A lively place right on the Mediterranean coast, Valencia has everything you could want and more. With magnificent cuisine, a traditional culture, as well as amazing scenery and sightseeing options, Valencia is the place to be if you’re travelling with family, your significant other or even solo!
But where to start? Here are five things you need to do when visiting Valencia.
- Enjoy a morning wandering around the Old City of Valencia
- Rent a bike and cycle around the port!
- Food you can't miss: Paella Valenciana
- Visit the City of Arts and Sciences, an architectural masterpiece
- If vintage shopping, locally owned businesses and irresistible food is right up your alley, run to Ruzafa!
1. Enjoy a morning wandering around the Old City of Valencia
Enjoy a glorious morning in the gorgeous Mercado Central, home to the ripest fruit, juiciest vegetables and the highest quality meat and fish. Try the local cheeses, ham, and olive oil, and take home with you a bag of Bomba rice, the best in the world!
From here, lose yourself in the windy and narrow streets of Barrio del Carmen, bursting with life and filled with the most eccentric shops and cafes. Head over to Santa Catalina and savour the traditional Valencian horchata and fartons, with a spectacular view of the Cathedral.
2. Rent a bike and cycle around the port!
Cycle down the promenade and stop by the beach for a swim in the calm Mediterranean Sea, with its soft sands and smooth waves. You can have a dip from March all the way into November! Don’t forget your sunscreen!
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3.Food you can't miss: Paella Valenciana
Valencia is also home to the renowned paella! This finger licking dish is made with chicken, rabbit, beans and Bomba rice. If that sounds too daunting for you, no need to worry! They have dozens of alternate versions to suit everyone.
4.Visit the City of Arts and Sciences, an architectural masterpiece
Built by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, it has become an iconic part of the city. Surrounded by the old riverbed, now converted into a vast green space, you simply can't miss the Ciutat de les Arts. Encompassing an IMAX theatre, a science museum, a planetarium, a stunning Oceanography, and a nightclub, you can visit these breath-taking buildings day and night!
5.If vintage shopping, locally owned businesses, and irresistible food is right up your alley, run to Ruzafa!
Not into the touristy places? Head down to Ruzafa and get a real feel of valencian life. This neighbourhood has the best vintage, food, and drinks. Visit: Flamingo Kilo, Lakajade or Aiecle Vintage to shop, then stop for a drink at La Catrina, and finish off with a delicious dinner at El Camerino.
Okay, so you’ve walked till you’ve dropped, done all your shopping, and eaten your fill of paella… Now what? Whether you’re into pop, reggaeton, R&B, techno or just fancy a couple of drinks, Valencia has got you covered! Get to know Valencia’s dazzling and vibrant night life, whichever day of the week!
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