Valencia coastline

Valencia

Famous for fiestas and being the birthplace of paella, Valencia is one of Spain’s most underrated cities, as well as being capital of the Valencian region on the country’s east coast. Aside from its historic status as a port city and cultural importance in the mythology of the Valencian Nation (as locals see themselves), Valencia has everything you could want in a modern city break and more, with a plethora of cool bars, interesting museums, and some of the best cuisine in Europe.
The city is also famous for the stream of festivals that liven up the streets throughout Spring and Summer, with the historic and unique Las Fallas a particular highlight. Even if you go during a regular week, you’re likely to see some incredible art and culture, especially at the world-renowned Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, (City of Arts and Sciences), a cultural and educational complex that was designed by two Spanish architects widely regarded as some of the best in the world. With so much to do and see, no matter what you’re looking for on your city break, you’ll find it Valencia.

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Valencia 

Considering the dish most associated with Spain – paella – is a Valencian invention, it’s no surprise the region has some of the best culinary experiences on offer on the entire Iberian Peninsula. While almost every city claims to be a foodie paradise, there are very few that have the clout this coastal city has, especially when it comes to traditional dishes. If your idea of an excellent holiday is munching your way through a city, then read ahead for our guide to Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in Valencia.

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Spotlight on: The City of Arts & Sciences 

The cultural heart of Valencia is The City of Arts and Sciences (Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències in the local language), a large complex in the centre of Turia Gardens. The area contains a whole host of different attractions, all designed by two of the best architects in Spain, making sure that even strolling through the complex is a unique experience. If you’re a culture vulture, a science geek, or just love to learn new things, then The City of Arts and Sciences is the ideal place for you to spend a day or two. 

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The secrets of Valencia’s beaches and bays 

One of the best things about Valencia is that it’s a world class city by the sea – which means beaches. Being such a populous area, there are busier stretches of sand where you’ll be able to have a few beers and have a go at some water sports. If you’re the sort of person who hates seeing anybody else on your little patch of paradise, then there’s no need to worry: just a short car, bus, or even metro ride away are a number of stunning, secluded Valencia beaches that you can while away the day at. If you’re keen for sun, sea, and sand on your Valencia trip, then read on: this is our guide to Valencia beaches.

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Spotlight on: camping in Valencia

If you want to truly experience a region, there’s no better way to do it than camp there. This is true in Valencia, where there are numerous different sanctioned campsites, from coastal to countryside. There are a fair few things that make camping in Valencia a unique and fun experience, but there are also a few things to keep in mind. If you want to spend some time sleeping under the Valencian stars, then read ahead: here’s our guide to camping in Valencia.  

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The best festivals in Valencia

There are few communities in the world that party like Valencia. The region is famous for wonderful weather, laidback attitude, and famous fiestas. If you want to see something truly authentic on your Valencian trip, head to one of these Valencia festivals.