bridge was dressed by using stone from later demolition of parts of the city walls.

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The bridge marks a turning point in the communication between parts of the city, as in 1520-1521, the city elders decided to construct the camí dels Carros, from where you can see a magnificent view of the old part of the city. The Tirador dels Peraires was also built in the 16th century and was
where the cloth manufacturers hung out the woollen cloth to dry. A little later on the at the beginning of the 17th century, the caves along the river by the old bridge which were home to the poorest of the city´s families were transformed into what are now the houses along the Cantereria.

Calle Mayor

Although you wouldn´t know it at first sight, the High street is a medieval road which was the route from here to Albaida and then Gandia. There are still several 18th and 19th century houses standing along the
road, as well as the 18th century churches of Sat Carles and Sant Francesc. There are also some large houses that were minor palaces of noble families from the Vila and which helped the town gain respect from the neighbouring towns and villages. Of particular note are the house of Nadal and the palau dels Maians or the Dukes of Montemira from the 18th century and reformed in
the 19th which now houses the cultural offices of the town hall and the Palau of the Barons of Santa Barbara from 1750 which houses the cultural centre. On a side street from the calle Mayor is the Palau Puig from the 18th and 19th centuries which is home to the Municipal archive and the public library and the Casa dels Cerdà from the 18th century.

The church of Sant Carles Borromeu

The oratory of the Company of Jesus created in 1703 is the origin of the current church. Originally it was a chapel associated with the Jesuits until their expulsion in 1767.

There are four main parts, all very different from each other. First there is the nave and the square belfry which are Barroque in origin and then the additions in 1882 of the sacristy and the chapel for communion. The sides of the nave house six altars each, joined by arches. The predominant style is
Barroque except in the chapel for communion which is in Neo-Byzantine and was finished by the local artist Carles Tormo. Also of interest are the main entrance dressed in stone, the ocular and the window which are in early Barroque from the 18th century. The building has undergone several renovations which have maintained the interior (1951) and the exterior (1942) and the most recent in the 21st century.

The church of Sant Francesc

This is the only remnant of the old Franciscan convent. The order of Francis the observant founded the convent in the Vila in 1573 under the advocation of Saint Anthony and with the donation of the medieval chapel of Saint Anthony from the 14th century on what is now the sight of the Glorieta. The original building collapsed during heavy rains in 1597. Bad workmanship was to blame and lead to the building of another church on the present site which was finished in 1615.

The church consists of a nave and seven transepts and chapels. The building is noteworthy because of its simplicity, and is dominated by high ceilings and arches. The choir is at the back of the church, as is the custom in Franciscan churches in Valencia. The side door is Barroque with plain pillars and is later than most of the construction. Franciscan architecture is characterised by austerity both inside and out.

The church was in a dreadful state by the end of 1845 as in 1835 there had been a redistribution of land and property belonging to the Franciscans. The deterioration of the church was rapid and was accentuated by the poor quality of materials and workmanship. The building was acquired by Joaquima Osca from one of the most powerful families in the city with the economic support of the local people. In the second half of the 19th century the
church was opened again. The damage caused by the Civil War meant that the building had to undergo further renovation which, together with other works carried out in the latter part of the 20th century gave the building its current aspect. The church originally housed some oil paintings by the Franciscan artist Villanueva which were subsequently lost.

The church of Sant Miquel del Raval

The church was built during the 16th and 17th centuries on the foundations of an old 14th century chapel. Its construction was commissioned by the powerful Masonic lodge of Wool manufacturers. The 18th century mural in the nave is worth seeing. The magnificent organ which dates from the end of the 18th century is now in need of restoration.

The Old Quarter El BArrio de la Vila

El Barrio de la Vila, the urban origin of the municipality, preserves multiple remains of walls, towers and fortifications that show the defensive character of the area. In the area closest to the river Clariano, can be found remains of a containment wall, as well as chimneys belonging to former factories and mills that used water as a power source. The charm of
El Barrio is in the small alleys, ramps and atzucacs or blind alleys that, along with the period buildings, both noble and popular contribute an intimate and special beauty to the area.

