Mediterranean Route

Sun, beach and good cuisine. It runs from north to south along the touristy eastern coastline of Costa del Azahar in Castellón to Costa del Sol in Málaga.

Days 1 and 2
Sunday and Monday.
The natural region of the Maestrazgo has a gleaming coastline in which the mountains and mountain ranges placed in the interior Maestrazgo vanish. On the Costa del Azahar, Benicarló is a good starting point to get to know this pleasant coast, with several places such as Peñíscola, where the remarkable Templar castle of Papa Luna dominates the area, almost flying over the sea. Towards the interior, Els Ports-Maestrat area must be visited, the capital of which is the beautiful town of Morella, one of the most beautiful towns in Spain with centuries-old walls crowned by the magnificent castle located at more than a thousand metres high. Benicarló, with a medieval old town full of stately houses, is a dynamic city where you can practice active tourism at the Benicarló-Peñíscola Nautical Station or where you can go out for a drink during summer nights.
Day 3
Tuesday.
Without leaving the coastline and heading south, we reach Valencia, one of the most attractive, modern and cosmopolitan cities of our country. Don’t miss out on visiting the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, designed by Santiago Calatrava, and wandering through the old town: the Lonja de la Seda, declared World Heritage Site, the Central Market, the Cathedral -where you can't forget to go up the “Miguelete”, the Palau de la Generalitat, the Marqués de Dos Aguas Palace, the Serranos tower or the Quart tower. Some unmissable cultural stops are the Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM), La Beneficencia cultural centre and the Museum of Fine Arts to admire its interesting art collections and exhibits. You can’t leave Valencia without trying a good paella, discovering the famous urban beach of La Malvarrosa, enjoy its famous ice creams or have a real horchata with fartons. In the evening, few experiences can equal that of contemplating the beauty of a sunset during a boat ride through the Albufera. In the middle of the Natural Park, one of the most important wetlands in Europe and of great ornithological diversity, is the Parador, a must destination for golf lovers because of its prestigious course, integrated in the surrounding dunes and pine forest and with a majestic pristine beach right in front of it. And even though the trip has to continue the following day, the city boasts a very vibrant night-life, where the night meets the day without even realising.
Day 4
Wednesday.
We arrive in Alicante lands, to the north of the bright and touristy Costa Blanca. Our stop is the beautiful city of the Jávea/Xàbia, a town with a seafaring tradition that preserves an interesting historic centre with narrow cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses, buildings with arched doorways, Gothic windows and iron grills for you to explore. But undoubtedly, its main attraction is a heavenly space of beaches, coves and beautiful lookouts with a quiet and sunny coastline perfect for practising water sports and underwater activities. Pay special attention to its cuisine: it would be a sin no to try its delicious rice, fish and fideuá dishes, and particularly, the amazing red shrimps of the region. Nearby is the Natural Park of Montgó, protecting the space between Jávea and Denia. The stunning capes of Nao, San Martín and San Antonio are worth a visit, as well as the nearby theme park of Terra Mítica in Benidorm, or towns such as Calpe or Altea.
Day 5
Thursday.
Going down, we arrive in the Costa Cálida, where Lorca can be reached. The area known as the City of Light is located between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains, and offers a great variety of contrasts and picturesque landscapes, including 8 kilometres of unspoilt and harmonious-looking coastline with small paradisiacal coves covered by Mediterranean nature and sandy beaches, gravel and rocks. Enjoy one of the most attractive historical sites in the southeast of the peninsula with an average annual temperature of 18 degrees. Built on the grounds of the Castle of Lorca, the Parador offers a journey through time, from the archaeological site found under the hotel, to its magnificent designer facilities, its indoor pool and the relaxing spa. Among the remains of the past, here you can visit the 15th century synagogue, the Islamic cistern, the Almohad wall or the castle citadel. Lorca has beautiful spots that you will love to discover: medieval walls, towers, Jewish streets, cisterns, synagogues, orange groves and vineyards. All this is the inheritance of three civilisations: the Christian, the Jewish and the Muslim. Walking through its streets you will discover why it is called the "city of a hundred shields". In the heart of the Murcia region, in addition to the famous products of its prolific vegetable fields, you cannot miss the opportunity to taste the salted fish, a true jewel of the Mediterranean.
Days 6 and 7
Friday and Saturday.
The route ends in Nerja, at the northern end of the tourist Costa del Sol, famous thanks to the television series "Verano Azul”. The stay at the Parador, which seems to fly over the sea, located on a cliff, will allow you to enjoy wonderful beaches or incredible panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the entire coast, such as the beautiful cliffs of Maro or the Balcón de Europa (the European Balcony of Nerja). In addition, several activities can be done in this area, especially all kinds of water sports. This town hides wonderful treasures, such as the Nerja Cave, made up of several underground rooms, the largest being chaired by the world's largest column, 45 metres high and 64 perimeter, which hosts the Music and Dance Festival in summer. In the region of La Axarquía, there is a series of populations of great Andalusian flavour that oozes nostalgia for a splendid Arab past both on the coast -Rincón de la Victoria, Alamayate or Torre del Mar, and inland, like Frigiliana, with its ancient Judaeo-Moorish old town. And as a finishing touch for this route, there is nothing better than a gastronomic feast based on the famous rice dishes of the area accompanied with a tasty skewer of sardine fish and with the sweet wines produced in the Montes de Málaga Denomination of Origin.