Our city has many attractions: an unbeatable climate with more than 300 days of sun a year, urban beaches, entertainment, monuments, nighttime party, restaurants, museums, …
But Valencia is much more. In fact, one of its great attractions is that near the capital, we are able to find beautiful small towns, natural landscapes and beaches of incredible natural beauty.
We at Españolé offer our students the possibility of discovering some of the most beautiful spots in our region by organizing one-day excursions from Valencia.
These types of activities take place on Saturdays so that they don’t interfere in the schedule of our Spanish courses, and they are a fun and dynamic option to learn more about our history and culture.
Discover more about them through this article!
Top 10 one-day excursions from Valencia
Bike tour to the Albufera
The Albufera of Valencia is synonymous of nature in its most pure form, breathtaking sunsets and peacefulness.
Located just 10 kilometers outside of Valencia, this beautiful natural park is a large lake surrounded by rice fields and forests, and it is separated from the sea by sand dunes.
One of its great peculiarities is that it has three ravines or channels (two natural and one artificial) that connects the lake and the surrounding swamp with the sea creating three different “ecosystems”, with their own vegetation and fauna.
During your visit by bike to the Albufera with Españolé, you can take a boat ride, ride along the rural roads of the orchard, visit farmhouses and barracas (typical Valencian constructions), enjoy the best gastronomy in the middle of nature and expand your Spanish vocabulary.
One of our most popular day trips from Valencia, especially in summer, is a visit to Cullera, a coastal town located about 35 kilometers away.
Cullera is very popular for its wide and well-maintained beaches, which offer all the services you need for a fantastic vacation.
The surroundings of Cullera are also full of green and vibrant landscapes.
During our trip, we will visit places of interest in this town, such as the Castle, the Sanctuary of the Virgin or the Tower of Santa Ana, located at the top of the hill of Montaña de los Zorros.
Route of the hanging bridges of Chulilla
If you are taking a Spanish course at our school, and you like to enjoy your free time doing sports or taking a walk around the nature, you will love this trip.
Chulilla is a very charming small town: located about 50 kilometers from Valencia city, in the middle of a beautiful natural environment and surrounded by a castle in its highest part, it dates back to a millennium before Christ and was very important during the Middle Ages.
On this trip, we will walk through the popular “Ruta de los Puentes Colgantes” or “Ruta de los Pantaneros”, which takes us into the canyons of the Turia River, passing through its various suspension bridges (the bridges are very modern and safe, although they move quite a lot), until we reach the Loriguilla reservoir.
Then, if the weather is good, we can go for a swim in the river.
The route is quite simple and it is worth it!
Gandía is a coastal city very popular for its beaches (Playa Nord, Playa de Venecia, Playa dels Marenys de Rafalcaid and L’Ahuir), which are known for their services and good atmosphere.
During this trip organized from Valencia, you will discover that Gandía has a lot more to offer.
The town played a very important role during the 15th and 16th centuries as the birthplace of the Borgia family, the most universal and powerful Valencian family of Renaissance Europe and linked to names such as Pope Alexander VI.
During our visit to Gandía, we will tour the Ducal Palace, of Gothic style and declared of Cultural Interest.
This Palace holds majestic halls with decorated ceilings and unique pieces of furniture and ceramics, and is part of the Borgia Route, which includes visits to many places between Gandía and Valencia.
Alicante is one of the most important cities in the Valencian Community.
Located in the south of the region, about 120 kilometers from Valencia capital, one of its main attractions is the Castle of Santa Barbara, on top of Mount Benacantil, which offers magnificent views of the marina and the city.
In our trip organized with Españolé we will also visit the neighborhood of Santa Cruz, located near the mountain where the castle is situated, and it is full of personality: known for its narrow streets, its small bars and its houses painted in white, with their walls and balconies full of flowers.
Another of our guided day trips from Valencia that you can’t miss is Albarracín, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
Albarracín is located in the province of Teruel, in the heart of the mountains, surrounded by a canyon and protected by the Guadalaviar river.
Its peculiar location, as well as its narrow streets, its hanging houses and its reddish-colored buildings, makes its urban complex to be declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Calpe and Altea
Calpe and Altea are two of the most beautiful towns on the Costa Blanca, and you can get to know them with Españolé thanks to this day trip from Valencia.
Calpe is an old fishing village well known for its beaches and its hiking trails along the Peñon de Ifach, a magnificent natural park where you will enjoy breathtaking views.
During this double day trip, we will also visit Altea, an “Ibicencan” style small town with white painted houses.
Walking around the streets of the historic center of Altea you will find a very vibrant and special atmosphere, as it is full of charming restaurants and small artisan workshops of pottery, jewelry, and painting.
Xàtiva is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.
With a very important role during the Middle Ages because of its defensive location at the doors of the Mediterranean and located about 50 minutes by car from Valencia, nowadays, it is a dynamic town, with a lot to offer to the visitor.
On our day trips from Valencia to Xátiva, you will get to know the beautiful historic center of this city and see historical monuments such as the Seu or the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria.
During the visit we will also reach its magnificent castle, built in the Sierra de Vernissa and which preserves a mixture of gothic and islamic architecture.
Cuevas de Sant Josep (Vall d´Uixó) and Peñíscola
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In the north of the province, in the town of Vall d’Uixó, you will find the longest navigable subterranean river in Europe.
Therefore, one of the day trips from Valencia takes us on a boat tour inside the famous Caves of Sant Josep.
This day trip is completed with a visit to Peñiscola, located 140 km north of Valencia city.
Peñíscola is part of the most beautiful small towns in Spain.
Especially known for its impressive castle, a fortress located on the rocky peninsula that enters the sea, this town is famous for its history, its gastronomy and its nature.
Getting lost in its old town of white houses and narrow streets is quite an adventure, especially if we take into account that some very famous international films and series, such as Game of Thrones, have been filmed within its walls.
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Hiking in Benicàssim (El Carmelitano)
We finish this review of the best day trips from Valencia with Españolé in Benicàssim, a beautiful Mediterranean small town located 70 km north of Valencia.
Benicàssim is famous for the quality of its beaches and for its music festivals (the FIB is a musical reference throughout Europe), but also for its beautiful natural environment, which includes ideal places for outdoor sports, such as the Desierto de las Palmas.
On this Valencia day trip, we will walk to an old Carmelite monastery where a unique liquor has been produced for centuries, and we will visit the Carmelite Museum of Benicàssim Wineries and Distilleries.
As you can see, Españolé is much more than a Spanish school in Valencia.