Top 10 Day Trips in Valencia
When we say Valencia, we mean the Valencian community (that’s the whole region of Valencia). It is full of beautiful nature trails, exquisite towns and glorious beaches.
Here are our Top 10 Day Trips in Valencia. So, you better start planning your agenda and adding them to your summer schedule!
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.
Peñiscola is a beautiful beach town in the north of the region of Valencia. 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’, so if you’re a fan you will love this town! It’s a great day out for the family and a must-see if you visit Valencia.
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!
Altea can be found even further south than Xàtiva 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, and its inexplicable charm that makes it one of Valencia’s most beloved destinations.
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.
Morella is situated in the province of Castellón, north of Valencia city. It’s another of the many historical towns Valencia hots, with its medieval castle and walls, prehistorical 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!
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, fun for all the family.
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 if you seek a different type of nature and more greenery!