La playa – the beach
A 20 – 30 minute walk from the apartment or a short bus ride (catch any of the port buses on A/ Puerto or bus number 32 on c/ Just y Pastor. In summer season, there are shacks where you can hire sunbeds and parasols (€4.50 each). The hire lasts all day, 10am til 8pm so you can wander off and return as you wish. There’s a cool box in the apartment and ice-packs in the freezer, to take with you to the beach.
CAC – The Arts and Sciences area
Spectacular architecture by Valencia’s own Calatrava, in the Turia park.
Just a 15 minute walk from the apartment.
This 11km long park runs through the whole city. It was created when the governors decided to re-route the river after the city flooded in the 1950s. There’s much to enjoy in the gardens: paths to cycle and run, lawns to sunbathe on, children’s play parks etc.
Jardin de Ayora
Very nice park above the Ayora metro station. Stunning trees and a very nice playground for children.
Historic city centre
Famous buildings, plazas, towers and even the Holy Grail (allegedly)! Plus plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.
This tower formed part of the old city walls. It’s free to climb up – ideal for photo opportunities.
Cabañal street market
Every Thursday from 9am til 2pm. Lively colourful stalls in the streets around the Mercado Cabañal. Mostly clothing, accessories, fabrics, household and plants. Bargains and people-watching.
The covered Cabañal indoor market is worth a visit any day. It’s open roughly 8am til 3pm Monday to Saturday. The café bar is lively entertainment and the tapas is delicious – if you can grab a seat.
Valencia’s famous big flea-market is held every Sunday morning from 9am on the plaza outside the Mestella football stadium. Similar to an English car-boot sale.
As with any city, guard your valuables and take extra care in crowded places like street markets.