Spain kicks off November in holiday mode – All Saints Day on November 1 is a national holiday and sets the tone for a fantastic month to see Valencia.
If you have yet to book that break you promised yourself, Valencia is your destination. A short flight time, great weather and so much to see. There’s still plenty of sun and if you want to visit the beaches, it’s warm enough to swim in the sea! Here are a few ideas for your November Valencia getaway:
A Bike Tour Through Turia Gardens: There is no bike ride like it! The Turia Gardens were cultivated in the former riverbed, after the river was diverted. The fresh, verdant surroundings and multitude of things to do and see here – from nature spotting to sports – reflect what a positive move this was for Valencia, which had suffered badly when the river flooded in 1957. A guided bike tour will give you all the insights, while your take in the surroundings and get some exercise – a great first activity to get you in to the culture!
Visit the City of Arts and Sciences: On foot or by bike, the City of Arts and Sciences, will take your breath away. This is a place for scientific, cultural and architectural exploration and is home to: the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema and digital projections), the vantage point at Umbracle, the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the Oceanográfic and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. Enjoy the setting as a whole and as a stunning backdrop for holiday photos and then choose where you plan to investigate further. Shows and events at each of the venues can be found here. Children will particularly love the Oceanografic – it’s the largest aquarium in Europe with over 500 marine species.
Historic Tour: A guided tour through the historic centre of Valencia will help you unlock the secrets held by buildings, roads, gardens and monuments. Valencia is home to the Holy Grail – the cathedral houses the only chalice to have received recognition as the cup likely to have been used at the Last Supper. Children and adults will be captivated by the detail revealed on almost every street.
Albufera Natural Park: It’s hard to believe that this wide expanse of pine woodland, lake, sand dunes and countryside is so close to such a beautiful and bustling city. The park is home to the largest lake in Spain and one of the most important wetland areas in the Iberian Peninsula. Young travellers will love to spot the wildlife – tell them to keep their eyes peeled for rare species of wading birds. Its waters have been traditionally worked by fishermen and rice growers, supplying ingredients and inspiration for many of the regions favourite dishes. And if that whets your appetite, go to El Palmar village and try the paella – a dish known the world over and born here in Valencia.
The Bioparc: There are 250 different species living at this progressive zoo and you’ll get closer to them here than you can imagine! Bioparc Valencia is a fine example of zoo-immersion in action: the visitors feel like they are walking through the natural habitat of elephants, gorillas, hippopotamuses, lions and many more animals, and the animals feel comfortable in their surroundings.
From plants to hidden barriers, the flow between public pathway and animal enclosure is designed sympathetically across four replica African ecosystems: Savannah, Madagascar Island, Equatorial forest and Wetlands. The Bioparc works with three main values in mind: conservation, education and sustainability. This is a great learning experience for adults and children and it won’t feel like homework!
Retreat to the Waterside: The Marina Real Juan Carlos I is a fascinating place to stop and take in the shining yachts and shimmering water. Here, you can enjoy a drink and some tapas and take a walk to plan how you would spend your lottery win! Keep up to date with events and book a boat trip by clicking here.
If the beach is calling, pack a towel and a beach ball and make the most of Valencia’s golden sands. Malvarrosa, El Saler and Las Arenas are waiting for you. It doesn’t all have to be lounging in the sun and now the hottest days of Spanish summer have gone, there is definitely time for a game of volleyball or beach tennis to keep the family active.
Make Every Euro Count: Travelling to Valencia in Autumn as opposed to August will mean you will be likely to save on your flight and accommodation. But there are others ways to save, too, including the Valencia Tourist Card.
The VTC comes in 24, 48 or 72 hour formats, which offer: Free public transport around the city including the journey from the airport to the centre, and free entry to public museums and monuments, There is also the Valencia Family Card, which offers the same benefits as the Valencia Tourist Card but at a much more competitive price. And even if you don’t require public transport, the card can earn you discounts of up to 50% on tickets, tourist services and leisure activities and in shops and restaurants, as well as gaining free entry to all the city’s public museums and monuments.
To find out more and to book your trip, go to visitvalencia.com.