Valencia North

CHILDHOOD CASTLES AND SWEET STONES

Area: West of Valencia city. Route: Benisanó – Benaguasil – Pedralba – Casino – Llíria. Distance: 75 kilometres. From the semi-industrial suburbs of Valencia, a mere hop takes you to one of the prettiest castles in the region, the sugared-almond village and the town with the oldest musical history in Spain.

EXPLORE THE MORISCO MAZE

Area: Alto Turia region, west of Valencia city. Route: Villar de Arzobispo – Chulilla – Chelva – Tuéjar – Utiel. Distance: 205 kilometres. Wander a medieval maze to a symphony of swirling water, marvel at a Moorish village clinging to the side of a cliff, and pray for a miraculous cure in a mountain sanctuary.

THE ROUTE OF THE SQUASHED TOMATOES

Area: Hoya de Buñol and Chiva, west of Valencia city. Route: Cheste – Chiva – Buñol – Dos Aguas. Distance: 114 kilometres. Drive through the green and pleasant land of Hoya de Buñol, where bubbling springs and spectacular cascades once fed a vast savannah roamed by giant rhinoceros, elephants, wolves and bears.

THE HIGH WINE COUNTRY

Area: West of Valencia city. Route: Siete Aguas – Requena – Utiel. Distance: 190 kilometres. Travel to a rust-red plateau where you can wander ancient alleyways above and below ground, enjoy bargain-priced wine and stock up on delicious sausages.



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