Many regard Valencia as one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. However, we would argue that Valencia’s beauty is among the most impressive in the world. Moreover, the broader province and Valencian Community boasts an equally breathtaking beauty.
As such, one benefit of living in Valencia that we always highlight is the stunning surroundings. You have an abundance of choice when you want a relaxing weekend away but don’t want to travel too far. And, say you just want a day trip, there are numerous options close enough for a full day in paradise, without getting home too late!
We’re starting with Moraira, an idyllic coastal town that is home to one of the best beaches on the Costa Blanca, El Portet. A short swim from the shore will bring you to beautiful rocky coves amid the clear blue water. As such, this is one of the best destinations for snorkelers.
In addition to a trip to the beach, we recommend stopping by Moraira Market, held on Friday mornings, which is one of the most extensive markets on the Costa Blanca. Moreover, don’t forget to take note of the prestigious Club Nautico de Moraira, the town’s exclusive yacht club. Under the club’s administration, there are numerous events taking place throughout the year.
A charming town filled with quaint white buildings, Altea is one of the most beautiful gems on the Costa Blanca. In the province of Alicante, in the Valencian Community, we consider it a fantastic option for a relaxing weekend away from city life. Like Moraira, you can enjoy the abundance of fantastic beaches nearby, topped off by an evening stroll through the charming, cobbled streets.
If you’re seeking an inland option with slightly different offerings, Morella is a fantastic place to consider. You can find this impressive medieval town on a hilltop in the province of Castellón, in the Valencian community. Upon entering the town, you are surrounded by magnificent towers and high walls, all of which denote the town’s rich history.
Through exploring the labyrinth of historic streets, you will find a range of things to occupy yourself with – from marvelling at the many architectural wonders to enjoying the delicious cuisine. If you’re seeking the best of the best, consider booking a meal at esteemed Restaurant Daluan.
Denia is another great option located along Valencia’s coastline. This cosmopolitan town has a lot to offer while still offering a tranquil break from the city. As demonstrated by the other places listed, towns throughout the Valencian community boast truly stunning architecture, and Denia is no exception.
From enjoying a relaxing day on the beach to spending time discovering the town’s radiant beauty, there are plenty of reasons to visit Denia.
Chelva is another great option to add to your list when exploring the Valencian community. In particular, the town’s intriguing history makes for a fascinating trip. You can begin at the beautiful town square, formerly occupied by the souk and the Muslim mosque, and venture to other parts of the town, such as the Jewish quarter of El Azoque.
Interestingly, various neighbourhoods within Chelva still represent the different cultures that have occupied the town throughout history, such as the Jewish quarter mentioned and the Moorish neighbourhood of Arrabal, which denotes the concept of a Muslim city. Overall, we consider Chelva a fantastic opportunity to explore different cultures and see how they are brought to life in the most beautiful of ways.
As El Palmar is the official home of paella, it would be wrong not to include this lovely little village. After all, you can’t call yourself a true Valencian until you have tried a traditional, Valencian paella! And, where better to sample this delicious cuisine than where it originated?
We recommend finishing the visit with a relaxing boat trip along the lake, enjoying the beauty that El Palmar offers.
Serra Calderona Natural Park
Serra Calderona Natural Park boasts an extensive and beautiful pine forest, which truly feels like a breath of fresh air among the traditional Spanish seaside and sandy beaches. Sometimes, it’s nice to do something a bit different!
Discover your adventurous side and explore the expanse of aleppo pines and impressive rock formations. It is a perfect option for avid hikers or those seeking something different from the trips to sleepy Spanish towns or even from city life!
Top Pick: Peñíscola
We’re delving into a bit more detail for our top pick:
Peñíscola is another coastal town in the province of Castellón. Famed for its starring role in Game of Thrones as the city of Meereen, this mesmerising town is known as “The City of the Sea”.
The aforementioned endearment is well-earned, with the impressive medieval town almost entirely surrounded by the sea. Moreover, the thirteenth-century Peñíscola Castle atop the seaport offers panoramic views of the coast. We consider this medieval castle the crowning jewel of the town, with the grandeur of the structure complementing the stunning views it offers.
Peñíscola also boasts one of the most charming old towns we’ve ever seen, in which the enchanting cobbled streets are enveloped by the castle walls. Truly, it feels as though you have stepped into the past.
Roughly an hour-and-a-half drive from Valencia city, we highly recommend a visit to Peñíscola. Just don’t forget to stop by one of the stunning beaches!
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