Turquoise waters, charming castles, glorious weather and fantastic food are why the Mediterranean Coast is a must-see destination during your holiday in Spain. Why not make the most of it with a road trip from the Costa Blanca to the Costa del Azahar?
With Paradores' luxury and historic hotels your route is not only one of seaside discovery, but also of coastal comfort. Start off by exploring the beaches around scenic Parador Jávea before making your way to Valencia's Parador El Saler, and wrap things up at the idyllic Parador Benicarló, right on the Mediterranean's shoreline... A perfect escape!
The breath-taking Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca refers to the 200 kilometres of shoreline around Alicante. Parador Jávea lies at its centre, located in a charming beachside town with a uniquely temperate micro-climate that has earned recognition from the World Health Organisation as being one of the world's healthiest. Set aside one of your days to wander the town's winding streets and arched entryways before setting out to explore the nearby Montgó Nature Reserve or hitting one of the many surrounding beaches. Whether you decide to take a dip in the Cala de la Barraca or spend the day lounging in the Cala de la Granadella, you're sure to have a grand time.
On another day, set a course towards Parador El Saler, conveniently located 18 kilometres from Valencia. Use it as your base to visit the marvellous City of Arts and Sciences, its stylish city centre, or the Albufera Nature Reserve, located just outside the hotel. Sportier guests can take advantage of the Parador's exceptional golf course, swimming pool or football field, as well as its sumptuous spa. Cap off the day with a boat ride across the lagoon, watching the sun set over the ocean.
Parador El Saler
Castles on the Sea
Further north, the Costa del Azahar (the "Orange Blossom Coast") is one of Spain's best-kept secrets, a Mediterranean wonderland where every town seems to harbour an imposing fortress or castle.
Romantic Parador Benicarló is your base here, just 30 metres from the water and perfectly located for those wanting to wander through nearby villages like Peñíscola, which is dominated by a grand castle overlooking the sea. Enjoy a round of golf in the Parador's Pitch and Putt or settle down for a drink in its garden for a fully relaxing visit.