Despite its size, Valencia is a quite unknown city and one of Spain’s hidden gems. It is a multifaceted place, mixing Gothic architecture with the rough old fishermen’s quarter of El Cabanyal. There are also fusion restaurants, futuristic museums and two long beaches – Las Arenas and La Malvarrosa.
Population
Approx. 800,000
Currency
1 Euro = 100 cents
Weather forecast
+23 ... 32°C
Many of Valencia’s sights are located in the area commonly known as La Seu. This is located between the city’s two large squares, Plaza de la Reina and Plaza Virgen. This is where you will find the octagon clock tower Miguelete and Capilla del Santo Cáliz, home of what many consider to be the real Holy Grail.
Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia

This renovated art museum is one of the finest in Spain and houses some 2,000 works, most dating from the 14th-17th centuries. Art by Goya Velázquez, José Ribera and Sorolla cover its red, peach and green walls.

​Address: Calle San Pío V, 9, 46010 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 87 03 00​Website: www.museobellasartesvalencia.gva.es
La Lonja

If you only manage to see one sight, it has to be La Lonja, the old silk exchange. It is heralded as one of the foremost Gothic buildings in Europe, and in 1996 it became a UNESCO world heritage site. The actual market is the size of a cathedral, covering 21,420 square feet.

​Address: Plaza del Mercado, 46001 Valencia
Central Market

Opposite La Lonja, you will find the oldest food market in Europe, located in a fantastic building in a true Valencian style. The market is just as lively now as it was a hundred years ago, as if time stood still. Be amazed by Valencia’s daily life and of course, this is a great place to buy some local delicacies.

​Address: Plaza del Mercado 6, 46001 Valencia
Las Fallas and Museo Fallero

This small museum’s exhibits focus on Valencia’s huge Las Fallas festival. Las Fallas is a traditional celebration held every year, 14-19 March. People use this festive event to ridicule those in power. The term Fallas refers to both the celebration and the monuments created during the celebration. A number of towns in the Valencian Community have similar celebrations inspired by the original in Valencia.

​Address: Plaza Monteolivete, 4, 46004 Valencia​Website: www.fallas.com
Jardín Botanico

This botanical garden was founded in 1567 and restored in 2000. It contains an impressive collection of more than three thousand species of trees, palm trees and plants.

​Address: Calle Quart 80, 46008 València ​Phone: +34 963 15 68 00​Website: www.jardibotanic.org
Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital

Built in 1261, this gothic church is one of the oldest in the city, actually the first church built in Valencia after the Cathedral. The church has a single nave covered with a pointed barrel vault.

​Address: Calle Trinquete de Caballero, 5, Valencia
Torres de Serranos

The Serranos Towers provide spectacular views of the city and the Turia River. They were built at the end of the 14th century as a part of the city's fortification.

​Address: Plaza de Fueros, Valencia ​Opening hours: Closed on Mondays, Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:30 to 20:30. Sunday and public holidays from 10:00 to 15:00
L'Àgora

"The Agora" was inaugurated in 2009 to host the Valencia Open 500 ATP tournament, and now hosts all kinds of different events. It is 80 meters high and can fit 6,000 people inside its fascinating shape.

​Address: L'Àgora
El Puente de l'Assut de l'Or

This 125 meter high suspension bridge crosses the Turia Gardens by Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. The bridge is the highest point in the city and makes for an impressive focal point.

​Address: El Puente de l'Assut de l'Or
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias - The City of Arts and Sciences This is a gigantic futuristic complex that has become the number one sight in Valencia. Walking around on the premises and taking a million photos of the stunning buildings is a pleasure in itself, that doesn't cost anything. However, it is well worth the entrance fee to explore the various exhibits:

​Address: Avda. del Professor López Piñero, 3,5,7, Valencia​Phone: +34 902 10 00 31 ​Website: www.cac.es
L'Hemisfèric

L'Hemisfèric is part of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias L'Hemisfèric is an impressive 3D IMAX Cinema offering a welcome rest for tired feet. Lay back in the comfortable chairs and enjoy your show of choice, all of the features are both educational and visually spectacular.

​Address: Av Autopista Saler, 46013 Valencia​Website: www.cac.es/hemisferic
L'Oceanografic

L'Oceanografic is part of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias Here you can see dolphins, sea lions, penguins, turtles, sharks and rays. The Oceanogràfic was designed by Spanish architect Félix Candelais and is the largest aquarium in Europe.

