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Find the right tour for you through Valencia. We've got 201 adventures going to Valencia, starting from just one day in length, and the longest tour is 32 days. The most popular month to go is October, which has the largest number of tour departures.

201 Valencia tour packages with 2,183 reviews

Valencia Mediterranean in 3 stages Tour

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Valencia Mediterranean in 3 stages

"We were surprised by how incredible the landscape of Valencia is, especially from the bike, where everything is appreciated in a different way." rociodurante1999gmailcom, traveled in August 2019

Ojos Negros Spain’s longest greenway in 4 stages Tour

Ojos Negros Spain’s longest greenway in 4 stages

"We really enjoy the electric bikes, they are a lot of fun and give you a lot of help when you need it." Javier, traveled in September 2020

Spanish Delights, 7 days Tour

  • In-depth Cultural

Spanish Delights, 7 days

"We had so much fun !!!" CHONA, traveled in September 2021
  • 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

  • Coach / Bus

Spanish Wonder (End Barcelona, 9 Days)

"Javier and Alberto were very good." Minawattee, traveled in August 2023

From Madrid to Barcelona Tour

From Madrid to Barcelona

"Lovely opportunity to get a taste of Spain. Organized efficiently." Margaret, traveled in December 2023

Absolutely Spain Tour

Absolutely Spain

"The program is well organized for solo travelers. Highly advised." JeanPaulCorelon, traveled in April 2019

Spanish Experience (End Barcelona, 9 Days) Tour

Spanish Experience (End Barcelona, 9 Days)

"This was my first bus tour and I wasn't disapointed. The guide and driver where excelent" Nicci, traveled in September 2019

Andalusia and the Mediterranean Coast with Barcelona from Madrid Tour

Andalusia and the Mediterranean Coast with Barcelona from Madrid

"The hotels were nice, clean, the breakfasts were good, and the city guides were knowledgeable." Marta, traveled in September 2023
  • $50 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Andalusia & Mediterranean Coast with Barcelona Tour

Andalusia & Mediterranean Coast with Barcelona

"It was quite good, comprehensive, and informative. Some of the hotels were not up to par with the rest of the tour." Carmen, traveled in June 2019

Discovery of Spain - 10 days Tour

Discovery of Spain - 10 days

"Safe bus drivers, very knowledgeable guides who also spoke good English. We are extremely impressed with what they showed us." Catherine, traveled in February 2023

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Santi was great at explaining how to use an electric bike, turns out they are way easier to use then i expected! Glad i followed Santi's recommendation. Great food too!
My tour finish in Barcelona with no set destination/drop off specified on the itinerary so when I asked the tour leader while on route he indicated when made aware of my prebooked accommodation that it was nearby. This was not the case & the bus pulled into a service station off a busy freeway where we quickly needed to grab my luggage before the buss continued on its way. Fortunately there was a taxi there refueling that was kind enough to take me to my accommodation. Not a good end to an otherwise good tour.
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26 Best Things to Do in Valencia, Spain

Valencia's three beaches feature soft golden sand and spectacular views of the Mediterranean. Visitors who enjoy exploring outdoors can spend their days strolling dozens of gardens, parks and plazas located within the city or hiking the trails of

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Central Market (Mercado Central) Central Market (Mercado Central) free

This is where local Valencians gather to do their shopping, though you'll find the atmosphere a bit different than your local supermarket. One of the oldest food markets in Europe, Mercado Central (Central Market) is adorned with Valencian-style mosaics and filled with residents purchasing local foods from more than 1,200 trusted vendors selling everything from meat and vegetables to pastries and take-away items. Spanning more than 86,000 square feet, the building occupies land once used as an open-air market in the mid-19th century. Opened in 1928, the visually stunning building sits in the El Mercat neighborhood, opposite two other architecturally significant monuments: La Lonja de la Seda and Los Santos Juanes Church.

Recent visitors were invariably impressed by the expansive range of food and beverages on offer here, with some describing the market as a "foodie paradise." Reviewers recommended stopping by, even if you don't plan on purchasing anything, though they do warn that prices are high because vendors recognize this is such a tourist magnet.

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City of Arts and Sciences (Ciutat de les Arts y les Ciencies) City of Arts and Sciences (Ciutat de les Arts y les Ciencies)

The Ciutat de les Arts y las Ciències (also known as the City of Arts and Sciences) is a traveler favorite for its futuristic design. Built on the old riverbed of the Turia River, the museum's contemporary architecture (by Santiago Calatrava) shelters the Museu de les Ciències (a science museum), the Hemisfèric (a planetarium and IMAX theater), the Oceanogràfic – the largest aquarium in Europe – and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (a performing arts venue), among other attractions.

Past travelers raved about the complex's myriad offerings, and suggested you wear comfortable shoes; the attraction is so massive (about 452,000 square feet), you'll be doing a lot of walking. Reviewers recommended setting aside an afternoon or even two to three days to see the entire complex. Travelers praise the science museum for its hands-on exhibits and the aquarium for its stunning design.

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Turia Gardens (Jardi del Turia) Turia Gardens (Jardi del Turia) free

The Jardí del Túria (or the Garden of the Turia) might seem odd to newcomers, seeing as how it boasts more than a dozen bridges built to span a river that's no longer there. One of the country's largest urban parks, Jardí del Túria was built after a fatal 1957 flood of the Turia River, which was then diverted over the course of the mid- to late 1960s. Today, the gardens shelter orange and palm trees and rose bushes among a wide variety of flora. The park's facilities also include cafes, football (i.e., soccer) fields, children's play areas, rugby pitches, fountains, baseball diamonds, running tracks, skate parks and miniature golf courses. Predictably, the park is especially popular with runners and cyclists. It is also ideal for families with children.

The green space is highly appreciated by recent visitors for the range of activities on offer as well as the peaceful atmosphere.

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San Jose Caves Guided Tour from Valencia

San Jose Caves Guided Tour from Valencia

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Valencia Old Town Tour with Wine & Tapas in 11th Century Historic Monument

Valencia Old Town Tour with Wine & Tapas in 11th Century Historic Monument

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Valencian paella workshop and visit to the Algiros market

Valencian paella workshop and visit to the Algiros market

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Oceanografic Valencia (L'Oceanografic) Oceanografic Valencia (L'Oceanografic)

Though part of the Ciutat de les Arts y les Ciències , Oceanogràfic Valencia stands as one of the top things to do all on its own. It's the largest aquarium in Europe and also boasts the longest underwater tunnel on the continent, which facilitates close-up views of sharks. The aquarium reproduces multiple habitats, including Arctic, Antarctic, temperate and tropical as well as, appropriately enough, Mediterranean. Some visitors may be disappointed to know it also (controversially) hosts the only family of beluga whales in Europe as well as dolphinarium, which features bottlenose dolphins. The grandstand at the dolphinarium seats more than 1,500 people, making it (you guessed it) the largest in Europe. The attraction also shelters a sizable crocodile preserve.

Past visitors marveled at the aquarium's unique architecture as well as the range of sea creatures on view. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the place is especially popular among families with children, though some travelers found the tickets rather expensive.

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Bioparc Valencia Bioparc Valencia

The Bioparc Valencia is a 25-acre zoo, located in the northwest area of the city. But this isn't just any kind of zoo – it's an immersion zoo, which means it removes or hides many of the barriers most zoos put in place between different species, including humans. Species that naturally (and safely) reside together in the wild are placed together, while other gentle species, like lemurs for instance, are free to meet humans face to face. Other barricades are simply hidden to give visitors the feeling of being out in the wild, a particular highlight for recent travelers. The park aims to recreate the African continent, with animals like zebras, Nile crocodiles, giraffes and elephants spread across four main habitats.

Past visitors enjoyed the chance to see the animals close up and found the unique layout an interesting departure from the typical zoo. Keep in mind the Bioparc's rules concerning the animals: They shouldn't be touched or fed, nor should they be disrupted by yelling or flash photography. Other than that, use your common sense: No jumping over the fence to meet the tigers.

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La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange)

The Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) was built between 1482 and 1533 and is considered a great example of the late Valencian Gothic-style architecture. Today, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, partly because of this style, but also because that style was applied to a secular building rather than a religious one, as was the norm in that time. Pay close attention to the gargoyles that crouch throughout the Silk Exchange: Their expressions range from funny to naughty.

Recent visitors found the architectural details endlessly fascinating. Many reviewers also advised opting for an audio guide, which they say helps explain the building's history and various architectural elements. Plus, recent travelers said there is little information available without the aid of the audio guide. Others suggested enjoying the courtyard, which is filled with orange trees.

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Valencia Cathedral Valencia Cathedral

Located in the Plaza de la Reina , the Valencia Cathedral is probably most famous for its claim of owning the Holy Grail. Dating back to 1262, the cathedral was raised on the site of a former mosque and displays a number of architectural styles, including Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic.

Past visitors were impressed with the cathedral's interior, though they bemoaned the entrance fee. Others applauded the audio guide that is included with admission, saying it provided important historical context. Audio guides are available in a variety of languages, including English.

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Church of St. Nicolas (Parroquia de San Nicolás de Bari y San Pedro Mártir) Church of St. Nicolas (Parroquia de San Nicolás de Bari y San Pedro Mártir)

With more than 20,000 square feet of elaborate frescos adorning its interiors, the Parroquia de San Nicolás de Bari y San Pedro Mártir has been called the Sistine Chapel of Valencia. Originally constructed in 1242, the church was remodeled and restored several times, perhaps most famously between 1690 and 1693 when the interiors were decorated with fresco paintings of scenes depicting San Nicolás de Bari (Saint Nicholas) and San Pedro Mártir (Saint Peter Martyr).