The Palace of the Duchess of Almodovar

The building, built upon a former Arabic fortress belongs to the Valencian Gothic style. In its interior there is a large foyer with a great arch, the coat of arms of its former owner and a majestic staircase. One of the facades is flanked by two towers, and a covered terrace ornamented with original mocador tiles. The other facade , which faces the Plaza de San Roc, has Gothic architectural elements of great historical importance.

Ontinyent Places to Visit – Museums

Ontinyent has plenty to offer; history, modern cafés, bars and restaurants, Museums, commercial centres, theatres, cinemas and parks.

FESTER D’OTINYENT MUSEUM

Societat de Festers del Santíssim
Crist de l’Agonia
Plaça de Baix, 26
Tel. i Fax: 96 238 02 52

Opening Times:
Thrusday and Friday from 18 to 20:30 hours.
Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 13:30 h.

The exhibition divides into several parts in order to cover all aspects related to the Fiestas of the municipality. In this way, for example, by visiting the section that deal with music you can find scores written by local authors of traditional melodies. There is also a large collection of programs and posters that go back years. In the Ethnological section there are typical suits from all of the events that take place, among which are those worn by the processions of the 40’s and 50’s.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCES, CERAMICS AND ANTIQUITIES

School “La Concepción”
Av. Sant Francesc, 5
Tel.: 96 238 01 00
Fax: 96 238 01 20

Opening times:
From Monday to Friday: from 10 to 13 hours.
Saturdays on request

The cloister of the Convent of the Franciscan Monks is home to a complete and interesting collection of vegetable plants conserved in the Botanical Garden. Also there is a collection of Spanish, American, and African fauna with examples originating from each one of these areas, along with pieces of Pre-Columbian art and remains from and the Egypt of the Pharaohs. The facilities posses: a library, a farm and an observatory.

THE ONTINYENT AND LA VALL D’ALBAIDA- (MAOVA) MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY – Museu Arqueològic d’Ontinyent i la Vall d’Albaida

Edifici Antics Jutjats – C/ Regall, 2
Tel.: 96 291 19 55 o 679 183 851

Opening times:
Monday to Friday from 10 to 13:30 h. and Tuesday to Saturday from 18 to 21 h.
Free entry.

Located in the historical centre of the city, the museum has a large quantity of objects, above all ceramic and stone pieces, from a wide chronological frame that ranges from the Paleolithic period up to modern times. The majority of the collection comes from archaeological excavations realised in the region.

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Ontinyent Fiestas and Festivals

 

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It is the tradition of festivals and fiestas which really makes Ontinyent special. Most months one parish or another in the City will celebrate their Saints Day, with street parties, fireworks and music. And the whole City takes to the streets for the big events.

January

Cavalcade of Kings
Ontinyent´s annual festival calendar generally begins on the 5th, which is when the three kings (from the nativity) visit the city to leave presents for the children. On the 4th, the association of Friends of the Kings organises a “grotto” at the ermita Santa Anna, where the local children have their last opportunity to deliver their letters to the king´s page.

Sant Antoni Abat – 17 de Enero / 17 January
Three bonfires are built in the streets with the largest being in the Plaza del Barranquet. All of the bonfires are lit after the traditional blessing of the animals. After this, hundreds of lamps are lit and a procession makes its way around the town. A market is also held where local products can be bought and the visitor can get ready for a real treat; to the rhythm of pipes and drums, numerous local dance groups perform traditional dances. A must is the “Correfoc”, a relatively new tradition to this area, introduced in the 80´s, it consists of jumping over the glowing embers of the bonfires.

February

Candelària
February begins with the Candelària: According to an old saying, “If it´s sunny, summer´s around the corner, if it´s wet, winter won´t be long in going!” This day marks winter´s halfway point and the churches give out little candles or candeletes (not surprisingly!). Up until quite recently Sant Blai was also celebrated on the 3rd, who was said to protect the believer from sore throats!

