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Resting along the banks of River Turia, right at the centre of Spain's Mediterranean coastline, Valencia is dotted with balmy beaches and tree-lined promenades ideal for leisurely bike rides. Its manicured gardens, intricate architecture and quiet churches give the city a characterful identity.

Valencia's skyline juxtaposes avant-garde designs with the city's old-world charm. You'll find several historical periods coming together here – from the UNESCO-listed Gothic structure of Lonja de la Seda to the futuristic cultural complex of the City of Arts and Sciences. Don't miss out on a walk down the winding streets of El Carmen for some glimpses of the city's Arabic and Roman roots.

Azure waters of the Mediterranean wash the golden shores of the Valencia Coast. You can set aside some time on your Valencia trip to enjoy an afternoon siesta at the Malvarrosa Beach or head out to the Albufera Natural Park for stunning sunset views from beaches flanked with rugged vegetation.

This port city is the birthplace of 'paella' – and is therefore ideal for a restaurant-hopping spree to get your fill of this saffron-infused seafood delicacy. The Valencian cuisine holds a soft spot for rice and vegetables, making 'arròs al forn' and 'gazpacho' top favourites among locals and tourists alike. You can pair almost all your meals with 'Agua de Valencia' – a local cocktail made from cava and orange juice.


From £55 per night

This weekend

From £266 per night

Next weekend

From £303 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.68
Language Spanish
Average weekend price £105 per night
Average weekday price £114 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Such an under-rated City!

28 May 2023

Such an under-rated City! Perfect for a 3 night break. Lovely wandering around the old town and the science park is a must. You can even walk to the beach and spend time there. Ate some fabulous local food and tapas. Less than half an hour by metro into the old town. Amazing architecture.

Lara United Kingdom

Valencia is a great city to explore, with lots of good...

27 May 2023

Valencia is a great city to explore, with lots of good restaurants, museums and galleries. In particular like the old silk exchange which provides a lot of useful information about the city's history and source of wealth.

Urte United Kingdom

Amazing city rich with history and with lots to see.

27 May 2023

Amazing city rich with history and with lots to see. Seemingly had a church on every block! Learned how to cook Paella and make Sangria during our stay. MyFirstPaella class is worth scheduling. Visited the Lladro museum/Factory a short distance from the hotel was amazing. Shopping at the public markets for fresh fruits and vegetables was wonderful. Best oranges and tangerines that we have ever had.

Robert United States

A great city for walking (and cycling).

27 May 2023

A great city for walking (and cycling). Turia Gardens offer miles without traffic. So many great places to eat. City of Arts and Sciences amazing. Cathedral and San Nicolas Church well worth visiting. Not particularly strong on galleries or museums in Old Town. Some amazing Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings.

Jenny United Kingdom

Valencia has an old quarter straight in front of the main...

26 May 2023

Valencia has an old quarter straight in front of the main train station Nord, there are really good things to see away from the Centre and of course an endless Beach . You can visit Valencia for years and still find things to see. It is called the city that never sleeps so don’t Expect quiet . When you go to the main Train station Nord , you must queue for a ticket first to get a number for the queue that showed on a large screen to the right of the ticket office . The Metro tickets have several trips on them so you use it and pass it to the friend behind you as you go through the gate to use .

Anne United Kingdom

Beautiful architecture.

23 May 2023

Beautiful architecture. Exceptionally clean City. Public transport very modern. People very friendly. Amazing choice of Restaurants and Bars. Beautiful City to see on foot. Loved the Mercat Central in the Old Town. We enjoyed the City so much we could not find time to go to the beach!

William Ireland

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