Walking in Valencia

 
Walking in Valenciana Spain
Walking in Spain in Valencia Province
 

The region of  Valencia largely reflects the historic Kingdom of Valencia and has nearly 600 kilometres of marvellous coastline. There are several fine examples of castles and towers along its shores which illustrate the turbulent nature of its past. The small town of Oropesa, just north of Castello de La Plana, has a wonderful pirate defence with its 16th century Tower of the King which gave the town early warning of approaching pirates,  Its mountain ranges, Marina Alta, Bencantil Mariola and Turia offer some fantastic opportunities for all levels of walkers to enjoy their wonderful scenery. You can expect to have much colder weather in the ranges during the winter some may even see snow.

Its coastline is called Costa del Azahar (coast of the Orange Blossom) around Valencia and Costa Blanca between Denia and Benidorm, with their long sandy beaches with beautiful blue sea are famous worldwide. It was at such places as Benidorm that many of us first experienced a holiday under the Spain sun. The famous paella dish has its roots in Valencia so you will be able to enjoy this dish is all the local bars and restaurants. You can enjoy the nature reserve of the La Albufera lake where you can take boat trips round the lake, often guided by old fishermen and hire bikes to cycle around the inner paths of the reserve.

It Mediterranean climate has made this region extremely popular with northern Europeans wanting the escape their harsh unpleasant winters. The weather of this province is mainly warm and sunny throughout the year with some rain in the spring and autumn which can be quite heavy at times. The summers can get quite hot sometimes reaching the low 40'sºC, but with an average annual temperature of 15ºC is is not hard to see why this region is so popular.

 

Airports
There are two airports in this region and from either of those you are in easy distance of your destination in Valenciana.  The major airports are at Valencia and Alicante and these two airports are serviced by a large number of European airlines and cheap flights are available to them both.

  • Valencia's
  • Alicante

You can also get ferries to Palma, Majorca; Mahon, Menorca and Ibiza from Valenica if you wish to explore the walking opportunities of the Balearic Islands.

There are three provinces in this long thin region, Castellon in the north, Valencia in the middle and Alicante in the south. In the Turia mountain range you can take a welcome rest from your walking in the thermal waters and spa baths of Chulilla after visiting its castle and church. To see the town of Bocairent, which is built into the rocks, you must go to the mountain range of Mariola.

Walking Around Castellon / Castello de la Plana
The city of Castellon de la Plana is wonderfully protected from the cooler northern winds by the natural spur of the Desert de las Palmes mountains which offer some wonderful coastal views when walking.  Whilst the city has large modern areas and open spaces it also has many architectural monuments from the Gothic and Renaissance periods. The coast line north of  Castellon played a major role in the defences of the Moors and there is a magnificent example of a medieval castle at Peniscola.

 
City of Arts and Sciences
The Hemispheric in Valencia
 

Walking in Valencia
As the capital city of the region Valencia is a very diverse place to visit with its ancient quarter dating from the re-conquest of the area by Jaime I; and the modern city with its futuristic buildings such as the Hemispheric'. One of the city's famous landmarks is the Micalet (Miguelete), an octagonal bell tower which give you the most wonderful views of the area.  It's three old bridges and the tramway which now runs along the foundations of the old city walls are well worth seeing.

Its medieval Cathedral is in Plaza de la Reina and has one of the oldest museums of the city and has the official chalice used by Christ on the last supper, Holy Chalice of Valencia. You will also enjoy the aroma of the city's orange groves and you walk around its streets. During March you will be able to watch the St. Joseph festival where large papier-mache sculptures are set on fire.

Valencia is now well established on Europe's Art Circuit with its amazing City of Arts and Sciences. Its collection of buildings house a wide variety of artistic matter from  museums, art galleries, an opera house, performing arts centre, IMAX cinema, planetarium to an open air oceanographic park. You will be able to see the magnificent modern building called the 'Hemispheric' which was designed by a local architect.

 
Walking in Spain Triumphal Arch in Valenciana
Oranges in Valenciana Spain
 

Walking in Alicante
In this modern and large city you will be able to enjoy a wide variety of facilities, bars, restaurants and entertainment. During the occupation of the Moors it was a significant city and port at that time. They were able to watch the activities of the coast from the magnificent castle of Santa Barbara. The major attraction of Benidorm is slightly farther up the coast and has a wonderful jazz festival during the summer.

 
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