Carnestoltes / Carnival
February is also the time of year when “Carnestoltes” is celebrated. There are processions where the participants march wearing hoods and masks and there have also been attempts in several parishes to introduce flour fights (a tradition here) although they only seem to have become popular with students. Schools also put on plays based on the old story of the “Case Against the Carnival King” which tells the story of a court who wanted to try the Carnival King for public disorder (an irreverant and overtly critical story) and processions through the streets that end on Friday with a burning of the carnival effigies.

March

Lent
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and is when the faithful go to church to be reminded that we come from ash and to ash we return. The strange figure of the La Vella Quaresma is an old lady dressed in mourning, loaded down with fish and vegetables and, most strangely of all, with seven feet. The image is traditionally hung in windows and is used like an advent calendar. Every Saturday in Lent a foot is torn off and at the last foot, it´s Lent, which is when meat can be eaten again. Then the calendar is burnt to bring good luck.

Sant Josep
Sant Josep (St. Joseph) is celebrated on the 19th, and in the parish that bears his name the children have games and activities with play back concerts before they burn the “Falla” which is an irreverantly designed bonfire depicting, via caricatures, news events or famous people. There are also traditional dances.

Fallas

April

Semana Santa / Easter Week / Holy Week
The first Sunday after the first full moon of spring is when Floral Easter is celebrated and the days preceding this are known as Setmana Santa (Holy Week). The religious acts organised on the occasion of Easter Week take a special relevancy in Ontinyent for the solemnity and the fervour with which the inhabitants live through each of the processions, Masses or benedictions that are celebrated. The most relevant processions are the Encuentro Doloroso and the Santo Entierro, which are celebrated on Holy Friday. The very emotive Procesión del Silencio is held at night in the Medieval neighbourhood, La Vila, which is illuminated only by the light of candles and processional torches. The most relevant processions are the Encuentro Doloroso and the Santo Entierro, which are celebrated on Holy Friday. The very emotive Procesión del Silencio is held at night in the Medieval neighbourhood, La Vila, which is illuminated only by the light of candles and processional torches.

On Thursday there is a silent procession through the streets of the Vila. The participants are masked and hold candles and are accompanied by characters from the Bible.

On Friday morning, various processions converge on the Plaza Mayor and at midday there is a reenactment of the meeting between the “The Nazarene and La Dolorosa” and in the afternoon there is a procession to commemorate the holy burial and sweets are given out to the public.

On Saturday night, after supper, the faithful go to the Plaza de la Vila where they burn their images of the Quaresma and parade through the streets of the Vila to the sound of pipes and drums and bang metal objects together. These are later left at the doors of the Ayuntamiento and the traditional song of the resurrection is sung. (The second half of which was originally sung by children, but this tradition has now been lost).

On Easter Sunday, 2006 a lost tradition was recovered when the reenactment of the meeting between the lamb of Jesus and the mother of God was celebrated outside the Ayuntamiento. Afterwards there was a firework display.

Combregats procession

May

Communions
May begins with the blessing of the fields on the day of the Holy Cross (3rd). Some schools make crosses of flowers which is actually a tradition from the city of Valencia. May is also the time when children´s first communions and silver and gold wedding anniversaries are celebrated and in the parish of Santa Maria the figure of the Immaculate Conception is paraded. At the end of the month the figure is returned to its chapel and blessed

Santa Rita
On the 2nd, Saint Rita is celebrated and the Housewives´ Association presents bouquets of roses to the church of Sant Carles which are subsequently distributed amongst the public. The townspeople stick envelopes containing their photos to the image of Saint Rita.

June
Corpus Christi
The Day of the Corpus is celebrated in Ontinyent with the celebration of different religious acts such as the solemn Mass, El volteo de las campanasa “roll over” of the church bells and the procession. One of the most traditional acts kept by the city is the popular parade of Gegants i cabets. Standing out is the colour and the genuine traditional music of the processional dances, originating from the XVIII century: Gegants, Cabets, Arquets, Cavallets and Veta.

