With spectacular architecture and a lively atmosphere, Spain’s third largest city has recently established itself as one of the country’s most exciting destinations. From exploring the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences complex to getting lost in the cobbled streets of the historic old town, there is plenty to see and do in Valencia.
When to Visit
As Valencia is at its busiest during the summer months, the best time to visit the city is between April and May. During these months the weather is still pleasant, but you will avoid the crowds of summer. In addition, travelling in the shoulder season can also lead to some great savings on your flights and accommodation.
Where to Stay
As Valencia is such a popular destination, there is a fantastic selection of accommodation here. Valencia’s midrange accommodation can be found in the atmospheric old quarters while high-end accommodation tends to be situated near the City of Arts and Sciences. If you are on a budget, Valencia has plenty of cheap hostels and traditional guesthouses.
What to Do in Valencia
Valencia City of Arts and Science
The Valencia City of Arts and Sciences entertainment complex is Valencia’s main tourist attraction. The large complex was built to celebrate the new millennium and features a number of mesmerizing contemporary buildings. The complex has four main attractions, each of which are certainly worth a visit.
- The Prince Felipe Science Museum is a large museum with a major emphasis on ‘hands-on’ learning which celebrates scientific discoveries, past and present.
- The Palace of the Arts is a major cultural centre which promotes local arts by regularly hosting operas, concerts and other arts performances.
- L’Hemisfèric Planetarium is a world-class planetarium and cinema. In addition the planetarium has a number of fascinating space exhibits.
- The Oceanographic Park is a great destination for those on holiday with their family. The park plays a major role in marine conservation and is home to a number of interesting marine creatures. Highlights include dolphin shows, tropical fish, penguins and walruses.
Constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries, Valencia’s cathedral is a stunning piece of architecture and said to be the home of the Holy Grail. The cathedral holds masses throughout the day and has a museum which showcases a number of interesting artefacts. You can also ascend the Torre del Miguelet for stunning views of the city.
Plaza de Toros
Whatever your views on bullfighting, this 19th century bullring is a stunning piece of architecture and certainly worth a visit. Although the Plaza de Toros still hosts bullfighting events, the bullring is also used for open air concerts and festivals.