It’s coming to that time of year when a break or a weekend get away would be very refreshing. Under current lockdown rules, it’s not possible to travel outside of the Comunidad Valenciana right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore some of the great places within this region! Here are a few of our favorite get away destinations in the region of Valencia.
One of the most charming villages in this region and only one hour drive from Valencia city. It’s full of history and culture making for a great family trip. Chelva comprises four different cultural heritages which can be seen in its breathtaking architecture. Visible are the Arabian, Jewish, Moorish and Christian neighborhoods that form the village.
It’s also the perfect mix between culture and nature thanks to its main hiking route La Ruta del Agua running alongside the Tuéjar riverbed. This route begins in the village’s main square, in front of the impressive Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles and takes you out of the town and down the river. Along the way, besides the stunning nature, you’ll find Roman remains like the Molino Puerto or the Acueducto de Peña Cortada, which is actually one of only four aqueducts remaining in the Iberian peninsula!
Novelda is a small town located inland from Alicante city, less than a two hour drive from Valencia city. If you want a change of scenery and a pretty drive too, then this is a great get away destination.
It’s an area exclusively known for its wine industry and trading of spices like saffron. It’s a quiet yet welcoming town with beautiful facades made from stone and the must-see Santuario de Santa María Magdalena with a modern design reminiscent of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It’s not the only building with this style either, you must also check out La Casa Museo Modernista and the Centro Cultural Gómez-Tortosa, both currently open to visitors with safety protocols in place.
In the northern province of Castellón, we can also behold beautiful locations like Peñiscola and Vilafamés. Less than 30 minutes away from Castellón de la Plana the charming village of Vilafamés can be found but not before winding through the mountains on a beautiful scenic country route.
It was voted a town of cultural interest in April 2005 thanks to its churches, hermitages, Muslim Castle and El Quartijo. Paintings from the Bronze Age and remains dating back more than 80,000 years have also been found here and can be seen in the museum,
Another curiosity this lovely village possesses is its link to important cities like Paris or London due to the Greenwich Meridian. In fact, the Meridian 0 runs directly through the village.
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