Things to do in Valencia

Taste some authentic paella in Valencia

Valencia is famous for being the place that the rice dish called paella has originated, so don’t miss trying out this traditional Spanish food made of rice, green vegetables and seafood or meat, along with special seasonings. Plus, the name Valencia oranges came from this city in honor of all the sweet orange trees in the area. Valencia is also a great place to come to enjoy the fun nightlife and the beautiful beaches of Spain.


Things to do in Valencia

When in Valencia, don’t forget to stroll around in the city and admire the beautiful buildings, take in the true Spanish atmosphere and make sure to enjoy all the wonderful things to do in Valencia.



If you are going on a holiday to Valencia, try to find time to head to one of the famous beaches in the area, such as Playa de Patacona, which is said to be very pretty and less crowded than Playa de Malvarossa, the most popular beach in Valencia.



For those who wish to party in the evenings, the nightlife scene in Valencia is loaded with opportunities for dancing, singing, going to bars and clubs, and making friends with the locals. The most popular area is the older part of town near Avenida de Aargon and Canocas, or around Honduras and Xuquer squares.


The Oceanografic

The aquarium in Valencia is called The Oceanografic and houses more than 45,000 marine creatures featuring 500 species, including sharks, whales, penguins, rays, sea lions, and walruses that came from several different world seas. There is also a garden area in this place, with 80 different species of plants.



If you love basketball, then try to attend a game played by the Valencia Basket Club,  the city’s professional basketball team. The team is part of the Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto (ACB) and has previously played in the Eurocup.


When to go to Valencia 

Valencia features a subtropical Mediterranean climate which brings in a very mild winter season and some long, hot summer days.


Festivals and events

Come in around March for the famous Falles Festival which honors St. Joseph and celebrates the town’s monuments. If you love running or at least watching marathons and races, visit the city in November for the popular Valencia Marathon.


Things to do in Valencia

Valencia Facts

Population809 267
AirportValencia, Spain (VLC)

Valencia average temperatures

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Valencia Opera House

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

This modern opera house, with a design resembling a motorcycle helmet, is the newly found love of the Valencian people. Built by the world famous architect Santiago Calatrava it is the tallest opera house in the world featuring amazing acoustics and state of the art facilities. Residing here is The Queen Sofia Company, a company for performance arts hosting symphonic concerts, operas and poetry recitals. This gigantic landmark is hard to miss when you are in Valencia, being visible from the entire city. Check out their calendar and go experience the beautiful opera that the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia has to offer!

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Valencia - La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

The wealth and power of 15th-century Valencia, one of the greatest mercantile cities in the Mediterranean, is shown in its Lonja de la Seda, beautifully decorated in rich Gothic and Renaissance styles despite its secularity. The building is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the entrance fee has a symbolic value of €2. As its name suggests in Spanish, the Lonja de la Seda was a silk exchange centre, but is was also the main maritime trading centre and a bank, and earlier in history a trading centre for oil. Today, it maintains its function of trading centre, but the goods primarily dealt are agricultural products.

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Valencia Marathon

Run on a flat course in a beautiful city during the perfect November weather. And do all of this in the Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Marathon that is arranged every year in the historical town of Valencia. Most of the course is on pavement outside the city, taking you along the beach of the Mediterranean Sea with scenic views and passing some of the most interesting landmarks of the city. And to entertain the runners it is live music along parts of the course!

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