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How to spend top weekend in Valencia - ideas on extraordinary attractions and sites

Besides exploring historical sites, in Valencia, you can walk around museums, relax on the city beaches, and visit restaurants. In this amazing Spanish city, you'll be able to take a boat ride along the cave river, go on an unforgettable underwater tour, find amazing gardens in the narrow intricacies of the streets, and learn the region's main gastronomic secrets.
Many of the sights of Valencia are aimed specifically at holidaymakers with children. An excellent example is Bioparc, which is strikingly different from the classical zoos that can be seen … Open
In the immediate vicinity of the city there is a unique natural landmark - San Jose Caves (Coves de Sant Josep ), through which the largest underground river in Europe flows. Here you can ride a boat, passing along the beautiful crystal formations on the caves' walls and admiring a quiet water surface.
Another unusual kind of entertainment for fans of original excursions is Ruta del Snorkeling underwater walks. Unusual underwater tours take place in the resort town of Alicante , which is also quite close to the city. The entertainment's organizer is Greenwichdiving diving center. All tour participants go to the best snorkeling destinations where they will be able to admire the beauty of the underwater world in a comfortable atmosphere under the guidance of professional instructors. The excursions are accompanied by very interesting and informative stories about the life of the underwater world of Valencia. Copyright
Bruselas restaurant is located near the station. This dining facility specializes in cooking dishes from the national cuisine. In the morning guests are always offered to choose from a great … Open
If walking around the city seems more attractive than traveling through surrounding areas of Valencia, be sure to explore its central district. Near the river Turia (Río Turia ), behind one of the high-rise buildings is charming park de Monforte Park. It's not easy to find this quiet hidden place by chance, and not all locals know about the existence of this park. There is always a very calm and peaceful atmosphere, which seems even more surprising, given the close proximity to the busy central streets.
Birds of Valencia Another amazing secret place is the inner courtyard of Valencia Regional Government Palace (Palau de la Generalitat de Valencia ). You can get into the quiet courtyard through the main entrance of the palace, which still remains a secret for most visitors to the city. In this amazing quiet place, you can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, as well as take some pictures against the backdrop of incredibly beautiful landscape decorations and exotic plants.
Every year Valencia hosts a huge "fire" festival called Fallas Festival. The event starts on March 14 and lasts five days. Mass festivities are confined to even an older holiday - the Day of … Open
Valencia central market, Mercado Central, which, among other things, is the oldest in Europe, harbors a lot of interesting secrets as well. Gourmets from all over the world flock to this place to try authentic Spanish paella, buy fragrant mandarins and, surprisingly as it may sound, premium Chinese tea. Right on the market, there are small outdoor cafes where delicious paella, seafood, and vegetables are prepared in the open air from the early morning. Want to taste traditional local delicacies? Be sure to taste local jamon and wonderful homemade cheeses brought to the market from all over the region.
Espana, Valencia : Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofia There is no need to go to China for top-quality Chinese tea - look for Soins de The teahouse here on the market. Besides dozens of tea varieties, you can find all the necessary attributes and accessories for a tea ceremony.
Valencia Cathedral is certainly one of the main symbols of the city. The first church on the site of the modern cathedral was built in ancient times. Later it was destroyed by the Moors, who … Open
In search of gastronomic delights, visit the favorite restaurant of Ernest Hemingway - La Pepica opened back in 1898. Many celebrities other than the world-famous writer also preferred this place, including Pele. Don't forget to ask the restaurant staff at what table the writer liked to dine, and, who knows, maybe during the meal you will get the incredible feeling of inspiration.

