What To Do in Valencia
Valencia, the warm Spanish city where the crowd of the city meet with the calm of the relaxing beaches. Valencia is a great mixture of history, modern architecture, traditions and culinary specialities. Even though the city is really international and the host of many exchange students, the unique Spanish culture remains, a very promising authentic experience is waiting for you in Valencia!
To make the most of your trip, get a bike. It’s the most efficient way to get around.
When it comes to modern architecture and gigantesque buildings, the City of Arts and Sciences is the place to be.
This complex was designed by the Valencians architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. It is made out of 6 different building:
–L’Umbracle, is an open structure which is the entrance of the City of Arts. Various plants and piece of arts are exposed in l’Umbracle. For your evening out don’t forget to visit Mya, an open-air club located under the Umbracle.
–L’Hemisféric, this impressive building which looks like a giant eye is the centerpiece of the complex. It is the host of an IMAX cinema, a planetarium and a laserium.
–El Palau de las Arts Reina Sofia, an opera house and a performing art centers.
–L’Oceanographic, an open-air oceanographic park. Divided in 7 different part which have their own different aquatic environment.
–The Museu de las Ciències Príncipe Felipe, which is an interactive museum of science. The building also hosts the local basketball court.
–The Agora, a place where many different events are hold such as dance, music, drama, exhibitions, congresses…
And Last but not least, El Pont de l’Assut de l’Or, a white cable-stayed bridge which connect the Turia riverbed with Minocra Street.
If you are looking for a nice restaurant to have dinner in Valencia, different options are available.
You can choose to go and eat tapas in the restaurant Infanta, a nice restaurant which offers a delicious menu with something for everyone. The quality of the food is superb, the service is extremely friendly and the setting is fantastic.
Sagardi, an other restaurant in which you can enjoy the real Spanish pinchos.
If you want to have dinner in a unique atmosphere you should go to Canalla Bistro in the trendy Ruzafa district. The place is located in an old industrial area.
Finally if you have a small budget or just a little appetite you should go to the 100 Montaditos, there you have a choice of 100 small sandwiches which only cost €1 on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Valencia might be a crowded city but it doesn’t mean that you cannot find a peaceful place to rest and relax…
Jardines de Turia is one of the largest natural parks in Spain, a green walkable area of more than nine kilometers that crosses the city with recreational areas, areas for sports and romantic places where you can get lost. The Turia Gardens are an ideal track for runners, cyclists, families and nature lovers.
Another option to relax and enjoy the sun is to go to one of the various beaches around Valencia.
Las Arenas is a beach located near by the city center and the port, it is very nice but often crowded due to its location.
El Saler is a sandy beach, located in the South of Valencia. It is about 4 kilometers long, surrounded by dunes and vast forests of pines, it is a quiet beach where you can enjoy a picnic and the soothing nature around you.