The coolest nights out, the most romantic sunsets, the tastiest paella and the most original festivities all await you in Valencia – traditional, radical, always Mediterranean.
1. Paella with a view of the sea.
The Moors introduced rice to the city, paving the way for what soon became Valencia’s signature dish, and the hallmark of Spanish cuisine around the world: paella. You can sample some in one of the restaurants along the Playa de las Arenas, which offer panoramic views of the sea, or you can head to one of the eateries situated right in the heart of the Albufera Natural Park. It’s a feast for the senses. Bon appétit!
2. Experience Las Fallas.
Experience our most international festival, the Fallas. Watch the mascletás (a type of firecracker) ignite the city, be moved by the Floral Offering, and enjoy the satire and humour of over 400 Fallas displays which adorn the streets and squares of Valencia from the 15 to 19 March. 24 hours of partying lie in store, with fireworks, rock concerts and open-air festivities in every corner of the city.
3. A cool night out.
Enjoy the best snacks in seaside restaurants, have a drink in one of the hideouts tucked away in the Barrio del Carmen district, or in a 16th century mansion, then dance the night away at the water's edge. Just some of the options which await you in the Valencian moonlight.
It’s the fusion of traditional handicrafting, together with a touch of modernity and the avant-garde which make Valencia a cosmopolitan city with a buzzing commercial scene. If urban shopping is your thing, lose yourself in the old town, or in areas such as Ruzafa or Eixample, where fashion and design come together.
5. Taste the most refreshing drink: Horchata.
Don’t miss out on this popular brew made from a fruit grown only in Valencia: the tiger nut. There’s no sweeter accompaniment to this drink than the traditional fartons (long sponge biscuits). Exquisite! Choose a bar terrace to enjoy one right in the heart of the city – it’ll taste even better!
6. Cycle through the Turia Gardens.
A bicycle ride through the Turia Gardens will make you feel at one with nature whilst being in the centre of the city. The nine-kilometre route starts off from the Cabecera Park. From here, you can see museums, monuments and bridges dating from the late medieval period up to the present day as you pass by. The pièce de résistance — arriving at The City of Arts and Sciences.
7. Watch the best sunset in Albufera.
One of the best ways to see one of Europe's most valuable environmental and ecological spots, the Albufera Natural Park, is with a boat trip — even better if you take your trip at dusk. Nature’s golds and oranges merge together, creating this spectacular sight each evening.
8. Take a catamaran on the Mediterranean.
To the soundtrack of chill out music, with the lapping of the waves in the background, the heat of the evening sun on your back, and a glass of cava in hand, let Mundo Marino sail you around the Mediterranean coastline aboard their catamaran, in the ultimate setting: the sun setting over Juan Carlos I Royal Marina. What more could you ask for?
9. Go for tapas.
Grilled cuttlefish, steamed mussels, serrano ham, clams, esgarraet, baby squid and patatas bravas all delight diners at various hotspots in the market place, extending to the Lonja (the Silk Exchange), Plaza del Collado, Plaza del Negrito, and the bars along Calle Caballeros, finishing up at the Plaza de la Virgen. A cold beer or a glass of sangria are the most typical accompaniments.
10. Take in Valencia from atop the Miguelete bell tower.
Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views from Valencia's most emblematic tower. The views from the top of El Miguelete are a must-see. You'll have to walk up a long 51-metre high spiral staircase with 207 steps to reach the terrace around the belfry, but it's well worth the climb, with a spectacular 360º view of the city from the top.
11. Spend an evening watching football with the best teams in the Spanish league.
Enjoy an afternoon of the best first division football in the Mestalla and Ciudad de Valencia stadiums. Every weekend from mid-August to the beginning of June, Valencia CF and Levante UD will be playing for a top position in the Spanish league, which includes some of the best teams in the world.