If you’re heading to Spain for a long weekend, or checking into a vacation apartments in Valencia, then be sure to spend some time getting to know this scenic coastal city. How to spend a weekend in Valencia is entirely up to you – if you’re into art, architecture, food, sunbathing or shopping, it really has something for everyone.
While you may associate Valencia with either oranges or soccer, it has plenty more to offer by way of culture and heritage. The “Old Town” part of the city is filled with stunning Renaissance buildings and baroque churches. Most of the city centre is easily accessible by foot so you can take your time and soak in the relaxed city vibe. If walking seems a bit too laid back for your taste, hop on one of the easily available city bikes and head for the famous Mercat Centro (Central Market) to try some authentic paella or arroz negre (squid ink rice).
Another must see sight is the famous La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange). This gothic renaissance building boasts cavernous vaults and even a few cheeky gargoyles. It is a UNESCO Heritage site and is definitely worth a look.
Slightly outside the city is the must visit City of Arts and Sciences. Designed by the acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava, it is home to a planetarium, an aquarium and science museum. L’Umbracle, a landscaped walk that houses many indigenous Valencian plants, is completely unique and a great place to spend a few hours wandering round.
Of course, a visit to Spain wouldn’t be a visit to Spain without taking in a beach or two. Playa de la Malvarrosa and Playa de las Arenas are two of the nicest places to soak up the sun and have plenty of good bars, restaurants and clubs to satiate your party appetite.
If you’re undecided about when to visit Valencia, the best time of year to party is in March for the Las Fallas festival. During Las Fallas, each neighbourhood of the city builds a huge paiper maiche model to represent their area, which is usually satirical in nature. These all have to be completed by 16th March so it is best to arrive by then and brace yourself for a week of parties, fireworks and flowers which finally culminates in a ceremonial burning of all the models. This is the highlight of the festival fever in Valencia so make sure not to miss it!