Planning your trip to Amitavati.
Flying is the quickest and cheapest way to get to Valencia. You can pay a little extra with EasyJet (from Gatwick) to offset your carbon emissions. Ryanair flies from Stansted. Depending on the day of the week and when you book you can pay as little as £35 return.
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Arriving by car
See Multimap to find the way by road to Villar-del-Arzobispo, the nearest town to Amitavati.
Directions from Villar del Arzobispo to Amitavati (7km).
From the roundabout with a wine press in the middle just before Villar -del-Arzobispo take the second exit (straight across) towards Higueruelas. Pass an industrial estate on your right and take a right turn at the signpost to Andilla. This is the CV341.You come to a 60km/hr speed limit and shortly after, a 40km/hr speed limit. The road widens then and you turn left at km. 3 onto an asphalt track. Follow the track for about 2 kms until you reach the second 20km/hr sign, passing a mine on your right which also has a 20 km/hr sign, and an old coral – both on your right. The road continues on straight ahead at this second 20 km/hr sign BUT YOU DON’T TAKE THAT, it goes to another mine!! Instead, Turn right at the sign on to a small dirt track and continue past a group of houses. Cross a small valley. As you come up the other side of this dip, just past our neighbour’s white house, you will see some prayer-flags flying between 2 pine trees, with a little sign for Amitavati at the base of a pine tree,and you take the next turning to the right (there are some large stones on the corner) which leads you to the 2-story house of Casa Rosa, Amitavati: ochre in colour, and various ruins on the other side of the track. Welcome!
You can arrange for transfers between Amitavati and the airport, Lliria (nearest big town) or Villar del Arzobispo (the local village).
Costs of transfers:
Airport (50mins): 1 person – 24 euros each way, 2 people – 28 euros, 3 people – 30 euros .
Lliria (35mins): 1 person – 15 euros, 2 people – 19 euros, 3 people – 22 euros
Villar del Arzobispo (10mins) – 4 euros. (Less for more than one person)
Alternatively take the metro to Valencia (Turia stop) then the bus to Villar del Arzobispo (4.35 euros) and pick up your transfer there. From anywhere in Valencia take an 80 or a 2 bus to the bus station (estacion del autobus).
Metro between airport Valencia and Lliria
At the airport there is a metro station next to the arrivals hall. The trains are fairly frequent. It takes about 1h 15m to get to Lliria and pick up your transfer to Amitavati. The metro fare is 2.40 euros. First take the no. 3 (red) line in the direction of Rafelbunyol. Change at Angel Guimera onto the no. 1 (yellow) line to Lliria (the last stop). There are 10 stops to Angel Guimera and it takes about 20 mins, then 21 stops to Lliria, another 45 mins. Wait in the car park at the side of the station for your transfer.
Bus times to and from Villar del Arzobispo
WINTER (11 September – 24 June)
Valencia to Villar
Mon – Fri 12.15, 18.30
Saturdays – 10.00, 13.30, 18.30
Sundays and bank holidays – 10.00, 18.30
Villar to Valencia – (11 September – June 24)
Mon – Fri 7.00, 9.00, 14.40
Saturdays 9.10, 17.15
Sundays and bank holidays 16.40
What to take
Light clothes in the summer and both light and warm clothes in the winter when the days can be warm and the nights very cold. So bring thick socks, gloves and woolly hat; even a hot water bottle. Bring a towel and slippers for use in the house and strong boots for walking. Sun protection cream should be used all year. If on a working retreat bring old clothes too.
Bring a torch for hill walking at night. The electrical sockets are 2-round pin with a 230v supply. Although it is possible to recharge electrical equipment in the main house the advice is not to bring laptops and after mobile phones are used for essential communication on arrival they should be switched off on arrival.
Andilla – picturesque hill village with springs and waterfall
Chulilla – beautiful village in red-rock hills with striking river gorge, and spa with hot springs. Reservoir nearby for swimming.
Villar del Arzobispo – the nearest historic hill town with its 500 year old summer residence of the Archbishop of Valencia. There is a good street market on Fridays and an excellent supermarket (Consum).
Casinos – 10km away. In late summer the turron factories have an open day where you can try all the different varieties of turron.
Valencia – If you get a chance, set aside a day at least to explore Valencia. You can pick up an excellent map from the tourist office in the airport arrivals hall or on platform 1 of the main railway station.