Before we talk about the best Valencia Spain Hotels, lets learn about Valencia and I'll provide you will great ideas for your itinerary. Valencia is as pleasing to the eyes as it is to your wallet. Valencia offers a mixture of Madrid's history and Barcelona's contemporary atmosphere for a fraction of the cost. Valencia is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. It offers a perfect combination of beaches and culture, past and present. The birthplace of paella, it boasts a thriving food scene featuring Michelin starred restaurants as well as quirky tapas bars. Its neighborhoods come to life during traditional festivals like Las Fallas, and every night is lively in trendy districts like Ruzafa or El Carmen. There are plenty of great beaches in Spain, visit the Best Spain Beaches here.
Valencia Spain Weather – When to Visit
The best time Valencia is in April and May, the best time with warm weather and void of the crazy crowds. The city boasts a Mediterranean climate with consistently pleasant weather. Valencia sees an average of 300 days of sunshine per year with average high temps from 60 degrees in the cooler months to 85 degrees in the midst of summer. Wintertime is also pretty comfortable (between the mid-40s to mid-60s), and the city is more or less tourist-free. The downside to this time is that certain attractions will have shorter hours.
Best Valencia Spain Beaches
Valencia is famous for its beaches. There are several to visit, all of which are clean, family-friendly and mostly undeveloped. The beaches do get busy in the summer months when locals head for the coast to cool down, but as mass tourism is yet to hit this part of Spain’s coastline there’s still room for everyone. Here are the Top 5 Valencia Beaches:
La Malvarrosa Beach
This most popular beach in Valencia that attracts the most visitors. With plenty of space for everyone, this particular Valencian beach has never seen a lot of development. The beach offers the luxury of space and all the main facilities. There is a large promenade lined with palm trees and plenty of restaurants and bars, serving excellent local dishes like Paella and Fideuà.
El Saler Beach
El Saler Beach is a very popular with the locals and those ‘in the know.' This beach is a windswept natural sandy area almost six kilometres in length and surrounded by wonderful sand dunes, just waiting to be explored.
Port Saplaya Beach
This beach is quiet and has great facilities as many locals live here. Port Saplaya is a colorful building complex right next to the beach and just seven kilometers north of Valencia. The beachfront boasts some great places to have a drink, or a cold glass of Horchata.
Sagunto Beach has many bars and restaurants along the main road which skirts along the edge of the beach area. It is also disabled-friendly in many parts of the beach, with special ramps and wooden walkways enabling those with wheelchairs and prams etc, to access the golden sands.
The beaches in Cullera are an ideal getaway for those who want some peace and a variety of beaches to choose from. You will find many traditional Spanish restaurants in Cullera serving the finest in local cuisine at affordable prices.
Best Valencia Tours & Activities
Valencia Old Town Tour with Wine & Tapas in 11th Century Historic Monument
Calling all lovers of Spanish culture and cuisine, this half-day Valencia walking tour showcases the city’s cultural delights and delectable bites. Alongside your guide, explore Valencia’s Old Town, and tick off highlights such as the Central Market (Mercado Central), town squares, and the Church of San Nicolas. Then feast on a 10-course tapas tasting featuring regional wines. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 16 food lovers. Learn more about this Valencia Old Town Tour here.
Grand Valencia Segway Tour
This private Segway tour stands out from many of the rest by offering a lengthy tour that ensures you see the very best of the city, and by offering flexibility on start times and how long you spend in each location. See attractions such as the Turia Gardens and City of Arts and Sciences while gaining insights from your guide. Learn more about the Grand Valencia Segway Tour here.
Discover Dark Valencia
In the shelter of the main monuments of the Historic Center of Valencia you will discover the darkest episodes in our city. Guided route at night, ideal to enjoy the Moon of Valencia. You can enjoy the unknown side of our city, you will change the vision you have of that emblematic places. Learn more about the Discover Dark Valencia Tour.
Valencia Best Food Scene & History
Embark on a freewheeling tasting tour of Valencia’s most delicious delicacies—and discover some of the city’s highlight attractions, too—on this small-group walking tour. Meet your guide at the centrally located Plaza de la Reina, and be sure to come hungry: you’ll sample enough bites to add up to a full meal. Sip traditional horchata, try classic Spanish ham and cheese, explore the local tapas scene, and more. You’ll also visit the enormous Central Market and will sight see in the Old Town as you go. Learn more about the Best Food Scene & History tour here.
Valencia City Sights Bike Tour
Explore the historic treasures and modern marvels of Valencia on a bike tour. Join a group and a street-savvy local guide to pedal past the city’s most interesting attractions, from an ancient Roman square to the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences complex. Enjoy the fresh air and the freedom to stop often and snap photos while learning the fascinating history of this beautiful port city. Learn more about the Valencia City Sights Bike Tour here.
Best Valencia Spain Restaurants
Restaurante Nou Chocomeli Over $30
“Nou Chocomeli” is an exclusive and cozy little restaurant. It has only six tables for twenty-two people. A safe bet for those who like to enjoy the famous Cordovan Traditional Cuisine and fresh products from the Central Market and the Lonja. Telephone: 34 669 46 39 20 Web: Restaurante Nou Chocomeli
The Orange Club $11 – 30
The service and attentive staff is great. The food quality is amazing and they serve the burgers exactly how you ask them. Price is fair and affordable. Telephone: 34 961 33 54 97 Web: The Orange Club
Grillo Grill Bar $11 – 30
Grillo Grill Bar is a new concept of Grill restaurant where the good care of the products is their biggest concern. They work with Mediterranean influences, giving the menu a big variety of vegetables, meat and fish. Telephone: 34 627 77 55 91 Web: Grillo Grill Bar
Salad Planet $11 – 30
They choose all the ingredients based on what’s best for your health. All our menu is made with real food and natural ingredients. They have many vegetarian and vegan options so you can enjoy a healthy meal regardless of your diet. Telephone: 34 962 14 32 42 Web: Salad Planet
Restaurante Gordon 10 $11 – 30
Located on Canovas-Valencia's heart since 2006, their excellent meats, wines and a great selection have gave them great fame. Meat is Argentinian certified Novillos grass fed. Telephone: 34 963 74 07 87 Web: Restaurante Gordon 10
Best Valencia Nightlife
By day its a tropical garden with an open-air art gallery. By night its transformed with into a club with outdoor seating and a great cocktail bar. The music features house and top 40 hits, and the club is one of the city’s classier spots. Web: L'Umbracle
If you’re looking for somewhere with more of a local Spanish vibe, this popular club attracts thousands of mostly young Spanish people every weekend with its lively atmosphere, thoughtful design and resident DJs playing everything from top 40 hits to electronic music. Telephone: 34 654 06 21 73 Web: Le Premier
For a more intimate venue playing host to live music acts, you can’t beat Loco Club. It regularly hosts new local talent, with a modern, spacious interior and relaxed neighborhood feel. Telephone: 34 963 51 85 21 Web: Loco Club
St Patrick's Irish Pub
Serving a wide variety of drinks, including the typical Irish whiskey and best beers on tap, guests can relax and watch some sports on one of four TVs dotting the bar. Telephone: 34 963 94 62 82 Web: St Patrick's Irish Pub
A small but friendly bar in the corner of the Plaza de La Virgen, El Laboratorio has a welcoming atmosphere, approachable staff, and tempting food. Thanks to the popular ‘tapas with a drink’ inspired theme, a lot of the food comes free with a drink. Telephone: 34 963 92 61 93 Web: El Laboratorio