What to visit in Valencia: Complete Guide for an Unforgettable Trip

Published 11 de July de 2024 by admin
Valencia is a city full of charm, history and modernity, with its beaches bathed by the Mediterranean, its impressive historic monuments, its gastronomy and its wide range of leisure activities. We could make an endless list of reasons why we love the capital of the Turia…. Instead, we will describe what you must see in Valencia. A list of the essentials to make the most of your holiday. Let’s get started!  

Things to do in Valencia 

What can you do in Valencia? The city has more than 700.000 inhabitants, so it is quite large and the possibilities are almost unlimited: 
  1. Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

One of the best places to visit in Valencia is the City of Arts and Sciences, known as ‘Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias’. This futuristic architectural complex, designed by Santiago Calatrava, is ideal for all ages. You can visit the Science Museum, the Oceanogràfic, the largest aquarium in Europe, and the Hemisfèric, where films are shown on an IMAX screen.   
  1. El Casco Antiguo

A stroll through Valencia’s old town is like a journey back in time. Here you will find the Cathedral of Valencia, which houses the Holy Chalice, and the Miguelete, a tower from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the city. Do not forget to visit the Lonja de la Seda, a Gothic building declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO!   
  1. Jardín del Turia

This garden is like an oasis in the heart of the city, one of the places to visit for free in Valencia that never fails. The Turia Garden runs along the old Turia riverbed and is perfect for strolling, playing sports or just relaxing. Along the way you will find historic bridges, children’s playgrounds and spaces for cultural events.   
  1. The Beaches of Valencia

The beaches are another essential place to visit in Valencia. La Malvarrosa and Playa de las Arenas are very popular and have all the necessary services. Enjoy a day of sun and sea and don’t forget to try a delicious paella or rice dish in one of the restaurants in the area!   
  1. Mercado Central

Valencia’s central market is one of the largest in Europe and the perfect place to enjoy the local gastronomy. Here you can buy fresh products such as fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, or try tapas and other typical dishes at the stalls.   
  1. Barrio del Carmen

The Barrio del Carmen is known for its nightlife and narrow streets full of history. Here you’ll find a mix of bars, restaurants and designer shops, as well as old palaces and convents – the perfect place to eat and drink!   
  1. Bioparc Valencia

For animal lovers, the Bioparc is a must. This zoological park is characterised by its focus on the conservation and recreation of natural habitats. You can see African animals such as lions, giraffes and elephants in an environment that simulates their original habitat.   
  1. What to do outside the city of Valencia?

If you have the time and a rented car to get around easily, you can make the most of everything the province has to offer, which is quite a lot. 
  • Sagunto, with its Circus and Roman Theatre, and Llíria, with its rich historical and cultural heritage, such as the Arab baths or the site of the Castellet de Bernabé. 
  • The Albufera Nature Reserve, where you can enjoy boat trips to see the flora and fauna. 
  • Requena, a town that has preserved its fortified village, and Utiel, fantastic hiking with the course of the river Cabriel, the Hoces y Cuchillos, the Geological Park of Chera… End the day with a tasting of the Utiel-Requena Denomination of Origin wine. 
  • Among many other equally impressive places such as Cullera, Gandía, Xàtiva, Ontinyent… 

Tips to enjoy your visit to Valencia 

  • Best time to visit: Valencia has a Mediterranean climate so it is pleasant all year round. Spring and autumn are the best times for milder temperatures. In summer you take advantage of the fantastic beaches as well as a wider range of leisure activities. Winter is the most beautiful in December because of the Christmas decorations it depends on your preferences! 
  • Transport: Valencia has an excellent public transport network, including buses, trams and the metro, although you will have to wait and be aware of timetables. It is also an ideal city to explore by bike (in the cooler months) or by car, at your own pace and in total freedom. 
  • Gastronomy: You cannot leave Valencia without trying its famous paella, the most famous dish in Valencian cuisine. Other recommended dishes are fideuà horchata with fartons (the best horchata par excellence is in Alboraya, near Valencia), l’esgarraet cremaet… 4
  In conclusion, Valencia is a city that has it all: culture, history, nature and spectacular cuisine. And remember, at Malco Rent a Car we will help you get the most out of your trip with our car hire. You can book your car on the Malco website and choose from a wide range of models, including premium brands, to make your experience unparalleled. SUVs, cars, cars? We have them all to suit your needs. And as soon as you step off the plane at Manises, the car is at your disposal thanks to Meet&Greet fast delivery. No queues, no counters, everything to get you on your way as soon as possible. We are waiting for you! 

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