Valencia is a great city, built in the 15th century, so it’s highly historical too! So there is an endless list of places to visit emblematic buildings, beaches, sports and cultural events, parties, and beautiful people. Visiting is wanting to enjoy, discover and get lost in its streets and explore its history. I was lucky enough to travel with a local who knew everything there was to do, and didn’t let me rest for a single second! So I put together a list of things to visit in Valencia for you, and hope you enjoy as much as I did!
Downtown ValenciaYou’ll love its cathedral, get lost in the the Barrio del Carmen with its palaces and you fall in love the Plaza de la Virgen (Plaza of the Virgin). A perfect opportunity to get lost in its streets and monuments. I ran into a wedding in the cathedral, and it was magic!
Torre des SerransThis tower is next to Quart, the main witness of the medieval walls of Valencia. It was the main entrance to the city from the north, and above all, was urban symbol of a city in the process of commercial expansion. It’s a beauty, and you can get some great shots from it!
Chocolatería ValorFrom bonbons and truffles to melt-in-your-mouth hot chocolate and churros, this store is all pleasure! I got to enjoy more than I should have. #sorrynotsorry
Malvarrosa Beach & AlbuferaIf you are into a laid-back, romantic setting, try witnessing the sunset in one of this places. It’s beyond magic! Make sure to brace yourself for the beauty and peace these places bring.
Tips for traveling ValenciaOverall, it’s a very easy city to go around in, with friendly people all over the place, and a perfectly held together floor, easy to walk on, and a well-traced city. Still, there are some things to take into account:
- If you are going in the summer, take a hat and sunblock. The heat is IMPOSSIBLE!
- Don’t miss out on the local celebrations! If you have the opportunity to attend Fira de Juliot, Fallas, and the many other religious and traditional festivities, grasp it!
- If you really want to go local, you MUST try the Paella workshop! (And Try the paella, of course).
- There are a lot of hotels, hostels, Couchsurfing and Airbnb options. People are friendly all the way!
- If you are into the new flavors, try Horchata de chufa! It’s such a new flavor, you will never stop trying to figure it out! You can find it simple, with cocke, with lemon…. Just try it! (If you don’t like it, don’t blame me… You’re experimenting. 😛 )
- Most of all, let go. Valencia is a city with a lot to offer: Beautiful beaches, amazing food, and cultural as well as fun activities.