As the third largest city in Spain, Valencia presents a vibrantly eccentric Mediterranean port of call. Outstandingly picturesque, the city of Valencia is truly captivating before you have even stepped a single foot ashore. Known for its City of Arts and Sciences, several of Valencia's buildings have become icons of the city. The Oceanogràfic, Hemisfèric and Assut D’or Bridge are just a few of the futuristic buildings Valencia has to offer. Whether you are looking for cultural abundance or a chance to soak up the sunshine, Valencia boasts an incredible array of options with a little something for everyone to enjoy.
Begin your day in the Old City and find the stunning Valencia Cathedral with three mesmerising portals, one Baroque, one Romanesque and one Gothic. Also known as St Mary’s Cathedral, this magnificent attraction was blessed in 1238 by the first bishop of Valencia after the Reconquista and was dedicated by order of James I the Conqueror to Saint Mary. An exceptional feature of this outstanding landmark is the opportunity to climb the octagonal Miguelete Bell Tower, once achieved you will bear witness to breath-taking peninsula views over the enchanting city and coastline of Valencia.
Continue the cultural adventure in the Old City with a trip to the towers of Torres de Serranos, one of the twelve gates that were found along the medieval wall and a marvellously maintained monument of this glorious city. The splendour does not stop here, Valencia exudes elegance and sophistication, especially within the old town and the chance to soak up the extravagance continues further with the opportunity to explore such wonders as the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and the Museo de Belles Artes. The Plaza del Ayuntamiento in particular is an exceptional sight as the town hall bells ring out over the square to alert the public of the hour.
Within easy walking distance yet feeling like a new world is the beautifully welcoming new town. This area of the city boasts fantastic opportunities to just simply take in and enjoy the Mediterranean way of life. Awe inspiring views combine with balmy avenues to create the perfect metropolis and ultimate cosmopolitan area. Indulge in shopping delights or embrace the pavement café party atmospheres, where you can make the most of the enchanting ambience of the modern day Valencia, not to mention the culinary pleasures of outstanding Paella.
If it’s cultural adventure you are looking for in Valencia, head for the Oceanografic Park, Europe’s largest marine park which is home to over 500 species of fish and other sea creatures. Perfect adults and children alike, you’ll fall in love with the sights and sounds of this brilliant venue. The Oceanografic Park is a fascinating experience for all, where you’ll even take a virtual walk from one side of the Atlantic to the other discovering the diverse marine life along the way. If sun kissed waters and pristine beach scenes are you’re your thing, opt to head to Valencia’s charming coastline and enjoy an afternoon of family fun or a romantic stroll along the coast.
Looking to enjoy the local flavours Valencia has to offer? Explore the cobbled town of Requena and sample some of Spain’s finest Cava. You’ll take a scenic drive through the countryside, set foot on a leisurely walking tour through one of the oldest caves in the region, once used for a shelter but now a perfect venue for a wine cellar, before going onto a local wine cellar tour. Here your tour guide will explain in detail all about the history of this sumptuous wine as well as giving you a detailed insight into its creation. To finish the day off nicely, you’ll be granted the opportunity to taste a glass of Cava and splash out on bottle just for yourself.
Valencia is a truly majestic port of call with astonishing entertainment and fantastic sights to be-hold. No matter how you choose to spend your day you are guaranteed to enjoy this sublime city. With a beautiful climate year round, Valencia is the perfect destination to relax, unwind and explore the true nature of Mediterranean life.