Valencia, home to paella and Spain’s third-largest city, is sometimes overlooked and underrated by larger Barcelona. This city will be sure to delight you with striking architecture, delicious food, beautiful parks, and beaches.
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Spending time in Valencia
Valencia is a city worth taking time over, exploring every detail and discovering the places you might miss on a first trip. The famous City of Arts and Sciences and the Miguelete tower are always great places to visit. But to see what really makes a city tick, you have to pause and enjoy the atmosphere in its sunny squares and its markets, discover the legends behind its monuments, explore restored neighbourhoods like Cabanyal, or see the light of the Mediterranean suffusing the landscape in La Albufera. If you’re looking for intriguing, unusual activities that let you see the city in a different way, we suggest you take note of these tours.
Valencia is also right on the Mediterranean, so you can laze on broad sandy beaches and tuck into delectable cuisine that draws on the sea. This is the home of paella, surely the most famous Spanish dish of all. There are also ultra-modern visitor attractions at the City of the Arts and Sciences, and it all goes to make Valencia one of Spain’s most complete destinations.
Don’t miss in Valencia
- Enjoy the staggering ensemble of modern and futuristic structures in the City of the Arts and Sciences (La Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències de València).
- Stroll about the Oceanogràfic, the largest aquarium in Europe, to enjoy the distinct environment with over 45,000 animals from 500 different species.
- In March, take part in the Fiesta de San José with a parade, exhibits, and fireworks.
- Witness the magnificent 15th-century Gothic La Lonja de Seda castle with a crenellated tower.
- Transport to Africa to view the animals in barrier-free landscapes of Bioparc València zoo.
- Spend a day on one of the beaches of Valencia with velvety-soft white sand and crystal-clear waters.
If you like golden sands by the sea. When the view, swayed by the saltwater of the Mediterranean or hiding in the dunes, with a smile on your face. When you want to bathe in the sun on your towel (always with a good sunscreen) or relax under a parasol with a drink nearby. Or if you like to exercise, swim or do any kind of sport on the sand, on water or in the air… then your place in the world is the beaches of Valencia. Without a doubt the best plan.
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20 kilometres of sandy beach and seashores
Didn’t you know that in Valencia there are almost 20 kilometres of beach waiting for you? Well, that’s right. You just must make up your mind and come with the time to get to know them all! They are ideal for letting your adventurous vein run free, or for enjoying them more secluded and romantic.
Combine swimming and hiking or enjoy a privileged climate with your favourite mascot. The beaches are close to you, like those in Cabanyal, Malvarrosa and neighbouring Patacona, where you can afford the luxury of walking to the beach if you wish.
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