Valencia is a picturesque region of rolling foothills and coastal plains studded with the fragrant plantations of orange trees. As the source of much of the country’s delicious citrus export, Valencia has achieved world renown for its fresh oranges, lemons, grapefruits and loquats.
Ruled by the Moors for five centuries, the region is also characterized by its breathtaking Islamic architecture and intriguing groves of palm trees. Discover seaside resorts, Gothic monuments and old towns that radiate into charming mazes of whitewashed streets in this charming Mediterranean landscape.
The city of Valencia is the region’s capital and is located where the mighty Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. Marvel at its modern City of Arts and Sciences museum, L’Oceanográfic aquarium and spacious parks. Check out the city views from the 14th-century Torres de Serranos or see magnificent heritage markets at the Mercado Central and Llotja de la Seda. Trace Valencia’s lineage to pre-Roman settlements at the Museum of Prehistory of Valencia and see the archaeological sites for yourself at Castellet Bernabé in Llíria and the Sarga Caves near Alcoy.
In town of Sagunto, see preserved Roman ruins and the medieval castles of Xativa. More medieval relics can be explored at the seaside Templar Castle and the walled city of Morella.
Make your way to Elche to see the ancient Moorish palm groves, which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A short distance south of Elche is the Salinas de Santa Pola, which is home to a flock of resident flamingos.
Save some time to explore the Mediterranean coastal provinces of Alicante and Costa Blanca, where you can indulge in a stay at the seaside resorts of Benidorm and Villajoyosa. Go hiking in the mountain ranges of Sierra de Aitana or wander through the whitewashed mountain village of Castell de Guadalest.
Fly into Valencia International Airport and make the most of the region’s rail and bus network. Take the time to explore Valencia’s old town areas on foot.
Experience the vibrancy of the region during the annual Las Fallas Festival in March or the notoriously messy La Tomatina Festival in August.