What to Do, See & Eat in Valencia!
May 10, 2022
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What to Do, See & Eat in Valencia!

So many people ask me where to eat, favorite Bars and what to see in Valencia. Here is a list a friend posted with some of my favorites and so much more. Buen Viaje!

World Heritage site, built between 1482 and 1533, amazing building that was part of the silk road in the middle ages. Go inside and get the English audio guide. Shouldn’t take more than 1 hour. It’s super beautiful.
Gorgeous market where the locals buy daily (fruits, veggies, seafood etc.). It’s so colorful. Go in the morning and before 2PM. Beautiful art deco dome.
Beautiful market with places to have a coffee, drink etc. The building looks like if it was designed by Gaudi. Really, really cool.
Amazing medieval towers that were the gates of the old city.
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias: https://g.page/CACIENCIES?share
Extremely modern area with architecture from world famous Santiago Calatrava. You never seen buildings like this. Plan half a day to be here and make sure you make it. The contrast of the old town with this is incredible.
Plaça de la Mare de Déu: https://goo.gl/maps/JwjHhTFffdqcDzTj7
Gorgeous square to have an Agua de Valencia. Typical drink there. Don’t miss the cathedral entrance (go inside) and the tower.
Go inside and see the amazing old school ceiling and the old rooms where the original Valencia flag is. The view from the balcony is gorgeous too.
Cool circular square with different local stores.
Tile work on one of the rooms of the Main Central Station: https://goo.gl/maps/gFmGgCtc7Ss8Kipg9
When you go in, the first room on the right has beautiful tile work from 19th century with scenes of Valencian life. The actual building outside is beautiful too, right next to the bullfighting ring.
BEST NEIGHBORHOODS:
Hip neighborhood near the center with lots of bars and restaurants.
Little medieval streets with some bars and hidden squares. Just get lost on it walking around.
Canovas: Lots of cafes, bars and restaurants.
RESTAURANTS:
REMEMBER: Meal times in Spain are sacred. Lunch is between 1:00 – 4:00pm and dinner between 8:30 – 10:30pm. Restaurants might not have the kitchen open between these hours and if they do it’s a tourist trap!
For Paella: Paella is only eaten for lunch. Between 13:00 and 16:00. If they serve it to you outside of those hours is not authentic. Here are my two favs for it in the city.
Reservations highly encouraged.
Located beach front. Nice ambiance.
CASUAL TAPAS:
Go for lunch. Stand at the bar or grab a high top table and enjoy amazing pintxos and a glass of their house wine. You won’t regret it. Must go place every time we go.
Trendy restaurants (Some Michelin star, can be pricey)
Rooftops (for a nice view with a drink)
The rooftop of your hotel is absolutely lovely!!
Go into the building and ask for the bar at the rooftop. Amazing views of the city hall square.Love it for late afternoon / early evening for a drink before dinner
Nice for food and also drinks. Very popular.
ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:
Free walking tour of old town. Lots of options on Trip Advisor. Valencia history is fascinating from the Moors to the reconquering in the 12th century. Rent bikes and go thorough the old river bed which was transformed into the biggest urban park in Spain. All the way from El Carmen to the City of Sciences. It’s a lot of fun. you can rent bikes here and it’s a quick way to the bike paths on the river park itself: https://g.page/BrisaValencia?share
THINGS YOU MUST TRY WHILE THERE:
Horchata Valenciana: Has nothing to do with Mexican horchata. This is the original! They have vendors all over the city.
Agua de Valencia: Is like a Mimosa but better!
I could keep going on recommendation but I think this will cover the basics Let me know if you visit any of these locations. I would love to hear! Suerte!!!
dunaway13

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