Giants and Big-heads / Cabets i Gegants
Another of the most impressive fiestas are the Giants and Big-heads that they go out twice a year to delight young and old. They perform their dances, usually before the procession of the Corpus Christi, in June.

Sant Joan
The nearest weekend to the 24th is when the parish of Sant Rafael organises the Nit de Sant Joan. A bonfire is burned and there is a street party with hand held fireworks. The fiesta was originally held in the Plaza Santo Domingo where, until recently there was a bonfire, dancing and stalls. These traditions are still kept alive in the city.

Fiesta of the Cúgol
One of the oldest and most dearly held traditions in Ontinyent is the Fiesta of the Cugol one of the few harvest festivals in Valencia. The word cugol refers to the dried garlic roots that are stored in the ground until their collection. The service is held in the Hermitage el Pla and features dancing and stalls with theatre performances .

Sant Pere de Verona
Since the 90´s the Vila has celebrated San Pedro de Verona day, San Pedro was one of the original patron saints of Ontinyent and the celebration takes place over one of the last weekends in June. Of particular interest is the candle-lit procession with dancing and music between the plaza San Roque and San Pedro.

July

Sant Cristòfol
Lorry drivers celebrate the day of Saint Christopher on the Saturday nearest to the 10th when lorries are blessed during a procession past a figure of the saint. The celebration ends with a firework display.

Romeria to Sant Esteve
The penultimate Saturday of July is dedicated to Saint Stephen, when followers have already presented the queen of the fiestas and her court of honour at a supper. A bonfire is lit in the parish of San Rafael in memory of the now defunct “falla” which used to be lit at San Esteve. Nowadays, the “Light of Saint Stephen” is an electric display at the hermitage. There also used to be a procession which passed through most of the city.

August

Fiestas de Moros y Cristianos – 24 de Agosto / Moors and Christians August 24
Ontinyent celebrates its Moors and Christians Festivals each year towards the end of the month of August. Since the year 1860, the city has been commemorating the Christian conquest of the town founded by Jaime I in the c.XIII and the battles against the Moorish troops. These Festivals, which have been declared to be of Tourist Interest, are celebrated in honour of the Most Holy Christ in Agony, religious symbol of great devotion. Each month of August, the “morenet” (as it is popularly known) is brought down from the chapel of Santa Ana to the church of San Carlos in one of the most significant and surely the most authentic ceremonies of the festivities: “La Baixà”.

The Moorish and Christian ranks advance through the streets of the city to the sound of the kettledrums and flutes, dressed up in very beautiful and colourful costumes, representing the entry of the troops into the city. This ceremony and the one referred to as the Ambassadors are the most massively attended of the week-long festival. More than 6,000 people participate in the Entry, including participants, musical bands and choreography groups.

The ceremony of the Ambassadors signifies the dramatization of the history of the city with the mock battle between the ambassadors of the two sides, at the foot of the castle, symbol of the city of Ontinyent.

Squares, ballets, trappings, horses, camels, dromedaries … all accompanied by brass bands and that will add nearly 10,000 people take to the streets of Ontinyent

 

September
Pujada del Crist
September begins with a procession which officially closes Moors and Christians when the figure of christ is returned to Santa Anna and a final firework display ends the festivities

Romeria d’Agres / Pilgrimage to Agres
For several centuries, Ontinyent has honoured a virgin from Agres who is said to have saved the population from a dreadful plague in 1600. This devotion is expressed nowadays by a walk from Ontinyent to Agres which, although originally formal and solemn, has now lost all protocol and become simply a long walk over the mountains to Agres, ending in lunch at one of the restaurants there. After the arrival of the railway to Agres a hundred years ago, this pilgrimage became even more popular, added to this the modern trends towards health and fitness plus a wish to keep old traditions alive also helps swell the numbers.

