14 Best Things to do in Valencia (City Trip Guide)

14 Best Things to do in Valencia (City Trip Guide)

Valencia, the birthplace of Paella and the third-largest city in Spain , is often overlooked and underestimated in favor of its big brother Barcelona . However, it offers much the same in terms of its striking architecture, fantastic food, beautiful parks, and beaches. Not only this, but it comes with a big plus side- far fewer tourists and smaller price tags! Discover the best things to do in Valencia on a city trip.

Day 1 – Ancient Valencia

Welcome to historical Valencia. A city that is split into the old and new city. Spend your first day soaking up the history of the charming old town on foot. Start your morning early to avoid the crowds and make sure to grab yourself a typical Spanish breakfast of ‘tostada con tomate’ to gain energy for your day ahead. 

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1. Eat Your Way Through the Central Market 

Mercado Central, one of the biggest markets in Europe , boasts some of the best local fruits, vegetables, and fish caught that morning. The market ceiling is a huge dome painted with oranges, Valencia’s trademark fruit. 

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2. Valencia Silk Exchange

After the market, stroll across the road to the old Silk Exchange (La Lonja de la Seda) and buy a ticket for 2 EUR to go inside. Prepare to be blown away by the beautiful stained glass and stone pillars built to look like twisted palm trees. Alternatively, join a guided walking tour of Valencia’s Old Quarter and learn more about its history.

Tip: On Sundays the entrance is free.

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3. Get Lost in the Streets of El Carmen

Valencia was under Moorish rule for hundreds of years, and this Northern African influence is clear to see within El Carmen with narrow roads, water features, and palm trees. 

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From the Silk exchange, the heart of El Carmen is only 2 minutes away. Get lost in the back streets and see the contrast between some of the oldest buildings in the city, next to modern and colorful street art- undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Valencia.

To learn more about Valencia’s fascinating history, join a walking , bike , or segway tour. You’ll be led by a knowledgeable guide who can tell you all the secrets of Valencia’s streets. Even better, join a food and history tour where you can stop off at various bars and restaurants to try the local delicacies.

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Time for lunch? Saona (Plaza de la Virgen) does an amazing 3-course menu of the day for under 10 EUR. Be sure to book ahead.

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4. Climb the Cathedral

After lunch, make your way to the cathedral of Valencia. El Micalet, the name of the cathedral tower, is a 207 steps climb but one hundred percent worth the beautiful views over Valencia and its many blue-domed rooftops.

Entrance: 2 EUR.  If you have an interest in religious history, visit the cathedral on your way down to see the Holy Grail!

catherdral El Micalet

5. Plaza de la Virgen

Once you have finished up at the cathedral, make your way under the Arco de La Calle de la Barchilla and around the cathedral to Plaza de la Virgen. At night the square really comes alive and is filled with people from circus performers to musicians. For dinner, get a delicious pasta around the corner at La Papardella.

Arco de La Calle de la Barchilla

Day 2 – Futuristic Valencia, Spain

The new City of Arts and Sciences is one of the most popular things to do in Valencia. Spend day 2 of your trip exploring the park and new city by bike. 

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6. Cycle Through the ‘River’

Start your day by hiring a bike and cycling through the incredible 7 km long park, which winds around the city, admiring its many orange trees, palm trees, and water features. This used to be the River Turia, but as it was so prone to flooding, the river was redirected, and the area was turned into a green space for the people of Valencia. 

Tip: Make sure to cross over the Pont de las Flores when arriving into the park from the city center, a beautiful bridge made up entirely of pink flowers.

valencia flower bridge

7. The City of Arts and Sciences – Unique thing to do in Valencia

At the south end of the park, you will find the ‘new city’ of Valencia. This extremely futuristic complex was designed by Valencian-born architect Santiago Calatrava and was only finished in 2005. Initially budgeted at 300 million euros, it is estimated to have cost three times the amount!

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Admire the eyeball of ‘La Hemisferic’, the shell of ‘La Palau de la Reina Sofia’, and the whale skeleton of The Science Museum. During the summer months, kayak or paddleboard in the water that surrounds the buildings.

Did you know? Valencia is also home to Europe’s largest aquarium, which is situated next to the city of arts and sciences. You can even enjoy an ‘underwater’ dinner experience here, where you dine among sea life.

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valencia City of Arts Sciences

8. Trendy Rusafa 

Make your way back to the city center via the neighborhood of Rusafa, one of Valencia’s coolest and most up-and-coming areas. Shop at one of the many vintage clothing stores and grab a healthy lunch at Bluebell Cafe or Artysana. 

9. Palau Marques de Dos Aguas 

On your journey back from Rusafa, make one last stop at the impressive marble mansion ‘Palau de Marques de Dos Aguas’, a symbol of Valencian wealth which is now a ceramic museum. This is arguably one of the most outstanding buildings to see in Valencia.

valencia Palau Marques Dos Aguas

10. See a Flamenco show 

Although Andalucia is the home of flamenco, Valencia still does a great job of showcasing this traditional Spanish dance. See a late-night show at Cafe del Duende for only 12 EUR including a drink.

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Hungry? Around the corner from Cafe del Duende is La Greta, serving some of the best tapas in town. Go before the show and order the Patatas Bravas.

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Day 3 – Eat, Beach, and Repeat in Valencia

After two beautiful days of sightseeing, take your last day to relax and enjoy the best things to do by the sea in Valencia.

11. Colorful Streets of Cabanyal

On your way to the beach, do not miss the colorful houses of Cabanyal, which feel more reminiscent of Cuba than Spain . If you are in Valencia for more than three days, continue cycling to the colorful harbor of Port Saplaya, which has been coined as Valencia’s own ‘little Venice ’.

Cabanyal

Getting there – From the city center, take the metro to Maritim Serreria and then the tram the rest of the way OR take the tram from Pont de Fusta, depending on where you are located. Even better, cycle! The city is extremely bike-friendly, with bike paths almost everywhere. 

12. Relax on Valencia beach 

Valencia’s beach lies just beyond Cabanyal, a long stretch of white sand lined with palm trees. At the closest end, you have Malvarossa, but if you have the energy, it is worth going a little further down to Patacona, which has lots of great beach bars and delicious places to eat.

Tip: Grab brunch at La Mas Bonita for great beach vibes!

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13. The Old Gates of Valencia

Take the tram back to Pont de Fusta, where you can walk across the bridge to the Serrano Towers, one of the only remaining gates that used to surround the city. Climb to the top for views of the mountains surrounding Valencia. 

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14. Valencia Rooftop Sunset 

Finish your Valencia city trip in the main city square, ‘Plaza Ayuntamiento’. Here you will find a rooftop bar where you can see spectacular views over the city during sunset.

How Much Does Valencia Cost?

Although Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, it’s considerably cheaper than other destinations like Madrid or Barcelona. You can eat in delicious restaurants for next to nothing, especially at lunch when a ‘Menu del Dia’ can cost as little as 8 EUR for 3 courses.

Costs of Traveling in Valencia

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How to Visit Valencia

Valencia has a fairly big airport with flights leaving to destinations all over Europe . If your city doesn’t offer flights to Valencia, consider flying into Barcelona or Madrid and taking a direct train from there.

The city is easily accessible from the airport. Simply walk downstairs to the metro from the terminal, and any line will take you to the main city stops, such as ‘Xativa’ or ‘Colon’, in around 20 minutes. Price: 4.90 EUR. 

Getting Around

Valencia is a small and walkable city. If you choose to hire bikes, you may not need to take public transport at all! However, there is a very affordable tram and metro with many stops throughout the city and down to the beach. The price for a 10-trip ticket is between 7.60 – 21 EUR, depending on which zones you need.

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Where to Stay in Valencia

Accommodation in Valencia is reasonably affordable. Aim to stay in the city center, near to the old town or Rusafa, for easy access to the key sights.

For a more affordable option, stay a little outside of the center on the metro line for easy access to the city. Alternatively, find a hostel down by the beach.

Best Time to Visit Valencia

The best time to visit is out of the prime summer months when the weather is cooler, and it’s more pleasant to walk around and see all the things to do in Valencia.

During the winter months of December- February, the days are sunny, and the temperature is between 15-20 degrees. If you’re visiting during the summer months of June-September, expect highs of up to 40 degrees!

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Extra: Experience ‘Las Fallas’ in March, a unique month-long festival that centers around the dates 15-19, where each district creates a giant sculpture, which is burned on the last night. Expect a lot of noise, fireworks, and street parties lasting until the early hours of the morning.

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1 Day in Valencia: A Realistic Itinerary (From a Local)

Wanna visit Valencia but only have one day to spare? As Spain’s third largest city, you might think seeing Valencia in one day is not possible. But don’t discard it just yet. You can pack a lot in a 1 day Valencia itinerary.

With only one day to see Valencia, your time is very limited. But with a bit of planning and my insider tips, you can do, see and taste quite a few things.

Since this is a one-day itinerary I included only the most famous attractions and essential experiences in Valencia. No, you cannot see all of Valencia in a day. But if you follow this itinerary, by the end of the day you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished a lot.

Here’s how to see the best of Valencia in 1 day.

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About this 1 day in Valencia itinerary

Morning: have breakfast at mercado central, visit la lonja de la seda, marvel at the heavily ornate ceiling of iglesia de san nicolás, see the cathedral, peek inside palacio del marquez de dos aguas, lunchtime: have lunch at mercado de colón, afternoon: wander around the city of arts and sciences (+ optional dinner), evening: drinks (+ dinner) in the marina, faq related to spending one day in valencia.

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Palm trees inside L'Umbracle

This is a practical and realistic itinerary that you can do in a day. I know this because I followed this exact itinerary myself.

This Valencia itinerary starts from the premise that you arrive the night before and leave the morning after. So you spend a full day in Valencia. This means that you have a little over 24 hours in Valencia.

I’ve designed this 1 day in Valencia guide with foodies as well as culture and architecture lovers in mind. It involves quite a bit of walking, but it also makes use of Valencia’s public transport for longer distances. This way you’re not exhausting yourself and you’re not wasting any precious time either.

I’ve also included plenty of café and restaurant suggestions so you can recharge throughout the day. I hope you’ll find them useful.

A tray of Arabic sweets with pistacho

Start your day with breakfast at Mercado Central. This is the most famous market in Valencia . It opens bright and early, at 7:30 am, and closes at 3 pm, so you have plenty of time to get here and explore it in all its glory.

I recommend you get a takeaway coffee from Retrogusto (they have wonderful specialty coffee), then walk around the market to take in all the aromas and colorful displays.

The Central Market is one of the most beautiful buildings in Valencia. It has impressive iron columns and a remarkable ceiling, so don’t forget to look up.

Have some fresh-cut fruits or a smoothie from Frutas Virginia , a super popular stall in the center of the market, right under the dome. Or have a bocadillo (Spanish baguette sandwich) at Central Bar . This bar belongs to Ricard Camarena, a local chef rewarded with 2 Michelin stars.

If you’d rather have a sit-down breakfast in the sun, check out one of the bars around the market.

For the best views, stop by Bar Boatella . This is one of the best tapas bars in Valencia . It serves bocadillo sandwiches, as well as a wide array of tapas, including the famous tortilla de patatas (the famous Spanish omelet), and pan con tomate (tomato and olive oil toast).

The tomato toast is a local favorite. Most cafés in Valencia offer it as part of their breakfast deal and it’s so good! For a boost of vitamin C, order a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice on the side.

The facade of La Lonja de la Seda

Lonja de la Seda (the Silk Exchange) is Valencia’s only UNESCO-listed site . It’s an imposing building across the street from the Central Market and you should definitely take a peek inside.

The entrance to La Lonja is through a nondescript door on Calle de la Lonja. Climb the few steps between Bar Boatella and La Lonja, then turn left.

The current building dates back to the late 15th century. In fact, the construction of La Lonja started in 1492, the same year Christopher Columbus disembarked in the Americas.

In its heyday, La Lonja was one of the biggest silk trade centers in the world . During this time, Valencia was one of the most influential cities in the Mediterranean.

La Lonja is organized around a courtyard with orange trees and a central fountain from where you can access the Main Hall. This is where the imposing palm tree-shaped columns are – a sight to behold. Several other halls with out-of-this-world beautiful ceilings are open to the public as well. There is no furniture in any of them.

The visit to La Lonja doesn’t usually take long. You can see it in approximately 20 minutes.

The painted ceiling of Iglesia de San Nicolás

Iglesia de San Nicolás is the most beautiful church in Valencia . It is often called the Valencian Sixtine Chapel and you should definitely try to squeeze it into your 1 day Valencia itinerary.

This church is located on Calle de Caballeros, a 5-minute walk from La Lonja. The entrance is through a narrow passage between a pub and a disco club so it’s really easy to miss.

Iglesia de San Nicolás dates back to the 13th century . It’s a Gothic church decorated in the Baroque style , which is one of its peculiarities. It was recently restored and the beautiful frescos covering the walls and ceiling are now the main attraction.

The restoration work is considered to be one of the most important such works ever carried out in the world due to its magnitude and the techniques used. Once the works were complete, the church quickly became one of the most popular attractions in Valencia .

There are a lot of details to contemplate here and you should take your time. Sit down and look up. The entry ticket includes an audioguide in various languages.

Valencia's cathedral and Miguelete tower

Continue your itinerary to Plaza de la Virgen . This beautiful square is a great place to relax and have a coffee with a view.

Overlooking the square is the Basilica of Our Lady of the Forsaken . This is another beautiful church that you can visit. Next to it is the cathedral of Valencia.

The cathedral has three gates. Personally, I believe the Gothic one, which is facing the Plaza de la Virgen Square is the most beautiful.

Walk around the cathedral to the main gate. The Baroque facade here is quite impressive. Also, it’s facing Plaza de la Reina which was recently converted into a pedestrian area.

The cathedral’s interior is less impressive than Iglesia de San Nicolás or Basilica of Our Lady of the Forsaken. But it’s unique in the sense that it hosts what experts and the Vatican believe to be the Holy Grail .

This elusive cup from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper is on display in a chapel inside the cathedral and it’s only an entrance fee away.

For a bird’s eye view of Valencia, you can climb the cathedral’s bell tower. It has a whopping 207 steps so it will definitely give you a workout. The spiral staircase is pretty narrow and has steep steps. So it’s less fun to climb on a hot summer day but the panoramic views of Valencia from up there are the best.

The facade of Palacio del Marquez de Dos Aguas

After seeing the cathedral, head to Palacio del Marquez de Dos Aguas. This is Valencia’s most beautiful palace and it’s less than 5 minutes away on foot.

In most travel guides and leaflets, this palace is listed as the Ceramics Museum . If you’re interested in ceramics, this will sound exciting. But if not, you might be inclined to pass. Which would be a mistake.

This is the most important ceramics museum in Spain, so there’s a lot to be proud of. But the ceramics museum occupies only the second floor of the palace.

The first floor hosts the Sumptuary Arts Museum and has lavishly decorated living quarters and ballrooms.

The current building dates back to the 18th century and the Baroque facade is the most impressive in Valencia .

So I recommend you not only snap a picture of the impressive facade but also go in. I usually spend roughly one hour here every time I visit, but you can spend more or less time. It’s up to you.

Inside Mercado de Colón

By now it’s probably time for lunch. You’ve already seen some of the most important attractions in Valencia and might want to sit down and unwind for a while. You’ve earned it!

For lunch, I suggest you head to Mercado de Colón. This is another beautiful market in Valencia, a 15-minute walk from the palace.

This Modernista market with huge icon columns and red brick facades resembles a cathedral. Originally, it was used as a fresh products market, but it underwent a complete restoration project some twenty years ago.

Now this market features several bars, cafés, and restaurants complete with al fresco terraces. It’s also one of the most visually pleasing places to enjoy a meal in Valencia.

You can have freshly made sushi at Momiji Atelier, authentic decolonial Asian food at Ma Khin Café, or treat yourself to some innovative Mediterranean cuisine at Habitual by Ricard Camarena .

As mentioned before, Ricard Camarena is a Michelin-starred local chef. His restaurant in Mercado de Colón is included on the Michelin guide but so far, it has not received any Michelin stars. For lunch, they offer a set menu where you can choose from a couple of rice dishes.

Mercado de Colón also hosts several cafés where you can have anything from sandwiches to tapas. You can also try the horchata (tiger nuts drink) here.

If you want to taste the world-famous paella , check out my list of top paella restaurants in Valencia .

The Hemisfèric and Reina Sofía Opera House reflected in the surrounding pool of water

After lunch, I recommend you take the bus, metro or taxi and go to the City of Arts and Sciences.

This futuristic architectural complex was designed by local architect Santiago Calatrava . Calatrava designed countless emblematic buildings around the world, but nowhere else has he undertaken a project of these proportions.

The City of Arts and Sciences is made of six buildings and two bridges . It’s like a city within a city. The buildings are connected by pools of water and the whole park is surrounded by greenery. In fact, the City of Arts and Sciences is located in Turia Park , a former riverbed converted into a lush garden.

You can easily spend the whole afternoon here, especially if you want to check out any of the buildings.

The biggest attraction here is the Oceanogràfic , the largest aquarium in Europe).

If you’re visiting Valencia with kids , you can also check out the Principe Felipe Museum , a fun interactive science museum).

Or see a movie at Hemisfèric , an IMAX cinema with a huge concave screen where you can watch documentaries lying down.

There’s a lot to see at the City of Arts and Sciences and a lot is hidden from the naked eye. If you’d like to learn more about the architecture of this place as well as how it came to be, I recommend you join a guided tour.

The cherry on the cake is that the tour ends with a tapas dinner on the rooftop terrace of one of the tallest buildings in Valencia. This way you can end your one day in Valencia with spectacular views.

An exotic looking bar in the Valencia marina

If you’re not too tired (seeing Valencia in one day can be overwhelming), I suggest you take a bus or taxi to the marina. This vibrant area of Valencia is packed with restaurants and bars . It’s also relatively close – 3.5 km (2.2 miles) away.

The marina is one of the best places to see the sunset in Valencia . Depending on your preferences, you can watch the sunset from the beach or a terrace. Or even better, go on a sunset cruise and end your visit to Valencia with a bang.

If you haven’t had dinner yet, there are dozens of restaurants along the promenade. Many specialize in Mediterranean cuisines, such as rice dishes and tapas.

Facing the marina, there are several bars and clubs. They have blasting music and tend to attract a young crowd. If you’re visiting Valencia in your 20s , this can be a great place to dance the night away. Otherwise, there are plenty of other clubs in Valencia that might be more your scene.

Do you have any questions about visiting Valencia for a day? Feel free to ask in the comments section below. In the meantime, I’ll go ahead and answer some of the most common ones below.

Is 1 day in Valencia enough?

One day in Valencia is better than no day at all. Valencia is a beautiful and culturally rich city with plenty to offer, and ideally, you would want more time to fully explore and enjoy it all.

But if all you have is one day, I recommend you make the most of it by carefully planning your itinerary and focusing on the attractions that interest you the most. Even if you may not be able to see and do everything you want in one day, it can still be a fun experience.

Can you visit Valencia on a day trip?

Yes, it’s possible to visit Valencia on a day trip from various cities in Spain. Valencia is well-connected and can be easily reached by either bus or train, depending on your base location.

For example, the AVE high-speed train journey from Madrid to Valencia takes as little as 1h 50 min. While the Intercity train from Alicante to Valencia takes approximately 2 hours.

You can also visit Valencia on a day trip if you are based in Elche, Albacete, Cuenca, Teruel, Castellón de la Plana, Tarragona, and a myriad of other towns in the Valencia region. However, planning a day trip to Valencia from Barcelona can be a bit challenging due to the lengthy train ride of approximately 3 hours or even longer if driving.

Also read: Valencia or Alicante: Which City Should You Visit?

What can you do in Valencia in half a day?

If you only have half a day in Valencia, I recommend you visit either the City of Arts and Sciences or the Old Town.

