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[Discover] Valencia’s Best-Kept Day Trip Secrets

Venturing beyond the vibrant streets of Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, unveils a treasure trove of day trips awaiting those eager for new experiences and a change of scenery. Whether you’re visiting for just a few days or staying for a week—perhaps even moving to this cosmopolitan hub—you’ll find the surrounding region brimming with majestic sights, lively cultural events, and serene spots for R&R. From the historical depths of Valencia city center to the lovely beaches, quaint cities, and charming towns nearby, each destination offers a unique slice of life away from the busy, metropolitan vibe of the city. This array of destinations promises a refreshing palette of things to do, perfectly complementing the bustling life within Valencia itself.

Getting To The Valencia Day Trips

Exploring beyond Valencia’s city limits into the scenic vistas and charming towns becomes a seamless experience with the right mode of transportation. If you’re visiting and considering renting a car, Discover Cars offers competitive prices to access even the most remote day trips. For those wary of driving in Spain, or looking to avoid the expense of a rental, the train and bus present convenient alternatives. Acquiring an Abono ticket from any Renfe machine at the Valencia Nord Train Station unlocks unlimited travel on Cercanias trains, the suburban trains that bridge downtown Valencia with myriad day trip locations. Priced at just €10, it’s an economical gateway to adventure. Enhance your journey by downloading the Renfe Cercanias App, available for both Android and Apple, to keep abreast of train times and ensure your excursions are as smooth as the Mediterranean breeze.

Day Trips From Valencia

Embarking on day trips from Valencia opens a gateway to the diverse landscapes and rich cultures within the Autonomous Region of Valencia. Whether you choose to drive, utilize public transportation, or join a tour, each trip offers a unique adventure, easily doable within a day. From the bustling city life to tranquil countryside, pristine beaches to historic towns, Valencia’s surrounding region boasts an array of destinations waiting to be explored. These journeys provide not just a break from the urban energy of Valencia but also an opportunity to delve deeper into the vibrant heritage and natural beauty that this area of Spain has to offer.

Gandia

Gandia, located just 43 miles (70km) from downtown Valencia, offers a delightful mix of history and seaside relaxation, making it an ideal day trip. Accessible by car in under an hour or via the Cercanias train C1 from Valencia Nord Station, reaching Gandia in about an hour and 10 minutes is a breeze. Once there, split your day between exploring the historical town with sights like the town hall, plaza, archeology museum, and the majestic Ducal Palace—don’t miss the audioguide included in your ticket price—and unwinding at the beach. A quick 15-20 minutes bus ride labeled “Bus Playa” from the train station takes you to serene beaches, where the city’s hustle fades into the gentle sounds of the sea, making every minute of the 20-minute journey back to the city worth the tranquility experienced.

Port Saplaya

Nicknamed the Little Venice of Valencia, Port Saplaya is a picturesque neighborhood just outside Valencia, within the municipality of Alboraya. This charming locale is perfect for a day trip where you can explore its colorful houses and calm waters. Unlike anything in the city, Port Saplaya allows you to walk beside the port, admiring the buildings and yachts, or even take a boat tour to discover hidden spots around the bay and view the beautiful beaches of Valencia from a different perspective. Access is straightforward via bus stop services L112a or L112b, but remember, local city buses like the Valencia bus pass or EMTicket app won’t work here; bring cash to pay the driver around €3 per person. Whether you’re packing your beach gear and towels for a day by the calm beach or strolling through the colorful port of this quaint town, don’t forget to stop by Horchatería Toni if you’re thirsty or in the mood for something sweet.

Beautiful Port Saplaya

Xátiva

Xátiva stands out as one of my favorite day trips from Valencia, located just 38 miles (62km) away. Whether you opt for a drive or take the C2 Cercanias train from Valencia Nord, you’ll find yourself stepping back in time in about an hour or 40 minutes, respectively. This city is a treasure trove of history, and there’s even an app available for Apple and Android to guide you through its stories. The main attraction, Xátiva Castle, with its origins in Roman times, offers a glimpse into the past with its formidable castles and walls. A walk from downtown leads you to this historic site, although there’s parking at the top if you’re driving. Don’t miss other landmarks like the Basilica of Xátiva, Plaça del Mercat, and the Antic Hospital Reial. For those preferring a structured exploration, consider joining a tour that might even include a visit to the nearby historical town of Anna, starting from your hotel in the city.

