Visit Valencia: Your Travel Guide

There’s a special energy about Valencia. This sun-drenched city is as juicy as its oranges, and as rich as its paella. Take a walk to the Middle Ages in Old Town’s narrow streets, zoom into the future at the outlandish City of Arts & Sciences, and get the party started in off-beat Ruzafa.

Things to Do in Valencia
Valencia Silk Exchange
Not a bad place to do business. This 15th-century building was once the heart of Spain’s silk trade. At Valencia’s economic peak, merchants came from all corners of the Mediterranean. If you stand under the spiral-pattern pillars and close your eyes, the footsteps echoing across marble tiles will transport you back to a time when traders did their silky-smooth business here.
Carrer de la Llotja 2, 46001 Valencia, Spain
Open Monday-Saturday 09:30-19:00, Sunday 09:30-15:00
Valencia Cathedral
Indiana Jones, Monty Python… Valencia Cathedral? All have links to the Christian Holy Grail. With its bejewelled goblet inside a case, this cathedral lays claim to the cup from which Jesus quaffed his last bit of wine at the Last Supper. The tangled hagiography doesn’t end there – this holy house of curios also contains the withered arm of the 4th-century martyr, St Vicente.
Plaça de l'Almoina, 46003 Valencia
Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Central Market
So fresh and so clean! This market’s jam-packed with the freshest produce around. Vivid red apples and green limes dazzle from the fruit stands, as the cries of a thousand-odd vendors echo around. Even if you’re not in the market for foodstuffs, the building’s a sight to behold. The cavernous space is drenched with sunlight from the fairytale-like domes, encrusted with mosaics.
Plaza Ciudad de Brujas, 46001 Valencia
Open Monday-Saturday 07:00-15:00
Quart Towers
Quart in the crossfire. This pair of cylindrical towers used to form part of the old city walls back in the 15th century. In 1808, Napoleon’s forces besieged Valencia, strafing the Quart Towers with bullets and cannonballs. Two-hundred years later, the dents from the French cannon remain, now used as nesting holes for resourceful Valencian birdlife.
Guillem de Castro 89, Valencia 46003
Open Monday-Saturday 09:30-19:00, Sunday 09:30-15:00.
Barrio del Carmen
Wall-to-wall fun. This Bohemian area is bookended by two mediaeval walls, and its narrow alleyways are peppered with elaborate graffiti and funky boutiques. El Carmen really comes into its own after dark, when the quiet alleys come alive with chatter as Valencians come out to play. Keep it alternative around Plaza Negrito or bop to reggae, flamenco or house in Radio City.
El Carmen is officially located in the north east of the Old Town behind Plaza de la Virgin and near Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.
Valencia Botanical Gardens
Green fingers? Or just city-weary? Get yourself down to the Botanical Gardens quick-sharp! Founded as far back as 1567, it’s a leafy oasis of photosynthesising fronds and tendrils, right next to the Old Town. There are 4500 species, among the various greenhouses and flowerbeds. Just don’t try to count them all! Stroll round and feel your soul regenerating among the greenery.
Carrer Quart 80, 46008 Valencia, Spain
Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
City of Arts & Sciences
Crazy curves. These spaceship-like buildings bend minds with their arcing roofs and reflective pools. Built at an eye-watering cost in the 1990s, they gave Valencia an instant kick into the future. Inside these sugar-white shells lie an IMAX cinema, an auditorium and an aquarium. This place is a photographer’s dream ticket, whether for funky selfies or artsy angles.
Av del Profesor López Piñero, 7, 46013 Valencia, Spain
Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Bioparc Valencia
No, you haven’t just stepped into a scene from “The Lion King”. You’re at Bioparc, Valencia’s very own simulacrum of Africa! This zoo recreates various terrains from the “Mother Continent”, with open enclosures sprinkled with native plant life like instantly recognisable baobab trees. Pad across the savannah area, or interact with feathered friends at the bird shows.
Av Pio Baroja, 3, 46015 Valencia, Spain
Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Oceanografic
It turns out that you don’t need to anger Don Corleone to sleep with the fishes. This enormous aquarium runs “Sleep with the Sharks” nights, where you can snooze while surrounded by these beasts. If you’re that way inclined, of course. Otherwise, you might want to plump for a wander round the tanks or a meal in the underwater restaurant. Surely that’s an offer you can’t refuse?
Carrer Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 1, 46013 Valencia, Spain
Open Monday-Friday 10:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-20:00 and Sunday 10:00-18:00
Malvarrosa Beach
What’s a trip to the Med without a jaunt to the beach? Malvarrosa is one of the best city beaches around, with a wide expanse of fine sand that draws endorphin-chasing tourists in droves. Why not combine a day’s sun-bathing with a long, lazy lunch of “paella mixta”? Head to Nautilus Restaurant – the pick of the seafront eateries that specialise in Valencia’s signature dish.
Passeig Marítim - Séquia de la Cadena, 46011 Valencia, Spain
Jardín del Turia
Run the river. What was once the raging River Turia is now a peaceful city park – a long stretch of greenery sunk below the streets of Valencia. It's been so popular with joggers that they installed a runner-specific circuit covering 5K past trees, lawns, playgrounds, and benches. There are even dedicated exercise areas on the route, where you can stop and work specific muscle groups.
Marina Real Juan Carlos I
This marina is a favorite with local runners. In addition to a healthy dose of sea breeze and some Mediterranean sunshine, you get to look at the bobbing sails of yachts in the harbor. The marina is also the starting point for a lot of races, too – including the Valencia Triathlon and the colorful Holi Run.
La Malvarrosa Beach
If you love running by the water, Malvarrosa is for you. Start at the Jardines de Neptuno and follow the coast – but don’t forget your sunscreen since it's a pretty exposed area. When you get to the end, your reward is a refreshing plunge into the cool sea.
El Saler Beach
This rugged stretch of coast is only a short drive south of the city, but it’s more than worth it if you’re into running in nature. On one side clumps of thick, wild grass sway in the sea breeze. On the other, the sparkling sea stretches out to the horizon.
Cabecera Park
There’s a great route in Cabecera Park if you're looking for a light run, plus it connects to Jardines de Turia for those who want something more. Start at the Nou d’Octubre bridge and wind your way around, up, and down a series of steps and slopes to keep your calves working.
Oceanogràfic
It turns out that you don’t need to anger Don Corleone to sleep with the fishes. This enormous aquarium runs “Sleep with the Sharks” nights, where you can snooze while surrounded by these beasts. If you’re that way inclined, of course. Otherwise, you might want to plump for a wander round the tanks or a meal in the underwater restaurant. Surely that’s an offer you can’t refuse?
La Riua Restaurant
Situated in the city’s historic old town, the family-run La Riua is a Valencian institution. Clad with memorabilia and azulejo ceramic tiles, it’s the perfect setting for tucking into a traditional paella. You can choose from 15 delicious seafood dishes and scrumptious rice specials. Locals love this place so much, you’ll need to book in advance to avoid missing out.
Duna Restaurant
Where better to sample a classic paella than by the sea? At Arrocería Duna, you can savour sumptuous seafood-and-rice combos to the sound of waves lapping onto El Saler beach. Take your pick from 50 varieties of rice, and add everything from Norwegian lobster to freshly caught cuttlefish. Feeling brave? Chow on an Albufera special – duck, eel and snail all in one!
Pepica Restaurant
La Pepica oozes over a century’s worth of tradition. Once a favourite haunt of writer Ernest Hemingway, this third generation, family-run restaurant serves up some of the tastiest grub in town. Try a classic Valencian paella of chicken, duck and veggies, or go for a twist on tradition and tuck into some “fideuà” – a kind of paella with noodles instead of rice.

