A couple days off ahead in Valencia?
Winter in Valencia have arrived, but if you have a couple days off to spend here and if you wanna know what to do to make it worth it: you should read this.We propose a city where it smells like orange blossom, Mediterranean breeze and wood-burning paella … is just the winter in Valencia.
In the capital of Turia it is barely cold, although we are in winter and almost all the time the sun shines. Walking through its streets is a history lesson mixed with modernity, nature in the heart of the city and lots of art. How can you organize to see main places in just two days? Don’t worry, we will help you out.
In the first place, we recommend you download a tourist guide to learn more about restaurants, tourist attractions, museums and a long list of activities to start making up your mind.
Down town, Jardines del Turia y Ruzafa
So we are going to start the route up in the historic down town. Take the camera, go direct to Blue bikes rental store and get one of the best bikes and services in Valencia down town and so straight to the heart of the El Carmen neighborhood, because everything starts right here. Breakfast in one of the lively coffee shops of Plaza del Tossal and head to the Church of San Nicolás. Did you know that it is considered as the Valencian Sistine Chapel? As soon as you enter you will know why.
Discover one of the best views of the city from the Serrano Towers or the Miguelete. Continue your way through the Plaza de la Virgen, with the Basilica of the Virgin of the Forsaken and the Cathedral, and continue towards the Plaza de la Reina. At this point, you may have noticed that, in addition to its monuments, Valencia falls in love with the charm of its streets … and its typical cuisine. A stop in Santa Catalina? Order horchata with fartons and enjoy a good bite of “terreta”. And now, the time has come to get to know the Town Hall, the flower stands of the square, the imposing Post Office building … how about admiring it from the heights too? You can go up to the Mirador del Ateneo Mercantil and regain strength on its terrace.
IF YOU NEED A REST AND SOME EXTRA ENERGY:
Because you probably need to feed your body besides your soul and you will need something to eat by now: we encourage you to go back a little on your way and enjoy the beauty of the city’s fashion store: Convent Carmen. Live music, good vibes and beer in the sun: you can not resist. And when you finish … relax. You have right in front of the Jardines del Turia, an old river channel converted into the lung of Valencia. Take a leisurely walk and look at everything you can discover thanks to it, such as the Museum of Fine Arts or the Nursery Gardens.
For the afternoon you should approach to Ruzafa, the Valencian soho. Art galleries, small designer stores and cafe-bookstore await for you there. In addition, the gastronomic offer is almost infinite. It is a good place to end the first day of the trip.
City of Arts and Sciences and the beach
If you still don’t know this place, you can’t leave Valencia without visiting the City of Arts and Sciences. Both the environment at this end of the Jardines del Turia, as well as the modern buildings and the offer that make it up are also an essential part of the city. Discover the secrets of science at the Prince Felipe Museum, the marine fauna in the Oceanogràfic, watch some of the Hemisfèric films or visit the Palau de les Arts, there are guided tours of the building. A very interesting approach to the world of opera that you can contemplate if the day of your visit there is no programming in this space and you don´t wants to miss it.
So if you have rented a bike as a result in a few minutes you can be at the beach. Go along the promenade of the beaches of Las Arenas, La Malvarrosa or Patacona. Go to the Veles e Vents building and have a snack on one of the terraces in the area. The atmosphere is always pleasant and the mild temperatures are sure to help you forget the winter.
Take your ride overlooking the sea and head to the traditional fishing district: El Cabanyal. There you will find cheerful and colorful constructions of popular modernism and more places to enjoy Valencian cuisine. Casa Carmela, on the Malvarrosa beach, to taste a good paella and Bodega Montaña, in the Cabanyal neighborhood, for tapas, are just two proposals from an extensive list … But there are also many other places to enjoy live music and cultural activities, La Batisfera or Ice Factory are some of them.