The former is a one-of-a-kind, futuristic architectural complex. The latter is Valencia’s central district where the majority of attractions are. The two locations are approximately 40 minutes apart from each other.

You should also try the famous paella. Read these fun paella facts and order it like a local.

I normally recommend spending at least 3 days in Valencia . But if you only have 24 hours in Valencia, you can certainly make the most of your time by following this itinerary.

The attractions and activities I included in this itinerary are some of the most popular ones. You can, of course, switch them with others that match your interests better. For further inspiration, see my list of the best things to do in Valencia .

If you want to learn more about your destination, see what Valencia is famous for and check out these fun facts about Valencia .

Sun shining through golden leaves of trees in Turia Park

Do you recommend the hop on hop off bus to see Valencia from the cruise harbour?

Yes, if you like this type of tours and only have 1 day in Valencia, the hop on hop off bus can be an enjoyable way of doing some sightseeing. The tour is good, plus it’s more convenient than a regular bus because it will take you to all the major attractions without the hassle of navigating Valencia’s public transport network.

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20+ Best Day Trips from Valencia in 2024 (By a Local!)

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If you’re looking for a quick escape from Valencia, you’re in luck. There are plenty of picturesque towns, stunning beaches, and historical sites within easy reach of the city. 

So whether you’re interested in exploring ancient castles, relaxing on the beach, or indulging in delicious regional cuisine, there’s a day trip from Valencia that will suit your interests. 

And given I’m lucky enough to live in this beautiful city within easy reach of all these places, I can definitely confirm that these are worth doing!

Keep reading to find out some of the best ones I’ve discovered.

Planning a trip to Valencia last minute?

If you’re booking your  trip to Valencia last minute, I’ve got you covered. Below are some of the top tours, hotels, and more!

⭐  Top tours in Valencia

  • City Highlights Guided Bike Tour (great way to see the city)
  • Palosanto Flamenco Show (incredible night out)
  • Old Town Tour, Wine and Tapas in an 11th Century Monument (all the highlights at once)
  • Catamaran Cruise at Sunset (experience the Mediterranean – with cava)
  • Oceanogràfic – Valencia Aquarium (biggest one in Europe!)

🛏️ Top hotels in Valencia

  • Only YOU Hotel Valencia (5-star luxury)
  • Vincci Palace (boutique hotel with beautiful décor)
  • Hostal Antigua Morellana (great budget option in a superb location)

🚌 Want to see everything with minimal effort while you’re in Valencia? Check out the 24- or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket !

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Best day trips from Valencia

1. albufera.

In need of a tranquil retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Valencia? Albufera, a mere 10 kilometers from the city, is your perfect day trip oasis. Home to Spain’s largest lake, this idyllic spot is beloved by tourists and locals alike for its stunning views, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage.

Embark on a boat tour to fully experience Albufera’s beauty, gliding through the serene lake and witnessing the surrounding rice fields and the area’s fascinating flora and fauna (including hoards of flamingos which migrate here from Africa each year!) 

Albufera one of the place to visit on a day trip to Valencia

If you’re feeling a bit more active, you can even rent a bike or take a leisurely walk along the many trails. Either way, be sure to visit the picturesque village of El Palmar to savor its traditional charm and mouth watering local cuisine – this is the home of paella, after all!

For birdwatchers, Albufera is a haven, with the chance to spot herons, storks, and flamingos, especially during spring and autumn migrations. In fact, you can see a photo I took of the flamingos at Albufera below, just to show you how close you’re able to get to them!

Overall, Albufera is an unmissable destination and is easily one of the reasons why Valencia is worth visiting , with its captivating natural splendor and vibrant cultural legacy.

flamingos at Albufera on a day trip from Valencia

Craving a day trip filled with history, culture…and, of course, wine? Requena, just 68 kilometers from Valencia, is your go-to spot. 

This medieval town boasts a rich history, having served as a strategic enclave during the Middle Ages, and is home to the unique Bobal grape cultivated in the Utiel-Requena wine region.

People enjoying Requena Wine while enjoying day trips from Valencia.

Embark on a private wine tour to learn about the history and production of this special wine, visit a winery, and taste various Bobal wines as you immerse yourself in the art of winemaking. You can then wander through Requena’s old quarter, with its beautiful architecture reflecting the style of Hispano-Muslim towns, and explore the town’s ancient walls, castle, and striking Gothic church of El Salvador.

Requena offers a charming blend of history, culture, and wine, providing an easy day trip from Valencia and a delightful opportunity to experience a different side of the region. So pack a picnic and set off for Requena to enjoy a day of exploration and relaxation.

Ready for a journey into the past? Xàtiva, a mere 60 kilometers from Valencia, is your ideal destination.

Steeped in history, this town boasts a magnificent castle perched on a hill, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. While it’s outside of the city itself, this example of Roman, Moorish and Medieval history all in the one place is easily one of the things that Valencia is known for .

Castle of Xàtiva as a place to visit for a day trip from Valencia

Start your adventure by visiting the Castle of Xàtiva, divided into two sections: the Castle of Menor and the Castle of Mayor. Wander through its courtyards and halls while soaking in the rich history of this impressive fortress. Don’t forget to snap some photos from the top, capturing the stunning vistas!

Strolling through Xàtiva’s old town is like taking a step back in time. Admire the elegant fountains, lovely plazas, and well-preserved architecture. Be sure to visit the Collegiate Basilica of Santa Maria, a beautiful example of Gothic and Baroque styles.

For art aficionados, Xàtiva is home to the birthplace of the famous Borgia family. Visit the Museu de l’Almodí, where you’ll find an impressive collection of art, including works by famed painter José Ribera, a Xàtiva native.

Xàtiva is a charming blend of history, culture, and stunning views. It’s an easy day trip from Valencia that will transport you back in time and leave you with lasting memories.

Craving a mix of ancient history and stunning coastline? Sagunto, just 25 kilometers north of Valencia, is your perfect day trip. This town, steeped in over 2,000 years of history, offers a fascinating glimpse into Spain’s past.

Begin your exploration at the ancient Roman theater, which dates back to the 1st century. Expertly restored, this venue still hosts performances today. 

From there, climb up to the impressive Sagunto Castle, a fortress with both Iberian and Roman origins, offering panoramic views of the town and sea.

Don’t miss the chance to wander through the old Jewish Quarter, a maze of narrow streets that transports you back in time. Be sure to visit the Sagunto History Museum, where you can learn about the town’s rich past through archaeological finds and exhibits.

Sagunto Castle as an example of a place to visit for a day trip from Valencia

After your historical tour, unwind at the nearby beach of Puerto de Sagunto. Relax on the golden sands or take a dip in the clear, blue waters of the Mediterranean.

Sagunto offers a captivating blend of ancient history and coastal relaxation. It’s an unforgettable day trip from Valencia that will captivate your senses and enrich your understanding of Spain’s diverse past.

5. Peñíscola

Searching for a picturesque coastal getaway? Peñíscola, about 140 kilometers north of Valencia, is a dream come true. 

With its stunning beaches, winding cobblestone streets, and iconic castle, this charming town promises a memorable day trip.

Your first stop should be the famous Peñíscola Castle, perched high above the town on a rocky crag. This 13th-century fortress was once home to Pope Benedict XIII, and its beautifully preserved walls and towers offer breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.

Wander through the narrow, winding streets of the old town, admiring the whitewashed houses adorned with colorful flowers. Browse the local shops for unique souvenirs (my article on what to buy in Valencia should give you some good inspiration!) and savor delicious seafood at one of the many restaurants.

But don’t forget to hit the beach! The pristine Playa Norte stretches for miles, inviting you to lounge on the soft sands or take a refreshing swim in the azure waters. Alternatively, for a more secluded experience, head to the smaller, idyllic Playa Sur.

Peñíscola is the perfect blend of history, charm, and seaside relaxation. It’s a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a magical day trip from Valencia.

Looking for a quaint, artistic escape? Altea, about 130 kilometers south of Valencia, is a delightful haven of narrow streets, whitewashed houses, and stunning sea views. This picturesque town, nestled between the sea and the mountains, offers an enchanting day trip experience.

Begin by exploring Altea’s old town, known as El Fornet. Meander through the labyrinth of cobbled streets, taking in the vibrant atmosphere and admiring the beautiful blue-domed church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo. Be sure to pause and enjoy the panoramic views of the Mediterranean from the church plaza.

Altea is an enchanting town that captivates visitors with its artistic charm and mesmerizing sea views while doing day trips from Valencia.

Altea is renowned for its thriving arts scene, so take some time to visit the many galleries and studios scattered throughout the town. You might even discover your new favorite artist!

When you’re ready for some relaxation, head to Altea’s tranquil beaches. The main beach, Playa de la Roda, is a lovely spot to unwind, swim, or sunbathe. For a more secluded experience, explore the charming coves that dot the coastline.

Altea is an enchanting town that captivates visitors with its artistic charm and mesmerizing sea views. It’s an idyllic day trip from Valencia that promises to leave you inspired and rejuvenated.

7. El Saler

In need of a nature retreat close to Valencia? El Saler, just 12 kilometers away, is your perfect destination. Nestled between the Albufera Natural Park and the Mediterranean Sea, El Saler offers a tranquil day trip experience with pristine beaches and lush surroundings.

Begin by exploring the natural beauty of Albufera Natural Park, home to a diverse ecosystem of flora and fauna. Take a leisurely walk or rent a bike to traverse the scenic trails. Don’t miss the opportunity to spot a variety of bird species, especially during migration seasons.

El Saler a place to go for your day trip in Valencia

After immersing yourself in nature, head to El Saler’s stunning beach. This beautiful stretch of golden sand is backed by sand dunes and pine forests, creating a serene atmosphere. Unwind on the shore, take a refreshing swim, or even try your hand at windsurfing.

El Saler is a charming haven where nature and relaxation harmoniously coexist. It’s an ideal day trip from Valencia that offers an escape from the city and a chance to reconnect with the natural world.

Ready for a journey to a medieval gem nestled in the mountains? Morella, approximately 175 kilometers northwest of Valencia, is a captivating town that will transport you back in time. 

With its imposing castle, ancient walls, and narrow streets, Morella promises an unforgettable day trip experience.

Start your adventure at the impressive Morella Castle, perched high on a hill overlooking the town. Explore the castle’s chambers and towers, and soak in the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from the top.

From there, take a stroll through the charming streets of Morella, admiring the well-preserved Gothic architecture, including the Basilica of Santa Maria la Mayor. If you’re interested, be sure to visit the town’s museums, such as the Temps de Dinosaures and the Convent of San Francisco, which showcase Morella’s rich history and prehistoric past.

Morella a place to visit for a day trip from Valencia

When hunger strikes, indulge in Morella’s local cuisine, including its famous truffles and unique pastries, such as the “flaó.”

Morella is a magical destination that combines history, culture, and stunning scenery. It’s a day trip from Valencia that will leave you enchanted and eager to return.

9. Montanejos

Craving a rejuvenating retreat surrounded by mountains and crystal-clear waters? Montanejos, about 90 kilometers from Valencia, is a paradise waiting to be discovered. This charming village is renowned for its thermal springs and offers a day trip experience that combines natural beauty with relaxation.

Begin your visit by exploring the Fuente de los Baños, Montanejos’ famous thermal springs. These naturally warm waters, said to have healing properties, are perfect for a soothing soak. Unwind as you take in the picturesque surroundings and let the stress of daily life melt away.

For adventure seekers, Montanejos offers an array of outdoor activities. Hiking trails, rock climbing, and canyoning are just a few of the exciting options available in the area. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, take a stroll along the Mijares River or relax at the scenic Arenós Reservoir.

Montanejos is a hidden gem that combines relaxation, nature, and adventure. It’s a rejuvenating day trip from Valencia that’s sure to leave you with lasting memories and a renewed sense of well-being.

10. Chulilla

Yearning for a day trip that offers breathtaking landscapes and a touch of adventure? Chulilla, around 60 kilometers from Valencia, is your perfect match. This picturesque village, nestled in the mountains, is known for its dramatic cliffs, stunning views, and exciting outdoor activities.

Begin your Chulilla adventure with a visit to the iconic hanging bridges, which span the Turia River. These suspension bridges, set against a backdrop of towering cliffs, offer an exhilarating walk with spectacular views.

For hiking enthusiasts, Chulilla boasts a variety of trails, such as the Charco Azul route, which takes you through beautiful landscapes and offers the chance to swim in a crystal-clear pool. Don’t miss the breathtaking sight of Chulilla Castle, perched atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the village.

Chulilla a place to visit for a day trip from Valencia

Chulilla is also a rock climber’s paradise, with numerous climbing routes that cater to all skill levels. After a day of adventure, unwind in the village’s charming streets, lined with traditional houses and cozy cafes.

Chulilla is a captivating destination that promises adventure, natural beauty, and a tranquil atmosphere. It’s an ideal day trip from Valencia that will leave you with a sense of awe and a desire to explore even more.

In search of a sun-soaked coastal retreat with a touch of history? Calpe, approximately 125 kilometers south of Valencia, is a dream destination. 

This vibrant town boasts beautiful beaches, fascinating archaeological sites, and an iconic natural landmark, offering an unforgettable day trip experience.

Begin by exploring the stunning beaches of Calpe. Arenal-Bol Beach and Levante Beach are two of the most popular, featuring soft sands and crystal-clear waters. Relax on the shore, take a dip in the Mediterranean, or partake in water sports like kayaking or windsurfing.

a beach in Calpe

For a dose of history, visit the Roman ruins of the Baños de la Reina, a fascinating archaeological site featuring ancient baths and fish farms. Don’t miss the chance to explore Calpe’s old town, with its narrow streets, colorful murals, and the beautiful Church of La Virgen de las Nieves.

One of Calpe’s most iconic landmarks is the Peñón de Ifach, a massive limestone rock that juts out into the sea. Climb to the top for panoramic views of the town and surrounding coastline, or enjoy the scenery from the nearby ecological walk.

Calpe is an irresistible blend of sun, sea, and history. It’s a delightful day trip from Valencia that offers something for everyone, from beach lovers to history buffs.

Eager to experience a lively beach town with a rich cultural heritage? Gandia, just 70 kilometers south of Valencia, is the perfect destination. This bustling town offers golden beaches, a fascinating old quarter, and a grand ducal palace, ensuring a memorable day trip for all.

Start your Gandia adventure at the beautiful Playa de Gandia, a wide stretch of golden sand with ample amenities and clear, blue waters. Relax on the shore, swim in the Mediterranean, or stroll along the promenade lined with shops and restaurants.

Once you’ve had your fill of sun and sea, venture into Gandia’s historic old quarter, known as the Ducal Palace of the Borgias. Explore the palace’s elegant courtyards, intricate frescoes, and impressive architecture, and learn about its connection to the infamous Borgia family.

Gandia a place to go for a day trip from Valencia

Now’s a good chance to wander the charming streets of Gandia’s old town, admiring the Gothic-style Collegiate Church of Santa María and the picturesque Plaza Mayor. You could even check out the Archaeological Museum, which showcases Gandia’s rich history through a collection of artifacts and exhibits.

Gandia is an enticing mix of beachside fun and cultural exploration. It’s an ideal day trip from Valencia that offers a diverse range of experiences, catering to both relaxation seekers and history enthusiasts.

13. Tavernes Blanques

Craving a peaceful escape just a stone’s throw from Valencia? Tavernes Blanques, only 6 kilometers away, is a delightful destination for a tranquil day trip. 

This small town is known for its verdant parks, local pottery, and warm atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely visit.

Start your Tavernes Blanques excursion by wandering its charming streets, admiring the local architecture and getting a feel for the town’s laid-back vibe. Be sure to visit the town’s traditional pottery workshops, where you can observe artisans at work and even purchase unique, handmade souvenirs.

One of Tavernes Blanques’ highlights is its abundance of green spaces. Take a leisurely stroll through the lovely Parc de la Torre, a serene oasis featuring a historic tower and well-tended gardens. Or, visit the nearby Parc de l’Alqueria del Moro, where you’ll find a stunning palace surrounded by lush vegetation.

Tavernes Blanques is a charming hideaway that offers a peaceful retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. It’s a delightful day trip from Valencia that will leave you feeling refreshed and reconnected with local traditions.

Ready for an unforgettable journey to a town steeped in history and architectural splendor? Teruel, about 140 kilometers west of Valencia, is a true hidden gem. 

With its stunning Mudejar architecture, ancient churches, and romantic legends, Teruel offers a day trip experience that transports you to another time.

Begin your Teruel adventure by admiring the town’s Mudejar architecture, a unique blend of Islamic and Christian styles that has earned UNESCO World Heritage status. Don’t miss the striking towers of El Salvador, San Martín, and San Pedro, which are prime examples of this captivating art form.

Cathedral of Santa María in Teruel

Explore Teruel’s ancient churches, such as the Cathedral of Santa María, with its beautifully preserved frescoes, and the Church of San Pedro, which houses the famous Lovers of Teruel Mausoleum. Discover the tragic story of these star-crossed lovers, who are often compared to Romeo and Juliet.

Venture into Teruel’s historic old quarter, where you’ll find narrow cobblestone streets, charming squares, and the impressive Alcazaba, a fortified palace with panoramic views of the town.

Teruel is a captivating destination that offers a remarkable blend of history, art, and romance. It’s a day trip from Valencia that will leave you with a deep appreciation for Spain’s rich cultural heritage and a desire to explore even more hidden gems.

15. Albarracín

Longing for a day trip to a fairy tale village nestled amidst stunning landscapes? Albarracín, around 190 kilometers west of Valencia, is the perfect destination. This enchanting town, with its narrow winding streets, ancient walls, and colorful houses, offers a day trip experience that feels like stepping into a storybook.

Get started on your Albarracín journey by exploring its well-preserved old town, where you’ll find charming cobbled streets lined with picturesque houses adorned with wooden balconies. Wander through the Plaza Mayor, the heart of the town, and take in the stunning views of the surrounding cliffs and mountains.

Make your way to the impressive Albarracín Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the town. Discover the castle’s rich history as you explore its ruins, and marvel at the panoramic vistas from the ramparts. Don’t miss the ancient walls of Albarracín, which offer a fascinating glimpse into the town’s past defenses.

Albarracín a place to visit for a day trip from Valencia

Surrounding Albarracín is the captivating landscape of the Albarracín Mountains, a haven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Embark on a hike or rock-climbing adventure to fully appreciate the area’s natural beauty.

Albarracín is a magical destination that offers a unique blend of history, charm, and natural wonders. It’s a day trip from Valencia that will leave you enchanted and yearning for more.

16. Alicante

Seeking a bustling coastal city filled with history, culture, and beautiful beaches? Alicante, approximately 170 kilometers south of Valencia, is an ideal destination for a diverse day trip experience. This vibrant city offers a mix of stunning coastline, historic landmarks, and lively entertainment options, ensuring a memorable visit.

You can start your Alicante adventure on the gorgeous beaches, such as Playa del Postiguet or Playa de San Juan. Bask in the Mediterranean sun, take a refreshing swim, or indulge in water sports like paddleboarding or sailing.

Once you’ve soaked up the sun, head to the impressive Santa Bárbara Castle, an ancient fortress perched atop Mount Benacantil. Explore the castle’s history, marvel at its architecture, and enjoy panoramic views of the city and coastline.

Wander through Alicante’s charming old town, El Barrio, where you’ll find narrow streets, colorful houses, and lively plazas filled with cafes and restaurants. Visit the city’s museums, such as the Archaeological Museum of Alicante, to delve into the region’s rich history and culture.

Alicante is an enticing destination that offers a vibrant mix of history, culture, and beachside fun. It’s an ideal day trip from Valencia that caters to a wide range of interests, promising an unforgettable experience for all.

