Attractions Nearby Valencia, Day Trips and Excursions
(Valencia, Valencian Community, Spain)
Just a short trip from Valencia lie a large selection of appealing towns and villages, offering endless attractions and speciality shops. Steeped in history, many of these towns are popular day excursions from Valencia, such as the town of Paterna, which offers many historical attractions. Also within reach of Valencia lie the many attractions and beaches of Alicante, Benidorm and the nearby island of Ibiza.
The town of Bunol is just a short trip from Valencia and offers a range of tourist attractions, while Sagunto is also close to Valencia and is known for its Roman remains and ruins. Those looking for quiet sandy beaches and recreational attractions nearby Valencia should head to Dehesa del Saler, which has become a popular day trip.
Benidorm is an exciting coastal resort close to Valencia, with a population of around 55,000. Around 138 km / 86 miles south of Valencia, Benidorm can be reached in less than one and a half hours. Attractions in Benidorm range from water sports and theme parks, to boat trips and submarine cruises, although the beaches of Benidorm have long been the city's top attraction and always appeal to visitors from Valencia. With individual characteristics and a range of facilities, the main beaches in Benidorm include Levante Beach, Poniente Beach and also Malpas Beach, which is often overlooked.
Those from Valencia looking for family attractions in Benidorm should be sure not to miss Aqualandia Water Amusement Park, Mundomar Marine Exotic Animal Park, Aitana Safari Park, Vergel Safari Park and Terra Mitica - famous for its fast rides and thrilling roller coasters.
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Alicante is around 177 km / 110 miles south of Valencia, a journey of less than two hours, and has much to offer in the way of attractions. With its magnificent Explanada de Espana - a famed seafront promenade, the main beach in Alicante is La Playa de San Juan, which is connected to the harbour area by electric streetcars and often visited by tourists from Valencia. Other attractions popular with Valencia visitors include the Plaza del Puerto Viejo, which offers a range of lively shops, restaurants and bars, while St. Barbara Castle (Castillo de Santa Bárbara) dominates much of Alicante and is one of the city's most prominent landmarks.
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Regular ferries between Valencia and Ibiza are available, with the island standing around 229 km / 142 miles east of Valencia and the journey lasting around eight hours. Famous for its legendary party atmosphere and night attractions, there is much more to Ibiza than you would imagine, with the island's population being around 110,000. Part of the sunny Balearic Islands, Ibiza features a 200 km / 125 mile coastline, with more than 50 beaches. Other notable attractions in Ibiza include historic city walls, illuminated caves, a magnificent cathedral, and a number of impressive art galleries. Many visitors from Valencia travel to Ibiza for its endless recreational activities, which include most water sports, golf courses and scenic hiking trails.
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Address: Sagunto, 46500, Spain
Tel: +34 96 351 0417
Sagunto stands on the northern outskirts of Valencia and is an appealing town, with a rich Roman heritage and ancient stone theatre. Other notable attractions at Sagunto include a medieval castle, the 13th-century El Salvador Church and ancient ruins.
Address: Paterna, 46980, Spain
Located just 3 miles / 5 km from the city of Valencia, Paterna is famous for its fireworks extravaganza, which is held every year at the end of August. Attracting enormous crowds of spectators from the Valencia area, this major fireworks event is known locally at 'La Corda'. Paterna is a charming town with many historic attractions and sights, and is worth a visit throughout the year.
Address: Plaza del Pueblo, Bunol, 46360, Spain
Tel: +34 96 250 0151
Famous for its unusual tomato festival, the town of Bunol can be found around 25 miles / 40 km from Valencia. Well connected by public transport, the town offers a range of historical buildings, eateries and speciality shops. Many thousands of people choose to visit Bunol in late August, to join in the 'Battle of the Tomatoes', when enormous piles of tomatoes are thrown at each other.
Dehesa del Saler
Address: El Saler, Spain
Standing around 6 miles / 10 km to the south of Valencia, the Dehesa del Saler is a popular day trip and offers a host of recreational activities. With sandy beaches, forested areas, nature trains and a golf course, a number of restaurants are also on offer in the Dehesa del Saler area.