Valencia, or as the Moors called it “paradise on earth,” is popular among tourists due to its wide beaches, delicious food, orange groves, and ancient narrow streets. It is worth renting a car, taking a ride along the coastline, as well as visiting the main tourist places: the gardens of Jardines de Viveros, the Basilica of St. Mary, the Albufera National Park. Between 14:00 and 17:00 it’s a siesta time, so it’s better to plan visits to shops, museums, and entertainment venues before or after. Festive processions and festivals are regularly held in Valencia, so you can follow the news to visit the July Fair, Valencia National Day or the Fallas Festival.
IATA code: VLC
Location: 8 km from Valencia
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The following companies provide car rental services at Valencia Airport: Centauro, Hertz, Budget, Record Go, Europcar, Avis, Goldcar Rental, Enterprise and Sixt. Car rental desks are located in the arrivals hall. There are several parking zones near the airport. In particular, in the express parking lot, the first 15 minutes of parking are free.
Plaza del mercado
When you rent a car, go see the famous architectural monument of Valencia - Lonja de la Seda. In the Middle Ages, the building served as a silk exchange, which traded in silk. The attraction is made in a typical “southern” Gothic style. Relief painting, proportional doors and windows, facade decorations are striking. The complex consists of a tower, a meeting room of the Marine Consulate, the Column Hall, and the Orange Courtyard. If the building looks luxurious during the day, then at night the views become absolutely stunning. The construction is highlighted with hundreds of lights, which makes a lasting impression on tourists from all over the world.
The Cathedral of the Virgin Mary (aka the Cathedral) is considered the main shrine of the city. Despite the fact that the temple is operating, tourists often come here, as if to a museum for an excursion. The exterior organically combines neoclassical, baroque, Franco-Gothic elements. It was here that the main Christian relic was discovered - the Holy Grail dating from the 1st century. By giving from this cup Christ drank during the last supper.
Carrer de Sant Pius V, 9 www.museobellasartesvalencia.gva.es
Built at the beginning of the 17th century, the museum initially served as an educational institution for the clergy. Today you can get acquainted with the history of the city and the country. During the tour, tourists are given the opportunity to visit the halls of archaeological finds, as well as to examine household items, furniture of various eras. Most of the collection is represented by works by Spanish artists: Nicholas Falco, Rodrigo de Oson, El Greco, Velazquez.
Carrer Eduardo Primo Yufera, 1B www.oceanografic.org
Traveling by rental car in Valencia, you should definitely visit the Oceanographic Center. During the tour it will be possible to examine representatives of the flora and fauna (various birds, bright tropical fish, unusual reptiles, frisky sea lions). Interestingly, for each ecosystem, separate buildings are equipped, and the pools and aquariums are filled with sea water. Everyone here will find something fascinating for themselves: both children and adults.
Avenida del Profesor Lopez Pinero, 7 www.cac.es/es/home.html
Another museum that everyone will be interested in visiting, regardless of age, is the Prince Felipe Museum of Science. The building immediately attracts attention with its original form: the design with a completely glass facade rests on 5 columns. All this is spectacularly reflected in the water surface and makes an indelible impression, especially in the dark. The museum presents an exhibition telling the story of the collapse of the Titanic.
On the territory of the Sierra Espadan Nature Reserve are St. Joseph's Caves, discovered at the beginning of the last century. Here flows the longest navigable river in Europe, the length of which has not yet been accurately measured. At the entrance to the caves, tourists pay attention to cave paintings, which, according to experts, are about 15,000 years old. They were made by people who lived here for a while. The 40-minute tour mainly takes place on a boat with light. Having reached a certain place, tourists will be able to walk inside the cave, inspect the grottoes and take pictures, and then return back on the same boat. The temperature is the same in caves all year round: it is warm in winter and cool in summer.
Rent a car and go to the small village of Guadalest, which is famous for its picturesque landscapes. At the foot of the cliffs there are about a hundred houses, but pine forests, almond groves, olive and citrus plantations give a special charm. The town was founded in the 7th century. Then the Moors, who seized the territory, built a massive fortress here, in which the money collected as taxes was stored. The king’s castle is built on the rock, to which a paved road leads. Interestingly, the entrance to the city passes through a tunnel cut into the rock. Once inside, you can immediately get to the main street, which leads to the central square. The main attractions of the city are the ruins of an Arab fortress, the Church of the Virgin Mary of the Assumption. Guadalest is often called the "museum city". Despite its small area, there are 8 museums.
The town of Sagunto, located 20 kilometers from Valencia, is famous for its ancient fortress. It consists of several sections (Almenara and Alcazaba), built in different periods. The first settlements arose in the Bronze Age, later the Iberians came, who founded the fortress to protect trade routes. Later, when the territory passed into the possession of the Romans, the fortress was expanded, a theater appeared on the slopes of the mountains. The most dizzying views of the town and its surroundings open from the top of the hill.
Denia is a popular Spanish resort with the best golden sandy beaches, developed infrastructure and many attractions. The city is actively developing thanks to trade and the presence of a port. Fans of historical places should visit Denia Castle, take a walk along the streets of the Old Town and the Fisherman's Quarter, and look into the Ethnological Museum. Those who prefer an unhurried vacation by the sea should take a ride along the coastline and visit the many beaches: Les Bovetes, Les Marines, Punta del Raset, Les Rotes, La Marineta Cassiana. Fans of beautiful views will surely appreciate the picturesque sunset in the port.