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

8
Very Good
A very interesting city with amazing beach area - which will be great in the warmer months. Public transport excellent we used tourist ticket - 25 Euro for 72 hours amazing value. Loads of lovely bars & restaurants. Lots of history. Recommended.
Irene
United Kingdom
March 25, 2017
10
Exceptional
Very nice city. Have been there multiple times. Always a great joy to come back.
Yves
United States of America
March 23, 2017
10
Exceptional
Valencia is a beautiful city , lots to do , friendly, you could walk to most places. We live in Spain but will visit Valencia again.
Michael
Spain
March 24, 2017
8
Very Good
We went for the Fellas Festival which was amazing, the city centre is quite compact so it's easy to walk around with lots of lovely cafes and restaurants
Valerie
United Kingdom
March 25, 2017
8
Very Good
is beutiful city with many activity you can found places for what ever u want. unfurtunetlly my trip was too short and i couldnt meet places.
Susan
Turkey
March 26, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Valencia

Vincci Mercat

8.9 Excellent

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$95

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Las Arenas Balneario Resort

9.1 Wonderful

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$183

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Vincci Lys

8.9 Excellent

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$90

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Catalonia Excelsior

8.7 Excellent

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$70

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Sorolla Centro

9 Wonderful

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$71

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Eurostars Rey Don Jaime

8.2 Very Good

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$63

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Ayre Hotel Astoria Palace

8.4 Very Good

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$70

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Petit Palace Bristol

8.6 Excellent

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$80

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Hotel Dimar

8.8 Excellent

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$58

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Discover Valencia

Popular Neighborhoods in Valencia

Ciutat Vella

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Valencia’s Old Town is the city’s beating heart. It’s a tangle of mediaeval streets dotted with orange trees and grand monuments like the Silk Exchange. Start on a high by scaling the Cathedral’s “Miguelete” Tower for priceless panoramas. Then dive, map-less, into the Carmen neighbourhood and fraternise with locals in Plaza del Tossal’s bars.

