Valencia is the third largest city in Spain; it has absolutely everything you need to have the perfect holiday. There’s the city, beach and of course sun to enjoy. The good news is that there are plenty of things to do in Valencia too.
The thing I loved most about the city is that is has a great mix of modern and old buildings, giving Valencia a very unique feeling. You’ll find everything from castles to art deco architecture, small boutique shops to big shopping malls, there’s something for everyone. Once you’ve finished exploring there are plenty of bars and restaurants for you to relax and reflect on the great day you just had.
So here are my top things to see and do in Valencia – most of these things are super cheap or free to do.
The Central Squares
When you visit Spain you will notice that the squares are usually lined with trees, they offer cool shaded areas for you to escape from the hot summer sun. In my opinion the most beautiful square to visit in Valencia has to be the Plaza de la Reina (Queen’s Square), it’s located in the old town. It’s a brilliant place to hang out and it has lots of great places to eat at too. I love to have a few drinks in the main square and the head off down one of the random streets around the plaza, on any given road you are bound to find a great tapas restaurant. Tip – if you head away from the square you will always find cheaper food and it will be full of local people not tourists. Always eat where the locals eat.
When you’re on holiday and the sun is shining there’s no other place to be that on the beach. For me, it doesn’t feel like a holiday until I laying down with the sun shining down on me, as I sip a cocktail. If you’re in Valencia then you have a number of great beaches to choose from, some of which are undeveloped and are not overrun by tourists. The city is perfectly located next to the lush blue sea and is blessed with soft sand. The most popular of the beaches on offer is La Malvarrosa; it stretches from the port area all the way up to Playa de Patacona. If you’re looking for something with more of a local feel, then head to Playa de Pinedo and Playa el Saler.
Oceanografic is located inside the City of Arts and Sciences. Imagine Sea World but a little smaller, so obviously there will bean entrance fee. It isn’t the cheapest thing to do in Valencia but it is well worth the entrance fee. There’s a dolphin show and it also has an amazing glass water tunnel, the tunnel is the largest in Europe. Walking in the amazing glass tunnel you’ll be able to look up and see sharks swimming right by you.
Have you ever been to Valencia? I’d love to hear about your experiences and tips. All you need to do is pop down your thoughts below in the comment section.