Participation in the Festival La Tomatina

After you enjoy the beauty of Valencia, you should make a trip to Bunol. It is located 40 kilometers from the city. An unusual international festival "Tomatina" is held here every year in the last days of August. The streets of the town turn into a battlefield at this time. It lasts for 7 days. Tomatoes are provided by the town administration since 1980. They are brought by trucks. The battle starts at 10 am. One of the participants climbs on a pole 5 meters high, which is smeared with soap and removes the Jamon from it before the start.
Valencia is a great place for families. Tourists love spending time in local entertainment centers and amusement parks. Perhaps, Terra Mitica is the most popular entertainment complex. It is … Open
The symbol of the opening of the festival is the shot of water cannons. You'll see people throwing tomatoes at each other. Everything is smeared with red juice and pulp. However, all battle participants follow the rules. For example, a vegetable should be slightly crushed first, and only then thrown at the enemy to avoid bruising. It is unacceptable to throw other objects! A total of 100 tons of tomatoes are spent during the festival. Everyone fights for himself. People not only throw vegetables but also tear each other's clothes.
Poble de Cofrentes The fight will last 60 minutes. Water cannons will signal the end of the battle. You can take part in the tomato battle by paying 10 euros. However, you will spend 70 euros for a bus ticket to Bunyol and back, a torn t-shirt and lunch in the town. If you want, you will bathe in tomato liquid after the fight. There will be a lot of it on the sidewalk. You can also wash off the pulp and juice in a special place. Festival-goers are hosed down here. You can also wash in the river, which flows near the town.
1. Currency is better to be exchanged in banks. They usually open early, no later than at 9:00 am, and serve clients up to 14:00. Many exchange offices may work around the clock, but they … Open

Grutas de San José Journey

If you like to see natural attractions, then the Grutas de San José will appeal to you. They are located in the vicinity of Valencia. This unusual place was created by nature. You will see stalactites, stalagmites, and drawings on the walls of karst caves here. You will also listen to the murmur of water and the sound of falling water droplets.
Ciutat de les arts i les ciencies You will also have the chance to sail on the river for 45 minutes. It flows through the grottoes. The river has the greatest length among all underground rivers in Europe. You will see the grotto of La Catedral at the end of the water journey. Its height is 10 meters. All caves are well illuminated by floodlights. Therefore, you will admire the unique landscape formed by stones. Their bizarre shapes are reminiscent of fairy tale creatures. You will truly feel the greatness of nature here.
Valencia is famous for its wonderful design hotel, and Hotel Dimar can be found near Cánovas Square. All its black-and-white rooms are furnished with luxurious beds of impressive size and … Open

Visit the Biopark

The unusual zoo was opened in Valencia in 2008. If you do not like to see animals in cages, where it is difficult to move for them because of the tightness, or in enclosures with bars, then the journey through this modern Biopark will appeal to you. All its inhabitants live in natural conditions. So you will have the feeling that you are in a wild nature.
Oceanografico However, you should remember that you should not feed animals, touch them and scare them with a scream or a flash of the camera. If you break these rules, you will be fined. The Biopark is divided into zones: "Madagascar", "Savannah in Africa", and "African equator". You will see lemurs, exotic birds, elephants, rhinos, zebras, hippos, antelopes, giraffes, gorillas and even snakes walking along its paths. You will have to pay 23.80 euros to enter this animal kingdom.
In Valencia, there are several special hotels that are sure to please fans of staying in an exclusive setting. Caro Hotel that occupies a unique century-old building in the heart of Valencia … Open

Climbing to the Gharbi Top

Valencia is located on flat terrain. However, there are mountains at a distance of 40 kilometers from the city. The Serra Calderona and the famous Gharbi Peak are the closest among them. This peak has a height of 600 meters above the Mediterranean Sea. You can climb it on foot, following marked trails, or by bike. The way will take 40 minutes. There is a convenient observation deck on the mountain top. You will admire the breathtaking views of the Port of Sagunto and the sea here.
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Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Valencia
♥   Restaurant 'Coloniales Huerta' València. Type - Traditional cuisine. 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Lienzo' València. Type - Mediterranean cuisine. 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Riff' València. Type - Creative. 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Canalla Bistro' València. Type - Modern cuisine. 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Montes' València. Type - Traditional cuisine. 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Valencia
♥   Castle 'Towers of Quart' Valencia, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Towers of Serrans' Valencia, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Torre de la Plaça' Valencia, 1.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tower of Paterna' Valencia, 6.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Xera' Valencia, 24.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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