The city of the sun

Due to its climate, location, gastronomy, touristic offer and services, Valencia is the perfect destination for holidays with family or friends. It is a smaller city than the big cities of Madrid and Barcelona, ​​but with enough size to have a wide range of activities and services that make it very attractive for all types of tourists. Its beaches to the Mediterranean Sea and its old town will make you fall in love.

Valencia is one of the most dynamic cities in Spain with a wide cultural offer and a boiling nightlife.

Here you will find a list of activities and places of interest to get an idea of what awaits you in Valencia.

Places of interest

Known as the Carmen neighborhood, the old town is of special interest for its narrow and meandering streets. Here we find a list of places of interest that you can not miss if you are walking around and want to see the most characteristic places of the city. The Plaza del Ayuntamiento and the Post Office building is a beautiful and quiet area. A couple of blocks away we find the Mercado Central, the main market of the city of Valencia, where you will not only find everything you you need to cook the most traditional dishes, but also enjoy the beautiful building of great historical and architectural value.

The Plaza de la Reina, with the Miguelete tower is one of the most photographed squares in Valencia. A some meters away, the pedestrian Plaza de la Virgen, with the Cathedral of Valencia, is the second most photographed square. Two other very interesting points are the Torres de Quart and Torres de Serrano towers, the ancient gates to the walled city. The latter are in better condition and can be easily photographed from the Puente de Serranos bridge.

With more than 7 km of sand to explore, the beach of Valencia is one of the biggest attractions that this city has. On one had, the most busy beaches in the city such as Malvarrosa and Las Arenas, can be reached easily by public transport from almost anywhere in the city. On the other hand, on the wild beaches of the Albufera you will find a sandy area with natural dunes and abundant vegetation where you can easily lose yourself and relax.

The spectacular City of Arts and Sciences is a newly built area of ​​the city that has an extravagant architecture. Within the buildings there are museums with exhibitions and interactive workshops to learn about the advances of science, projections and even an Oceanographic where you can see marine animals in the largest aquarium in Europe where the main marine ecosystems of the planet are represented.

The Bioparc is an animal park that offers visitors the chance to explore the wild habitats where animals live. It allows you to enjoy a unique experience as you can approach animals without visible barriers as if you were in the original places of the species.

On the outskirts of the city, about 10 km to the south is the Albufera de Valencia, a Natural Park inhabited by a multitude of species of birds, fishes and vegetation. Here are also the large rice fields that supply the city of rice. You can also take boat rides to observe the beauty of this place and learn more about its secrets.

Gastronomy

The Mediterranean diet, present in Valencian gastronomy delights us with its most typical ingredients such as olive oil, vegetables and fish. Here you will also have the opportunity to taste the most famous food in Spain, right where it was born: La Paella Valenciana.

Valencia is especially known for its orange groves and rice fields. For that reason there are so many different rice recipes in this region. Among the most typical dishes we find:

  • Paella Valenciana
  • Baked rice / Arroz al horno
  • Seafood Paella / Arroz a banda
  • Black rice / Arroz negro

Activities

Many of our clients ask us what they can do during the rest days in the city. In addition to visiting the places of interest described above, some of the activities that can be done in the city or its surroundings are:

  • Eat a paella in the Albufera or on the beach.
  • Rent a bicycle to explore the old river bed.
  • Drink a refreshing horchata with fartons in summer or a hot chocolate with churros in winter.
  • Climb the 207 steps of the Miguelete to take a photo of the city from above.
  • Take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea or just relax in the sand on the beach.
  • Contemplate the sunset from the Albufera lookout jetty.

During the rest days or days of rain some climbers like to visit the climbing gyms or specialized mountain shops of the city.

Accommodation

Valencia offers all types of accommodation at different prices. You can use the internet search engines to find the place that best suits your preferences. From hotel rooms, hostels, flat rentals or rooms. You can also take a look at the places recommended by us for climbers in the section of Accommodation.