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Valencia is a port city on the south-east coast of Spain. Famous for its impressive mix of old and new, this city is unlike any other in the country. With the futuristic City of Arts & Sciences and the Old Quarter filled with historical attractions, Valencia has something for everyone. Not only does it offer a city break, but also a beach getaway thanks to its beautiful location on the coast.
The City of Arts & Sciences is one of Valencia’s main attractions. Here, there’s a whole array of things to do; highlights include planetariums, interactive museums, IMAX cinemas, and Europe’s largest aquarium. For those wanting to admire beauty on their holiday, Valencia will not disappoint, with sandy beaches, lush gardens and parks, and medieval architecture in its Old Town. Famous for its Paella, Valencia is also perfect for foodies, with many delicious eateries to dine in.
Families will love Valencia thanks to the sightseeing opportunities and the City of Arts and Sciences which caters to all ages. Couples will also enjoy the city as a romantic getaway with idyllic beaches, and bars overlooking the sea helping to create a dreamy atmosphere.
There are flights departing from Cork, Shannon, and Dublin to Valencia with just one stop over, then from the airport the city is just 15 minutes away.
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The old town, Barrio del Carmon, becomes a lively nightlife hub when the sun goes down with bars, clubs, and pubs. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of music, flamenco performances and a great selection of drinks.
Valencia is beginning to become a hot-spot for foodies. Head to traditional restaurants for famous Valencian paella, tapas and locally-caught seafood. There are also opportunities to eat international cuisines, with Asian food being particularly popular.
The City of Arts & Sciences is the perfect location for children, with countless attractions to both educate and entertain. The aquarium is a must-visit, homing over 45,000 fascinating marine animals!Beaches
As it’s a coastal city, Valencia has several beaches. La Malvarrosa is a huge, sandy, safe beach, and the closest to the city! Behind it is a promenade with bars and restaurants – perfect for refreshments or a spot of lunch.
There are a variety of shopping opportunities in this city. Head to Plaza Redonda for traditional, locally made products such as ceramics, souvenirs and lace. Meanwhile, Calle de Colón is great for high street favourites, cosmetic shops, and electronic stores.
Valencia celebrates the final days of winter with Las Fallas festival. During this period there are bonfires, fireworks, gun powder ‘concerts’, and giant satirical papier-mâché figures placed all over the city!
April and May are great times to visit Valencia before the heat of summer hits, with temperatures averaging in the low 20s. If you’re heading to Valencia for a beach holiday, then the summer months are sunny with temperatures in the 30s – perfect for sunbathing. Also, the sea becomes a pleasant swimming temperature from May onwards.
Valencia’s currency is Euro.
The city is just 1 hour ahead of Ireland.
As Valencia is quite small and relatively flat, it’s very easy to get around by foot. However, you can also get the VLC Tourist Card which provides unlimited access to all public transport for up to 72 hours.