Hiking and Trekking in Valencia

The region of Valencia is a long strip of land running alongside the Mediterranean coastline. Largely unknown, however, is the sheer diversity of the landscape, which ranges from sandy beaches to endless palm groves, fertile farmlands and dramatic mountain ranges. Most visitors to the Valencia region, however, spend their days lounging on its beaches and ambling about its seaside towns- and for good reason! Nevertheless, the downside to staying within walking distance of the beaches is passing up the opportunity to discover the treasures – both natural and man-made – awaiting you further inland.

Hiking and Trekking around the Valencia region is extremely rewarding and endlessly surprising. With most of the major hiking zones found in protected natural parks, nature-lovers will find themselves wide-eyed with awe gazing upon craggy mountain peaks, plunging canyons, dense forests, volcanic rock formations, winding rivers and graceful waterfalls- not to mention the local flora and fauna!

The extensive hiking trails and footpaths – of various lengths and levels of expertise – throughout Valencia will also lead you to man-made marvels; you’ll happen upon villages untouched by time, antiquated cave paintings, abandoned monasteries and medieval castles perched upon mountain tops as they have been for centuries.

Valencia has it all, from the tantalising cuisine and lively nightlife to the high octane theme parks and waterparks. There really is something for everyone but those with a love of hiking and nature will be especially in their element. As well as a beautiful coastline, the Valencia province is packed full of stunning natural parks, just crying out to be explored. If you’re hoping for an active holiday the city is surrounding by beautiful places to pique your interest. Have a look at these must visit beauty spots for a memorable holiday discovering the Valencian countryside:

L’Albufera Natural Park

One of the most stunning natural parks you’ll ever have the pleasure to hike, L’Albufera is a nature lovers dream. Featuring the biggest lake in the whole of Spain, it’s an amazing place to spend a day or more!
Catch the bus from central Valencia to El Palmar, a pretty, traditional Spanish village, near to the natural park. This is a great little place to visit in itself, and can be likened to a mini Venice with its canals and waterways. This is also where paella is said to have been invented, and you’ll see why when you see all the rice paddies that seem to go on for miles surrounding the village. You can’t visit the birthplace of paella without tucking into a hearty bowl full, so why not indulge in a traditional lunch to give you energy for exploring the nearby park?

You can get bus tours around the natural park which include a boat trip on the lake, which are a great idea if you want to get your bearings of the park before choosing one of the many hiking trials to tackle on another day during your trip. One thing you really have to do in L’Albufera is catch one of the amazing sunsets. These are undeniably gorgeous at any time of the year, but are particularly stunning in Spain in winter and early spring, so make sure you stick around long enough to watch the sun go down over the lake.

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