City Guide Valencia, Spain

Visiting Valencia

Basking in over 300 days of glorious sunshine every year, Valencia is a city that boasts more than just one of Europe's most enviable climates. This city on Spain's Costa del Azahar has one of the country's best preserved city centers, Europe's largest urban complex and is only minutes from the beach. As it is the third largest city in Spain it is also a city that seldom sleeps, with a heap of bars and restaurants located in the vibrant 'Barrio del Carmen' district.

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Valencia City Reviews

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    Valencia was a beauty

    We did a walking tour and it was great walking to meet locals and learn about the little town. It was really nice to get away from all the tourists. Cheap sangria pitchers was also a HUGE bonus!

    Insider Tip:Do the free walking tours, eat paella and drink sangria!

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    Smaller and calmer version of Barcelona

    I wouldn't recommend Valencia as the main destination, but it's a very nice place where to stay couple of nights. Off the season it's very calm and outside of the main touristic streets you are actually able to find some streets where you'll be totally alone by yourself. Lot of street art and modern places where to hang out.

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    I Like to Ride My Bicycle.

    Absolutely loved Valencia. There were a good range of things to do - including visiting the beach, art and cultural excursions and cycling (the place is very bicycle friendly).

    Insider Tip:Take a picnic to the park! Not many people seem to do this, but there are some delicious and inexpensive things to be had at the big market, as well as acres of pleasant park land.

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    Fun City

    Valencia is a fun place, safe for those who don't speak Spanish, and great if you'd like to visit a clean beach - even in the later Fall months! Everything in the city center is within walking distance.

    Insider Tip:If you stay at a hostel, be sure you can leave your bags there because you will do lots of walking if you'd like to see the sights!

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    Spent a lot of time in main plaza by the cathedral and basilica, great food and street performers, very beautiful, only city that I visited where the metro went to the airport and it was very clean and modern which was nice

    Insider Tip:beach is fine but sea i very dirty, would not recommend going in!

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