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Valencia

Valencia

As Spain’s third largest city Valencia is hotly chasing its siblings in terms of culture, style and innovation. A particular draw of Valenica is the futuristic skyline of created by the amazingly designed buildings, but be sure not to miss out on the amazing selection of shopping and eating opportunities around the city.

Valencia has a ravishing array of sumptuous hotels. The utmost in comfort may be found at the five-star Caro Hotel (Almirante 14). Jaw-droppingly splendid, this is housed in a 19th-century palace in central Valencia, and offers elegant, minimalist-chic rooms designed by Francesc Rifé. At the other end of the scale, there are modest guest houses, such as Hospedería del Pilar (Plaza del Mercado 19), with clean, simple rooms set in the heart of the old city. There are myriad options in the middle range price bracket too, like Expo Hotel Valencia (Avenida Pío XII 4), with a rooftop pool and views over the old city centre.

Valencia is a great place to shop, running the gamut from designer chic, high-street bargains or original one-offs. Shoes, leather goods and clothing are good buys, and you’ll also be tempted by locally produced foodstuffs. The restored, 20th-century covered marketplace, the Mercado de Colón (Jorge Juan), has a few upmarket flower and souvenir stalls, plus cafés and restaurants, while the busy Central Market is where to stock up on olive oil, cheese and other local delicacies. The city’s main shopping street is La Calle Colón, which bristles with shops such as Zara, Mango, Mango and El Corte Inglés, with plenty more shops in the surrounding backstreets.

Valencia is a fantastic place to eat, with a wide array of cafés, restaurants and tapas bars offering both international and Spanish dishes. This is said to have been the birthplace of paella, so all things rice are an obvious choice, but there are many other specialities too. Whatever you select, bear in mind that people head out for dinner late from around 9pm at the earliest. La Pepica (Paseo Neptuno 2, 6 and 8) has fed paella to happy beach-going hordes for centuries – including Ernest Hemingway – while you can sample gastronomic tapas at the cool Mercatbar (Calle Joaquín Costa 27).

Cabalgata de Reyes Magos
January


Valencia’s children rejoice as Epiphany is celebrated with a festive early evening parade. The three kings parade through the city with a huge cavalcade of floats, throwing thousands of sweets to the excited crowds.


Las Fallas
March
Valencia’s most famous festival is Las Fallas (the fires), a huge celebration featuring fires, fireworks and fiestas. Displayed on every corner all over the city are huge-scale papier mâché figures, usually satirical renditions of contemporary personalities.


Semana Santa
March/April
Valencia’s seaside areas are the best places to experience Holy Week, when penitents carry figurines through the city to the music of Valencia's brass bands. Most famous of all the events are the Gathering of the Palms, the Procession of Placing in the Tomb and the Resurrection Cavalcade.


Corpus Cristi
June
Two processions wind through Valencia’s streets to celebrate Corpus Cristi. The first features folk dance, pipers, costumed giants and ‘La Moma’, a character who represents the virtue of having overcome the seven deadly sins. The second procession is more solemn, with traditional floats bearing Biblical scenes. Mystery plays also take place on the streets of Valencia.


Noche de San Juan
23 June
On the Night of the Witches, the locals head to the city's beaches, which are dotted by small bonfires and parties.

ESSENTIALS

Language
Spanish
Currency
Euro
Time zone
GMT +1
Flight time
2 Hours 30
Holiday type
Beach , City Break , Summer Sun

WEATHER

16/04/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
13°C
min
23°C
max
17/04/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
13°C
min
21°C
max
18/04/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
16°C
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23°C
max
19/04/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
16°C
min
29°C
max
20/04/14
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
15°C
min
26°C
max
21/04/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
13°C
min
24°C
max
22/04/14
Patchy rain possible
Patchy rain possible
12°C
min
19°C
max
Jan
14°C max
6°C min
Feb
16°C max
7°C min
Mar
19°C max
8°C min
Apr
22°C max
10°C min
May
24°C max
12°C min
Jun
29°C max
18°C min
Jul
31°C max
19°C min
Aug
33°C max
21°C min
Sep
29°C max
18°C min
Oct
24°C max
14°C min
Nov
18°C max
10°C min
Dec
15°C max
7°C min

AIRLINES

TODAY'S WEATHER

Sunny skies 24°C
13°C
min
23°C
max
51%
huimidity

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