Amid ancient olive trees
By:The CB Friday , Friday, July 23, 2004
This brand new holiday complex is very difficult to find but well worth the effort. Entre Viejos Olivos is set in a beautiful valley near the village of Benicolet on the road from Gandia to Xàtiva. And don’t let the word ‘complex’ put you off - Entre Viejos Olivos is the opposite of a concrete jungle filled with screaming kids and super-animated animators. Silence and peace engulfs the four wooden houses for two or three people, which are set around a garden and fountain. The beautiful Estonia-made cabins are self-contained and fully equipped for independent living. Everything is sparkling new and the cabins are luxurious yet immediately cosy. In fact the complex is so new - except for the 42 400-year-old olive trees that give the centre its name - that there is still a lot of work to do before its official inauguration. In the centre of the garden there is the plot that will become the swimming pool (guests can now use the pool and jacuzzi at the main house) and to one side is the cabin that will be the relaxation centre. This will be one of the main attractions of Entre Viejos Olivos with a jacuzzi, sauna, massage and beauty rooms, small gymnasium and solarium. Work is well advanced on the relaxation centre and we’ll let you know as soon as it opens. In the meantime, guests can enjoy the peace, use the barbecues outside each cabin and relax on the sunloungers. The complex is owned and run by Gandia-born Javier and his German wife Veronica. Javier told us the complex is so quiet they have included games such as darts and bowls in the cabins for guests who find the tranquillity too much of a culture shock. “Some people are so stressed they find it impossible to suddenly stop and do nothing. Our aim is to make this a health and relaxation centre. We believe this is the perfect setting... we even enjoy cool air coming along the valley from the sea,” said Javier. The couple are gathering information to give guests about nearby walking routes and outings and they plan to offer mountain bikes for loan or rental. Entre Viejos Olivos is set in idyllic surroundings. The whole complex covers 6,500 square metres, 600 metres of which are set aside for a car park. The couple themselves ran a restaurant in nearby Castellonet for many years and also lived for a while in bustling Dénia but preferred to escape to the quiet life. They have not become lazy, however. For the past 15 years they have been working on renovating their beautiful old house, they have set up the holiday complex and recently they have become involved in the booming market selling wooden houses, sheds, saunas and jacuzzis. Guests can enjoy some of this peace by renting one of the houses for 80 euros a day, including IVA and breakfast (with freshly-baked bread thrown in). But back to the beginning and the mission of finding Entre Viejos Olivos... you take the road from Gandia to Albaida but then take the turning to Xàtiva. Benicolet is the first village after the turning. Just past the village take the track on the right called Racó del Pi and when the road forks, take the right-hand lane. This track eventually loses its tarmac surface but don’t give up... you will find Entre Viejos Olivos on your left. To book some peaceful moments between ancient olive trees, please call Javier on 630 882 000 or 619 365 580.