72hrs in Valencia

 L'Umbracle Terrace, is the backbone of the City of Arts and Sciences. An outdoor garden of 4.000m2 decorated with furniture full of elegant details and sculptures that manages to convey unique sensations to visitors.

L'Umbracle Terrace, is the backbone of the City of Arts and Sciences. An outdoor garden of 4.000m2 decorated with furniture full of elegant details and sculptures that manages to convey unique sensations to visitors.

Valencia is one of the liveliest and largest cities in Spain. It is located smack right in the middle of the county's eastern coastline almost in line with the Balearic Islands. The beaches are stunningly beautiful, the buzzing lifestyle of the locals is inspiring, and the splendid nightlife is full of the most fun parties. Together with an ample cultural offer, the city has so much to cater for the visitors. 

The spectacular City of Arts and Sciences is a boasting extravagant-architecture phenomenon, newly built over the past few years with a sheer wealth of museums, galleries, and shows for people of all ages to enjoy. The premises comprises of the Palace of Arts (Opera), Prince Felipe Science Museum, the Hemisféric (IMAX), a shaded terraced garden (Umbracle), the famous aquarium of Valencia (Oceanográfic) and the Ágora. 

The gastronomy in Valencia is traditional and innovative, making it a delight for foodies. A local favourite drink is the horchata de chufa, a sweet and silky nut milk made from small, wrinkled tiger nuts. We recommend heading to the Casa de l'Orxata in Mercado de Colón and Horchatería Santa Catalina at Plaça de Santa Caterina nº 6 to get a taste of the best in a charming scenario.The famous paella Valenciana, fideuá (similar to paella, but replaced with noodles) and our personal favourite being the arroz negro 'black rice', which gets its colour from the ink of the cuttlefish, are all popular demands in the region. For great rice dishes and a view of the city beach, head to La Pepica at Paseo Neptuno nº 6. With its over 120-year history, the special paella "La Pepica" was first made for the Valencian painter Joaquin Sorolla when he visited the restaurant accompanied by other artists and friends.   

Located 10 kilometres south of Valencia city, you can visit the La Albufera viewpoint and enjoy a boat trip around the canals that link to the largest lake in Spain. Many people flock to where the piers are to watch the sunset. This valuable coastal wetland is declared a Natural Park since 1986, with more than 200 Km² of rice fields. We recommend doing this excursion in the late morning, and have a local paella dish at Restaurante La Sequiota in the nearby town of El Palmar.

Come dinner time, we recommend trying Ma Khin Café in the Mercado de Colón just opposite the comfort food famed Habitual by Ricard Camarena. Ma Khin Café is a contemporary and chic space that offers a rich menu, it is the result of the fusion of the essences between Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. Behind a modernist façade in the heart of the popular Cabanyal-Canyameral district of Valencia, lies Casa Montaña, a classic among the locals in the city. The tavern dates back to 1836, making it a tradition to go on Sundays for appetisers. For dinner, we would recommend Al Tun Tún for its gastro-life concept with cheer music, fine wine, and great Mediterranean dishes. For vegetarian dishes, we tried Malmö by Borja García: a veggie restaurant with a Nordic character in Ruzafa. In the Grupo Copenhagen, there is also Restaurante Copenhagen, Restaurante Oslo, and the newly opened Helsinki Bar; a permanent pop-up foodie, otherwise known as The Food Gallery situated in the shopping resort Bonaire.

International sports events like the American's Cup and the Formula 1 Grand Prix has put Valencia city on the world map. We had like to think that a lot more attention has been given to the city because it's an easy destination to enjoy. Valencia's great Mediterranean weather, live markets, close proximity to the beach and historical monuments make this city easily one to visit in southern Europe. 

 Horchatería Santa Catalina and Horchatería El Siglo are the city's two oldest horchaterías. A refreshing milky drink made with tiger nuts to beat the summer heat or get your sugar fix.

Horchatería Santa Catalina and Horchatería El Siglo are the city's two oldest horchaterías. A refreshing milky drink made with tiger nuts to beat the summer heat or get your sugar fix.

 The town hall is open Monday to Friday from 10 am. to 13.30 pm. unless official acts impede access to the Crystal Room or the Hemicycle. The City History Museum can also be found under the roof of this noble building.

The town hall is open Monday to Friday from 10 am. to 13.30 pm. unless official acts impede access to the Crystal Room or the Hemicycle. The City History Museum can also be found under the roof of this noble building.

 Gnomo houses 'essential objects for contemporary survival' in the heart of the Ruzafa neighbourhood.

Gnomo houses 'essential objects for contemporary survival' in the heart of the Ruzafa neighbourhood.

 The museum Centro del Carmen is an old convent with a popular rotation of exhibitions and events. Make sure you take in the arts scene and watch for amazing street art in the neighbourhood as well.

The museum Centro del Carmen is an old convent with a popular rotation of exhibitions and events. Make sure you take in the arts scene and watch for amazing street art in the neighbourhood as well.

 The Central Market of Valencia is one of the seven main markets in the city. This great modernist building was designed in 1914, although the Central Market was not inaugurated until 1928. It consists of a ground floor with columns and vaults with a brick base and a basement. 

The Central Market of Valencia is one of the seven main markets in the city. This great modernist building was designed in 1914, although the Central Market was not inaugurated until 1928. It consists of a ground floor with columns and vaults with a brick base and a basement. 

 Once the forum of Roman Valencia, the Plaza de la Virgen square is ringed by cafes and locals people watching.

Once the forum of Roman Valencia, the Plaza de la Virgen square is ringed by cafes and locals people watching.

 One of the most iconic images in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels occurs immediately after the hero has landed in the country of Lilliput. This can be found in Park Gulliver near the Science Museum.

One of the most iconic images in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels occurs immediately after the hero has landed in the country of Lilliput. This can be found in Park Gulliver near the Science Museum.


Notes in Valencia