One of the favourite destinations of Spanish people for a weekend break is Valencia. After the summer come most of the cases of post-holiday depression, but there is another way to look at it. We can use different weekends all throughout the year to know other places and disconnect from our daily routine.
So we suggest you to spend 48 hours in Valencia. In that time, my recommendations of all you shouldn’t miss are:
Get to know the city centre, walk the main points of the city during the morning. Go to the Mercado Central (Central Market) and to the fish area. You will be surprised by their products and quality. If you want some refreshment, you can have freshly squeezed orange juice for a rather inexpensive price in any of the produce shops in the market. Then keep walking through the narrow streets of the old town, get to the Cathedral and rent a bike before leaving the city centre. Near the Torres de Serrano (Serrano Towers) you have different rental options.
Start your ride in the Turia Gardens, getting into the riverbed in front of the Serrano Towers. There are a lot of different accesses, but this is one of the best. Riding east you will easily reach the City of Arts and Sciences in half an hour. However, I recommend making different stops to take photos and enjoy the different areas of the greenbelt of Valencia. Once you reach the futuristic complex designed by Santiago Calatrava, you can keep going to the beach through Avenida Menorca (Menorca Avenue, there’s a big shopping centre there) and turn right when you reach Avenida del Puerto (Harbour Avenue). As its name makes quite obvious, it goes all the way to the city port. There’s an access there for the beach promenade, a long strip with lots of restaurants where you can have a good paella looking at the sea. There are many options, you can consult us or improvise.
In the afternoon, once you finish the bike rental, go to La Albufera Natural Park to get onto a boat ride in the lagoon. You can go by car or bus. If you want to make the most of your stay in Valencia, combine your trip to La Albufera and the boat ride with a wine tasting.
In the evening, you can look for a restaurant in the old town, there are different options for tapas. If you prefer something more sophisticated but informal, you will find “Orio” in Calle San Vicente (Saint Vincent Street), between Plaza del Ayuntamiento (Town Hall Square) and Plaza de la Reina (Queen’s Street). In the same street there is also “Sagardi”, a pintxosrestaurant. If you are looking for the places Valencian people visit, go to “Los Escalones de la Lonja” (The Silkexchange Steps): a nice terrace, good service, good tapas, all in a charming location. There are many other options, of course, depending on how you want your evening to be.
You still have Sunday to enjoy Valencia, and today we will walk along the modernist district:Mercado de Colón (Columbus Market), Ensanche and the district of Ruzafa. You can start with a brunch in Ruzafa, the trendy district of the city. “La Más Bonita”, a new establishment in Calle Cádiz (Cádiz Street), is a good option –with a second locale in the Patacona Beach–, but you can also go to “Dulce de Leche”, where you will taste some authentic Argentinian meat empanadas. Of course, you are in Spain, so if you prefer something traditionally Valencian, you have to try tiger nut Horchata, always accompanied by some fartons, a kind of sweet bread to dip in the drink. Once you finish your walk, you can go to the Oceanographic and spend the rest of the day there, visiting the premises of the biggest aquarium in Europe, an unforgettable experience. Another perfect option to learn more about our culture and traditions is our “paella cooking” activity, in which you will learn how to cook the traditional Valencian paella.
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