A Spanish getaway destination with more attractions than you could shake a stick at, Valencia holidays are a must for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in city life and remain in close proximity to the ocean in 2017. A coastal metropolis in the southeast of Spain, Valencia is the country's third largest city. Home to Albufera Park, interactive museums, and a green space that was formerly a river, the Valencian landscape is one to marvel at.
If leisure is on the agenda, you won't be disappointed with your holiday in Valencia. There is something happening every month in this city, with gastronomic gatherings and concerts luring crowds to the bayside city from January through December. Whether you intend on spending your days eating Paella with a sea view, wandering around museums, or riding a bicycle through Turia Gardens, a sensory stimulating experience awaits you in Valencia.
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At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 50m
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Shopping, nights out on the town, cycling through the city centre - there are myriad ways to pass the time when on holiday in Valencia. The Turia Gardens are a focal point and can be found in the heart of the metropolis. Close-by is The City of Arts and Sciences, which is enveloped by ancient bridges, monuments, and landmarks. Home to the Church of San Nicolas, Plaza de la Virgen, and Plaza del Mercado, Valencia is a paradise for exploring.
Visiting a tourist information centre or picking up a map will ensure you don't miss the main sights, including Valencia Cathedral and the Chapel of the Holy Grail. Sacred sites aside; the Valencian landscape is a mishmash of tapas restaurants, museums, and protected gardens. Set sail from Juan Carlos I Royal Marina and discover the Mediterranean on a catamaran, or capture the sunset at Albufera Natural Park. Soak up the atmosphere and witness monuments up close by joining a guided walking tour during your holiday in Valencia.
Wine and Dine
Valencia's fertile landscape makes it an ideal zone for farming therefore when you are dining at one of the local eateries, you can expect the nutritious, fresh food prepared from scratch. Olives, rice, citrus fruits, and various vegetables are grown around the region, which is home to fine dining establishments like Seu Xerea, Restaurante Valencia Pilsener, and Palace Fesol, which has been in business since 1909.
Slow cooking will please the palate of guests at La Taberna de Marisa, whilst the full range of Valencian wines at port side restaurant Vertical will complement the Mediterranean cuisine on offer.
Thanks to the metro transportation network and local buses, getting around Valencia with the kids will be easy. A medley of museums, parks, and attractions will keep the whole family occupied on a holiday in Valencia. Bioparc Valencia deserves a mention because this 10-hectare zoo park displays a vast collection of fauna native to Africa.
Educate the kids by attending an exhibition at the Almoina Archaeological Museum or Silk Museum in the Historic Centre. Alternatively, check out the world's biggest aquarium, Oceanogràfic, at the City of Arts and Sciences.
Action and Adventure
The countryside in Valencia spans for miles and it is the ideal environment for lots of wildlife species. A hike around one of the protected natural parks, rice fields, and pine tree forests will open your eyes to the unblemished landscape, not to mention keep you active. Recommended areas for trekking activities include the Albufera Rice Trail, Pequeños Recorridos walking trails, and Vias Verdes cycle trails. Quad bike and jet ski rental will also be available when you're on holiday in Valencia.
Life's a Beach
When you want a break from city life, you can sunbathe on the golden sands at Valencia's beaches. A few beaches that hold Blue Flag status include Malvarrosa, Las Arenas, and Cabañal. Tourists prefer these beaches for their cleanliness and suitability for young swimmers. Pedal boats can be rented at the city beaches, where active individuals can often be seen engaging in a game of volleyball. Cool down with an ice cream after a boat ride or make your way to the outskirts of Valencia in search of uncrowded stretches of sand.
Positioned 10 kilometres outside of Valencia is Albufera National Park, which conceals a number of stunning beaches and sand dunes. Cycle along the track at L´Arbre del Gos Beach or seek shade beneath a pine tree at El Saler beach. Positioned in the centre of the park is La Garrofera beach. La Devesa, El Perrellonet, and Pinedo Pueblo are three other natural beaches that can be found on the outskirts.
Whether you are in the mood for a group dinner, live music, theatre, or a night filled with dancing and daiquiris, Valencia will not disappoint. The charming city lures in social butterflies with its latest leisure area, Ruzafa, here you can nibble on tapas and sip wine, whilst listening to live jazz and rock music. Younger crowds tend to congregate at the Aragon, which has been described as "the student zone". Meet people who are studying abroad come here, or relax with an ocean view at one of the bars located near Juan Carlos I Marina.
Aside from the fact that you can book a plush hotel for you and your partner, a Valencia holiday is ideal for partners in search of paradise. Stroll hand-in-hand around the largest lake in Spain at Albufera National Park or share a special moment at Turia Gardens. Hop on board a catamaran and sail around the ruggedly beautiful coast, where you will come across the Sagunto and Sant Joseph Caves.
End your day by indulging in a spa session or watch the sun lower over the pretty port. Don't forget to admire the work of local Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava by taking the pedestrian route along the Assut D’or Bridge.
When many people think of going on holiday to Valencia, they will envision drinking sangria and participating in lively festivals. This is a pretty accurate conception of the Spanish lifestyle, although there is a lot more depth to the values of a typical Spaniard. The Ancient Romans played a big role in Spanish culture, which has evolved over thousands of years. Meals are taken later in the day, lunch is taken after 2:00 pm and evening meals start at 9:00 pm. A traditional siesta (afternoon nap) is a part of daily life.
Perhaps the most well-known Spanish tradition is the fiestas that take place year-round. The foundation of Spain's rich culture is more than just dancing, guitar playing, and carnivals, however. Bullfights are common and have been a part of the European influenced culture since the first event occurred in 1133. A lot of controversy surrounds this in recent times but it is still a traditional festival full of colourful costumes and centuries of heritage. Flamenco dancing is another folkloristic tradition inspired by Jewish, Cuban, and Latin American art forms.