Holidays in
Costa de Azahar

Coastal charm and culture in Spain

Costa de Azahar literally translates as ‘the orange blossom coast’, and the sweet smell of its citrus groves drifts through the air when you visit. Costa de Azahar holidays are a beach lover’s dream. Thanks to its location in the northernmost region of Valencia, the area is often overlooked by holidaymakers who head further south – and that means 130 kilometres of uncrowded, glorious coastline to discover. Whether you want to relax in a hidden cove or try out some extreme water sports on calm turquoise waters between sunbathing sessions, you’re sure to find the perfect stretch here.

While holidays to Costa de Azahar deliver top-notch beaches, its cultural offerings have helped to cement the region’s reputation as a place for more than just seaside relaxation. Head away from the water and you can explore Costa de Azahar’s picturesque fruit groves, which were first cultivated using Moorish irrigation systems. Go further inland to witness the medieval charm of the historic towns nestled between mountain peaks, marvel at some cave art or, if you’re a climber, scale some of the mountains yourself. Wherever you choose to visit along the Costa de Azahar, it’s sure to prove a fruitful visit, with a rich landscape, lots of history – and of course, plenty of fresh oranges.

Three tips for a top trip

Rent a carIf you want to head away from the coastline to explore further into the region’s mountains, villages and groves, it’s best to hire your own car.
Go to the grovesCosta de Azahar is famous for its orange, lemon, cherry and almond trees. A tour of its pretty groves reveals how Moorish influences still flourish here.
Discover the past Want to dive into the region’s rich history? Head to the fortified city of Peniscola and learn all about Costa de Azahar’s past through various fascinating sites.

Best attractions to see in Costa de Azahar

Papa Luna Castle

Visit this impressive castle – which once served as the papal headquarters – for bird’s-eye views of the Mediterranean and the historic walled town of Peniscola below.

The great outdoors

Beyond the orange and lemon groves, Costa de Azahar features nature reserves, mountains and rivers. Explore its lush landscape and enjoy the hiking paths that criss-cross the region.

See some cave art

Visit the striking town of Ares del Maestre where you can see the ruins of an ancient castle and the Remigia Cave with its famous prehistoric rock art.

Your Costa de Azahar questions, answered

The region’s many attractions and pleasant climate – hot summers, mild winters and year-round blue skies – mean that holidays to Costa de Azahar are popular in all seasons.

Beyond feasting on all the delicious fresh seafood that’s available, grab a jar of ‘miel de azahar’, the local orange blossom honey which the region is famous for.

Costa de Azahar is filled with charming villages, but consider travelling to Morella – a medieval fortress town perched on top of a mountain and filled with architectural wonders.

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