U3A Oliva

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The Oliva U3A was founded in 2007 and now boasts several hundred members enjoying around 35 groups, ranging from the active (Walking Football, Badminton) to the not-so physically active (Canasta, Keyboard). Here’s a full list of the groups presently running.

We generally hold regular meetings, though they have been curtailed due to the Corona pandemic; we hope to restart shortly.

As well as our groups and meetings, members can also enjoy a range of benefits from business ranging from discount on travel, to discounts on Internet and TV or help with medical care.

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The University of the Third Age (U3A) is an international movement whose aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retired members of the community — those in their third ‘age’ of life.

Its original conception in France as an extramural university activity was significantly modified in the United Kingdom where it was recognized that most people of retirement age have something to contribute and the emphasis has been on sharing, without formal links to traditional universities.

U3A membership is not related to a specific age but to a period in one’s life (the third age) after the second age of full-time employment and parental responsibility. Anybody in their third age can join U3A and this includes people who are working part-time. There is no lower age for membership.

Oliva town

Oliva is a municipality in the Valencian Community, Spain, halfway between Alicante and Valencia airports.  The blue flagged beaches of Oliva stretch for 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) and beaches fronting the Mediterranean; eight kilometres to the north is Gandia.

The Paseo (promenade) runs through the centre of the town, and features a market each Friday, as well as numerous bars, cafes and restaurants and local shops. 

Oliva’s Old Town is steeped in history, with a Moorish castle remains, narrow, winding streets and two beautiful churches, Santa Maria  which dates from the 18-19 centuries and Sant Roc which dates from the 17-18 centuries.

Oliva has one of the province’s biggest and most colourful Moors and Christians Festivals in the area. 

In the centre of the town is a Roman kiln situated below one of the blocks of apartments on Santíssim street.

Oliva’s Old Town has historical streets which see various “fiestas” celebrated throughout the year: the falles “Fiesta” in March, the Moors and Christians in July and Setmana Santa (Holy Week).