The Valencian Horta is a historical region defined by the city of Valencia and all the townships from the current regions of the North Horta (Burjasot, Alboraya, Moncada, Puzol, Masamagrell y Godella, among others), part from the South Horta (Alfafar, Benetúser, Catarroja, Masanasa, Paiporta, Lugar Nuevo de la Corona and Sedaví) and part from the West Horta (Alacuás, Chirivella, Mislata, Paterna and Picaña).
The hotel is located in Alboraya, a traditional village in the north area of the Valencian Horta, dedicated to irrigated crops, especially the tiger nut, which is used in the elaboration of the horchata (tiger nut milk).
It is an area encompassed by the last stretch of the Turia River, together with the floodable zones of its meadow and the Valencian Albufera’s surroundings. Traditionally, it has been dedicated to cultivate rice, vegetables and citrus fruits that are exported through the port of Valencia.
Valencia’s Horta is undoubtedly a region formed by charming villages capable of preserving their distinctive and characteristic features despite the passing of time. It is a charming and traditional area worth discovering.
Alboraya in particular, where the hotel is located, counts on 4 km of an idyllic beach, white sand and transparent waters, where the remarkable fishermen’s town of Port Saplaya stands out. A bike ride allows us to appreciate the rich heritage of the Horta: irrigation canals, mills, barracas (traditional Valencian huts), farmhouses, hermitages… A few kilometers north, we will find the monastery of El Puig; the castle of Sagunto, where the Jewish quarter stands out; or the National Park of Sierra Calderona. Among its outstanding historic heritage, we can also find the Puente del Moro (Moor’s Bridge), a Romanesque bridge made with blocks of stones; or the Teatro L´Agrícola, an early twentieth-century theatre which, nowadays, has diverse uses.
In a ten minute ride we find ourselves in the center of Valencia, city marked by the different Mediterranean cultures since ancient times. Strolling through its historic center is a pleasure, discovering its Gothic, Baroque and Modernist architecture. The old riverbed has become the Turia’s Gardens. Some of the main places of touristic interest are located on either side of the shore, such as the City of Arts and Sciences or the Bioparc (a zoological garden). In this city, bathed by the Mediterranean, you can find a rich gastronomy, festivals and traditions that are kept alive and with more strength than ever, as well as a wide cultural and leisure offer.
In the south Horta of Valencia we can find the largest lake in Spain and one of the most important natural parks in the Iberian Peninsula, the Albufera. It is a place of great ecological interest in which unique species of aquatic birds hibernate. Its rich waters support fishermen and rice farmers, giving rise to a succulent gastronomy that we can taste in villages like El Saler, El Perelló, Sueca or El Palmar, where we can enjoy boat trips along the lake.