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City Breaks to Valencia ~ Getting to know Valencia, Spain

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About Valencia
The dynamic and alluring city of Valencia is situated directly in the middle of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline, directly on some of Med’s best beaches with a climate to match. Valencia is one of the most popular cities in Spain. It is the third biggest city of Spain. Gazing out into Valencia Bay, it’s sheltered by some of the best Spanish mountains which tower up behind it. Alongside its stunning beaches, Valencia is a visual and cultural treat arising from a recipe of ancient structures, futuristic architecture and famous museums and galleries. Even a short trip around this city’s enchanting streets and aromatic restaurants and cafes will leave you in no doubt that Spain’s most famous dish, paella, was first cooked up by chefs in Valencia.


Things to Do and See
The sights are plentiful and within walking distance of each other; you won’t need a week to see what this city has to offer leaving plenty of time to relax on the beaches without worrying about missing the culture. The main Cathedral of Valencia is the religious centre of Valencia and home to the prestigious Holy Grail. This religious centerpiece of the city is also stunning enough to inspire a love of culture in even the most stubborn of culture-phobes. One of the most famous structures in Valencia is the City of Arts and Sciences, which is a huge, futuristic educational complex inspired by space-age designs and animal skeletons. Bioparc Valencia is a natural zoo, a beautiful recreation area and a new generation zoological park in which the visitors are transported to Africa just at the center of Valencia. Turia Gardens is an urban and cultural hub over 7 km long that the visitors may find variety of beautiful trees and shrub species, children’s play areas such as the famous Gulliver, sports facilities such as the Estadio de Atletismo del Turia, and culture and leisure complexes such as the City of Arts and Sciences. Read more about things to do in Valencia >>>

Get Out
Valencia is the administrative capital of the Valencian community, which consists of three regions;
Castellon, Valencia and Alicante. Valencia offers a fantastic time to holidaymakers which are after gorgeous beaches, sightseeing, hiking, cycling, nightlife or who just want to laze around in a cosy villa. Getting from place to place couldn’t be simpler as the trams and buses run frequently around the places of interest and to and from the beaches. Valencia is also compact relative to the sprawling metropolises of Barcelona and Madrid, so walking from place to place is frequently preferred by tourists and will also show off more of this city

Valencia is a definitive heaven for beach-goers, with a horde of archetypal beaches complete with soft, golden sand, endless amounts of sun, sparkling blue water and a cool Mediterranean breeze. The city is perfectly located amongst these beaches, with trams regularly travelling the 5 minute distance between the city and the closest beaches, the Playa de Malvarrosa, the Playa las Arenas and the Playa de Cabanyal. Valencia has 26 km. of beaches and Valencia beaches are one of the largest city beach areas in Europe.

The Spanish are experts at putting on excessive and city-wide festivals and other parties, and Valencia is famous for its annual Las Fallas Festival, which is a raucous, smoke-filled event jam-packed with as many fire and firework-based displays as possible.


Eat & Drink
One of Valencia’s main attractions is its wide variety of gastronomy. Travelers in Valencia may find numerous options to enjoy traditional dishes, tapas and aperitifs in the city and in the area surrounding Valencia. The most obvious food to eat in Valencia is of course Paella, which originates from the restaurants in this city and is probably the best known dish to come from Spain.

In addition to
restaurants in Valencia, Valencia also offers a wide range of appetizing gastronomic options to be enjoyed before and after meals that include; wine bars, cafés, horchaterías, ice cream parlours and cafés. From terraces with a genuine Mediterranean feel to avant-garde bars, every traveler will find a special place on their Valencia holidays.


Valencia has hordes of shops selling everything from traditional wares to the latest fashion trends, so be prepared to face the crowds and bargains and bring plenty of cash. Popular items which tourists love to take back from this city include the ceramics, pottery, glassware, craftwork and Valencian food. The most traditional and popular zone for shopping in Valencia is in the southern part of the historic center and surrounding area. Colón, Don Juan de Austria, Poeta Querol, Jorge Juan, Cirilo Amorós and La Paz are famous streets for shopping in Valencia.

Valencia is famous for its intense nightlife and many nightclubs, situated on the outskirts of the city and on the beaches. Swarms of open-air nightclubs complete with palm trees take over the beaches at night, and revelers party until the early hours of 7 or 8a.m. The most popular areas for the intense nightlife in Valencia include; the Barrio del Carmen, the Avenida de Aragón, Cánovas, Honduras and Xúquer squares. Also especially during summer times; Marina Real Juan Carlos I; La Malvarrosa beach and the promenade turns into a great nightlife hotspot. In addition; for late night clubbing and discos; the outstanding discos and nightclubs on the outskirts of Valencia or the Cullera road is a must.

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