Valencia Holidays & City Breaks

Valencia Holidays & City Breaks

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Located along Spain’s eastern coast, Valencia is a holiday location that truly has it all. From sandy beaches to historic architecture, bustling resorts to a vibrant restaurant and bar scene, this picturesque region offers endless delights.

There’s never a dull moment in Valencia. History buffs can explore fascinating museums in some of the region’s most spectacular cities. Adventure-seekers will be thrilled by its amusement parks, while beachgoers can spend lazy afternoons paddling in the Mediterranean Sea. And as the home of paella, Valencia boasts plenty of seafood eateries to enjoy a delicious meal when the sun sets.

Whether you’re looking for an action-packed break as a family or a romantic getaway as a couple, Valencia holidays promise a fabulous experience for all.

White Sand Beaches

The Valencia region is famous for its Blue Flag shores. There’s something to suit all beach lovers here, from buzzing cityside sands to quiet, tranquil spots. Each beach is framed by crystal-clear waters warm enough to swim in from as early as April and as late as November.

Valencia’s coastline is around 518 kilometres  long. One of its most popular beaches is La Malvarrosa. Located just outside the city, it’s a firm favourite with locals thanks to its beautiful white sand. There are a number of restaurants and cafés facing the seafront where you enjoy a drink or a bite to eat.

Las Arenas is another go-to sunbating spot.. This idyllic city beach features plenty of space to bask in the Spanish sunshine and relax with a good book. Here you’ll find lots of loungers to hire and volleyball courts if you fancy some entertainment.  

Amusement Parks

There are several amusement parks dotted across the region, perfect for a day of family fun or a memorable afternoon with friends.

Terra Mitica is a theme and adventure park in Benidorm, with attractions for adults and kids alike. The park’s design is based on the ancient Mediterranean civilisations such as Egypt, Rome and Greece. Here you can enjoy a variety of amazing rides and witness incredible live-action shows. There’s also a kids’ club for the little ones.

For an unforgettable day of excitement, head to Aqualandia. This waterpark is the biggest in Europe, home to a huge selection of wet attractions. With 17 slides and 12 pools, as well as picnic areas, ice cream stalls and souvenir shops, Aqualandia promises endless fun.

Valencian City Life

You’ll find several spectacular cities in Valencia, each offering something unique. In the south is Alicante, a welcoming city defined by impressive monuments and vast beaches. In the north is Castellón, renowned for its Gothic-style cathedral and scenic parks.

And of course, Valencia holidays wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Valencia, the region’s capital. Often referred to as the ‘Bright City’ due to its annual 300 days of sunshine, it’s no wonder that Valencia is so popular.

Spend your time exploring historic sites, such as the Lonja, one of Europe’s most well-known Gothic monuments. Or wander around the huge Central Market and discover a range of delicious fresh produce, such as fruit, vegetables, meats, spices and fish. When you’ve finished exploring, unwind at one of the restaurants dotted throughout the city centre and indulge in a tasty paella – the perfect way to round off your visit to Valencia.

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Best time to visit: Boasting more than 300 days of sunshine annually, this beautiful region is a fabulous place to visit all year round. High season in Valencia is from June to August, which is the best time to experience a Valencian festival.

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You will fly to Valencia International Airport, located around 10km from Valencia City Centre.

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Beach lovers: Valencia is a dream destination for beach lovers. The region boasts many Blue Flagstretches, making it the perfect place to relax on soft, white sands and watch the world go by.

Thrill seekers: Thrill seekers will love Valencia’s choice of amusement parks. Spend a day at Aqualandia, the biggest waterpark in Europe, or head to Terra Mitica, a popular theme park full of exciting rides.  

Explorers: There’s lots to explore in Valencia City, from the thousand-year-old El Carmen neighbourhood to the Central Market. Marvel at the Palace of the Marquis of Dos Aguas, considered one of Spain’s greatest examples of Baroque architecture. Or check out Lonja de la Seda, a magnificent Gothic-style building.

Fast facts for Valencia

Language: The official languages spoken in Valencia are Spanish and Valencian.

Currency: The currency used in Valencia is the Euro (EUR).

Local time: Valencia is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: You will fly to Valencia International Airport, located around 10km from Valencia City Centre.

Flight time from UK: 2.5 hours.  

Tourist information: Further tourist information for Valencia can be found at the official website for tourism in Valencia.

Visa / health: Before you travel, check the latest health advice at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Getting around Valencia

By metro: Valencia City’s underground train system is one of its easiest modes of transportation. Made up of nine lines, the Metro offers a safe and reliable way to access most areas in Valencia.

By bicycle: Across Valencia City, you’ll find more than 97 miles of bike lanes, making it an excellent destination for cyclists. It has its own rental service called Valenbisi, where you can hire a bike from more than 200 stations.

By foot: The city is very walkable, and it takes around 20 minutes to walk from one side of Ciutat Vella to the other. This is where most of Valencia’s main attractions are located. Travelling around by foot gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace.

Events in Valencia

Las Fallas: This is one of Valencia’s biggest fiestas, held annually from the 15th to the 19th of March to honour Saint Joseph. It centres around large sculptures being paraded around the city before being set alight on the final night. Las Fallas dates back to the Middle Ages when planks of wood used to support candles in the winter were burnt at the beginning of spring. Today, the festival attracts people from all over Spain.  

Night of San Juan: The Night of San Juan is celebrated every year across Valencia on the 23rd of June, which marks the longest day of the year. This is a pagan festival that centres around the worship of the sun. Celebrations include bonfires, gatherings and performances on the region’s beaches

Great Valencia Fair: The Great Valencia Fair has occurred for over 100 years and is held annually throughout July. Some of the event’s main highlights include exhibitions, parades and firework displays.

Valencia weather

Temperature: Valencia has a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers. The hottest month is August, with an average temperature of 25°C. The coldest month is January, with an average temperature of 9°C.

Best time to visit: March to May and September to October are great times to visit if you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing, as the weather is a little milder. Low season in Valencia lasts from November to February, when the weather is cooler.  

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