Piles

Piles, pronounce (Pilays) is a municipality in the Valencian Community, Spain. It is located in the province of Valencia, in the region of La Safor.

A fairly desired town as it is smaller, cleaner and friendlier than Oliva and yet just a few minutes’ drive to it.

How to get there? From Alicante and Valencia Airports follow the AP7 and exit junction 61 signposted Oliva. Take the N332 towards Gandia and piles can be found on the right.

History
The origin of the town seems to be in a small Muslim farmhouse dependent Rebollet Castle , won jointly with him in 1240 by Jaime I.

Heritage
Watchtower Piles: This is a defensive structure, built in 1573 near the coast to prevent attacks Berbers. Has a height of 13 m and a diameter of 10 m. It was restored in 1986 by the Government Valenciana.
Parish Church of Santa Barbara ( Església parish of Santa Barbera ) : It was built between 1733 and 1744 while retaining the chapel of the Communion of the previous church was destroyed by an earthquake in 1732 , and in turn located on the old mosque. Has subsequently undergone several reconstructions.
Beach: Piles participates in the Plan Accessible Beaches of Valencia, and the beach is suitable for the disabled.

Culture
Major Festivals . Celebrate your festivities in May, dedicated to St. Philip Neri , Christ of the Agony , Virgen del Carmen , San Fernando and the Immaculate Conception.
Parties half year ( Mig any) . Held on December 4 in honor of Santa Barbara (also patron of the municipality).

Beaches

The beaches are just incredible and as they come under Valencia they are cleaned every day, plenty of bars and restaurants along the promenade and wheel chair access is catered for. A wide range of water sports, kite surfing, diving, windsurfing and just a few kilometers away is Gandia with the marina. Very popular with Spanish, very few ex pats. Not overcrowded and very un spoilt.

The main town of Piles is just 1.5km from the beaches and yet is open all year. Supermarkets, bars, restaurants and a bus route from Gandia. The beach side is also open all year although some of the restaurants do close.

International Schools

There are several schools in and around the area but the nearest International School is the British School Gandia which offers the following:

Complete language immersion from Pre-Nursery to Year 13 (0 to 18 years of age)

Personal and individualized education, with continuous supervision and curricular adaptation to each pupil’s needs.

A comprehensive education which covers learning in all curricular and extra-curricular subject areas designed for artistic and physical development: judo, ballet, tennis, violin, etc.

Markets, Gandia and Oliva have the two main markets in the area. Please read about those towns.