Recent travelers described the frescoes as "beautiful" and "outstanding." Many strongly recommended renting the audio guide, which reviewers say provides important commentary for understanding all of the beautiful frescoes. However, a few were disappointed with the entrance fee required to view the interiors of the church.

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E-Bike Grand Valencia Private Tour

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From Valencia: Day Tour in Peniscola, Game of Thrones

From Valencia: Day Tour in Peniscola, Game of Thrones

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Albufera Natural Park Tour with Boat Ride from Valencia

Albufera Natural Park Tour with Boat Ride from Valencia

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Plaza de la Virgen Plaza de la Virgen free

Adjacent to the Valencia Cathedral , the marble-floored Plaza de la Virgen is an ideal spot to appreciate some of the city's architecture – and to people-watch. From this viewpoint, you can take in the Gothic Valencia Cathedral (where the chalice from the Last Supper is said to be preserved), as well as the pink walls and blue roof tiles of the Baroque Real Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados. 

Other points of interest include the beautiful Túria Fountain, which represents the Turia River and features sculptures of eight women pouring water from pitchers as well as a large sculpture of Neptune sitting atop the fountain. The Tribunal de las Aguas meets every Thursday at noon outside the Door of the Apostles – a continuation of a 1,000-year-old tradition. The Water Tribunal is made up of eight farmers dressed in black, who sit in a circle and discuss (in the Valencian language) water access to the orchards. This scene is a curious spectacle through the eyes of tourists.

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Palace of the Marques de Dos Aguas (Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas) Palace of the Marques de Dos Aguas (Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas)

The Palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas, or Ceramics Museum, is widely regarded as among the best displays of Baroque architecture in Spain. (It takes its name from a Valencian noble family.) When it was first constructed in the 15th century, it was a Gothic building; it was reworked in the Baroque style in the 18th century, when the ornate entryway was added. Some of the rooms retain the original Gothic look. Since 1949, when the Ministry of Education bought the building, it has housed the González Martí National Museum of Ceramics. The museum boasts the largest collection of ceramics in the country and features pieces from the 18th century to the present, including work by Pablo Picasso.

Recent travelers reported feeling awe-struck by the opulent architecture. Though the building itself may be what impresses people the most, the ceramics museum is also generally deemed well worth a visit.

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Plaza del Ayuntamiento Plaza del Ayuntamiento free

This beautiful city square contains the ayuntamiento (town hall). Within the town hall is where you'll find the main tourist office, which offers a variety of tourist information (including ticket sales) in various languages.

Many travelers say the Plaza del Ayuntamiento is a good place to start off any sightseeing, as the square is filled with decadent buildings constructed during Valencia's golden age. In the square's center is a fountain, which is surrounded by fragrant flower stalls. In the winter, an ice rink and carousel adorn the square, and during Fallas festival it becomes the main hub of the celebrations and the grand finale, when the event’s biggest papier-mâché statue is set alight. 

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Albufera Natural Park (Parc Natural de l'Albufera) Albufera Natural Park (Parc Natural de l'Albufera) free

To commune with nature – specifically 300 bird species and miles of walking and biking trails – make a visit to the Albufera Natural Park, a large freshwater lagoon. The park is surrounded by the rice fields that helped prompt the invention of paella. Indeed, there are a number of restaurants nearby in the towns of El Palmar (the village where paella was born) and El Saler, and many travelers find the food alone a reason for taking a trip to the area.

Visitors can explore the country’s largest freshwater lake in traditional flat-bottomed wooden boats with the help of local boat operators. During the 40-minute trip, they will explain (in Spanish, Valencian or English) how the lake was formed and was used to develop rice farming, whilst punting passengers past 16-foot-high reeds. Some passengers are lucky enough to spot elusive otters. The boats depart from the main jetty and cost 8 euros (approximately $8.70). 

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Plaza de la Reina Plaza de la Reina free

Within walking distance of the Valencia Cathedral , the Plaza de la Reina is a great space to sit and observe activity in the old part of town. While smaller than Plaza de la Virgen , it offers a different perspective of the Valencia Cathedral (from the main entrance), as well as excellent views of the famous Miguelete bell tower. Occasionally, the square is filled with craft market stalls, and the zone between Plaza de la Reina and Plaza de la Virgen is lined with artists demonstrating their skills and selling paintings.

Past travelers found the area lively at all times of the day and said they visited on several different occasions during their trip. Multiple options for food and beverages flank the square, including ice cream shops and tapas bars. The streets surrounding it offer a cornucopia of shopping options, from independent fashion retailers to artisanal products. 

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Adventures day: Thermal Springs and Waterfalls

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Valencia Complete Tour by Tuk Tuk

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Valencia Bike Tour from the City to the Beach

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Gulliver Park (Parque Gulliver) Gulliver Park (Parque Gulliver) free

If a park designed with the giant from Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" in mind sounds fanciful, that's because it is. Yet Gulliver Park is not merely a literary tribute; rather, it's a playground consisting of numerous slides and staircases arranged in the shape of its prone namesake. The figure's hat contains a smaller version of Gulliver, providing a sense of what the massive character looks like when glimpsed from above. To give a sense of the size of the "giant," the strands of Gulliver's hair are huge slides. According to past visitors, the park is best suited to adventurous kids 10 and older.

While some adults appreciated the bibliophilic reference, the park is a hit with children. However, adults will be grateful for its recent refurbishment in November 2022, which includes safety ropes at the edge of the steepest drops and soft floor surfaces. Recent visitors warn the slides can get hot in the Valencian sun, and to be prepared for your kids to go home dusty, but happy.

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Old Town Old Town free

U.S. News Insider Tip: Look behind the cathedral to find the glass-bottomed artificial pond where you can see part of the Roman city walls below. Then, head inside to La Almoina Archaeological Museum to see the remains of Roman and Moorish streets. – Sarah Harvey

The Ciutat Vella, or Old Town, is a buzzing combination of historical sights, bars and restaurants, set within the former boundary of the ancient city walls. This UNESCO-listed district encompasses some 2,000 years of history, and conveniently, you’ll find many of the top attractions in close proximity. They include Valencia Cathedral , the city hall, the Central Market and the Silk Exchange , as well as numerous displays of vibrant street art. While the ancient walls have been lost to time and urban development, the Serranos Towers and Torres de Quart (fortified city gates) still mark the boundaries.  

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Miguelete Miguelete

Adjacent to the Valencia Cathedral is the imposing Miguelete bell tower. This 166-foot-high tower was built in the Gothic style between 1381 and 1424. An 18th-century steeple was later added. At the top, incredible views of the city (and even the fields beyond) await. However, there is no elevator, so visitors must be prepared to climb the more than 200 steps of the spiral staircase to the top. Inside is the largest collection of Gothic bells in Spain. Some of them are still rung by bellringers while others have been automated, but you can hear the peals throughout the day.

Travelers commented on the tough, 10- to 20-minute climb to the top, but said the views were worth the effort. Some mentioned how the “traffic signal” system helped make the ascent easier, as you don’t have to squeeze past anyone heading in the opposite direction.

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Malvarrosa Beach Malvarrosa Beach free

The golden sand and shallow blue waters of Malvarrosa Beach have been inspiring artists and travelers for generations. At an average of 440 feet wide, the beach is ideal for sports, as well as relaxation. As with Playa de las Arenas, its vibe is similar to that of southern California beaches. What’s more, it offers almost everything beachgoers could wish for, from juice bars and cafes to free gym equipment, as well as chairs and parasols for rent. There’s an area set aside for water sports, including paddleboarding and windsurfing, and even dive centers offering access to the nearby reef. 

Visitors appreciate how easy Malvarrosa is to get to by tram, as well as the cleanliness of the water (it earned a Blue Flag, a European award granted to beaches that are recognized for their clean sand and water). Despite the promenade being lined with homes rather than cafes (unlike at Playa de las Arenas), travelers were impressed with the range of cuisine available in close proximity. However, some were disappointed with the lack of public restrooms and changing rooms.

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Serranos Towers Serranos Towers

The Serranos Towers are a surviving feature of Valencia’s long-gone city walls. They were built in 1392 as a defensive structure surrounding the city gates, and used as a prison for aristocrats between 1586 and 1887. Today, they are an iconic Valencian landmark, and only one of two remaining towers of its kind in the city. Visitors can climb the ancient steps to take in views of the city and the Turia River. During Fallas festival, crowds gather at the foot of the towers to watch a fireworks display.

Travelers praised the Valencian Gothic architecture, as well as the convenient location (just a stone's throw from the Valencia Cathedral ). Some visitors cautioned that climbing the towers isn’t suitable for small children because there are no handrails, but most agreed the views were worth it. 

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Valencia Tapas and Sightseeing Guided Tour

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Experience the Natural Paradise of Montanejos from Valencia

Experience the Natural Paradise of Montanejos from Valencia

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Valencia Private Walking Tour with Official Valencian Guide

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The Fallas Museum (Museo Fallero de València) The Fallas Museum (Museo Fallero de València)

If you're not in Valencia in time for Las Fallas – a raucous annual celebration of spring and Saint Joseph's Day – then be sure to check out the Museu Faller. The distinctly Valencian museum displays ninots , individual figures made of papier-mâché that are part of a bigger falla composition. These usually satirical effigies are paraded through the city and then burned in bonfires during their yearly namesake festival. Only the ninots deemed to be the best are spared and then preserved here. The museum also contains a variety of other historic items from past festivals, including posters and images of the large Falleras Mayores .

