If I were to choose a place to move without blinking – that would be Valencia with its surroundings. In this corner of the world I found a gentle climate, with 24-26 degrees in October, the beach within a stroll, a city full of history, rich in cultural events and one of the most beautiful architecture.
During the flight you have time to read and dream about the sea and this coast town with a modern architecture, but also classical medieval or Art Nouveau style buildings.
The city’s infrastructure makes you forget about the car and I would not recommend it because parking in the city center is difficult. By the way, the train station in Valencia is a work of art, it must be visited. Below I will present the main tourist attractions of the citadel:
- In Plaza del Ayuntamiento you can visit the town hall (Ayuntamiento) and Correos, the post office building located across the street. Mo-Fr, 10-15. Free entrance.
- Mercado de colon (market), Church of Santo Juanes & Llotja de la Seda (former stock exchange). Mo-Fr, 09:30 – 19, Sa-Su, 09: 30-15. Ticket price: 2 €. Free entrance on Sunday.
- Plaza de la Virgen, Palau de la Generalidad (Government’s building) and Cathedral de la Virgen.
- Old town: Bario del Carmen.
- Museo de la ceramica (Ceramics museum). Tu-Sa, 10-14, 16-20, Su, 10-14. Ticket: 3 €.
- Museo de bellas artes (Belles artes museum). Tu-S, 10-20. Free entrance.
- Plaza de toros and corrida with museum. Tu-Su, 10-19. Ticket: 2 €.
- Plaza de la Reina.
- El Oceanografico – here you need a whole day to enjoy leisurely. I assure you that it is worth the price of a ticket to this huge location. I will get back with a separate post for this visit. Mo-Su, 10-18. Ticket: 29,10 €
- El Miguelete – medieval tower. Mo-Su, 10-13. The panorama of the city is spectacular from this place. Ticket: 2 €.
- The Cathedral of Valencia holds the holy Graal. Ticket: 7 €.
- Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (The Arts and Science zone) holds a park as well as outside & inside exhibitions. The Opera of Valencia is in this area, as well as the Oceanografico, the grandiose aquarium.
- The Biopark is a green area of 10 km in which African animals wonder around without being in cages, as they have almost invisible borders. Mo-Fr, 10-18. Ticket: 23.8 €/adult, 18 €/child.
- Jardi de Turia is probably one of the largest European gardens. In 1957, the Turia river, flowing through the city caused catastrophic floods. The course was redirected and upon its bed an immense garden was set up to the smallest details.
The beach of Valencia is the widest I’ve ever seen and the promenade I’m estimating to be a few miles long. Along it there are many restaurants and bars where you can admire the view and lunch/dine or have tapas.
Other useful information
Besides January and February, when the air is damp and cool, Valencia can be visited at any time. For example, in October the air temperature can warm up to 28-30 degrees and one can swim in the sea.
A lunch menu can be served in the center, at the local restaurants, at a price of 10-12 €/person.
Tapas means a snack that includes an alcoholic drink and a small serving of food. It costs around 4-5 €.
The Valencia Tourist Office is VisitValencia.
If you plan to stay more than 3-4 days, it is advisable to purchase the Valencia Tourist Card, which offers discounts and reduced prices at museums, free public transport with unlimited travel and other discounts. The price varies depending on the number of days: 1 day – 13,5 €, 2 days – 18 €, 3 days – 22,5 €. The online purchase offers a 10% discount.
For those of you who feel athletic, you can rent bikes to go round the city or the promenade.
Transport from Bucharest
Blueair flight: 106 €/person, without luggage. Other flights: Tarom or WizzAir.
Airport-center: metro, about 20 minutes.
Accommodation can easily be found by airbnb or booking.