Lots to do in the most
beautiful setting – Let’s explore
Xaló and the local area
Ten minutes drive down the valley is the small town of Jalon, or Xaló in the local Valencian language. It is the principal town in the Val de Pop, a traditional agricultural area famous for growing wine, almonds and olives with a dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains. The church has a distinctive blue glazed terracotta dome that rises above the main square, it’s visible for miles around.
Xaló is an interesting town with a strong identity and a variety of restaurants, bars, artesian shops, narrow streets and a local market. Away from the coast, the town retains much of its authentic feel but also manages to cater well for visitors. The people are easy going and helpful, it is worth spending time exploring the town and enjoying the play areas with the children.
Going to the Beach
Just over an hour’s drive away is Spain’s third city. Valencia is packed with history, parks and gardens and world class attractions. The Bioparc is the innovative zoo where you can see animals living in their natural habitats.
The old Turia riverbed has been converted into a recreational space with gardens and parks and is home to the iconic Arts and Sciences complex together with the cutting edge Oceanographic aquarium designed by the futuristic architect, Santiago Calatrava. These dramatic buildings have done much for Valencia’s rebirth as a modern progressive city and you can enjoy strolling along the old river under old medieval bridges. A favourite for children is Gulliver, a 60 meter lying down giant with children clambering all over – beautifully done, his whole body is a playpark with his hair and folds in his clothing cleverly moulded into slides for excited children.