Spain’s third largest city with a Roman original, Islamic and Christian heritage. Best zoo I have been too and worlds second best Oceanarium. The city has a 16km park winding through the centre called Turia Gardens on the site of its major river, diverted in the 1950’s. Great modern museums, play areas for kids and beaches.


The airport is close to the town by metro with a 20 minute journey to Xativa the centre of town.  €4 for ticket plus €1 for travel card that can be loaded each time for travel. Metro system in town, bus service at €1.50 a journey and lots of bike lanes in a totally flat city. Here are the rules for bikes on Spanish trains. Here are the rules for bikes on the metro.


There are various areas to consider – the old town that surrounds the main church with narrow alleyways and restaurants frequented by tourists, Russafa a district with many cheap bars and restaurants with less tourists and more locals or south of Gran Via with more upmarket restaurants and bars.  There are many options from the main accommodation providers on line.

Restaurants and Bars

La Finestra – Our favourite place which serves pizza vegetarian or pizza surprise and in each case you get what they bring. We went three nights and never had a bad pizza. Drink cheap, staff friendly.

Indian Restaurante TAJ MAHAL – a wee bit out of town but UK style curries.

Asador Argentino Cruz Pampa , steak house with excellent service


Things to Do

Europe’s biggest Oceanarium which is open until 18:00. Rated 2nd best in world.

Visit the Valencia Biopark where animals live together with vegetation from their natural habitat. Herd of elephants here and really enjoyable day.

Go to Valencia Cathedral to see the Holy Chalice from 25 BC and legend has it is the Holy Grail drunk from at the Last Supper.

Mestalla stadium tour describes the history of Valencia FC including their 2019 win over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey

La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia – the silk exchange built between 1482 and 1533


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