Places in Spain - The Monasterio de San Jeroni de Cotalba, Alfauir (Valencia)
The Monastery of San Jeroni de Cotalba is located around 9km from Gandia on the road from Gandia to Albaida. Dating from 1374, the monastery is open to the public two days a week. It is currently being restored by the current owners, the Trenor family.
Pictured above is the main causeway that runs to the monastery. Lined with ancient trees, the road is centred by a stone cross. There's ample parking at the end of the lane.
The monastery is open to the public on Thursdays and Saturdays, at 11.30am. There's a guided tour in several languages, that lasts around one and a half hours. You can explore the wonderful grounds and the Romantic Garden with its small lake. Inside, you can see the church, dining room, kitchen and cloisters and more. The entry fee is just €4 per adult.
Pictured above, the ceilings of the cloisters are similar in design to the architecture in the Mosque in Cordoba.
Idealspain visited in February 2011.
The monastery is a peaceful place to visit and full of interest. Our only disappointment was that the information boards inside were in Spanish only. It is however a splendid visit, full of interest and character.
The history of the Monastery of San Jeroni de Cotalba
The orgins of this monastery actually began in Javea (Xabia) when Pope Gregory XI authorised its foundation in 1374. The monastery in Javea was attacked by pirates so the monastery was moved to land purchased by King Alfonso of Aragon in 1388. The site was away from the sea and therefore much safer.
The monastery was bought by the Trenor family in 1843 after religious buildings were sold off to pay debts. The family opened the doors to the public in 2005.