One of the biggest region specialities is its bilingual: people speak Castilian (i.e. main Spanish language) and Valencian. Both languages are officially recognised. That is why many geographical places names may be spelled in two ways: Xàtiva/Játiva, Alacant/Alicante, Xúquer/Júcar, or Mare de Deu/Nuestra Señora for Holy Mary.
La Torreta is located just outside the Corbera village, on a hill side, in the Ribera Baixa. It is half an hour South of Valencia, and a quarter of an hour away from fine sandy beaches.
The scenary is spectacular (50 m above the plain). First, you see the orange trees, the village and the medieval castle of Corbera. Then, more orange trees, rice fields and finally the Mediterranean Sea.
Looking South-East, you get the mountain covered with pine trees. Behind the house, pine trees, olive trees, and local trees called garrofers (carob trees).
The climate is delightfull all year round. Winters are mild, and summers are not too hot. This is due to la Torreta's great location, close to both the sea and the mountain.
It's relaxing to rest for hours on the terrace, with the fresh air gently caressing your face ! What a privilege to enjoy a generous sun in the middle of the winter ! The Nothern cold and humid winter is quickly forgotten here ...
Average temperature at La Torreta: 23°C in summer, 14°C in winter.
Here is the kingdom of great fine sandy beaches, stretching to the horizon. Water is quiet, warm and cristal-clear.
Your choice is: beaches with amenities, half-wild beaches with dunes of high ecological value, beaches for naturism, or beaches with windsurf and scuba diving facilities.
The beaches are controlled and certified (ISO 14.001) by environmental management. Some of the beaches are recognized as the best in Europe.
History: archeological remains have been found
in several places, particularly in the caves, indicating human
dwellings as early as Neolithic and the begining of the Bronze Age.
Corbera village was really founded by the Romans.
It was an important town from the Muslim time to the conquest by
the Christian king in 1248. It then became the
'City and Honor of Corbera', until 1839.
That was the time when the towns of the area were split
into independant villages (Favara, Fortaleny, Llaurí, Polinyà, Riola).
During the Spanish civil war (1936-39), Corbera suffered bombings;
the Saint-Vincents church (XVIth c.)
had to be completly rebuilt.
Some modern-style housefronts remain in the village and are worthwhile seeing.
Buildings: the castle, the Saint Michael hermitage, the chapel of the Very-Holy-Christ, the parish church of the Saint-Vincents (Saint Vincent Martyr, patron saint of Valencia since the IVth c., and Saint-Vincent-Ferrier, born in Valencia and who travelled across Europe during the XVth c., becaming the patron saint of Vannes, Britany, France). Worth seeing too are the remains of Iberic dwellings and the natural fountains: the fontanelles and the fountain of the Batle.
Festivals: Corbera is considered as one of the most lively villages in the area; there is a fair on every month.
Main roads: motorway AP7 (previously called A7) and N332/A38;
As comfortable as the best hotel, as cosy as a guest house and as surprising as a lodge: La Torreta at Corbera (Valence), Spain.