Valencia is the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, this city is the capital of the Valencia community. With so much to see, a rich history and with influences present in every direction, you can be sure to have a lot to do when you’re visiting this Spanish city. Valencia has a rich and interesting history. During your visit, it is worth learning what you can about the city. You will be amazed at what you might find out.
What to See and Do
Old Town – El Carmen
Valencia’s old town is as beautiful as the beaches of Spain, with quiet passing locals during the day and at the fall of dark, a bustling city of life and entertainment. With historic buildings from the medieval ages turned into canvas’ with large murals on their walls, this old town comes with a twist. It is at the heart of the city and is where much of the social life takes place. You can find everything from local food stores to live music venues to all you can drink nightclubs!
Catedral de Valencia
This stunning cathedral has a lot to offer. Situated in the heart of the old town, the cathedral has stood here for over 7 centuries. The cathedral was built over the course of many centuries, which ultimately adds to its unique design. Styles from many eras are present within the cathedral, ranging from the early Romanesque, Valencian Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical.
Visit the official website of the cathedral to learn more.
The Central Market of Valencia is one of the largest in Europe, covers more than 8,000 square metres, with a predominantly Valencian Art Nouveau style. Open from Monday to Saturday, 7:30 till 3pm you can find a range of products and items to purchase, from food, to perfume to other non food items.
Visit their website to see what they have to offer.
If you are in the mood to experience this beautiful coastal city, you’ll be happy to know that flights to this destination start from as little as £29 return, that’s right, return! Get ourself abroad, in Spain and enjoying the sun for less than a night out in London. This fare to go to another country is cheaper than many UK train tickets.
A hostel is an explorers best friend. With rooms starting from around £11 per night, you can find somewhere to rest your head, and feet, if you’re walking often and also a place to socialise and mingle with like minded travellers, and locals. Make the experience a memorable one and get some kind words written in your journal from everyone you meet, it’ll be amazing to look back over in the future!
Valencia is a truly popular destination and this is also reflected in the cost of a hotel room. With 100s of 3-4* hotels available across the city, you can expect to find a property starting from around £110 per night and ranging all the way up to fine dining standards.
The perfect accommodation for those wanting an all private experience. Rent an entire property from Airbnb whilst visiting the coastal city and enjoy the life of a local. With properties available from a similar price to that of a hotel room, you’ll be gaining value for the same price as a hotel stay. Properties are available in Valencia from as low as £54 per night. Find the perfect place to stay, whether you’re looking for a city stay or a more relaxed by the beach type of property. Airbnb has it all!
Valencia is home to a distinctive regional cuisine that infuses the legacy of its former Moorish occupiers (who brought over rice, almonds, and oranges) with the fruits of a particularly fertile Mediterranean climate.
The metro system runs from 5:30 am to midnight, and station entrances are marked with the letter ‘M’. Line 4 covers the main streets of the centre, the port and the popular beach of La Malvarrosa. You can also use the city bus system. These run from 4.30 am to 10.30 pm (approx. – timetables vary according to the route). In summer there are extra services to the beach. To get around by night there are night buses which depart from the Town Hall square.
Valencia is a city of innovation. Having diverted their flood-prone river to the outskirts, they’ve customised the riverbed, creating a wonderful path of green, winding through the city. The park is covered with beautiful and futuristic buildings such as Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias designed by a native to the city, Santiago Calatrava.
The Valencia Card, a tourist card which offers unlimited use of bus and metro for one, two or three days. Prices range from €15-€25. Availble it can be purchased at hotels, tourist offices and online. It includes discounts for museums, leisure attractions, shops and restaurants.
Being so close to the ocean, try your hand at cooking some local cuisine with fresh and locally sourced seafood. With a pallet of great options to throw into the mix, feast upon a personalised Spanish creation!
If you are already in Spain, get on the high speed train and travel through the beautiful nature and cityscape it has to offer. Trains are a great way to get around and even better for the views they provide. See Spain in a different light and travel from Zaragoza to Valencia for as little as £34 one way!