After Madrid and Barcelona Valencia is the largest city of Spain. It’s a great city for a city trip. From several European cities budget airlines fly to the nearby airport. From here the beaches of the Costa Blanca are easily accessible.
Valencia has a beautiful old centre and fun surrounding neighborhoods. The oldest district is La Carmen downtown. This neighborhood is full of beautiful, old buildings and squares. In the evening the district becomes vibrant. Everywhere you see nice bars, restaurants and tapas spots and people enjoying it.
Turia Park is the largest and most famous park of Valencia. This dried-out riverbed is especially popular as a meeting place and recreation area with people walking, cycling and playing. Particularly striking are the large, futuristic looking buildings at the end of the Turia. These make up the “Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias” and are designed by the famous architects Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela.
Valencia is very good to explore. Especially by bike! There are various cycling routes and you can rent bikes in different places. The city of Valencia also has a beach and harbor. These also can be reached by bike from the inner city, through the Turia.
The city is a good base for other trips as well. With the high-speed RENFE you are in just 1.5 hours in Madrid. South of Valencia the Albufeira reservate is to be found where rice is grown for paellas. Of course you can also taste the paella here. Port Saplaya, also called “Little Venice”, is just north of Valencia. The vineyards and bodegas of Requena-Utiel are located north-west of the city.
Would you like to read more about Valencia? Following links provide more information, great blogs or tips for an overnight stay:
- Valencia Tourism official website: VLC
- Lovely B & B, centrally located, friendly and delicious breakfast: 7 Moons
- Train: Renfe