Valencia Guides

About Valencia

Paella comes from the rice fields around Valencia and this is the place to taste the genuine article, sitting by the beach or in the old quarter of El Carmen. A belt of greenery runs uninterrupted along the old riverbed, graced with Sim-City-style futuristic wonders.

Valencia Guides

Quick facts:

  • Rough location of city Eastern Spain
  • Language Spanish
  • Population of city 790,000
  • Nearest airport Valencia Airport
  • Main train/bus station(s) Valencia Joaquin Sorolla/Estacio del Nord (trains) and Estacio de Autobuses (bus)
  • Best time to visit? Valencia has a Mediterranean climate with good weather all year round, so best to visit late spring/early summer to avoid the crazy crowds.
  • Budget level? ££
  • Best for Beach, Landmarks, Nightlife, Arty

Main Districts

Ciutat Vella

Also known as the Old City, this is one of the main districts of Valencia. A mix of old and new, by day explore the countless boutiques and the Central Market; by night the bars and live music of the calle de Caballeros.

Barrio La Seu

The innermost area of Valencia, this is where you’ll find the heart of tourism. Nearby are the grand cathedral, the Plaza de la Virgen and the Plaza de la Reina.

L’Eixample

Considered to be one of the newer neighbourhoods, L’Eixample is nevertheless brimming with designer shops, upmarket restaurants and chic cafes.

Ruzafa

Find yourself in hipster heaven as you stroll the streets of this quirky district. On every colourful street corner you’ll find second hand bookshops, cute bakeries and edgy galleries.

Top Attractions

City of Arts and Sciences

This cultural and entertainment complex is made up of 8 buildings, including an opera house, aquarium and science museum.

Torres de Quart

Imagine the old city walls as you gaze up at these immense towers.

Central Market

Browse eclectic stalls in this colourful tiled market hall.

Best Places To Go Out

L’Umbracle This swanky venue is the place to be if you want to mingle with the Valencian rich and famous.

Radio City This busy bar combines leisure with art: enjoy a film or a flamenco performance with a beer in hand, or better yet – try your hand at a cocktail masterclass.

Bar La Paca A quirky little place where you can try some authentic Spanish omelette or seafood tapas.

Free Walking Tour

Free walking tours of Valencia run every day at 10:30 and 12:00 and last 2 and a half hours. The ‘Valencia Essentials’ Tour will take you through Valencia’s history and the main sites of the town.