Best areas to stay in Valencia

Top areas to stay in Valencia

Named “El Levante” after the rising sun, this lush region is the part of Spain that wakes up first. Valencia has the Mediterranean Sea as its front yard, while the inland huerta (garden) is one of the most fertile in Europe, crowded with orange and lemon groves, date-palm plantations and rice fields still irrigated by systems devised by the Moors.

  1. Enjoy the most atmospheric part of Valencia
  2. Enjoy a huge party in Valencia!
  3. Explore the area around the Río Turia
  4. Make the most of Valencia’s beautiful beaches and water
  5. Head to La Albufera for a tranquil stay just outside the city

Well on the way to equalling - indeed, eclipsing in some instances - the cosmopolitan vitality of Barcelona and the cultural variety of Madrid, Spain’s third-largest city has plenty to offer. There are a plethora of exciting areas dotted around too. Think Barrio del Carmen and the beachfront to name a few - you won’t ever be stuck for where to stay in Valencia. If you’re inspired to jet off to sunny Spain, take a look at our fantastic Valencia holidays

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1. Enjoy the most atmospheric part of Valencia

The most atmospheric area of the city is undoubtedly the maze-like Barrio del Carmen (in Valenciano “de Carmé”), roughly north of the Central Market to the Río Turia, extending up to the Torres de Serranos and west to the Torres de Quart. Featuring a collection of old-style townhouses which are home to stylish cafés, tapas bars and trendy boutiques, it’s an incredibly thriving neighbourhood to explore and certainly the best neighbourhood to stay in Valencia.

Vibe: Traditional Valencia

While you’re there: Hidden down a tiny alleyway in the Barrio del Carmen, you’ll find the church of San Nicolás.

2. Enjoy a huge party in Valencia!

Valencia has long boasted some of the best nightlife in mainland Spain. Vivir Sin Dormir (Live Without Sleep) is the name of one of its bars, and it could be taken as a Valencian mantra. One of the best areas to stay in Valencia for its nightlife is around the La Xera area which is filled with fun bars and live entertainment venues, think Radio City and Cade de las Horas for some memorable evenings. The city in general is alive with noise and colour throughout the year, with explosions of gunpowder, fireworks and festivities punctuating the calendar.

Vibe: Party central!

While you’re there: If you’re looking to chill after a night out on the town head to the Gulliver Park for a stroll.

3. Explore the area around the Río Turia

The oldest part of Valencia is almost entirely encircled by a great loop of the Río Turia, which is now a landscaped riverbed park. In 1956, after serious flooding damaged much of the old town, the river was diverted. The ancient stone bridges remain, but the riverbed now houses cycleways, footpaths and football pitches, as well as the astonishing Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias Europe’s largest cultural complex. As further proof that Valencia is ever reinventing itself, Central Park, a 57-acre space for promenades, gardens and an art centre, is one of the city’s largest redevelopment projects to date.

Vibe: Enjoying the outdoors

While you’re there: If you’re looking for a museum, we suggest the Science Museum which contains interactive exhibits.

4. Make the most of Valencia’s beautiful beaches and water

Valencia’s main beach is the Playa de la Malvarrosa to the east of the city centre, which becomes Playa El Cabañal at its southern end. Cabañal is also a good spot to catch some rays. The outdoor cafés, bars and clubs here are buzzing in the summer. Check out the Marina Beach Club right next to the water, offering a restaurant, café, pool, sun loungers, bar and a nightclub.

Vibe: Beach

While you’re there: Why not try out surfing in Valencia?

5. Head to La Albufera for a tranquil stay just outside the city

La Albufera, is just 12km south of Valencia, and stands as a sprawling lagoon which is separated from the sea by a sandbank. Rice fields surround the area too. It is one of the largest bodies of freshwater in Spain. As a result it is an important wetland, and tens of thousands of migratory birds flock to the area. Around 250 species make it here, of which ninety breed here regularly. Whether you’re into birdwatching or not, the lagoon area makes a relaxing change from the city.

Vibe: A lovely stay just outside Valencia

While you’re there: Close to Valencia is El Puig (pronounced “pooch”), where it’s well worth spending a couple of hours visiting the impressive Real Monasterio del Puig de Santa María.

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