2019 Guide to Valencia
Valencia is the third point of a triangle that includes Spain’s three biggest cities, a highly regarded cultural and culinary hot spot ideally located on the west coast, an equal distance from Madrid and Barcelona.
This may be the home of paella, but it is so much more to its happy residents and many visitors who flock here to enjoy the beautiful climate, beaches and unique urban landscape. This includes Turia Park, which flows through the city on a dry river bed, the space-age buildings of the City of Arts and Sciences and the many historic buildings and beautiful squares.
Sport is a very important part of life here, with 20km of beaches and many green spaces inspiring both intense exercise and more sedate promenading, and a dedication to forging a space on the world stage that has resulted in hosting Formula One and the America’s Cup. Valencia is also a global business hub, with a large-scale trade fair venue and significant freight passing through one of the Mediterranean’s most important container ports.
Whether you’re looking to relax or relocate, Valencia combines fantastic food, spectacular buildings, a friendly atmosphere and a dedication to good living, all fuelled by more than 300 days of sunshine a year.
Playa de la Malvarrosa and Playa de la Patacona
Playa de la Malvarrosa and Playa de la Patacona are two excellent urban beaches of fine, golden sands, located in the north of the city, 10 minutes from the centre. Serviced by lifeguards and offering sun beds, sports activities such as a lively beach volleyball club and many beach bars, they also have numerous amenities available all year round including supermarkets, medical services, restaurants, ice cream shops and a large gym with a swimming pool.
Canet d’en Berenguer and Corinto (Canet d’en Berenguer and Sagunto)
Situated on the northern coast of Valencia, the beaches of Canet d’en Berenguer and Corinto are beautiful and pristine with calm waters, making them an ideal destination for families.
San Antonio, Cullera
Situated near the mouth of the river Júcar, this excellent and cosmopolitan beach offers approximately 1.5km of enviable white sands and crystal clear waters. There are numerous services available, including various sports facilities and children’s playgrounds.
El Saler, Valencia
Located to the south of the city, in the heart of the Albufera National Park, this wild beach of 2.6km of fine, golden sands is protected from the western winds by natural dunes and pine trees, making it one of Valencia’s most popular beaches.
Opened in the summer of 2012 by Michelin starred chef Ricard Camarena, this eponymous restaurant offers an innovative and impressive à la carte menu as well as exquisite tasting menus. With its impeccable service and open kitchen, Ricard Camarena is the ideal place for a festive occasion.
+34 963 355 418
This Michelin starred restaurant specialises in fashionable European and Mediterannean cuisine. With acclaimed German chef Bernd Knöller at the helm, this small but exclusive restaurant offers both à la carte and set menus that combined with an extensive wine list make it a must-see for any discerning diner.
C/Conde Altea 18
+34 963 335 353
Restaurante La Sucursal
The Michelin starred Restaurante La Sucursal is housed inside Valencia’s contemporary art musuem, the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, which is situated on the edge of the historic centre of the city. La Sucursal blends traditional Spanish with new and innovative cuisines to provide a memorable dining experience.
C/Guillem de Castro 118
+34 963 746 665
The location of Restaurante Vertical is fantastic, with stunning views over Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences on one side and the port of Valencia on the other. This spectacular location combined with the restaurant’s chic, contemporary interior and head chef Jorg Breton’s innovative menu has earned it a well deserved Michelin star.
C/Luis García Berlanga 19
+34 963 303 800
Restaurante El Poblet
Located in Valencia’s historic centre, El Poblet is part of the group headed by award-winning chef Quique Dacosta that includes his eponymous Dénia based restaurant plus two others in the city. Renowned for his creativity, Dacosta offers an extensive à la carte menu complemented by two interesting and reasonably priced set menus.
+34 961 111 106
Situated in the heart of the city, this elegant restaurant serves unique and creative Mediterranean dishes combined with an extensive wine list. The wonderful eight course tasting menu changes regularly and the restaurant is famous for its hospitality, friendly and helpful staff, and convivial, relaxing atmosphere.
