24 Hours In Valencia
Valencia is located on the southeast coast of Spain, where the Turia river meets the Mediterranean Sea. I visited Valencia in February and was pleasantly suprised to be greeted with 18 - 20 degree heat - although it was a slight culture shock to be the only person in Valencia City wearing a short sleeved t-shirt whilst the locals were still wrapped up in their coats!
In this post I will talk you through my 24 Hour In Valencia itinerary, where I stayed and what I ate. Be sure to check out my other 24 Hours In blog posts for other cities I’ve visited here.
Melia Hotel Valencia
Avinguda de les Corts
Located in the centre of the business disctrict, the Melia Valencia is the tallest building in the city with 32 floors. The hotel is a 4* rated hotel and is regularly used for conferences and events. It is also a really nice place to stay for tourists looking for some affordable luxury (as I’m always looking for!) but it is quite far out from the city centre, but only 10 mins from the airport.
The room was fab, really huge and spacious, tv, mini bar (chargeable) and the bathroom had a great big walk in shower and bath tub with his and hers sinks. The best part of the room for me was the view. We had a huge floor to ceiling window with fantastic views of Valencia - the sunrise in the morning was to die for!
The hotel breakfast was a bit dodgy for us Brits though - the only way I can describe it is like this; imagine the bags of frozen mixed veg your mum gets “just in case” from Tesco - stick it with some corn on the cob and some mackrel and that’s pretty much breakfast. Apart from scrambled egg. A bit on the weird side but who am I to judge, when in spain and all that!
My 24 Hours itinerary
Valencia is a big city, much bigger than you would expect. So instead of wasting too much time walking around to explore (although this is my preferred way to explore a new city!) we decided to get onto the hop-on hop-off bus and see the city this way. This is the first time I’ve done one of these tours since I last went to London in 2012. They are available in most cities. The one in Valencia is expensive compared to others, 22€ each for the day, and includes an audio tour in around 12 languages.
There are two routes on the bus tour, mostly because the city is so big. There is an A route, which takes you from the business district into the city centre, past the Zoological Park; route B takes you to the science and arts disctrict. We took route A to start with from outside the Melia Valencia hotel into the city centre.
We got off the bus at the Bell Tower in Valencia city centre. As it was my birthday I fancied eating in a traditional Spanish restaurant - and that’s what we did! I had a vegetable paella which was an absolute delight! I’ve never had a proper paella before and I really enjoyed it, although some may argue that paella isn’t paella without all the seafood.... I disagree.
If you’re into amazing architecture then Valencia is definitely a place where you can stand and gawp at buildings. There is a heavy baroque influence all around the city and I can honestly say that I’ve seen some of the most impressive buildings in Valencia. The detail on some of the buildings is mind blowing. You have to see it to believe it!
Once we had finished walking around the city centre, we opted to get back onto the bus onto Route B.
The Arts & Science district in Valencia is absolutely stunning and overally fancy. I believe it’s a fairly new area of the city and some of it is still under construction. But here you will find the best of what the city has to offer from the opera house which is known for its contribution to performing arts, measuring over 70 meters high, to the Prince Philipe Museum Of Science which is amongst many impressive buildings. The Arts & Science district is a complete contrast to the city centre - it’s is ultra modern and plush, where as the city is very traditionally, Spanish.
Both areas are an absolute must visit if you are in Valencia.
The best Part
The best part about Valencia for me (if you have been following for a while you’ll probably not be surprised by this!) is the beach. The beach is very pretty and is located right near to the harbour and is easily accessible by both tram and taxi from the Melia hotel and city centre. In Valencia you get the best of both worlds; the city for the culture and food, and the beach for that relaxing walk right after a belly full of paella and sangria. What a dream.
The best best Part
YOU CAN GET A HOTEL AND RETURN FLIGHTS FROM LONDON TO VALENCIA FOR LESS THAN £200 FOR A WEEKEND!! Need I say more? I have a blog post coming very soon about comparing UK break costs and European break costs and I’m sooooo excited to share my findings with you! Stay tuned 😉