Poblats Maritims

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This beachside district does a roaring trade in paella, Valencia’s star dish. Just remember that locals only ever have it for lunch rather than dinner. Malvarrosa Beach is the place for a seaside paella, with Panorama restaurant at the top of the list. After dark, party people head to Destino56 for G & T, then to Akuarela Playa for a boogie.

Extramurs

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This district takes its name from its position outside the old city walls. It’s a border-town that straddles old and new Valencia. Climb the iconic Quart Towers for a view across the rooftops, then stroll on tree-lined streets towards the leafy Botanical Gardens. Cap the day off with a traditional Galician octopus dinner at Milonga Tapas y Copas.

Ruzafa

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Ruzafa fits the age-old paradigm of gritty-area-done-good. Its kaleidoscope of varied nationalities and edgy establishments have cemented it as a hipster haven. Pick up funky homeware in Gnomo and munch on tip-top burgers at Black Turtle. Marvel at graffiti legend Vinz’s work on your way to bars like Cómic, Nylon or Extra Large Club.

Quatre Carreres

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The highlights of this residential district lie in the dried-out Turia River, which now holds landscaped gardens and sports facilities. Gulliver Park is a Swift-inspired playground in the shape of a prone giant, where kids play Lilliputian games. Follow the river round to the City of Arts & Sciences, Valencia’s futuristic complex of culture.

Local Tips for Valencia

Running in the Turia Gardens
Krishna by Krishna

A frequent business visitor to Valencia, Krishna is passionate about sport and being outdoors.

I try to combine my passion for sports with my love of the outdoors whenever possible. In Valencia this means running in the Turia Gardens, a lush park which covers 9 km of dry riverbed left when the River Turia was diverted around the city. It’s the perfect spot for a jog!

  • Avenida Manuel de Falla, s/n, 46018 Valencia
  • www.valenciavalencia.com
  • The Gardens of Turia never close but it is not advisable to walk here after dark.
Heladería Glasol
Jose Miguel by Jose Miguel

Jose is a keen boxer who enjoys nothing more than listening to the sound of the sea.

There's nothing better than an ice-cream on a hot summer’s day, and ice-cream doesn’t get any better than Glasol. They make a huge range of flavours which can also be combined with crepes or made into sundaes or even cocktails. My mouth waters just thinking about it!

  • Av. del Regne de València, 22, 46005 València
  • www.glasol.es
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:30-01:30
Traditional Valencian cuisine
Daniel by Daniel

A Valencian born and bred, Dani is a huge fan of his city's culture, sport and cuisine.

When you’re in Valencia, you have to try the delicious local cuisine. Traditional dishes I love include all i pebre (eel, garlic and paprika stew) and arròs a banda (fish and rice served with alioli). Of course, they taste even better when you’re watching the sun set over Lake Albufera.

  • 961 62 02 97
  • Open Wednesday-Sunday 13:00-17:00
El Saler Beach
Richard by Richard

Richard fell in love with Valencia’s people, food and Mediterranean climate during a work placement.

Working in Valencia, I’d finish at 15:00 every day and hop straight on a bus to El Saler. It’s just 20 minutes from the city but feels like a million miles away. I’d order paella and sangria from a seafront restaurant, before stretching out on the sand surrounded by bamboo and pine trees.

  • Paseo de la Dehesa, 3, 46012 Valencia
  • www.lestibador.es
  • Open Thursday-Saturday 01:30-12:00
Horchata and fartons
Andrea by Andrea

A writer at heart, Andrea also loves to capture the world through her camera.

You can’t leave Valencia without trying horchata, an ice-cold drink made from ground tiger nuts, water and sugar. It’s often served with fartons, a traditional sweet pastry. You can find horchata and fartons throughout Valencia, but the most authentic spot is the suburb of Alboraya.

  • Partida Saboyan Nº6 (Alboraya)
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  • Tues - Fri:16:30–21:00 Sat:10:00–14:00 and 16:00–21:30 Sunday, 10:00–21:30
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Recommended in Valencia

The beach was a plus for myself and my family. The beach is kept very clean and it is very safe with police present, medical services on the beach and life guards situated along the coastline. The water is shallow which is ideal when you are travelling with a young family.

Facade, inside, inner-side, hidden chapel, Torre del Micalet, the art and soul. Locals joining to the services at all times (early mrng, late evening).

