Discover the Medieval Sanctuary of timeless Valencia
The third largest city in Spain, Valencia uniquely combines the liquid element with the Mediterranean light, two values to which it owes, mainly, its fame. The architecture of Valencia is one of the main reasons worth visiting. Impressive buildings in Romanesque or Gothic style flood the city while you can admire beautiful buildings with baroque and Art Nouveau elements. Valencia's atmospheric Old Town, with its stunning architecture, houses the city's most famous landmarks, such as the Cathedral and the "La Lonja de la Seda" architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander fearlessly through the cobbled streets and picturesque alleys, and you will discover squares, tiny churches and cozy cafes.
At a more modern pace, one of the most important attractions in all of Spain is the "City of Arts and Sciences" (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias). A huge complex of impressive constructions, in parametric design, that houses many kinds of cultural activities, created by the international architect Santiago Calatrava, a native of the city. Valencia enjoys the reputation of being the liveliest Spanish city with a vibrant nightlife and great coffee and food shops.
Its coastline is also the one that attracts most people, with wonderful tourist resorts, such as those lined up along the Costa Blanca coastline, while the mountainous hinterland is scattered with small picturesque villages.
Enjoy a variety of flavors in Valencia
Valencia is world famous for its cuisine and traditional products such as oranges and rice. The traditional paella is rumored to have originated in Valencia and has spread throughout Spain. With a visit to Valencia, do not miss the opportunity to try traditional Valencian Paella with meat or seafood, fideuà (thin seafood pasta), gazpacho (cold tomato soup with fresh vegetables), arròs a banda (rice with fish often with garlic) accompanied by the well-known Allioli sauce (a kind of sauce based on oil and garlic), traditional All i pebre (braised eel in a pot with potatoes, peppers and garlic), esgarraet tapas (appetizer with salted cod, roasted peppers and oil), orxata con Fartons (a type of vegetarian drink accompanied by sweet buns with sugar). These specialties can be famously accompanied by local wines, such as the white wines of Serannia or the red of the crooked Liria. For dessert, local orange is recommended, while "Valencia Water", a cool combination based on orange and champagne, stood out.
The best season to visit Valencia
The weather in Valencia is quite good most of the time so it will have minimal effect on your plans. Of course the best time to visit it is probably spring. Valencia hosts some of the biggest festivals in Spain, the most famous being the Fallas festival. Every March in Valencia begins a frantic five days with parades and chariots, overnight street parties and events! In addition, every last Wednesday in August, in the Valencian city of Buñol, the La Tomatina festival takes place. This is the most fun tomato war, where the participants for an hour try to get as dirty as possible!
How to move around Valencia
Transport from/to Valencia
Valencia airport is just 8 km from the city center. Transfer options to the airport include two metro lines connecting Valencia city center (Line 3) directly with the airport while Line 5 runs from the airport to the port. Line 150 to the city center is the public transport bus from Valencia Airport. The journey takes about 45 minutes. Alternatively you can choose a taxi that is very convenient and the fares are predetermined.
Public transport in the city of Valencia is excellent with metro and buses. However, if you stay in the city for several days, the public bicycle rental system is by far the best choice. This is because the cost is quite low, there are stations in many neighborhoods and the network of bike lanes is long. This way one can "register" in this system and use a bicycle, since most places are easily accessible, in a very "green" city.