17. Torrevieja

Dreaming of a coastal getaway with natural beauty and a laid-back atmosphere? Torrevieja, about 220 kilometers south of Valencia, is the ideal destination for a soothing day trip. This charming town is known for its beautiful beaches, serene salt lagoons, and vibrant harbor, offering a delightful blend of relaxation and entertainment.

Begin your Torrevieja visit by exploring the town’s stunning beaches, such as Playa del Cura and Playa de Los Locos. Relax on the golden sands, take a refreshing swim in the clear waters, or stroll along the picturesque promenade.

Torrevieja beach a place to go for a day trip in Valencia

Don’t miss the chance to visit the nearby salt lagoons of Las Salinas, which are famous for their vibrant pink and green hues. Take a leisurely walk around these natural wonders and keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife, including flamingos and other bird species.

Head to the bustling marina, where you can enjoy a leisurely meal at a waterfront restaurant, join a boat tour, or indulge in water sports like jet skiing or snorkeling. As the sun sets, experience Torrevieja’s lively nightlife scene, with a variety of bars and clubs to suit all tastes.

Torrevieja is a captivating coastal town that offers a soothing blend of natural beauty and lively entertainment. It’s a rejuvenating day trip from Valencia that promises a truly memorable experience.

18. Benidorm

In search of a day trip packed with excitement, beautiful beaches, and endless entertainment options? Benidorm, approximately 140 kilometers south of Valencia, is the ultimate destination. This bustling resort town offers a lively atmosphere, golden beaches, and a wealth of activities, ensuring a thrilling day trip experience.

Begin your Benidorm adventure on the town’s famous beaches, Levante and Poniente. Bask in the sun on the golden sands, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, or partake in water sports like parasailing or scuba diving.

For a change of pace, explore Benidorm’s charming old town, with its narrow cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses, and lively plazas filled with shops, cafes, and restaurants. Be sure to visit the Balcony of the Mediterranean, a viewpoint offering panoramic views of the town and the sparkling sea.

Benidorm is also a haven for theme parks and attractions, such as Terra Mítica, Aqualandia, and Mundomar. These parks offer thrilling rides, water slides, and wildlife encounters, providing entertainment for visitors of all ages.

Benidorm is an exhilarating destination that offers a vibrant mix of beachside relaxation and thrilling attractions. It’s an ideal day trip from Valencia that caters to a wide range of interests and guarantees an unforgettable experience for all.

19. Les Fonts de l’Algar

Looking for a day trip immersed in stunning natural beauty and refreshing waterfalls? Les Fonts de l’Algar, about 150 kilometers south of Valencia, is the perfect destination. This enchanting spot is known for its crystal-clear springs, cascading waterfalls, and lush vegetation, offering a day trip experience that rejuvenates the senses.

Start your day by following the walking trail that winds through this natural paradise. Marvel at the gushing waterfalls, verdant landscapes, and pristine pools as you explore the area.

Les Fonts de l’Algar a place to go for a day trip for Valencia

Take a refreshing dip in one of the many natural swimming pools, or simply relax and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. Don’t miss the chance to visit the nearby Arboretum, where you can learn about the region’s diverse flora and fauna.

Les Fonts de l’Algar is a blissful escape that offers a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s a revitalizing day trip from Valencia that promises to leave you feeling refreshed and inspired by nature’s beauty.

Craving a day trip to a picturesque town with stunning landscapes and fascinating history? Cuenca, approximately 210 kilometers northwest of Valencia, is an enchanting destination. 

This medieval town, perched on a steep cliffside, offers a blend of historic architecture, dramatic landscapes, and captivating art, ensuring a memorable day trip experience.

Begin your visit by exploring the town’s famous Casas Colgadas or Hanging Houses, which are precariously perched on the edge of a cliff. Wander through Cuenca’s narrow streets, admiring the beautiful cathedral, charming plazas, and medieval architecture.

Discover Cuenca’s art scene at the Fundación Antonio Pérez, which showcases contemporary art, or the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, featuring a collection of abstract works by renowned Spanish artists.

Cuenca a place to go for a day trip in Valencia

Venture into the stunning landscapes surrounding Cuenca, such as the Enchanted City or the Hoces del Río Duratón Natural Park, where you can hike, canoe, or simply marvel at the breathtaking scenery.

Cuenca is a captivating destination that offers a unique blend of history, art, and natural beauty. It’s a day trip from Valencia that will leave you with lasting memories and a desire to explore even more of Spain’s hidden gems.

21. Castellon

Seeking a day trip that combines beachside relaxation, historic landmarks, and cultural exploration? Castellon, about 100 kilometers north of Valencia, is an ideal destination. This charming coastal city offers beautiful beaches, a captivating old town, and a wealth of cultural attractions, promising a diverse day trip experience.

Head straight to the city’s gorgeous beaches after you arrive, such as Playa del Pinar or Playa del Gurugú. Enjoy the sun, sand, and sea, or take part in water sports like windsurfing or paddleboarding.

Venture into Castellon’s historic old town, where you’ll find the impressive Santa María Cathedral, the medieval El Fadrí bell tower, and picturesque squares lined with shops and cafes. Explore the city’s museums, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, which showcases a collection of Valencian art and ceramics.

El Fadrí bell tower in Castellon

For a taste of nature, visit the nearby Desierto de las Palmas Natural Park, where you can hike, bike, or simply enjoy the stunning landscapes.

Castellon is a delightful coastal city that offers a mix of beachside relaxation, historic charm, and cultural exploration. It’s an ideal day trip from Valencia that caters to a wide range of interests and guarantees an unforgettable experience for all.

What are the best day trips from Valencia by public transport?

For those who prefer to leave the car behind and explore Valencia’s surroundings using public transport, there are plenty of fantastic day trips within easy reach. Here are some of the best options to consider:

  • Xàtiva: Hop on a train from Valencia’s Estació del Nord and arrive in Xàtiva in just under an hour. Discover the impressive Xàtiva Castle, explore the charming streets of the old town, and visit the birthplace of the famous Borgia family.
  • Sagunto: A quick train ride of around 30 minutes from Valencia takes you to Sagunto, where you can marvel at the ancient Roman theater, stroll through the charming old town, and explore the impressive Sagunto Castle.
  • Gandia: Reachable by train in just over an hour, Gandia offers a beautiful beach and a captivating historic center, where you can visit the Ducal Palace and the Collegiate Basilica of Santa Maria.
  • Castellon: With a train journey of around an hour, Castellon invites you to explore its beautiful beaches, historic old town, and the nearby Desierto de las Palmas Natural Park.

Desierto de Las Palmas nature park

What day trips in Valencia are good for avoiding crowds?

If you’re seeking a more serene experience away from the tourist hotspots, consider these day trips to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of the Valencian region:

  • Albufera Natural Park: While popular, Albufera offers plenty of opportunities to find your own quiet spot among the walking trails, rice fields, and serene lake. Visit during off-peak hours or weekdays to enjoy even more peace and quiet.
  • Chulilla: This picturesque village, nestled in a dramatic gorge, offers a peaceful retreat for nature lovers. Discover the stunning Turia River canyon, hike the local trails, and explore the charming village streets.
  • Les Fonts de l’Algar: Although it can get busy in the summer months, visiting Les Fonts de l’Algar early in the day or during the off-season will allow you to experience the waterfalls and natural swimming pools in relative tranquility.
  • Montanejos: Head to Montanejos to relax in the thermal springs, hike in the surrounding mountains, and enjoy the area’s natural beauty. Arrive early and explore the lesser-known trails to avoid the crowds.

By choosing off-peak times and lesser-known destinations, you’ll be able to enjoy a more tranquil and authentic experience while exploring the beautiful surroundings of Valencia.

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14 Easy Day Trips From Valencia (+ How to Get There)

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The region of Valencia has a rich cultural heritage that spans thousands of years. These easy day trips from Valencia are just perfect for when you’re ready to escape the hustle and bustle of Spain’s third-largest city.

Valencia is a wonderful destination on its own. But there are many beautiful places that can be visited on a day trip from Valencia as well.

Once you’ve gasped in amazement at the modern architecture, sipped wine in all the charming squares, and shopped your way around Valencia’s city center you might be ready to explore the surrounding countryside.

I’ve divided this article into two sections — best day trips from Valencia by train or bus and best day trips from Valencia by car . So even if you aren’t eager to drive while on holiday, you have plenty of other options.

So, what are the best day trips from Valencia? Whether you are in Valencia for a few days or longer, this guide will give you an idea of the best things to see around Valencia on a half-day or full-day trip.

Also read: 25 Things To Do in Valencia Besides Eating Paella

Best day trips from Valencia by train or bus

These day trips can be done by public transport (train, bus, and even metro or bike). These destinations are easily accessible and to be honest, some of them don’t even have to take up the whole day unless you want them to. That’s why some of these Valencia day trips by train or bus are so great because you can do them in the morning or afternoon and use the rest of the day to visit Valencia.

1. El Saler

A couple walking on a pebble beach in El Saler

Valencia has miles upon miles of urban beaches. Yet some of the best beaches in Valencia are situated outside the city, with El Saler beach to the south being a favorite among people living in Valencia .

El Saler is one of the nicest places to visit around Valencia if you like an uncrowded seaside. Its fine sand beach has a dramatic look due to the rolling sand dunes and endemic plants that grow on them. What’s more, the beach ends in an impressive pine forest.

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend some quality time in nature, there are plenty of roads and paths you can follow both on foot and by bike. This is a nice day trip from Valencia by bus and I highly recommend it.

If you’re into golf and are looking for things to do outside Valencia, Parador de El Saler is a posh hotel and spa, home to one of the best golf courses in Europe. Along the beach, you’ll also find a few restaurants specializing in seafood and rice dishes. While they are nothing fancy, they surely are convenient.

How to get there: El Saler can be reached on a bus tour from Valencia. Bus 25 leaves from Valencia city center (Calle Cerdán de Tallada) towards El Saler. In summer, the bus goes all the way to El Saler beach. In the off-season, you have to get off at Pinars – El Saler and walk along the pine tree-lined path until you reach the beach (about 10 minutes).

Alternatively, you can rent a bike and follow the bike lane from El Saler Commercial Center near the City of Arts and Sciences all the way to El Saler beach (around 9km one way) where you’ll find plenty of bike docks. You can also take your bike on the bus.

2. Albufera Natural Park

A small white house on the shores of Albufera Lake at sunset

As the third-largest city in Spain and home to the futuristic-looking City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia can feel quite modern. Therefore, it’s hard to imagine that a wild place like Albufera exists in such close proximity.

The Albufera Natural Park and the surrounding villages feel almost trapped in time. Life has a different pace here and has been going on almost undisturbed for centuries.

Albufera is the place that gave Spain its most famous dish — the paella. This makes the tiny village of El Palmar a pilgrimage spot for paella lovers and one of the most memorable day trips from Valencia.

This traditional fishing village with just 800 inhabitants is nothing to write home about. But it has a dozen restaurants, all specializing in the world’s most popular rice dish .

If you can’t make it to Albufera, I also wrote an article about where to eat the best paella in Valencia .

If you visit Albufera between June and September, budget some time for a stroll through the lush green rice fields nearby. They are spectacular!

Another popular thing to do here is to take a boat ride around the lake, which is home to hundreds of bird species. The best time to spot them is spring and autumn. The lake looks breathtaking at sunset when it offers some extraordinary photo opportunities.

How to get there: Bus 25 leaves from Valencia city center direction El Palmar (via El Saler). You can get off at Embarcadero de Albufera (for boat rides and sunset shots) or El Palmar (for boat rides, rice fields, and paella). You can also take your bike on the bus and ride through the rice fields at leisure. Alternatively, you can book a jeep and boat tour in the company of a local guide (includes hotel pick-up).

3. Tavernes Blanques

Tavernes Blanques is another tiny village, this time just up north from Valencia. An unremarkable place per se, it hides quite a secret — the Lladró Boutique-Museum.

This is the world’s only Lladró factory. If you’re even remotely interested in luxury handmade porcelain, this place is so worth it!

During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to wander around the huge showroom and admire hundreds of figurines and home accessories. Some of them date as far back as the 1960s and are no longer in production. Others are limited edition, like the Queen of the Nile, sold for well over €100,000.

But perhaps the most interesting part of the visit is the workshops where they do demonstrations in various languages. If you’ve never seen how porcelain figurines are made, you’ll surely have a blast.

Besides this, they also have a small but valuable private painting collection upstairs. And an outlet shop where you can buy heavily discounted Lladró figures.

The Lladró Boutique-Museum is free to visit, but you have to call or book via their website in advance.

How to get there: Take bus 16 from the City Hall square to Tavernes Blanques then walk in a straight line to the Lladró Boutique-Museum.

4. Alboraya

Tigernut fields with a white house in the distance in Alboraya, one of the best day trips from Valencia by bike or metro

Chufa (aka tigernuts) is a grass-like-looking plant that produces an edible tuber from which horchata , a sweet plant-based beverage, is made. Visiting the lush green chufa fields of Alboraya in summer is yet another fun day trip from Valencia.

Hot tip: If you want to learn more about the Spanish eating customs and unique local cuisine, see these 10 mouth-watering foods you must try in Valencia (horchata included).

Neighboring Tavernes Blanques, it’s surprising how easily accessible the chufa fields of Alboraya are from Valencia by bike or metro. The best thing to do here is to either walk or bike at leisure through the huerta (a fertile land where all kinds of vegetables are planted).

The fields are dotted with barracas and alquerias , typical farmhouses usually painted in white (an interesting contrast with the greenery around). You’ll also spot the vast network of irrigation channels dating all the way back to the times when the Moors ruled these lands almost a millennia ago.

I recommend you to wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. If you want to rest in the shadow and sip a glass of horchata with views of the chufa fields, stop at Horchateria Vida right in the middle of the huerta . They have lots of indoor and outdoor seating, a small farm animal area, a playground for kids, and a parking lot.

Another interesting stop is Espai Sequer Lo Blanch, a cultural and gastronomic space in the middle of the huerta , with food trucks, workshops, and a farmers’ market.

While this half-day trip can be done independently, you also have the option of going on a bike tour with a local guide.

How to get there: Take metro line 3 or 9 to Alboraya-Palmaret or Alboraya-Peris Aragó then walk to Paseo de Aragón (8 minutes). Or, you can rent a bike for the day and follow the bike lanes from Valencia to Alboraya. You can also take your bike on the metro (weekends only). If you visit the Lladró Museum, you can walk toward the chufa fields from there.

Medieval walls and gate at Sagunto Castle

Sagunto is one of the best day trips from Valencia if you want to combine history with a relaxing afternoon at the beach.

First off, there’s the ancient fortification perched on top of the hill. You’ll spot it from the train already. But walking along the ruined walls will give you a different and interesting perspective of the sea in the distance.

Then there’s the Roman theater built way back in the 1st century. It can be found at the foot of the hill and it’s still in use today, almost two thousand years later. Every summer, a month-long festival is held here.

The harbor and the beach are a bit further away. Many consider this playa to be a better alternative to the crowded urban beaches of Valencia. The walk along the shores is also nice, plus there are plenty of restaurants.

How to get there: Take the train from North Station to Sagunto. The shortest journey time is 20 minutes. If you want to go to the beach, you can either take bus 115 (AVSA) from Valencia bus station directly to Puerto de Sagunto or take the local bus from the Sagunto train station to the beach.

View of the Xativa castle and surrounding rolling hills

Xàtiva is a town steeped in history and a great one day trip from Valencia. During Roman times, it used to be a famous linen manufacturer strategically situated on Via Augusta. Fast forward a few centuries later, the first paper mill in Europe was built in Xàtiva in 1056, as the Arabs introduced papermaking to Europe from China.

Xàtiva is also the birthplace of Callixtus III and Alexander VI (the infamous Papa Borgia, one of the most controversial popes during the Renaissance).

Xàtiva’s main attraction is its castle. Perched on a double-peaked hill, you can easily spend a few hours walking along the wall, wandering around the patios, and photographing all the fountains, endemic vegetation, and flowering plants growing on ruins.

The views from the castle are breathtaking. Plus the restaurant offers an affordable menu that includes local specialties like arroz al horno (oven-baked rice with pork and potatoes) and Arabic sweets.

In the town center, you can follow the Water Route — Xàtiva is known as the city of a thousand fountains. You can also visit some museums and buildings related to the Borja family.

How to get there: Xàtiva is one of the best day trips from Valencia by train. It’s situated 66km south and can be reached in 35 minutes.

Painted facade of the Ducal Palace in Gandia

Gandia has miles upon miles of coastline and crystal-clear waters. While it sounds perfect for a beach holiday, Gandia also has a long history and strong links to the Borja family.

The main attraction in Gandia is the Ducal Palace, a must-visit due to its Crown Hall and Golden Gallery, a succession of five fabulous rooms in Baroque style.

This magnificent palace built in the early 1300s first belonged to the Royal Dukes of Gandia before it became home to the wealthy Borja family. It was the birthplace of San Francisco de Borja and it’s well worth visiting on a day trip from Valencia.

You’ll find many restaurants serving rice dishes in Gandia, but trust me when I say, you should also try the fideuà . This is a seafood noodle dish prepared in the same wide pan as the paella and is believed to have originated in Gandia.

How to get there: Gandia is one of the best train trips from Valencia. It is situated 72km to the south and can be reached in just under an hour. You can take cercanias train C-1 from Valencia Estacion del Norte to either Gandia (the city center) or Gandia Platja (the beach). The historical center of Gandia and the beaches of Gandia are some 5 km apart. A bus connects the two. The bus ride takes some 20 minutes.

Huge clay jars inside the underground caves of Requena

Utiel-Requena is the largest wine region near Valencia. The tradition of winemaking here dates back all the way to Roman times. So a day trip to Requena should almost inevitably be organized around wine.

Now, Requena also has a past not related to wine. During medieval times it used to be an important silk producer and some of the most imposing historical buildings in the center are from that period.

After a quick stroll around, I recommend you make a beeline for the Caves of the Villa (the old town hall caves). This series of caves were used to store wine, oil, and grains. Some were used as ossuaries. As you walk through the caves, you’ll see huge clay jars where food used to be preserved. During hot summers and cold winters, the caves also served as a shelter.

Last but not least, make time to visit a winery. If you are there in late summer or autumn, just before harvest, you should also visit the nearby vineyards. Maybe even taste some Bobal red grapes which are native to this region.

While you can visit Requena independently, I found it way more entertaining and learned a lot more about the long tradition of winemaking in the region when I visited with a local guide.

How to get there: Requena is situated 72km inland. It can be reached by high-speed train (AVE) in 22 minutes or regional train (cheaper) in 1h 40min. Regular bus services between Valencia and Requena also exist. The journey time is approx 1 hour.

Mudejar tower in Teruel

Teruel is a charming, yet little-known city in the Aragon region. It’s famous for its Mudejar architecture which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Teruel is surrounded by legends, such as the one of the Lovers. As the story goes, a girl from a wealthy family and a man of little means fell in love. When the girl’s father didn’t agree to their union, the guy traveled far in search of wealth.

This was all the way back in the 13th century. As you can imagine, something went wrong and he missed the deadline. Their love story ended up similar to that of Romeo and Juliette. Nowadays, you can visit their mausoleum inside a 16th-century Mudejar church.

In my opinion, Teruel is one of the best cities to visit in Spain . Since Teruel is pretty small and compact, it can be visited on a day trip from Valencia. But if you don’t want to rush your visit, Teruel is also one of the best weekend trips from Valencia so spending the night is a great idea.

Teruel is also known for its pottery and jamón serrano  (cured ham), which is believed to be among the best in Spain.

How to get there: Teruel is 140km northwest of Valencia. It can be reached by train in 2h 30min and it’s one of the most interesting excursions from Valencia.

10. Peñiscola

Sunset view of Peñiscola from the Papa Luna castle

Peñiscola is a Game of Thrones filming location (it starred as Meereen in season 6). But even before that, Peñiscola was a popular tourist destination due to its stunning Templar castle perched high on a rock overlooking the sea.

