This is the fancy area of restaurnats and night-clubs in Valencia. I'd rather say it is a place whwre speciual care is needed and not a danger in itslef.
As always where there are concentration of restaurants in a place that is supposed to be a pictoresque or turistically atttractive location... you must take care and be ready to select the offer. I use not to go there, unless I'm accompanied by a reliable local friend: I'd rather take the reisk of exploring different places tahn fall in the trap of unusefully expensive and fancy places.
Their name are "trileros". They're swindlers. They encourage tourists to play with them and bet money, but tourists will always lose.
Why? It's a rip-off, they make tricks so as to win.
Unique Suggestions: Don't trust them. No!, better ignore them. They always have an accomplice who is the bait. He acts as if he was another naive citizen, but you'll se that he always wins. So people dare to play.
They generally are gypsies. Their tools usually are a cardboard box or something like a little table, three dice cups upside down with something like little balls inside them. They play them by dragging them and exchanging their positions.
They use to position their "game" on strategic places crowded with many people around, and some of them stay at the corners watching over police guards.
When they notice the police nearby and getting closer, they quickly dismantle their stand and runaway fast.
Fun Alternatives: The only and easy way not to be fooled by them: ignore them and don't watch them playing.
You'll even avoid them cheating other people if you tell a police guard close by.
Their common name: "trilero", and more generally "timador" or "estafador".
Fortunately this kind of people is not as common as some years ago.
Paella is NOT a typical spanish dish, it is JUST valencian. So, never never never never eat it if you are not in the Community of Valencia (Castellón, Alicante and Valencia) because you are not going to eat paella at all (I remember a restaurant in Barcelona that they sold curry rice as paella).I know many people that said me "I don't like paella" because they tried in Madrid, but they loved later in Valencia. Even worse NEVER never never try something called "Paellador " (you'll go directly to hell). It's like precooked Paella that put in the oven or microwave, and they have even Mexican Paella!!! (puaj). Be careful, because even in Valencia there are these Paellador cheap things, avoid them!!! (it's like going to Italy and have pizza in Pizza Hut, that's not real italian pizza!).
Unique Suggestions: Never have paella in a place that they don't cook themselves.
Fun Alternatives: Go to tradicitonal restaurants. The best places are where they ask you to reserve with a couple of hours (it means that they will cook the paella just for you, because it takes a couple of hours to cook).
Be carefull at the beach ! There is a lot of pick pockets. They managed to get my belt pouch that was a foot away from me. I saw and heard nothing! They sit near you and the moment you look elsewhere..they are gone with your things!
Join the early morning hubbub in the Central Market, where you can participate in thc boisterous play between shoppers and sellers enacted six days a week.
Dare to climb the 207 steps to the top of the Miguelete Tower , the belltower of the Cathedral , from which you can visually conquer the clty.
Order an aperitivo at the terrace bar in the plaza de la Virgen, the city's natural salon behind the Cathedral. If it's Thursday, you can witness a session of the Tribunal de las Aguas (Water Court), where for the last thousand years local farmers have settled irrigation disputes on the spot in the local language (12.00 noon, Gothic door to the Cathedral).
Stroll around the ancient city centre, seeing the Gothic Lonja, the hexagonal Tower of the Santa Catalina Church, the Cathedral , and the Palau de la Generalitat on your way east to the Serranos Tower overlooking the ancient Turia riverbed.
Wonder at the unique Baroque-style alabaster facade of the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas before entering to tour the impressive González Martí National Ceramics Museum.
Sightseeing at the port? Take a long walk on the long Levante pier, or take the Golondrina boat for a pleasant ride to the lighthouse.
On Sundays and holidays, come to the Mercaderes barrio next to the Central Market and browse around the open-air market at the Plaza Redonda.
No one will believe you on your return if you say you didn't have an authentic Valencian paella Trying one is a must!
Take an educational tour round the San Pío V Fine Arts Museum. When you leave, continue on to the Jardines del Real and enjoy a scenic stroll through the gardens.
Get into the swing at the 18-hole golf course in El Saler , one of the best courses in Europe, just a few yards from the sea.
If the heat and thirst get you down, there's nothing better than an original horchata de chufa in Alboraya to pick you up. For a mid-afternoon snack, order some fartons to dunk in this cool, refreshing drink.
Wander through the Turia riverbed gardens in the early evening, but be sure to arrive on time for a concert at the Palau de la Música.
Look around the shops and department stores in town and pick out some authentic artisan's work to take home. Or survey the creations of Valencian furniture and fashion designers. Don't forget to stop at the Centro de Artesanía de la Comunidad Valenciana.
Drive down to the lookout over the Albufera lagoon south of Valencia at sunset, before the red and golden hues disappear into the night.
Valencian cuisine will enable you to rediscover the culinary taste of past epochs. Indulge in a good dinner, enjoying old recipes combined with new wines.
Visit the IVAM (Centre Julio González and Centre del Carme) and see their important collections of modern and contemporary art.
Mingle with the Valencians on their night haunts. When the moon is up, come to the pub areas in the Malvarrosa, Cánovas or the Barri del Carme. Start with some Agua de Valencia, but go easy at first if you want to last the whole night.