Museumgoers invariably found the Museu Faller fascinating, and exhibits are believed to offer insights into the city's culture and folklore.

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Barrio del Carmen Barrio del Carmen free

U.S. News Insider Tip: While you’re soaking up the sights of El Carmen, don’t forget to look up! You’ll notice that the underside of many of the balconies are adorned with beautifully patterned tiles. – Sarah Harvey

El Carmen is the most famous of all six neighborhoods in the Old Town (El Carmen, La Seu, La Xerea, El Pilar, El Mercat and Sant Francesc). This hip, gentrified, yet still slightly rough-around-the-edges area is an exciting blend of some of the most attractive historical landmarks with some of the city’s best street art, restaurants and bars. Quirky and fascinating museums and landmarks pepper the area, from the 2-foot-tall House of Cats to the Portal de Valldigna – an ancient entrance to the Moorish quarter, where the Muslims lived after Spain’s King James reclaimed Valencia from the Moors. 

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El Cabanyal El Cabanyal free

U.S. News Insider Tip: Rent a paddleboard from the nearby marina and use it to cruise around. It’s a great way to admire local landmarks from a new angle like the ultramodern Veles e Vents America’s Cup building, and the ornately-decorated tinglados warehouses dating back to 1910. – Sarah Harvey

El Cabanyal is the neighborhood visitors head to when they want to catch some rays on the broad, golden sands of Playa de las Arenas. Playa de las Arenas is the most southerly of Valencia city’s three beaches, which all run into one another, creating a 3.7-mile-long span of sand. From here, the sand runs north all the way to Port Saplaya. 

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Mercado Colón Mercado Colón free

U.S. News Insider Tip: The tiger nut drink known as horchata is a must-try at Colón Market, accompanied by fartons (fluffy pastries topped with light frosting or filled with cream). Horchata was brought to Valencia by the Moors and quickly spread across Spain, and beyond. – Sarah Harvey

This popular market is a haven for epicureans. Housed within a Modernist structure dating from 1916, it’s not only a destination for shopping, but also for leisure. That’s because the stalls, shops and a range of temporary exhibitions are surrounded by cafes. The latter was added as part of the 2003 refurbishment, in the form of large glass cubes scattered around the circumference. Tourists rub shoulders with locals at this buzzing spot, including well-heeled staff from offices in the surrounding area, who hit the market’s cafes for after-work drinks. The basement level offers gourmet stores and restaurants. 

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Mestalla Stadium (Estadio de Mestalla) Mestalla Stadium (Estadio de Mestalla)

Mestalla Stadium can seat approximately 50,000 football (i.e., soccer) fans, and those in Valencia are among the sport's most ardent. The home of the Valencia Club de Fútbol (VCF) since 1923, the stadium is known for its unusually steep grandstands and is regarded as an especially exciting place to catch a match – and absorb a notable side of the local culture.

Stadium-goers generally enjoyed the upbeat atmosphere and noted that the venue is quite family-friendly.

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Authentic Valencian Paella Cooking Class

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Discover Valencia Bike Tour - City Center Meeting Point

Discover Valencia Bike Tour - City Center Meeting Point

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Thermal Springs in Montanejos and the Girlfriend Waterfall

Thermal Springs in Montanejos and the Girlfriend Waterfall

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Fine Art Museum of Valencia (Museu de Belles Arts de Valencia) Fine Art Museum of Valencia (Museu de Belles Arts de Valencia) free

If you're a fan of Spanish artists, such as Velázquez, Goya and El Greco, you won't want to miss the free Museu de Belles Arts, which also houses a sizable collection of medieval paintings, with a heavy emphasis on religious art and relics. Among its holdings are approximately 2,000 paintings and statues, some dating back to the 14th century. The building itself is also quite interesting. It was once the home of the Seminary College of Saint Pius V, which dates back to the 17th century.

Recent visitors appreciated the wide array of artistic styles on display. However, a few said this is not a must-see unless you're interested in Spanish artists, with a strong slant on religious art.

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Institut Valencia d'Art Modern (IVAM) Institut Valencia d'Art Modern (IVAM)

The Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM), or the Valencian Institute of Modern Art, is filled with modern and contemporary works. Its permanent collection, which boasts more than 10,000 pieces, centers on the 20th century and features important works by Julio González and Ignacio Pinazo, among others.

Recent travelers said the museum is worth a visit if you're a fan of modern art. Those who enjoyed it said it offered a wide breadth of exhibits and noted that it would be difficult for an art lover to find fault with its offerings.

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Ruzafa Ruzafa free

Ruzafa is a neighborhood just outside the city center that’s better known as a local hangout than as a tourist spot. However, there is plenty to appeal to visitors, particularly those wanting to see another side of Valencia. It’s a gentrified area, popular amongst young expats and local hipsters and artists (think: street art, cupcake bakeries, art galleries and vintage clothing shops). There is also an eye-catching market building, which was built in 1962 in the Brutalist architectural style, then painted in bold graded colors in 2010. Despite the numerous recent changes, Ruzafa still retains a lot of its original character, including cheap and authentic tapas joints and quirky bars. 

Many recent visitors commented on the neighborhood’s cool, bohemian vibe. 

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THE 10 BEST Day Trips from Valencia

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1. Thermal Springs in Montanejos and the Girlfriend Waterfall

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2. Experience the Natural Paradise of Montanejos from Valencia

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4. Full Day Tour to Peñíscola from Valencia

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5. Adventures day: Thermal Springs and Waterfalls

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6. Tasting, tasting, tasting!

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7. Walking Tour of the Hanging Bridges of Canyon de Turia and Chulilla Village

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10. One day private trip to Mountain Villages from Valencia

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11. A day tour in Montanejos hot springs.

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18. Valencian Caves with Boat Ride and Sagunto Private Day Trip

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19. Montenejos Thermal Springs and Hike

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20. Albufera: Lake, Paella and Birdwatching

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22. Full-day Hiking at Ruta the Aqua across Pena Cortada

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29. Cycle Albufera Lake, Rice Fields Paella and Boat Ride with Beach

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30. Cycling Private Tour in the Little Venice and Sagunto Castle

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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
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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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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.

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  • 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)

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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.

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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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Exploring underground caves by kayak, soaking in hot springs and seeing Roman ruins – these are the best day trips from Valencia!

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Valencia doesn’t get enough love in my opinion. Too often I see people prioritise the bigger Spanish cities like Madrid and Barcelona. They flock to the Spanish islands, or cultural capitals like Seville, and miss out on this gem on the east coast.

Well they’re missing out, because Valencia is on of my favourite cities in Spain. The architecture is incredible, there’s loads to see and do, and it’s home to the paella too. I really can’t recommend visiting this city enough.

If you’re spending a long weekend or week in the city, there are some fantastic day trips from Valencia that I’d suggest too. It’s really easy getting out the city and exploring more of the Spanish countryside.

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In this article we’ll be going from underground caves to beach towns, to ancient walled cities complete with castles. There really is something for everyone here. Also, wait until you see the oasis at Montanejos – it’s so stunning.

I really hope this helps plan your trip to Valencia and this part of Spain . Don’t forget to bookmark this page so you can keep adding things to your Spanish bucket list!

Heading to the capital instead? Check out my favourite day trips from Madrid . Also, here some of my favourite Spanish adventures for you to do!

Best Day Trips from Valencia

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Best known for the looming mediaeval castle that towers above it, Xátiva is a small city at the foot of a mountain. 

With ancient winding streets, it’s rich in history has been immortalised at a number of local museums and galleries. It’s also the birthplace of one of the Borgia popes , who remain infamous for corruption, scandal and nepotism (the more you know!).

The castle is of course the main attraction and can be reached on foot in about 30 minutes. It’s a beautiful walk, but try to go early in the morning before it gets too hot, or it’s a killer. You can get to Xátiva by car in an hour, or by train within 40 minutes. For me, this place is a must when looking for places to visit near Valencia.



Montanejos is one of the most popular Valencia day trips, and for good reason: the thermal springs. These are what Montanejos is most famous for, and I can confirm that they live up to the hype.

The surroundings to the thermal springs are pretty spectacular too, and that’s part of the charm. You’ve got rugged cliffs and picturesque green hills, both of which make Montanejos a great spot for hiking, as well as the river running through it. 

Montanejos is difficult to get to by public transport, so I’d recommend driving – it’ll take you an hour and a half from Valencia. If you can’t, all is not lost: book this thermal springs and waterfall day trip , or join a guided hiking tour if walks are more your jam.

Albufera Natural Park 

albufera natural park 

Fun fact: most of the rice for paella, the dish Valencia is famous for, is sourced from the Albufera Natural Park . This beautiful stretch of land is probably best known for the expansive lake – it’s actually the largest in Spain. I’d highly recommend visiting for the tranquil boat ride alone.

To reach Albufera, it’s a mere 20 minute drive. However, this is also one of the most popular Valencia tours so it’s easy to arrange a day trip .

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You’ll find Chulilla nestled into the mountains, on the edge of Chera-Sot de Chera Natural Park. And if its location gives you high hopes, you’re in luck: it’s one of the prettiest towns in the region.

Chulilla is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts as there’s loads to do. You’ve got the Túria River Canyon , Hanging Bridges, and the famous Blue Pool (Charco Azul). 

Home to lots of limestone surfaces, it’s also one of the best places for rock climbing in Spain. There are hundreds of routes for all abilities, but if you prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, you’re spoiled for choice in terms of hiking routes too. 