This town is located on Costa del Azahar (aka the Cherry Blossom Coast). Besides charming streets, it also has miles of sandy beaches just perfect for sunbathing or a relaxing walk.

Peñiscola looks postcard-perfect from afar. But the winding cobbled streets inside the castle walls are full of charm as well. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as the streets of the old town are hilly and uneven.

The main attraction is the Castle of Papa Luna, where Pedro Martínez Luna lived during his very long exile while the legitimacy of his title was being disputed.

Besides the castle, also look for Casa de las Conchas, a house with a facade completely covered in shells. And hear El Bufador, a curious sound made by the waves when hitting a rocky cavity.

How to get there: During the summer months, take the direct train from North Station to Benicarló-Peñíscola (7km from the center of Peñíscola). The shortest journey time is 1h 10min. From Benicarló-Peñíscola there’s a bus service once an hour. If you visit during the low season, take the train to Vinaròs. From there, there’s a bus service to Peñíscola every half an hour.

Fun day trips from Valencia by car

The above are the best day trips from Valencia by bus or train. But as any local will tell you, a car is the best way to discover the region.

If you’d like to visit other places close to Valencia and move around with ease, renting a car is the next best thing, especially since organized day tours from Valencia are rare.

As Valencia’s popularity grows, I expect that to change as there are plenty of other pretty places near Valencia to visit. But for now, here are 3 fun road trips from Valencia worth renting a car for.

A cove and green vegetation in Alcossebre

11. Alcossebre

If you are looking for uncrowded beaches, stunning pine forests, and pretty coves near Valencia, head to Alcossebre up north. Alcossebre is close to Peñiscola and you can batch the two into one trip.

While both Alcossebre and Peñiscola are great day trips from Valencia on their own, if you want to see them both and also enjoy the beaches, it’s best to make this a two day trip and spend the night in a hotel. I really enjoyed Hotel Romana in Alcossebre, plus it’s cheaper than staying in Peñiscola.

Alcosebre also has a pretty marina and an impressive camping called Tropicana. This camping is super clean and surrounded by lush green vegetation. It’s great for motorhomes but they also have wooden bungalows that you can rent and it’s basically right on the beach.

12. Sant Josep Caves, Vall de Uxó

These caves host the longest navigable underground river in Europe (more than 3 km long!). The caves are situated less than 50 km from Valencia. Apart from taking a quiet boat ride through the caves (the tour lasts approx 45 minutes), you can also go hiking in the nearby Sierra de Espadán mountain range.

13. Rull Cave, Vall de Ebo

This is another cave I really loved visiting. It boasts an absolutely spectacular underground landscape with a wealth of stalactites, stalagmites, and columns. The cave is situated approx 100 km south of Valencia and was named after the hunter who discovered it back in 1919. The Rull Cave can only be visited by guided tour (approx 45 minutes).

14. Guadalest

Guadalest is a scenic little town , some 130 km south of Valencia. While it’s best known for its castle, Guadalest also offers some pretty amazing views, good value restaurants, and great shopping opportunities.

Personally, I believe this is one of the top day trips from Valencia due to its several unique and surprising museums, like:

  • The Micro-Gigantic Museum (a mind-blowing collection of tiny artworks).
  • The Salt and Pepper Museum (a collection of more than 20,000 salt and pepper shakers from all around the world).
  • The Antonio Marco Doll House Museum (beautifully decorated dollhouses with intricate details and a 12-ton nativity scene).
  • The Historical Vehicles Museum (100+ motorcycles and microcars in perfect condition).

Wanna know more about Valencia’s past and present? Read these fun facts about Valencia . And don’t forget to check out my article about the best neighborhoods and hotels to stay in Valencia — it might come in handy when booking your accommodation.

Planning to visit other parts of Spain as well? I also wrote a guide on how to spend 3 days in Madrid . And another on the best things to do in Barcelona in 3 days .

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One day in Valencia, Spain: Your Ultimate Itinerary

Posted by Anna | Jul 25, 2023 | Valencia , Quick Guides & Stopovers , Top Cities | 5

One day in Valencia, Spain: Your Ultimate Itinerary

One day in Valencia – might not be enough time to discover everything this Spanish city has to offer, but you will be surprised to find out how many local landmarks one can actually visit in one single day. Let me share with you this ultimate 1-day itinerary for Valencia.

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About Valencia

My love story with valencia.

Valencia holds a special place in my heart: 15 years ago it was the first Spanish city I visited. Back then I was simply a teenager, obsessed with practicing my Spanish and learning more about local habits and culture. I had no idea that my destiny was literally waiting for me around the corner (a few years later, I met my Spanish husband at work and became an expat in Spain ).

Looking back at those first trips to Valencia, I could state with all certainty that it had always felt very special and dear to my heart.

Lots of things have changed and evolved over my 15 years in the Valencia Region. Even though many still call Valencia one of the most underrated cities in Spain – I simply can´t agree with this statement. Back when I first visited Valencia it kind of felt like a hidden gem. But not anymore: these days Valencia in summer is packed with tourists. And even in the off-season Valencia is full of international travelers searching for the Spanish winter sun .

But all of this does not make Valencia any less unique or attractive. This city is full of history, unique landmarks, relaxing palm trees, and cute local cafes to enjoy a delicious breakfast . So, if Valencia is on your Spain bucket list , grab my 1-day itinerary to make the most of your visit.

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What you need to know

Nowadays Valencia is one of the most popular cities to visit in Spain (after Barcelona and Madrid ).

It was founded by the Romans in 138 BC, occupied by the Moors from the XVIII century, and liberated by King Jaime I in 1238.

Since Valencia is a port city, it might be a stop on many Mediterranean Cruises . So, no doubt that lots of international visitors will try to get a glimpse of Valencia in one day.

If you want to get some visual inspiration of top Valencia landmarks – check out my IG Highlight Valencia Cit y.

What is Valencia known for

First of all, Valencia is internationally famous as the birthplace of Spanish paella , which is still a favorite meal for the locals on Sundays .

Secondly, Valencia was once the birthplace of a few famous Spaniards in history : painters Joaquin Sorolla and Vicente Benllure , the writer Vicente Blasco Ibañez , the movie director Luis Garcia Berlanga , and the composer Vicente Martin y Soler . Also, don’t forget the architect Santiago Calatrava (who created The City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia) and the Borgia family ( check the full list of Valencia sites related to them ).

Another unique thing you should know about Valencia is the fact that the city is home to the Holy Grail (the cup from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper) one of Christianity´s most elusive relics.

graal cathedral valencia

Beach lovers would be happy to discover that Valencia has the biggest number of high-rated beaches in Spain (marked with a blue flag – top local award). Some of the beaches are located within the city, like Playa Malvarrosa and Playa Cabanyal , others could be an easy Valencia Day Trip (like my favorite Benicasim ).

Another unique feature of Valencia city is its globally famous Las Fallas Festival – one of the top Festivities in Spain (taking place every March).

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How to get to Valencia

Valencia has a high-speed train connection with Madrid. Since it only takes 1h50 mins to get from one city to another, locals in Madrid often search for cheap train tickets to spend one day in Valencia, and vice versa. Actually, this is how our spontaneous getaway to Christmas Madrid took place last year.

The airport of Valencia is located in the nearest small town of Manises, famous for its ceramic heritage . There are international lots flights to Valencia via Lisbon (Portugal ), Istanbul ( Turkey ), and Paris (France).

Also, Valencia is a 3.5-hour drive from Barcelona Airport and a 1-hour drive from Castellon Airport. Your visit to Valencia can be easily combined with a trip to the Alicante Region (since Alicante Airport is also located only 2 hours from Valencia).

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How long to stay

Are you fully convinced that having one day in Valencia is not enough to experience the city? – Well, you are partially right.

Ideally, you should have at least a weekend in Valencia (although you honestly have plenty of things to see and do for a whole week in Valencia ).

Nevertheless, one day in Valencia is still a great chance to experience the city´s most iconic landmarks and make your first impression of the Valencian Community Region (composed of the Provinces of Valencia, Alicante, and Castellon ).

Unique Tours in Valencia

Popular tours to make the most of one day in Valencia include  Essentials and World Heritages Sites Walking Tour , City Highlights Guided Bike Tour , and Segway Tour of Old Town . If you enjoy Spanish shows – check Palosanto Flamenco Show and Flamenco Show with Dinner at La Bulería .

Dream of experiencing the foodie arena of Valencia? – you might love one of these unique tours: Daytime Tapas-Tasting Tour w/ Central Market Visit , Old Town Tour, Wine & Tapas , Traditional Paella Cooking Class & Dinner , Valencia Street Food Tour , Wine Tasting with Professional Sommelier , or City of Arts & Sciences Tour with Rooftop Wine & Tapas .

For day trip ideas check these posts of mine: Best Valencia Day Trips and Valencia Day Trips by train .

One Day in Valencia – Itinerary

Basically, there are two main areas of the city you can fit into any 1-day itinerary for Valencia: The Old Town and The City of Arts and Sciences. The first one will give you a brief overview of the traditional architecture, local history, and culture, and the second one – the modern appeal of Valencia.

Plaza de Ayuntamiento / The City Hall

You should start your day in Valencia at the central square Plaza de Ayuntamiento .

It´s the heart of the political and economic life of the city, as well as the main spot during the traditional Las Fallas Festival. Here, you also find two local landmarks with a free entrance – Ayuntamiento ( e.g. The City Hall) and the central post office Palau de Comunicacionses (often housing free exhibitions). Both could be a great match for those visiting Valencia on a budget.

Ceramics Museum / Museo Nacional de Ceramica

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Valencia is one of the main places to visit in Spain for ceramic enthusiasts .

Within the city center, you will find one of the most beautiful ceramic museums in Spain –  Museo Nacional de Ceramica , set within Marques de Dos Aguas  Palace. It houses the largest national collection of ceramics in Spain, dating from the 18th century to modern times. The museum´s exposition also includes a selection of pieces from the nearest ceramic artisan hubs – Alcora, Paterna , and Manises .

Valencia Cathedral / La Seu

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As I have previously mentioned, Valencia is home to the Holy Grail (the cup from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper). Since it is one of Christianity´s most elusive relics, you can’t miss the Cathedral of Valencia. The Cathedral´s museum impressed me with its huge ancient books (similar to the ones I discovered on my Extremadura Road Trip ) and the panoramic city views from the tower.

Nearby, you can try the famous Valencia drink – horchata . It is a plant-based drink made from soaked, ground, and sweetened tiger nuts. The original  Horchateria Daniel  is located in the nearest village of Alboraya, but they currently have a few smaller locations in Valencia City as well.

San Nicolas Church / San Nicolas de Bari & San Pedro Martir

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The church of San Nicolas is Valencia´s Sistine Chapel, which displays one of the most impressive feelings in the city.

While it was founded back in 1242, at the very same place there was once a Roman-Hispanic temple (200-700) and even a mosque (in the XVIII-XIIIth centuries). The final restoration of San Nicolas church is quite recent: it was opened to the public with its current look back in 2016.

Valencia´s Central Market / Mercado de Valencia

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You can’t visit Valencia without a glimpse at the city´s Central Market, located in one of the most emblematic modernist buildings of the region. The market of Valencia is one of the largest places selling fresh products in Europe.

Right in front of the entrance, you can also see the narrowest building in Europe – La Estrecha (107 cm/42 inches).

The Silk Exchange / Lonja de Seda

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Right by the central market, you’ll find another architectural gem of Valencia – Lonja de Seda (e.g. The Silk Exchange or Market). Actually, Valencia´s history has always been connected to the silk industry (you can learn the details at Valencia Silk Museum). So, The Silk Exchange was built in the XVth century and served as the unique spot for mercantile transactions, vital for the city´s economy.

Quart Towers / Portal de Quart (optional)

If you have some extra time, make a stop at Portal de Quart – the medieval entrance of Valencia, built between 1441 and 1493. Here, you can also walk your way up to enjoy the panoramic views of Valencia.

The City of Arts and Sciences / Cuidad de Las Artes y Ciencias

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During your one day in Valencia, consider spending an afternoon in the City of Arts and Sciences. Two top places to visit here are the museum Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe (an interactive science museum) and the aquarium Oceanografic Valencia ( you need to book in advance in order to skip the line ). Both should be a must if visiting Valencia with kids . Although fully enjoying these two places in one afternoon is almost impossible. Nevertheless, you might try visiting one of the two.

Another alternative is simply having a nice stroll along the old Turia riverbed. This area is known for its 10 km of gardens. It´s a popular place to rent bicycles or have a picnic.

More Valencia Travel Tips

To explore the Valencia region like a local – check all of my Valencia articles:  Your Ultimate Guide to Planning a Weekend in Valencia , How to Spend an Epic Week in Valencia ,  The Best Day Trips From Valencia,   Valencia With Kids ,  Breakfast in Valencia – Cute Cafes You´ll Love ,  Spanish Eating Habits – Almuerzo in Valencia ,  Valencia Day Trip to Manises ,  Valencia Hidden Gems Blog Series ,  The Coolest Hikes near Valencia ,  Beautiful villages of Valencia – Bocairente ,   Top Valencia Day Trips by train , Madrid To Valencia Road Trip , Fun & Adventurous Things to do in Valencia, An Ultimate 7-day Valencia Road Trip Itinerary , Unique Valencia Gifts to Get Right Now , Hiking to Penyagolosa: one of the Highest Peaks of Valencia , and  The Borgia Sights in Valencia .

Unique Valencia Day Tours:

If you need ideas for more than one day in Valencia – check out these unique Valencia day tours:

  • Albufera Day Trip with Boat Tour and Transfer
  • Boat Tour Little Venice Portsaplaya
  •   Caves of San José Guided Excursion
  • Montanejos Guided Hike with Thermal Pools
  • Utiel-Requena Cave & Winery Day Trip with Tasting
  • Guided Cheese Factory Tour with Wine Tasting
  • Morella and Peñíscola Day Trip with Transfers
  • Day Trip from Valencia: Xàtiva and Anna
  • Chulilla and the Hanging Bridges Day Trip
  • Bocairent and Covetes dels Moros Day Trip
  • Peña Cortada Aqueduct Hiking Day To ur

For more ideas, check out my article The Best Day Tours From Valencia .

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Trisha Velarmino

Thanks for the guide! Do you have any recommendations of places with good coffee? I drink coffee at any time of the day and would like to hear which one you loved, particularly specialty coffee. Thanks a lot!

Anna

Thanks for your comment, Trisha! This post is already in the works, since there are lots of nice places I can recommend in Valencia.

Gabby Leopard

Thank you for this guide. Valencia looks very interesting…the architecture reminds me of Palermo in Italy 🙂

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Spain is on our radar as a travel destination, so I am just pinning all of the amazing places people share.

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I had no idea that Valencia has the Holy Grail. I want to book my ticket now just to see that alone. Thanks for the tips!

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Find the day trips from Valencia that were made for you

Ross Clarke

Nov 1, 2021 • 7 min read

Entrance bridge to the main square of the castle. Castle Buñol, located 35km west of Valencia, Spain.

If you visit Buñol, Spain, out of season, the 13th-century Castle Buñol is one of the town's must-sees © Jeroen Boer / Shutterstock

As one of the best-connected cities in Spain  with a wealth of historical, gastronomic, natural sights and activities nearby, Valencia is the ideal base from which to take a day trip and explore the wider Valencia region . 

While there are plenty of things to do in the city , you can have an epic day visiting verdant vineyards, Moorish cities, relaxing coastlines and picturesque villages that are just under two hours away. You can even get the train to Madrid with plenty of time to spare for sightseeing in the capital.

Taking a day trip from Valencia is also a good way to get to know this diverse Spanish autonomous region. It’s one of the best places in Spain for food and drink, and some of the country’s best restaurants are along the coastline. With both mountainous natural parks and flatter coastal wetlands and nature reserves, the region is well suited to active travelers, nature enthusiasts as well as families.

Here are seven day trip ideas from Valencia for all kinds of travelers.

Famed for its tomato-throwing festival La Tomatina , the small town of Buñol is an easy and pleasant day trip from Valencia. Although the town’s population nearly triples during the one-day tomato event in August, there is a range of less messy but no less fun cultural events the rest of the year, from concerts throughout May and June, to the Buñol Fair in August, which culminates in a battle between the two resident music societies. 

If you’re here out of season, head for the 13th-century castle or ornate gardens before wandering the cobbled streets to dine at Las Bairetas ­– known for its classic Valencian rice dishes cooked in the wood-fired oven.

How to get to Buñol

Less than 40km (25 miles) from Valencia, Buñol can be reached in under 90 minutes. Catch the C3 (Utiel) train from the beautiful art nouveau Estació del Nord or make the 40-minute trip on the A-3 motorway if traveling by car.

People in viewing works in the corridors of El Prado in Madrid

Thanks to the brilliant AVE high-speed train network, you can whiz to the Spanish capital Madrid from Valencia in less than two hours. Go for the galleries and museums, and stay for the exuberant nightlife. The famous golden art triangle of El Prado , Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza  museums will keep you busy all day with their permanent collections of works by Velásquez, Picasso and more. Watch for the visiting exhibitions and book museums and galleries in advance to secure entry.

Looking for a touch of old-world Madrid? Snag a table for afternoon tea at the fully restored Palm Court in the extensively renovated Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid . The hotel has hosted everyone from Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner to Princess Grace of Monaco and visiting dignitaries. 

How to get to Madrid

The AVE train is by far the quickest and easiest way to travel between Valencia and Madrid taking one hour 40 minutes. It departs from Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station almost every hour and arrives at Madrid Puerta de Atocha. If you’d prefer to drive, take the A-3 motorway and you’ll arrive in Madrid in about three and a half hours.

It offers swaths of sand, mountain views and a pretty old town, but Dénia on Spain’s eastern coast is the place to visit for food. The city has been on must-visit lists for gourmets since 2015, the year the city was named Unesco Creative City of Gastronomy. Chef Quique Dacosta is one of the contributing factors, thanks to his three-Michelin-star restaurant on Carrer Rascassa. Book well in advance for the stand-out seasonal menus with wine pairings. 

If you fancy something slightly more casual, try El Baret de Miquel Ruiz , a quirky restaurant serving up local produce – think red prawns and fresh vegetables – helmed by Miquel Ruiz, who gave up his Michelin-star restaurant in favor of this more relaxed venue. Try Calle Loreto for traditional tapas bar-hopping and look out for the biannual “ruta de tapas,” where restaurants, cafes and bars offer a tapa and drink for a few euros.

How to get to Dénia

Buses leave Estación de Autobuses de Valencia for Almeria via Dénia regularly and take about 90 minutes. You can easily drive between the two cities in about 75 minutes.

Utiel-Requena

Although true oenophiles know that the Utiel-Requena region has been producing wines for more than 2000 years, it’s only within the last few decades that these fantastic wines and interesting grape varieties have been making headlines on the international stage. 

The area has some 40,000 hectares (98,842 acres) of vineyards growing a variety of grapes – most notably the native Bobal grape. Although the wine-growing area gets its name from the two main towns, the wine route here takes in more than 10 other villages. Plan your visit using the Ruta del Vino website and stop by places like  Bodega Sierra Norte  or Viña Memorias to taste the best the region has to offer.

How to to Utiel-Requena

The C3 train can take you from Valencia Nord station to Siete Aguas, El Rebollar, Requena, San Antonio de Requena and Utiel in under two hours. Alternatively, a dedicated driver can weave through the vineyards in around an hour via the A-3 motorway.

Parkgoers feet hanging from a circular ride in the air at Terra Mitica amusement park in Benidorm, Spain

It might have gained a bit of a bad rep for its high-rise hotels and tacky tourist strip , but there’s much more to Benidorm than the gaudy tourist trail. Explore the old town, perched between the more lively Levante beach and the quieter residential Poniente side. 

