Valencia Road Trip: a Mediterranean Exploration Itinerary

Difficulty

770 km

Distance

9+

Recom. Days

Culture, Food

Trip type

Carlos Peñalba

Freelance travel writer and photographer. A Spaniard who has lived in London and New York, he spent 18 months backpacking throughout Asia. His travel memoir The Year I Became a Nomad narrates his Asian adventures.

Top view of Valência, the start and end destination of this Valencia road trip

Valencia Road Trip Itinerary: Valencia Round-Trip

Valencia is located halfway Spain’s Mediterranean coast, making it an ideal place from where to explore this popular beach-holiday area. On this Valencia road trip, you can also venture inland and discover an often ignored region of old medieval villages, and one of the three least populated areas in Europe.

This itinerary starting and ending in Valencia takes you to the old Roman ruins of Sagunto, to Albarracín, one of Spain’s most gorgeous villages, to the hanging houses of Cuenca, and to Don Quixote’s windmills.

To end this itinerary full of contrast, you’ll have some time to chill on Oliva’s stunning beach.

Top view of Valência, the start and end destination of this Valencia road trip
Pick-up in
Valencia depot
1

Albarracín, Spain’s most beautiful village

Start your Valencia road trip by heading north, towards Sagunto, only 40 minutes away, and visit its castle and the Roman Theatre. From Sagunto drive your campervan on the A-23 motorway towards Teruel.

About halfway, it’s worth stopping at Mora de Rubielos, a small medieval village with an imposing castle. This region is known for its great serrano ham and black truffles. Don’t miss the opportunity to try both!

Aerial view of Albarracin, one of your Valencia road trip waypoints

Back on the road, head towards Teruel, the province’s capital. You can stop for a quick visit to the small city or head directly to Albarracín.

This stunning village tops many lists of Spain’s most beautiful villages. Its old twisted streets sit on top of a rocky promontory carved out by the Guadalaviar River. The cathedral, the castle, and its fortifications are witness of Albarracín’s great history. Let them tell you their story!

Visiting

Albarracín

2

Recom. Days

Main route

185 km

from Valencia depot

2h

drive

You can find Indie Campers RV rentals in more than 40 different cities and destinations across Europe.

Visit

Sagunto

Roman theatre and its beautiful cathedral.

Mora de Rubielos

Small village of medieval buildings with imposing castle.

Albarracín

Stunning medieval village on a remarkable setting.

Eat at

Fuenjamón

€€

Tasty local tapas in Mora de Rubielos.

La Taba

€€

Great quality food in Albarracín.

Indie Campers has a fleet of 1200 camper vans and RV available for rental as well as an integrated marketplace for private and professional rental.

Parking

Parking Albarracín

Free

Free parking conveniently located.

Stay at

Camping Ciudad Albarracín

Within walking distance to Albarracín.

2

Cuenca, city of the hanging houses

From Albarracín, continue your Valencia road trip towards Cuenca. You now have entered La Mancha region, famous for Don Quixote’s misfortunes.

The highlight of Cuenca is the hanging houses built on a cliff edge above the Huecar River gorge in the 15th century. Its historic centre is packed with civil and religious buildings of different artistic styles, the majority of them constructed between the 12th and 18th centuries.

Lights going on in the background of a pathway in Cuenca during this Valencia road trip

Don’t miss Cuenca’s cathedral, which is, together with Ávila’s, the first Gothic cathedral built in Spain. Wander around the old city to appreciate its cultural heritage full of palaces, towers, churches, convents, old squares, and walkways.

Next, visit the nearby geological site of La Ciudad Encantada (or The Enchanted City), where water, ice, and especially a lot of time, have carved out bulbous and strangely humorous rock formations.

Visiting

Cuenca

1-2

Recom. Days

Main route

115 km

from Albarracín

1h50min

drive

You can find Indie Campers RV rentals in more than 40 different cities and destinations across Europe.

Visit

The Hanging Houses

Impressive buildings on a cliff edge.