​Address: Av Autopista del Saler, 46013 Valencia​Website: www.cac.es/oceanografic
El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe

El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe is part of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias Use your brain! This is a science museum that will put your brain cells to the test more than once. Three floors with 26,000 square feet of exhibits will definitely keep you busy and fortunately you won't have put a leash on your curiosity - pull, twist and push - you're supposed to!

​Address: Av Autopista Saler, 46013 Valencia​Website: www.cac.es/museo
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia is part of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias This is a concert hall / opera house with four auditoriums dedicated to music and scenic arts. Great acoustics, location and surroundings are some of the reasons why this is becoming one of the most prestigious opera houses in Europe.

​Address: Av Autopista Saler, 46013 Valencia​Website: www.cac.es/palau
L'Umbracle

L'Umbracle is part of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias The Umbracle is a greenhouse where you easily can spend three hours walking along the green promenade. Apart from the plants from all over the world, there is "the garden of astronomy", where you can learn more about astronomy. This landscaped walk is free of charge.

​Address: Av Autopista Saler, Valencia​Website: www.cac.es/umbracle
There is a huge selection of restaurants in Valencia. You will find everything from haute cuisine restaurants to fusion eateries, but the best bets are the traditional Spanish ones. Paella (the rice dish where basically any available ingredient gets used) was invented in Valencia and is served in almost every restaurant. The locals eat late and most restaurants don’t fill up until after 22.00.
Asador Ushuaia

Asador Ushuaia offers delicious food and has a very nice atmosphere and environment. The service is more than good and the food is presented in a pleasant way. The restaurant is very popular so it might be wise to make reservations well in advance. They also serve lunch.

​Address: Paseo Alameda, 31, 46023 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 169 118​Website: www.asadorushuaia.com
Seu-Xerea

English chef Stephen Anderson runs one of the city’s most ambitious restaurant. It has dark red walls, strict lines, white linen tablecloths and large wine glasses. The menu is full of surprises, with dishes such as Oriental fishcakes with tzatziki, strawberry gazpacho, artichokes with foie gras, and the lamb dish paletilla de cordero con tabouleh y jugo de romero.

​Address: Calle Conde de Almodóvar, 4, 46003 Valencia​Phone: +34 96 392 40 00​Website: www.seuxerea.com
Palace Fesol

Palace Fesol has come a long way from its supposedly humble origins serving fesoles (lima beans) to the city’s poor. The best dish at this luxurious restaurant is the gambas (shrimp) carpaccio with raspberry vinaigrette. The green tiles of the open kitchen are a beautiful feature of the interior.

​Address: Calle Hernan Cortes 7, 46004 Valencia​Phone: +34 96 352 93 23​Website: www.palacefesol.com
La Pepica

This Paella restaurant on the sea front is over 100 years old. Among those who have sat here and enjoyed the rice covered seafood is the American author, Ernest Hemingway.

​Address: Passeig de Neptú, 2, 46011 Valencia​Phone: +34 96 371 03 66​Website: www.lapepica.com
Tascas (Tapas bars)

The best place for tapas is the somewhat rough fishermen’s quarter, El Cabanyal. The anchovy tapas of Bodega Montaña are legendary, Ocho y Medio (on Plaza Lope de Vega) serves gourmet tapas and Bar El Pilar (on Calle Moro Zeit) is the oldest tapas bar in Valencia.

​Address: El Cabanyal, 46011 Valencia
Appetite

Appetite is a quaint neighbourhood bistro with a menu inspired by the world, mostly from South East Asia. The flavour experiences here will keep you coming back for more. “... hunger in reality is nothing more than the need to eat, whereas appetite is the lure of pleasure which one experiences whilst eating”

​Address: Carrer del Pintor Salvador Abril, 7 46005 Valencia​Phone: +34 961 10 56 60​Website: www.appetite.es
Casa Montaña

Casa Montaña is legendary in Valencia, a traditional tapas bar in the "El Cabañal" area. The other customers you'll see here are a mix of locals and tourists, as the fair is appreciated by both. They're also quite famous for their extensive wine cellar.

​Address: Calle de José Benlliure, 69, 46011 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 67 23 14​Website: www.emilianobodega.com
Restaurante Navarro

Restaurante Navarro has an excellent reputation, especially when it comes to their signature dish: the Paella Valenciana. The interior is elegant with oil paintings on the wall, crisp table linens and flowers on the tables.

