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Let´s discuss the top stops you can make on any Valencia to Alicante road trip! While it is a popular driving itinerary, only a few international travelers are actually making the most of it. So, what are the most unique places not to be missed on the road between Alicante and Valencia?

How to get from Valencia to Alicante

If you are planning a drive between Valencia and Alicante, the first thing to know is that there are two main Spanish highways connecting these cities – E-15 (which goes along the coast) and A-7 (the non-coastal alternative).

While I was driving both ways quite a few times during my 15+ expat years, I thought now was a great moment, to sum up in a separate post all of the places one can find between the two major cities of the Valencian Community. Especially since many of you found my post about the Madrid to Valencia road trip really handy.

You can visit all of the places I mention in this post on your future Valencia to Alicante road trip, or pick a few favorites and stop by whileon the go.

For our last family trip to Alicante, we took A-7, while recently driving along E-15 on the way to Benidorm. So, while both experiences are still fresh, let´s talk about all the places you should not miss on your Valencia to Alicante road trip.

Valencia to Alicante Road Trip (Option 1: road E-15)

Albufera

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Albufera Boat Tour
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La Barraca – a traditional Valencian countryside house

Albufera is the largest in Spain freshwater lagoon spanning more than 2800 hectares. It is a great place to try authentic paella and enjoy a boat tour. While Albufera is a popular Valencia Day tour, it is also one of the first stops on any Valencia to Alicante road trip.

Locals appreciate Albufera because it still preserves the authentic rural charm of the region, which is already hard to perceive within the vibrant and multicultural Valencia city. Only in Albufera, you can find the traditional Valencian countryside houses, called barracas.

If you are visiting Spain in winter, you might even spot migrating flamingoes around the Albufera lagoon.

Some of the most traditional restaurants of Albufera are Nou RacóL’Establiment, and El Graner. Another iconic paella place is Casa Salvador in Cullera (one of my vintage Spanish cookbooksLos Mejores Arroces de la Comunidad Valenciana, has been issued by this restaurant – unfortunately, for now, it is extremely expensive on Amazon).

Sueca

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Museu Joan Fuster in Sueca

Sueca is a lesser-known small town in the Valencia region.

During our last Valencia to Alicante road trip, we visited Sueca for its small chocolate museum, but it was a bit of a disappointment. We did not book the tour in advance and got there around noon (which was 1.30 before the closure). While the museum was still open, they said it was only because of the shop and doing the tour was only possible in the evening. To sum up, the whole museum experience ended up with buying a few chocolates which I did not even like.

Luckily, right in front of the Chocolate Museum of Sueca there’s another local landmark Museu Joan Fuster and you know how much I enjoy visiting house museums in Spain.

Joan Fuster was a famous Spanish writer from Sueca. He is still considered a major writer in the Valencian language and is known for his left-wing works and strong opinions in favor of pro-Catalan nationalism.

Gandia

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Visiting the visiting its Ducal Palace of Gandia

Gandia is one of the most popular Valencia day trips, but I especially enjoyed visiting its Ducal Palace related to the famous Borgia family. You can read more in the post.

Denia

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Jardi D´Albarda – a great place to visit on any Valencia to Alicante road trip

Denia is one the most popular coastal towns of Alicante´s coast, Costa Blanca.

Last time we enjoyed a stroll through its old town before taking a boat to Formentera. However, I mostly recall our visit to the nearest Jardi D´Albarda, one of the most beautiful gardens in Spain.

You can check more photos and details from Jardí de L’Albarda in this post.

Cueva de Las Calaveras

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Cueva de Las Calaveras

Cueva de Las Calaveras is one of the easiest caves to visit in Spain, so it is definitely a must-stop on any Valencia to Alicante road trip.

Most of the Spanish caves require previous booking and allow guided visits only, but with Cueva de Las Calaveras you can easily access the landmark at any time and walk around as much as you wish. This 900-m-long care was once inhabited by Neanderthal and Hommo Sapiens. Back in the XVIIth century, during the first expedition, speleologists found the remains of two people inside.

Calpe & Altea

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Peñon de Ifach and its mysterious Spanish legend

Both Calpe and Altea are known as some of the most charming small towns of Alicante’s Costa Blanca.

