In a city where the sun is bound to shine, it’s very tempting to head outdoors and soak up the rays. Outdoor Valencia offers not only a fantastic climate but the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with an abundance of activities. Let’s explore…
Get on your bike
One of the most exciting ways to explore a new city is to hop on a bike. Valencia is extremely bike-friendly and an easy place to ride with many outlets where you can rent by the day, week or weekend. Cycling offers the freedom to explore the hidden corners of the city, taking in courtyards, plazas and picturesque alleyways and the weekly street markets that take place in every barrio. Walking around town is another great way to explore the tree-lined avenues and twisting alleyways. Valencia’s architecture is world-famous thanks to a melting pot of influences from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical and Modernist periods, so a walk around town promises some breathtaking sights.
The city’s plazas are also a sight to behold – these tree-lined squares offer a charming glimpse into everyday Valencia life. The Plaza del Reina in the old town is a popular tourist attraction and for good reason as it is a beautiful place to sit and watch the world go by whilst enjoying a coffee. Another plaza well worth a visit is the Plaza del Redonda that boasts a rustic feel and a great vibe.
Valencia’s parks offer another great way to enjoy the outdoors. The Turia Gardens stands head and shoulders above the rest – spread over 10 kilometres in the centre of the city, the space takes in green, flower-filled gardens, a running track, football, baseball and rugby fields, rollerblading, skateboarding and dirt bike areas, and a giant chessboard. For younger kids, there is the fabulous Parque Gulliver with its giant mythical figures. The nearby Botanical Gardens boast more than three thousand species of trees, exotic plants and flowers.
The city’s historical district features the gardens of La Glorieta and El Parterre with statues, sculpted fountains and giant magnolia trees – a welcome respite away from the buzzing metropolis. For the romantics, the Jardines de Monforte is a Neoclassical park that is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain, while La Alameda is another beautiful green space in which to wander. For another way to entertain the kids, the Jardines de Viveros are home to Valencia’s zoo and its crocodiles, giraffes, chimpanzees, bears and more!
Take a hike
The diversity of the landscape around Valencia makes hiking a great activity, for which the energetic will be rewarded with stunning vistas framed by protected natural parks, mountain peaks, canyons, forests, volcanic rock formations, rivers and waterfalls. The region has a number of trails and footpaths for all levels of expertise, while the manmade treasures include ancient villages, abandoned monasteries and even medieval castles. Trekking is an alternative option for those who want to enjoy the views without too much effort! The Via Augusta trek is a fascinating historical option that traces the original dirt and stone route of the Roman times.
And after all that, the city has an abundance of tapas that are just waiting to be sampled…