A perfect day trip from Valencia is the town of Xativa, which can be reached by train within 35 minutes and at a cost of less than 2 euros. If like us you wish to leave your luggage anywhere then Valencia station has plenty of affordable options.
The main gem of the town is definitely its historical castle, which dates back to Roman times. I especially enjoyed the idyllic little walk up the hillside to the castle, zig zagging gently upwards and stopping every few minutes to admire the scene.
The entrance fee to the castle was less than 3 euros, amazing value, and the only criticism I could offer was that there wasn’t much English information on offer.
We ended up spending about 3 hours at the castle. There wasn’t a huge amount to see as such but the beauty of the castle and the views were more than enough to captivate our time.
It’s strategic positioning on top of the the hill that once gave it such a strong position for battles now gives it the most perfect views over the region.
The actual town is small and quaint and wondering around we found an interesting collection of street art, tiled buildings and beautiful architecture.
We struggled to find restaurants that were open when we were done and the ones we did find open were busy so we ended up at our favourite chain ‘100 montaditos’ before catching our train back to Valencia.
Steps walked: 25,624