Yet these are not the fastest stops on any Valencia to Alicante road trip (due to a large number of tourists and lack of parking spots). So, in my opinion, both are worth a full beach getaway weekend.

For international visitors, Calpe is mostly known for Peñon de Ifach (and its mysterious Spanish legend), the Spanish Flag Steps (street Calle Puchalt), and the La Muralla Roja building (which you can not visit unless you stay overnight).

Altea is known for its picture-perfect streets and white-washed architecture.

Benidorm

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If you are traveling across Spain in the off-season, you can easily spend one day in Benidorm while on the road from Valencia to Alicante.

Benidorm is mostly a great match for fine dining, shows, and going out. It is the city with the largest number of skyscrapers in Spain (and the third one in Europe (right behind London and Milan). You can read more about my visit to Benidorm in this post.

Finestrat Motor Museum

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Finestrat Motor Museum near Benidorm

One of my most surprising stops on the road from Valencia to Alicante was the Motor Museum (or Museo del Motor in Spanish). This place is known for its unique collection of rare vintage cars.

The Motor Museum belongs on the list of secret Spanish museums. The entrance was 12 euros per person and the exposition itself was not huge, but the collection was nice. Plus, there were only a few car aficionados inside. So, we almost had the whole place for ourselves.

You can book the Motor Museum tickets here. They also organize family experiences and limo pick-ups.

Villajoyosa

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Villajoyosa is known as one of the most colorful villages in Spain, I enjoy visiting this vibrant coastal town every time it overlaps with my Spanish road trips.

Additionally, it is known as a great spot to shop for local food souvenirs in Spain, since Villajoyosa has 3 chocolate factories – Valor, Clavileño, and Chocolates Perez.

Valencia to Alicante Road Trip (Option 2: A-7)

Xativa

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Exploring the Castle of Xativa on the road from Valencia to Alicante

Xativa is known for one of the dreamiest castles in Spain and Europe´s first paper mill (founded in Xativa in 1150).

Plus, this small town was the birthplace of the two popes of Rome from the scandalous Borgia family. You can read more details about my visit to Xativa in this post.

Bocairente

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Bocairente is often called one of the most beautiful small towns in Spain

Bocairente is one of the most charming villages in the whole of Valencia region, known for its picture-perfect streets and ancient caves Covetes dels Moros.

For more details, head to this post full of beautiful pictures from my last visit to Bocairente.

Alcoy

Alcoy is known for one of the most iconic festivities in Spain The Moors & Christians Feast (which takes place every year around the 22nd-24th of April).

The celebration commemorates Spanish history and the events of the XIIIth century, back when King Jaime I El Conquistador was fighting against the Moors for the city of Alcoy. You can learn more about this Spanish fiesta in Museu Alcoia de la Festa all your round.

Villena

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The Alataya Castle – one of the most unique castles in Spain

During my last trip to Alicante, I really enjoyed visiting the Atalaya Castle in Villena.

It is also known as the Castle of the Pies Negros (e.g. black feet) or simply Villena Castle. This place was once a military building of Arab origin but was renovated and extended in the XVth century.s

Atalaya Castle is home to the famous in Spain Treasure of Villena, a collection of 59 gold, silver, iron, and amber pieces dating back to the Bronze Age. It is the biggest gold tableware found in Spain and the second biggest in Europe.

The Sax Castle

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The fairy-tale hilltop location of the Sax Castle

The Sax Castle has Islamic origins, like many other Spanish ancient buildings across the Alicante region.

It was conquered by the Crown of Aragon back in 1239. There´s not much to see inside, but the panoramic views and its hilltop location are wort a visit.

To visit the Sax Castle, you´ll need to book a tour in advance one of the 3 daily slots.

Elche

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Visiting The Palm Groove of Elche

The town of Elche is known for the largest Palm Groove in Europe – El Palmeral. With more than 200,000 trees, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

As seen from a distance it may appear to be a palm forest, but it is actually a plantation with agricultural purposes. Each of the groves is flanked by rows of palm trees in such a way that when viewed from the air, they form a grid pattern. You can check more details about my visit to Elche in this post.

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