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Excursions to Valencia's Surrounding Areas

Excursions to Valencia's Surrounding Areas

You’ll find cultural and natural spots near to the city to round off your trip to Valencia. Here are seven excursion ideas in Valencia and the surrounding areas:

Huerta of Valencia: the great garden

From Puçol to the banks of the Albufera, the Huerta of Valencia covers an area of around 23,000 hectares, forming a green agricultural landscape with a rich heritage of rural architecture. A cycle track runs from Valencia through the huerta on the Xurra Green Route, a 15-kilometre route over an old railway line where you can discover huge vegetable fields, orange trees, huts and the traditional tiger nut crops, the main ingredient of the classic refreshing drink horchata.

Huerta of Valencia: the great garden
The Monastery of Puig: a journey to medieval times

At the Monastery of Puig, located a few kilometres from the city to the north, you’ll experience the medieval atmosphere of the conquest of Valencia by King James I. The Royal Hall, the recreation of the King's sword and the Hall of Ceramics are just some of the attractions that you can discover on the guided tours organised by the Tourist Office of El Puig from Tuesday to Saturday at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 16:00 and 17:00 and on Sundays at 12:00.

The Monastery of Puig
Sagunto, a melting pot of cultures

If you continue northwards you’ll come across the Castle of Sagunto, which dominates a town that is full of remnants of the area's rich past, including the Roman theatre and the Jewish Quarter. All of the monuments are easily accessible and free of charge.

Sagunto, a melting pot of cultures
Sierra Calderona Natural Park: live nature

The Sierra Calderona Natural Park is located very near to Sagunto, only 25 m from the city. This natural area, which runs along the Mediterranean coast, must not be missed thanks to its flora, fauna and natural landscapes. There are a wide range of routes, from short paths to large trails for expert mountaineers.

Sierra Calderona Natural Park
Valencian Wine Route

The Valencian Wine Designation of Origin, which is exported to over 100 countries, is made up of 13,000 hectares of vineyards. Every Saturday, at 10:00, the Winebus departs from calle Xàtiva, in the centre of Valencia. It’s a bus that will take you along the Valencian wine route and which includes the visit and tasting in one of the wineries of the Utiel-Requena designation of origin, a cultural tour and a typical local meal. 

Valencian Wine Route
Manises, the cradle of ceramics.

More than 700 years of ceramic production have left their mark on the town of Manises. Its museum boasts pieces created in the town's workshops from the 14th Century to the present day. The ceramic tradition is very much alive in Manises and today it’s possible to visit some of the factories that continue to create pieces, where craft workshops are also held. More information at www.avec.com

Manises, the cradle of ceramics
Route of the Borgias

The Ducal Palace of Gandia, the Castle of Xàtiva, and the Santa María de Valldigna and San Jerónimo de Cotalba Monasteries are the main points of interest on this cultural route that traces the historical and architectural mark of the Borgia family over more than 400 years. The Cathedral, the University and the Benicarló Palace, the current headquarters of the Valencian Parliament, are the spots that can be visited in Valencia to start or round off this route.  

Route of the Borgias
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