Valencia

Hotels in Valencia

Vibrant culture, lively nightlife and gorgeous beaches: Valencia has it all. The city is famous as the birthplace of paella, and its explosive Las Fallas festival which draws millions of people to Valencia each March. With a mild year-round climate (complete with 300 days of sunshine) and a gorgeous historic centre, it’s the perfect spot for a Spanish city break.

Accommodation can be found throughout Valencia, whether you’re on the hunt for a budget hostel or a luxury five star hotel. Most of the hotels in the city are clustered in and around the historic Ciutat Vella: the city’s old town.

This is the best spot to grab dinner and drinks, with tapas bars crammed together in the La Tassa district. In Plaza del Negrito you can spot people sipping the local cocktail, agua de Valencia, a heady mix of cava, orange juice, and orange liqueur. The Barrio del Carmen, just west of the historic centre, is also known for fantastic late night restaurants and busy nightclubs.

During the day, go sightseeing in the old town. The 13th century cathedral is worth a look, as is the world heritage site of La Lonja de la Seda. This towering gothic building was designed to show off the city’s wealth and power to visiting dignitaries. Europe’s largest fresh produce market is also in the city centre, ideal if you’re staying in a self catering apartment. Even if not, it’s still worth a look: fresh fish, seasonal fruits, and other local goodies can tempt anyone’s taste-buds.

The hippest district in Valencia at the moment is Ruzafa. Once a working class neighbourhood, it’s now been gentrified and is one of the best places to go shopping for art and vintage clothes. Grab a coffee in one of the trendy bookshop bars, before enjoying a bite to eat in one of the neighbourhood’s achingly cool restaurants.

Pick up a picnic and wander along the drained Tùria riverbed, Valencia’s largest green space. The sunken park stretches through the city to the hyper modern City of Arts and Sciences district, with its award winning architecture. The park itself has playgrounds, fountains, trails, and plenty of places to sit down and watch the world go by.

Sun worshippers should look for hotels in Malvarrosa. This neighbourhood sits right next to one of the city’s largest Mediterranean beaches. Sparkling blue waters, pristine white sands, and plenty of palm trees make it a favourite sunbathing spot for locals and tourists alike. The beach front restaurants are known as some of the best places to eat paella in Valencia.  

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