​Address: Calle del Arzobispo Mayoral, 5, 46002 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 52 96 23​Website: www.restaurantenavarro.com
Restaurante Canela

Restaurante Canela is a modern restaurant with traditional Valencian food, with a creative and contemporary twist. The menu has paella, different rice dishes, seafood, meat and fish.

​Address: Calle de Quart, 49, 46001 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 917 538​Website: www.restaurantecanela.es
Banyan Bar Lounge & Grill

This Mediterranean restaurant is a peaceful oasis in the bustling heart of Valencia. It is a great place to go for dinner if you're in the mood for a substantial steak, they're well-renowned for their beef tenderloin, grilled lamb and steak tartar.

​Address: Calle Comedias, 5, Valencia​Phone: +34 963 15 48 90​Website: www.banyanbar.com
Restaurant Basilico

Restaurant Basilico is a small yet popular restaurant with a sturdy interior of wood, mirrors and windows. They're offering a quite small, yet varied menu of international food.

​Address: Carrer de Cadis, 42, 46006 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 16 83 69​Website: www.restaurant-basilico.com
Trattoria Da Ugo

Italian cuisine can be a nice change if you're getting tired of Spanish food. Try exciting pasta dishes such as Fagotini with Gorgonzola and pear sauce.

​Address: Calle Correjeria, 7, 46001 Valencia​Phone: +34 963156200
Racó del Turia

Racó del Turia opened its doors in 1990, today the restaurant is still owned by the same family and maintains the traditional values as well as recipes. - "Racó del Turia specializes in both traditional Valencian cuisine and seasonal fresh market cuisine using only the very finest ingredients."

​Address: Carrer de Ciscar, 10, 46005 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 95 15 25​Website: www.racodelturia.com
Balansiya

Balansiya is a beautifully decorated Moroccan/Middle Eastern restaurant with a wide menu holding everything from appetizers and main courses to dessert and snacks.

​Address: Paseo de las facultades , 3, 46021 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 890 824​Website: www.balansiya.com
Manga Sushi Bar

Manga Sushi Bar combines experience with imagination and serves traditional Japanese cuisine enriched with a Mediterranean twist. - "The care in the presentation of the dishes and using fresh ingredients make Japanese food a delight both to the eye and to the palate."

​Address: Calle del Conde de Altea, 13, 46005 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 810 181​Website: www.mangasushibar.com
Ocho y Medio

The location in the Old Town as well as the interior of wooden beams and original design by Daniel Torres provide a warm ambience to this restaurant. The cuisine can best be described as creative, with one of the specialties being black paella.

​Address: Plaza de Lope de Vega, 5, 46001 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 92 20 22​Website: www.elochoymedio.com
The locals are particular about their coffee. For example, they only have café con leche for breakfast, often with a croissant. At midday they tend to go for an espresso, a café solo, or a cortado – espresso with a drop or two of milk.
Café de Las Horas

Very nice and popular café, located in the heart of Valencia. From the outside, this café is not much to look at, but the inside consists of great design, lovely pastries and nice staff.

​Address: Calle del Conde de Almodóvar, 1, 46003 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 91 73 36​Website: www.cafedelashoras.com
Café Sant Jaume

One of the city’s large cafés, complete with bar, attracting an artistic and cultural clientele. Look at the ceiling while you’re here, the wooden beams are beautifully carved.

​Address: Calle Caballeros, 51, 46001 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 91 24 01
Horchateria de Santa Catalina

Horchata is a Spanish speciality which some people like and others cannot stand. It’s a drink made from the chufas root and sipped through straws from tall glasses. Horchata tastes a little of almonds.

​Address: Plaza Santa Catalina 6, 46001 Valencia​Phone: +34 96 391 23 79​Website: www.horchateriasantacatalina.com
Café de la Seu

Café de la Seu is named after the cathedral next to it, located in Barrio del Carmen. Don’t miss out on the famous Agua de Valencia!

​Address: Calle Santo Cáliz, 7, 46003 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 91 57 15​Website: www.cafedelaseu.com
Café Lisboa

At a quiet pedestrian street behind La Lonja lies Café Lisboa. Here you can sit in the sun and enjoy a beer together with good friends. Take the chance to taste the Spanish "bocadillos" - sandwiches.

​Address: Plaza del Doctor Collado, 9, Valencia​Phone: +34 963 91 94 84
Chocolatería Valor

Founded in 1881, Chocolatería Valor has had a lot of time to perfect their chocolate creations. Try the chocolate fondue, chocolate churros and hot chocolate. It is a nice place to relax and people watch, perfectly located in the Plaza de la Reina.