Fiesta del Camí dels Carros
The “Festa del Camí dels Carros” began during the mid 19th century. In the old Albarrana tower there was a clock face which depicted the Mother of God of Agres and the shepherd who discovered her and whose arm she cured. More recently a new gegant has been created, Gaspar Tomás in memory of that shepherd in Agres

Fiesta del barri de Sant Rafael
Since 1964, the parish of Sant Rafael celebrates a festival dedicated to the archangel of the same name. It is normally celebrated on two weekends around the 29th of September. The first of these weekends is dedicated to sports and the naming of the Queen of the Festival.
The celebration begins on the Friday with a concert and on the Saturday there is a children´s fiesta. In the evening there is an informal celebration which features an entertaining personnage called the Cuc and later on there is dancing. Sunday begins with a procession and mass with a flower festival, followed by fireworks.

October

Festa del barri del Llombo
October begins with the last few days of Sant Rafael’s festival and then on the 9th is when the parish of el Llombo holds its celebrations.

Day of Valencia
October 9th. Regional Fiesta in the COmmunidad Valencia

Parade of the Gigants and Cabets
The 9th is also celebrated officially by the town hall in which some parishes hold lunches and every four years since 1994 there has been a special parade of the Gigants and Cabets as a way of saying thank you to the people of Ontinyent for the support they have shown to the group over the years.

November

Halloween and All Souls Day
November and Halloween come hand-in-hand. On the 1st is the traditional visit to the cemetary where families tend the graves of loved ones and is the day when “Fogassa” a type of cake decorated with seeds, nuts and almonds is traditionally eaten. A trip to Cocentaina fair is also popular.

Santa Cecília
The three musical bands in the city put on a concert, dedicated to the patron saint of music, Saint Cecilia, where the band members try to outdo eachother with their prowess.

La Fira – 18 de Noviembre / The Fair – November 18
On the 3rd Monday of the month is fair day in Ontinyent. The fair is known as the local festivity Ontinyente enjoyed in November. Once was an agricultural fair, but its evolution has led it to be fair based on attractions and games booths or huts. The Fair is held the weekend of the third Sunday of November, from Saturday to Monday, this is one of the two local holidays, but for a few weeks before and some after the attractions are located on the campus qualified to do so.

December

The bull run
Without the bull run, Ontinyent wouldn´t be the same. Historically, there were various bull runs which took many different forms, but it is the Puríssima run which has lasted down through the centuries in its original form of a bull, with a long cord tied to its harness, running through the streets, driving the crowd before it. The run takes place in the old part of the city below the Vila and across the old bridge and is one of the most important events in the Ontinyent calendar. Whether you decide to run or join the crowds at the ongoing party in the numerous bars which pack the old part of town, it mustn´t be missed.
On the Friday previous in the Plaza Mayor, at the improvised coral is where the “Embolada” takes place. This is when the bull has its horns covered with balls of cotton to avoid the worst of the injuries. On the Saturday morning there is a baby bull run for the youngest fans and then after a traditional lunch of “Cassola d´arròs al forn” which is oven baked rice, the runs commence and the fun begins!

La Purisima – 8 de Diciembre / December 8
With a long calendar of acts between November and December, the La Purísima festivities have a tradition that has been kept from the XVII century. The festivities are proceeded by the Heralds of the Virgen de Plata, els Angelets, personified by children voces blancas, upon floats, which cross the principal streets announcing the proximity of the festivities. The Cant dels Angelets is one of the treasures of old Valencian music that dates back to 1662.

One of the most popular acts is the Bou en corda, celebrated the weekend before the main holiday La Purísima. Also, with a marked popular flavour, there are the traditional dances, the Gegants, Cabets, Arquets, Cavallets and Veta, which are danced in the streets of the town on the eve of the main formalities.

The Immaculate Conception
On the Sunday morning there is a floral offering to the image of the Immaculate Conception when all the various associations and groups represented in the city who wish to present a bouquet may do so.