Idle down the whitewashed steps from the hilltop site of the city’s former castle to the Balcón del Mediterráneo for views over the adjacent coastline and across the water to the L'illa de Benidorm nature reserve. Then stroll back through the narrow streets and grab a tapa and vino at one of the many traditional tascas. 

The Parc de L´Aigüera is also worth a wander; the neoclassical park stretches up through the town and is home to two amphitheatres that often house concerts. Families should head to Terra Mítica , a theme park on the resort’s outskirts, for a day of thrilling rollercoasters and vertiginous water rides.

How to get to Benidorm

Buses depart regularly for Benidorm from the Estación de Autobuses de Valencia. Look for those heading to Cartagena, which take about 1 hour 45 minutes. If you rent a car, head down the AP-7 – you can even stop in Dénia en route – where the journey will take around 90 minutes.

The exterior of Catedral de Santa Maria in Teruel, Spain

Teruel is the day trip for architecture aficionados and history lovers – and all other lovers. The city is the preeminent place to experience Mudéjar architecture, a style of Moorish building and decoration that appears throughout the city, from the 14th-century Mudéjar tower to the 12th-century Catedral de Santa María de Mediavilla . 

Fans of the works of Tirso de Molina, the Spanish Baroque dramatist, will enjoy learning more about the lovers of Teruel who inspired one of his greatest works. Don’t miss the imposing Los Arcos Aqueduct, a viaduct and aqueduct in one. 

How to get to Teruel

Getting from Valencia to Teruel in Aragón takes about 90 minutes by car via the A-23. Trains and buses are also available, but journey times can stretch to a little over two and a half hours.

The Mediterranean Sea

It would be remiss not to make the most of the Mediterranean when you’re this close, and thankfully there are plenty of options for boat trips from Valencia. The portside has several catamaran companies that offer options like morning cruises with a swim in the sea, sunset cruises with dinner and full-day adventures on the water. 

Private yacht hire is another option if you want a more personalized tour of the coastline. If you prefer freshwater to seawater, take a short drive to El Palmar and try an Albufera boat trip. You’ll sail out onto the famous Albufera lake, visiting rice paddies and traditional fishers’ houses, and tasting local cuisine on the way.

How to get to the Mediterranean Sea

Catamaran cruises and boat hire trips start from Valencia’s main marina in the Poblats Marítims district. From Valencia to El Palmar takes about 25 minutes by car or about 35 minutes on the number 24 bus from Porta de la Mar to El Palmar. Check with boat tour operators in advance, as some will also provide transfers from Valencia.

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Valencia Mediterranean in 3 stages Tour

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Valencia Mediterranean in 3 stages

An unforgettable bike trip with my family. Everything was organized: the hotels, they took our bags from one hotel to another, the electric bikes that are wonderful, the places that the Mediterranean Bike Tours team recommended us to visit ... come on, we just had to enjoy and the truth is that after so long locked up, this bike trip was the best thing we did. We really enjoyed it as a family, it was a lot of fun, our daughters loved it. Santi and Manu are a lovely people, very friendly and very professional, a ten!

Ojos Negros Spain’s longest greenway in 4 stages Tour

Ojos Negros Spain’s longest greenway in 4 stages

We did this trip with some friends and it was a wonderful experience. We really enjoyed the electric bikes, they are a lot of fun and give you a great help when you need it. We followed the route that Santi made for us. The environment is beautiful, the natural park of Sierra Calderona is spectacular. They have everything very organized and they are very nice. All we had to do was pedal, eat and enjoy! A highly recommended experience

Spanish Delights, 7 days Tour

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Spanish Delights, 7 days

I really loved the opportunity to travel in Spain with a wonderful group of travelers and a great guide who brought on other guides that provided good knowledge about some of the areas and towns we were seeing. Thanks, VPT for a memorable trip!!
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Spanish Wonder (End Barcelona, 9 Days) Tour

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Spanish Wonder (End Barcelona, 9 Days)

Daisy was an outstanding agent. Because of her, I am thinking to bock my next trip with Trafalgar
  • €100 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

From Madrid to Barcelona Tour

From Madrid to Barcelona

Lovely opportunity to get a taste of Spain. Organized efficiently. Tour guide Abel knowledgeable, polite, responsive

Spanish Experience (End Barcelona, 9 Days) Tour

Spanish Experience (End Barcelona, 9 Days)

It was a great experience. A wonderful way to see the Spanish countryside. Guides were great.

Absolutely Spain Tour

Absolutely Spain

We travelled to Spain in October with Eskapas. This trip is short and fast paced trip. You have a tour leader in the bus and.you will have a different guide in each city. In our bus There were also Spanish speaking guests. Bus commentaries are.made in bothmlanhuage. Hotels.are.big four stars.we enjoyed it

Andalusia and the Mediterranean Coast with Barcelona from Madrid Tour

Andalusia and the Mediterranean Coast with Barcelona from Madrid

It was a good trip. Staff, guide and drivers were very good with few exceptions. There is a room to improve.
  • €50 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Discovery of Spain - 10 days Tour

Discovery of Spain - 10 days

I had a wonderful trip of Spain and loved seeing all the sites. The pace was quite hectic as we covered a lot of ground. The tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable and the buses were comfortable. A couple of things to note: 1) we took the optional plus package which included some meals. The meals weren’t of a particularly high standard but it was a great way to meet your fellow passengers. 2) most of the passengers were Spanish speaking, the tour guides did speak English but not all passengers were bilingual. This is not a criticism, my observation here is that if you do not speak Spanish, you will be limited with who you can have conversations with. You might not want to meet anyone so this may not be a problem. Fortunately my son speaks Spanish and it was really nice to get to know everyone. 3) we took the comfort level for hotels and they were basic but suitable for our needs. On two nights, the people who had reserved superior hotels, were in the same hotel as us, so I’m not sure if paying for the superior package is worth it. 4) In some cities you get afternoon or evening time for yourself. I would advise you to plan ahead as some sites require tickets to get in, so it would be a good idea to book them online. Don’t expect to turn up at a famous site and expect to be able to get tickets there and then. Overall this was a fabulous trip and I would highly recommend it.

Grand Tour of Spain (Small Group) Tour

Grand Tour of Spain (Small Group)

The tour itself was marvelous. The venues we enjoyed were truly the best of Spain. Our tour guide, Riad, was friendly, informative, knowledgeable, and very helpful. The bus and driver (Fran) were top notch in quality, comfort, and safety. The only issue we had was Tourradar's lack of offering US-based customers the ability to upgrade their hotel rooms like everyone else in the world. The tour guide told us that Tourradar is bad about not offering hotel upgrades to US clients. The hotel in Madrid was filthy, and the hotel in Cordoba had almost no a/c and they turned the water off that night. We were dropped off like red-headed stepchildren where the bus driver stayed, while everyone else went to the nicer hotels for a couple of hundred dollars more for the whole trip (I was told by others in our group). If anyone from the US wants to book through Tourradar, I strongly suggest that you CALL and ask them directly about hotel upgrades prior to booking the Grand Tour of Spain. Had I known that beforehand, I would now be rating this tour five stars easily.

Charming Spain - 9 Days Tour

Charming Spain - 9 Days

A Great trip! Flawless tour as regards logistics. Enjoyed all the guides and people.

Taste of Spain Tour

Taste of Spain

It was a good experience. Got to see a lot of places and also had free time as well! The people on the bus were great too. Hotels and guide were both ok and the driver was good. Overall a good experience!

Spanish Ring ( 11 days ) Tour

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Spanish Ring ( 11 days )

Great tour is what I can say !

Andalusia & Mediterranean Coast with Barcelona Tour

Andalusia & Mediterranean Coast with Barcelona

All in all it was quite good, comprehensive, and informative. Some of the hotels were not up to par with the rest of the tour. I had no hot water more than once, and the last hotel in Barcelona was the worst, no open restaurant for evening meal, and situated quite far from anything unless you took a bus or cab.

Highlights of Spain (Classic, Summer, 9 Days) Tour

Highlights of Spain (Classic, Summer, 9 Days)

Wonderful trip! Tour guide was fabulous!

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14 Must-Know Valencia Travel Tips for First Time Visitors

I’m all about helping you make the most of each trip, so I thought a post dedicated solely to essential Valencia travel tips would be handy.

After sharing the best free things to do in Valencia and some hidden gems you should check out, I figured that the logistics and other tips I’ve learned from personal experience are equally as important.

So let’s dive into all the things you should know before planning a trip to the beautiful city of Valencia.

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Trip Planning Tips for Visiting Valencia

How to get to valencia.

Both international and national flights arrive daily at Valencia’s airport, which is located only 10 km (about 6.2 miles) from the city center. You can also get to Valencia by train from Barcelona or Madrid.

Compare train and flight prices in one place on Omio (formerly GoEuro).

Where to Stay

The old district of Ciutat Vella is probably the best area to stay in Valencia ( unless you’re visiting during the Fallas festival when most of the city is closed for both private vehicles and buses – see my accommodation recommendations on my Fallas post ).

You’ll be at the center of all the action, surrounded by the most beautiful streets, historical landmarks, and countless restaurants and bars.

Here are a few highly-rated accommodations in Ciutat Vella :

Budget – Pensión Alicante : This guesthouse offers budget-friendly single, double, and triple rooms with either a shared or a private bathroom. Read reviews and book it here.

Mid-Range – L’Esplai Valencia : Located a stone’s throw away from Plaza de la Reina, this b&b offers spacious double and triple rooms with a small balcony. The area is packed with cafes and restaurants, and the hotel has a score of 9+ in every category. Read reviews and check availability.

Mid-Range – Sorolla Centro : This 3-star hotel is centrally located near Valencia’s train station and City Hall Square, and it offers spacious rooms for up to 3 people, some with a private terrace. The front desk is available 24/7, and you can also enjoy a highly-rated breakfast. Browse the latest prices here.

Luxury – Hotel Helen Berger : This 4-star hotel offers big modern rooms, 24/7 reception, an on-site restaurant, and optional breakfast. Check its latest prices and availability.

You can also find great places to stay in the hipster neighborhood of Ruzafa or the coastal neighborhood of Poblats Marítims .

Valencia old district

Take Day Trips

I absolutely LOVE taking day trips outside the big city. Though Valencia itself is incredibly gorgeous and interesting, there are tons of places around it that are also worth the visit. Here are a few day trips from Valencia you can add to your itinerary:

1. Village of El Palmar and the Albufera National Park

If you’re looking for the best paella in Valencia , you should also visit the exact place where this iconic rice dish was born. The Albufera is Spain’s biggest lake, offering an interesting mix of natural landscapes and Valencian countryside magic. You can visit it on your own by bus (line 24 or 25) or book a half-day tour .

2. Port Saplaya

This colorful little coastal town is located only 8 km (less than 5 miles) away from Valencia and is easily reached by bus (line 112).

3. MORELLA & PEÑÍSCOLA

To step back in time, head to these two enchanting towns and their medieval castles. To visit them, book a guided day tour .

4. Other Ideas

If you’re a wine lover, you can also book a full-day wine tour of Valencia’s countryside . To sail down the longest underground river in Europe, book this highly-rated half-day caves tour .

If you’re traveling in a car, you can visit places like Torrevieja Pink Lake (Laguna Rosa de Torrevieja) or Tortosa .

Lastly, you can use Omio (formerly GoEuro) to compare bus and train prices and book a ticket from Valencia to beautiful nearby places like the city of Alicante or the historic towns of Sagunto , Xativa, and Denia .

Valencia tips - A day trip to El Palmar

When to Visit

As a coastal city sitting on the Mediterranean, Valencia offers pleasant weather from spring to fall.

While July and August are obviously the busiest months, March is when you can attend the most amazing festival called Las Fallas . Welcoming spring in Europe , this celebration is an experience of a lifetime. For more info, read my Fallas festival guide.

Valencia is also one of the best places to visit in Spain in winter . You can absorb some Christmas spirit yet enjoy much milder temperatures than other European winter cities have to offer.

Las Fallas festival

How to Get Around

Valencia’s public transport system includes both Metro and buses, and you’re gonna need both to explore the city.

To get around Ciutat Vella (the old district and the most touristic part of Valencia), you can either walk or use buses. Surprisingly, the Metro is only convenient when you want to move between different neighborhoods of the city.

Another option to consider is a bike rental. With about ten different rental companies, it’s a super popular way to get around the city.

Valencia old town

How to Get From the Airport

Apart from taxis, there are two easy ways to get to the city. Metro lines 3 and 5, and  bus number 150  (consult all stops  here ) go directly from the airport to the city center, and the journey should take about 30-45 minutes.

You Can Enjoy It on a Low Budget

I wouldn’t call Spain a budget-friendly destination, but there are plenty of places to visit in Spain that are suitable for all budget ranges, and Valencia is one of them.

From cheap eats and tapas bars to accommodations to attractions, you can enjoy the best of Valencia even if you’re on a tight budget. This city offers dozens of cheap and free things to do and see , including visiting some of its most famous landmarks.

You can also check out these free tours offered in Valencia:

  • Free tour of Valencia
  • Free street art tour
  • Free mysteries and legends night tour

The City of Arts and Sciences

Valencia Tourist Card – Yes or No?

In comparison to other European city cards, the Valencia Tourist Card is pretty budget-friendly.

It offers unlimited use of public transportation and countless discounts you can check out here . However, whether it’s going to save you money depends on what exactly you want to do and see.

If you only have one day in the city and you won’t visit that many paid museums and sites, though the card isn’t expensive, I’m not sure it’ll be worth the investment.

For a longer stay, I’d consider purchasing it because it can potentially save you money, but again, it all depends on how many and which tourist spots you’re planning to visit ( many can already be visited for free but be sure to check out the full list of discounts ).

Read reviews and get your 24/48/72-hour Valencia Tourist Card here.

Learn Some Basic Spanish (And Valencian)

Like other places in Spain, the region of Valencia also has its own language called  Valenciano , which sounds similar to Catalan.

The locals also speak Spanish, but English is a whole other story. Most people speak very little English or not at all, so it’s better to know some basic phrases .

street art in Valencia

Go to a Football Game

Football is a huge part of the Spanish culture, and attending a game is a must.

The atmosphere and energy in the stadium, as well as the love of the fans for their team, are unbelievable. You don’t have to be a fan to enjoy and appreciate this experience.

Tickets are available on  Valencia CF’s official website , and you should purchase yours a few weeks in advance, if possible.

Food Related Valencia Travel Tips

Where to eat paella.

Paella, oh, paella. What’s better than getting the opportunity to feast on Spain’s most recognizable rice dish where it was actually born?

Now, I’m not saying there aren’t any tourist traps, but when you know where to find those traditional restaurants, you’re in for a major treat.

Here are a few of my most favorite spots to devour some authentic paella:

La Pepica (Passeig de Neptú, 6):  Opened in 1898 and beloved by Ernest Hemingway, this restaurant is one hell of an institution in Valencia. It is quite big, but still manages to feel homely and inviting, and the paella is delicious.

El Coso (Passeig de Neptú, 12):  From the decor to the service to the food itself, I had such a positive experience here. I would definitely go back for one more bite!

La Riua (Carrer del Mar, 27): With a unique decor of ceramic tiles and plates surrounding you and the most amazing food, the traditional atmosphere in this restaurant will surely win you over.

Good to know:  The paella is usually made for a minimum of 2 people, and the prices stated on the menus are for one person.

Here are several other recommendations for the best paella in Valencia.

tips Valencia - eat paella

Don’t Pay for Hotel Breakfast in Advance

Apart from the fact that a hotel breakfast in Spain is not always worth the money, Valencia is packed with the sweetest bakeries and cafes.

A few to check out are Ubik Cafe, La Petite Brioche, and Dulce de Leche, but you can find dozens of other great breakfast and brunch spots.

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Other Valencia Tips

Don’t worry too much about the siesta.

In a big city like Valencia, not everything closes during siesta time.

You can go sightseeing in Valencia and visit museums from morning to evening, and most tapas bars and restaurants are open during these hours (1 PM – 4 PM) since it is when the locals eat their lunch.

It’s a Safe City

In general, Valencia is considered a very safe city (one of the safest in Spain) and can be a great solo travel destination.

Nevertheless, I always recommend following basic rules like watching your belongings and avoiding walking alone at night, just like you would in other cities.

Valencias old town

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The best Day Trips from Valencia – 14 great destinations

Valencia is not only one of the largest but also one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. With its fantastic mix of historic old town, modern, even futuristic backdrop, gorgeous beaches – and don’t even get me started on the delicious food – Valencia attracts thousands of visitors to its heart every year. But not only the city itself is worth a visit. I definitely recommend you to also take at least one Valencia day trip.

So here we show you the best day trips from Valencia in the region. Whether it’s a picturesque small town, a paradise beach, extraordinary architecture, and culture, or peaceful nature – you will definitely find the perfect destination for you as well.

In the article, you will find 14 beautiful places near Valencia with info on how to get there and their distance from Valencia. So let’s jump right into it.

What to find out in this post

  • 1 The best Day Trips from Valencia – An Overview
  • 2 The 14 best Valencia Day Trips
  • 5 El Palmar & L’Albufera Nature Park
  • 7 Castillo de Guadalest
  • 10 Valencia’s Beaches
  • 12 Peñiscola
  • 16.1 About the AuthorVicki

The best Day Trips from Valencia – An Overview

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The 14 best Valencia Day Trips

Xàtiva castle, day trip from valencia

How to get to Xàtiva: Train (C2) or car

Distance from Valencia: ca. 60 km/40 mi

Xàtiva is a small medieval town with an impressive castle towering over the town’s rooftops. With its location less than an hour from Valencia, Xàtiva is considered one of the most popular day trips from Valencia.

The historic small town has a long history. After its foundation by the Iberian people, the Romans, and the Moors also settled here.

The magnificent castle, which is more than a thousand years old, is considered the city’s main attraction. Many visitors combine the way up to the castle with a hike. But you can also reach it by car.

Nevertheless, the rest of the city is definitely worth seeing as well. The small town has a lot to offer, with many historical sites and remnants of various eras.

Extra tip: If you have the time, I encourage you to spend the night at Mont-Sant . The former monastery is a sight in itself and offers its visitors a beautiful monastery garden, where you can not only refresh yourself with a small dip in the pool but also enjoy the incredible view of the Castell of Xàtiva and the surrounding nature.

Sagunto castle, gate, wall, castle ruins, Valencia day trip

How to get to Sagunto: Train (C3) or car

Distance from Valencia: ca. 30 km/20 mi

Sagunt (Spanish name: Sagunto ) is another medieval town near Valencia. With a distance of only about 30 minutes by car, the small town is considered an excellent excursion destination from Valencia.

Like Xàtiva, the main attraction is the small town’s imposing castle. While the castle of Xàtiva enchants its visitors with its well-preserved walls, the castle of Sagunto is especially popular for its immense size and fantastic views. This is because the castle ruins extend over a distance of about one kilometer (0.6 mi).

As you explore the enormous complex, be sure to appreciate the magnificent view as well. While overlooking the Mediterranean Sea on one side, you can gaze over the rooftops of the city to the former Teatro Romanum on the other.

The Roman Theater from the 1st century AD is considered a great example of Roman architecture in the region and once held up to 6,000 visitors.

El Palmar & L’Albufera Nature Park

Sunset in L'Albufera Natural Park, Valencia

How to get to El Palmar: car or public bus

Distance from Valencia: ca. 20 km/ca. 13 mi

Although this day trip is theoretically two separate destinations, it is recommendable to visit the two neighboring destinations together.

El Palmar is a small town located right next to l’Albufera Natural Park. While the town center itself consists of what feels like only one street, it’s worth visiting for the great restaurants. This is because El Palmar is famous throughout the entire region for its exceptional paella.