There’s no public transport to Chulilla, but it’s only an hour away by car. If that’s not an option, you can book a guided day trip where all the transport is taken care for you.

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We’re all in agreement that walled cities are objectively cool, right? Well, that’s what you’ll find in Morella. 

This is a gorgeous little place packed full of history. There’s tons to see that’ll leave you feeling as though you’ve been plunged back in time: the Santa Luciá Aqueduct, Porta de Sant Miquel, or my particular favourite, the Morella la Vella cave paintings (now a UNESCO World Heritage site).

Oh, did I forget to mention the castle? Yeah, you can’t miss it. It towers over the city from the top of a hill. Like several of the day trips from Valencia I’ve mentioned, Morella is best reached by car, which will take you two hours, or through a guided tour if you haven’t got a car.

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Speaking of cool cities, I can’t not mention Peñíscola. This is a coastal town, known nowadays as the setting of Meereen in Game of Thrones .

Here you’ll find the beautiful beaches of Pebret and Norte, as well as a historic, ancient old town within the city limits. One of my favourite things about it is the views. Look out towards the coast and sea, or the lavender and olive trees of Artillery Park. 

While you can reach Peñíscola through a combination of bus and train, it’s easiest to drive or take a day trip. This particular tour visits both Morella and Peñíscola in one day, so it’s a great shout if you’re pressed for time.

Caves of San José

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Another of my favourite Valencia tours is the Caves of San José . This is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it comprises a series of beautiful caves. Most of them hang over the longest navigable river in Europe, so most of your exploration will be via kayak, save for 250 metres on foot.

The caves are a 40 minute drive from Valencia, or you can book a day trip . I can’t recommend this tour enough. I think it’s one of the best tours near Valencia, so definitely add this one to your itinerary.

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One of the places I’d recommend most highly if you’re a history buff is Sagunto. It’s got everything you could possibly want. Tons of museums, a castle, plus it’s packed with Roman ruins and a Roman theatre.

Sagunto is super easy to get to – hop on the train and you’ll be there in 35 minutes. This is one of the quickest day trips from Valencia by train, so if you’re short on time then this one is for you.


utiel requena

Spanish wine doesn’t stop at Rioja. Utiel-Requena is a wine region near Valencia home to tons of vineyards, plus the two towns Utiel and Requena (hence the name).

I’d recommend visiting Requena in particular. Not only can you visit the local wineries but you can also explore the Villa de Requena caves . Requena can be reached by train from Valencia, but you can also book a guided tour if you’d like to go wine tasting. Personally, I’d recommend the tour – then you can leave the car at the hotel and enjoy yourself drinking your way through all the Spanish vineyards.



Albarracín is one of the further out day trips from Valencia – it’s a two hour drive. But if you have the time and energy I’d highly recommend it. 

Albarracín is well known as one of Spain’s prettiest villages. It’s packed out with old architecture and is genuinely pretty enough for a postcard (or in this day and age, a pinned post on Instagram). It’s surrounded by sweeping valleys and nature and has loads of hikes to check out too. 

There are no public transport links to Albarracín, so it’s one if you’ve hired a car.


If you’ve heard of Buñol before I’m betting it’s because of its famous festival, La Tomatina , which is essentially the world’s biggest food fight. It attracts people from all over the world, so if you’re visiting Valencia in August, you may as well go and experience it.

If not, though, there’s lots you can get up to. Buñol is home to a castle and some of the best hikes in the area, including a fair few waterfall trails .

You can reach Buñol in an hour by train. Again, I really liked this place – it’s definitely got a lot more going for it than just La Tomatina.


No matter what country I find myself in, I always love a coastal town. Cullera is a small city which certainly delivers, and it’s only a 35 minute train ride away from Valencia.

As well as hosting some of the best beaches in eastern Spain, in Cullera you’ll also find attractions such as its castle, a botanical garden, and some cool museums.

alicante day trip from valencia

Alicante is another Valencia day trip that’ll require you to go the distance, but it’s definitely worth it (especially if you want to tick off another major Spanish city). In an ideal world, you’d actually need a few days as there’s so much to do, but you can squeeze in the highlights in a few hours.

What to focus on depends on your interest. For history and architecture, check out Santa Bárbara castle , the basilica, the cathedral and Alicante’s range of museums. For delicacies, head to Central Market. For views or a more relaxed vibe, it’ll have to be the beach, parks, and gardens.

Alicante is a fair distance away, but there are lots of options to get there. Catch a bus or get the train in around 2 hours, or make the drive by car in just under two hours.

And that’s about it from me! Have you visited any of these yet? Or is there a tour or day trip that you think I’ve missed? Either way, give me a shout in the comments.

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12 Day Trips from Valencia

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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.

The 10 Best Day Trips from Valencia, Spain

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As Spain's third-largest city, it's no surprise that Valencia is full of majestic sights, lively cultural events, and so much more. However, its metropolitan, cosmopolitan vibe means that it can get quite busy at times, and sometimes you just need a change of scenery. These lovely beaches, cities and towns make great day trips from Valencia if you'd like to experience something new. Here's where to go for some R&R. 

Cuenca: Hanging Houses & Colorful Culture

Cuenca is a small city on the high-speed train line from Madrid to Valencia. Built on top of a huge cliff face, the famous "hanging houses" built next to a scary drop are easily the most best-known sight in Cuenca. But there's more to this historic city than just that. A handful of excellent modern art galleries and a great interactive science museum help make Cuenca one of the best day trips from Valencia.

Getting There : Trains from Valencia to Cuenca (operated by Spain's national rail company, Renfe ) run several times a day and take around an hour.

Travel Tip : Bring good walking shoes—Cuenca is quite hilly, and you'll want all the support possible for your feet.

Madrid: Grand Architecture, Stunning Views, & More in Spain's Capital

The vibrant, thriving Spanish capital deserves a spot on your list no matter where you're based. Madrid is home to world-class museums , fabulous parks , and—of course—no shortage of excellent bars and restaurants . Throw in some jaw-dropping views from above on the cable car or from rooftop bars like the one that sits atop the Círculo de Bellas Artes , and you've got all the makings of a fabulous trip.

Getting There : The AVE high-speed train gets you from Valencia to Madrid in under two hours. Buses run by Avanza take twice as long, but are a more economical option.

Travel Tip : Madrid has so much to see and do that you'll really need more than a day. Consider stopping in Cuenca (above) on the way from Valencia, then spending multiple days in the Spanish capital.

A charming beach town not too far from Valencia itself, Cullera is perfect for travelers seeking out a more laid-back escape, with plenty of family-friendly attractions. Cool off at the  Aquopolis water park  and visit  Dragut's Cave , named after a 16th-century pirate.​

Getting There : Cullera is on the Valencia Cercanias (commuter train) line C1. Trains leave throughout the day and the journey takes just over half an hour.

Travel Tip : While Cullera is a popular summer hotspot, it tends to shut down in the winter months. Expect limited availability of bars, restaurants, and shops in the off-season.

Albufera region

Craving paella ? Lucky for you, one of the best day trips from Valencia just happens to be the hometown of this iconic rice dish. Just outside of Valencia lies the Albufera region , where it's said the first paellas (as we know them today) were cooked in large pans in the open air surrounding the lake. 

El Palmar is the main town in the region and where you'll find the most traditional paella restaurants in the area. Made with locally grown rice, this stuff is the real deal—although be aware that it may be on the expensive side. Another lovely town in the region is El Saler, home to the  Campo de Golf El Saler , the former host to the Spanish Open. Its beach, Playa de El Saler, is the nearest pleasant beach to Valencia.

Getting There : Driving is the easiest way to get to El Palmar from central Valencia, and takes about half an hour. If you don't have access to a car, the Valencia Bus Turistic  has a sightseeing bus that goes to the region. The cost is 8 euros and includes a boat ride on Lake Albufera. 

Travel Tip : The region is home to dozens of fabulous paella spots such as Restaurante Bon Aire, Arrocería Maribel and more. Due to the time involved in preparing a quality paella, it's often advised to call the restaurant ahead of time to reserve your dish—that way, you won't be waiting upwards of an hour for them to prepare it once you arrive.

If you're looking to visit a beach close to Valencia that also boasts a little bit of culture to pass a few hours, then Sagunto could be the perfect place for you. An ancient settlement that's existed since at least 5 B.C., it's best known for its Roman theater (which boasts magnificent acoustics despite being nearly 2,000 years old!) as well as an attractive, easily accessible beach .

Getting There : Trains run throughout the day from Valencia and take around 30 minutes.

Travel Tip : Nature lovers won't want to miss the Sierra Calderona Natural Park nearby, home to some of the region's best hiking.

Javea and Denia

If the beach is what you're after, you can't go wrong with either Javea or Denia. While the former is home to a large expat population from all over Europe, it also boasts a lovely historic old town and relaxed beach vibe. Denia , on the other hand, is a can't-miss seaside destination in its own right, popular among everyone from locals to international tourists. It's also home to some lovely hiking trails, such as Montgó Peak .

Getting There : Spain's national bus company,  ALSA , runs the bus service that goes from Valencia to Denia. The journey lasts two hours. From there, take a catamaran to Javea with  Mundo Marino .

Travel Tip : In addition to being one of the Costa Blanca's premier beach destinations, Denia was also named a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2015. Be sure to allow time for long, leisurely meals made with the region's freshest ingredients (you're on vacation, after all).

Come to Requena for the charming old town ; stay for the wine.  Utiel Requena , a red wine made from Bobal grapes, is the region's speciality. Visit one of the dozens of wineries in and around the city to learn more about this special variety and taste it for yourself. 

