The history of Xilxes starts in the Roman age. The famous Via Augusta traverse the village. Xilxes was founded in the year 201 b.C. After the fall of the Roman Empire and the the following muslin invasions, the village became a roman-muslin village. At this time, it was composed by four muslin hamlets.
A highlighted event for Xilxes arrived on the 18th of January 1625. The Margalló brothers found in the district of ‘Les Chovaes’ a little statue of Christ that was in the shore of the rush. This statue became the sign of Xilxes/Chilches. The Holy Christ of the Rush (Santísimo Cristo de La Junquera) is the patron saint of the village.
In the district so-called “L’Alter”, rests of the old roman villa were found. The most important piece is the little bronze statue of Mercury (God Hermes). Currently it is preserved in the Archeologic Museum of Burriana.
Get to know the village: monuments and parks
It is easy to discover on foot the most important heritage sites of Xilxes. It will take less than an hour for sure. It is a small village but in the centre you will see genuine pieces as the church or La Font de La Unió. The most ancient monuments are located in the very centre of Xilxes, surrounding the church: Plaza España, Carrer Major, Carrer Arbelló and Plaza Alfonso XIII.
Xilxes church was built in the XVII century. It has a baroc and neoclassic style. The outdoors has been restored for its conservation. Do not miss to visit the inerior of the church. You will be surprised.
Surrounding the church, from Plaza Alfonso XIII you can see how the structure has been well preserved. Behind the church, in the beggining of Juan Carlos I street, an ancient cristian cimitery or medieval necropolis was discovered in 2007. Now you can see some the rests in the outdoors little museum. The discover dated the elements found in the necropolis between the XIII and XVIII centuries.
Read all the details about Xilxes church in this post.
La font de la Unió (the fountain of the union)
It is also located in the church square and it was the first fountain with good water of the village (1916). It was rebuilt in 1986. You need to get down the stairs to see the fountain, as it is located in the underground.
- Plaza del Santísimo Cristo de La Junquera: there are two separated gardens to stay and relax on sunny days, where lots of generations of children have used them to enjoy playing traditional games. It is located next to the train station.
- Plaza Juan Pablo II: It was recently built. Now it serves as point of meeting for cultural and popular events, as the biggest popular dinners and parties during the local events in honour to El Cristo de La Junquera (September) and Sant Vicent (April).
- L’ermita: The little church is located outside the village, between orange trees. The story tells that it was here where the two brothers Margalló found a tiny staute of the holy Christ on 18th January 1625. This church was rebuilt in 2000. To celebrate such an event, every year during these dates, there is a pilmigrage to this church.
TAKE A WALK ON THE SURROUNDINGS
In Xilxes you can enjoy peaced walks between the sea and the mountains, next to the lands or going up to the little mountains.
Read about Xilxes Landscape and Accessible Tourism here