Xátiva

Castellón de la Plana

Castellón de la Plana, the capital of the province of Castellon within the Autonomous Community of Valencia, offers a vibrant day trip destination located just 45 miles (73km) from Valencia. Accessible by car or the C6 Cercanias train in roughly an hour and 15 minutes, this city buzzes with a unique hub of activity, from its museums and historical sites best visited in the morning, to the Catedral de Santa Maria de Castelló, Central Market, Castellón City Hall, and El Fadrí, a 15th-century bell tower. Beyond the architectural marvels, Castellón de la Plana’s beaches are among the finest in the Valencian Community, with mountains providing a stunning backdrop to the soft sand and calm waters ideal for swimming. A tram from downtown to the port, or a 10-minute walk from the tram line, along with buses running the beach road, makes accessing these pristine beaches effortless.

Sagunto

Sagunto offers a captivating day trip from Valencia for those intrigued by history and the allure of Roman ruins. Just a 35-minute ride on the C6 Cercanias train from Valencia Nord, this town is a testament to the rich historical tapestry of the area, further explored through my previous lessons in Zaragoza. Despite its significance, Sagunto remains accessible, with trains running at frequent intervals—a detail easily checked via the Cercanias app. Embark on a tour of the Via del Pòrtic Museum in this small Spanish town, where opening hours may change without notice, and the Domus dels Peixos Museum, which delves into Roman daily life. The Roman Theater and Sagunto Castle are incredible sites that are free to explore until dusk. If your explorations stir up an appetite, Sagunto is also home to a Michelin Star restaurant, the female-run Arrels Restaurant, which has earned its accolade within the Valencian culinary scene.

Sagunto

Cullera

Cullera offers one of the most picturesque beaches in the Valencia region, making it an ideal day trip for those looking to soak up the sun. Just a 35-minute journey on the C1 Cercanias train from Valencia, followed by a quick 10-minute bus ride from the train station, lands you on the beautiful shores of Cullera. For adventurers, a walk from the station through the town reveals the majestic Cullera Castle, the vibrant central market, and the serene Church of Saint John. Follow the zig-zagging path, marked by pillars representing the 12 stations of the cross, to reach the top where the castle stands, offering breathtaking views of the coastline. Inside, a small fee grants you access to historical relics and an informational video. Back at the beach, the scene is bustling with restaurants, bars, and beach clubs where you can rent chairs and umbrellas or simply spread your blanket on the sand and relax.

Cullera

Requena

Requena is a must-visit for wine lovers looking for memorable day trips from Valencia. This charming small town is just an hour and a half train ride away, nestled in the heart of the Utiel-Requena wine region. Famous for the bobal grape, visitors can explore wineries offering a range of white wines and cava. A unique experience awaits at the Cuevas de la Villa, underground caves that have aged as gracefully as the wine itself, where for a small fee, an audioguide available in both English and Spanish reveals the rooms of the cave’s history and its role in producing delicious wine. In the plaza, the winery Murviedro invites guests to its tasting room for a tour of the winemaking process, offering bottles at cheaper prices than supermarkets or wine shops. For a broader sampling, Ferevin Wine Shop stands as a collective of vineyards and wine producers from Utiel-Requena, where each tasting glass comes with a meat and cheese platter, with seating both inside and outside for enjoying bottles of wine from various wineries in the region.

Buñol

Buñol offers more than just its famous Spanish festival, La Tomatina, every August where thousands of pounds of nearly-rotten tomatoes turn the streets into epic food fights. Beyond this colorful chaos lies a stunning town ideal for hikers and those seeking serene day trips from Valencia. Just an hour away by the C3 Cercanias train from Valencia Nord, Buñol’s castle and quaint downtown serve as gateways to breathtaking hiking trails and waterfalls waiting to be explored. Platforms like AllTrails highlight the waterfall trail, perfect for a day of adventure. Remember to pack a bathing suit and a lightweight, quick-dry towel to cool off after your hike, making every moment in Buñol a refreshing escape from the city’s hustle.

