Valencia is a city that seems content to let its larger contemporaries Barcelona and Madrid take the headlines while it offers its locals a wonderfully liveable setting that is also great for visitors. Take a look at our holidays to Valencia and get planning your time in a city that will leave you wishing you had more of it.
Originally founded as a Roman colony in the 2nd century BC, Valencia sits on banks of the Turia on Spain’s Mediterranean coastline. When the city had enough of the river causing problems by flooding, it decided to divert its waters to the outskirts of town and turned what used to be the riverbed into a winding park that snakes its way through the centre.
With such inherent innovation, the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences - Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias - now lies where the Turia once flowed, and offers an art museum, planetarium, aquarium, IMAX cinema and a science museum.
Another of Valencia’s creations is the iconic paella dish that is such a staple of Spanish cuisine, although the local dining scene offers a great depth beyond this traditional concoction. There are countless cafes, restaurants and tapas bars to try out, with locals usually waiting until after 9pm to sit down for an evening meal.
Enjoy this relaxing pace of life down at the beach, with Playa de Malvarrosa and Playa e Levante o de la arenas being the city’s most popular strips of sand. Around 90km to the north of Valencia you can bathe in hot springs framed by high mountains, deep gorges and beautiful scenery, while there are plenty of other beaches in the city’s vicinity.
Holidays to Valencia from Manchester will allow you to, amongst other things, stroll around the old centre’s Barri del Carme neighbourhood, visit the city’s curious cathedral and wander through museums such as the Valencian History Museum.