Rugat and the Surrounding Area
Just a 20 minute drive away from Oasis Country Park is Gandia, where there is a beautiful Blue Flag sandy beach, great for getting a tan or going for a swim.
There are street markets nearly everyday in one of the neighbouring villages, where you can find everything, from fruit and vegetables to clothes and jewelry.
If you would like to bathe in a private place, you can go to the natural water source known as the Font Salada, both in summer and winter, as its water maintains its temperature throughout the year. Its water has been traditionally acknowledged as being beneficial to counteract skin conditions.
Albufera Natural Park
Albufera Natural park is home to the largest lake in Spain and one of the most important wetland areas in the Iberian Peninsula. It is a place of great ecological interest with rare species of wading birds and a rich variety of wildlife. Its waters have been traditionally worked by fishermen and rice growers, supplying ingredients and inspiration for many of the regions most succulent dishes.
Valencia is only an hours drive from the park and has many interesting museums and art galleries.
Ivam is a pioneer in modern art and was the first exclusively modern art museum in Spain. It has various different art exhibitions on view at any one time. For the latest exhibitions see their website.
Museo de Bellas Artes is the second most important art collection in Spain (mainly 15-17 centuries) and is housed in an old theology college.
Strictly speaking not a gallery, but this porcelain is known worldwide for being high art and to see it in its home city is better than in any art gallery.
There are many smaller exhibitions and galleries in Valencia
Casa Museo Benlliure is a tribute to Valencia's most famous painter with a collection of his art, housed in his home museum, and a space for a modern art exhibition.
Sala Parpallo is a small but heavy-weight, well-known, modern art gallery.
Almudin is a Gothic structure where you can enjoy medieval murals and modern art on display
City of Arts and Sciences
The city of arts and sciences was designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. It is situated in the former Turia river-bed and comprises the following monuments: Palau de les arts Reina Sofia, a flamboyant opera and music palace with four halls and a total area of 37,000m². L’oceanografic, biggest aquarium in Europe, with a variety of ocean beings from different environments. El museo de les ciences Principe Felipe, an interactive museum of science but resembling the skeleton of a whale. It occupies around 40,000m² on three floors.
Valencia town center
Valencia town center is a magical place to be and the Valencia beaches are just a 15 minute tram ride from the center of the town. Not to mention the paella restaurants.
Take a visit to Plaza de la Reina, with its cathedral and its two-hundred-year-old horchateria.
Bioparc Valencia is the most modern and avant-garde zoo in Europe. Located at the Parque de Cabecera, the zoo takes up a total surface of 80,000 square meters where almost 4,000 animals belonging to 250 species live. Some of the animals include hyenas, rhinoceroses, zebras, flamingos, elephants, giraffes, lions, monkeys and so much more.
About an hours drive to the South you will find Benidorm, where there's plenty to do and see for everyone. Click the image for more information.