MEDITERRANEAN ROUTE (RUTA DEL MEDITERRANEO)
A fair bit of driving (around 800km) is required on this route, starting just below Catalonia and mainly following the coast down to Nerja in Andalusia, but with plenty of ‘real Spain’ to see along the way.
Suggested access airports: Valencia/Malaga
7 NIGHT ITINERARY
First and Second Nights: Parador de BENICARLÓ
The Maestrazgo region has a sun-filled coast into which the mountain ranges lead down. Benicarló is a good starting point to discover this pleasant coast, exploring nearby spots such as Peñíscola, dominated by the castle of the so-called Luna Pope, which appears to float above the sea and the town’s old quarter. Inland we can visit the Els Ports-Maestrat region. Of special note is the lovely town of Morella, in which numerous civil and religious monuments reflect the history of the town. The Parador is the ideal place to relax before setting off on the rest of the route.
Third Night: Parador de EL SALER
From the parador at El Saler you have the opportunity to explore one of the most attractive cities in Spain. A visit to the City of Arts and Science, designed by Santiago Calatrava, and a stroll through the old town should not be missed; La Lonja, named a World Heritage Site, the central market, the cathedral, the Palau de la Generalitat, the Palacia del Marques de Dos Aguas, Serranos Towers or Quart Towers. Visit Valencia Institute of Modern Art, La Beneficencia Cultural Centre and Museum of Fine Arts to admire their interesting collection of art and exhibitions. Also awaiting you is golf, the parador spa, the sea, the beach and at dusk you can take a boat ride to Albufera so you don’t miss the beautiful sunset.
Fourth Night: Parador de JÁVEA
The town of Jávea offers various attractions. Javea/Xábia has preserved an interesting historic centre characterized by narrow streets, buildings with arched doorways, large Gothic windows, and wrought iron railings. The most distinctive feature of the buildings is their rough ochre sandstone, mined from a local quarry. All this in lovely surroundings, with beaches and coves such as Arenal Beach, Blanca Cove, Barraca Cove, Granadella Cove and others. Near Jávea is the Montgo Nature Reserve, forming a green space around the city. Don’t miss the lovely capes of Nao, San Martín and San Antonio, nearby Terra Mítica theme park, or local towns such as Altea and Benidorm.
Fifth Night: Parador de LORCA
Lorca is our next stop on the route. Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains, this spot offers a wide variety of contrasts and picturesque landscapes. Visit one of the most attractive historic sites in the southeastern part of the peninsula, with an average annual temperature of 18º. Just 30 km from Lorca there are several beaches and coves. Highlights include Calnegre, which is 1,200 m long.
Sixth and Seventh Nights: Parador de NERJA
Nerja is part of one of the Andalusian regions with the strongest identity and character, La Axarquía. Along the coast as well as inland, there is a succession of towns with a distinctive Andalusian flavour, harking back to the Moorish past. The coast is populated by important tourist areas such as El Rincón de la Victoria, Almayate and Torre del Mar. The Vélez-Málaga coastal region, capital of La Axarquía, is an important city which saw its greatest moments during the Muslim occupation. The Parador guarantees you a few welcome days of rest along the shores of the Mediterranean, a splendid end to this route.