Taking children on holiday can add an entirely new dimension to a destination you already know and love. The key to a successful trip is planning, planning, planning. Luckily, Valencia is such a popular place for families, all that preparation has already been done for you.
Ease of access will be the first thing you notice. An extensive urban bus network connects the airport
to the city centre, which is lined with beaches, so everything is within easy reach. The flat landscape and well thought-out pedestrian areas make it perfect if you have brought your buggy. If your family are happy to walk, even better! The gardens and architecture make fantastic scenery for your stroll through Valencia.
A Valencia Tourist Card will give you free travel and discount on many activities and restaurants in the city.
The Bioparc is a favourite with little ones because it introduces them to some fascinating animals, and it’s an eye-opener for adults who will probably never have seen such creatures so close and in such natural surroundings. The zoo has been made with invisible barriers between the animals and visitors: water, glass, landscaping separate the species in a way that will make you feel you are really getting an idea of their lifestyle.
The Oceanographic is the largest aquarium in Europe, situated in the City of Arts and Sciences. Sharks, seals, dolphins and penguins are just some of the inhabitants and there are regular training shows and feeding opportunities throughout the day.
To show your little tourists Spain’s wildlife, visit the Albufera Natural Park and hop on a boat trip.
Take time out of the sun with a stop at Valencia’s museums. The Hemisferic and Principe Felipe Science Museum can be found at the City of Arts and Sciences.
So much to see and do…for free!
The Cabecera Park, next door to the Bioparc, is a perfect picnic spot, complete with lots of open space to stretch legs and enjoy the sunshine.
Valencia has a long stretch of parks built in the former riverbed running through the city. Here, the children can become little explorers and join the Lilliputians climbing over the giant Gulliver at the enormous children’s park. The Viveros Gardens regularly play host to special children’s activities throughout the year.
The Fallas Museum will teach the whole family about the famous Valencian festival. The exhibits include ninots – giant papier mache creatures made to be burnt during the festival – and shows how they are made.
Don’t forget the long, sandy beaches Las Arenas and Malvarossa. The pretty promenade is lined with children’s play areas and the opportunity for sandcastle competitions is not to be missed!