With travel on the horizon and our ‘new normality’ in sight, we thought we’d make a list for you of our Top 10 day trip destinations in this region. Valencia is begging to be explored and this region has so much to offer! There are so many small towns, nature trails and breathtaking castles that you can visit, which really define the diverse beauty of this country.
Without further ado, here’s our Top 10 day trips in Valencia…
This is one of the most famous towns in the region. Peñiscola is a beach town in the north of Valencia, which can easily be reached by train or bus. This seaside town offers sandy beaches, top restaurants, tourist shops and the best part, a stunning castle perched on the coast looking over the town and out to sea. The castle was even featured in scenes of the famous series ‘Game of Thrones’! It is a great day out for all the family and an excellent location to capture some truly great photos.
Going south now, you can find the lovely town of Altea in the province of Alicante. It stands out when it comes to tourism in Valencia and there many reasons behind this. Fantastic beaches, many intricate and beautifully designed churches, history trails and architecture. The inexplicable charm of the town makes it one of Valencia’s most beloved destinations to visit.
Requena is the center of Valencia’s local wine and cava production, and it really is a must-visit if you are a wine lover. You can participate in unique wine tasting sessions, drive through the countryside and get lost in the views, and even take a tour of the many vineyards. It doesn’t take longer to get there, approximately 70 km inland from the city of Valencia, and it’s definitely worth it!
Just 30 minutes north of Valencia city, you can find this Spanish town on the mountain. It is a great day trip to discover a new town, to visit the famous Sagunto port, and to take a tour of the majestic and historical hilltop castle. With over 2000 years of history, the town is great to visit if you are into history and architecture, to learn something as well as enjoying a relaxing day.
Xàtiva is a small town to the south side of the city, with some of the most artistic architecture in the region. It is fun to walk through the town’s small streets and discover the Mediterranean town vibe. You can make your way up to the hilltop castle, through the streets and witness the spectacular views from the top. Not to mention the gastronomy is a big highlight, so you must stay for lunch!
Morella is situated in the province of Castellón, north of Valencia city. It’s another of the many historical towns Valencia hosts that boasts an exquisite medieval castle and walls, prehistoric caves and churches. It’s 170km away from Valencia which is about 2 hours by car or if you prefer train, you can take the “cercanías” line and make a transfer by bus later. if you have a full weekend, this would be a lovely town to visit, with winding streets, the breathtaking castle and many local delicacies to try. You could also take advantage of being so close to ‘Montanejos’, a hot springs destination located in the mountains!
The Albufera is a large green area located on the coast. It is a great spot if you are looking for a day full of nature and tranquility. It’s just 10km south of the city of Valencia which makes it accessible via public transport, car and even by bike. There are bike paths going towards the Albufera and different trails that you can discover on foot and by bike through the nature park. The Albufera lake is an important cultural part of this region, with the surrounding rice fields providing the ingredients for the region’s famous Paella dish! It is also fun to take a boat ride on the lake in a traditional boat and watch the magnificent sunset.
Alboraya is a hidden gem in the city of Valencia. It is the next town north of the city and it really has everything you would desire in Valencia, while avoiding the crowds of the city itself. The beach, the countryside and great cuisine. What’s more, Alboraya is home to Valencia’s signature beverage, la Horchata. This drink is local people’s go to drink in summer, and it’s literally a symbol of the city. Horchata is produced in Alboraya and some of the best horchaterías in the region can be found here. Alboraya is really close to the city as well, being only 15 minutes by car or subway.
This Mediterranean coastal town is also located in the province of Alicante. It has a large marina which is overlooked by the walls of a stunning castle. It also hosts many museums and a really nice downtown area with little bars and restaurants. Dénia is a great day trip and definitely a summer destination due to its lovely beaches.
Last but not least, Guadalest is a cool destination which truly stands out with its waterfalls and waterparks, dive in and feel the crystal clear waters of the lagoons. It’s a great alternative to the usual beaches and if you seek something closer to the nature.