Only 60 kilometers South of Valencia is the authentic Spanish town Xativa. A place that once was the most influential cities of the Kingdom Valencia.
During my last trip I decided to visit this pretty town. With a direct train connection from Valencia it took only 50 minutes to reach this place. In the train I had the delight to view the Spanish countryside with Orange fields stretching until the horizon.
Upon arrival we took a taxi straight to the castle. During the Summer months there is a tourist train leaving once a day at 1.30 PM, but for only €11 we decided it would be a more convenient and cheaper option to use the taxi.
Xativa Castillo is on top of a hill with amazing views of the area. Entrance fee is only €2,40; a small fee to walk around this huge complex. Personally I don’t care much about history, but the views and architecture of this place sure got me excited.
At the entrance we stopped at the nice terrace for drinks and tapas while we enjoyed the Spanish sun. After 1-2 hours of viewing the castle I recommend walking back to town. I asked for directions at the ticket sales and was surprised with the clear English explanation. Walking down takes about 25 minutes downhill through the hills. Upon arrival in the town we walked into streets full of Spanish locals preparing paella and inviting us to lunch. Since we just had our tummies filled we passed down but we surely enjoyed their offer.