Planning to travel to the Spanish coast? Here is what to do in Valencia in a short trip. The city is full of history, flavours, modern buildings and street art. If you don’t mind wake up early and sleep late, 2-3 days are more than enough to enjoy the city.
Valencia can be a small city but also large in size. It is the third largest city in Spain with up to 2.5 million people. It is known for the City of Arts and Sciences with futuristic structures. It` also home to the very first paella ever made, to a beach vibe and city culture… Valencia has a lot to offer the modern tourist.
I want to give you some travel tips for Valencia.
1. CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Most famous tourist attraction is the weird but wonderful City of Arts and Sciences complex. The complex consists of several buildings for cultural and educational activities, including a science museum, aquarium, planetarium and cinema.
The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is widely recommended as a must see for any first time visitor to the city.
It`s one of the major tourist destinations and perhaps the most iconic symbol of the city.
Totally worth the visit!
2.EXPLORING VALENCIA OLD TOWN
Valencia’s old city adds on to a perfect weekend with its numerous shopping possibilities and beautiful little streets with palm trees look of summer all-year.
The colourful streets here are certainly quieter, but still filled with classic tapas bars and terraces.
Another charm is the little open roof cafes with selection of paellas, good wine and most importantly – sun!
On top of that, local people really invest in the street art, which seems to be more than welcomed in this city, covering almost every corner.
I love visiting markets at different places I travel to. The central market is a public market with hundreds of food stalls. It`s one of the oldest running markets in Europe and a great place to explore and eat tapas, best jamon and the freshest juices. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, an authentic Valencian experience.
4. Enjoy the view from Torres de Quart
There are a few of different towers and gates in Valencia like the Torres de Serranos and the Torres de Quart, which are definitely worth checking out to get a feeling of what Valencia was once like.
Torres de Quart is a twin gothic style tower that was built in the 1400s as one of the city walls.
Climb the gates and see views of the city!
5.CATEDRAL DE VALENCIA
The Cathedral is one of the top Valencia sights, a magnificent hybrid of styles.
6. TURIA GARDENS
An amazing 9 km riverbed that in 1957 was transformed in a huge city park. Due to the severe flood the river was diverted and now, the old riverbed is a green channel that cross the whole city.
Walk through the city’s most unusual park—the former River Túria. It`s especially great for running or doing some sports.
7.THE BEACHES OF VALENCIA
The city has a great location beside the sea, and the beaches are wide and long, with clean soft sand.
Try the most popular beach, La Malvarrosa, which starts around the port area and is split into sections such as the Playa las Arenas and the Playa Cabanyal, eventually stretching up to the Playa de Patacona.
Relax on the beach and enjoy some quality local drinks.
8. SHOPPING IN VALENCIA
Like most large cities, Valencia offers a lot of opportunities for some great retail therapy, and you will find all the major brands have a presence here.
Away from the high street shops, there are a lot more interesting and independent shops dotted around where you can get all manner of things, many with an international flavour.
9.FIND STREET ART
There is street art everywhere! Look around and enjoy the beautiful art surrounding you.
10.BARRIO DEL CARMEN
This is a popular neighbourhood in Valencia as it is historical but still very lively. Part of the old quarter, you can go here to wander through the ancient streets during the day or spend the night at the bohemian bars and restaurants. Definitely very interesting, you can find an ancient monument next to a contemporary and hip art installation.
I can fully recommend visiting Valencia during your next Spain trip…
Have you ever been to Valencia? And if so, how did you like it there?