As one of Spain´s largest cities, Valencia definitely has a lot to offer. Although it´s vibrant and cosmopolitan vibe might be just too much at times… But the good news here is that you don´t need to stay in the city all of the time. Let´s explore more of the Valencian Community via day trips!
The Best Day Trips From Valencia
“What do I see in Valencia outside of the city? Off the beaten path, if possible.” It is probably the most asked question I get from friends planning a trip to Spain.
It always makes me smile deep inside. I admit, my inner explorer gets happy when people don´t just settle up with a few instagrammable places. We travel in search of unique experiences, aren´t we?
So in case, you plan a trip to Valencia make sure not to limit it to the city itself. Although Valencia is one of my all-time favorites, The Valencian Community has soooooooo many interesting places to visit.
While sharing my top 10 places in the province of Castellon, I´ve already mentioned that my residence in Valencian Community will soon hit the 10-years mark. And guess what?! I still haven´t seen it all!
More hidden gems?! – Yes, please
Nevertheless, when your travel obsession has no limits… I currently came to the point where I suggest places to my local Spanish friends [lol] There´s no shortage of ideas when you head somewhere new every weekend. Besides, as you already know, having 2 babies made me travel locally more.
Do you realize how many hidden gems are out there to be explored yet – if after 10 years I still haven´t seen it all! Even despite all those weekends on the road?!
While the city of Valencia is very touristic, the whole region of Valencian Community is full of beautiful undiscovered places. Besides, who wouldn´t mind a change of scenery every once in a while. Let´s switch a vibrant city life for some charming local villages, unique rural landscapes, challenging hikes, and magical castles&palaces!
For your convenience, after each place, I´ll list an average time it takes to get there by car. Most of the cities can be visited by train as well, but personally, I, love driving in Spain (except the big cities, of course). Besides, it´s the best way to combine several places on the same day.
The Best Day Trips From Valencia
1.Port Saplaya and Alboraya (20 min)
Need a little splash of colors? – Think of visiting Port Saplaya. It´s definitely one of the most colorful villages in Spain. Plus, here you could also visit the nearby Alboraya, famous for its horchata drink.
2. Albufera (40 min)
Albufera is not my personal favorite, but I can´t argue that it´s the closest place to get an authentic experience of the region´s traditions and gastronomy. How was life in the Valencian Community, before Valencia has turned into a 3rd biggest Spanish city?!
Most of my friends loved it there. On the road, you could notice some traditional Valencian houses and farms. The most typical thing in Albufera is a boat tour. I´d suggest you visit during the sunset for some beautiful shots, as the landscape itself did not impress me much. But again, it really depends. Some people like it, others not so much. You should visit at least once to decide where you stand.
3. Sagunto (30 min)
A gorgeous Roman Castle lying on the top of the hill, between the cities of Valencia and Castellon. More places nearby you could visit the same day: Vall D´Uxo caves, Segorbe, The Holy Cave of Altura.
4. Jativa (50 min)
Jativa is one of my favorite day trips from Valencia, all thanks to its historical significance and an important connection to the famous Borja family. For more historical places near Jativa check The Borja Route.
5. Chulilla (1h)
Up for a hike?! Check The route of the hanging bridges of Chulilla (La ruta de los puentes colgantes de Chulilla in Spanish).The area itself has surprised me a lot – once you park and follow the hiking trail you can´t imagine where on the earth the hanging bridges would be. There are no mountains nearby. But once you walk a bit – you find yourself at the cliffs of the Turia canyon.
The whole hike is more or less 2,5h and lots of people do it with kids. However, the area where you find the two bridges is all about stairs – you walk downwards and once you cross the bridges – just along the canyon river. There are some trees in the area, but honestly, before you get inside the canyon there is nowhere to hide from the sun. Nevertheless, once you walk your way through the bridges… read more
6. Gandia (1h)
Besides unique cultural site like The Ducal Palace, Gandia is one of the most famous beaches and party destinations in Valencian Community… read more
7. Anna (1h)
Valencia´s secret Alhambra or The Palace of the Counts of Cervello, built in the 17th-century over the ruins of Anna Castle. Seriously, did you know this place even existed?!
