The Roman city of Valencia, the third biggest city in Spain, is a metropolitan area located on the east cost. With its hot-summer mediterranean climate, thriving culture, eating and nightlife scenes, this city has a lot to offer! There is so much to do and see when you get to Valencia, this article will cover just a few of our favourites. Home to the popular Spanish dish ‘Paella’, Valencia is only a 2 and half hour flight from the UK, easily accessible from Bristol, Dublin, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester and Nottingham.
The City of Arts and Sciences
The City of Arts and Sciences is one of the most popular places to visit and was recently voted as one of the ’12 Treasures of Spain’. It is a scientific and cultural leisure complex which can be enjoyed with family or friends, covering around two kilometres of the former riverbed of the River Turia. The star of the City of the Arts and Sciences is the cutting-edge oceanarium that opened in 2003. With 45,000 individual animals from 500 different species, you won’t find another attraction on this scale in Europe!
Dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries, the Valencia Cathedral is a must see. The cathedral is home to 15th-century renaissance paintings and more controversially, the Holy Chalice!
Valencia is home to some incredible sandy beaches along its coast line, many of which are unspoilt and undeveloped, great for the family! The most popular beach, La Malvarrosa, can be found around the port area and stretches up to the Playa de Patacona. There are many other picturesque beaches to explore, including; El Saler and Playa de Pinedo.
The Fallas Festival
For one week a year, the city is gripped with fervent fiesta fever. The Fallas Festival is one of the most spectacular events you’ll see in a city. Held in commemoration of Saint Joseph, from March 15th to 19th every year, Valencia is given over to a carnival of bonfires fiesta and fireworks. Displayed on every corner all over the city are colourful ninots, giant papier-mâché figures often 20 feet tall. During the five days, many different events take over the city and the festival comes to a close with the burning of all pinots, a sight not to be missed!
Valencia’s Central Market
Valencia’s Central Market is quite unique and well worth a visit. Get a deeper insight into the life of the Valencianos and explore the various sections of the market and its many interesting food stalls. You’re bound to find something you’ve never seen before!
Overall, the shopping in Valencia has a lot to offer if you’re in need of some retail therapy. Alongside all of the major brands you would expect to see, the city has its own street market once a week.