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​Discover Beautiful Valencia

Valencia is one of the most beautiful places in whole Spain. With amazing architecture, clear beaches and many, many parks and jardins it will take your breath away. Don’t forget about the delicious food too. Now, during June you can fly there from Sevilla for only 23 euros, so take you friends and pack your bags!

Paella

Along with jamon serrano and manchego, paella makes up a big part of Spain’s culinary pride and it was born deep in Valencia. You probably already know it but this traditional dish is made kind of like risotto and includes an array of meat, seafood, and veggies that are set in a fluffy bed of spiced, slow-simmered rice. Since it takes a few hours to pull together all of the flavors, paella is normally made in huge, family-feeding portions that require special big pans. Since the dish was born here, many restaurants compete for your appetite.

The City of Arts and Sciences

The ‘City of Arts and Sciences’ in Valencia is widely recommended as a must-see for any first-time visitor to the city. The futuristic buildings designed by local architects, The first one built, L'Hemisferic, was designed to look like a giant human eye. It offers, among other things, a 3D panoramic cinema, which is always popular with both locals and tourists.

Once you descend into the cinema, you are given 3D glasses which have built-in speakers, programmed to your own language so no matter what country you are from, you can sit back and fully enjoy the movies, of which there are many.

Then we find El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, or the Prince Philip Science museum. It has a program of changing exhibits at various times of the year and you don't have to be a science fan to enjoy it. The other part of the complex houses L'Umbracle, which is completely free and is a landscaped walk of plants native to the area and various artistic and sculptures.

Then there is L'Oceanogràfic, which is basically a small version of Sea World, so expect to pay to visit. It’s not cheap, but it is well worth it for sure. Adult ticket costs 30 euros but for students it’s 22 euros. They do a dolphin display and it has the largest glass water tunnel in Europe to walk through, directly underneath the massive fish tank, with sharks swimming a few meters from your face!

El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía is the next part, which is an impressive looking opera house and theatre. The last and newest bit is L'Àgora, which is a covered exhibition space and sports arena with the shape of an ellipse. The City of Arts and Sciences is, with its stunning architecture, actually a great sporting venue, and Valencia hosts spectacular sport events every year.

The beaches of Valencia

Many would say that a holiday in the sun is incomplete without a visit to the beach. Luckily, the city of Valencia has many beaches along its coastline, several of which are undeveloped places to sit down and chill, and maybe take a dip in the lovely blue sea here.

The city has a great location beside the sea, and the beaches are wide and long, with clean soft sand. Try the most popular beach, La Malvarrosa, which starts around the port area and is split into sections such as the Playa las Arenas and the Playa Cabanyal, eventually stretching up to the Playa de Patacona.

A bit further away you will find the other local beaches such as Playa de Pinedo and Playa el Saler, which also has a golf course nearby. North of the city you will find Playa Port Saplaya, and a bit further still, the Roman area of Playa Sagunto. If you prefer to stay near one of the relaxing beaches around Valencia, have a look at our holiday homes for your holidays to Valencia.

Valencia's Central Market

Whilst the prospect of wandering around a food market is not everyone's first choice of what to do whilst on holiday, the historic Central Market of Valencia is quite unique and well worth a visit. Not only is it a great modernist building to admire, it is also somewhere where visitors get a closer insight into the daily life of the Valencianos.

The market itself is divided into sections, depending on the type of food available such as fish, a meat section, a fruit section and so on. Even if you get bored, there are loads of traditional shops, bars and cafes around the building.

Parque Gulliver

Have a “Giant” Great Time at This Unique Spanish Playground! One of the most iconic images in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels occurs immediately after the hero has landed in the country of Lilliput. The Lilliputians, frightened by his giant size in their tiny land, bind Gulliver prone on the ground to prevent his escape. That is how the famous playground known as Parque Gulliver looks like.

This unique sculptural playground in Valencia, Spain is centrally located in the old Turia riverbed and surrounded by bridges. The sweeping curves of Gulliver’s rounded form make a natural climbing surface not only for children. Hidden steps provide quick access to multiple levels of ropes and ladders, and steep and shallow slides pepper Gulliver’s sides.

La Lonja

This splendid building, a Unesco World Heritage site, was originally Valencia’s silk and commodity exchange, built in the late 15th century when Valencia was booming. It's one of Spain's finest examples of a civil Gothic building. Two main structures flank a citrus-studded courtyard: the magnificent Sala de Contratación, a cathedral of commerce with soaring twisted pillars, and the Consulado del Mar, where a maritime tribunal sat. The top floor boasts a stunning coffered ceiling brought here from another building.

Cathedral

Valencia’s cathedral was built in 13th century. Its low, wide, brick-vaulted triple nave is mostly Gothic, with neoclassical side chapels. Various relics and a beautiful transitional altarpiece in the Capilla de San Dionisio are other worthy features.

Left of the main portal is the entrance to the bell tower El Miguelete. Climb the 207 steps of its spiral staircase for terrific 360-degree city-and-skyline views. As done for over a thousand years, the Tribunal de las Aguas (Water Court) meets every Thursday exactly at noon outside the cathedral’s Puerta de los Apóstoles. Here, Europe’s oldest legal institution settles local farmers’ irrigation disputes in Valenciano, the regional language.

Enjoy!