The Best of Valencia, Spain

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  • Spain

  • Beaches

  • City Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • International Travel

  • Architecture

  • History

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Though often overlooked by other cities like Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is a must-visit in Spain. Located on Spain’s east coast, the 2,000-year-old city boasts wide sandy beaches, striking architecture, a buzzing food scene and culture without the crowds found in other large Spanish cities. From the golden sands of Playa Las Arenas and the flamboyant Rococo architecture of the Palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas to the cobbled, maze-like Old Town, Valencia, Spain, has a lot to offer.

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Where to stay

Barceló Valencia

Affordable modern, urbanist hotel conveniently located in central Valencia.

Hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar | Valencia

19th-century Valencian manor house revamped into a monochrome of history, sleek design and the best of local gastronomy.

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  • €20 credit per person, per day.

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Hotel NH Collection Valencia Colón

Cozy hotel with European influenced-design conveniently located in the city’s financial and shopping area.

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Things to do

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Turia Park Valencia

Take a guided bike tour of the park and enjoy its manicured landscape.  

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Barcelona is just a three hour train ride away!

Eat & drink

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Central Market: The largest market with fresh produce in Europe. It stands out for its rich and varied cuisine.

Restaurante Navarro: Delicious dishes inspired by Mediterranean cuisine and enhanced with first-rate culinary innovations that blend perfectly with the best traditional recipes. Try the paella!

Colon Market: In times past, it was a market; today, it is home to flower stalls and the finest restaurants. It is known for many well-known businesses, including Carnes Varea and Frutería Fina. Still, its key attractions are its restaurants, with highlights including Habitual by Ricard Camarena, Ma Khin Café and Manglano. Other popular eating and drinking establishments include such popular spots as Las Cervezas del Mercado, the café Bocados, and Daniel, a horchata (tiger nut milk) stand. 

La Cabila: Seasonal, locally sourced specialties offered in an upscale, fine-dining destination.

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