Ever since my visit to The Jativa Castle , I was curious to explore more places related to the Borja (Borgia) family in Valencia. Let me share the beautiful details of The Ducal Palace of Gandia!

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One day in Gandia: Visiting The Ducal Palace

Blog Series for Art Lovers

This post is a part of my Blog Series Art Lovers, where I keep sharing in detail all the artsy corners spotted during my travels. Therefore, this Blog Series serves as a creative outlet for visually inspiring locations ( that I often want to refresh in my memory for myself).

In my recent article about Spain Coffee Table Books, I have already highlighted that I deeply believe our eye should constantly travel to keep that wanderlust fueling, even if it means traveling from home… Reading about beautiful architecture, museums, and street art every week is what often lies at the root of my new getaways. I hope that via this blog series, you will find new bucket list destinations to embrace your inner art lover!

Exploring The Ducal Palace of Gandia

About the Ducal Palace of Gandia

The Ducal Palace of Gandia is located 70 km away from the city of Valencia, in the heart of the small town of Gandia.

So, it can be an easy Valencia day trip or even an organized day tour from Valencia. You can include the Ducal Palace of Gandia in your Valencia Road Trip or Valencia to Alicante Road Trip. The Ducal Palace of Gandia is another must-stop on the Borgia Route. This place was the residence of the famous Borgia family since 1485 and the birthplace of Saint Francis Borgia ( a great-grandson of Pope Alexander VI).

Practical info

The Ducal Palace of Gandia is open every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The last access is one hour before the closure. Sometimes, on Sundays, this landmark offers Theatralized visits. You can get your entrance in advance via GetYourGuide.

Gandia Tours

About The Borja (or Borgia -the Italian way)

Just in case you haven´t heard of Borja or Borgia (or haven´t seen The Borgias historical-fiction drama with Jeremy Irons): The House of Borja is a noble family descending from Xativa. While they were originally quite wealthy, international fame came to Borja when the clan established roots in Italy and became crucial in the Vatican´s political life (between the 1400s and 1500s).

Also read: Historical Valencia: The Borgia Route

History relates Borja with numerous crimes and murders, all because of their grasp of power. The House of Borja produced two popes of Rome (Alfons de Borja, who ruled as Pope Callixtus III during 1455–1458, and Rodrigo Lanzol Borgia, as Pope Alexander VI, during 1492–1503) and many other political and church leaders.

About Ducal Palace of Gandia

The Ducal Palace of Gandia is an important part of the Valencian architectural heritage. Situated in the heart of Gandia with its origins going back to the 14th century, the palace takes us back in time to the years of prosperity for the Borja family. The luxury decorations, full of significant artistic and architectural elements, make The Ducal Palace of Gandia a must-stop in the region.

Also read: The Most Colorful Villages in Spain

The palace is known for its unique mix of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neo-gothic elements, as well as some of the most beautiful ceilings in Spain. Since the palace was built, enlarged, and restored during the last seven centuries, it perfectly reflects the evolution of the region and the small town of Gandia.

Art Lovers: The Ducal Palace of Gandia in Spain
Art Lovers: The Ducal Palace of Gandia in Spain
Art Lovers: The Ducal Palace of Gandia in Spain
Art Lovers: The Ducal Palace of Gandia in Spain
Art Lovers: The Ducal Palace of Gandia in Spain
Art Lovers: The Ducal Palace of Gandia in Spain
Art Lovers: The Ducal Palace of Gandia in Spain

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