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

  • 80%


    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!

  • 90%


    Valencia- more than I expected

    At first I wasn't sure how much there was to see and do in Valencia that I was excited about but the city surprised me. The vibe is energetic yet laid back. The Cathedral was beautiful with many different architectural styles incorporated- worth a trip up the tower for a great 360 view of the old city. The Turia River Walk is truly an amazing park, I wished I had rented a bike to explore it more. The best orange juice and paella you'll ever have in your life.

    Insider Tip:Find a spot away from the main squares/streets for your paella. El 16 was family-owned and absolutely delicious!

  • 70%


    A relaxed weekend!

    Valencia is a very beautiful city. Also definitely a big plus is that it is not as touristic as Madrid and Barcelona so it is much more relaxed there and you can just enjoy yourself. Just walk along the dried river bottom and visit the big beaches and I think you will see it too! Also you will not need public transportation (which is also not too good) since everything (except the orange fields) is in the centrum.

    Insider Tip:Eat a lot of oranges - oh my god they are amazing there! A lot of shops and restaurants have siesta so you better get used to the spanish meal times.

  • 90%


    Beautiful city! I had expected to spend my three days on the beach, but there was so much to do I only spent a few hours there. Everything is in a reasonable walking distance which helps.

    Insider Tip:Walk along the old riverbed which is now more like a garden.

  • 40%


    Boring in the week

    Went Monday to Wednesday so my fault. I am sure it is good on the weekends to go out for a drink, but when I went during the week there wasn't much going on. Some live music bars were open but not too late.

    Insider Tip:If you are after food at 5am there is a fast food place at Carrer de L'Espasa, 46003 which is open. Nothing else is as far as I could find

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