El PuigValencia (province), 15 km north of Valencia.
phone: +34 961 959 029address: Carrer Estació
Estació del PuigRenfe regional train line C6 traveling between Estació de València Nord and Castellón stops here about every hour; a round-trip ticket from Valencia costs €5.30 and the journey lasts about 30 minutes.
By busFrom Valencia, Autos Vallduxense operates bus line 112, with buses departing every half-hour on workdays, and every hour on weekends, from (by the entrance to Parque de Tendetes), and stopping at the monastery. A full schedule can be found here; a one-way fare costs €2.25/1.50 (adults/seniors).
By bicycleEl Puig is just off the Via Xurra (Spanish: Vía Churra), a greenway developed from a disused railway connecting Valencia with Puçol. Except for a 800-m stretch of compacted earth, the easy 15-km route is paved and mostly flat.
To reach the beach and the watchtower from the monastery, Autos Vallduxense bus line 112 heads directly to the beach en route to Valencia. Alternatively, you could take one of the three taxis operated by Taxi El Puig (tel. +34 607 380 380, +34 629 664 488, +34 961 471 417).
phone: +34 961 470 200This impressive fortified monastery was originally established in the 13th century, although the current structure dates mostly from the late 16th century. The star attraction is the Gothic chapel dating from the early 14th century. This is still a working monastery, so visits are only possible with guided tours, which last about 30-40 minutes and are available in Spanish and English.
Museu de la impremta i les Arts GràfiquesThe first museum of its kind in Spain and the second in Europe, this museum is dedicated to the history of printing, and has on display dozens of printing presses and books, including a replica of Gutenberg's press and a copy of the Gutenberg Bible.
Cartoixa d'Aracristiphone: +34 961 959 029 (reservations)address: Crta Valencia-Barcelona, km 13.3The Carthusian monastery was founded in 1272; the current fortified complex with several defensive towers dates from the late 16th century. The monastery was sacked by Napoleonic troops in 1808 and later passed into private hands, suffering much neglect. It has now been almost completely restored, and houses a hotel and sport complex. The tourist office now offers guided tours of the cloisters, courtyards, and chapels twice monthly at 11:00; reservations must be made beforehand.
Muntanyeta de la PatàThe hill affords good views of the village and the surrounding countryside.
Castell del PuigThe remains of an 11th-century Moorish fortress which has been abandoned since the 14th century. There is very little remaining of the castle besides a tower and foundations.
Civil war fortificationsphone: +34 961 959 029 (tour reservation)A line of trenches, tunnels, and fortifications from the Spanish Civil War was built between 1938 and 1939; the structures were never completed and never used. Information boards in Valencian/Spanish/English explain the functions of various structures. The tourist office offers guided tours twice monthly, at 10:30 and 12:00; visits last about 1½ hrs and reservations must be made in advance.
Torre Vigia del PuigThis watchtower was built in 1563 as part of a coastal network of watchtowers used to defend against Barbary pirates. The tower was fully restored in the 1990s.
Platja de Santa Elvira-La TorretaA pebble beach, with toilets available.
Platja dels PlansA gravel beach with vegetated dunes, toilets, a first aid station, and sun loungers for rent.
Platja del Barri dels PescadorsA semi-urban beach with mixed sand and gravel.
Platja de Puig ValA fine sand beach with a tree-lined promenade, first aid station, toilets, sun loungers, and disabled access.
Platja de MedicaliaHas fine sand and gravel, with toilets and sun loungers for rent.
Mercadilloaddress: Avinguda de la Verge del PuigA weekly street market for local produce and odds and ends.
phone: +34 961 471 240address: Avda Virgen del Puig, 18Serves a range of traditional and more modern dishes.
phone: +34 960 041 817address: Avda Blasco Ibáñez, 1A good place for sandwiches, tapas, and light meals.
phone: +34 961 471 340address: Avda Verge del Puig, 36One of the more established restaurants in El Puig, this serves classic Valencian dishes.
phone: +34 961 471 228address: Avinguda Músico Julio Ribelles, 9The family-run hotel was completely renovated in 2008, and has 59 comfortable, non-smoking rooms. There is a designated smoking area and onsite restaurant. Free Wi-Fi, public parking €4/day.