ESCAPE TO VALENCIA
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Combine city and beach on holidays to Valencia, a Spanish destination with plenty to see and do. Start your getaway in the cultural heart, then escape to the sandy beaches of Spain’s eastern coast.
Soak up the unique character and buzzy social scene on city breaks – where tapas and café culture is a part of daily life. Walk through the Jardins del Turia, meandering gardens that wind their way through the heart of the city. Get lost in the winding souk-like streets of The Old Quarter, which are home to the mosaic-adorned Central Market and World Heritage status, 15th century silk exchange, La Lonja. Just beyond the city you’ll find the stunning beaches of the Valencian coastline. Head to the Paseo Maritimo promenade for mouth-watering seafood. Or pack a picnic and absorb the tranquillity of Albufuera Nature Park.
Valencia is a great city for shopping, with its designer stores, high street favourites and one of a kind boutiques. Start at Calle Colon, which is home to the famous El Corte Ingles department store. Then peruse boutiques along Calle Sorni and Calle Cirilo Amoros or head to Calle Poeta Querol ‘the golden mile’, which is bursting with designer shops. The city’s trendiest shopping area is Ruzafa. Mingle with the hipsters as you hunt for vintage clothes, homeware or local artwork.
Create your own Valencia itinerary on the Valencia hop-on hop-off bus tour, which covers all of the top attractions. Or hire a bike and see the sights of the city by bicycle. Valencia is home to breathtaking architecture, as elegant art nouveau buildings and futuristic towers sit side by side. You’ll also find an impressive selection of museums and galleries. Visit Spain’s second-largest art collection, which is housed in a beautiful 17th-century convent at the Museo de bellas Artes.
Bar-hop and sample traditional Spanish tapas around the old town, Ciutat Vella. Catch a tram and head to the coast for delicious seafood – dine on the beach or at the restaurants that line the seafront. Mingle with the hip and trendy in Ruzafa, which is bursting with bohemian eateries and elegant bars. Or treat yourself to an exquisite meal at one of the city’s four Michelin-starred restaurants.
Valencia’s characterful culture is represented by its diverse nocturnal scene. Enjoy live flamenco at Barrio del Carmen in Ciutat Vella or enjoy pre-dinner drinks and smooth jazz sounds at Las Animas Café Bar. Absorb the relaxed vibe of Ruzafa, a trendy area with a boho feel. Enjoy a laidback evening at Ubik Café, an eclectic café-cum-bookshop or sip delicious cocktails at Parisian-cabaret-themed Café Tocado.
The Valencia region, on Spain’s east coast, boasts miles of white-sand beaches. The coastline is easily reached from the city, making it easy to combine sightseeing and seaside. Lounge on the wide sands of La Malvarossa or stroll along the Paseo Maritimo promenade. Sample traditional Valencian paella around Playa de las Arenas or absorb the traditional feel of Pinedo Pueblo Beach.
The ultimate sightseeing accessory. Enjoy huge savings with the Valencia Tourist Card, which offers discounted entrance fees and exclusive prices. Choose a 24, 48 or 72-hour pass and enjoy free public transport around the city during that period. Receive discounted entry to top Valencia attractions like the House of San Vicente Ferrer and Valencia Cathedral. Or take advantage of special offers at quality Valencia restaurants such as Arrocería Tiffany’s Gallery. Sightsee at leisure with the Valencia Card, and enjoy discounts of up to 50% on top city attractions.
Discover the sights of Valencia by bicycle on this fun sightseeing tour. Tour the city’s top attractions at a leisurely pace, with your local guide. Stopping every few hundred yards, the tour provides useful information and the opportunity to meet other travellers – with plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. Whether you’re new to the city or a return visitor, this bike tour allows you to see the magnificent scenery of Valencia and discover facts about the city as you go.