When you rent a car, head to the resort of Playa de Muro, in the Albufera Nature Reserve. Even at the time of the Iberians, herds of animals grazed here, unique plants grew, and with the advent of the Romans, rice was grown. Today, the reserve is a favorite place for Spaniards who like to be here on weekends, arrange small picnics, photo shoots, walk along paved trails and ride bicycles. The freshwater lake located in the reserve is a real haven for birds and fish. There are terns, cormorants, ducks, herons, trout, river eel. By the way, tourists can ride a boat and feed the birds.
Carrer de Cadis, 61 www.lamasbonita.es
For breakfast in Valencia, head to the cozy La Mas Bonita Ruzafa cafe. Cakes for every taste, pastries, croissants, coffee - everything is invariably tasty and fresh. The menu also offers hearty meals for lunch or dinner for the whole family. The service and competence of the staff are beyond praise. If you come with children, the staff will find how to entertain your child, for example, inviting him to the kitchen and showing how sweets are prepared.
Av. de Campanar, 90 www.hotelkramervalencia.com/kram-bar/
If during breaks between excursions you want to have a bite to eat, head to Kram Bar. The advantage of the cafe is average prices and a varied menu. For those who prefer gluten-free dishes or adhere to proper nutrition, there will definitely be something to choose from. It is worth trying a signature cocktail, a fried sandwich with cheese and ham, a chop. By the way, the institution is open on Sunday, while the rest of the top places are closed.
Carrer de Josep Benlliure, 69 www.emilianobodega.com
Casa Montana is a restaurant with an original interior and a cozy atmosphere. Competent staff will help you stay comfortable, even with a large flow of guests. The highlight of the place is an unusual presentation. Everything that you order will be made in small portions and sometimes it will be difficult to distinguish the main dish from the snack. It is worth trying mussels, tapas with cheese and caramelized pepper, pudding or chocolate cake, wine. If you are traveling by rental car, you can use the parking nearby.
Carrer del Pintor Ferrer Calatayud, 10 www.lacantinellarestaurante.com
La Cantinella is a popular Italian restaurant in Valencia. Visitors are greeted by the owners of the establishment, help to comfortably accommodate themselves and give recommendations on new products. If you don’t find anything from the new ones, try zucchini with cream cheese, tagliatelle lasagna, and dessert to your taste. The institution has a cozy family atmosphere, classical music plays in the background, and the staff tries so that guests do not have to wait long for the ordered dishes.
Carrer del Comte d´Altea, 49 www.gordon10.com
If an abundance of local dishes you miss the juicy steak or burger, head to the Argentinean Gordon 10 steakhouse. Guests are invited to try fresh medium-rare meat with aromatic spices, sausages and beer for every taste. The portions are large, so if you are not very hungry, it is better to order several dishes for two or three. Great service and a fun atmosphere will guarantee a good mood. To be sure to have dinner here, it is best to book a table.
Carrer de la Barcelonina, 5
+34 963 51 46 12 www.hoteles-catalonia.com double room - from € 87
Catalonia Excelsior is a great value-for-money option for those planning to rent a car. The hotel is located in a quiet street near City Hall Square. Nearby there are many establishments, shops. The rooms are stylish and equipped with a large bathroom and a terrace. A variety of breakfasts will surely appeal to everyone. It offers parking, room-service, dry cleaning.
Carrer del Convent de Santa Clara, 5
+34 963 52 33 92 www.hotelsorollacentro.com double room - from € 98
The advantage of Hotel Sorolla Centro is its good central location with many establishments nearby. If you want to be in the center of events, you should book a room with a view of the pedestrian street, if you want silence, with a view of the courtyard. The rooms are comfortable and spacious. The competent staff will fulfill any request and make sure that you do not need anything. It will be convenient to stay here both during a family trip or during a business trip.
Carrer de Bailen, 8
+34 963 52 90 00 valencia.zenithoteles.com/es/ double room - from € 79
Hotel Zenit Valencia is the best value for money option. Nearby is the metro station / railway station. The staff is friendly and executive, helps to solve minor troubles, if any. The rooms have a balcony, where you can watch the life of the city. In the morning you can have breakfast in the restaurant, work out in the fitness center and go explore the sights. In the evening, you can relax in the bar with a glass of wine.
Calle Alcade Jose Puertes
+34 963 18 61 82 www.accorhotels.com double room - from € 47
If you plan to stay in Valencia for a couple of days, Ibis Valencia Alfafar is a good option for this. It will also be convenient to accommodate children in specially equipped family rooms. In the restaurant you can have a hearty breakfast or a snack with sandwiches with coffee. The competent staff is extremely polite and helpful, the service is beyond praise. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Tourists using rental cars can use the free parking.
Calle Boix, 4
+34 963 91 91 40 www.adhochoteles.com double room - from € 81
Ad Hoc Monumental Boutique Hotel is conveniently located in the historic city center in an old restored building. Nearby are the main attractions, historical and architectural monuments. The rooms are spacious and clean, have a balcony. The impression is made by elegant antique furniture. The restaurant serves delicious national food. The kind staff helps to comfortably accommodate and takes care of the needs of each guest.
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