Since the Scandinavians began their sun-seeking forays into eastern Spain in the early 1960s, the Costa Blanca has become synonymous with miles of golden beaches, almost year-round sun and the relaxed lifestyle that epitomises Mediterranean Spain. Most of the early visitors never ventured more than a few kilometres from the Mediterranean shore. Those who did were well rewarded. They discovered a region of glorious diversity, from rugged mountains to almost lunar landscapes, and vast areas of natural beauty where the scent of aromatic herbs filled the air and wild flower-lined walks meandered through pine forests.

Inland Trips from the Costa Blanca – Costa Blanca South and Murcia

Trace the necklace of castles that kept warring Aragonese and Castilians apart; visit a semi-deserted village with a murderous past; stroll through Europe’s largest palm forest; visit a fabulously decorated old-time casino to see the butterfly maidens and dance a polka.

Inland Trips From The Costa Blanca – Costa Blanca North

Sample  the prize-winning wines of the Jalón valley; enjoy the tranquillity of Spain’s last sanctuary from a terrible scourge; drive through glorious countryside and discover two medieval gems; delve into a latter-day Moorish bazaar, and get lost in a 200-year old maze.

Inland Trips From The Costa Blanca – Valencia South

Enter the mountainous heart of the Valencia region where a vast subterranean reservoir feeds verdant forests; be entranced by a unique puppet museum that hosts an annual International Puppet Fair; take to aromatic hills in search of the Blue-Eyed One, a legendary Moorish leader.

Inland Trips From The Costa Blanca – Valencia North

A hop from Valencia takes you to the town with the oldest musical history in Spain; wander a medieval maze to a symphony of swirling water; tread where on a vast savannah elephants, wolves and bear once roamed; enjoy bargain-priced wine and stock up on delicious sausages.

Inland Trips From The Costa Blanca – Castellón

Meet an angel and roam colonnaded streets rich in medieval history; wander a picture-postcard village that could have been designed by Walt Disney; explore Valencia’s pottery past and underground wonders; delve underground to peer at wax limbs and the ‘white dove’.