Getting There : The fastest trains from Valencia can get you to Requena in just about 20 minutes. 

Travel Tip : Requena is equally fascinating below its surface. Visit the network of caves and tunnels located beneath the city for a glimpse at its fascinating past. 

Home to a fine cathedral , the old executioner tower and the remains of an old aqueduct , the medieval village of Segorbe is a must for history buffs. For some fun in the sun, young (and young-at-heart) travelers will have a blast at the local water park , one of the best in the region.

Getting There : Renfe trains will get you from Valencia to Segorbe in an hour.

Travel Tip : Segorbe is located right in the heart of one of Spain's top cycling regions. The Vía Verde - Ojos Negros route is easily accessible from the city. 

Castellón de la Plana

Castellón de la Plana is a large town on the way towards Barcelona. It's not usually that high on tourists' list of places to see on the east coast, but those who do drop by can't help but feel pleasantly surprised. Ten paintings by  Zurbaran  hang in the Convento de las Capuchinas , while the  Lonja , the old hemp exchange, is worth a look as well.

Getting There : Most Renfe trains from Valencia will get you to Castellón in 40 minutes to an hour. Alsa buses are also available, but travel time is about 90 minutes. 

Travel Tip : Nature lovers won't want to miss the chance to visit the Columbretes Islands right off the coast of the city. 

At first glance, Gandia may seem just like another beach town . However, it's so much more than that—the city has its fair share of fascinating historic sites as well. Especially of note is the Palacio Ducal de los Borja , a 15th-century palace that was the birthplace of Saint Francis Borgia, complete with beautiful carvings and ceramics.

Getting There : Gandia-bound Alsa buses depart Valencia several times a day. The trip takes an hour.

Travel Tip : Legend says that Gandia is the home of  fideuà , a noodle-based cousin of paella. Be sure to try this local dish at an authentic spot such as Casa Julia or Restaurante Telero .

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11 Best Day Trips From Valencia & How To Get There

Valencia is a vibrant city with plenty of things to see and do . But if you’re looking for a change of pace, here are some great day trips from Valencia. From ancient Roman cities to picturesque villages and scenic natural parks, there’s a lot to explore within just two hours of the city.

I’ve visited all these places in the past year, some more than once, and I had an absolute blast every single time. I truly believe that these day trips are some of the best options for those looking to explore the surrounding areas of Valencia. They are easy to reach by car or public transport, combining convenience and flexibility and I highly recommend them to anyone visiting or living in Valencia .

In This Article

Top full-day and half-day tours from Valencia

1. albufera natural park.

    What to do in Albufera:

    How to get from Valencia to Albufera:

2. Port Saplaya

    What to do in Port Saplaya:

    How to get from Valencia to Port Saplaya:

    What to do in Xàtiva:

    How to get from Valencia to Xàtiva:

4. Alicante

    What to do in Alicante:

    How to get from Valencia to Alicante:

5. Castellón de la Plana

    What to do in Castellón:

    How to get from Valencia to Castellón:

    What to do in Sagunto:

    How to get from Valencia to Sagunto:

7. Peñiscola

    What to do in Peñiscola:

    How to get from Valencia to Peñiscola:

    What to do in Gandía:

    How to get from Valencia to Gandía:

    What to do in Cullera:

    How to get from Valencia to Cullera:

    What to do in Sueca:

    How to get from Valencia to Sueca:

    What to do in Ibiza:

    How to get from Valencia to Ibiza:

All day trips from Valencia I recommend in this article can be visited on public transport (train or bus). However, there are a few amazing locations around Valencia that can only be reached by car. If you don’t have a car or don’t want to rent one, joining an organised tour is a great option. Here are three not-to-be-missed tours.

A bridge leading to a white house among inundated rice fields at sunset in Albufera

Distance from Valencia: 10 km Travel time: 30 minutes

Albufera Natural Park is the largest freshwater lake in Spain and one of the most important wetlands in Europe. It is situated a mere 10 km south of Valencia and it is known for its stunning landscape, sand dunes, and pine forests.

This dream-like natural wonder is home to some 300 bird species and the birthplace of paella . The park occupies an area of some ​​24 km² and is surrounded by 220 km² of rice fields.

Tall pine trees in El Saler forest

What to do in Albufera:

  • Eat paella in one of the restaurants situated in the village of El Palmar
  • Take a boat ride, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere, and learn about this diverse ecosystem
  • Do some birdwatching – March is the perfect month to witness the arrival of migratory birds, including the pink flamingo
  • Watch a magical sunset – this is one of the best places to watch a sunset in Valencia
  • Bike through the rice fields – July is when the rice fields are at their lushest
  • Explore Albufera in an open-topped Jeep – it allows you to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time and with minimum effort
  • Take a deep breath in the El Saler pine forest
  • Relax on the beach – Playa del Saler and Playa de la Dehesa are two of the best beaches in Valencia
  • Play golf – Parador de El Saler is considered one of the best golf courses in the world

A road cutting through inundated rice fields in Albufera

How to get from Valencia to Albufera:

Albufera Natural Park is one of the easiest day trips from Valencia. Driving to El Palmar takes about half an hour. You can also take bus #24 or #25 from Puerta del Mar in the center or from the City of Arts and Sciences and get off either at Embarcadero de Albufera or El Palmar. Or you can also join a half day tour that includes transportation, a guide and a boat tour on the lake.

Boats docked in the harbour with brightly coloured houses in the background in Port Saplaya

Distance from Valencia: 8 km Travel time: 30 minutes

Port Saplaya is another easy day trip from Valencia. This exotic beachfront resort was built in the 1970s and has been nicknamed “Little Venice” due to its colorful facades.

If you visit during the winter, half a day is probably all the time you need to visit this pretty urbanization. During the summer months, however, this is a popular beach destination, so you might want to pack your beach gear and spend a few hours lounging on Port Saplaya’s 1 km long stretch of sand.

Boats docked in the marina with colorful several storey high houses in the background in Port Saplaya

What to do in Port Saplaya:

  • Explore Port Saplaya’s nooks and crannies and discover its hidden squares
  • Walk along the marina to admire all the cute little boats, colorful houses and bougainvillea dotted facades
  • Have a glass of horchata (one of the most popular drinks in Valencia ) at Horchateria Toni
  • Relax on the beach. Port Saplaya is one of the best beaches in Valencia due to its proximity to the city
  • Stroll along the promenade
  • Eat delicious tapas in one of the restaurants. Many of them offer an inexpensive lunch meal deal (menú del día)
  • Discover Port Saplaya on a bike tour from Valencia
  • Enjoy a coffee with a view in one of the squares
  • Sail to Port Saplaya from Valencia on a catamaran

Coloured houses and boats reflected in the water in Port Saplaya

How to get from Valencia to Port Saplaya:

Getting to Port Saplaya by car is super easy – the V-21 runs right alongside it. However, there are other options, such as taking the metro to Alboraya and a bus or taxi from there. Or taking bus L112A from Valencia’s La Saïdia or Pla del Real districts directly to Port Saplaya (this bus runs with a frequency of 1 or 2 hours depending on the day of the week).

The ornate facade of the Royal Hospital in Xàtiva

Distance from Valencia: 60 km Travel time: 1 hour

Xàtiva is a historic city some 60 km south of Valencia. During Roman times, it was known for its linen fabrics, and in the 12th century, during the Al-Andalus era, it was one of the first paper manufacturing centers in Europe. From the mid-13th century to the end of the 16th century Xàtiva was one of the most important towns in the kingdom, rivaling Valencia itself.

After the Reconquista, Xàtiva was home to the House of Borgia and the birthplace of Pope Callixtus III and Pope Alexander VI as well as painter José Ribera. During the War of Spanish Succession, the city was besieged and burned to the ground at the hands of Philip V of Spain.

A public water fountain with 25 springs in Xàtiva

What to do in Xàtiva:

  • Visit Xàtiva Castle – this twin fortification was strategically located along Via Augusta. Half of it dates back to the Iberian era, while the other half was built by the Romans. Both were altered by the Arabs
  • L’Almodí Museum – where the portrait of Philip V of Spain hangs upside down in protest for burning the city over three centuries ago
  • Drink La Socarrada – a local beer flavored with honey and rosemary, considered one of the best flavors in the world. Socarrada means “scorched” and is a reference to the town being destroyed by Philip V of Spain
  • Eat arnadí – a delicious local pastry made with sweet potato or pumpkin and almonds
  • Try arroz al horno – an oven-baked rice dish made with black pudding and bacon
  • See the largest nativity scene in Spain – from December through the first week of January
  • Visit the Colegiata Santa María Church and the Royal Hospital
  • Follow the route of the fountains – Xàtiva is nicknamed the Town of a Thousand Fountains, a legacy from its Al-Andalus era

A life-size figure of a market vendor surrounded by fruits an vegetables in Xàtiva

How to get from Valencia to Xàtiva:

You can get to Xàtiva either by car or train. In both cases, the journey lasts about 1 hour. If you’re going by train, take cercanías train line C2 from Estación del Norte in the city center.

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Distance from Valencia: 170 km Travel time: 2 hours

Alicante is a coastal city roughly half the size of Valencia. It is situated on Costa Blanca to the south and has a reputation for being the city with the most sunny hours per year in Europe.

Throughout its thousands of years-long history, Romans, Phoenicians, Greeks, and Arabs all left their mark on the city. After the Reconquista, Alicante saw struggles for power between the Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon, Barbary pirates attacks, great devastation during the War of Spanish Succession, and was the last city to be occupied by General Franco’s troops during the Spanish Civil War.

