From Flamenco dance to bull fighting, Spain is home of so much colorful and unique festivals and traditions. The scenic beauty and amazing coast line of Spain is also worth mentioning but it’s the beautiful cities that make this country a great tourist destination. One of these pearls is Valencia which is the third largest city of Spain. It is located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. If you are into some adventurous stuff then this place is heaven for you as you will find any kind of sports here like diving, hiking, river rafting, trekking and more. Valencia also has been the host of sports events like the Formula 1 Grand Prix and the America’s Cup which earned it a great recognition. You can purchase a Valencia Tourist Pack which facilitates you with a tourist guide and stay at a good place and sightseeing off course.
The climate of Valencia, because of its location, is Subtropical Mediterranean climate. It has hot and dry summers with not so cold winter months. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year and the temperature during summers can reach a maximum of 86 F. The best time to visit Valencia is spring time when the weather remains fairly mild.
How to get here?
The Valencia International Airport has air connections with all major countries and not very far away from the city centre. Outside the airport, there is metro station from where you can catch a metro train and reach downtown within 20 minutes. There are a lot of taxis and local bus services from airport towards the city. There are six railway lines that connect Valencia to Utiel, Caudiel, Mogente and some other cities and it has its own city centre station. There is AVE service, Shuttle buses, Metro and taxis available to get around in the city.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation facilities in Valencia are quite rich and you will easily find hotels, guesthouses, hostels, apartments, youth hostels and campsites around the city in every price range. If you want a grand luxury hotel then Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort, The Westin Valencia, Caro Hotel, hospes Palau De La Mar and Sh.Valencia Palace are the 5 star hotels in the city. There are also budget hotels like Ibis Valencia Aeropuerto and Ibis Valencia Palacio De Congresos. If you require budget hostels then Ding Dong Telas, Hostel Antigua Morellana and Miramar are good options.
Valencia is the greatest place for dining but there is a long range of restaurants, cafes, bars and food corner that offer some high quality cuisine. You will get almost every taste you want from Italian and Greek to Indian and Turkish, from Japanese to Lebanese and from Mexican to American. You can enjoy some delicious Italian food at Don Salvatore Italiano, Al Pomodoro, Maramao and La Pappardella and some great Spanish food at El Rall and Chust Godoy. Other good options include Plaza Doctor Collado, La Diabla, Pans & Company, Horchaterria Santa Catalina and La Sardineria.
Ibiza is a little island just 79 km from Valencia with some beautiful villages, nautical services, shopping spots and some sports. Ibiza even has its own airport and has direct access from airlines like Spanish Peninsula and Europe. You can reach by boat from Valencia and enjoy the 18 km long beach with natural sand, crystal clear water with all kinds of outdoor sports. After relaxing on beach you can have some coffee or food at local restaurants and cafes here. There are a lot of places to visit here like Cala de Sant Vicent, Dalt Vila and Port de Sant Miquel.
L’Oceanografic is the largest aquarium of Europe and home of over 45000 sea residents of 500 different species. Main attractions here are dolphins, belugas, sea lions, turtles, sharks, rays, starfish, jellyfish and crustaceans. The aquarium is divides in some little buildings identified with different aquatic environment like the Mediterranean, Temperate, Wetlands, the Antarctic, the Red Sea and Oceans. There is also an underwater restaurant with some delicious food and exotic drinks. The aquarium is located at Eduardo Primo Yufera in Valencia and you can get there easily by different means of transport.
City of Arts and Sciences
The City of Arts and Sciences is a complex featuring some scientific and cultural dissemination featuring IMAX cinema, the Ubracle which is a car park, the Principe Felipe Science Museum, the L’Oceanografic and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. The complex is designed by Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela and the striking architecture of this place will surely blow your mind. You will learn a lot about different aspects of science, nature, arts and technology in different events and programs regularly held here.
Mestalla is a football stadium with a capacity of 55000 seats in Valencia. It was designed by the architect Francisco Almenar Quinza and opened its gates on 20th May, 1923. The stadium is located on the east of Valencia’s city centre. It is just a 15 minute walk from the main railway station. You can take a guided tour which includes access to dressing rooms, players’ tunnel, VIP boxes, stadium chapel and dugouts. The tour costs $10 per person and lasts about 45 minutes. There are also some eating spots near the stadium like Hotel Renasa, SH Valencia Palace and NH Villacarlos where you can have some refreshing food and drinks.
Other attractions include Valencia Bioparc, Valencia Cathedral, Mercado Central, Llotja de la Seda and many more. So, just plan a visit and experience this marvelous city.