The 7th and 8th are still the most important festivals in Ontinyent, when the city pays homage to the patron saint. This has taken place since 1642 and is a highly solemn event. On the evening of the 7th, is the biggest and most important procession of the Gigants and Cabets through the streets of the Vila. Early on the morning of the 8th the bell bearing her name is rung, and there follows a day full of religious services, masses and processions, finishing with dances and fireworks.

Christmas / Navidad
Traditional mass, carols, food and family get togethers mark the season. Since 1999, an almost forgotten ancient traditional hymn has made a comeback known as “The Cant de la Sibil.la” it is performed by the group Menestrils

Dia dels Innocents
The year finishes (at least in terms of traditions) in Ontinyent on the 28th, which is the Dia dels Innocents (similar to the English April Fool’s day).

L’Home dels Nassos

On the 31st there is a tradition known as L’Home dels Nassos (The Nose Man?!) who claims to have as many noses as there are days in the year, strange but apparently true. Then it only remains to kick off your shoes and get some sleep because on the 4th those 3 Kings from the Nativity are back to start everything off again for another year

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Ontinyent grew around the textile industry, which has been its main source of income since the Middle Ages, the industry developed due to the abundance of water which propelled the numerous water mills still found in the area. Other industries in Ontinyent include furniture, earthenware, paper, brandy and wine, there has been a rapid increase in population over the last 50 years and almost half of it is employed in the various textiles industries.

There are still some remains of the ancient ramparts which surrounded the town in the 13th century, at a time when Moors and Christians battled for mastery of the region and the gothic church of Santa Maria, which also dates from the 13th century, witnessed the arrival of Jaime I of Aragon who entered to hear mass after his forces had regained control of the town from the Arab invaders in 1244, the imposing tower of the church is the highest in Valencia at 71 metres. The towns history however goes back much further as there have been archaeological finds dating from Roman times and a Roman cemetery was found just 2 kilometres south of the old town, remains from the Visigothic occupation have also been found. Ontinyent was granted the title of ‘City’ in 1904.

The old town of Ontinyent is basically the area between the River Clariano and Dos de Maig. Many large townhouses are situated in this area with in the labyrinth of small streets. The museums and original state buildings can be found in the Plaza Mayor, including the town hall ( ayuntiamento) and the local/ national police stations. The main road from here to the Plaza de La Concepció is pedestrianised with easy access to the many shops and boutiques along the way. The children’s library can be found here along with the Centre de Cultura and Museu Fester. The latter displaying costumes from the various fiestas celebrated in this proud community. From the Plaza de La Concepció you can turn right and walk straight up Daniel Gil avenue through the new town centre.

La Vila is the oldest medieval part of town. The narrow winding streets are steeped in history with many religious architectural buildings still standing. These include the gothic Santa Maria Church and the Sant Roc Christian door dating 1256. During the Moors and Christians festival in August, a wonderful medieval market is found with in these streets. Smells of roasted peanuts and churros drift through the town. There is a school and nursery in La Vila and all other amenities in the town within walking distance.

Ontinyent has a parish church remarkable for its lofty square tower, and a palace of the dukes of Almodòver. There is a large modern suburb outside the old town, which was formerly a walled city; some vestiges of the ramparts still remain. Linen and woollen cloth, paper, brandy, furniture and earthenware are manufactured; and there is some trade in cereals, wine, almonds and olive oil.

San Rafael is just over the river from the old medieval part of Ontinyent. It has its own schools, medical centre, shops and pharmacy. There is a newly built Vidal supermarket, bakeries and greengrocers. A handful of bars and restaurants enjoyed by the local community, English and Spanish alike. A large park with new childrens play area and palm trees, where all generations come together in the summer evenings. All in all a self contained community but with easy walking distance to the town centre in Ontinyent.

