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Valencia and the Orange Grove Coast for Solo Travellers

8 days from only £1,199pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Explore exciting Valencia on a guided coach tour and on foot, with entry to the historic Silk Exchange – as well as a free day to enjoy the city at leisure
  • Cruise the Ebro Delta to see the rice paddies and thriving birdlife of one of Europe's largest wetlands
  • Follow a guided tour of the coastal town of Peñiscola, taking in the magnificent views from its castle over the shimmering Mediterranean
  • Visit the Moorish town of Elche with a local guide and see how traditional ‘turrón’ nougat is made in Xixona
  • Marvel at the Mudéjar towers of Teruel and wander the winding lanes of picturesque Albarracin – both with a local guide
  • See ceramic handicraft-making in action at a pottery workshop in the charming village of Manises
  • Learn to make an authentic paella at a traditional farm villa, before enjoying the result in its pretty garden surrounded by orange groves
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports, with hotel transfers
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast and dinner
  • Your tour manager’s drinks reception and a welcome dinner on the first day to meet your fellow travellers
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager

Departures from April to October 2019

 
At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Half board including Welcome Dinner
Expert tour manager
Inclusive of all local taxes
Checked Luggage
 

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 Ebro Delta wetlands 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 Mudéjar architecture 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 sweet ‘turrón’ of Xixona and the traditional ceramics of Manises are made. A river cruise through the vast wetlands of the Ebro Delta 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.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on one person in a double/twin room for sole occupancy. The price includes seven nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast, welcome drinks reception, all tours as mentioned, scheduled flights as mentioned, airport departure taxes, all local accommodation taxes, transfers and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Included excursions: entry to Peñiscola Castle, guided visit of Ebro Delta ecomuseum, Ebro Delta cruise, entry to ethnographic museum in Albarracin, horchata tour in Valencia, entry to Llotja de Seda in Valencia, final evening paella cooking experience.

Useful Information

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

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 20 to 30 mins
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Spain

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

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