You can combine your cultural visit to the city of Anna with a picnic or stroll at Albufera de Anna lake. Only keep in mind you need to book your visit to The Palace of the Counts of Cervello in advance (by calling to Anna´s Tourist Office). Only guided visits are allowed. We were lucky to book just a day before, but it was in the offseason.
8. Bocairente (1h 15 min)
Not only is Bocairente one of the most beautiful villages in Spain in my opinion, but it also has lots of unique historical sites to explore. The historic quarter, the Moorish caves, the Ice caves, the Bullring, the fountains and bridges, the Parish church. While you walk up&down the streets of Bocairente every corner is so beautiful that you end up … read more
9. Montanejos (1h 15 min)
Up for a swim?! Montanejos is a beautiful natural area which long ago was chosen by the Arabs as a perfect leisure spot: here they´ve built their thermal baths. Since 1863 locals could enjoy the Montanejos hot springs all year round – the temperature is always around 25 ºC.
10. Navajas (1h)
Visit The Jump of the Bride (in Spanish “Salto de la Novia”), a 60m-high waterfall with an old local legend behind. A creepy legend, to be honest…read more
11. Castellon (1h)
Despite several nice places in Castellon city center like Park Ribalta, Castelló Cathedral or the building of Correos, this day trip would be more about places outside of the city for me: my favorite Serradal Beach in Benicassim, seafood dining in the Port of Grau, a boat trip to Islas Columbretes… read more
12. Fanzara (1h 30 min)
Your turn street art lovers. Ever heard of Fanzara?!
Home to more or less 300 people, Fanzara was about to make it to the list of “Spain’s dying villages” until its streets were converted to an open-air Museum. Around 15 graffiti artists were invited by the young generation of locals to transform the village. Thanks to their amazing works the small village gained its unique identity and become an ultimate stop for the art lovers of the region… read more
13. Peñiscola (1h 40 min)
Peñiscola has become quite touristic in these past years. Recently, it was one of the Game of Thrones filming locations in Spain, which brought a lot of international fans to this small Spanish city.
Rising 67m above the Mediterranean, the Peñiscola castle was a residence of Benedict XIII (Papa Luna) from 1417 till 1423. Built in 13 century on the remains of the Arabic fortress, “El Castillo de Papa Luna” is an important monument of our history which survived several époques… read more
14. Morella (2h 10 min)
Morella is one of these unique places in Spain, which makes you coming back again and again. Rising 984 meters above sea level and fortified by 2 km of walls, Morella has always been of great strategical importance through history. Its murals have seen various civilizations – Romans, Arabs, Christians… I guess, all these cultural influences have given Morella its uniqueness. Gothic buildings, handicrafts, artisans and antiques – the streets of Morella are full of history and old charm… read more
Day Trips From Valencia: More Ideas
As we´ve already crossed the 2h driving distance limit with Morella, it won´t be fair not to mention other options you have here.
The Valencian Community is formed by 3 provinces: Valencia, Castellon and Alicante. Each of the following could be a day trip fit.
However, the province of Alicante doesn´t seem like a reasonable day trip from Valencia, as it´s even more touristic than the first one. But here you have lots of interesting places within a 2h drive: Javea, Denia, Guadalest, Calpe, Pink Lake of Torrevieja, Benidorm, Novelda, Elche, Santa Bárbara Castle in Alicante, Atalaya Castle in Villena and more.
Moreover, the Province of Teruel is relatively close (1.30h – 2h). Visit the city of Teruel or one of its most beautiful villages – Albarracin. I honestly, wouldn’t mind the drive here as I loved this day trip myself…read more
Let´s not forget Madrid. With Ave, a high-speed train reaching 310 km/h, it only takes 1h52min to get to Spain´s imperial capital. It´s a pricy option though. A return ticket might cost you around 100 euro, or 60 euro if you book in advance. Ok, a day trip is not enough to explore Madrid. But let´s say you´re a huge Real Madrid fan and your dates overlap with a game. Or you´re into Musicals, Theatres, Concerts and there´s some unique performance going on in Madrid. Or Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum hosts an exclusive exhibition you´re dying to visit. If you don´t mind spending more, why not?!
Ok. This post is turning eternal…[lol]
Is it a full list of the best day trips from Valencia? – No. There are many more places you could find if diving into my blog series Undiscovered Spain.
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