Ontinyent Tourist Information Offices

 

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Oficina de Turismo de Ontinyent
Plaza de Santo Domingo 13 – bajo
46870 Ontinyent (Valencia)
Contact details
Telephone: +34 962916090
Fax.: +34 962916303
ontinyent@touristinfo.net
http://www.ontinyent.es

Opening times:
Tuesday to Sunday from 9 to 13:30h.
Monday to Saturday from 16:30 to 19h.

Ontinyent – How to get to Ontinyent – Travel to Ontinyent

 

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How to get to Ontinyent. Travelling to Ontinyent. Trains. Stations. Airports. Roads. Buses.

There is excellent communication with Valencia (airport), 45 minutes along the A7 interior motorway. Alicante (airport), 60 minutes along the new A36, and Gandia on the coast, 30minutes along the new CV60.

By Car:

From Valencia:
Take the N-430 towards Albacete and after Càrcer, take the CV-41 exit. This takes you to Ontinyent.

From Alicante:
Take the A-31 to Villena and take the CV-81 exit for Ontinyent.

From Gandia:
Take the CV-60 to L´Olleria and pick up the CV-41

From Madrid:
Take the A-31/ A-35 to Font la Figuera and from there, the CV-660 to Ontinyent.

By public transport:

By Train: Valencia-Xativa-Alcoi
Xativa Train Station:
Avinguda d’Ausiàs March
Xàtiva, Comunidad Valenciana 46800
Railway Train Timetable from RENFE.es
Telephone RENFE ( 902 24 02 02)

By Bus: Regular routes between Ontinyent and Valencia operated by La Concepción.
Bus Timetables and operators

Autocares La Amistad
Tel. 962 874 410
Ontinyent to Gandia line

Autocares Alsa
Telephone 902 422 242 – 965 985 003
Web: http://www.alsa.es
Gandia – Dénia – Xàbia – Altea – Benidorm – Alacant, etc.

Autocares La Concepion
Telephone 962 380 362 – 962 380 046
Web: http://laconcepcion.net
Ontinyent to Valencia Line
Departures from C/ Músic Vert

Autocares Navarros
Telephone 962 385 011
Web: http://www.busnavarro.com

Nearest airport to Ontinyent:

Manises (Valencia) or L´Altet (Alicante)

 

Distances from Ontinyent


Travel Destination

Miles

Kilometers

Alicante (playa San Juan)

33

53.1

Altea

35

56.32

Alicante

36

57.92

Valencia

47

75.62

Palma Nova

176

283.18

Magalluf

176

283.18

Madrid

199

320.19

Nerja

226

363.63

Bidart

323

519.71

Santander

362

582.46

Machico – Funchal, Madeira

405

651.65

Aix-en-provence

454

730.49

 

Ontinyent Weather Forecasts

 

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Weather Forecast for Ontinyent, a municipality in the comarca of Vall d’Albaida in the Valencian Community, Spain

The weather in Ontinyent is mostly sunny and dry and the town experiences hot summers and mild winters with over 300 days of sunshine every year, some rainfall should be expected during the winter time.

The weather in summer in Ontinyent is typically very hot with little to no rainfall. Summer temperatures in Ontinyent will mostly be between 25 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius during the day. Temperatures at night in the summer in Ontinyent rarely drop below 15 degrees Celsius.

In August Ontinyent weather can be almost unbearably hot with some days reaching 40 degrees Celsius or more. Because Ontinyent is situated inland you won’t get the cooling sea breezes that the coast enjoys. It is baking hot!

The weather in Ontinyent in winter is very mild compared to northern Europe. Most winter days in Ontinyent are clear and sunny with little rainfall. The temperatures can vary greatly in winter however, one day it can be over 20 degrees Celsius and you will be walking around in your t-shirt, on another day it can be 6 degrees Celsius and feel very cold.

