8 Things to Do in Valencia

8 Things to Do in Valencia

I work remotely, so spend much of my time wandering across the continent, staying a month or so in each place I find myself, using that city as a base to explore the surrounding region. At the end of last year, I spent three months in Portugal and continued this in the new year with a five-week stint in Sevilla, Spain in February and March. I've fallen completely in love with southern Spain and the magic and beauty across this region, so I've continued my time here, now with a month-long stay in Valencia, a bit further up the coast.

Valencia is Spain's third largest city after Madrid and Barcelona and feels very different to the laid back little Sevilla I had left behind. While I didn't love it as much, I felt it was very alive, with lots of things always happening, so even though it's not as beautiful as its southern neighbour, it's a perfect hub for remote working and for exploring the southern central Spanish region.

Valencia is easily accessible by Renfe regional train from neighbouring cities and also has its own airport which is just a metro ride away from the city. The metro runs almost everywhere, but I hardly used it as Valencia is a very walkable city.

As I was here for a month, working remotely by day, exploring the city in the afternoons and traveling around the region on weekends, I've compiled a number of blog posts you may find useful for your own trip planning in this region; check out my Spain category!

I also have a few local city recommendations:

  • Cafe Artysana is a wonderful hub for remote workers, offering free fast wifi, tons of seating, outlets, big tables, and yummy vegan/vegetarian options. They're sort of the go-to spot for digital nomads, even hosting events for expats. This is the place to be!
  • Okay Lah! is a divine Asian restaurant with a massive vegan menu and everything is delicious. I highly recommend the gado gado, the Okay Lah soup and the make-your-own poke bowl!
  • La Casa Viva Russafa is a yummy rustic vegan/vegetarian place with comfort food that just hits the spot. I recommend the ravioli and the pumpkin lasagne. Yummmm.
  • Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias is a futuristic-looking live performing arts hall where I went to see a wonderful symphony performance. Highly recommend an evening here.

Otherwise, if you're after a guide to the best things things to see in Valencia, then you've landed in the right spot. Here are my xx picks for what to see in Valencia:


1. La Lonja de la Seda

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is completely free to visit in the heart of Valencia. It's a small attraction, but boasts incredible ceilings and a beautiful quiet little orange tree grove.

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jana meerman valencia spain (2)

2. Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desamparats

In the heart of Valencia is this Basilica, a shrine to the patron saint of Valencia, with a beautiful domed roof - plus, it's free to visit.

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3. Plaça de la Mare de Déu

The bustling centre of Valencia is this lively plaza with a big bold fountain right in the middle and cafes lining the outside. Often with live music to be found, I loved just sitting on the steps and people watching in the sun.

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jana meerman valencia spain (9)
jana meerman valencia spain (9)
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4. Jardí del Túria

Once a big river running along the city, this is now a beautiful long park with all sorts of different venues such as museums and music halls and sports facilities along with plenty of picnic areas, bike paths, a dedicated running track - just a beautiful place for people to spend time outdoors.

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5. La Seu de València // Valencia Cathedral

This monumental cathedral in the middle of the city, aside from its sweeping arched ceilings, claims to be the home of the official Holy Grail. Little descriptive papers provide their evidence that this was the cup Jesus had at the Last Supper and also proudly states that there is no conflicting evidence. Take that as you will...
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The Holy Grail

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The Holy Grail in the stained glass window

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6. Central Market

This bustling market, one of the oldest in Europe, is home to a variety of food stalls. Come early to enjoy the vibe and selection!
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7. Torres de Quart

Built in the 14th century, these towers are part of Valencia's original city walls. Nowadays they're free to climb for a view over the city.
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8. Playa de la Malvarrosa

Valencia is a coastal city, so boasts a long stretch of beach about 5km outside of the city centre where locals and tourists alike flock to escape the heat, lounge in the sun and play a few rounds of beach volleyball or stroll along the promenade.
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4 DAY TRIPS TO TAKE FROM VALENCIA

While based in Valencia, I made sure to spend my weekends exploring the regions nearby, hopping on trains to visit some of the nearby beautiful views, towns and cities. Click on each picture below for a full guide to each destination!

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Alicante

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Buñol

Xàtiva

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Peñíscola


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