The Spanish are very stylish and there are plenty of good clothing shops, designer shops and everything you could possibly want

Lots of things to see, alone or with family. The parks are interesting, beautiful and have good services all over.

Go on the open top bus trip first to get your bearings as Valencia is a very large town with lots to see.

Buy a transport pass for hopping on and off buses and metro.

Bus service very good and never seemed crowded.

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Why do you recommend Valencia for food?

excellent variety and flavour

Transportation

Valencia Transportation

Air - Valencia Airport

Metro lines 3 and 5 connect Valencia Airport with the city centre in 25 minutes. A single ticket costs EUR 1.50, while a T1 day pass (also valid on buses and trams) costs EUR 4. Bus line 150 also makes the 45-minute trip to the centre roughly every half hour from 05:25–22:00 (no service on Sundays). Tickets are sold on the bus for EUR 1.45. The only option for late-night arrivals is a taxi, which costs EUR 20 to the city centre or EUR 23 to the Old Town or beach.

Bus

The bus network is Valencia’s most well-used form of transport. Popular routes include line 95, which passes the City of Arts and Sciences, Bioparc and the Turia Gardens, and lines 1, 19 and 32 for the beach. Single tickets costs EUR 1.50, while a T1 day pass costs EUR 4 and is valid on the metro and tram. Buses are also covered by the Valencia Tourist Card (EUR 15 for 24 hours / EUR 20 for 48 hours / EUR 25 for 72 hours) which offers discounts on city attractions.

Metro

Valencia’s metro system covers most of the city and operates from around 05:30–23:00 daily. A single ticket costs EUR 1.50, while a T1 day pass costs EUR 4 and is also valid on buses and trams. Tickets are available from machines in metro stations. You can also use a Valencia Tourist Card, which includes unlimited public transport and free or discounted entry to most city attractions. Cards cost EUR 15 for 24 hours, EUR 20 for 48 hours or EUR 25 for 72 hours.

Train

Located in the heart of the Old Town, Estació del Nord is Valencia's main train station. It serves both nearby towns and most major Spanish cities. Tickets are sold in the lobby area, while platforms, shops and restaurants can be found in the main station building. The modern Joaquin Sorolla Train Station offers long-distance AVE trains to destinations including Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Gijón. Tickets are available from desks and machines in the station.

Taxi

Taxis in Valencia are convenient and plentiful, though fairly expensive. Official taxis are easy to spot: just look for white vehicles with a green light on top. Fares start at EUR 1.45 and rise by EUR 1.08 per km. Extra fees apply at night and weekends. Taxis can be hailed in street or ordered from a radio taxi company, but bear in mind that radio taxis will start the meter from the moment you call. Very few taxis accept credit cards, and small change is preferred.

Food in Valencia

Top Restaurants in Valencia

Upscale Dining
Mediterranean
Restaurante Navarro
Mid-Range Fare
Peruvian
Restaurante Commo Fusion
Cheap Eats
Spanish
Horchatería Santa Catalina
Mid-Range Fare
Spanish
Palace Fesol
Cheap Eats
Spanish
Suc de Lluna
Mid-Range Fare
Spanish
La Riua
Mid-Range Fare
South African
L'Oasis
  • Matemático Marzal, 9, 46007 Valencia
  • Open Monday-Sunday 12:00-16:00 and 20:00 to 23:30
  • 0034 963514521
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
La Pappardella
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Restaurante Vintage Coffee & Wine
Upscale Dining
International
Atmosphere
Cheap Eats
Italian
Mangiamo
Upscale Dining
Mediterranean
Restaurante RiFF
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Spanish
DeniaSeis
Upscale Dining
International
Bocamada Restaurante
Cheap Eats
Latin American
Restaurante Salsavana
Mid-Range Fare
Mediterranean
Restaurante Delicat
  • Carrer del Comte d'Almodóvar, 4, 46003 València
  • Open Tuesday-Saturday 13:45-15:45 and 20:45-23:30, Sunday 13:45-15:45
  • 0034 963923357
Cheap Eats
Spanish
La Piraleta
Upscale Dining
International
Mood Food Restaurant
Cheap Eats
Spanish
Brunch Corner
  • Plaza de Sant Bult, 3, 46003 Valencia
  • Open Monday-Friday 08:00-20:00, Saturday 09:00-20:00, Sunday 09:00-15:00
  • 0034 682872883
Mid-Range Fare
Bar Bites
Barbarela
Upscale Dining
Seafood
Marisqueria Santa Cruz
Mid-Range Fare
Chinese
Mey - Mey
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Spanish
Maipi
Mid-Range Fare
International
El Rus
Mid-Range Fare
Local
Restaurante Canela
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