Valencia Holidays

A hip city with sun, sea and sights

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.

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Three tips for a top trip

Hop on the tram

The old town is great to explore by foot, but the port and beaches are best reached by tram or metro – different travel card options are available depending on your stay.

Relish that rice

Take a day trip to the Albufera Nature Park and treat your taste buds to a pan of paella fresh from the rice paddies that grow this national staple.

Time your visit

Plan your visit to coincide with one of Valencia’s many vibrant festivals. Throw flowers at the Feria de Julio event, and who wouldn’t enjoy flinging tomatoes at La Tomatina?

Best attractions to see in Valencia

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.

L’Oceanografic

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.

Your Valencia questions, answered

Sun, sand and sea-worshippers are in luck. There are eight gorgeous, golden beaches within easy reach of the city via a short trip on public transport.
This deliciously sweet fruit is harvested from February through to October, and is perhaps best enjoyed when sipped from the popular cocktail Agua de Valencia.
Valencia has a typical Mediterranean climate. It's never very cold and it’s mostly dry all year. The city enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year, so you can go any time. July and August are the hottest months. The city can be busy at this time when hotel prices reach their peak. You may prefer to visit between April and May, or in early autumn, for more pleasant weather and quieter streets. Or go in March for the five-day Falles Festival for fireworks and burning effigies on the streets.
If you’re travelling to Valencia for the football, you’ll be pleased to hear Mestalla Stadium is a short metro ride or 30-minute walk from the railway station.
Valencia is on the eastern coast of Spain and sits on a stretch known as the Gulf of Valencia. Valencia is the name of the province, as well as the city, so the two are often confused. The city of Valencia’s position at the mouth of the Turia River means it has long been a port trading with countries around the world. It’s still one of the largest ports in Europe with goods arriving to be sent across Spain.
Valencia is perhaps most famous for paella. The rice dishes from this region are the most authentic though there are different variations across Spain. Valencia is also a big exporter of oranges, which grow in the sunny climate and are sold across the world. The city is also a popular party destination, with some of the best nightlife in Spain and plenty of local fiestas.
It takes around two hours 10 minutes to fly from London to Valencia. That makes it a great destination for city breaks of just a few days, or longer Valencia holidays. The good news is that Valencia Airport is close to the city so you don’t have a long transfer time. There is a train that goes to the centre in about 15 minutes, or to the port in about half an hour. There are also buses from the airport to neighbourhoods around the city.
Valencia is a very family-friendly city, with kids welcomed warmly in most places and plenty for families to do. The Bioparc Valencia is popular with youngsters. This zoo has exotic animals to see and fun outdoor trails to follow. There are also parks and, with almost year-round sunshine, it’s always picnic weather. You can also take the metro to nearby beaches like La Malvarrosa Beach for a swim and a game of volleyball. It only takes about 30 minutes to reach the coast so it’s perfect for a day trip.
Valencia is a sprawling city and the third-largest in Spain, but many of the popular tourist attractions are set close to the centre. This means the city is very walkable, and you are unlikely to need a car for your trip. If you’re getting tired legs, or simply want to go somewhere a little further afield, then there is a fast and efficient metro as well as plenty of bus services. Head to the Nord Station if you want train services to other cities.