Bubbling pans of paella and beautiful beaches aren’t the only reasons to visit Valencia, but they certainly add to the allure of this attractive port city. With its art nouveau architecture, forward-thinking attractions and favourable climate, Spain’s third-largest city is a treat to explore. Culture lovers are well catered for on Valencia holidays with world-class museums, historical monuments and art exhibitions on their doorstep.
After a day of gallery-hopping, follow your nose to one of the many delicious seafood restaurants. The region is known as ‘Spain’s orchard’, and eateries pride themselves on fresh, locally sourced produce. With its trendy tapas bars, buzzy markets and hip boutiques, there’s plenty to keep you entertained – whether you’re here to party with friends, relax with family or just want to pull up a lounger under a cloudless sky. Those looking to escape the bustle of the city will find respite among the lush borders of Turia Gardens, while sun-seekers can stretch out on the golden sands that extend along the shoreline, just a short tram or bus ride from the centre. Holidays to Valencia strike the perfect balance between vibrant urban vacation and beachfront getaway, and there’s a plethora of chic hotels to choose from.
Las Fallas Festival
For a truly spectacular trip, visit Valencia in March when the streets fizzle with fireworks and papier-mâché effigies smoulder on towering bonfires. The celebration commemorates Saint Joseph.
The Holy Grail
With its mixture of architectural styles, Valencia Cathedral is visually impressive – but the real draw is inside, where you’ll find the chalice Jesus is supposed to have drunk from at the Last Supper.
You could happily spend an afternoon wandering around this sprawling aquarium, said to be Europe’s largest, housed in the swish City of Arts and Sciences.