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Dreaming of sunshine, paella and plenty of historic charm for your next holiday? The Valencian province of Paterna brings you all of that authentic Spanish atmosphere you love, set slightly away for the hustle and bustle of the centre of Valencia. Rich in history and gorgeous scenery, Paterna provides an exciting bridge between the city of Valencia and its countryside surroundings. Paterna holidays are perfect for those seeking a cultural escape away from the tourist throngs. The charm and character of the old town is inspiring, with wonderful landmarks and sites such as the impressive Church of St. Peter, the Counts of Villapaterna Palace and Capri Theatre. Paterna is located extremely conveniently for a daytrip into the vibrant city of Valencia and if you love to spend some time at the beach on your holiday, the sunny Costa de Valencia is just a stone’s throw away.
Paterna is set slightly inland and so does not have its own beach. However, the long sandy beaches of the Valencian coast are less than 30 minutes’ away. The Costa de Valencia is home to miles of Blue Flag golden sands, from lively city beaches to wild, windswept sand dunes. The long El Cabanyal Beach is just minutes from the centre of Valencia, and has fantastic amenities, a picturesque promenade and a surprisingly peaceful atmosphere for a city beach. Valencia’s second city beach, La Malvarossa, is busier but its vast size, soft sands and fun selection of watersports make it a popular destination with families and young groups. Head just 10km outside of the city and you’ll find stunning natural beaches, with dramatic sand dunes, wild grassy surroundings, and spectacular views out across the Mediterranean Sea. La Garrofera Beach and La Devesa are two of the most unspoilt.
Paterna has the best of both worlds; culture and countryside. Wander around town and you’ll be treated to some fantastic historic sights such as the Tower of Paterna, a Moorish defence fortification, and a recently excavated Roman villa – another sign of the area’s rich history. Once a major ceramics hub, Paterna has produced priceless works that are now featured in the top museums around the world – you can find out more at the engaging Ceramics Museum of Paterna.
Besides the cultural attractions of a historic Spanish town, Paterna is ideally placed for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside. The spectacular Turia River National Park is not far, with its exotic flowers, orange groves and gently flowing waters. Or take a trip to the nearby hot springs and waterfalls for a fantastic day amongst breath-taking scenery.
Of course, a trip into the centre of beautiful Valencia is a must. Here you’ll find grand palaces, churches and cathedrals, such as the awe-inspiring Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas. Soak up the atmosphere in one of the city’s bustling food markets, or relax in a buzzing plaza with a drink while you watch the world go by. Families will love the big attractions like Bioparc Valencia; a beautiful park that is home to many species of animals from around the world.
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