Compare holidays to Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, and prepare to touch down on the country’s east coast. A buzzing port city, Valencia reaches out to its visitors with a wide range of attractions that include plenty of vibrant culture, the allure of the seaside and delightful local cuisine.
Holidays to Valencia will open up a city that is renowned as wonderfully livable and full of a myriad of opportunities for visitors to enjoy themselves. Valencia seems content with letting larger Spanish cities like Barcelona and Madrid take the limelight while it gets on with making the most of its own charm.
Valencia was founded as a Roman colony as far back as the 2nd century BC. It resides on the banks of the Turia where the river meets the Mediterranean. The Turia had an unwelcome tendency to flood the city, so the wily locals diverted its waters to the outskirts of town and decided to creatively turn the old riverbed into a park. This now winds its way through the centre of Valencia for everyone to enjoy.
The creative nature of the city is reflected in the futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias - City of Arts and Sciences - that takes up part of the Turia’s old riverbed. It boasts an art museum, science museum, planetarium, aquarium, and an IMAX cinema.
The infamous paella dish is another testament to Valencia’s invention, yet the local cuisine will take you on a journey that goes far beyond the relative simplicity of this traditional creation. Spend long dining sessions in the city’s restaurants, cafes and tapas bars, with locals tending not to sit down for their dinner before 9pm.
Playa de Malvarrosa, Playa de Levante and Playa de las Arenas are Valencia’s most popular beaches, while 90km to the north you’ll find natural hot springs among stunning high mountains and deep gorges.
Visit the city’s intriguing cathedral, museums like the Valencian History Museum, and the old centre’s Barri del Carme neighborhood with holidays to Valencia from Stansted Airport.