Ontinyent Hotels

 

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Kazar Hotel, Ontinyent
Avda. Dos de Maig, 117
Ontinyent
46670
Spain
Phone: 962382443
www.hotelkazar.com
Hotel Class: 3 star
36 bedrooms decorated with different styles. Conditioned air, ample halls, restaurant-cafe, gym-spa, beautiful gardens and parking.This impressive 19th-century Mudéjar Palace is located in Ontinyent, under an hour’s drive from Valencia. It offers a roof terrace with an outdoor pool, and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi.
The Hotel Kazar’s restaurant serves innovative Mediterranean food, using local ingredients. There is also a bar where you can get a snack or a drink.
The Kazar is 100 m from the El Teler Shopping Centre, and there are many shops and restaurants within 5 minutes’ walk. You can drive to the beaches of the Costa Blanca in just over an hour.
Free parking is available on site.
Hotel Kazar has been welcoming Booking.com guests since 28 Nov 2011
Hotel Rooms: 40

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Husa Pou Clar Hotel, Ontinyent
Mayans, 67
Ontinyent
46870
Spain
Phone: 962381200
Email: pouclar@arrakis.es
Hotel Class: 3 star
Rooms: 47

Hostal Monterrey, Ontinyent
Av. Almansa, 23
Ontinyent
46870
Spain
Phone: 96 238 12 93
17 bedrooms, 14 are double. Bar, television and conditioned air.

Tourist Apartment Sant Domingo
Plaça Sant Domingo, 27
Ontinyent
46870
Spain
Phone: 658 34 28 83
www.apartamentoenontinyent.blogspot.com
1 double bedroom, living room with sofa bed, TV and fireplace, 1 bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and patio

Rural House Casa Elena
Ctra.CV-655 Fontanars-Ontinyent Km.9 (Partida l’Ombria)
Ontinyent
46870
Spain
Phone: 663 025 227
www.casaruralsantaelena.es
Reunion rooms, lounge-bar, restaurant, gardens and swimming pool.

Rural House La Vila
C/ Trinitat, 50
Ontinyent
46870
Spain
Phones:
96 291 44 52 – 610 741 299
www.voraserra.com
Services: 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and equipped kitchen. There are a place for entertainment and a dining room with TV.

Rural House Morera
Ctra.CV-655 Fontanars-Ontinyent Km.10
Ontinyent
46870
Spain
Phones: 96 238 01 62 – 692 670 560

www.jullianturismorural.es
Services: 5 rooms, lounge room, private dining room, lounge with TV, fireplace with chimney and library, wi-fi, barbecue and wine cellar.

Ontinyent Sport and Leisure

 

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The “Manuel Sanchís Guarner” Cultural Centre organizes and offers theatrical productions, exhibitions on a wide range of subjects such as painting or photography or sculpture, and has an ample cinematographic offering through the Cinema Club Utiye.

These type of activities is combined with others such as the presentation of books, records, etc., and also the holding of concerts. For some years now an annual performance has been a regular occurrence in the Echegaray Theatre.

El Pou Clar / Water Pools

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The Pou Clar, is the most important river area that the city has and is of great value, as much for the landscape, as for the wildlife it supports. The Clariano has its source here and the first section of its course is marked by a series of pools and waterfalls, which have all been sculpted by the water and go to make up an attractive area, much used by the local people. Over the generations, each pool has acquired a name; The Pool of Slaves, The Clear Pool, The Frozen Pool, The Side Pool, The Dark Pool and finally The Pool of Horses. There is easy access to the Pozo Claro and the visitor can walk along the whole section, as they enjoy the contrasts of colour in the rock formations and water and maybe take a refreshing summer swim in the pools

How to get to the El Pou Clar / Water Pools by car: Take the CV-81 Ontinyent-Bocairent road and at the crossroads for Fontanars, turn right and park. Access to the Pou Clar is in front of the car park.

Ontinyent Club de Fútbol
Ontinyent Club de Fútbol is a Spanish football team based in Ontinyent, in the autonomous community of Valencia. Founded in 1947, it plays in 2ªB – Group 3, holding home games at Estadio El Clariano, with a capacity of 5,000 seats.

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