3 Must-Do Day Trips In Valencia, Spain
From precious little coves to stunning little towns, it seems this region has it all. If you have already explored the capital, don’t think twice before renting a car to enjoy one of these must-do day trips in Valencia, Spain.
Sometimes it’s nice to go off-the-beaten-track to uncover interesting non-touristy sites. If time allows, I would definitely recommend to consider a day trip as one of the many things to do in Valencia.
1. City Culture & Beach Day Trip To Peñíscola
Peñíscola perched on top of a rock.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Peñíscola is the most beautiful town on the coast of Valencia.
What’s great about making a day trip to this town is that it combines culture & beach. And you would expect to have top quality fresh seafood here, as you should.
Peñíscola is located within just a 2 hour drive, mostly scenic, from Valencia. Visiting the Knights Templar castle in the morning (take a guided tour if you can) and wandering the old town streets, quirky shops and lovely sidestreet bars in the afternoon – all of this makes it a perfect day trip location.
The sandy beach is a delight in the summer. Crowded – yes. But so beautiful. Make sure to take a photo of the half moon beaches from the top of the castle!
2. Nature Getaway At Valencia’s Door Step – Lake Albufera
Must-do day trips in Valencia include the emblematic Lake Albufera. Image source: Modes Rodríguez
Locals agree that one of the must-do day trips in Valencia is Lake Albufera.
With its rice paddies, wild life and the best traditional dishes such as paella, eel stew all i pebre among others – it is an experience not to be missed.
Take a boat ride with one of the local boat operators, who will take you deep into the cane fields of the lake. Great for bird watching. And even in the summer, there is a pleasant breeze over the lake, that will keep you refreshed.
If there is one best place to try traditional rice dishes in Valencia it is in the town of El Palmar, located on a strip of land in the lake. Make sure to book a table in advance, especially on weekends.
You can easily get to Lake Albufera by taxi. Or take a tourist bus – inquire at one of the Tourist Info offices.
3. An Easy Hike & 2.000 Years Of History – Peña Cortada
The aqueduct supplied water to various villages in the area. Image credit: Manel
Did you know that Valencia was founded by Romans in 138 BC? There are quite a few hidden vestiges of that era that you can see in the region.
One of the most spectacular ones is the Peña Cortada aqueduct. It is so amazing but yet underrated, and I like to bring attention to it.
If you are looking for an easy hike in a beautiful location, take a short drive to Chelva, follow the street Barrio Lomo Ermita B and Peña Cortada signs. See on Google Maps
If you have taken any of these must-do day trips in Valencia, please share your experience below! And if you would like to explore Valencia’s beautiful yet non-touristy neighborhoods and taste delicious local food, consider joining me for my top-rated food tour!