Our beautiful private Spanish Villa Valencia is situated at the foot of the Sierra Calderona – a national park.
So, walking (or hiking, mountain biking, cycling, running) out the door is as easy as falling off a log!
For beaches, you are again, spoilt for choice and many of them are only half full during the busiest summer season and return to peaceful landscape during the winter.
For beaches, you have an unlimited choice – from direct to the sea, Pucol’s low rise, relaxed blue flag beach (about 10 mins in a car) to Benicassim’s cool and bustling beach(es) about an hour up the coast, or ubran beaches (Playa Pobla Farnals – about 20 minutes away) or wild / dog friendly beaches (El Puig – 15 minutes away), Canet den Berenguer’s wild, sand dune beach about 25 minutes away or Valencia’s ultra urban beach – La Malvarossa – about 30 minutes away.
Really, there is something for everyone and you have the perfect base to explore!
Some beaches have more facilities than others – but as a rule, the beaches closer to Valencia have more people, greater density and more services. However, recently, our local beach, Pucol, has offered paddle boats, wind surfing and Chiringuitos (beach bars) along with a number of high quality restaurants and more down to earth bars.
Many of the beaches are lightly populated in August – so there is nearly always space – unless you are heading to the more densely visited Valencia beach.
Still, local Spaniards know that the best time on the beach (in the summer, anyway) is either before 10am or after 6pm.
So, try a local dip at 9am – rise off and dry off and then head for breakfast at a nearby bar. This is a favourite activity at our local blue flag beach – Pucol.
If mountains is your thing, then you can walk straight from the door, of, if you will drive 10-15 minutes or so, you will quickly come to amazing sites such as El Garbi – a red limestone escarpment offering views up the inland valleys, across to neighbouring mountain ranges and down to the sea at Sagunto and Castellon.
If you are willing to drive for 30 minutes or so, then you can cross beneath the Sierra Calderona and pass the village of Gilet on the way to the Sierra Espadan. Check out some local walking routes – and remember to pick up locally produce olive oil – some of the best and purest olive oil that you’ll find anywhere.