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.
How long should I go for? 2-4 nights
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.
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.
Considered to be one of the newer neighbourhoods, L’Eixample is nevertheless brimming with designer shops, upmarket restaurants and chic cafes.
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.
This cultural and entertainment complex is made up of 8 buildings, including an opera house, aquarium and science museum.
Imagine the old city walls as you gaze up at these immense towers.
Browse eclectic stalls in this colourful tiled market hall.
Getting there: Most other major Spanish cities are only a few hours away by train, these include Barcelona and Madrid. There are also often buses from most of the major Spanish cities.
There are plenty of buses and trains connecting different parts of the city, however exploring the city centre is easily done on foot.