Xàtiva (Spanish: Játiva) is a small city in Valencia.


Xàtiva has been inhabited continuously since Iberian times, and is one of the few Spanish cities which has preserved its pre-Roman name (Iberian: Saiti‎). During the Roman period the city was known for textiles; later the Moors introduced paper in Europe by establishing a paper manufacturing centre here. Xàtiva was also the hometown of the notorious Borgia (Borja) family and the birthplace of one of its more infamous members, Pope Alexander VI.

For modern visitors the town is notable for its large, dramatically-situated fortress as well as its atmospheric, well-preserved city centre.

Get in

By train

From Valencia, Renfe regional train line C2 departs every ½ hour from Estació de València Nord; a round-trip ticket costs €8.70 and the journey lasts 49 minutes.

By bus

Get around

As the historic core of the city is quite small, the easiest way to get around is by foot. For visitors who prefer not to walk, a   taxi stand (tel. +34 962 271 681) is located in front of the train station.


Castle and environs

Església Collegiata Basílica de Santa Maria
Castell de Xàtiva
Each castle affords great views of the city below, and of the mirroring castle. The walk up the (small) mountain is most scenic via the footpaths which pass by the Ermita de Sant Feliu and La Nevera (listed below). For those who don't want to walk there is also a tourist train which departs twice a day from the tourist office (summer: 12:30 and 17:30, winter: 12:30 and 16:30; €4.20), which winds its way through the town and uphill to the castle. Alternatively, a one-way taxi ride from the tourist office will cost about €11. Castle admission €2.40 (adults), €1.20 (children).

Town centre

Hospital Municipal


Arrós al forn

Xàtiva is most known for its rice dishes, especially arrós al forn (Spanish: 'arroz al horn'), a rice dish baked in a clay pot with blood sausage and vegetables. Another local specialty is arnadí, a pumpkin pie with almonds, pine nuts and cinnamon.


Two popular artisanal beers are produced in Xàtiva. La Socarrada is seasoned with fresh rosemary and rosemary honey, and Er Boquerón is made with Mediterranean seawater. Both beers are available in local restaurants and shops.


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