With so many restaurants in a small space specializing in Valencian rice, the competition is fierce, making the quality of each restaurant even better. It’s especially worth visiting at lunchtime when some restaurants offer high-quality paella menus for just under 15 euros per person.

Extra tip: In Spain, but especially in Valencia, it is not common to eat paella for dinner. For this reason, usually only one or two paella restaurants, if any, open at dinner time.

After you have enjoyed this delicious dish in Palmar, you can continue to l’Albufera Nature Park. Here, you can join a boat trip in the evening, taking you to the big lake. One of the most beautiful sunsets you have ever seen is waiting for you.

white building in Altea, Alicante

How to get t o Altea: car

Distance from Valencia: ca. 130 km/ 80 mi

If you’re looking for a picturesque white, old town near the sea, Altea is probably the right stop for you.

This idyllic coastal town is perfect for those who want to discover a relaxed small town with a Mediterranean charm.

Stroll through Altea’s narrow winding streets and discover fresh local produce at the town’s market. Grab a seat at one of the many cafes and enjoy a cool drink or a full-bodied Spanish coffee .

Even though Altea is relatively small, you can easily stay for some hours. You’re guaranteed to discover a new fantastic photo opportunity at every turn.

Castillo de Guadalest

turquoise pond of Castillo de Guadalest

How to get to Castillo de Guadalest: car

Distance from Valencia: ca. 140 km/ ca. 85 mi

If you are looking for a mixture of a picturesque little old town, historical buildings, and breathtaking views, Castillo de Guadalest is definitely a must-see.

The very entrance to the old town looks like a gateway to another world. Stroll through the idyllic streets of the small town until you reach the viewpoint.

From here, a spectacular view of the reservoir a little further down awaits you. The picture is genuinely unspoiled with its turquoise waters in a lush green setting.

The Castillo itself has a history dating back to its construction at the time of the Moors. Over the centuries, influential personalities and their families have inhabited it, and it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times by earthquakes or fire.

This remarkable place was recommended to us during our last Valencian trip by a good friend who grew up in the Alicante region. Castillo de Guadalest immediately became one of our favorite destinations in the Valencian region.

castle santa barbara in alicante, mountain

How to get to Alicante: Train (Intercity), Bus (Alsa), or car

Distance from Valencia: ca. 170 km/ ca. 105 mi

Alicante is the nearest major city, less than a two-hour train ride from Valencia. With its proximity to the capital of the Valencian Community, visitors like to combine the two Spanish cities.

Alicante’s downtown in the Barrio de Santa Cruz is particularly popular. With its colorfully decorated buildings and narrow streets, Alicante immediately captivates its visitors.

Especially in the afternoon, Alicante’s bars and cafes for the so-called “ Tardeo alicantino ” and other local favorites in Alicante are always well visited.

Additionally, a visit to Santa Barbara Castle is a real highlight for any visitor. The climb is well worth it for its incredible views all the way across the city’s famous harbor.

balcón del medierraneo, woman with hat in front of steps to balcony facing mediterranean sea, benidorm

How to get to Benidorm: Train or Bus (Alsa)

Distance from Valencia: ca. 140 km/ 85 mi

I have to be honest with you, Benidorm is definitely not my kind of holiday destination. However, we also made a curious little detour here on our last trip to Valencia.

One popular attraction in town is the Balcón del Mediterráneo. I have to admit, from here, you have a breathtaking view of the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, which really stand out, especially on sunny days.

Otherwise, the city is mainly known as a seaside and tourist party place and therefore especially popular with young people. So if you want to relax on the beach and then dance the night away, Benidorm is probably the perfect place for you.

Valencia’s Beaches

Cala Granadella, Valencia, beach

How to get to the beaches: Depending on the beach

Distance from Valencia: Depending on the beach

You may have already heard – maybe this is even the main reason for your trip to the Valencian Community – Valencia is home to some amazing beaches.

In addition to the city beaches, the entire coastal region around Valencia offers gorgeous options.

After all, it’s not for nothing that the Costa Blanca (meaning “the White Coast”) is one of the most popular stretches of Spain’s Mediterranean coastline. Locals and visitors alike fall in love with the beaches around Valencia every year.

Among the region’s most beautiful (and popular) beaches are Playa Terranova, Playa Recó de la Mar, Playa de Pinedo, and Playa de la Garrofera.

Calpe, Alicante, view of the Mediterranean Sea from Peñón de Ifach

How to get to Calpe: car

Distance from Valencia: ca. 125 km/ 80 mi

Calp (Spanish name: Calpe) is another fantastic day trip destination from Valencia that offers just the suitable activity for any visitor.

Whether it’s an extended hike, a beach excursion on the Costa Blanca, a relaxed, small-town atmosphere with a Mediterranean flair, or the search for the perfect Instagram photo.

Probably the most famous sight of the small town is the Peñón de Ifach. In addition to fantastic hiking opportunities, the local mountain offers a simply unforgettable view of Calp and the picturesque Costa Blanca.

Just follow the almost 5 km/ 3mi long circular trail, which rewards you with this incredible view at the top.

View from Castillo de Peniscola, beach

How to get to Peñiscola: car

Distance from Valencia: ca. 150 km/ 95 mi

Peñiscola is a little further from Valencia than many other destinations on this list (about halfway between Valencia and Barcelona), but it’s always worth a visit.

Similar to the small coastal town of Tossa de Mar on the Costa Brava , Peñiscola (also called Peníscola) combines a wonderful stretch of beach with a picturesque old town and an impressive castle.

A visit to the Castillo is a must, because from no other place in the town can you get such a fantastic view over the city, the sea, and the neighboring beach.

But there is also a lot to discover inside the castle. In addition to information boards, you can also find out about the various points of interest inside via a free app.

Afterward, it’s also worth taking a walk through the peaceful old town.

Extra tip: It’s worth getting there early because Peñiscola is also a popular day trip from Barcelona .

The port of Gandia, red roses and palm trees

How to get to Gandia: Train (C1) or car

Distance from Valencia: ca. 70 km/ 45 mi

If you fancy a little city break with historic buildings mixed with beaches and mountains, Gandia is the ideal place. Located on the Costa del Azahar, the city offers its residents and visitors a wonderful stretch of beach.

A mountain belt lies directly around the city, inviting you to take long walks and almost making you forget that you are only a few meters away from the city.

Once Gandia was an important cultural and commercial center. And this is still reflected in the cityscape today. Discover the remains of the ancient city wall, the old university, or the Plaça Major in the historic center of the city.

Extra tip: Whoever visits Gandia should not miss the city’s excellent cuisine. It is said that the “ noodle paella ” fideuá was invented here.

Requena wine region, Valencia surroundings

How to get to Requena: Train (C3) or car

Distance from Valencia: ca. 70 km/ ca. 45 mi

If you are looking for a small medieval town with a bit fewer tourists, Requena is an excellent choice. The picturesque little town enchants its guests with small narrow streets and buildings with Arabic influences. These date back to the time of the Moors, who once settled here.

While strolling through the streets of the old town, you can admire picturesque houses with antique decorations and old coats of arms. In addition, there are two impressive churches from the 14th century in the center of Requena.

But also the ancient homage tower and the various wine cellars of the small town contribute to a pleasant day trip. A visit is especially recommended in late summer during Requena’s annual wine festival .

Teruel, historic center, chirch tower

How to get to Teruel: Train, Bus, or car

Distance from Valencia: ca. 145 km/ 90 mi

Even though Teruel is one of the farthest destinations from Valencia on our list, the small town should not be left out. The idyllic small town in Aragon belongs to the most beautiful small towns in Spain.

Today, Teruel is not only a UNESCO World Heritage site but also bears the unofficial title of “Capital of Mudejar Architecture.” And so you can find plenty of fantastic examples of Mudejar architecture in the historic city center, such as the dome and roof of the city’s imposing cathedral or the towers of various churches.

In addition to gastronomic delights such as Teruel ham, popular in the region, a visit to the city is also worthwhile for families with children. Because in the Dinopark Dinópolis, you can go back in time. Discover the region at the time of the dinosaurs between realistic replicas.

Les Fonts de l’Algar

the waterfalls of L'Algar

How to get to Fonts de l’Algar: car

Those who are drawn to nature certainly visit Fonts de l’Algar. After all, the waterfalls are considered one of the most beautiful natural sites in the country. And despite their tourist interest, this protected wetland near Benidorm has preserved its natural beauty very well.

This excursion is especially worthwhile for hiking enthusiasts. But don’t worry, the circular route is pretty relaxed and stretches for just under 1.5 km/1 mi. During the pleasant short hike, you walk along the small river Algar and can enjoy the vivid nature surrounding it.

If that’s not enough, there are more natural hiking opportunities in the region afterward.

Important information: There is a small entrance fee to the nature park. Currently, this amounts to 4 €.

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12 Day Trips from Valencia

By: Author Laura Bronner

Posted on Last updated: March 9, 2024

12 Day Trips from Valencia

There are so many wonderful day trips from Valencia that you don’t want to miss out on when you visit the region.

If you are only visiting Valencia for a few days, there are enough things to do in Valencia city center to keep you busy. But if you are staying for a week or more (or moving to Valencia!), then you’ll want to know more about the rest of this stunning region.

Getting to the Valencia Day Trips

If you are visiting Valencia and you want to rent a car while you’re here, this is probably the best option for getting to some of the more remote day trips from Valencia. I always use Discover Cars to check prices and book rental cars in Spain.

If you are new to driving in Spain, check out our tips for driving in Spain so you know exactly what to expect.

If you don’t want the expense of renting a car, you can get to almost all of the Valencia day trips by train or bus.

I highly recommend getting yourself an Abono ticket. You can simply purchase this ticket from any Renfe machine inside the Valencia Nord Train Station. The ticket costs €10 and allows you unlimited travel on the Cercanias trains. These are the suburban trains that will take you from downtown Valencia to most of the day trip locations.

Download the Renfe Cercanias App ( Android here and Apple here ) so that you can check train times and see exactly where you can go with your Abono ticket.

Map of the Best Day Trips from Valencia

Day Trips from Valencia

Enjoy these Valencia day trips on your next trip to the region. Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list of all of the places to explore within the Autonomous Region of Valencia, but these are the easiest to get to by public transportation, via a tour, or to drive to in a doable day trip.

The city of Gandia is located 43 miles (70km) from downtown Valencia. If you are planning to travel by car, you can reach Gandia in just under an hour. If you are traveling on the Cercanias train, take the C1 from Valencia Nord Station and you’ll be there in about an hour and 10 minutes.

There are several reasons to visit Gandia . You can split your day into two parts, exploring the historical town and then hanging out at the beach (or vice versa).

A few things not to miss in downtown Gandia are the town hall and surrounding plaza , the archeology museum , and my personal favorite, the Ducal Palace . Be sure to grab an audioguide for the palace which is included in your ticket price.

To get to the beach from downtown Gandia, head back to the train station and you will see a large bus stop right in front of the station. There is a sign at the bus stop that says “Bus Playa.” Simply hop on the bus there and in about 15-20 minutes you’ll be at the beach.

You can catch it just across the street from where you get dropped off to take it back to the city. It runs roughly every 20 minutes.

The Ducal Palace was a highlight of my trip to Gandia.

2. Port Saplaya

The closest day trip from Valencia is the neighborhood of Port Saplaya. Technically not in the city of Valencia, Port Saplaya is part of the municipality of Alboraya. However, you can still easily reach this neighborhood to explore and spend the day floating in the calm waters of the beach here.

Port Saplaya has been nicknamed the Little Venice of Valencia. It is home to colorful houses that are surrounded by water. There aren’t any canals here, but the port is quite large and you can walk from one side to the other, weaving your way past these colorful buildings and peeking in at people’s yachts.

If you want to get to know more about the area while you’re here, you can take a boat tour which will show you all of the hidden spots around the port. The tour also includes a trip out into the bay where you can look back over the beautiful beaches of Valencia. Book that tour here .

To get to Port Saplaya from Valencia, you can grab a bus from this bus stop . Take either the L112a or L112b.

These are not local city buses, so if you have a Valencia bus pass or the EMTicket app, you won’t be able to use those on these buses. Have cash on hand to pay the driver once you get on. It costs about €3 per person each way and takes about 30 minutes.

Be sure to pack your beach gear and some towels. Once you explore the colorful port, there is a very calm and much quieter beach right in the town. If you get thirsty or want something sweet, stop into Horchatería Toni .

Beautiful Port Saplaya and its colorful buildings.

3. Xátiva

Xátiva is one of my favorite day trips from Valencia. It is located 38 miles (62km) from Valencia and is actually quicker to reach by train than it is by car. It will take you about an hour to drive here, but hop on the C2 Cercanias train from Valencia Nord and you’ll be there in about 40 minutes.

There is so much history in this town, there’s even an app you can download to help you explore it. Download it for Apple here and Android here .

The main attraction that makes Xátiva one of the best Valencia day trips is the Xátiva Castle. There are remains on this hill that date back to Roman times. Now you can explore the two different castles and the walls that surround it.

It’s a beautiful walk from the downtown area to the castle which takes about 30 minutes. There is also parking at the top, so if you are driving you can skip the walk.

A few other things not to miss in Xátiva include the Basilica of Xátiva , the Plaça del Mercat , and the stunning central patio inside the Antic Hospital Reial .

If you would prefer to visit Xátiva with a tour guide, you can take this tour which will pick you up at your hotel in Valencia and bring you back to the city. It also includes a stop at another nearby historical town called Anna. Book that tour here .

Xátiva Castle is a magical place to explore. Give yourself at least an hour to wander around, more if it’s a hot summer day.

4. Castellón de la Plana

There are three provinces within the Autonomous Community of Valencia; Valencia, Alicante, and Castellon.

Castellón de la Plana is the capital of the province of Castellon and is a hub of activity that is well worth visiting as a day trip from Valencia.

It’s located 45 miles (73km) from Valencia and takes about an hour to reach by car. If you want to take the train here from Valencia, hop on the C6 Cercanias and you’ll be here in about an hour and 15 minutes.

There’s a lot to see in this beautiful city, so be sure to start early and give yourself enough time to explore. Especially because a lot of the best museums and sites are only open in the morning.

The best spots not to miss include the Catedral de Santa Maria de Castelló, the Central Market, Castellón City Hall, and El Fadrí, the 15th-century bell tower that sits in the middle of all of these buildings.

You also can’t come to the Castellón region and not visit at least one of the beaches. The beaches here have been rated the best beaches in the Valencian Community and I have to agree. The beach located in the city of Castellón de la Plana is absolutely stunning. Mountains as a backdrop, soft sand for miles, and calm waters for swimming.

You can easily get to the beach by taking the tram from downtown to the end of the line at the port. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the end of the tram line or buses run along the length of the beach road to take you to different parts of the beach.

One of the old gates inside the Sagunto Castle.

Sagunto is the perfect day trip from Valencia if you love history. Sagunto is packed with Roman ruins that will wow even the most seasoned traveler. While I started learning about Roman history in Spain up in Zaragoza, the lessons were deepened here in Sagunto.

Hop on the C6 Cercanias train from Valencia Nord and you’ll be in Sagunto in about 35 minutes. These trains don’t run at frequent intervals, so definitely check the Cercanias app for the best times to get to and from Valencia.

Start your tour of Sagunto at the Via del Pòrtic Museum . Like and good small Spanish town, the opening hours are subject to change without notice, but as of my 2023 visit, there are two tours of the site per day; 12:30 and 5:00pm.

On Sundays and holidays, only the 12:30 tour takes place. This tour will take you through the Via del Pòrtic Museum as well as the Domus dels Peixos Museum which you can only visit with a tour.

After you learn all about Roman daily life from the tour, you can then move on to the other incredible sites around the city. The other two not-to-miss sites are the Roman Theater and the Sagunto Castle. Both are free to explore and open until dusk.

If you get hungry while you’re here, you may be surprised to learn that Sagunto is home to a Michelin Star restaurant and the only female-run restaurant in Valencia to hold this accolade. Find out more about Arrels Restaurant here .

The view back over the coast from Cullera Castle.

Cullera is one of my absolute favorite beaches in the Valencia region and is an incredibly easy place to visit as a day trip from Valencia.

You can take the C1 Cercanias train and be in Cullera in about 35 minutes. Then there are frequent buses that will carry you directly from the train station to the beach in an additional 10 or so minutes.

However, if you’re up for the walk, I recommend strolling from the station, through the town and up to Cullera Castle before you hit the beach.

You can visit the central market and the Church of Saint John. From the plaza in front of the market you will spot the zig-zagging path that you can follow all the way up to the top.

Take note of the different pillars along the path. Each one represents one of the 12 stations of the cross. At the top you can pay a small fee to visit the inside of the castle where there are some historical relics as well as an informational video. You can take in the views for free. It’s one of the most breathtaking views of the coastline that you can get anywhere in this area.

The beach in Cullera is a bustling place with plenty of restaurants and bars around. There are beach clubs where you can rent chairs and umbrellas or you can simply find an empty patch of sand and spread your blanket out to relax.

Stop into Ferevin to sample wine from all over the Utiel-Requena region from small growers.

Requena is one of the best day trips from Valencia if you love wine. This small town isn’t particularly close to Valencia, but it’s worth the hour and a half train ride to sit outside and drink local wine in the sunshine.

The wine region is known as the Utiel-Requena wine region. The most dominant grape to grow here is the bobal grape which you will be able to sample at most of the wineries in the region. However, you’ll also taste some fantastic white wines as well as plenty of great cava.

I recommend starting your trip to Requena with a visit to the Cuevas de la Villa.

These are an underground network of caves that have been here for centuries. For a small fee, you can a great audioguide available in English or Spanish. You will then walk through the different rooms of the cave learning about what each was used for over the course of history and eventually understand why this region became such a popular place for making delicious wine.

Once you come out of the caves, you will be right across the plaza from my favorite winery in this region, Murviedro . You can sample several of their wines in their tasting room or you can take a tour of the winery and learn all about their winemaking process.

You can also purchase bottles here and they are significantly cheaper than at the local supermarkets or other wine shops.

Then you absolutely must stop into Ferevin Wine Shop . This is a collective of many of the vineyards and wine producers here in Utiel-Requena.

If you want to sample wine from around the region from the small vineyards in the area, this is the best place to do it. Each tasting glass comes with a small meat and cheese platter to enjoy your wine with. They have seating inside and outside and you can purchase bottles of wine from tons of different wineries in the region.

8. Buñol

Buñol may be better known for the famous Spanish festiva l, La Tomatina. It takes place here every year near the end of August and thousands of pounds of nearly-rotton tomatoes are thrown around in one of the world’s biggest food fights.

But there is a lot more to see in this stunning town. Hikers do not want to miss Buñol when considering day trips from Valencia.

To get to Buñol, take the C3 Cercanias train which takes about an hour from Valencia Nord.

Like many of the best day trips from Valencia, Buñol has a castle that’s worth checking out. Once you explore some of the downtown, you’ll want to get to the main event, the different hiking trails and waterfalls that there are to explore around Buñol.

There are a few different trails which you can see on AllTrails . But if you only have time to visit Buñol once, you’ll want to take the waterfall trail . Pack a bathing suit and a lightweight quick-dry towel so you can cool off after a hike up here.

The walk from Sueca into the rice fields is a beautiful way to explore some of the Albufera without the tourists.

9. Albufera Natural Park

If you have spent any time in Valencia before, you’ll no doubt have seen tons of paella restaurants in Valencia. That’s because Valencia is the birthplace of paella.

It is also the region where most of the rice that is used to make paella is grown. Wandering the rice fields of the Albufera Natural Park you will get a glimpse at the sprawling fields of rice.

My favorite place ot view all of the rice fields is in the town of Sueca. You can take the C1 Cercanias train from Valencia Nord and be in Sueca in half an hour. From the train station, follow the bike path out to Ermita dels Sants de la Pedra . This is one of the highest points in the area. Although not very high at all, it is so flat around it that you get an incredible view over the rice fields.

