The home of Paella
Valencia is an ideal all-year-round destination, with its warm summers and mild winters. Since the city was founded in around 138 BC, it has been ruled by the Romans, Moors and eventually the Christians – a diverse history which only adds to its character.
The miles of white, sandy beaches are ideal for a lazy afternoon sunbathing, a stroll along the seaside or practising several of the watersport activities that are on offer.
Perhaps Valencia’s most famous landmark is “The City of Arts and Science” – an avant-garde, futuristic museum complex, also home to the city opera house. In the 1950s, the river Turia that once ran through the area, was drained of water in order to construct the park. This spectacular example of modern architecture has now become one of the must-see attractions in the region.
It is well worth venturing outside of the city to discover the surrounding areas, such as the Albufera National Park, where you can take a boat trip across the protected wetlands, alternatively you could visit the D.O Valencia wine region and sample some of the local wines. As the city is home to arguably Spain’s most famous dish, no trip to Valencia is complete without trying paella – a hearty rice dish that can be made with either meat or seafood.
There is an extensive choice of hotels according to travel needs and to suit all budgets.
Third largest city in Spain
More than 800 000 inhabitants
Spain’s largest commercial port
Two co-official languages – Castilian Spanish and Valenciano – similar to Catalan
Valencia’s most important festivity "Las Fallas” is held in March
The Holy Grail is claimed to be hidden in the city´s cathedral
The 15th century is referred to as the golden age of Valencia
The University of Valencia was founded year 1499
Very good to stay so nice close to the beach at Las Arenas. It was really worth it. The bike ride was much appreciated.
Would like to spend some extra days here 😊
The hotel was amazingly good. Valencia was generally a nice city with a large selection of things to do.
Nice even with the full day at the beach and Paella!!