Away Days from Cabanyal
If you feel like a change from the beach and the barrio, there are plenty of places to visit on a day trip. Use the Metro, the bus or the train, walk or cycle. Getting around is easy and affordable.
Into the City Centre
A 15 minute Metro ride on line 5 from Maritim Serreria will take you into the centre of Valencia.
Get off at Colon, one of Valencia’s main shopping streets. Or Xativa for the Estacion del Norte, an ornate Art Nouveau gem and one of the most beautiful stations in the world.
From here it’s a five minute walk to the Plaza del Ajuntamiento with its magnificent Post Office and grand town hall. Take a walk around the nearby Mercado Central to explore its amazing selection of food stalls and admire its stunning domed roof.
Continue into Plaza de La Reina to see La Seu, the splendid Gothic cathedral. Walk up the side of this 13 century wonder until you reach another gracious square, the Plaza de la Virgin. With its fountains, statues and beautiful Basilica, this is the most elegant plaza of them all.
If you’re exploring on a Sunday, take the metro to Aragon which is minutes from the fascinating flea market, known as El Rastro, home to hundreds of stalls selling everything from furniture to postcards. Name your price and be prepared to barter with the generally good humoured traders.
On the Paella Trail
Take the bus from outside El Saler shopping
centre opposite the Ciudad des Artes y Ciencas to El Palmar, the birthplace of paella.
This small town is a shrine to rice recipes and sits at the southern limit of the freshwater lagoon of
La Albufera, 10 kms from Valencia. Rice is cultivated, harvested and cooked here and it’s also a famous bird sanctuary.
Take a boat trip on a barquet – a Valencian flat-bottomed boat – visit the Raco de l’Olla Visitors Centre, for a spot of birdwatching.
Eat lunch at one of the 25 paella restaurants.
Most are run by fishermen whose catch includes eels from La Albufera.
El Palmar is also a good place to try Ali y Pebre, the traditional eel and pepper steak.
If you’re looking for a wilder beach than Las Arenas take a bus to El Saler, a few kilometres out of the city. They run regularly (less in winter) and stop outside the El Saler shopping centre. The journey time is around 20 minutes.
You can also cycle there quite easily along dedicated paths, the last stretch being alongside dunes and pine forests.
There’s a clutch of bars and restaurants in the town of El Saler or you can pick up a picnic and settle in for a day of sun and swimming in the clear Mediterranean.
Visit an Historic Town
A half hour train ride from Valencia Cabanyal station will take you to Sagunto, a lovely hilltop fortress town with
amazing panoramic views.
Explore the Roman theatre, home to a three week open air arts festival each August, as well as a former Jewish quarter.
Take a Trip to a Festival City
Catch the train to the seaside town of Benicassim. from Valencia Cabanyal station. It’s a two hour journey but worth it to see the home of the famous music festival, which takes place in July.
No matter when you visit though, this is a delightful excursion to a classy resort. You’ll find stunning, sandy beaches, good swimming and a trail of splendid art deco villas along the seafront.
Shops, bars and seafood restaurants will keep you busy until it’s time to take the train home.