Hello my little feathers ! I hope you had a great summer. Maybe some of you don’t know it yet but I am half spanish (on my father’s side). So, every year since I’m super small, I go at least once to Spain (most times during summer) to visit my family and enjoy this amazing country ! A country with very open-minded people, with a very hot climate and a very cheap life ! And I really want to make you discover my favorite city in Spain : Valencia. Where I’ve just spent my 27th summer. A super destination, very often forgotten for Barcelona, which is weird because it’s more typical, less touristic and cheaper. I recommend it to you 100% and these are my best tips on what to do in Valencia.
What to do in Valencia, the city with more than 300 days of sunshine per year ?
What to do in Valencia #1 : Eat !
A paella on the beach
The most typical Spanish dish is definitely Paella ! This delicious yellow rice with either seafood, meat, or vegetables. So delicious. I recommend you to go to the beach called LAS ARENAS to enjoy an amazing paella while watching the waves. Yes, please 🙂 A very nice place, not expensive, which will blow your mind. One restaurant I particularly advise : La Murciana. There is also an evening beach market everyday in the summer. You can find so many nice stuff.
Okay I’m aware I start only with food haha, but … you have to go to La Masia del Vino
A restaurant in the heart of the city of Valencia with typical dishes, and a menu entry-dish-dessert just DELICIOUS for 15 euros! Really, a must do in Valencia. Every time I go to the city of Valencia, I eat there at least 2 or 3 times because it’s so good, and in addition to that, the menu changes every day!
What to do in Valencia #2 : Cultural walks
Take a walk in the historical center of Valencia
Valencia city center is definitely charming. Go down at Colón metro station and take a walk around. You’ll see beautiful old buildings and the old arenas. Also go to Plaza España (not far from Colón walking, or at Pl. españa metro station). This plaza is surrounded by the cutest little restaurants, bar, terrasses in adorable little streets.
Go to the city of Arts and Sciences
A place worth to be visited, such an architectural miracle ! Futurist white buildings, a piece of art built by the Valencian architect Calatrava. Something unique.
- The Oceanografic : One of the most beautiful aquariums in Europe. It’s worth it !
- The Hemisferic : a 3D cinema in a eye-shaped building. A cool experience !
- The Museum of Arts and the Museum of Sciences : Haven’t tried them yet, but I would love to ! Next time !
- The Umbracle : a restaurant / club ! One of the coolest I’ve tried in my life. A lot of rooms, a big terrasse and some cools beds and sunloungers to have a cocktail on.
Here is my complete blog post about this place : 5 reasons why you must visit the City of Sciences of Valencia.
Go to the Biopark
A great, innovative zoo in the middle of Valencia city. What is so cool is that there are almost no cages so the animals are just walking around in the middle of the visitors. I liked it a lot !
Eat tapas and ENJOY LIFE
Life is really cheap in Spain, and the food is YUMMY ! So, it’s time to enjoy and to go to the restaurant every day !
Some tapas you MUST try :
- Tortilla : an omelett with potatoes and onion, very thick and delicious
- Patatas bravas : fried potatoes with chili sauce and aioli
- Boquerones : marinated fished in olive oil, and garlic
- Olives (excellent in Spain)
- Serrano or Iberico ham : OMG !
- Fried calamari
- Montaditos : mini toasted sandwiches that you make yourself
- Ensaladilla russa : a nice vegetables and mayo salad, with sometimes tuna, which is super good
What to do in Valencia #3 : Go around
A little extra time in Valencia? Visit surrounding villages.
There are so many beautiful villages around Valencia! I wrote a complete article on this subject.
Here we go my dears ! I hope you liked this article and that you got some ideas on what to do in Valencia if you are planning to go. Don’t hesitate to leave me your reaction in a comment, it’s such a pleasure to read you !
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Lot of kisses !