Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, after Madrid and Barcelona. It is best known as the birthplace of the typical Spanish fish dish paella. There is no place in the world where you can eat better paella than in the streets of Valencia.
If you book a city break or holiday in Valencia then you will fly to Valencia Airport (airport code: VLC). The airport is not that big, so once you've landed you are pretty quickly in the city. Another advantage of a somewhat smaller airport is that all facilities are also fairly easy to find.
Ryanair is one of the most popular airline companies in Europe due to the low costs for flying. This makes it a great option for a short city break. The Irish airline company connects several European cities, including Valencia.
Air Europa is one of the airline companies that serves intercontinental flights.
From New York, Valencia can be reached in 7 hours and 40 minutes. London has a flight time of 2 hours. There are several airlines offering direct flights from London to Valencia. From New York, however a stopover is often needed.
This square is the most important and central square of Valencia. Plaza del Ayuntamiento means town hall square. This square has had several names throughout history. The old prestigious buildings on this beautiful square in combination with the beautiful fountain give it a lot of prestige. The people of Valencia like to spend the evening in and around the area of this beautifully lit square.
The beautiful cathedral of Valencia was built between 1262 and 1356. Various styles have given the cathedral an impressive appearance. Like the Baroque style, the Gothic and Roman influences are also clearly visible. The Cathedral of Valencia is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although the cathedral is not a museum, there are many objects from antiquity to be found.
A fairly well kept secret is the Eixample district. This is the area where you will find authentic Valencia. The old streets and alleys bring you back to the time of Art Nouveau. In addition to a number of very chic shops and boutiques, you will also find the large chains interspersed with cozy shops here. What is definitely worth seeing in this area is the ‘Valencia Estació del Norte’ train station. The inside is beautifully decorated with lots of mosaic and ceramics.
The well-known architect Santiago Calatrava is responsible for this piece of modern art in the riverbed of the Turia river. The special design immediately catches your attention. In the complex you will find the opera building "El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía", a cinema, planetarium, the science museum "El Museu de les Ciències Principe Felipe" and an Oceanium. Via a long promenade you will pass all museums and a botanical garden with palm trees.
Valencia is the best place to eat tapas and paella. Eating local food is one great - and tasty - way of traveling sustainable.