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The port city of Valencia is on Spain’s southeastern Orange Blossom Coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. It’s known for the City of Arts and Sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, the Oceanografic and an interactive museum. Valencia also has several amazing beaches, including some within nearby Albufera park, a wetlands reserve with a lake, walking trails and bird-watching. A visit to the Bio Parc should also be on the agenda, they care for the animals in their natural surroundings promoting welfare and sustainability. 

Valencia Marina is a 5 minute stroll from the apartment where you will find everything from small sailing boats to gigantic cruise liners bobbing in the ocean. There is the odd bar or restaurant at the marina, however, for a more vibrant evening of bars and restaurants it is best to head to the promenade of the Malvarrosa and Las Arenas beaches. Here you will find a whole stretch of seafood restaurants, cafes and cocktail bars, so make sure you take the opportunity to try one of the world famous paellas.

If you prefer to go into the City then head for the Cathedral and have a stroll around the historic Carmen neighbourhood, where there are plenty of cafés and bars. Gawp at the fabulous fruit, vegetables and fish at the art nouveau Central Market whilst enjoying a Horchata (local Valencian almond drink). For those of you that perfer retail therapy, then this is your City. 

The Spanish love a fiesta and one of the best known is held every March when Valencia gets ready to welcome the spring. The streets fill up with joy and the hustle and bustle of the Fallas festival, a merger of tradition, satire, art and sentimentality. There are countless other fiestas throughout the year, usually celebrated with fireworks and parades. 

For those of you that enjoy the more enrgetic lifestyle, you can rent bicycles all over Valencia and take in atmosphere as you pedal by... If you are ultra fit, why not join in the Valencia Marathon. This a well organised event and treats runners to free hot chocolate and churros before the race and excellent goody-bags at the finish. For andrenalin junkies, the Ricardo Tormo Circuit (Cheste) holds events throughout the year, culminating in the MotorGP in November. 

Valencia caters for everyone's taste whether it is enjoying the beach life, stunning architecture, shopping, fabulous food and drink, culture or going out and about. There is always something new to discover in this delightful city....

Valencia Official Tourism Site

125 things to do in Valencia


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Thank you Nicki and Duane for sharing your beautiful homely apartment with us. It was perfectly situated in the historical buildings of Cabanyal District, walking distance to the Marina and the beach. ... — Karen Wilson, 13 Dec 2015
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