Valencia, Spain was by far my favorite city that I visited in Spain. It is the city that is famous for its original paella. Here are a few things I would recommend that you do while in Valencia, Spain:
1. Eat Paella:Valencia is known as the city that paella was first originated. They are famous for their seafood paella. The best paella that I had, was definitely in Valencia.
2. Enjoy the Architecture:Take a walk through the streets of this beautiful city and enjoy some of the many varied styles of buildings. Even look down at the street itself. It is artistically enchanting.
3. Go to the beach:Valencia had some beautiful beaches. We visited one with a cute little restaurant/coffee shop right by the seashore. The vibrant blue waters were alluring even though it was freezing while we were there in December. It was the warmest city of the three that I visited, but it was still not enticing enough to put my feet in the water.
4. Visit the City of Arts and Science museums: As if the buildings themselves weren’t unique and beautiful enough they offer a unique view into the sciences and the arts. Just walking around outside of them you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings. There are themed displays that change periodically. When I was there they had a dinosaur exhibit. There were also student’s sculptures lining the walkways. The science museums also include a marine mammal exhibit. Check them out!
5. Visit one of the many city gates: The Serrano Towers are the most famous, and these are the Torres de Quart below. They had a defensive function as part of the city walls and were a point of entry into the city.
6. Climb to the top of the bell tower “El Miguelete” Church and get a bird’s eye view of the city:
7. Visit the botanical gardens:Even though we were there in December, which is notably not the best time for plants and flowers, it was still an interesting view into the type of horticulture available in Spain. There were also an abundance of ‘squatters’ in the form of stray cats hanging out in the garden. They didn’t always get along with each other, but a few of them were friendly to the visitors.
8. Check out the local bull fighting stadium: Visit Plaza de Torros in Valencia. Although, I would never want to endure a bull fight in Valencia..it is a popular part of their culture. I would at least check out the stadium. There is also a bullfighting museum that is very informative.
9. Visit the Mercado Central:Check out fresh local seafood, produce, and crafts. Spain’s version of an indoor farmers market.
10. Enjoy a peaceful walk through the park: Escape the crowds or rush of the city. Take a moment and chase the many pigeons.
Valencia has many things to offer and enjoy. I only had a couple of days, and wasn’t able to thoroughly explore the city. There are many things to see, smell, eat, and do. Take a moment and fully immerse yourself in the Spanish culture. I am sure you will find that the discoveries are endless.