When we arrived in Xátvia, it became apparent that many of the attractions such as the churches and gardens were closed because it was Monday and the tourist train we had counted on to take us up the very steep hill to the castle wasn't running due to lack of people. Well that didn't stop us and full of our bocadillos (sandwiches) we took to the streets (and later, uneven pathways.) You can see I wasn't dressed for it but I didn't care, this is one seriously beautiful town.
It really was magical, especially as we didn't see another soul on the ascent and there were only a couple of other people in the castle, we practically had the place to ourselves. The walk down was helped by stunning music being played over loud speakers, which was just lovely and even more romantic. The only thing I regret is setting off with water. It was 32c yesterday and you can see from the pictures that the castle is pretty high up!
We will definitely need to go back to Xátvia when everything is open, possibly with parents. It really is stunning.