The other main draw to the Albufera Natural Park is the Albufera Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Spain. If you want to explore this, I highly recommend taking a tour to the area . This way you can sit back and enjoy the views while someone else organizes the boat ride on the lake. Book that tour here .

If you speak Spanish, then by all means, hop on buses 24 or 25 from the downtown area and go all the way to the inside of the park. From here you can walk to the different boat launch locations around the lake and head out on a tourist ride.

Montanejos is a stunning place to explore and get out into nature.

10. Montanejos Thermal Springs

Montanejos Thermal Springs are located in the town of Montanejos in the province of Castellon. It’s about 55 miles (90km) from Valencia and is best reached either by car or by tour. It’s nearly impossible to reach by public transport as a day trip from Valencia.

The whole town of Montanejos is worth exploring if you have a car and the time to spend the day here. You can walk along the river to see the source of the springs as well as tons of other trails packed with natural beauty.

However, if you want to visit the springs and enjoy some of the natural beauty with a tour, this is a really fun and relaxing day trip from Valencia. This is one of the most affordable tour options which includes a hike in the area as well as a dip in the thermal springs.

If you want to spend most of the day swimming and enjoying the springs then this is the best tour option for you .

11. Caves of San Jose

The Caves of San Jose are one of the most naturally stunning day trips from Valencia. These caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes over a kilometer of accessible tunnel. First, you explore 800 meters of cave by boat and then an additional 250 meters on foot.

It is home to the longest navigable underground river in Europe and cave paintings that are incredibly well preserved. Your entry ticket includes the boat ride and the visit takes about 40 minutes.

You can easily drive here from Valencia but I recommend going with a tour guide. This tour is a great option that includes round-trip transportation from Valencia and a bilingual guide. Book that tour here .

The beautiful sunsets in Alicante.

12. Alicante

This is really only a day trip if you have a car or you wake up  reaaally early. Without a car, you can reach Alicante by bus or by train in about two hours.

Alicante is located just over 100 miles or 160km from Valencia, which makes it a long day if you plan to visit as a day trip from Valencia, but I still think it’s worth at least exploring some of the region of Alicante.

If you have a bit more time, I recommend spending the night because there are so many things to do in Alicante . The castle here is one of my favorites in the region and the central market is packed with fantastic food vendors. It also has a beach right in the downtown area and a stunning boardwalk that is perfect at sunset.

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22 Best Day Trips From Valencia And How To Get There

Valencia is a city with a rich cultural heritage and countless  interesting activities travelers can indulge in . But once you’ve explored enough of the city, you might be interested in discovering a few interesting ideas for day trips from Valencia. In this post, we’ll cover some of the most interesting day trip ideas you can take from Valencia, show you how to get there, and give you some good reasons why taking these trips would be a good idea. 

But first things first…

Useful Info For Visiting Valencia  

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To save on your accommodation in Valencia, this  Booking.com voucher  gets you up to 15% off on all properties in town.

If you’re planning to explore the south of Spain after your trip, make sure to check out this  Southern Spain itinerary  and this  Southern Spain road trip guide .

Last but not least, don’t forget about travel insurance. For some great deals for your trip to Valencia, check out  SafetyWing . They might be slightly more expensive than other travel insurance providers but their plans have you covered no matter what. If you intend to buy travel insurance, I warmly recommend them. Trust me, saving on travel insurance is just not worth it because if god forbid, you actually need your travel insurance, those cheap plans you find online will not cover most of the unwanted circumstances.

Now that we covered some basics about traveling in Spain, let’s cover some of the best day trips from Valencia.

Peñiscola

peniscola underrated cities in spain

Visiting this picturesque GoT destination should definitely be on your list of potential day trips from Valencia. If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll probably remember that Peniscola was used for shooting the scenes that took place in Meeren in season 6. The town is located on the coast of Azahar, also known as the Cherry Blossom Coat, and is famous for its sandy beaches, charming medieval cobbled streets, and the beautiful Castle of Papa Luna that sits on top of a hill and towers over the city.

Getting to Peniscola:  You can take a direct train to Pensicola from North Station to Benicarlo-Peniscola. The journey will take around 1 hour and 15 minutes. This station is located around 7 kilometers from the center of Peniscola and from there, you can get a bus service that takes you to the center every hour.

Looking for a place to stay? Use this link to get discounts on all hotels in Peniscola .

Castellon De La Plana

Castellon De La Plana

Castellon de la Plana is a beautiful underrated city located around 70 kilometers from Valencia lying on the road to Barcelona . It’s not very commonly mentioned when it comes to  exploring the eastern coast of Spain  which is why the city doesn’t get a lot of tourists but most of the people who visit are pleasantly surprised. I suppose it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Castellon de la Plana is one of the  most underrated cities in Spain .

The city is home to a 13th-century Gothic cathedral (The Concatedral de Santa Maria), an 18th-century city hall, a 15th-century bell tower, a Hemp exchange market that’s been around since the 17th century, and one of the most interesting Museums of Modern Art in this part of Spain.  

Getting to Castellon de la Plana

Most Renfe trains from Valencia travel to Castellon de la Plana and you can get there in 40-45 minutes. Alternatively, you can also get to Castellon with Alsa’s buses but note that the journey, in this case, will last around 90 minutes. 

Looking for a place to stay? Use this link to get discounts on all hotels in Castellon .

teruel

Teruel is one of the best-kept secrets of the Aragon region. The town is the birthplace of Mudejar architecture which combines decorative Islamic motifs and patterns and Christian styles of architecture. Teruel is one of our favorite  hidden gems in Spain , mainly because of the sheer amount of significant historic buildings, such as the 14th century Tower of El Salvador, the Cathedral of Santa María de Teruel, the church of San Pedro, the Tower of San Martin, the 15th-century fortification of Castillo de Alambes, and the Palace of the Marquis of Tosos, just to name a few. 

Getting to Teruel:  Teruel is a bit further from Valencia than the other cities; it’s located 140 kilometers northwest of Valencia. You can get to Teruel by train in roughly two and a half hours but the journey is very scenic which is another great reason to visit. 

Looking for a place to stay? Use this link to get discounts on all hotels in Teruel .

Albarracín

albarracin

Albarracin is a small town of 1,075 people with fascinating natural landscapes and rich history. The town is surrounded by stony hills, red sandstone boulders, and cliffs that make Albarracin a great destination for rock climbers and boulderers. However, that’s not the only reason to visit. This small town was founded in the 11th century and has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years, making it one of the  oldest cities in Europe .

Some of its most famous landmarks include the medieval city walls that have protected the town for centuries, the Albarracin Cathedral, the cliff-hanging Convent of Discalced Carmelites, and of course the beautiful forests surrounding the town.

Getting to Albarracin:  Albarracin is located around 180 kilometers away from Valencia but because it lies off the beaten track, there’s no bus or train that connects the town directly to Valencia. You’d have to either take a bus or train to Cella or Teruel and continue to Albarracin by taxi. Or if that’s too much of a hustle, you can just rent a car and drive by yourself.

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Montanejos Valencia

Montanejos is one of the most popular day trips from Valencia and there’s a good reason for that. Sat in the province of Castellon, Montanejos is famous for its hot springs formed by the fast-flowing mountain streams surrounding the area. The pools are crystal-clear and have a year-round temperature of 25°c which means visiting Montanejos is always a good idea, regardless of the season.

In addition to the springs, Montanejos is also known for its beautiful lush forests, hiking trails, and scenic canyons. So, if you’re looking for a nice getaway destination where you can reconnect with nature, Montanejos should definitely be on your list.  

Getting to Montanejos:  If you’re planning to visit Montanejos, don’t count on relying on public transport . My personal recommendation is to rent a car and drive there on your own but you can also join an organized day tour to Montanejos from Valencia.

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Hanging Houses Of Cuenca

cuenca houses

Lying on the high-speed train line from Madrid to Valencia, Cuenca is a small town built on top of a huge cliff face famous for its iconic “hanging houses” that overlooks the beautiful Hecar River gorge. Some other places worth visiting in Cuenca include the beautiful gothic cathedral, the Science Museum, the picturesque Saint Paul Bridge, and a handful of modern art galleries.  

Getting to Cuenca:  The easiest way to get to Cuenca is to catch a train from Valencia. The trains run a few times per day and take around an hour to get to Cuenca. 

If you’re looking for some great tours of Cuenca, we recommend this tour that covers the city’s highlights .

Looking for a place to stay? Use this offer to get discounts on all hotels in Cuenca .

Segorbe

Segorbe is a beautiful medieval village that’s home to an ancient aqueduct, a Moorish Castle, a Medieval executioner tower, Medieval walls dating back to the 13th century, and a beautiful Roman Catholic church from the 17th century. This should give you more than enough reasons to visit Segorbe, especially if you’re a history buff. And if that’s not enough, you should also know that Segorbe is home to one of the best water parks in the Valencia region.

Getting to Segorbe:  The easiest way to get from Valencia to Segorbe is with Renfe’s trains. The journey shouldn’t take more than one hour.

Looking for a place to stay? Use this offer to get discounts on all hotels in Segorbe .

Sant Josep Caves

sant josep caves

The caves of Sant Josep are home to Europe’s longest navigable underground river and this alone should be a reason enough to consider adding the caves to your list of potential day trips from Valencia. The caves are more than 3 kilometers long and are situated around 50 kilometers from Valencia. The best way to explore the caves is by taking a boat tour through the caves but while you’re around, you can also go hiking in the Sierra de Espadan range which is surrounding the caves.

Getting to Sant Josep Caves:  The caves are located around 50 kilometers away from Valencia and can be reached via the 320 bus route by AVSA. The journey takes around one hour. However,  renting a car  might be a more convenient option because the drive is very picturesque and if you’re driving your own vehicle, you’ll have the flexibility of stopping and enjoying nature along the way.

sagunto day trips from valencia

Speaking of the best day tris from Valencia, we just have to mention Sagunto; a beautiful coastal town with a rich history. One of the most striking landmarks of Sagunto is probably its ancient fortification perched on top of the hill from where you can get an amazing view of the coast and sea. As you’re walking the remains of the walls, you’ll also see the ancient Roman theater, and a little bit further, you’ll spot Sagunto’s picturesque harbor and its sandy beaches.

Getting to Sagunto:  The easiest way to get to Sagunto is by taking the train from Valencia’s North Station (the journey takes about 20 minutes) or taking bus #115 from the central bus station to Puerto de Sagunto. 

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Tavernes Blanques

Tavernes Blanques

Tavernes Blanques is a small, average-looking village located north of Valencia and mainly, there’s one reason why we have added this village to our list of the best day trips from Valencia. That reason is the Lladro Boutique Museum which is the world’s only Lladro factory. If you have an interest in luxurious handmade porcelain, you will absolutely love this place. During your visit, you can wander the museum’s showroom and see some of the hundreds of home accessories and figurines, many of which are no longer in production and cost as much as €100,000.

Getting to Tavernes Blanques:  The easiest way to reach is via bus. Take line 16 from the Valencia City Hall square and you’ll be there in 15-20 minutes. The entrance to the museum is free but you should call to announce your visit or book your visit via the  museum’s website  before you go.

Alboraya

Located right next to Tavernes Blanques, Alboraya is a town famous for its chufa fields. In case you’re not familiar, chufa is a plant that looks like grass but produces an edible tuber which is the main ingredient for the sweet beverage horchata. If you’re visiting the Valencia region of Spain, trying horchata is one of the things that should be at the top of your  Spain bucket list . In addition to making the best horchata in Spain, a few other things you should check out while visiting Alboraya include the town’s beautiful beaches, its unique, charming farmhouses , and some ancient buildings, such as la Casa Señorial del Conde de Zanoguera, el Teatro L’Agricola, and the Puente del Moro.

How to get to Alboraya:  The easiest way to get to Alboraya from Valencia is by taking the metro. The two lines that will take you there are 3 (that takes you to Alboraya-Palmaret) or 9 (that takes you to Alboraya-Peris Arago). Alternatively, you can also rent a bike for the day and cycle your way to Alboraya (it’s only 7 kilometers away from the city center). 

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xativa day trips from valencia

Xativa is another beautiful historic down that you should consider visiting on a day trip from Valencia. The city’s history dates back to Roman times when the city was founded as a linen manufacturer due to its strategic location on Via Augusta. A few hundred years later, Xativa became home to the first paper mill in Europe (in 1056). The city is also known for being the birthplace of Papa Borgia, one of the most controversial popes in history.

As far as attractions go, Xativa is famous for its castle that lies on a double-peaked hill and offers some of the most amazing views of the city, for the 15th century Collegiate Basilica, and for its water route (Xativa is also known as the city of a thousand fountains).

Getting to Xativa:  You can get to Xativa by one of Renfe’s trains that run several times per day but you can also take a bus from Valencia’s North Station.  

If you’re looking for a nice and affordable tour of Xativa, you’ll probably enjoy this Xativa private tour (we sure did) and if you’re looking for a place to stay, our booking affiliate link will get you up to 15% off on all properties in town.

el saler

True, Valencia has a lot of beaches within its geographical limits, but trust me, the coast of El Saler is worth taking a day trip from Valencia. Located south of the city the beach of El Saler is a local favorite and a place where locals head to when beaches in the city get too crowded. If you like pristine and unfrequented beaches or just want to get out of Valencia’s hustle and bustle for a while, you should definitely consider visiting El Saler.

How to get to El Saler:  The best way to reach is by taking a bus from Valencia. You can hop on the 25 line from Calle Cerdan de Tallada (in Valencia’s city center).

Albufera Natural Park

albufera day trips from valencia

Albufera is a pristine park that feels almost like trapped in time and will surely make you wonder how can such a peaceful place exist just 10 kilometers away from a metropolitan city like Valencia. The park consists of woods , rice paddy fields, a lake, and a small fishing village with the same name that gave birth to arguably the world’s most popular rice dish (paella).

Getting to Albufera:  You can get to Albufera with the (bus) line 25 (the same one that goes to El Saler), you can take a  jeep and boat tour , or you can ride to the park from Valencia by bicycle via the bike lane parallel to the V-15 road.

requena day trips from valencia

The region of Utiel-Requena is the largest wine region located near Valencia. This part of Spain has a long history of winemaking that dates back to Roman times and if you enjoy a glass of wine here and there, you should definitely consider visiting some of the wineries in Utiel-Requena. In addition to vineyards and wineries, you can also visit the old town hall caves, The Colegio del Arte Mayor de la Seda, a museum that used to be a silk manufacturing school, la Torre del Homenaje (Homage Tower) built by the Moors, and of course, perhaps Requena’s most iconic landmark- its historical city center.

Getting to Requena:  Requena is located roughly 70 kilometers away from Valencia and can be reached by AVE’s high-speed trains in around 20 minutes or by a regional train in 1 hour. There’s also a regular bus service between Valencia and Requena and the bus journey takes around 1 hour. Alternatively, you can also take a  Requena wine tour with a traditional lunch  (everything together costs around 90 euros).

cullera day trips from valencia

Cullera is a charming beach town located just 40 kilometers away from Valencia, perfect for travelers seeking a laid-back experience. While there, you can explore the Cullera Castle, a 13th-century Moorish fortress that towers over the city and the sea, the pristine Sanctuary of the Virgen del Castillo, Torre del marenyet- the city’s oldest watchtower, and the legendary Abric Lambert cave paintings. 

Getting to Cullera:  The best way to get from Valencia to Cullera is by train. You need to hop on the C1 line and you’ll be in Cullera in 30-35 minutes.

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gandia

At a glance, Gandia looks like an average Mediterranean beach town but if it was only that, we wouldn’t add it to this list of the best day trips from Valencia. Sure, Gandia has a lot of beautiful beaches where you can relax and enjoy the landscape but it’s also home to a number of historic sites as well. The list includes the 15th-century Palace Ducal de los Borja, the 15th-century Convent of Santa Clara of Gandia, and the amazing Archaeological Museum. The city is also a part of two of Valencia’s most touristy routes- the Route of the Monasteries of Valencia and the Route of the Valencian classics.

Getting to Gandia:  The best way to get to Gandia from Valencia is by taking a bus. Alsa has buses that travel back and forth a few times per day. The journey shouldn’t last more than an hour. Alternatively, you can also take this cruise from Valencia to Gandia (it’s an awesome experience).

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Xabia & Denia

denia day trips from valencia

Speaking of cool day trips from Valencia, we just have to mention Xabia and Denia. We mention them together because they’re only 10 kilometers from each other, both are small coastal towns, and many people combine them in a single day trip. In addition to peaceful beaches, Xabia also has a beautiful historic old town, while Denia is famous for its lovely hiking trails like the Montgo Massif and for being named a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2015.

Getting There:  You can get to Denia from Valencia by ALSA (the national bus company) buses. The journey lasts around two hours and from Denia, you can easily get to Xabia by catamaran or a local bus.

If you plan to visit any of these two towns, I warmly recommend trying this catamaran sunset trip (it costs only 20 euros but the experience is amazing).

Rull Cave is another spectacular underground cave with a myriad of stalagmites, stalactites, and mineral formations of very different origins and shapes. The cave can be found roughly 100 kilometers away from Valencia. It was discovered in 1919 by José Vicente Mengual, known as Tío Rull, hence the name of the cave. Rull Cave was open for visitors in the 1960s and there are plenty of guided tours you can take if you want to explore the cave.

Getting to Rull Cave:  The cave is only open for visitors who come with authorized tour guides and most of them provide transportation to the cave, so getting there shouldn’t be a concern.  

alicante

Alicante is the second-largest city in the Valencia province and one of Spain’s most beautiful coastal cities. It’s one of the most touristy cities in Spain (especially for solo travelers in Spain ) during the summer but yet somehow it managed to keep its authentic vibe throughout the years. That’s why Alicante might not be the best choice for a day trip from Valencia, simply because there are a lot more things worth seeing and one day just isn’t enough. 

Some of Alicante’s most iconic landmarks include the Castle of Santa Bárbara which sits atop a hill overlooking the city, the Archaeological Museum of Alicante which takes visitors on a journey through 100,000 years of history, Explanada de España, one of the most picturesque walking streets in Spain, the 14th-century Basilica de Santa Maria, Playa del Postiguet- one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, and the scenic Cave of Las Huertas, just to name a few. 

Getting to Alicante:  Since Alicante is the second-largest city in the province and is only 160 kilometers away from Valencia, it’s easily accessible via train, bus, or even ride-sharing. 

If you’re visiting Alicante and looking for a great tour, we suggest the Secrets of Alicante and if you’re looking for a place to stay, use our booking.com affiliate link to get discounts on all hotels in Alicante.

torrevieja

Torrevieja is another beautiful coastal town located near Alicante that somehow still manages to remain under most tourists’ radars. The town’s most attractive features are its beautiful beaches but that’s not all Torrevieja has to offer. You can also visit the beautiful natural park on the town’s outskirts that’s home to two picturesque lakes, one of which is bright green and the other pink in color. And if even that’s not enough, you can also visit the historic town center, the maritime museum, and admire the views from the Torre del Moro viewpoint.

Getting to Torrevieja:  Unfortunately, there isn’t a direct bus or train service from Valencia to Torrevieja but you can go from Valencia to Alicante and get a bus to Torrevieja from there. 

Looking for a place to stay? Use our booking.com affiliate link to get discounts on all hotels in Torrevieja.

tabarca island

Lastly, we round up this list of the best day trips from Valencia with Tabarca, an islet located in the Mediterranean Sea known for its crystal-clear waters and marine reserve. A trip to Tabarca will reward you with some of the most beautiful views of the Mediterranean and one of the best scuba diving opportunities in Spain.

Getting to Tabarca:  The best way to get to Tabarca si to go to Alicante by train and hop on a ferry that will take you to the islet in around 45 minutes. You can prebook your ferry ticket here for only 15 euros.

