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Valencia Tourism And Travel Guide
12.3° C / 54.2° F
March to May
3 to 6 Days
Valencia Airport (8 kms)
Estacion Del Norte (3.4 kms)
The 3rd largest city in Spain, Valencia tends to shy away from the attention that is normally reserved for Barcelona and Madrid. However, the city has steadily grown in stature and is now one of the premier tourist destinations in the country. It offers visitors a dynamic food, nightlife and cultural scene bridging the gap between the old and the new. The city has an exceptionally efficient public transportation system and is best reached by air for international travellers and by road or rail for local ones. Valencia’s experiences maximum tourist activity during the Spring Season (March – May) as the temperatures are at perfect for outdoor exploration and beachside relaxation at the same time. The City of Arts and Sciences is the star attraction of the city and is not to be missed. This travel guide should give visitors some fascinating insights into the tourism of Valencia.
How To Reach
The Valencia Airport is 8 km away from the main city. Travel by air is one of the best and most convenient ways to the reach the city.
The highway network surrounding Valencia is well-connected, making travel by road easily accessible for visitors looking to get to Valencia locally.
Weather And Best Time To Visit
Spring Season (March - May):
This is generally considered to be the best period to visit Valencia, owing to the well-balanced climate and reduced rainfall.
Summer Season (June - August):
Temperatures soar during this season and the days can get scorching hot. Visitors are strongly advised to dress appropriately and stay hydrated.
Autumn Season (September - November):
With an average temperature of 18 to 27°C, this season is a good time to visit for tourists on a budget. It is just about cool enough to keep frequent visitors away. Rainfall does occur periodically during this season as well.
Winter Season (December - February):
It can get quite chilly and windy during this period. Temperatures tend to drop to single digits post sunset in the winter time.
Things To Do
Explore the City of Arts and Sciences:
The central point for all cultural activities, a trip to Valencia would be incomplete without exploring this stunning complex. It is comprised of 6 spectacular structures including an aquarium and cinema.
Explore the Oceanographic Aquarium:
Europe's largest aquarium, exploring the thousands of diverse marine life species, here is one of the best things to do in the city.
The Mercado Market is an ideal place to enjoy a delicious meal or to shop for some of the freshest local produce. Literally hundreds of vendors set up shop here on a daily basis.
Visit La Lonja De La Seda:
Exploring this UNESCO-listed masterpiece is one of the most popular things to do. The structure has a Gothic inspired design style and used to be the hub for Valencia's fabled Silk Trade.
Valencia is the birthplace of arguably Spain’s most popular dish, Paella. The rice based dish is prepared using saffron and either meat or seafood and Valencia is the best place to sample this delicacy. Flan De Calabaza is a pumpkin based custard dish that is a big hit amongst local Valencians. Tuk Tuk Asian Street Food, Mood Food and La Manera Coffee are just some of the most popular spots to check out in the city. The Mercado Market also provides the most fresh and tasty produce in the city and is a great spot to sample some of the local dishes.
Being one of Spain’s largest cities, the shopping scene in Valencia is world-class. Everything from luxury designer shops to department stores to independent handicraftsmen creating some of the finest leather goods, there is something to suit every budget and style preference for visitors. The Old Town in the Valencia Cathedral area is the best place to go for local artisanal stores. Mercado Central is the go-to spot for the best locally sourced produce in the city. It is in keeping with the Valencian tradition of daily markets frequented for its incredible selection of wine, cheese, breads and meat.