Oranges aside, Valencia is bursting with things to see and do. Discover what makes Valencia so special with its blend of futuristic architecture, world-class attractions and incredible food. A city break in Valencia really is a feast for the senses. Book a packaged city break with lastminute.com and what you save on hotels and flights you can spend when you get there.
The city of Valencia is crammed with sights but perhaps one of the most talked about is La Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias. This iconic cultural complex is the largest of its kind in Europe and includes museums, cinemas and theatres.
If you’ve got children, don’t miss the Parque Oceanográfico. One of the world’s largest aquariums, you can view sharks and turtles while walking along a 70-metre tunnel, see dolphins and feed penguins. Also great for children is the Museo de las Ciencias. It’s packed with interactive exhibits about science, sport and the human body.
When you fancy some fresh air, head to the Jardines del Turia. This landscaped park is set in the now-dry riverbed of the Río Turia. It’s an incredible space in the middle of the city. Here you can walk, run, bike or skate – it’s a brilliant way to get around central Valencia.
Stroll the historic centre and the maze of cobbled streets that make up the Barrio del Carmen, a vibrant, colourful neighbourhood and a great place to stay. In Valencia Cathedral you can see what’s believed to be the chalice from which Christ sipped during the Last Supper. You can also get a great panorama of Valencia, if you climb the bell tower’s 207 steps. And be sure to take a look inside the 15th-century La Lonja, originally Valencia’s Silk Exchange and now a World Heritage Site.
The Mercado Central is Valencia’s covered market and one of the oldest working food markets in Europe. It’s a riot of colour, sounds and smells. Here you can see locals buying the fish and seafood that’s used to make the legendry paella. It’s also where you can pick up local delicacies or snack on tapas while soaking up the atmosphere from the market’s bar.
For a less foodie shopping fix, head to Aqua, Valencia’s futuristically designed shopping centre where you’ll find big national names as well as local favourites. Elsewhere in the city you’ll find hip boutiques, quirky shops and cutting-edge fashion.
After dark the city really comes alive. Valencia has some of the best nightlife in mainland Spain. There’s just about every type of entertainment and music available – so whatever you’re into you’ll find it here.
After a night out you can always head to one of Valencia’s sandy beaches. Playa de la Malvarrosa just east of the city, is the main beach, becoming Playa de las Arenas at its southern end. There are plenty of outdoor cafés and bars here, for when you need a little refreshment.