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.
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.