Oliva  is a seaside resort located in the southeast of the Valencia Province in Spain in the county of Safor, bordering on the province of Alicante. Oliva has a population of nearly 27,000 inhabitants and is one of the primary holiday resorts in the Costa Blanca region. On the East side of the Marina beach is the Kiko beach, part of the blue flagged beaches of Oliva that stretch for over 7 Kilometres of beach and sand dunes and with over 300 days of sunshine each year, the weather in Oliva and climate is said to be one of the best in the world.
Oliva is at the southernmost tip of the Costa Azahar coast (also known as the Orange Blossom coast) where it meets the Costa Blanca coast of Spain, a one of the most famous tourist areas in Spain and just one hour from Valencia airport. Oliva has historically been a well know resort for the Spanish, but now the area has become a great attraction for tourists all over Europe. Oliva beaches are golden white sands made up of three main beaches, Terranova-Burguera Playa, Pau Pi Playa and the Aigua.
Oliva’s extensive beaches do not feel crowded like other Costa Blanca beaches and remain a special destination that is a little quieter but less crowded as Javea, Moraira and Benidorm. Oliva has one of the area’s largest and most colourful Moors and Christians Festivals (Fiestas de Moros i Christians, in Valencian language) in the province. In Oliva old town the two principal churches are Sant Roc and Santa Maria la Major. Both the churches date from the 17th and 18th centuries and at the top of the hill is the old town where the Santa Anna Castle was built in the 16th century. In the centre of the town there is also still an old Roman kiln situated below one of the blocks of apartments on Santíssim street.
Oliva's Old Town has many historical streets which have various "fiestas" celebrated throughout the year.
Oliva is also well-known for its cycling, especially from Estonia. At the beginning of March, Cyclists gather there for the spring training camp. The area is also near the central wine growing areas of Spain and you can visit the many Vineyards for wine tasting or visit the local farmers or you can also see it sold in the local markets.
Many types of water sports are available in Oliva and the winds along the beach are Ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing. The area also has an extensive 18 hole golf course called Oliva Nova Golf and Country Club which is in a great setting close to the coast and beach and designed by the world famous Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros.
Oliva restaurants worth visiting include El Eden, Soqueta, La Canadiense, Viva España, La Sota, La Cueva, Bar Restaurant La Cassola, Cafe Bar Molino, Restaurante Lancora, Casa Manolo, Restaurant Gloria Mar, Bistro, Valencai Catering SL, Club Nautico Oliva, Font Sala, Oli-Ba-Ba, Kiko Port, Casa Andrea, Cantares, Sanchis, Moby Dick, Xuscos, Cheng Heging, Bai Zhou Ngo Wu, Club de Tenis Restaurant, El Clotel, Vincent Llopis E Hijos SL, Vora Mar, Restaurante Chino Susana, Mistral, Teresa Sanchez Martinez, La Marchigana CB, Haikin Nout, Michel Louis Belorgey, Maria Vicenta Martinez Minana, Maria Mena Mena, Fernando Cortain Barber and El Cortijo.
Although Oliva is situated just north of the Costa Blanca coast on the southern part of the Costa Azahar there are few hotels because most of the tourists who visit tend to rent the many Villas and other Holiday homes and apartments. Renting both short term and long term is a lot cheaper than other areas like Alicante, Javea and Valencia.
Examples of hotels and hostel’s in Oliva are the Oliva Nova golf course and resort at the top end of the market, also the Font Salada, Tropical and the Azahar. Popular hotels in Oliva include the three star Hotel Font Salada, the four star Oliva Nova Golf Beach & Golf Hotel, the three star Playa Miramar and the two star Estrella del Mar.More accommodation options are available at the pension San Vincente, the Moli Cansiyet, and the Hotelito Oliva.
Camping There are at least seven different campsites that we know of. These are: Kiko Park, Azul, Pepe, Ole, Eurocamping, Bon Dia and Rio-Mar.
There are many villas to rent in Oliva although most of these villas will be away from the beach area in the hills surrounding the town of Oliva.
Oliva Tourist Information Office (Oficina de Turismo) Oliva Tourist Office Address: Passeig Lluis Vives S/N, 46780, Oliva. Telephone: +34 962855528 Website: http://www.tourist-oliva.com Email: [email protected] Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 13:30 and 17:00 to 19:00 h. Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00 h.
Oliva Tourist Office Address: Calle Roger de Lauria 38, 46780, Oliva. Telephone: +34 962850391 Email: [email protected] Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 13:30 and 17:00 to 19:00 h. Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00 h.