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Discovering the Charm of Valencia

Things to do in Valencia

As the sun sets over the stunning City of Arts and Sciences, it’s hard not to fall in love with Valencia’s unique blend of futuristic architecture and rich history. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about Valencia’s charm by now. Did you know that Valencia is the third largest city in Spain? No doubt why it has something to offer to everyone.

  • Accommodation

During our trip in Valencia, we stayed at Sercotel Sorolla Palace, which is a nicely decorated 4-star hotel positioned in a quiet location of the city.
The room was big enough, the bed very comfortable, our bathroom had bathtub and all the necessary toiletries. Also the hotel restaurant is very nice. Every evening, we used to have there a glass of wine together with a traditional Spanish cheese plate.
I must say that we visited Valencia in late February, and we chose this hotel because it had an interior pool.Unfortunately, the water inside the pool was a little too cold for us. 
Even if it’s not located in the very center of the city, right outside the hotel are the bus stations, from where you can take the public transportation to reach your destination.
  • What to visit during your stay in Valencia

As we visited Valencia for the first time, we wanted to see the city’s most popular places. For us, the most interesting to visit was: 

  1. The City of Arts and Sciences – La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias – 

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of it, or even if the name is not familiar, you will know what I’m talking about when you will see the pictures below.

It’s a futuristic complex of buildings and is one of Valencia’s most iconic landmarks. I think is a must-visit attraction for anyone traveling to Valencia. 

My personal advice is to wear a pair of shoes which are very comfortable for you, because you will walk a lot around this attraction area. 

The City of Arts and Sciences Valencia
The City of Arts and Sciences Valencia
The City of Arts and Sciences Valencia
The City of Arts and Sciences Valencia

  2. The Umbracle

It is a landscaped garden that has stunning views of the surrounding buildings and the city skyline. 

It’s located in the proximity of The City of Arts and Sciences. So while you are visiting The  City of Arts and Sciences it’s worth taking a short walk to the Umbracle also. 

the Umbracle Valencia

  3. Mercado Central – The Central Market –

Personally, whenever I visit Spain, I’m searching for the Central Market of that city and visiting it. These markets are a food lover’s paradise, and the one in Valencia is no exception.

In this market you will find an array of fresh products like fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood and local specialties like turron, for example.

mercado central Valencia

  4. Zoo Valencia

Also known as Bioparc Valencia, it’s known for its unique design, because this zoo tries to mimic the natural environment of the animals as close as possible. Here you will find animals from different continents, including elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, gorillas, lemurs and many more. The tickets are around 27€/person and can be purchased online from their official website.

In my opinion, this Zoo is really worth the visit and even more if you are with visiting Valencia with kids, they will love it! 

zoo Valencia
zoo Valencia
  •  Where to eat the best Argentinian Steak in Valencia

Besides the fact that inside Mercado Central and around it you will find plenty of options to eat delicious food, we found an Argentinean Steakhouse in Valencia that literally stole our hearts 😊.

The steakhouse I’m talking about it’s called Gordon10. We found it via Trip advisor as being the #3 of 3,287 Restaurants in Valencia.

Everyone here is very nice, and what was a pleasant surprise for us is that when we arrived, the waiter came at our table to present us their beef varieties and to recommend us what to order. Of course, we followed his guidance and we were not wrong to do so. Everything was delicious, and it was the best steak that I’ve ever had. We liked so much this place that we ate at Gordon10 restaurant 3 nights in a row.

Gordon10 restaurant steakhouse
Gordon10 restaurant steakhouse jambon serrano pata negra
Gordon10 restaurant steakhouse dessert

I hope that you enjoyed reading this article and that it helped you during your trip. You can also find here my blog post about London. 

Please, let me know using the comments section bellow, if this article was useful for you and what are other extra details that I should I add next time. 

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