Plan your trip to
Plan your trip to Valencia
1.- Packing your bag
1.Which suitcase to choose? Soft ones for short trips and hard ones for long trips or for stopovers.
2. Carry the essential things with you, so you can come back with presents.
3. Use cellophane to divide clothes inside the suitcase.
4. Wear the clothes that occupy the most space.
5. Always carry hermetic bags, which can be very useful for any last-minute unexpected problems.
6. Optimise your toilet bag to avoid any unwanted surprises.
7. Bring versatile clothing, although make sure it looks good because it will be in the photos you are going to keep and see for the rest of your life.
8. Choose your footwear carefully and bring three pairs at most: trainers, flip flops and shoes or hiking boots. Make sure you bring something elegant for when you go for a few drinks.
9. Save 20% of the suitcase for anything you may bring back.
10. If the clothes are creased after the trip, you can use the home method of taking a hot bath and hanging the clothes in the bathroom, so the steam can get rid of the creases.
2.- Phone numbers of interest
- Emergencies: 963 486 000
- Fire service: 080
- State Police: 091
- Local Police: 092
- Red Cross: 913 354 545
- Guardia civil: 062
3.- Traditional gastronomy
Horchata de chufa: Refreshing drink made with water, sugar and soaked tiger nuts. Many times it’s accompanied by a sweet called fartón.
Agua de valencia: Cocktail with vodka, gin and orange juice.
Paella: Rice dish with seafood, vegetables or meat. Another variety of rice not served in the large pan is arroz al horno (baked rice).
Fideuà: Short noodles with seafood, meat or vegetables.
Olla de recapte: stew with vegetables, legumes, meats and salted beef.
Esgarraet, Especant or Esguellat (depending on the location): Salad with grilled vegetables, salted cod and olive oil.
All i pebre: eels from the natural park with garlic and paprika.
Olleta de Castellón or Olleta alicantina: Cuttlefish stew
Clóchinas valencianas : Delicious mussels.
Alcachofas de Benicarló: Local artichokes.
Sweets: Buñuelos de Fallas, meringue milk, flaons de requesón (sweet pastry), anise rotlles (O-shaped cake), pumpkin pastries, orelletes (hazelnut biscotti), and little sweet-potato cakes.
During Holy Week, they also make special desserts such as Monas de Pascua, arnadí (made with sweet potato or pumpkin) and pastís de gloria.
Peladillas and sugar-coated almonds.
Salted fish: Raw fish with oil and salt
BEST AREAS TO EAT IN
Plaza del Mercado is an excellent place to eat and to get to know the old town of a city that was the Mediterranean heart for trade, culture and politics in the Fifteenth century.
4.- Leisure areas
The area of the port has undergone huge changes. With the city hosting the America’s Cup and the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Port of Valencia was renovated and has become one of the main leisure areas in the city.
Barrio del Carmen
This district is one of the most emblematic in the city, one of the older ones where today you can find many different musical atmospheres, cocktail bars, etc. It is a nightlife spot with plenty of variety.
5.- Shopping and markets
The most traditional area for shopping in Valencia is to the south of the old town and the surrounding area. The most important streets are Colón, Don Juan de Austria, Jorge Juan, Cirilo Amorós and Calle La Paz.
Calle Músico Peydró
This street is reminiscent of streets in walled medieval towns, when craftsmen got together on the same street. Most streets aren’t the usual shop that has one shop assistant and everything well organised.
The architects Francisco Guardia and Alejandro Soler built this majestic Modernist masterpiece between 1914 and 1928.
Mercado de Colón
Mercado de Colón was built from 1914 to 1917 by the architect Francisco Mora, who was influenced by Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, with whom Mora had shared a workshop.
Palace of Benicarló
This Gothic-Renaissance-style aristocratic mansion was built in the late-Fifteenth century and was the home of the Borgia family, dukes of Gandía.
City of Arts and Sciences
An example of futuristic architecture by the local architect Santiago Calatrava. Its colossal buildings hold an IMAX cinema, the largest aquarium in Europe, an educational exhibition and an opera house.
Plaza de la Virgen and Cathedral complex
Twenty-one centuries of history in the heart of the city, where you can find treasures of its heritage such as Valencia Cathedral, Miguelete, Basílica de la Virgen and Almoina.
Juan Carlos I Royal Marina
The Juan Carlos I Royal Marina is a point of reference in the city, not just for the events that take place there but also for its unique buildings.
Barrio del Carmen and its palaces
The thousand-year-old district in the city grew in between two walls: the Muslim wall and the Christian wall. A walk around its narrow and winding cobbled streets flanked by stunning medieval buildings will take you back in time.
7.- Other points
Palace od Baylía
Palace building that was the old residence of the general bailie. It has an elegant post-academic style with three floors.
It is built on two unified buildings: the old Schools of Bishop Mayoral, also known as “House of Education”, and the building that was constructed in our century by Francisco de Mora y Berenguer and Carlos Carbonell Pañella.
At the Gate of the Apostles in the Cathedral of Valencia is where you can find the Water Tribunal, carrying out an ardently preserved ritual that has existed for over 1,000 years. The tribunal settles disputes via an oral process in Valencian language, whose resolutions cannot be appealed.
La Lonja (fish market) is one of the city’s most characteristic buildings as well as one of the most famous Civil-Gothic architecture examples in Europe. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on the 5th of December, 1996.
Post Office Building
The Edificio de Correos was carried out in accordance with the project of architect Miguel Ángel Navarro and construction began in 1915, finishing seven years later. Generally speaking, it has the dominant eclecticism that we can find in official architecture.
8.- With kids
Albufera National Park
The park takes us back to a world of nature in its purest state, where the only things you can hear are the birds singing or the sound of water. It is protected against human action and it is located just 6 miles from the city.
Bioparc and Oceanogràfic.
From West to East, the City of Arts and Sciences offers many recreational and educational activities that will bring you closer to the wildlife, such as an expedition around Africa.
Jardines del Turia
A garden of more than five miles in length located in the old riverbed of the river Turia. It constitutes a green space that crosses the city from side to side all the way to the City of Arts and Sciences.
Nacional Museum of ceramics and decorative arts
An important museum of ceramics, today bearing the name of Museo González Martí, which was built in the last decade of the Fifteenth century and renovated in 1740 by the Marquis of Dos Aguas.
Located near the modern City of Arts and Sciences and installed in an old convent belonging to the Mission of San Vicente de Paul, which in 1834 became army barracks and later a military prison, it houses a collection made up of outstanding ninots of the Fallas festivals throughout the years.
Fine Arts Museum
The historical building that houses the museum was originally the San Pío V Seminar College. The artistic tour begins with the selection of the so-called Valencian Primitives, which go from the late Fourteenth century until the early Sixteenth century.