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Valencia & the Orange Grove Coast

So much to discover

  • NEW TOUR FOR 2020
  • Explore Valencia on a guided coach tour and on foot
  • Included entry to the historic Silk Exchange
  • A free day to enjoy the city at leisure
  • Cruise the Albufera lagoon to see the rice paddies and thriving birdlife
  • Follow a guided tour of the medieval town of Xativa
  • Visit Elche with a local guide
  • Enjoy a tasting of the Moorish town’s date-based delicacies
  • Marvel at the Mudéjar towers of Teruel with a local guide
  • Wander the winding lanes of picturesque Albarracin with a local guide
  • See ceramic handicraft-making in action at a pottery workshop in Manises

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Overview

Mention the Costa del Azahar and most people won't have heard of it. Yet it sits in the middle of the Mediterranean coastline of Spain, sandwiched between the better-known Costa Dorada and Costa Blanca, and looking out to the Balearics. Despite the unrelenting popularity of its near neighbours, this sliver of unspoilt coastline is as far away from package holiday territory as possible. Its cultured central city, richly decorated Moorish towns and unspoilt villages are separated by some awe-inspiring wonders of nature, including the Albufera lagoon and the lofty landscape of Spain's interior plateau. And, of course, the countryside is dominated by the lush orange groves that give this most sincere Spanish Costa the moniker 'the Orange Grove Coast'.

At the heart of this tour lies the incredible city of Valencia, the country's third-largest after Madrid and Barcelona. While the top two welcome visitors in their millions every year, Valencia sits quite happily under the radar, maintaining its authenticity as a thriving Spanish city where local life hasn't been overtaken by the tourist trade. It's undoubtedly a cultural powerhouse, showcasing an impressive architectural mix – from the cutting-edge futuristic designs at the City of Arts and Sciences to an ornate blend of Gothic, Art Nouveau, neo-Classical, Renaissance, Romanesque and Baroque – that will leave you wide-eyed in wonder.

Green spaces are treasured in Valencia – the Turia riverbed has been transformed into a beautiful stretch of parklands that now runs from one end of the city to the other, giving locals and visitors a refreshing respite from the bustle of city life. 

Surrounded as it is by the miles of traditional huerta or market gardens and abundant orange groves that keep the city's two famous market halls stocked with ripe Mediterranean fruit and vegetables, it follows that Valencia is one of the best cities in Spain for food. It's particularly passionate about being the birthplace of paella, with locals fiercely adamant that their version is unparalleled worldwide.

From our city base we'll explore the area's other varied charms, including the exceptional Mudéjararchitecture in Teruel and Elche, an exotic echo of 8th- to 10th-century Moorish Spain and a time when the Muslim and Christian cultures co-existed peacefully. We'll also discover the compelling histories and local handicrafts of the region's tiny hilltop villages – and get an insight into how the traditional ceramics of Manises are made. A cruise through the wetlands of the Albufera lagoon and an adventure to the villages of Spain's high, dry, interior plateau complete this exceptional tour of one of Spain's most underestimated and undiscovered coastal areas.



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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN VALENCIA

Old town Valencia: Saint Mary's square and Valencia cathedral

Fly to Valencia. On arrival, transfer by coach to our hotel where we stay seven nights, with breakfast, at the four-star Eurostars Rey Don Jaime. 

Eurostars Rey Don Jamie Hotel Double Room

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4* Eurostars Rey Don Jaime - Valencia

DAY 2 - VALENCIA & HORCHATA TASTING

Valencia

Morning

This morning we discover the exciting city of Valencia on a coach tour of its main sights. The centrepiece of this cultured city of contrasts is the ribbon of green that curves its way from the port to the riverside Parc de Capçalera, hugging the historic old town as it goes. Once the Turia riverbed, this delightful urban park is now a series of manicured gardens, wooded areas, water features, whimsical play areas and monuments, all crossed intermittently by a series of handsome bridges. 

On the port side of this green thoroughfare we'll see the City of Arts and Sciences, a truly fantastical collection of buildings designed by world-famous local architect, Santiago Calatrava. An opera house, science museum, IMAX cinema and aquarium rise out of still pools of bright blue water like something in a science-fiction movie!

Contrasting the futuristic with the historic, we'll also follow a local guide on a walking tour through the old town, where leafy, boutique-lined avenues branch off down narrow alleyways, leading to little squares overlooked by pastel-coloured town houses, and a diverse smattering of architectural masterpieces. Our tour includes entry to one-such building, the Silk Exchange, which is a UNESCO-listed site and striking Gothic marvel. It's not difficult to imagine the city's prosperous 15th-century merchants trading under the grand vaulted ceiling of the interior hall, supported by towering fluted columns.

Just opposite sits the modernist market hall, which you may wish to visit during your free time for lunch. Built in 1928, this vast structure blends coloured glass and iron to beautiful Art Nouveau-style effect – to step inside is to submerge yourself in a swirl of smells, sounds, movement and colour, from the rainbow of fresh produce grown in Valencia's fertile huerta gardens, to the calls of traders and the bustle of local shoppers.

Afternoon

In the afternoon we travel out of the city to the huerta to learn about the history and production of horchata, a traditional drink made with tiger nuts to create a version that's unique to Valencia. Of course, we also get to sample this creamy, sweet and malty drink, perfect with a farton, a spongy finger-shaped pastry glazed with sugar.

DAY 3 - ELCHE

DAY 4 - TERUEL & ALBARRACIN

DAY 5 - FREE DAY IN VALENCIA

DAY 6 - XATIVA & ALBUFERA

DAY 7 - MANISES & VALENCIA

DAY 8 - RETURN FLIGHT

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Valencian Paella
 

Paella cooking class in Valencia - from £56 per person

Visit the Central Market, a jewel of Valencian modernist architecture and the source of fresh ingredients for our cooking class, where a chef will teach you to make the perfect paella. Afterwards, enjoy your creation with a Valencian salad, traditional dessert and drinks.

Please contact us to pre-book the cooking class.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport Hotel location Transfer time
Valencia Airport Valencia 20 mins
Alicante 2 hrs 15 mins

 

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The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a room and includes:

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • All local taxes and transfers
  • All tours as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

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