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Top 10 Things to do in Valencia

18/12/2018

1. City of Arts and Sciences

If you come to Valencia a visit to the City of Arts and Sciences is a must. Work of the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, seven of its buildings have become icons in the city. It is a scientific and cultural leisure complex which can be enjoyed with family or friends, covering around two kilometres of the former riverbed of the River Turia.

2. Turia gardens

The Turia Gardens is one of the largest urban parks in Spain. It runs through the city along nine kilometers of green space boasting foot paths, leisure and sports areas, and romantic spots where you can unwind.

3. The sandy beaches of Valencia

Just 15 minutes away from the centre of Valencia, which is privileged to be both a city and a beach destination, you'll find the beaches of Las Arenas, Malvarrosa and El Cabañal – Blue Flag beaches that have been awarded certifications such as the Q for Tourist Quality.

4. Gastronomy in Valencia

The cuisine from the Region of Valencia enjoys great prestige at both a national and international level. 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 outstanding. All this without forgetting the great variety of fruit which the Region of Valencia produces in abundance.

5. Visit the old Valencian city center

The City centre of Valencia is a very nice place to visit. There you can find the historical quarter called  Old Quarter, a few steps from the hostels so very easy to go. It is also nice to visit the Cathedral of Valencia and the very trendy and fashionable area of Barrio del Carmen where the hostels are located. The best nightlife, bars, pubs and restaurants are placed in this old town area.

6. Sports

With football and basketball teams playing in the top Spanish leagues, traditional bullfights taking place throughout the year and top-notch golf courses dispersed across the region, Valencia is a haven for any sports fan.

7. Museums in Valencia

You sure have to visit some of the 40 museums. Many of the city's museums are free, however, consider purchasing the extremely useful Valencia Tourist Card- especially if you have plans of visiting more than two! For one, two, or three days, this pass grants you free or discounted entry to the city's many museums.

8. "Las Fallas" The most famous festival in Valencia

In March a big Festival takes place in Spain: Las Fallas de Valencia. From 1st to 19th the city is immersed in a nice and funny atmosphere where locals and visitors walk around the streets to enjoy the big figures in the streets called ninots. Las fallas in Spain and its fireworks is one of the most important and popular festivals in the country.

9. Albufera natural park

Lying to the south of the city of Valencia, the Albufera freshwater lagoon is one of the most important nature areas in the Land of Valencia. A slim strip of coastline protects it from the sea, and on this strip of land, sand dunes have formed, plus a curious Mediterranean pine forest growing in sandy soil with rich shrubbery. This area is called the Devesa del Saler, a word derived from a kind of pastureland. Three canals (two natural and a third man-made), connect the lagoon and surrounding wetlands with the sea, and each has its own characteristic flora and fauna.

10. The streets of Ruzafa

Southeast of the historic center, Ruzafa has long been known as Valencia’s multi-cultural mixing pot. And in recent years, it has indisputably become the city’s hippest neighborhood, with an eclectic and ever-changing variety of popular clubs, retro bars, trendy restaurants, vintage shops and offbeat bookstores.