Nowadays, Alicante is a prosperous and modern city that attracts tourists and expats in droves. It’s one of the most complete day trips from Valencia, combining history, food, fine sand beaches, and amazing weather.

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What to do in Alicante:

  • Visit the Santa Barbara Castle for a dose of history and spectacular panoramic views. I highly recommend joining one of the free guided tours. Also, save your energy and time by taking the elevator to the castle – it only costs a couple of euros and it’s carved into the mountainside!
  • Discover Barrio de Santa Cruz in the Old Town – it has narrow little streets and picturesque whitewashed houses decorated with potted plants
  • Join a guided tour – it will save you so much time and aimless stair climbing in search of the best photo spots
  • Visit the City Hall. This gorgeous building is not only beautiful on the outside but also has several ornate rooms that can be visited for free
  • Explore the Alicante coastline on a catamaran cruise
  • Stroll along the Explanada de España – it resembles the famous La Rambla in Barcelona!
  • Admire all the fancy yachts docked in the marina
  • Lounge on the beach
  • Hop aboard a glass bottom boat and discover the nearby Tabarca Island, the only inhabited island in the Valencian Community
  • Try arroz a banda , a local seafood rice dish somewhat similar to paella. Join a food tour to discover more local flavors
  • Take a short side trip to the photogenic Canelobre Caves and be wowed by the cathedral-like interior

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How to get from Valencia to Alicante:

Take the train from either the Estación del Norte or Joaquin Sorolla train station – both centrally located – and get off at Alicante Terminal – also located in the city center. I recommend the MD (media distancia), Intercity or Euromed trains over the Regional Express ones as they are more comfortable, modern and slightly faster. Driving from Valencia to Alicante is another good option.

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

The bell tower and facade of the  Co-Cathedral of Santa Maria with a Christmas tree in the foreground in Castellón

Distance from Valencia: 75 km Travel time: 40 to 90 minutes

Castellón de la Plana is a largely overlooked city some 75 km north of Valencia. The city is the capital of the Spanish province with the same. Castellón was founded in 1251 when people received permission from King Jaime I of Aragon to relocate to a level ground soon after the Reconquista.

Castellón continues to be a relatively small city, with some 170,000 inhabitants. Not only that, but you can cross it on foot in merely half an hour. The main city is situated some 5 km from the sea but has a separate maritime district, called El Grao de Castellón, with lots of restaurants and miles-long beaches.

Red brick facade of the post office building in Castellón

What to do in Castellón:

  • Visit Plaza Mayor, the Co-Cathedral of Santa Maria, and the El Fadrí bell tower
  • Eat your way through Mercado Central
  • Attend Fiesta de la Magdalena – varying dates but usually falls in March and lasts 9 days. It’s the main festivity in Castellón, commemorating the relocation of the city from the Hill of Mary Magdalene
  • Have lunch or tapas at Como Antes Glam Food Bar – very good lunch special and tapas with a more sophisticated presentation than what is typically offered
  • Relax with a delicious cup of specialty coffee at Ofelia – a mind-blowing concept store selling stylish home decor and furniture
  • Lounge on the beach – Castellón has 10 km of fine sand beaches with gorgeous mountain views
  • See Plaza de l’Hort dels Corders and its unusual fountain by local artist Juan García Ripollés
  • Admire the Post office building and other Modernista buildings around the city
  • Visit the Fine Arts Museum – it’s huge and well-curated!

People enjoying the beach in Castellón

How to get from Valencia to Castellón:

Driving from Valencia to Castellón takes approximately 1 hour. You can also reach Castellón by train from either Estación del Norte or from Valencia – Cabanyal train station. The train journey takes 40 to 90 minutes, depending on whether you opt for a fast Intercity train or a slower cercanías train.

The seats and scene of the Roman Theater in Sagunto

Distance from Valencia: 30 km Travel time: 30 minutes

Sagunto is a city some 30 km north of Valencia and its origins go back to the Bronze Age. In 219 BC, the Iberian city was taken over by Hannibal’s troops after an eight-month siege, which was the trigger for the Second Punic War between Rome and Carthage. A few years later, Sagunto (then Saguntum) became a Roman settlement.

These days, Sagunto is divided in two – the Old Town and the harbor area. The two are 5 km apart, with 2/3 of the city’s population actually living in the latest. In 2022, Volkswagen announced the opening of its new mega factory of batteries in Sagunto, drawing a lot of attention to the city.

Theater costumes on display inside Casa dels Berenguer in Sagunto

What to do in Sagunto:

  • Visit the Sagunto Castle – a massive fortress over two thousand years old. Bring good shoes
  • Visit the Roman Theater – it has a capacity for some 8,000 people and was recently subject to a controversial renovation project. It now hosts a theater festival from July to September every year
  • Casa dels Berenguer – a Gothic Palace converted into a modern tourist office where you can see costumes worn by actors during the theater festival
  • Discover the Jewish Quarter
  • See Vía del Pórtico – a 60 meters long Roman road in the basement of a modern residential building
  • See Domus dels Peixos – the remains of several Roman houses built in the 2nd century AD complete with original murals and tiles
  • Visit the harbor, walk on the beach, and see remnants of Sagunto’s industrial past

How to get from Valencia to Sagunto:

Visiting Sagunto on a day trip from Valencia is a no-brainer. You can either drive or take cercanías train line C6 from Estación del Norte. Either way, you’ll be in Sagunto in approximately 30 minutes.

People visiting the walls of the Peñiscola Castle at sunset

Distance from Valencia: 145 km Travel time: 1h 30min to 2 hours

This town of fewer than 8,000 inhabitants is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. It is situated almost on the edge of the Valencian Community, some 145 km north of Valencia, but it’s so pretty, it’s really worth the effort.

With more than 2500 years of history, Peñiscola is a Mediterranean dream with narrow cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses, and a Templar castle perched on a rock overlooking the sea.

This walled town is surrounded almost entirely by water and starred in the highly acclaimed Game of Thrones series. At the foot of the hill, the miles-long sandy beach is just perfect for taking a swim, sunbathing, or enjoying a picnic with a view.

Panoramic view of Peñiscola with a church tower and white washed houses in the distance

What to do in Peñiscola:

  • Visit the Castle of Papa Luna – an idyllic place with amazing views where Benedict XIII, also known as Papa Luna or the Antipope spend his long exile
  • Stroll along the streets of the charismatic Old Town and browse all the fun souvenir shops. Bring good shoes
  • Spot Casa de las Conchas – a house with a facade covered in shells
  • Spend some time at the beach
  • Listen to El Bufador – a curious howl, the result of the waves hitting against a huge hole in the rock under the houses
  • Visit Parque de la Artillería – an old military fort at the foot of the castle, now a perfectly manicured garden
  • Eat empanadillas de calabaza (pumpkin-stuffed pastries)
  • Try suquet de pescado , a tasty fish stew

A lighthouse and whitewashed houses with the sea in the background in Peñiscola

How to get from Valencia to Peñiscola:

Driving to Peñiscola takes some 90 minutes and is the easiest way to visit. If you have no other remedy but to use public transport , you can take cercanías train line C6 to Benicarló or Vinaròs (both a bit over 2 hours from Valencia), then take the local bus to Peñiscola.

Palm tree lined promenade at sunset

Distance from Valencia: 70 km Travel time: 1 hour

Gandía is a small coastal city 70 km south of Valencia. With a population of approximately 75,000 inhabitants, Gandía is a popular summer destination among Spaniards and a great day trip from Valencia year round.

Just like Castellón, Gandía is also divided in two – the historical Old Town located some 4 km inland, and El Grau de Gandía, along the coast. The first has the charm of a typical Spanish town and is home to the impressive Ducal Palace. The second is more modern, with lots of restaurants and hotels, beautiful sandy beaches, and a bustling promenade.

Gandía’s history is tightly linked to that of the Borgia family and traces of their rule can still be found throughout the city and especially the Ducal Palace, a magnificent historical landmark that showcases the grandeur and architectural splendor of the Borgia family’s reign.

The inner courtyard of the Ducal Palace of Gandía

What to do in Gandía:

  • Visit the 14th century Ducal Palace, one of the best examples of Valencian Gothic and the birthplace of Saint Francis Borja. The lavishly decorated interiors will leave you speechless
  • Take a photo with the funnily looking statue of El tío de la Porra , a fictional character who invites people to celebrate the festivities in Gandía
  • See the fish auction (from Monday to Friday, from 4:15 pm to 6:00 pm inside La Lonja, in the maritime district of El Grau de Gandía)
  • Visit the impressive Sant Jeroni de Cotalba Monastery some 8 km outside the city. It dated back to 1388!
  • Eat fideuà, a seafood noodle dish similar to paella that was born in Gandía
  • Relax on the beach. While Playa Norte offers a wide range of amenities, the untamed beauty of Playa de l’Ahuir lies in its stunning sand dunes

Old warehouses and Clock Tower in El Grau de Gandía at sunset

How to get from Valencia to Gandía:

You can get to Gandía by either car or train. Renfe cercanías line C1 operates regular train services from Estación del Norte. The travel time is approximately 1 hour. Most trains will leave you in the center of Gandía, from where you’ll have to take a local bus to the beach. During the summer months, some trains from Valencia will go directly to Platja i Grau de Gandia.

Tall buildings between a mountain and the sea in Cullera

Distance from Valencia: 46 km Travel time: 35 minutes

Cullera is a small coastal town that developed between the Júcar River, Albufera Natural Park, and the sea. It is divided into the old district to the south and the newer, touristic district along the coast.

