Nature tourism in the Region of Valencia: inspirational ideas
Immerse yourself in the stunningly diverse landscapes of the Region of Valencia, breathe in the fresh air and feel instantly regenerated.
Any time of the year is a great moment to immerse yourself in the Mediterranean landscape, explore the coastline, the plains and the mountains and just be in wild nature. One of the things 2020 has taught us is the value of the great outdoors and the mental and physical benefits of the natural world. The Region of Valencia is home to stunning natural parks and landscapes beckoning you to come and discover them. Keep reading to discover some the best Mother Nature has to offer in the Region of Valencia.
Castellón, pure nature
Formed of mountainscapes, wetlands, salt mines and rivers, natural parks are one of the best ways to discover the natural world that surrounds us. Penyagolosa is a stunning natural park that spans the municipalities of Vistabella del Maestrat, Chodos and Villahermosa del Río. With over 1,094 hectares and an altitude of 1,814 metres at its highest point, it is considered the sky of the Region of Valencia. A breathtakingly beautiful slice of wilderness that is ingrained in the locals and that you can explore on its many routes and trails.
If you fancy taking a gentle stroll with the soft trickle of the river in the background, the natural pools dotted around the province of Castellón are for you. The famous Salto de la Novia in Navajas, Fuente de los Baños in Montanejos, Fuentes de Ayódar and El Puente and El Molino inland beaches in Cirat, among others, offer relaxing and regenerating experiences for you to live with your family, friends or loved one.
Ecotourism in Valencia
When you talk about natural parks in the province of Valencia, the first that springs to mind is Albufera, one of the most valuable wetlands in the Region of Valencia. Named a “Wetland of International Importance”, Albufera extends across ten municipalities, namely València, Alfafar, Sedaví, Massanassa, Catarroja, Albal, Beniparrell, Silla, Sollana, Sueca, Cullera, Albalat de la Ribera and Algemesí. In this protected natural area you can watch nature in motion as the great biodiversity transitions with the seasons. A beautiful place to explore with your family or loved one by bike or on foot.
Ecotourism is also popular in the province of Valencia. A way of connecting with nature while helping sustain, protect and preserve it at the same time, this practice emcompasses wine tastings, agricultural activities, theatralised tours, stargazing and bird watching. A myriad of ways to live the diverse landscapes.
Natural beauty in Alicante
Both the Costa Blanca and inland province of Alicante are home to incredible places where you can unwind and simply be in the moment. Fuentes de l’Algar in Callosa d’en Sarrià and Encantà gorge in Planes are just a couple of examples of landscapes where you can listen to the sound of nature as you gaze at its seemingly impossible beauty.
After breathing in the peace here, we recommend you pull on your walking shoes and walk one of the most extraordinary trails in Alicante: Ruta del Forat de Bèrnia. The circular route starts in Cases de Bèrnia and continues for a further 9km, taking you about three and a half hours to complete. The trail has a medium difficulty level as the terrain is quite rough, but your effort will be rewarded. After completing the first section and crossing the “forat”, the views over the bay of Altea will leave you speechless.
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