Top 7 Things to Do in Valencia
You’re going to love your time in sunny Valencia, and will have plenty of things to do while there. While Spain’s 3rd largest city is not as popular or as big as Barcelona or Madrid, it offers something unique you won’t find in the more popular destinations! And one of the best things about visiting this city is that you probably won’t have to deal with any rain, as Valencia averages about 300 sunny days a year. So we’re pretty confident you can leave the umbrella at home! Wondering what you should do while visiting this sunny destination? Here’s our guide to the top 7 things to do in Valencia!
1. Visit Valencia’s Old Town
Valencia has a nice and cosy old town in the north of the city, called El Carmen. Here you can find many different small streets and large squares to get lost in. We recommend exploring this old centre without a map because you’ll end up in some beautiful places. At the end of El Carmen you will find the Quart Towers. This is a watchtower where you can take a look over the whole city. It is worth a visit and one of the top things to do in Valencia.
2. Indulge in Valencian Cuisine
In Valencia it’s possible to eat good food on a budget! Most restaurants serve a 3-course menu for anywhere between €10 to €20, which is a pretty decent price for the quality and quantity. However, keep in mind that the Spanish tend to eat later than others, so you might have to adjust your stomach clock a bit. They have lunch around 14:00 and dinner at around 22:00. This is why many restaurants are open till 5 pm in the afternoon and open again at 8 pm in the evening.
The most popular dish of Spain is paella and it actually originates in Valencia! Since you’ll be here, you’ll definitely have to try Paella. Aside from this, Valencia is full of tapas bars, which you can find on almost every corner. Eating is easily one of our favourite things to do in Valencia!
3. Jardín del Turia
Valencia is home to a lot of parks, but the biggest is Jardín del Turia. This massive park covers a total of 9km, and is easily the most popular among locals and tourists. Originally, the area where the park sits was a river, but after a flood, the city decided to divert the river and create a park. Due to this development, you can find lots of old bridges in the park.
The park serves as a meeting place and recreation area. There are paths for running, walking, and cycling, so you never have to worry about navigating through crowds. The park is also home to a tennis court, football fields, a skate park, several fountains, a botanical garden, and a playground.
4. Valencia’s Mercado Central
If you love indulging in the local gastronomical products of the region you’re visiting, then you have to pay a visit to Valencia’s Mercado Central. It’s also one of the biggest covered markets in Europe, so if markets are your thing, this isn’t one you should miss. Local products like oranges, olives, prawns, hams, cheese, and more food can be found in this lovely place. You’ll love what’s on offer, and will surely leave with a few tasty souvenirs!
5. City of Arts and Sciences
A quick scan of Valencia on social media, and you’ll see images of modern buildings in front of a beautiful, clear water. This is the City of Arts and Sciences and is one of the top things to do in Valencia. You can find these beautiful buildings at the end of Turia Park, and are a perfect example of modern architecture. At the City of Arts & Sciences, you can participate in a variety of activities, such as visiting an aquarium, the science museum, going to the IMAX cinema, or to the opera.
6. Visit Valencia’s Beaches
A trip to any coastal Spanish city is incomplete without a trip to the beach. The easiest to access Las Arenas Beach, located on the shores of the city. You can access this beach by public transit 30 mins, but walking will take you about an hour. Las Arenas is one of the best beaches in Spain due to its clean water, sand, and relative low development. Even in the summer months, you’ll find lots of space to sprawl out here!
The last mention on our list of the top 7 things to do in Valencia is Umbracle. This structure is part of the City of Arts and Sciences, and is beautifully manicured with plants indigenous to Valencia. It also houses several modern sculptures, Next to it you can find the Umbracle Terrace, which is one of the most popular clubs in Valencia. In winter, you can also check out the nightclub MYA, which is located in Umbracle’s basement.
Where to Stay in Valencia
Our top recommendation for accommodation in Valencia is Purple Nest Hostel. You’ll love their modern and clean rooms, and they’re well located so you’ll have Valencia’s best on your doorstep!
Top 7 Things to Do in Valencia
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide on the Top 7 Things to Do in Valencia. You’ll love the contrast of old and new in this sunny city, just make sure to pack your sun lotion!
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