Day Trips From Valencia
By Viator, July 2013
Just about an hour south by car (and two by bus) from Valencia, and you’ll come upon the castle-topped town of Dénia. Get to know its over 900-year-old castle originally built by Muslim Arabs, before later heading to the city’s biggest attraction, the beach. With over 20 kilometers of shoreline, Dénia has three different types beaches, including one that is pebbled, another that is sandy, and then the harbor. If you’re in town during March, be sure to check out Dénia’s Fallas celebration (similar to its fire-filled Valencian counterpart), or in July, behold its fiestas, replete with weeklong, twice-a-day bull runs to the sea.
Not far past Dénia (just about another 25 minutes by car) is one of the Valencia region’s sweetest little beachside towns, Jávea (or Xàbia in Valenciano, which is similar to the Catalan language). This quaint, even exclusive-feeling little city is set upon a backdrop of rolling hills and a palm-tree-lined sea. Before you hit the beach, though, make a stop in Jávea’s old town, with its well-preserved streets and 14th-century fortified church. Then, head for the shore, where you can stroll along the port promenade, dining and drinking at seaside restaurants, and walking along the pebbled-and-tide-pool filled beach. For lying out, though, go farther south to Playa del Arenal, with its cove of soft-sanded shoreline.
But wait, there’s more! Just another 40 minutes or so south and you can be scaling the village streets of Atlea. Perched atop a hillside, this pristine little pueblo typifies coastal Spanish charm, especially with its narrow sloping alleys and whitewashed buildings. You won’t want to miss Our Lady of Solace Church, which sits in the center of town, peaking over buildings with its shiny blue-and-white tiled dome roof. You can get to Altea by car directly from Valencia in just about an hour and 20 minutes, meanwhile the bus takes quite a bit longer at over three hours.