Holidays in
Valencia

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.

Three tips for a top trip

Hop on the tramThe 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 riceTake 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.

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.