Olleria / L’Olleria
L’Olleria Tourist Information
L’Olleria is a municipality in the comarca of Vall d’Albaida in the Valencian Community, Spain.
L’Olleria (10 minutes from Xativa) is a town that is renowned for its glass and ceramics. Indeed, there is now a modern factory that continues to crush the glass that is collected in bottle banks, and they make both
new and recycled items. It is a perfect place for dinner services, cut glass, china, and ornaments. Careful though – you could end up spending more than you envisaged – the products are really good, and really cheap!
L’Olleria, a town of over 7.000 inhabitants, is situated to the south of Serra Grossa, between two ravines called Foia de Port and La Freira. Its principle crops are grapes, olives, almonds and summer fruits. Thanks to its irrigation system, other vegetables are also grown. In essence it is
an industrial town, with the glass and plastic industries at the forefront. Other traditional industries such as wood manufacture, pottery, furniture, bamboo and rattan production and the firework industry, complete the industrial scene. One can try the famous local dish “Arros al Forn” (baked rice) in any of the different restaurants down town.
The Santa Maria Magdalena church is the parish church and is constructed on top of the old mosque; Its gothic floor plan was built towards the 15 th century and was only completed in the 16 th century. The Dominics de Nostra Senyora de Loreto convent has a total of 12 chapels and is
baroque in style. It was built in 1579 and worthy of mention are its indoor paintings and the mediaeval image of the patron saint. The Caputxins convent dates back to 1601 and houses the glass museum. Another convent, the Agustines Descalces convent was founded in 1611. The fair in October and the Moors and Christians fiesta at the beginning of September are well worth seeing.
Festivals and Fiestas in L’Olleria
Fiesta de la Magdalena
The parish church of Olleria is named after Santa Maria Magdalena. She has been the towns patron saint since the 17 th century. Until 1970, the 22 nd of July fiesta was the main Olleria fiesta, but due to circumstances, this fiesta was gradually lost until it finally disappeared. Since 1996 though, it is slowly making a comeback thanks to the Olleriens.
El Ball dels locos (The mad mens dance)
Murta del Convento de los Capuchinos
How to get to L’Olleria
From the motorway between Xativa and Ontinyent, going towards Ontinyent, turn off to the roundabout exit after the mountain tunnel, sign posted Gandia and L’Olleria.
Places to visit and see in L’Olleria
Glass and Ceramic factory
Camino de Albaida s/n
La Mediterrania. This a retail outlet for a local glass factory that specialises in glassware and other decorative items made from recycled glass. The products are good value and many of the original designs are exported to the UK.
All products are grouped into two broad product lines: Vidreco and La Mediterrania.
The first of them, Vidreco, brings together different collections of articles made from 100% recycled glass. They feature extremely original, functional designs for use as household knickknacks and decoration.
“Fully concerned about our responsibility in environment harmony and preservation, La Mediterránea manufactures all its VIDRECO articles with 100% recycled glass proceeding from the urban picking up of used glass containers. In this way, La Mediterránea doesn’t use any new composition materials, contributing significantly to environment conservation and energy spare”.
La Mediterrania is the line that creates an extensive range of top-quality decorative ceramic collections and artisanal pieces with cutting-edge designs made from recycled coloured glass.