It is easy to find things to do in Valencia whatever is that you are looking for.

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, behind Madrid and Barcelona, location of the largest harbor in the Mediterranean sea. It has an international airport, that connects Valencia to many cities.

Valencia is known for its City of Arts and Sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum. Valencia also has several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake and walking trails.

The city

Valencia can be visited in many ways: walking, biking. Many itineraries focus on the Old Town, with its citadel mix of several architectural styles. Among many other things, the Valencia Cathedral is a remarkable example.

In total contrast with the old town, you can visit the futuristic complex of the City of Arts and Sciences on the west side. Designed by the archi-star, local prodigy Santiago Calatrava, it is a complex of modern architectural masterpieces. You can indulge in a  rooftop winetasting experience once there. I have been really amazed by the contrast of the white light structure and the water around.

Food and wine experience

Spain is a melting pot of cultural interaction; a food experience here is a must that will satisfy all requests (and budgets!)

The signature dish of the area is the famous Paella Valenciana.  It is a rice based dish cooked in a traditional pan (which gives the name to the dish), with vegetables and different types of meats. Although the original local paella is without seafood, the paella con mariscos – which includes sea products – is also common and appreciated by locals (and tourists!).

paella valenciana

Another must is to stop in a tapas bar, where you can taste different tapas, small portions of local delicacies, that you will appreciate even more with a glass of wine, or a cold beer.

The surrounding area

Although Valencia can keep you busy and entertained for a full weekend, there is more around you can visit. Localted just 10 km from the city, the Albufera national park is a fantastic natural oasis. The rich biodiversity of this protected natural area enables to observe a large variety of fauna and flora. A deep dive in the nature, in contrast to the urban life, where relax and disconnection is possible. Boat trips and other experiences are available: I recommend to book in advance.

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