Valencia Travel Guide

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Valencia Highlights

  • Pro
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     Relaxed Spanish City 

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     Pickpockets, same as any other big city. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Place for feeling spanish culture, traditions and lifestyle 

Valencia Things to Do

  • La Albufera

    Lake Albufera is only 12k's south of the city. Lake Albufera is huge. It spans about 27sq kms and is very shallow - about 1.5m deep. It is a national park and surrounded by wetlands with about 250 different bird species. It is definately worth visiting. MaheshSamtani kindly offered to take us and we saw this stunning sunset there - more about...

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  • Explore the City of Arts and Sciences,...

    For some really impressive modern architecture you couldn't go wrong by taking some time to explore this amazing new complex of buildings on the edge of Valencia. It's called the City of Arts and Sciences and houses the two museums of Arts and Sciences, a covered garden called the Umbracle, the Oceanografic ( a large aquarium), the Hemisfèric and...

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  • Have fun at the Science Museum

    Not only is this a very 'hands on', interactive style Museum which children and grown-ups will find fun and enjoyable it is also an amazing architectural showcase. Located on the edge of the city the Science museum is one of several, very modern, futuristic buildings created to raise the profile of this lively city. The entire area is known as the...

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Valencia Restaurants

  • Yum Paella

    If its good enough for Ernest Hemmingway, it's good enough for me! Really enjoyed the paella here, although service is a little slow and generally quite relaxed. The decor is a bit dated but that adds to the overall charm. Great place for a nice dinner with your other half. They also packed what we could not finish and let us take it away in a...

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  • Terrible Indian Food! Please avoid

    First off, I'm Indian and I don't want Spanish people to think that Indian food is like this. Where to start? Somosas - old old old, so old they must have been reheated at least 10 times. Only ate half and left the rest. Naan was damp and flat and cut in pieces. What's that about? I'll cut my own food thanks! Also, didn't receive free bottle as...

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  • A tapas bar.

    La Taberna de la Reina is a good place to have some tapas in the city center. They have a large array of tapas into a closed transparent box. The tapas they had when I was there are called "pinchos". They are made with a small slice of bread with a topping. You can choose a fried or not fried topping. You have to help yourself your pinchos. You...

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Valencia Nightlife

  • Beautiful place to make new friends

    Set among historical sites is a great neighborhood of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. I have to admit, I didn't quite catch the name of my favorite place, but Radio City and Cafe Negrito were part of one of my favorite nights in Valencia. I saw people wearing pretty much a little bit of everything.

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  • Flamenco and Rhumba

    The elegance and passion of the flamenco are unrivaled in my experience. Seeing someone who knows the dance is an unbelievable experience. They say more with one movement, than I can with 100 words. There didn't seem to be one, but the locals were quite dressed up.

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  • sevellanas al alba

    real spanisch music live and on tape.from tuesday till saturday open from19-3.30 hours i think what you want

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Valencia Transportation

  • From Barcelona to Valencia

    We drove to Valencia from Barcelona by excursion bus. The distance is 350 km. It took us 4 hours with a short stop for a coffee break.The current navigator gives us the following road way.Barcelona 10. Take exit 19 to merge onto B-20/C-32 toward Aeroport Continue to follow C-32 Partial toll road 58.1 km 11. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for...

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  • València Nord Station

    València Nord Station-(Valencian: Estacio del Nord, Spanish: Estación del Norte) is the main railway station of the Spanish city of Valencia.Although the name suggests otherwise Station is south of downtown. Right next to the main entrance to the bullring.In the future, València Nord a full central station where high-speed AVE trains stop....

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  • The Valencia Bus Turistic.

    You can find a tourist bus in lots of cities. These are buses that stop near the main sights. So you can get off, see the sigh, explore the area and take another similar bus. It is a good way to get to know the place if you can't spend much time there. The Valencia tourist bus runs along two routes; A) The historical Valencia. B) The maritime...

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Valencia Shopping

  • Visit the covered market.

    This is one of the oldest markets in Europe. It was built in modernist style in 1928. It is a very large structure made of glass and iron. Here there are around 1000 stalls.This market is opened from monday to saturday; from 7.30 a. m. to 2.30 p. m. Here you can buy fruits and vegetables; meat, fish. Bread and sweets. There are also some peculiar...

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  • Dresses

    I entered the shop because of the lovely architecture but I got immediately impressed by the outstanding style of the clothes. Very colourful, original and somehow new. I bought a very nice dress, but they have also some jewels and bags.

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  • Original shop for piñatas and gifts

    Confettis is a wonderfu shop ....you can find amazing piñatas full of candies , to break durant birthday celebrations . There are really original gifts for children and adults too . The shop is colourful and magic , a unique universe for dreaming.... Piñatas 20-30 euros

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Valencia Local Customs

  • Street Actors

    When strolling along the streets and squares of Valencia you will find a variety of street actors representing amazing personages. You can see one of the actors on the Plaza de Reina on my photo. He was standing still for several minutes but suddenly he was moving and frightened the people who watched his performance and forcing smile and laugh...

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  • Las Fallas

    Las Fallas, Valencia’s big annual festival, is held on March 19. A falla is a large paper mache character, and several hundred of them are constructed all over town. They may represent politicians or other public figures, or some event, and they are usually satirical. (The one nearest our hotel was a bus with camera-pointing tourists!) At midnight...

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  • Las Fallas

    The biggest festival in Valencia, Las fallas is held each year in March and is one of Spain's most noisy and raucous fiestas with fireworks and processions in honour of St Joseph. A parade of Valencian women dressed in traditional costume come to the cathedral square to offer flowers to the city's patron saint, La Virgen de las Desamparados. These...

