Valencia City Breaks
Valencia is the third biggest city in Spain, home to paella and the Holy Grail. The combination of Gothic and modern architecture makes it a visual and cultural feast. The city boasts fantastic neon-accessorised fountains, a colourful and characterful old town with gothic architecture and, at the same time, it is the centre of international and avant-garde design, with the most innovative buildings from the new millennium. The fine sand, clean water and the vastness of the sea make the Valencian coast every sun-seeking, beach-goer's dream. Valencia hosts one of Spain's greatest festivals, Las Fallas, taking place every March when revellers enjoy a week-long party with fireworks and massive bonfires every night. This energetic city is fast becoming one of the hottest tourists' spots in Spain.
- Flight time from London: 2 hours 30 min
- Valencia Manises Airport: 10km from the city centre; transfer time about 15 min
- Nearest railway station: Valencia Joaquín Sorolla
- Currency: Euro
The shopping possibilities in Valencia are endless; the street markets and numerous shopping centres offer the visitor a wide and varied range of products. From speciality artisan shops and hippie markets to the latest in designer fashion, Valencia is a paradise for browsers and credit card-toting shopping fiends alike.
Eating out in Valencia is a taste sensation and an experience not to be missed. Its traditional recipes are prepared using natural ingredients such as oil, vegetables, spices, fruit, fresh meat or fish and has come to be known as "the Mediterranean Diet". The incredible variety of rice dishes and desserts is also outstanding. The cuisine from the region of Valencia enjoys great prestige at both a national and international level but whatever you do make sure that you try traditional Paella and Tapas. There are plenty of restaurants across the city, but the main district for dining out is concentrated in the old part of town.
Torres de Serranos
The Serranos Towers are considered to be the largest Gothic city gateway in all of Europe and were constructed at the end of the 14th century as part of the city's fortification.
San Juan del Hospital
One of the oldest churches in Valencia built around 1261.
Museo de Bellas Artes
One of the most outstanding painting archives in Spain, containing a strong collection of Flemish and native Valencian art.
City of Arts and Sciences (La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)
Fabulous futuristic architecture housing Valencia's music, art and science spaces.
Valencia is famous for its sparkling nightlife, full of people who are ready to have fun, feel the music and dance. The city buzzes with activity every night of the week, but the Fridays and Saturdays are of course the most crowded nights and the party seems to go on forever. The most popular area is the Barrio del Carmen, right in the old part of town, but if you're visiting the city in July and August then the centre sizzles like a sauna and there's a mass exodus to the beach areas and the Paseo. Here, there are plenty of open-air bars, which play music and often have dance floors.