The cathedral

Spain’s first Gothic cathedral.

La Ciudad Encantada

Geological curiosity well worth visiting.

Eat at

Olea Comedor

€€

Modern delicious food.

El Secreto

€€

Good quality traditional restaurant.

Indie Campers has a fleet of 1200 camper vans and RV available for rental as well as an integrated marketplace for private and professional rental.

Parking

Parking del Auditorio

€€

400m from the city centre.

Stay at

Camping Caravaning Cuenca

Located 10 min north of the city.

3

Belmonte, gate to the land of Don Quixote

From Cuenca drive your campervan south towards Belmonte. Here, the road trip enters the land of Don Quixote. Belmonte is a beautiful town of noble buildings and major monumental heritage.

The unquestionable star is its castle, where a great number of movies have been shot. Located on a hillside, the exterior pentagonal complex has a Gothic gate and is linked to the city walls running down to the town. Together, they make for a mightily impressive site!

This castle in Belmonte makes your Valencia road trip unique

Other buildings of interest are the Palace of Don Juan Manuel and the Gothic church of San Bartolomé.

Just 15 minutes away from Belmonte, this Valencia road trip itinerary takes you to Mota del Cuervo. Known as El Balcón de La Mancha (The Mancha’s Balcony) for its elevated location, this village was once an important crossroad point between the Toledo/Madrid to Valencia route, and one heading south from Cuenca.

Admire the seven old windmills on top of the promontory and read a passage from Don Quixote under the shade of their sails.

Visiting

Belmonte

1

Recom. Days

Main route

76 km

from Cuenca

1h10min

drive

You can find Indie Campers RV rentals in more than 40 different cities and destinations across Europe.

Visit

Belmonte

Admire its castle and the Gothic church of San Bartolomé.

Mota del Cuervo

The magnificent seven old windmills.

Eat at

La Alacena de Belmonte

€€

Small but good local food.

Indie Campers has a fleet of 1200 camper vans and RV available for rental as well as an integrated marketplace for private and professional rental.

Parking

Parking de Belmonte

Free

Free Public Parking in the town centre.

Stay at

San Clemente Motorhome Parking

Free

Free. 30 min south of Belmonte.

4

Oliva, a typical Mediterranean town

Enter the last part of your Valencia road trip, where you leave behind the historic landmarks in search of the beautiful Mediterranean coast. Break the long drive in two and take a rest in Albacete.

Visit its old quarter and have tasty tapas for lunch there before resuming your journey to Oliva. After a week of intensive sight-seeing, it’s time to relax on Oliva’s eight kilometres of thin sand and dunes. Besides, this cute beach town is less than an hour away from Valencia — which doesn’t mean it has to be your final stop.

Oliva's sandy beach is the last stop on your Valencia road trip

Further south, you’ll get to Denia, a lovely beach town, and if you head north, it’s worth stopping at Cullera.

On your way back to Valencia, end this wonderful road trip with a visit to Albufera Natural Park, a Mediterranean ecosystem of unspoilt dune beaches, forests, rice fields, and a huge lake where you can enjoy boat trips.

What’s more, this is where paella was invented. To sample the best of the local gastronomy, go to the village of El Palmar.

Visiting

Oliva

2 - 3

Recom. Days

Main route

288 km

from Belmonte

2h50min

drive

You can find Indie Campers RV rentals in more than 40 different cities and destinations across Europe.

Visit

Albacete

Wander its old quarter and visit its cathedral.

Oliva

Amazing beach. Explore the old town.

Albufera Natural Park

Largest lake in Spain. Have a paella in El Palmar.

Eat at

Motivos

€€

Fantastic tapas in Albacete.

L’Olivera

€€

Creative Mediterranean cuisine in Oliva.

Pasqualet

€€

Have paella at this family resto in El Palmar.

Stay at

L’Alqueria de la Comtessa Motorhome Parking

8 mins Northwest of Oliva.

Drop-off in
Valencia depot

90 km

from Oliva

1h

drive