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Road Trip - Barcelona to Valencia and beyond


We are middle aged couple & have 10 days in October to explore between leaving Barcelona (where we stay 5 nights) & arriving in Valencia (where we have 2 nights). I say a road trip but we are hoping to do most of this by train & bus with maybe a car hire here & there to explore.

We like quiet beautiful beaches (few high rise hotels) & authentic Spanish small towns & vilages (coastal & inland).

Id appreciate help with planning where to go (& how to get there). So far Im looking at possibility Altafulla,, visiting Tarragona, Tortosa, visiting el Delta de l'Ebre, maybe inland to Marella and then maybe down towards Altea on the Costa Blanca. A couple of nights each place.

Does this seem reasonable? Anything we should avoid or what have we missed?

Re accommodation, I would love to stay in some Paradores but not sure if they will be too expensive or inaccessible without a car?

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October. The beaches will sometimes be on the chilly side. Having lived in Valencia (up until 5-6 months ago), I will suggest you take the train to Tarragona, once a Roman capital, so some interesting ruins and such. Then I would rent a car (one way) and go to Teruel, which has some great examples of Mudejar architecture and from which you can also go to the 10th century "old town" of Albarracin, a little Medieval magic. From there it is an easy drive to Valencia (don't miss: Mercat Central, Silk Exchange, Turia Garden/Park, the Modernisme Estacion Norte train station and the futuristic City of Arts & Sciences). Most of the car rental places in Valencia have offices at both the airport and at the Joaquin Sorrolla train station. Just my two cents.