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Golf holidays - Valencia
Valencia is a charming city edging into the warm southern half of Spain that mysteriously remains largely undiscovered. Yes, there are tourists wandering the streets but the voices you hear are predominantly Spanish – perhaps they’re keeping the secret to themselves? There are some lovely golf courses to play and plenty of flights (now to Castillon too), so why not make the discovery of Valencia this year?
The historic centre of Valencia is quite compact and all the main sights (Cathedral, Market Hall, Bullring etc.) can be walked around in a day. In the evening the streets come alive with hundreds of tapas bars and restaurants ready to satisfy even the most voracious appetite with delicious Valencian fare.
Keep an eye out for one of Valencia's most famous delicacies 'El Farton', a simple tube of light fluffy sweet pastry that goes perfectly with a glass of the milky, cinnamon-spiced 'Horchata' (or a cafe con leche if you prefer?). Top-tip: best sampled in the delightful surroundings of the classic 'Horchateria di Santa Caterina' near the Cathedral.
The Valencian coast
The old centre of Valencia is a kilometre or two from the Mediterranean but the city has spread east so that the dazzling new science park is very close to the Valencian beaches. With a few bars and restaurants along the seashore you could even have a beach-based golf holiday in Valencia as there are a couple of plush seaside hotels too.
Valencia golf courses
There are some excellent golf courses around Valencia that you may heard of: El Bosque, Escorpion, El Saler and a few that you may not know about: La Galiana, Meditteraneo and Foressos to name a few. Being close to a big city they enjoy a lively local membership that ensures the Club is frequented all year round, the course is kept in good condition and lends them all a pleasant 'Golf Club' feel.
Golf holidays - El Saler
North of Valencia are long sandy beaches festooned with holiday apartment blocks and filled with families enjoying a beach holiday in the hot Summer months.
Here and there little villages, like El Palmar, seem to float amongst the rice fields and whose streets are filled with nothing but restaurants serving paella and another local favourite peppered eels: get there early on a Sunday as the whole of Valencia seems to head this way for lunch!
Before or after lunch you could take a boat trip along the canals on one of the brightly painted fishing smacks that may earlier have caught your lunch!
Golf holidays Denia, La Sella & Oliva Nova
Further south, the hills begin around the old village of Denia with its small but pretty centre of little lanes that are filled every evening with the chatter of diners enjoying the warm Spanish air.
There are long sandy beaches here too and three very good golf courses as well: Oliva Nova, La Sella and the unique La Galiana. There are plush, resort-style hotels at both La Sella and Oliva Nova: if you prefer more of a quiet locals' place to stay then ask us about some of the smaller hotels in and around Denia.
Getting to Valencia
The delights of a golf holiday in Valencia could not be easier to get to with so many flights these days not just to Valencia but now to Castillon (della Plana) too (very handy for Meditteraneo Golf Club).
Flying into Valencia will leave you just half-an-hour from your hotel (or First Tee): from Castillon it will take about an hour on the the autopista to get to Valencia and an extra half-an-hour to carry on down to Denia, Oliva Nova and La Sella.