2 days in Valencia 48 hours in Valencia..
Walking around the city for two days will help you understand it much better. Live for a couple of days in Valencia and enjoy your weekend.
Morning – day 1
Visit the old town, 100% must-see. Discover Valencia’s Central Market, one of the largest in Europe. You will be amazed by the variety and quality of our market gardens. Everybody falls in love with it. We promise.
Stay in the city center during the morning. Don’t leave without visiting: The City Hall Square, Plaza de la Reina, Plaza Redonda, Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange), Plaza de la Virgen, the Cathedral and the Basilica.
If you need to stop to rest and regain some energy, you can do it in the surroundings of the Central Market. There are many small cafés where you can have lunch and a good coffee. This area is also a great option for lunchtime. They have inexpensive, high-quality menus. Within the Central Market itself, you will find Mercat Bar, a very good option for lunch, but it is usually very crowded.
A really helpful piece of advice: “El Trocito del Medio”: you can shop at the Central Market and they will cook it for you. But make sure you ask if they have an available table first.
Afternoon – day 1
Rent a bike or an e-scooter and visit the Turia Gardens. There is nothing in the city like this green lung that the Valencians love and use almost every day. You will discover one of our favorite corners of the city and you will see how we live in Valencia. Besides, in just 30 minutes pedaling you will reach the City of Arts and Sciences, an essential visit in Valencia where you can spend the rest of the afternoon taking photos or visiting one of its buildings.
There is still much more Valencia! Follow the bike lane and reach the Malvarrosa beach, where you can stop to cool off or have some tasty tapas in front of the sea.
Evening – day 1
You can extend your stay on the beach, depending on what time you need to return the bike, or come back to the city center. If you stay on the beach there are traditional options like some of the bars located on the promenade. You can also try one of the most fashionable bars in the city: Ca La Mar or La Fábrica de Hielo. The latter organizes many events. You can check their programming on their social networks. If you want to be up to date, you can’t miss it.
If you prefer to return to the city centre, we recommend walking from bar to bar at Plaza Redonda. You can try bars such as Tasca el León or go to the quiet terrace of La Senia, which offers high quality products and a great service.
After dinner and if you still feel like partying, you can stay in the Barrio del Carmen district for a drink at Plaza del Negrito, where you can also dance, or, if you prefer something quieter, come to Café de las Horas to try Agua de Valencia, a typical Valencian alcoholic beverage you will never forget!
Morning – day 2
Do you fancy some nature?
Come to the Albufera Natural Park! You can get there by car or with bus line 25 of the Metropolitan Transport Company. Check the bus timetables first because depending on the time of year this line does not have many buses running. We recommend downloading the EMT app. It will be very helpful.
Here in the Albufera Natural Park you can take a boat ride on the freshwater lake surrounded by rice fields and enjoy with the wildlife of the area. After the ride, there are many options in the town of El Palmar, where you can eat a tasty and authentic Valencian paella. If you go on the weekend and you are with a group, it is advisable to book in advance because this town receives many visitors at some times of the year.
Afternoon – day 2
Keep exploring the history and culture of the city. You might be interested in several museums. One of these is the Museum of the Fallas Festival, located in front of the Valencia Opera House. It is one of the places holding the most traditional Valencian culture. Here you can find ninots, the sculptures that are saved from the fire every year since 1934 during the festival, and you will discover Valencians’ satirical character.
A piece of advice: If you visit the museum, ask for the video.
Visiting the museum will not take all afternoon, so we recommend taking a walk through the Ensanche district. The Colon Market is a must-see. Enjoy a cold horchata (tiger nut milk beverage) or a great Valencian beer like Turia. Keep walking and admire the beauty of the buildings in the upper-class district of the city of Valencia, where the bourgeoisie lived in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, after the city walls were taken down.
A piece of advice: there are lots of cool shops in the area. Small boutiques with very nice details to get a present for yourself or others.
Evening – day 2
Stay in Ensanche, where you will find a multitude of dinner options. Not all of them will be inexpensive, but you will surely love it. An exceptional option in the Colon Market is “Habitual”, Ricard Camarena’s restaurant, with a gastronomic offer full of Mediterranean flavors. If you prefer something less Mediterranean you have several restaurants with world cuisine such as Momiji (Japanese cuisine) and Ma Khin Café (fusion cuisine).
To end the night, have a drink in Ruzafa, Valencia’s trendy neighborhood.
If you come with a group, we recommend you to visit the city with an Official Guide of Valencia. Here you can find the reasons why we are the best option and why you should hire a guide.