One peculiarity of Cullera is that it was built around a central mountain, called Montaña de Los Zorros (the Fox Mountain). The mountain has an elevation of 233 meters and the name comes from the foxes that used to roam its slopes.

Due to its strategic position and great visibility, Montaña de Los Zorros has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic. These days, however, most people see Cullera as a popular holiday resort with perfect sand beaches and enclosed urbanizations with sea views, rather than a town steeped in history.

A colorful staircase covered in broken tiles in Barrio del Pou in Cullera

What to do in Cullera:

  • Visit the Cullera Castle, a 10th-century fortress dating back to the Moorish rule in Spain. The castle was expanded by King James I after the Reconquista and in the 19th century, the beautiful Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Castle was added. From the castle, you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views of Cullera and the Mediterranean
  • Stroll along the colorful streets of Barrio del Pou in the old town – it’s probably the most Instagrammable part o Cullera. Think whitewashed houses, facades covered in tiles, and balconies decorated with flowers
  • Relax on the beach
  • Stop at one of the many beachside restaurants to enjoy a local rice or seafood dish
  • Check out the Dragut Cave, an homage to the barber pirate Dragut – especially fun to visit with kids
  • See the Cullera Lighthouse – often considered to be one of the most beautiful in Spain
  • Cool down at Aquopolis water park
  • Visit the Rice Museum and enjoy unparalleled views over the rice fields

A castle, a sanctuary and two watch towers on top of a barren mountain

How to get from Valencia to Cullera:

Cullera is one of the easiest day trips from Valencia by train. Simply take Renfe cercanías line C1 from the beautiful North Station and you’ll be in Cullera in as little as 35 minutes. From the train station, take the bus to the beach – otherwise, it’s a very long walk. Of course, you can also get to Cullera by car.

Intricate red brick building in Modernista architectural style

Distance from Valencia: 38 km Travel time: 30 minutes

Sueca is a sleepy little town nestled amidst the picturesque Albufera rice fields. While you won’t find it on virtually any other list of one day trips from Valencia, it can be a nice way to spend a few hours, especially in summer when I also recommend you go for a stroll through the nearby rice fields.

Sueca’s origins date back to Medieval times when it first emerged as a Moorish village. During the early 16th century, after the Moors were expelled from Spain, the village was resettled with Christians hailing from Germany, Denmark, and Sweden, likely giving rise to its current name (Sweden is referred to as “Suecia” in Spanish).

Fast forward a few centuries, Sueca features beautiful Modernista architecture, which gained it a spot on the Art Nouveau European Route. A large part of the town’s economy relies on the cultivation of rice and they host the Sueca International Valencian Paella Competition each September.

Two chocolate tablets from Chocolates Comes

What to do in Sueca:

  • Follow the Modernista Route – it features 13 buildings spread all over town. Highlights include Asilo de Ancianos, el Ateneo Sueco del Socorro, el Casino de la Agricultura, Ayuntamiento de Sueca, and several houses
  • Visit the Town Hall and the Pasqual Fos and Joan Fuster Memorial House
  • Enjoy a coffee break inside the Ateneo or the Casino and admire their stunning Modernista interiors
  • Visit the Chocolates Comes Museum and shop – this small artisanal chocolate factory still uses traditional methods, such as a stone grinder, to make their chocolate. They organize both guided tours and chocolate tastings
  • Go for a walk through the nearby rice fields – they are part of the beautiful Albufera Natural Park
  • Bike to Muntanyeta dels Sants – this lone mountain among the rice fields has a small whitewashed hermitage on top. It’s also home to a colony of treat-begging cats. The best time to visit is at sunset. Walking there from Sueca is also an option but it takes over one hour each way

Tire tracks though the rice fields

How to get from Valencia to Sueca:

Sueca is yet another easy day trip from Valencia by train. The cercanías line C1 takes you to Sueca in just half an hour. If you want to bike through the rice fields you can rent a bike in Valencia and take it on the train with you. Driving is also an option.

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Distance from Valencia: 210 km Travel time: 45 min to 6 hours

Ibiza is a small island with a reputation as the biggest party destination in the Mediterranean. While famous for its lively nightlife, crystal clear waters, and yoga retreats, Ibiza also has a rich history and surprisingly diverse culture. From its UNESCO-listed Old Town to its vibrant street art scene, Ibiza is a remarkable destination worth visiting at least once.

What not many people realize though is just how close Ibiza actually is to mainland Spain and Valencia in particular. While you could spend a whole week in Ibiza, visiting it on a day trip from Valencia is also an option.

A woman contemplating the Mediterranean Sea from a rock

What to do in Ibiza:

  • Discover Ibiza’s picture-perfect coves and beaches on a beach-hopping cruise
  • Explore the Old Town of Ibiza also known as Dalt Vila. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
  • Go off the beaten path on a Jeep safari adventure
  • Try bullit de peix (fish stew), sobrasada (cured pork sausage with paprika), and flaó (local cheesecake)
  • Explore reefs and secret caves on a snorkeling trip
  • Visit a colorful hippy market. There’s one for every day of the week
  • Watch the sunset from Café del Mar and witness the sky exploding into a kaleidoscope of colors as you sip a cocktail on chill-out rhythms. Or join a sunset cruise
  • Go clubbing. Many high-tech superclubs host superstar DJs, including Hï Ibiza, Ushuaïa, and Amnesia (summer only)
  • Visit a stunning cave that used to be a hideout for smugglers

How to get from Valencia to Ibiza:

There are two ways to travel from Valencia to Ibiza – by plane and by ferry. The flight takes around 45 minutes, while the ferry takes around 5 hours. Both operate daily. To visit Ibiza in a day, take the night ferry from Valencia. You’ll arrive there just in time for the sunrise and you can rent a car to explore the island. In the evening, catch a late-night flight back to Valencia. You can also return by ferry, with the added bonus that you can bring your own car on board.

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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.


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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Extend your trip to Valencia, Spain and explore its province on a budget and with less crowds! You will find here a selection of the best day trips from Valencia, many of them are true hidden gems .

Best Day Trips from Valencia

We love Valencia. This port city lies on the southeastern coast of Spain and its best known Fallas festival (a must-see festival when in the area in March), paella, City of Arts and Sciences, and also the Tomatina festival (technically, in a small town of Bunol, outside the city, but still pretty close by).

Most of the tourists spend a very limited time here (if you are one of them and need a hand with planning, this post might come in handy: 24 Hours in Valencia ) and then move to the next big city or nearby beach resort.

But, let me tell you, that it is a great starting point for visiting the province of Valencia which has a lot to offer.

So, if you would like to see the best-kept travel secrets in Valencia province, read on! These are one of the best day trips from Valencia by car, bus or tour, or bike.

Visiting Valencia off the beaten track is absolutely worth it and if you are one of those people who tries to avoid crowds, you can do it easily in Spain.

Here are 8 things to do around Valencia you cannot miss if you want to explore Spain off the beaten track:

Check out rice fields near Valencia – yes, there are rice fields around Valencia, so if you are curious or interested to see them, head south from the city. Why not stay in a boutique hotel in El Saler and explore the area at your own pace? El Palmar is a small village literally in the middle of rice fields.

Rice Fields Near Valencia

Enjoy a day in Parque Natural de la Albufera – this National Park stretches from Pinedo down to Cullera and has many hiking paths with viewpoints (miradors).

Mirador de la Albufera is probably the most popular one. Head there right before the sun goes down and you will be rewarded with an amazing sunset or take a boat trip around the Albufera lake and watch the sunset in a style!

Fishing Boat with Beautiful Sunset at Albufera Natural Park

Visit Xativa Castle – this beautiful castle offers magnificent views of Xativa city and surrounding mountains. You can access it easily by a 30-minute walk from the town or you can drive up to one of the 2 car parks.

There is also an option of taking a train that leaves town and passes all the beautiful buildings that will bring you up to the castle.

However, this does not go very often, so if you are stuck for time, I don’t recommend taking it. It’s definitely one of the must-see places in Valencia province.

Amazing View to Xativa Castle

Explore the Monastery of Santa Maria de Valldigna – we had no idea what we stumbled upon when we arrived in this beautiful village surrounded by orange orchards.

I dare to say it is one of the most beautiful places in Valencia, especially if you are not a fan of overcrowded sights with high entrance fees. If you visit at the right time (preferably off-season), you can have it all to yourself. Plus, it’s free to enter!

Monastery at Simat de la Valldigna

Spend a day at Cullera Castle & Beach – less than an hour drive from Valencia, this coastal town has a long, well-kept promenade, wide sandy beaches, and a castle with breathtaking views.

The castle itself is small and you will only need about 20 minutes to explore the whole place, but it is reasonably priced. However, if you don’t feel like it, you can still park your car at the castle car park and enjoy the views for as long as you wish.

If you are looking for things to do around Valencia, this place is worth visiting.

Cullera Castle

An easy 1-hour drive inland from Valencia will bring you to a sanctuary Santuario de la Cueva Santa, which was built inside a cave. It’s a beautiful drive. You can also hike up the nearby hills and enjoy the scenery and breathtaking views (there are a few hiking trails in the area if hiking is your thing).

Cave Chape Santuario de la Cueva Santa

Hike in Park Natural de La Serra Calderona. This National Park has many viewpoints (mirador) and trails. If you are lucky, you might find a man-made BBQ area where you can fix yourself a grilled lunch, if you like (look for paellero or ask locals. Firewood is usually provided, but during weekends or bank holidays, these places tend to be busy, so there might be a shortage).