Buñol

Albufera Natural Park

Albufera Natural Park, just a half an hour away from Valencia by the C1 Cercanias train from Valencia Nord, is a serene escape known as the birthplace of paella and a critical area where rice is grown. This park isn’t just about rice fields; it offers panoramic views from Sueca, especially from the Ermita dels Sants de la Pedra, one of the highest points in the area. Beyond the fields, Albufera Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Spain, provides a tranquil setting for a boat ride, accessible via buses 24 or 25 from downtown. Whether you’re following a bike path from the train station or setting off on a tourist ride from one of the boat launch locations, the park offers a glimpse into the natural beauty and culinary heritage that surrounds Valencia, making it a perfect day trip for those looking to immerse in the Spanish landscape and culture.

Albufera Natural Park

Montanejos Thermal Springs

Montanejos Thermal Springs, nestled in the province of Castellon and about 55 miles (90km) from Valencia, are a rejuvenating retreat accessible by car or tour, making it an idyllic day trip for those seeking serenity or adventure. Though challenging to reach via public transport, the journey to this charming town rewards you with the chance to immerse in the natural beauty surrounding the river and the source of the springs. The area is crisscrossed with trails that invite explorers to hike and discover secluded spots for a refreshing dip in the thermal springs. For an organized experience, several affordable tour options offer guided hikes and ensure you don’t miss a chance for swimming in these natural wonders, making Montanejos Thermal Springs a must-visit for those looking to unwind and rejuvenate.

Montanejos

Caves of San Jose

The Caves of San Jose offer an extraordinary journey beneath the earth, making them an unforgettable day trip from Valencia. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these caverns feature over a kilometer of accessible tunnel to be explored by boat and on foot. Boasting the title of the longest navigable underground river in Europe, visitors can marvel at ancient cave paintings still preserved within these walls. An entry ticket grants a 40-minute boat ride through the mystical waters, guided by the insights of a bilingual guide. Opting for a tour provides round-trip transportation from Valencia, easing the journey and enhancing the experience with professional narration. This adventure into the depths of the Caves of San Jose is not just a trip but a plunge into history and natural wonder.

Alicante

Alicante emerges as a splendid day trip option from Valencia, accessible by car, bus, or train within about two hours. Positioned just over 100 miles (160km) away, it invites explorers to dive into the essence of the region with its vibrant downtown area, historic castle, bustling central market with diverse food vendors, and a picturesque beach that stretches along a scenic boardwalk. While it’s feasible to experience Alicante’s charm in a day, spending the night opens up even more possibilities to discover all the things to do. From daytime explorations to watching the sunset illuminate the sky, Alicante offers a perfect blend of culture, history, and relaxation by the sea.

Alicante

Segorbe

Segorbe, a picturesque medieval village rich in history, stands out as a must-visit for history buffs and those seeking a day of adventure under the sun. Just an hour away from Valencia via Renfe trains, Segorbe offers a glimpse into the past with its magnificent cathedral, the intriguing executioner tower, and the remnants of an ancient aqueduct. Beyond its historical allure, Segorbe is also known for its thrilling water park, making it a perfect blend of cultural exploration and leisure activities. For cycling enthusiasts, the Vía Verde – Ojos Negros route is accessible from the city, offering one of the best cycling regions in the area. Whether you’re exploring its architectural marvels or enjoying the great outdoors, Segorbe provides a diverse day trip experience from Valencia.

Segorbe

Javea and Denia

Javea and Denia offer distinct yet equally enchanting beach experiences as premier day trips from Valencia. Known for their vibrant expat population from across Europe, both towns boast historic old towns and a laid-back beach vibe that appeals to both locals and international tourists. Denia, celebrated as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy since 2015, invites food lovers to indulge in meals made with the freshest ingredients, showcasing the culinary richness of the Costa Blanca. For adventure seekers, the hiking trails around Montgó Peak offer breathtaking views and a chance to connect with nature. Accessibility is convenient with ALSA’s bus service from Valencia to Denia and Mundo Marino’s catamaran rides to Javea, making these towns perfect seaside destinations for a memorable vacation.

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