6-Day Castilla–La Mancha, Valencia and Scenic Spain Small-Group Tour from Madrid

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From its royal riches to its timeless landscapes, this tour takes you on a journey through the heart of Spain. The palace of Aranjuez unveils the lives of kings and queens, the Parque Natural de la Serranía de Cuenca enchants you with unearthly geological structures, and Valencia keeps you up a little too late with a mix of delicious restaurants and bohemian bars. Join this trip from Madrid to Barcelona and discover the essential scenes of Spain.

Itinerary Details

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Day 1 Madrid - Aranjuez - Cuenca

Stop At: Castile-La Mancha

You continue your journey through Castilla-La Mancha, the heart of Old Spain. This stunning region boasts gentle landscapes, lush nature, and unrivalled Manchego cheese. It’s also where Cervantes set the fictional journeys of Don Quijote in his novel that laid the foundation for modern European literature.

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Your next stop is Villarejo de Salvanés. This small town boasts an unusual castle and archaeological sites that pre-date the Romans.

Duration: 1 hour

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You travel the short distance to Torrejoncillo del Rey. Back in the 1950s, a resident from here sought treasure. They dug deep into a Roman well and uncovered a 2,000-year-old Lapis Specularis mine, the material the Romans used for windows. Tickets to go into the mine and discover its history are included in your tour.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Historic Walled Town of Cuenca

Clinging to the cliffs of a limestone hill, you find Cuenca; a medieval town of cobbled paths and superior crafts.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 2 Cuenca - optional activities in Parque Natural de la Serrania de Cuenca

Stop At: Ciudad Encantada

Today, you explore one of Castilla-La Mancha’s finest nature reserves - Parque Natural de la Serranía de Cuenca, a 73,000-hectare wildlife paradise. Your first stop in the natural park is in the ‘Enchanted City’. This location boasts some of the strangest rock formations you’ll ever see. Wander around this magical landscape and spot mushroom-shaped stones and faces glaring at you from limestone.

Duration: 1 hour

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You continue your journey through this landscape and stop at the stunning Mirador de Uña viewpoint. After lunch, there are a variety of optional activities for you to choose from. Go kayaking, hiking, or visit more vibrant villages. Your guide will help you pick which one suits you best.

Duration: 1 hour

Day 3 Cuenca - Fuentes - Villar del Humo - Utiel - Winery in Requena

Stop At: Cuenca

You have a leisurely start of the day with a visit to the breathtaking Cathedral of Cuenca. The ticket to this monument is included in your tour.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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You stop at the tiny village of Utiel for a rustic lunch. This region is famous for seafood, pumpkin dishes, and the best oranges in the country – great nourishment for all that time travelling!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Requena

Later on, you travel to a winery in Requena for an included wine tasting which will invigorate your taste buds. The delicious beverage has been produced in this area since at least the 7th century BC, so you know it’s going to be delicious.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 4 Monastery of Santa Maria in El Puig - Valencia guided city walk

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Today, your journey takes you on a half day trip that combines monastic knowledge with fantastic nature spots. In the morning, you can choose an optional visit to the Monastery of Santa Maria in El Puig. This large building combines cloisters with defensive structures and has been used as a temple, a school, and even a prison.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Parque Natural de la Albufera

It’s now time to explore the rice paddies that gave birth to the paella in the Albufera Natural Park. Your visit here also gives you a chance to spot the unique flora and fauna around a large freshwater lagoon.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Valencia

You arrive back in Valencia in the afternoon. Here you can join an optional guided tour of the city combined with a tasty tapas experience. Use the evening to either enjoy the city’s famous nightlife or prepare for the next day of your adventure.

Duration: 2 hour

Day 5 Valencia - Xativa - Los Charcos de Quesa

Stop At: Xativa

Xàtiva, the town of ‘a thousand fountains’ lies upon the slopes of Monte Vernissa. A castle crowns the hills, and the location is famous for ancient paper production, educational institutions, and the notorious House of Borgia. This morning, you travel here and have free time to delve deep into all this history and more. Start off with visiting the castle and then you've got free time to delve deep into all this history. The ticket to the fortress is included in your tour.

Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes

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In the afternoon, you embark on a journey to Los Charcos de Quesa. We hope you have packed your swimwear, because this scenic nature spot boasts natural pools and waterfalls for you to dip your toes in.

Duration: 1 hour

Day 6 Valencia - Sagunto - Peniscola - Sitges - Barcelona

Stop At: Sagunto

Sagunto is your first destination this morning. You have time here to roam around a well-preserved Roman theatre, climb to the top of a 2,000-year-old castle complex, and explore the famous Jewish quarter.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Peniscola

You leave the historic town of Sagunto and make your way to the seaside town of Peñiscola. This place is known as the ‘City in the Sea’ and boasts a castle built by the Knights Templar. It’s also the delightful location where you have your lunch today.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Sitges

A little further along the Mediterranean coast, your journey takes you to Sitges. A happening cultural hotspot, a menagerie of modernist architecture, and a few fascinating museums make this a great preparation for the big city. You arrive in Barcelona in the evening.

Duration: 1 hour
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