Google Maps and satellite view will show you in detail and I recommend asking locals or in a tourist office in Valencia. They should be able to help you what are the best or easiest routes.

Visit the Ducal Palace & relax on the beach in Gandia – This coastal town is the perfect stop when you are after some sunshine, beach time, or just a stroll around the town. The Playa Norte beach is the best one in the area.

The Ducal Palace in Gandia is worth visiting, and if you arrive by train, you can get a discount on the entrance tickets (only available when visiting on the same day you arrive though).

Useful information when planning day trips from Valencia

The Parques Naturales website has some basic information on how to get to the interpretation center of Albufera Park by car, bike, or bus from Valencia, as well as a map of the park. It also includes interesting facts about the area.

Simat de Valldigna – General information .

On the Palau Ducal website , you will find all the info regarding tickets, opening times, and discounts. At the moment they have 20% off of entrance ticket if you present RENFE (train) ticket. Otherwise 6 euros (around 6 USD) and this place as well as many other places in Spain has a siesta (a.k.a. lunch break), so make sure to check it before you plan your Valencia day trips.

Useful information about Xativa Castle including admission prices, opening hours, and directions – Xativa Turismo .

More about Gandia – how to get there, fiestas, beaches, and places of interest.

Sanctuary “Santuario de la Cueva Santa” is technically outside the province of Valencia, but it’s still a short 1-hour drive and makes a nice day trip from Valencia. If driving from Alcublas, road nr. CV-245 will bring you there.

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Once we leave Valencia, we plan to spend time in the Beverly Grove area (Warner Bros tour, Griffith Park ) so we will not be right near the beach, and although we are not official "beach people" we would like to spend a couple of hours at a nice beach and maybe do a nice drive along the shoreline. While we are up north in Valencia, I am wondering if Ventura would fit this bill, or if we should be looking at a beach further south.

I have heard about Santa Monica , and I have no pressing need to see it, as we live close to both the NY and NJ shores, which also have rides on the pier, so unless it's a "must see" I won't be sad to miss it.

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  1. THE TOP 10 Valencia Tours & Excursions (UPDATED 2024)

    The best tours in Valencia according to Viator travelers are: San Jose Caves Guided Tour from Valencia. Valencia Old Town Tour with Wine & Tapas in 11th Century Historic Monument. Valencian paella workshop and visit to the Algiros market. From Valencia: Day Tour in Peniscola, Game of Thrones.

  2. THE 10 BEST Valencia Tours & Excursions

    1. Valencia Old Town Tour with Wine & Tapas in 11th Century Historic Monument. 1,388. Spring Break. 4 hours. The only tour of the historic Old Town of Valencia culminating in an intimate dining experience in one of our most emblematic…. Free cancellation. Recommended by 99% of travelers. from.

  3. THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Valencia (Updated 2024)

    Boat trip Valencia. 4. Ports of Call Tours. from . $1,541. per group (up to 11) Valencia Day Tour from Benidorm. 1. Historical Tours. from . $782. per group (up to 6) LIKELY TO SELL OUT* Thermal Springs in Montanejos and the Girlfriend Waterfall. 35. Full-day Tours. from . $98. per adult. LIKELY TO SELL OUT*

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    Enjoy Women's Tennis at the BBVA 2022 Valencia International Open From 08/06/2024 to 16/06/2024 Enjoy Women's Tennis at the BBVA 2022 Valencia International Open

  5. 14 Best Things To Do in Valencia, Spain (City Trip Guide)

    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. Here are all your hotel options in Valencia. 2.

  6. Top 25 Valencia Sights and Day Trips

    After a while, all cities can blur into one and another. If you want to stretch your legs a little and get out of metropolis, take one of these day trips from Valencia. 10. Cuenca A beautiful city on the way to Madrid, now accessible from Valencia by high-speed rail, famous for its 'hanging houses', dwellings that hang off the edge of a cliff. 11.

  7. 10 Best Valencia Tours & Trips 2024/2025

    Spanish Delights, 7 days. Charles Kraut 20 Feb, 2024. 4. About as expected. Lydia did a great job. Spanish Wonder (End Barcelona, 9 Days) Browse the best tours in Valencia with 2,182 reviews visiting places like Valencia and Barcelona. All Major Brands. Biggest selection.

  8. THE 10 BEST Valencia Tours & Excursions (from £5)

    Highly recommend. Review of: Valencia Old Town Tour with Wine & Tapas in 11th Century Historic Monument. Written 3 June 2024. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews. LiliB92672. San Clemente, CA150 contributions.

  9. The BEST Valencia Tours and Things to Do in 2024

    1. Valencia: Oceanogràfic Entry Ticket. Located in the City of Arts and Sciences complex, Oceanogràfic features species from many of the world's key marine ecosystems. Immerse yourself in this unique marine world and travel through the longest underwater tunnel in Europe, visit a family of beluga whales, and come face to face with sharks.

  10. 26 Best Things to Do in Valencia, Spain

    Find the best things to do in Valencia, Spain, including historic landmarks, beaches, unique neighborhoods and the nearby La Albufera National Park. ... During the 40-minute trip, they will ...

  11. 1 Day in Valencia: A Realistic Itinerary (From a Local)

    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 ...

  12. Valencia official tour guide

    More about Tours in Valencia. +8 years in a row traveler award-winning on Tripadvisor. Certified tour guide (entertained as well as informed) 50% Spanish - 50% Dutch understanding of both cultures. Responsible tourism. Fun & Flexible - Stress-free travel. Free foodie advice & insights from a local.

  13. THE 10 BEST Day Trips from Valencia (UPDATED 2024)

    Valencia is a great travel destination with a lot to do and see, but sometimes you need to get away and explore the surrounding areas. Book the best day trips from Valencia, Spain directly on Tripadvisor and take the stress out of planning. Read 915,867 traveller reviews and view photos of different trips from Valencia to various destinations. Find day trips to take today or this coming ...

  14. The 14 best Day Trips from Valencia (2024)

    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.

  15. 20+ Best Day Trips from Valencia in 2024 (By a Local!)

    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 ...

  16. 14 Easy Day Trips From Valencia (+ How to Get There)

    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. 6.

  17. THE 10 BEST Day Trips from Valencia (UPDATED 2024)

    Valencia is a great travel destination with a lot to do and see, but sometimes you need to get away and explore the surrounding areas. Book the best day trips from Valencia, Spain directly on Tripadvisor and take the stress out of planning. Read 917,257 traveler reviews and view photos of different trips from Valencia to various destinations. Find day trips to take today or this coming weekend ...

  18. 13 BEST Day Trips from Valencia, Spain (2024 Guide)

    Montanejos. Montanejos is one of the most popular Valencia day trips, and for good reason: the thermal springs. These are what Montanejos is most famous for, and I can confirm that they live up to the hype. The surroundings to the thermal springs are pretty spectacular too, and that's part of the charm.

  19. THE TOP 10 Valencia Tours & Excursions in 2024

    The best tours in Valencia according to Viator travellers are: San Jose Caves Guided Tour from Valencia. Valencia Old Town Tour with Wine & Tapas in 11th Century Historic Monument. Valencian paella workshop and visit to the Algiros market. Albufera Natural Park Tour with Boat Ride from Valencia.

  20. 12 Day Trips from Valencia

    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.

  21. The 10 Best Day Trips from Valencia, Spain

    Address. 46340 Requena, Valencia, Spain. Come to Requena for the charming old town; stay for the wine. Utiel Requena, a red wine made from Bobal grapes, is the region's speciality. Visit one of the dozens of wineries in and around the city to learn more about this special variety and taste it for yourself.

  22. The 5 best places to cycle in Valencia

    The city's Valenbisi bicycle hire scheme allows visitors to pick up a bike from 275 stations across Valencia available 24/7. A one-week pass costs €13.30 and is best for visitors. There are plenty of independent bike hire shops in the old town, especially around Plaza de la Virgen. Ready to plan your trip to Valencia? Here are your next steps:

  23. 11 Best Day Trips From Valencia & How To Get There

    Distance from Valencia: 70 km Travel time: 1 hour. Gandía is a small coastal city 70 km south of Valencia. With a population of approximately 75,000 inhabitants, Gandía is a popular summer destination among Spaniards and a great day trip from Valencia year round.

  24. The best day trips from Valencia

    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.

  25. Best Day Trips from Valencia, Spain

    Spend a day at Cullera Castle & Beach - less than an hour drive from Valencia, this coastal town has a long, well-kept promenade, wide sandy beaches, and a castle with breathtaking views. The castle itself is small and you will only need about 20 minutes to explore the whole place, but it is reasonably priced.

  26. 4 Places to Experience Unusual Architecture in Valencia

    Discover 4 places to experience unusual architecture in Valencia. Atlas Obscura is your guide to the world's hidden wonders. Trips. Take your next trip with Atlas Obscura!

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    ann_ywang: "Valencia (Spanish: Valencia) has a history of more than 2,000 years, located in the southeastern part of Spain, is Spain's third largest city, second largest seaport, is the capital of the Autonomous Region of Valencia and the province of Valencia, known as the "City of the Sun" of Europe, the four seasons evergreen, The pleasant climate is known as "a pearl on the west bank of the ...

  28. Beach recommendation for July

    Hello, My family of 5 ("kids" are 18, 21, and 22) are flying into San Francisco, driving to Yosemite, followed by Sequoia, and then heading to Valencia to accommodate my son's only request, going to Magic Mountain.We will be arriving on Thursday evening and going to MM on Friday. We are in the LA area until late afternoon on Tuesday.