How long do you like to visit on a city break? Many people think three days is the best – enough to get a feel of the city but leaving enough undiscovered for a return visit!
Valencia is an intriguing mix of historical sights, traditional culture and futuristic buildings, combined with a Mediterranean flavour and over 300 sunshine days a year. Capture the essence of the city with the following three day itinerary that showcases the best of Valencia:
Day 1 – Exploring the historic centre: Spend the first day wandering the delightful historic centre, including the Barrio del Carmen, home to the town’s main street in medieval times, and now a vibrant area of museums, galleries and boutiques by day and some of the city’s best nightlife after dark. Include a visit to the Mercado Central (pictured right), Europe’s largest fresh produce market. Finish off the day by wandering through the Turia Gardens, the 9km stretch of gardens, walking paths, trees and fountains, created in the 1960s when the Turia River was diverted to stop future flooding.
Valencia is a food lover’s paradise and as well as traditional style restaurants and tapas bars, the city has four Michelin starred restaurants. For dinner try La Sucursal in the historic centre or Riff in the L’Eixample area of the city.
Day 2 – Discover Valencia’s most popular tourist attraction: The futurist architectural masterpiece that is the City of Arts & Sciences is the work of Valencia’s own Santiago Calatrava and is worthy of a whole day.
Wander back to the city centre and enjoy a refreshing drink of horchata at one of the city’s traditional ‘horchaterias’, close to Plaza de la Reina.
Day 3 – Kick back at the beach: Time for some relaxation and the chance to discover the fantastic beaches of Valencia. Just a 20 minute journey by metro and you will hit the start of the 3km stretch of beautiful wide, sandy beaches. Starting with Las Arenas, which is lined with bars and restaurants, continue walking on to reach the stunning beach of La Malvarrosa.
After a day lounging on the beach, try one of the ‘pintxos bars’ (such as Sagardi)in the city centre for dinner – a type of fast food tapas where diners just help themselves to a variety of meat and vegetable tapas served on small pieces of bread.
Stay: The 5* Caro Hotel is one of the newest additions to the city’s top class hotels and is a real treat for history lovers being the city’s first historic monument hotel. Rooms start from €161 per room per night.
Get around: Don’t forget to pick up your 72 hour VLC Tourist Card, so that you travel FREE on the bus, metro and tram, get free entry to museums and monuments and get special prices in shops, restaurants and leisure and tourism services.