Historic, coastal town with 13th century monastery and castle ruins
With panoramic views of the Mediterranean and rich Moorish and Christian history, El Puig is the perfect half day trip destination from Valencia. Just 15 minutes north of the city, El Puig was first erected by the Moors and served as the final stronghold of the Moorish Kingdom, though it was conquered King James I of Aragon – one of the most significant rulers in Valencian history – at the battle of El Puig for the Christians.
There is a 13th century monastery located in El Puig that reminds visitors and locals of the Christian beginnings of the town, complete with fascinating art work and historic relics, including the “smallest book in the world”. The monks of El Puig were involved in printing some of the first books in the world and have a printing press museum dedicated to just that.
From the hilltop, you have have a panoramic view of the castle ruins, the Mediterranean, and the “Northern Gardens of Valencia”, with some of the nicest estates in the area. Depending on your mobility and interest, we can also hike to the sites of battle trenches and tunnels built during the Spanish Civil War.