The Region of Valencia in photos: capture the most spectacular landscapes on camera
See the Region of Valencia through your camera lens and snap colourful sunsets, historic and contemporary architecture, and areas of natural beauty. A photographer’s paradise.
The Region of Valencia is replete with places whose beauty will leave you speechless. Sunsets that you will remember for a lifetime. Mountainscapes that emanate magic. Beaches that sparkle in the sun. With all this wonder around, the Region of Valencia is an incredible destination to take some spectacular photos.
Photographs of Castellón
In Castellón, the union of the sea and the mountains creates incredible landscapes. Wherever you go in the province, you will come across photogenic spots that you won’t be able to help yourself from snapping.
In Benicasim you can get great shots of the Mediterranean and the mountains. Affectionately known as Valencia’s Biarritz, Paseo de las Villas is a great place to take a walk and admire the great variety of architectural styles defining the town’s elegant villas. A snapshot here will make it look like you’ve taken a leap back in time. The mountains of Desert de les Palmes natural park, meanwhile, afford stunning bird’s-eye vistas over the whole of Plana Alta. One of the most popular places to take a picture is Agujas de Santa Àgueda: the views from here are absolutely breathtaking.
If you’ve got an underwater camera, make sure you head to Columbretes Islands to capture the seabed on film. Under the surface, this nature reserve reveals a world of colourful sea life that will leave you muttering wow. Above the water, in Oropesa del Mar, you can also enjoy the first ever sea swing in Spain where you can swing back and forth with your feet dangling in the Mediterranean, gazing at the sunset unfolding before you.
Castellón, however, is not just about the coastline; the inland is populated with impressive mountains and inland villages that are straight out of a fairy tale. One such village is Morella, a walled settlement steeped in history. As you walk around you will be met with elegant townhouses and porticoed streets, which have led it to be named one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. How can you resist taking hundreds of photographs?
No exploration of Castellón is complete without a visit to Montanejos. Enveloped in the wildest of naturescapes, the village shows off its very best side in photographs. During your time here make sure you do some hiking, take a dip in the thermal waters at Fuente de los Baños and simply gaze in awe at the wonder surrounding you. Your camera will love it.
The province of Castellón is not just stunning above ground: it also has a fascinating underground world for you to explore. Coves de Sant Josep has one of the longest subterranean rivers in Europe where you can capture the stunning geological formations.
Another snapshot you’ll want in your gallery is Castillo del Papa Luna. Take a stroll through the fortress, followed by a walk through the historic centre of Peñíscola and the seafront promenade lapped by the gentle waves of the Mediterranean. There’s no better backdrop to take a shot of the sun setting over the waters.
Picture postcards of Valencia
The province of Valencia is full of beautiful landscapes and original buildings that make the most impressive photographs. The best place to start your exploration of the province is València, a city whose skyline is defined by the lines of Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències. As you wander around the complex, you will have plenty of opportunities to take creative photographs of the unique buildings designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava.
If you enjoy architecture photography, your next stop in the city should be Mercado Central. As soon as you enter the market building, you will be rummaging for your camera as you will want to make sure you get it all on film. Decorated with tiles, stained glass windows and delicate domes, Mercado Central is a masterpiece of Modernist art that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find in a market.
To get a bird’s-eye view over the city, there are no fewer than three great – and historic – viewing points. Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart are the former city gates while Miguelete is a bell tower: all of these sites afford breathtaking views over the capital of the Turia.
Just outside València, there is a town known as “little Venice”. Port Saplaya has become a popular spot among photographers who are attracted by the colourful houses lining the water. Club Náutico de Port Saplaya is also a draw with its boats bobbing about on the Mediterranean.
Mother nature is also queen in the province of Valencia. If you are looking for one of the best places to see the sun set, make your way to Albufera natural park. You will want to pause the moment forevermore; or the next best thing, screenshot it on your camera. The tranquillity and beauty of the landscape will have you coming back for more.
Las Hoces del Cabriel natural park is another area of outstanding natural beauty. The woodland flanking the shores of the river is some of the best preserved in the Region of Valencia and offer plenty of wonderful photo opportunities. Dense vegetation, birds flying overhead, crystal clear river waters: whatever your lens focuses on, you will get an incredible snap.
Snapshots of Alicante
If we mention the province of Alicante, the paradisiacal coastline is sure to spring to mind. Cala Portitxol (also known as Cala de la Barraca) is one of the most photographed stretches of the Mediterranean in recent years. You’ve surely seen pictures of the whitewashed house with a blue door? Come along to take your very own image of the cove’s unforgettable charms.
The next destination on our exploration of the most photogenic areas of Alicante is Altea. The seaside town’s whitewashed houses and striking blue dome of the church have become an iconic image of the Costa Blanca. Make sure you wander the streets, visit the beaches and take pictures of all the beauty you come across so you’ll never forget the moment.
If you are on the look-out for the most beautiful viewing points in the province of Alicante, a must is Balcón del Mediterráneo in Benidorm. From here you can enjoy vistas over the impressive high-rise skyline and the large bay before it. Castillo de la Alcozaiba in el Castell de Guadalest is another spot that affords breathtaking views over an enchanted landscape defined by the azure waters of Guadalest reservoir.
Santa Cruz district in Alicante city is another area that your camera will love. Sitting on the foothills of Castillo de Santa Bárbara, the neighbourhood is painted in tones of white, blue and yellow and the streets are lined with colourful flowers. A sight to behold.
Last but by no means least is a place with spectacular vistas, though it takes a bit of effort for you to enjoy them. An outcrop jutting out into the Mediterranean, Peñón de Ifach will treat you to wide-spanning views over the bay of Calp.
As you can see, the Region of Valencia is full of photo opportunities. And in this post, we’ve only scratched the surface. Grab your camera and come along to this stretch of the Mediterranean to capture the most beautiful shots that will remind you of your time here for years to come.