Did you like our list of the best day trips from Valencia? Did you ever take any of these trips? Which one was your favorite? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below! 

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5 easy must-do weekend trips from Valencia

Weekend trips from Valencia

The Spanish city of Valencia is not a place you can afford to leave off your European travel itinerary. Located on the country's Mediterranean coast, central Valencia is home to incredible museums like the City of Arts and Sciences , the UNESCO World Heritage Site of La Lonja de la Seda, which dates back to the 15th century, and the unique architecture of Valencia Cathedral, which is believed by some to contain the Holy Grail. With all that going on, you'll find plenty here to keep you busy the moment you arrive at Valencia Train Station or Valencia Airport .

If your time in this beautiful city is limited, you should focus on what there is to do within the city itself. But if you do have a little more time on your hands, it's well worth considering taking some weekend trips from Valencia. This region of Spain offers some truly fascinating places to explore, whether you want to dive into Spanish history or enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean coastline. And with excellent Spanish food and great weather available more or less year-round, you really don't need a reason to check out some of these incredible day trips or weekend trips from Valencia.

The best way to enjoy everything the region has to offer is to leave your heavy bags behind and bring only what you need. Bounce provides luggage storage in Valencia , just as it does in cities around the world so that you never have to carry more than you need to. Drop off everything you don't need for a day trip or weekend trip, and get ready to enjoy these fabulous destinations.

Santa Pola weekend trips from Valencia

Our list of weekend trips from Valencia begins with this beautiful seaside town just to the south of the popular resort of Alicante. Often overshadowed by its neighbor, Santa Pola offers beautiful coastal scenery and tons of things to do without the tourist crowds of the nearby city. If you want to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle for yourself, this is one of the most easily accessible trips from Valencia that lets you do just that.

Distance from Valencia:

At around 180 km from Valencia, you can expect driving to Santa Pola to take you about two hours. You can also reach the city by train, but by rail, the journey takes closer to three hours. That makes it a little far for a day trip, but no problem for a weekend trip from Valencia.

Our activity recommendations:

Beaches: You can't come to the Mediterranean and not spend at least some time on the beach. Santa Pola is blessed with some fantastic beaches and coves, from built-up resorts popular with families to isolated rocky coves where you can take a dip in almost total privacy. You'll also get some spectacular views, including the view you get of Tabarca, the only inhabited island in the Valencia autonomous region. If you like, you can even take a water taxi to explore this quaint island for yourself.

Museo del Mar: This maritime museum tells the story of Santa Pola's deep connection with the sea. This town has always been defined by its relationship with the Mediterranean, and you can learn more about how that nautical connection has shaped the town through the ages in this fascinating museum.

Pola Park: If you're traveling with the family, this amusement park can make a great place to visit and keep the kids happy. With carousels, bumper cars, bouncy castles, and other classic fairground attractions, this park can get the kids hours of fun — and you hours of peace.

Best season to visit:

If you plan to swim on one of Santa Pola's many beaches, anytime from June through to September should suit you. Be aware, though, that July and August are the height of the tourist season, and this small town becomes quite crowded at this time.

Weekend trip from Valencia to Bocairent

This historic town couldn't ask for a more dramatic setting. Built high up in the mountains, this town is a popular place for day trips thanks to its spectacular views as well as its historic interest. Wandering around the historic center of this charming settlement is a wonderful way to enjoy this jewel of the Valencian community and enjoy a quieter side of Spanish life.

It takes a little over an hour to drive from Valencia to Bocairent, a journey of around 100 km. It's also possible to get there using a series of trains, but it will take much longer to make the journey by public transport - expect to spend around three hours on the train.

Bocairent Historic Centre: Take a wander through the narrow streets and main square of Bocairent, and you'll see why it's regarded as one of the most beautiful towns in the province. As you explore by yourself, you're likely to come across some of the best sights in town by chance, including the famous old City Hall with its colonial architecture. Along with seeing some of the top attractions, you'll be treated to fantastic views and find plenty of places to stop for a meal or drink whenever you feel like it.

Molí L’ombria: If you prefer to spend your time in nature, this is the place to come. Fed by the waters of the Vinalopo River, this is a great place for swimming, hiking, and other outdoor activities. You'll also get plenty of stunning views of the surrounding countryside from this underrated area.

Bocairent Monastery: This 15th-century monastery is one of the most important historic buildings in Bocairent. Check out the caves carved into the rock the monastery is built on and ponder the lives of religious orders who called this home for centuries.

If you're traveling to Bocairent to enjoy outdoor activities, summer may be the best time. Then again, the heat in this part of Spain can be brutal, so the height of summer may not be the best time if you prefer cooler weather. Spring and fall have far more pleasant temperatures, along with the added benefit of fewer crowds.

Cuenca weekend getaways from Valencia

This is one of the most legendary towns for day trips and weekend trips in all of Spain. Famous around the world for its hanging houses, Cuenca lies on the high-speed train line that runs from Valencia to Madrid, making it easy to reach for a day trip or a weekend trip.

Two hundred kilometers inland from Valencia, Cuenca takes around two hours to reach by car. The high-speed train is quicker, taking only one hour to bring you from one town to the other.

Hanging houses: These unique houses built into the cliffs of Cuenca are the main attractions in town. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, only three of these medieval houses remain, but you can get multiple viewpoints of the houses from around the city and even go inside one to enjoy a museum of abstract art.

Catedral de Santa María la Mayor: Another survivor from medieval Cuenca, this 12th-century Cathedral mixes Norman and Gothic architecture to provide a striking appearance to this day. Don't forget to also explore the bishop's palace, which has an impressive collection of art, including works by El Greco.

The historic attractions here mean it's a great place to visit at any time of year.

Sierra Calderona Natural Park

Sierra Calderona Natural Park

Sometimes, you just want to get away from it all and enjoy the great outdoors. For Valencians and for travelers to the city, Sierra Calderona Natural Park is a great place to do just that. A popular destination for day trips, the park can easily keep you occupied for even longer if you're a true lover of outdoor activities.

Just 35 km north of Valencia, this natural area is a lot closer to the city than it feels. You can reach it by driving for around an hour. However, public transport options are patchy in this area, so a car is definitely the best way to explore the park for yourself.

Hiking: The natural park is full of great hiking trails that will take you from one breathtaking view to another. Make your way along the rocky outcrops and through dense pine forests to explore the more natural side of Spain and get some exercise while you're doing it. If you're feeling especially energetic, you can take on El Gorgo, the highest point in the park, which rises 907 m above sea level or stick to more manageable but still interesting walks through the cliffs and canyons of this local treasure.

Explore historic ruins: Although it feels far from any kind of civilization, that's not really true. The Sierra Calderona region contains beautiful villages full of medieval towers, or you can check out the ruined castle of Alt del Pi, a fortification that dates back to the eighth century and the Islamic occupation of Spain.

Depending on your tolerance for heat, you'll want to time your visit to the natural park to coincide with the best weather available. Summers are hot and dry, while the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn can still be quite warm, so these may make better times to enjoy hikes in the countryside if you're not a fan of hot temperatures.

Weekend trips to Calpe from Valencia

Valencia is a coastal town, and you don't have to go far from the city to explore great beaches. But if you want to see some of the best beaches in Spain, take a day trip or longer weekend excursion to the nearby town of Calpe. See what all the fuss is about as you enjoy the beautiful scenery of this celebrated location.

Calpe sits 120 km south of Valencia and can be reached in and around an hour and 20 minutes by car. There is also a bus service that can bring you to this popular town, but the journey will take closer to three hours.

Beaches: Calpe is divided and, in some ways, defined by the massive 600-meter granite rock that towers over the town. The beaches sit on either side of this natural barrier and are absolutely huge, so it's never too hard to find a place to stretch out, even in the middle of summer. Known for their crystal clear water, these beaches are often awarded the Blue Flag in recognition of their cleanliness.

Boat trips: The coastline of the Costa Blanca is impressive from the land, but it may be even more beautiful from the water. Take a boat trip from Calpe to explore the coast, especially in the early evening as the light turns golden, and you'll go home with some unforgettable photos and memories of your time here.

Summer brings tourist crowds to Calpe, though not as many as it does to nearby resorts like Benidorm. You can also enjoy this Mediterranean paradise in September after kids go back to school, but the weather stays warm.

Best weekend trips from Valencia

Valencia has more than enough to keep you occupied during a short stay. So if you only have, for example, three days in Valencia , it's better to focus on what the town has to offer and not worry about the surrounding region.

However, if you have more time to spend, consider taking one of these day trips or weekend trips from the city to see more of what Spain has to offer. This fascinating region has plenty going on, and it would be a shame not to see it when you have the chance.

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Top 11 Day Trips from Valencia You Must Experience

Looking for the best day trips from Valencia, Spain? In this post, a travel expert and Spain local has detailed the top excursions and destinations that you must experience when taking day trips from Valencia.

Valencia is the birthplace of paella and a Spanish coastal city boasting stretches of sunny beaches, a rich cultural heritage, and plenty of things to see and do. 

While Valencia is worth visiting for at least a few days, the city is also a gateway to several exciting day trip options that will take you to some of Spain’s most stunning and diverse landscapes and landmarks. 

From medieval castles and rugged mountains to charming towns and big capital cities, the following day trips from Valencia will leave you captivated and enamored with Spanish culture and history.

Note: If you only have time for a half-day excursion, this shorter tour makes for a great quick getaway before diving into the full 11 day trips from Valencia outlined in this detailed post.

Where to Stay in Valencia

One great thing about Valencia is that it’s an incredibly walkable city. This means that, regardless of where you stay, you’ll be “close” to it all. 

But when finding the perfect base for your stay, Ruzafa and Ciutat Vella are great places to start. Here are a few suggestions of the best places to stay in these two neighborhoods depending on your budget:

Budget: THE VENUE Hostel Boutique (currently €36/night)

Mid-Range: Parker The Urban Flats (currently €135/night)

Luxury: Hotel MYR Palacio Vallier (currently €260/night)

Note: Hotel prices vary depending on the room type, availability, and time of year.

Best Day Trips from Valencia

1. beach fun in altea.

Altea is a hidden beach town just a few kilometers away from Valencia. It’s home to cobbled streets, whitewashed buildings, and a historic Old Town on a hilltop. The city’s coastline has pebble beaches and crystal-clear waters, perfect for a refreshing swim.

Wander through the streets of the historic city center, and you’ll find plenty of artisanal shops and quaint cafes to enjoy.

While slightly outside the city center, Restaurante Columbus 1492 is one of the best places to stop for Mediterranean bites and sea views.

How to Get to Altea

Without a car, the cheapest and fastest way to get from Valencia to Altea is to take a bus from Valencia to Benidorm (about an hour and a half) and then catch a local train to Altea (15 minutes).

In total, the trip should cost between €15-20 one-way. Check Rome2Rio or Busbud for bus schedules and prices.

2. Old Castles in Xàtiva

Xàtiva, a small city just under an hour’s drive south of Valencia, is home to a treasure trove of historic monuments and landmarks. The highlight of a day trip to Xàtiva from Valencia is visiting the fortresses and castles.

The Castle of Xàtiva, known locally as Castell de Xàtiva, is a perfect example of the region’s architectural prowess.

Originally built during the Iberian times, this castle has witnessed several centuries of conflict, from Roman, Visigoth, and Muslim rule to the Christian reconquest.

How to Get to Xàtiva

Trains run from Valencia to Xàtiva roughly every 20 minutes (unless there’s a strike or delay) and will take you close to the city center in about 45 minutes. 

Look for the RENFE C-2 line when departing from Valencia — the regional trains should cost under €5 one-way, but if you have to book an intercity train, expect to pay up to €25.

3. The Thermal Springs of Montanejos

Montanejos is a beautiful village just north of Valencia known for its renowned thermal springs. These natural hot springs are popular for their therapeutic qualities, thanks to their high mineral content. 

Hike through the Maimona Canyon, swim through the turquoise waters, or simply let yourself float down the river Mijares.

Regardless of what you decide to do, Montanejos’s clear waters and rocky landscape offer visitors a great way to reconnect with nature.

How to Get to Montanejos

Getting to Montanejos from Valencia is most accessible via Segorbe. You can take a train or bus, which takes about an hour and 15 minutes. Once in Segorbe, book an hour-long bus ride with Autobuses Herca to get to Montanejos.

However, because there are only three buses daily from Segorbe to Montanejos, driving from Valencia to Montanejos is usually better. If you don’t feel comfortable driving in Spain, look into BlaBlaCar.

TIP: You could take an organized day trip from Valencia to Montanejos . This way, you could hike through the mountains along the Mijares River to the Chorro waterfall and thermal pools with a guide.

4. Requena: A Wine Lover’s Haven

This historic region is renowned for producing some of the finest wines in Spain, with a wine-making tradition that dates back to the Roman Empire.

One of the best things to do in Requena is to book a vineyard tour to explore local wineries such as the Dominio de la Vega, which offers wine-tasting sessions showcasing some of the rarest wine varieties of the region.

However, no visit to Requena is complete without trying its legendary sweet wine, Fondillón. Sip a sample of the vino while exploring the quaint, cobbled streets of the city’s old town and ancient walls.

How to Get to Requena

The quickest and easiest way to get from Valencia to Requena is to take the train. If you take the RENFE, you’ll get there in about 23 minutes and can find one-way tickets for as cheap as €8 (although most are between about €13-30 depending on the time of day).

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5. Urban Wonders in Castellón de la Plana

Castellón de la Plana is the perfect day trip destination from Valencia for those who want to experience the rich history of an ancient Spanish city — it was founded in 1253.

The main attraction here is the city’s central square, Plaza Mayor. Another popular plaza is the Plaza de la Independencia, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by colorful buildings that look more Portuguese or Italian than Spanish.

For history lovers, visit Castellón’s most notable historical site, the Gothic Concatedral de Santa Maria, where you can witness the unique El Fadrí, an octagonal-shaped bell tower.

How to Get to Castellón de la Plana

Trains run frequently from various Valencia train stations to Castellón de la Plana. Most take about 45 minutes, with some taking up to an hour. Depending on the time of day, expect to pay anywhere between €5-20 one way for a trip to Castellón de la Plana.

6. Gandía’s Golden Beaches

With 7 kilometers of fine, golden sand and crystal-clear water, Gandía beaches will surely capture your heart. They’re a great place for watersports during the summer, including kayaking, jet skiing, and parasailing. 

History lovers won’t want to miss the chance to visit the majestic historical palaces, such as the Palau Ducal de Gandía, a Renaissance-style palace built in the 15th century.

While the architecture is impressive, the exquisite interior artwork and tranquil gardens are equally captivating.

How to Get to Gandía

While there are trains from Valencia to Gandía, trains don’t currently depart daily from Valencia. While some sources will say there is one train daily, you’ll find sites like Trainline selling tickets for trips every other day. 

Instead, look for ALSA or FlixBus tickets online — the trip should take about an hour and cost you roughly €8–15 one way.

7. The Coastal Charm of Peñiscola

Perched along the Mediterranean Sea, Peñiscola is a historical city home to a Dubrovnik-like castle perched high atop a rocky outcrop.

Speaking of Dubrovnik, fans of Games of Thrones will love that the Spanish city’s 13th-century castle had a starring role in the iconic HBO series.

If you’re looking for relaxation, the town’s sandy beaches are perfect for sunbathing and swimming, especially during the summer — they’re nowhere near as crowded as Valencia’s beaches!

If the weather’s not ideal for a dip in the sea, a stroll through the old town reveals a maze of narrow streets and picturesque plazas.

How to Get to Peñiscola

You have to pass through Castellón de la Plana to get to Peñíscola, which makes the latter a great add-on to a two-day trip from Valencia if you have time. 

Take the bus if you want to head straight to Peñiscola from Valencia. Hife services this route, which takes two and a half to three hours and costs about €15 each way. If you rent a car, you can get there in under two hours and enjoy the drive along the Balearic coastline.

8. Fun Times in Alicante

Located just two hours south of Valencia, Alicante is a beautiful city on the Costa Blanca that boasts stunning beaches, an impressive castle, and a more laidback, quiet atmosphere than what you find in Valencia.

Start by visiting the Castle of Santa Barbara, which offers breathtaking views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. If you’re interested in exploring Alicante’s waterfront, head to the marina and then hop over to the nearby El Carrer dels Bolets, a whimsical street full of colorful mushroom statues.

End your day trip with an exploration on foot — the famous Rambla de Méndez Núñez, lined with trendy shops and cafes, beckons savvy shoppers after everything from souvenirs to clothes.

How to Get to Alicante

Alicante is a major city, which means there are several simple ways to get there from Valencia. The easiest and quickest way to arrive without a car is by train. It takes just over two hours and costs between €8–15 for a one-way ticket. 

Booking in advance or traveling mid-afternoon are great ways to snag the cheapest ticket prices.

9. The Rocky Wonders of Chulilla

If you’re an adventurous traveler seeking an adrenaline rush, Chulilla is a perfect day trip destination from Valencia. It’s home to some of the best rock-climbing routes in Spain, thanks to its unique and impressive rocky terrain.

If you’re not a rock climber, several hiking trails offer equally spectacular views and challenging trekking experiences.

Admire the jagged, red sandstone cliffs and the sparkling Turia River as you delve into the canyon. Closer to the city center, the bucolic charm of Chulilla’s cobbled streets and traditional houses will transport you back in time and provide insight into Spain’s historic charm.

How to Get to Chulilla

Buses are a great way to get from Valencia to Chulilla, but there are only buses five times weekly. If that fits your schedule, you can book the one-hour journey for just €6 via Autocares La Hispano Chelvana. Otherwise, it’s best to rent a car and drive to Chulilla.

Tip: You could also book an incredible full-day private hiking tour to Los Puentes Colgantes de Chulilla’s hanging bridges , Loriguilla Reservoir, and the Turia River Basin near Valencia. With included transportation and an expert local guide, you’ll explore these magnificent natural areas and landscapes surrounding Valencia.

10. The Buzzing Life in Madrid

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Although it is slightly further away, a day trip to Madrid from Valencia is worth the effort. Madrid is home to several attractions you can’t miss when visiting Spain, including the Royal Palace and art galleries home to masterpieces by Picasso, Goya, and Dalí. 

Visit the city’s two main plazas, Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol, before stopping for churros at Chocolatería San Ginés. Shop and stroll along Gran Vía, catch a sunset atop a terraza, and indulge in some of Spain’s best flamenco and tapas. 

End your day by listening to the soothing sounds of Spanish guitar as the sun sets over the Templo de Debod. Really, there’s no way to go wrong with a visit to the Spanish capital city (especially if you book your trip during one of the best months to visit Madrid ).

How to Get to Madrid

As the capital city, Madrid is well connected by several major train routes from Valencia. The trip takes just under two hours, with trains leaving regularly from Valencia’s Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station — you shouldn’t have to pay more than about €11 for a one-way ticket.

11. Medieval Beauty in Morella

Morella is a medieval hilltop town with a well-preserved fortified wall that once served as defensive protection against invasions. The 13th-century castle still dominates the city’s skyline, while the Castle Church is a must-see for architecture lovers.

Take time to explore Morella’s city center while you’re here. Take note of the fortified houses’ unique wooden balconies and wrought-iron details.

Plan your visit during a market day to enjoy the local market, taste the gastronomy, and take home handcrafted items.

How to Get to Morella

Trains from Valencia take about three and a half to five hours to arrive in Morella, as it’s a remote municipality and not a larger city. If you don’t mind taking the bus, the 4.5-hour drive is pretty scenic (note that you’ll have to transfer to Castellón de la Plana, though). A one-way bus ticket to Morella should cost about €12–28.

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This is a post by Guest Contributor Timon

Author’s Bio: Timon is the curious traveler behind  TravelSpain24 . Living in Spain for 5 years, he’s gathered tons of tips and hidden spots. If you’re up for day trips from Valencia, he’s got you covered.

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