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Valencia a vibrant welcoming city on the coast of the Mediterranean has finally emerged from the shadow of Spain’s two biggest cities Madrid and Barcelona. Ambitious city planning has seen an enormous change in the city’s skyline the best known example is the City of arts and Science. A lively nightlife, excellent beaches, the explosive Las Fallas festival and world famous paella has made Valencia a popular tourist destination.
Coming to Valencia? Then let us at Friendly Rentals look after your accommodation needs. We have a wide range of apartments in Valencia certain to meet your needs. Coming for business, then one of our studio apartments would be perfect. Fully equipped with all the mod cons, wifi, microwave, washing machine and everything else you need to make it your home away from home. For a longer stay with the family or friends our extensive range of apartments on the beach are just perfect, sea views, swimming pools and large terraces will make your holiday in Valencia a memorable one.
What to eat in Valencia
Since Valencia is the birthplace of what can be considered Spain’s national dish, the paella and it really is the only one thing you must eat when you come to Valencia. The good news is, there are lots of different varieties seafood, mixed and vegetable. There are as many variations to paella as there are towns in the region of Valencia. The best place to eat paella in Valencia is down by the waterfront, the smell of the sea on the breeze and the sun on your back.
Another must try in Valencia is Horchata, a refreshing summer drink made from Tiger Nuts, water and sugar, the texture is slightly creamy and both children and adults love it, keep your eyes open as you wander around the city streets and you are sure to find one or more Horchata parlours.
What to see in Valencia
Topping the list of what to see in Valencia is the Calatrava designed City of Arts and Sciences. The space age buildings are devoted to the five main elements and house an aquarium, IMAX cinema, science museum and arts. Providing a nice contrast to the ultra modern City of Arts and sciences is the UNESCO listed Silk Exchange, built during the 15th century it is an excellent example of Gothic architecture. Valencia’s cathedral mixes architectural styles of the 13th and 15th centuries and its well known belltower, affectionately known as “Micalet” offers magnificent views of the city and the sea. On the outskirts of Valencia is La Albufera, a wetland which attracts flocks of wading birds and still manages to conserve a lot of Valencian traditions. Another of Valencia’s major attractions is the beach so once you’ve seen all there is to see the only place left to go is the beach.
Shopping in Valencia
The heart of shopping in Valencia is the Mercado Central; here you can buy all kinds of food stuff, rice for paella, vegetables and meat. Even if you aren’t hungry it is worth going just to see the way the produce is displayed and how the locals shop. Authentic souvenirs such as ceramics, silver, marquetry and iron work can be found at the Sunday market in Plaza Redonda. The streets around Calle Colon Plaza del Ayuntamiento are where the high street fashion stores Zara, Mango and the like abound the best time to shop here is during the twice yearly sales periods where discounts of up to 70% are available.
The large Mercado de Colon, a Gaudi inspired art nouveau market hall, has many shops and restaurants, a great place to go shopping in Valencia. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the quality and range of goods available in Valencia.
Valencia with Children
Aside from playing on the long sandy beaches under the blazing Mediterranean sun there are lots of other kid friendly activities in Valencia. The children will love the towering figures made of papier-mâché and wood often depicting well known personalities during Las Fallas festival. At the City of Arts & sciences they can delve into the depths with a visit to Europe’s largest aquarium where sharks and whales swim freely. Walking through the aquarium feels like walking n te ocean floor.
There are numerous parks and gardens scattered throughout the city with play equipment, ponds, fountains and there is even a small Zoo in one of the gardens. Less than an hour away close to the resort town of Benidorm are numerous theme parks sure to keep the kids amused for hours.
The nightlife in Valencia is undoubtedly one if the best in Spain. During the late eighties Valencia was famous for la Ruta del Bakalao, a movement based on that of Manchester. Sadly those days have long gone but the nightlife in Valencia is lively and you are assured of a great time. Calle Alta in the city centre is lined with bars and good place to start the night before heading to one of Valencia’s nightclubs where you can dance until dawn.
In summer the action switches to the beach where locals and visitors flock to the open air bars and enjoy the cool evening breeze under the stars. In summer an alternative to the beach is the City of Arts & sciences which hosts one of Valencia’s biggest outdoor clubs, Mya. You will be spoilt for choice in Valencia.
Why Rent with Friendly Rentals?
If you want flexibility, excellent customer service, more privacy, luxury apartments with ocean views or maybe a swimming pool then the only real option is a Friendly Rentals apartment. We have over ten years experience in the short term holiday rental industry and can offer a guarantee of quality our competitors just can’t match. We periodically inspect all of our apartments to ensure they meet our strict criteria and come with everything you need to make your stay as comfortable. Let our apartment in Valencia become your home away from home.
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Article written by our travel expert Anna Thomson