U3A Oliva

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U3A OLIVA

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The U3A

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. To its east lie 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) of coastline and beaches fronting the ; eight kilometres to the north is Gandia.

The (promenade) runs through the centre of the town, and features a market each Friday. On the left side of the Marina beach is Kiko beach. The blue flagged beaches of Oliva stretch for 7 kilometres (4.3 miles); many contain sand dunes.

Oliva has one of the province’s biggest and most colourful Moors and Christians Festivals in the area. In the old town there are two churches, and . Sant Roc dates from the 18th–19th centuries, and Santa Maria  Santa Maria la Major from the 17th–18th centuries. At the top of the hill in the old town is built in the 16th century.

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). 

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