Top 10 things to do in Valencia, Spain

Valencia is Spain’s third city and just a two hour flight from London, making it ideal for a city break, whether you are after Winter sun, a dose of cultural experiences, are an architectural geek, want to indulge in Spanish gastronomy or just want a relaxing beach holiday – there is something for everyone!

It is also a relatively reasonably priced city with accommodation ranging from fabulous hotels to serviced luxury apartments. We decided to stay in an apartment by a company called Valencia Luxury Apartments and had a lovely two bedroom apartment with a view from a terrace of dreams that was just incredible! Highly recommend them if you are planning to visit Valencia.

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1. City of Arts and Sciences

Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félx Candela, The City of Arts and Sciences is an architecture lover’s playground filled with structural wonders in its sleek white complex. They range from a science museum, IMAX cinema and planetarium, opera house and marine park.

I particularly loved the Umbracle, a huge, open-access garden at the City of Arts and Sciences covering more than 17,000 m2 with lots of Mediterranean plants and contemporary sculptures!

Highly recommend a guided tour of Palau de les Arts Reina, the Opera House too for a fascinating insight into the behind the scenes operations as well as the incredible architecture.

2.Cat Café – El passatge dels Gats

If you are a feline lover like me, a visit to the Cat café El passatge dels Gats is a must! The cafe is a collaboration with a rescue organisation called Adaana Association, to give abandoned and rescue cats a chance to be rehomed.

The cats at the cafe are utterly adorable!

3. Central Market

I absolutely adore visiting food markets around the world and the Mercado Central in Valencia, built in the 1920s, was luckily just a stone’s throw away from our apartment and is a real feast for the eyes.

When planning a trip I’d recommend browsing villas to rent in Valencia as staying in one is a fantastic experience and they are usually located next to wonderful sites!

At the Mercado Central, where our accommodation was close to, were rows and rows of incredible stalls piled high with the most gorgeous fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, baked goods and seasonal produce. It is also a fantastic insight into the daily life of the Valencianos.

Be sure to look up to see the stunning stained glass and mosaics adorning the domes of the market.

Valencia is known for its oranges and there is no place better to pick some up than the market!

4. La Lonja

While in the area of the Central  Market, walk across the road and visit La Lonja, the 15th-century silk exchange, where traders from far flung parts of the Mediterranean would meet and make deals. Inside you can marvel at the dainty twisting columns of the main hall (sala de contratación) and look up at the incredible detail of the vaulted ceilings, while outside there is a gorgeous courtyard lined with Orange and Lemon trees.

5. Street Art

When wandering around Valencia you’ll notice the abundance of incredible street art everywhere! I particularly loved these, which we discovered a street away from the Central Market.

6. Malvarrosa beach

Malvarrosa Beach is fantastic to perch yourself for some sun and relaxation and there are fabulous restaurants and bars along the promenade next to the beach to have a chilled Sangria, Tapas or seafood.

7. Paella

Paella originated in Valencia and so it is a dish that you must have when in this fabulous city. Variants include Chicken and Vegetables but nothing beats Seafood Paella for me!

8. Sangria

For me holidays in Spain are incomplete without a lovely glass (or a few) of Sangria and I loved enjoying this whilst people watching at Malvarrosa beach.

9. Horchata

Horchata is a Valencian speciality of a milk drink made from the ‘chufa’ or tiger nut. There are various Horchata cafes dotted around Valencia and the best way to have it is by dipping Fartons, another Valencian speciality, into them. Thanks to Bejal from Be-Lavie for the tip!

10. Tapas

I adore Tapas and there is no where better to enjoy a feast than in Spain! There are so many lovely restaurants on various side streets in Valencia away from the Tourist areas and at incredibly reasonable prices too! My favourites are always Patatas Bravas and Jamon with Manchego Cheese – heaven!

Top Tip: Get an Uber whilst in Valencia and have a look at the virtual map of the car heading towards you. I won’t ruin it but you are in for a treat!

Another tip is to be sure to check out the villas in Valencia! There are some incredible options available.

Have you been to Valencia? What were your highlights?

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Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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7 Comments

  1. Lovely article. I’ve always loved Valencia and believe it to be a shamefully overlooked city with a wonderful culture and fantastic food. Your writing reminded me of everything I love about the place. Thank you

    Posted 2.12.19 Reply
  2. Polly wrote:

    Incredible photos and some real gem sights here! You’ve made me want to visit ASAP!! xx

    Posted 2.12.19 Reply
  3. BejL wrote:

    Fab am for the mention and glad you had a great time!! This made me reminisce about our trip and writing the post. Just such a pretty city with a lot to do! There was a street art tour too, maybe next time!

    Posted 2.12.19 Reply
  4. Angie wrote:

    It looks like you two had so much fun!!

    Posted 2.13.19 Reply
  5. Laura wrote:

    I have just been to Valencia for the day on a cruise, it was a beautiful city, such wonderful streets to stroll around!

    Posted 2.13.19 Reply
  6. I’ve always been attracted to the idea of going to Valencia – possibly as it sounds a bit like my surname! – but never been. However, loving the sound of that food market, specialty tapas, and horchata, so guess I’d better get my skates on!..

    Posted 2.22.19 Reply
  7. Danial wrote:

    I could imagine going on a gastronomic adventure around Valencia – the horchata, paella and tapas all look so enticing!

    Posted 6.1.19 Reply
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