You’ve got a pick of three beaches within easy driving distance from the centre of the city. And, if you fancy a change of sandy scene, you won’t have to carry your inflatables too far – they’re all side by side.
La Malvarrosa Beach is the longest and widest of the three city beaches, and a run of seaside bars and restaurants are plotted on a palm-lined pathway beside it. You can set up camp on the sand, or spend your day under the shade of a parasol on a sunlounger.
While the city’s main beaches tend to get busy, there’s another spot around a half an hour drive from the centre that’s well worth a visit for low-key beach days. La Devesa Beach is tucked inside a huge nature park and super-tall sand dunes provide it with a scenic backdrop.
The trendy neighbourhood of El Carmen plots plenty of vintage shops on its map. There well worth a look in if you’re on the hunt for stylish clothing at pocket-saving prices.
Colon Street has major players from the international shopping scene on both of its sides, while the streets that snake off it are home to smaller shops and boutiques.
If you’re up for splashing the cash, head to Poeta Querol. Both Boss and Louis Vuitton can be found on this super-stylish street.
The bars that stretch along the city’s three beaches are a great choice when it comes to low-key evenings. Head down before sunset to watch the sun slink behind the sea with a cocktail in hand.
The central neighbourhood of El Carmen heads up the city’s nightlife scene. Narrow streets play host to street-spilling bars, nightclubs and flamenco shows.
Valencia has more than 700 acres of land dedicated to growing oranges, and you can even find trees lining the city’s streets. They’re sweeter and juicy than your average orange, and there are plenty of fresh fruit stalls in markets dotted around the city so you can tuck into one and try them out yourself.
These things are a dead cert on the table come Christmas time in Valencia. Small pastry cases are stuffed with sweet potato, lemon, and aniseed liqueur then sprinkled with cinnamon.
While every region of Spain has its own take on this traditional dish, Valencia’s version uses chicken and rabbit meat. A touch of French flavour is sometimes added in the shape of snails, too.
This dish translates as oven-baked rice, and although it’s lesser-known than the city’s famous paella dish, it’s a firm favourite with locals. This dish is made in the oven, rather than on a stove and made using pork ribs, black pudding, potatoes, chickpeas – and of course, rice.
Made properly, this drink should show off three distinct layers. It’s made by mixing age-old rum, sugar, lemon rind, coffee beans and cinnamon sticks. All the ingredients are heated together, before being poured over an espresso.
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