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Valencia Warnings and Dangers

  • Swim at your own risk

    In Australia we recognise this warning. It's usually due to sharks or Crocodiles.Here in Valencia it is due to tampons. .... and other pollution. Hubby and I enjoyed our swim....that is until we both spotted it floating by. Err!! Gross!So, my advice to you is to swim at your own risk... or be prepared to scrub yourself down well after.

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  • Be aware of Turia surroundings

    My father was stopped by a person who was impersonating as a 'security official'. He wanted to see some identification, because he told him that he is a suspect in some imaginitery case ..... to cut the story short he stole d visa.....and managed to transfer out cash.....so be aware!!!!

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  • Pickpockets

    On our first day in Valencia for the Fallas my friend had his wallet stolen from his zipped up trouser pocket.As the streets are closed of the the procession of the flowers crowds build up tremendously and you can end up being quite squashed. it was after one such squashing that my friend discovered this wallet ahead been lifted. The Police...

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Valencia Tourist Traps

  • Give me the film back!

    I arrived in Valencia in an afternoon, in my way to Mallorca, after buying my first camcorder in Andorra, and already with the film ot two weeks spent in Salou and Altea. For security reasons, I had booked a hotel with garage, to leave the car while we would be out, and, for the same reasons we went to diner early in the day, parking close to the...

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  • La Llonja de la Seda.

    Lots of VTers will disagree with me...I didn't find interesting this very old building. This was the stock silk exchange. It was built between 1482 and 1533. It is made of three rooms almost empty and a beautiful small garden. You can spend your time in the small garden reading a newspaper or a book.

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  • Visiting the Cathedral

    Whenever you arrive there you are looked up and sorted out. Local people (who ussually go in for worshipping) go left; tourists go right. Of course this means contributing to the Cathedral's upkeeping! or in some other way "tourist milking". Being a Valencian my best tip to come out that small trap is just to enter as a Christian (or someone who...

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Valencia What to Pack

  • In the wintertime..

    the weather can be a little unpredictable. It ranged from cold and wet to sunny and hot, so bring a little of everything. Waterproof and your umbrella A great camera is needed here for the amazing views.

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  • Weekend Break in February

    Travel light - we managed with a small case each (Well except for Bev, who brought a months supply of clothing!!) plus a daysac or shoulder bag for daytime. We all packed comfy shoes- Plenty of miles to cover! Clothes -we weren't sure of what to expect weatherwise, but we were ok with lightweight tops and jacket/cardigan for night.We brought smart...

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  • What to bring and when to visit

    The weather in Valencia is mild and sunny during the winter but it can get really hot and humid in mid summer, a season when you want to spend the whole day on the beach. Heavy rains (gota fr?a) may fall in October / november. But, they usually only last for a few days. Spring is probably the best time to visit, with pleasant temperatures and...

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Valencia Off The Beaten Path

  • DISCOUNT CUPONS / VOUCHERS

    At the followinglink you will find discount vouchers for many activities, restaurants, parks and lots more.http://www.portaldescuento.com/Busqueda_Avanzada.aspx?provincia=Madrid&poblacion=&sec=&sub=&orden=estrellasAnd more over...

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  • Plaza Redonda.

    This small square was built in 1840. Plaza Redonda literally means "round square". It is made of curved buildings joined together. So that the whole place is round.At plaza Redonda you can find several shops where you can buy a souvenir or a small pet; a bird, a rabbit and others.I've read that on sundays a market is held inside it.At the moment of...

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  • L'Albufera de Valencia

    This is a peaceful and nice natural area some 20 km South of the city. Worth the visit!! You may very easy catch the touristic buis from Plaza de la Reina - face of the Cathedral - at 10.30 - 13 - 16, with hearphones and text read in 8 languages, including very rare "valenciano". "Albufera" means "artificial lake", as a matter of fact it originated...

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Valencia Sports & Outdoors

  • Camp de Mestalla

    The Mestalla stadium, official name "Mestalla, Valencia's Camp", is the stadium of Valencia Football Club. Located in the neighborhood of the city Mestalla in Valencia (Spain), between Avenue and Avenue Sweden Aragon. Its name comes from the historic Mestalla ditch which ran along the southern tier of the stadium, ditch that had to overcome to get...

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  • VISIT THE MESTALLA STADIUM

    The MESTALLA stadium is home to the Valencia Football club team. This is a legendary stadium that has lived many important games with mythical players and probabably all the important teams of Europe have in some occasion or other, in some competition or friendly matches have played over here. The club is now constructing their new stadium and are...

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  • The Mestalla

    Every football fan must watch a game at the Mestalla when it is full, it is truly one of the great football stadiums in the world, it will be torn down soon, so time is running out.

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  • The centre of Valencia

    If you haven’t got time to explore Valencia you’d better see the centre of Valencia which is enclosed in a hexagon. The six corners are:1. Puente de Real bridge 2. green Glorieta square ending with a marble arch3. Train station and Bullring4. Libraby (old Hospital) - a cross-like Rennaisance building5. IVAM Modern Art Museum6. no landmarkThe main...

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  • The other side of Valencia

    In a recent professional trip to Istanbul, I met L. a kind lady from Valencia that offered me a couple of brochures about the city and showed the kindness and welcoming manners that I'm used to meet in Spain.OK!I'm recovered, and Valencia is back to my travel plan. See you soon, L. In Valencia.

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  • The Turia Gardens.

    The Turia River that flew through the city used to flood regularly. It was diverted south of the city after a terrible flooding happened in 1957. Later it was decided to transform its bed into a park. The Turia Gardens are practically a large and long (c.ca 9 km) park that borders the old city. It has playground areas for kids, cycle paths, and...

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