​Address: Plaça de la Reina, 20, 46003 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 15 21 98​Website: www.chocolateriasvalor.es
Spanish cities are often described as party destinations in foreign travel guides. But Valencia is considered to have the best nightlife of all, even among the Spaniards themselves. This is partly because of the large – 100,000 strong – student population. The locals go out late, usually not until 23.00, and most bars stay open until 03.00 or even later. The city’s main party street is Calle Caballeros in the Barrio Del Carmen neighbourhood. Come here for a mix of tascas, bars, and clubs. Simply ask around to find out which night-clubs are in vogue at the moment.
Las Animas Puerto

Las Animas Puerto is one of the trendiest nightclubs in Valencia. They play R&B, house and music from the 70’s and 80’s, a great mix on three different dance floors. The nightclub is located at the entrance of Port America’s Cup with a stunning view over the beach and ocean.

​Address: Calle Pizarro, 31, 46004 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 94 29 48​Website: www.grupolasanimas.com
Carmen Sui Generis

Luxurious bar with a hard to define mix of poetry evenings, theatre performances, and DJ's spinning funk and 1980's disco. Fortunately not all of it simultaneously. The 12th-century city wall can be seen in some places.

​Address: Calle Caballeros 38, 46001 Valencia
Johnny Maracas

Latino culture reigns supreme at Johnny’s. Order a mojito or an Agua de Valencia (cava, orange juice and vodka) and move your body smoothly to the rhythm of the beat.

​Address: Calle Caballeros, 39, 46001 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 91 52 66​Website: www.johnnymaracas.es
Fox Congo

This is definitely one of the best bars in the Barrio del Carmen. They offer a great atmosphere with tropical style and funky music. The tropical theme really makes it feel as if you’re in the heart of a rainforest, although with all amenities such as luxurious leather seating, spectacular lighting effects and an entire bar made ​​of Onyx (volcanic glass)!

​Address: Calle Caballeros, 35, 46001 Valencia​Phone: +34 617 70 74 22
Café del Negrito

A laidback bar with a wide array of people, including many from the artistic and intellectual scene. Café Negrito is something of a legend in the Barrio del Carmen. Not a place for hard partying, but rather to relax and talk. Negrito is also one of the last to close during the week when much else is closed.

​Address: Plaza del Negrito, 1, 46001 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 91 42 33
La Lola

This is a traditional, yet hip place adapted to these new times. Thursday, Friday and Sunday you dine while watching a live flamenco performance.

​Address: Calle de la Subida del Toledano, 8, 46001 Valencia​Phone: +34 963 91 80 45​Website: www.lalolarestaurante.com
Plaza del Ayuntamiento, as well as Calle Don Juan de Austria and Calle Colón streets form the hub of Valencia’s shopping district. Those looking for shoes are in luck. Valencia, like so many other Spanish cities, is a shoe haven.
Francis Montesinos

Valencia-based fashion designer Montesino is known to a wider audience thanks to the appearance of his work in Pedro Almodóvar’s movies.

​Address: Carrer dels Trinitaris, 12, 46003 Valencia​Website: www.francismontesinos.com
Purificacion Garcia

Spanish fashion design can quite easily become a bit loud and flamboyant. Purificacion Garcia represents more elegant sophistication, often in sensual materials.

​Address: Carrer de Colón, 17, 46004 Valencia​Website: www.purificaciongarcia.com
El Corte Inglés

El Corte Inglés department store can be found in all large Spanish cities, and is always fun to visit for the extensive range of wares. Come here for the goods, but also for the people. It is interesting to watch the dynamics of the Spanish families.

​Address: Carrer del Pintor Sorolla, 26, 46002 Valencia​Website: www.elcorteingles.es
El Mercado Central

Valencia’s large covered food market is a must. There are 1,200 stalls to visit. The La Lonja restaurant and tapas bar has been owned by the same family since the 1930's and is a convenient spot for lunch.

​Address: Plaza del Mercado, 46001 Valencia​Website: www.mercadocentralvalencia.es​More info: Located opposite the silk exchange and La Lonja
Rastro Market

This is Valencia’s take on the Madrid flea market. Here you can find lots of exciting stuff that locals have had in their attics and basements. Open on Sundays from 08.30.

​Address: Avinguda de Suècia, 46010 Valencia
Valencia Airport

The airport is located 6 miles west of Valencia. Several bus companies depart for the city and the major hotels. The taxi stand is just outside the terminal. For car rental: Enterprises rent-a-car www.enterprise.es

​Website: www.aena.es
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