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Top things to do in Valencia

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Things to Do in Valencia

A thriving cultural scene, great nightlife and a picturesque centre give Spain’s third largest city a lot to shout about. Hyper-modern buildings sit side by side with centuries old churches while designer shops intermingle with independent boutiques and traditional retailers. Sample local delicacies in one of Valencia’s excellent eateries, explore regional culture at one of the city’s many vibrant festivals, or head to one of the nearby beaches to relax, unwind and soak up some sun.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Valencia

Barrio del Carmen – The most famous of Valencia’s neighbourhoods and the heart of the city’s old town, El Carmen is made up of narrow winding streets, characterful buildings and local bars and restaurants. A great place for a night out or a day of exploration, the district is the most charming in Valencia.

Las Arenas – One of the closest beaches to the old town, Las Arenas is just 20 minutes by bus from the centre of Valencia. The perfect spot for a bit of sunbathing, the beach also boasts a variety of bars and cafes.

L’Eixample – Valencia expanded rapidly in the mid 19th century, and L’Eixample was built to house the growing population. Wide boulevards, elegant buildings and modernist facades make the neighbourhood well worth a visit. Today, a number of international retailers can also be found in the district, making the area a good destination for shopping.

Russafa – An up and coming neighbourhood, and one of the city’s most diverse, Russafa boasts an excellent choice of ethnic eateries, trendy bars and independent shops. If you’re in Valencia during the spectacular Falles celebrations in March, Russafa is one of the best places to party.

Things to See in Valencia

One of the most famous and most iconic sights in Valencia is the City of Arts and Sciences. Inaugurated in 1998, the spectacular contemporary complex is made up of a series of cutting-edge buildings, the most famous of which is L’Hemisferic, a half-dome structure surrounded by pools of water. If you want to see an older side of Valencia, head into the Old Town where you’ll find the Llotja de la Seda, a 15th century Gothic mercantile exchange, the 14th century Torres de Serranos, which offer panoramic views of the city, and the beautifully restored Mercado Central.

Things to Do in Valencia

The stunning buildings and sculptures of the City of Arts and Sciences will easily take you a day or two to explore. Many of the structures also contain attractions like exhibitions, cinemas and event spaces, giving you even more to sink your teeth into. The charming streets, churches and homes of the Old Town are also well worth an afternoon of your time, while the district’s bars and restaurants are perfect for an al fresco meal or fun night out. Head to Las Arenas and Valencia’s coast for sun, sea and relaxation or visit the city in March when the entire population parties for a week in celebration of the Falles.