Visit Valencia

With an ideal location on the Mediterranean Sea, Valencia offers the perfect combination of sunny weather and beaches, historic buildings and modern architecture plus excellent shopping.Wednesday, May 16, 2018

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

With an ideal location on the Mediterranean Sea, Valencia offers the perfect combination of sunny weather and beaches, historic buildings and modern architecture plus excellent shopping.

Fresh produce from the surrounding huerta (garden) and sea feature on the menus of Valencia’s array of restaurants, ranging from traditional tapas bars to Michelin-starred establishments. The city is also famous for its juicy oranges, which are used to make the local cocktail, Agua de Valencia — a popular tipple to end the night.

Being the birthplace of paella, many of Valencia’s restaurants serve up this traditional dish. The rice is grown in the Albufera Natural Park, just south of the city. The traditional Valencian paella is made with chicken and rabbit, and locals eat it at lunchtime, particularly on Sundays, sharing the dish with friends and family.

Culture vultures can enjoy a variety of museums and art galleries, including new cultural hubs like Bombas Gens and Veles e Vents, as well as opera and classical music concerts at the iconic Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. The offering for families is no less extensive, with many top attractions including the Valencia Bioparc or L’Oceanogràfic, Europe’s largest aquarium.

The city is also a magnet for sports fans from around the world as it hosts various major international events, such as the Valencia Marathon and the Moto GP. During the summer, locals and visitors alike flock to the beaches and Valencia Marina to relax in the sun, have dinner al fresco on the seafront promenade or dance the night away in bars and clubs.

Visitors to Valencia should stop by its ‘green river’. The Turia river was diverted after flooding in the 1950s and now its riverbed is a five-milelong park with sports and leisure facilities that are perfect for running and cycling. Here, guests will also find the stunning City of Arts and Sciences.

Elsewhere, the city supposedly also holds the Holy Grail — the only version authenticated by the Vatican is kept in Valencia Cathedral. The city is also famed for its outstanding examples of religious art, such as the frescoes in the Church of San Nicolas, dubbed ‘Valencia’s Sistine Chapel’.

Don’t miss

Admire the craft of the giant fallas monuments before they are consumed by flames at the annual Las Fallas festival

NEED TO KNOW

KEY FACILITIES

• Direct flights from Belfast (from June 2018), Bristol (from March 2018), Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Midlands and London
• Valencia Tourist Card for unlimited public transport, free entry to museums and discounts in shops and restaurants

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