+34 963 817 516
Some of the best Valencian rice dishes can be discovered in the city’s port, watching the waves and listening to live music. At the Arribar restaurant, the owner and singer performs Frank Sinatra songs while you enjoy a drink on the terrace!
Marina Real Juan Carlos I
+34 963 449 757
Café de las Horas
This riot of lush design and unrestrained opulence is a unique place to enjoy food, drinks and events with a seriously glamorous twist. Scarlet drapes, trompe l’oeil walls, candelabra and chandeliers take you back in time and add a sense of Victorian excess, but the entertainment, gastronomy and overall vibe are firmly in the 21st Century.
C/Conde de Almodóvar 1
+34 963 917 336
Palau Alameda is all about quality and style, with chef Nicolás Román offering ‘show cooking in the sky’ in his light, spacious and inviting spaces. Choose from the laid-back Àtic Bar with its fresh, informal personality and great brunches, or Àtic Restó, where Román really lets himself loose and creates gourmet surprises based on his dedication to the best local produce and his own brand of creativity. And later you can move on to Palau Alameda’s club Azza, which combines New York and Bohemian Paris to deliver a unique clubbing experience.
Paseo Alameda esq Arquitecto Mora 2
Combine gambling and cabaret with fine dining at Casino Cirsa, the only place in town to open 24-hours a day for truly uninterrupted entertainment. The avant-garde restaurant ONE Valencia adds a touch of modernity to traditional dishes under the watchful eye of head chef Julio Sanchís and with the intricate genius of pastry maestro Jonathan Rabadán. There’s a large terrace to catch some daylight between hands of Blackjack, and weekly gastronomic days add even more appeal to this landmark venue.
Cortes Valencianas 59
The Voltereta brand offers two very different restaurants in two locations. The more traditional may prefer to take the ‘Benvenido a Casa’ option, with its salads, tacos and risottos in relaxed and welcoming surroundings. Meanwhile, the full Asian experience awaits if you embrace the ‘Benvenido a Bali’, where a fusion menu can be enjoyed amid décor steeped in Balinese sensibility, combining cool wood, lush greenery and fun lighting to deliver seriously characterful dining under the stars.
Benvenido a Casa
Av Cortes Valencianas 26
Benvenido a Bali
Gran Vía del Marqués del Túria 59
Opened by the Michelin starred chef Ricard Camarena and located next to his eponymous restaurant, Canalla Bistro offers a buzzier vibe and a menu with a mix of Mediterranean, Asian and American dishes.
C/Maestro José Serrano 5
+34 963 740 509
Situated in an old mansion house near the Torres de Serranos in the heart of the city, award-winning chef Raúl Aleixandre’s Trencadish offers excellent tapas served in a cosy atmosphere.
C/Padre Tosca 3
+34 963 911 861
Opened in 2010 by the renowned Spanish chef, Quique Dacosta, the stylish Mercatbar is a New York style eatery with a relaxed atmosphere. Popular amongst the younger crowd, this trendy gastrobar offers innovative interpretations of classic tapas served up not by waiters but by the cooks themselves.
C/Joaquín Costa 27
+34 963 748 558
Situated in the heart of the historic centre of Valencia, Lienzo is a minimalist gastrobar serving creative, interesting and delicious tapas in a wonderful atmosphere.
Plaza de Tetuán 18
+34 963 521 081
Situated in the heart of Valencia’s old town, behind the Plaza de la Virgen, the sophisticated and cosmopolitan Mar d’Avellannes offers creative, fresh and light Mediterreanean cuisine in a relaxing setting. Ideal for business lunches and dinners as well as romantic meals with family and friends.
+34 963 925 166
This discrete traditional wine bar is hidden on a tiny residential street in the El Cabañal district of Valencia. Between Puerto de Valencia and Mercado Cabanal, Casa Montaña was founded in 1836 and was a hub for intellectuals and creatives in the Modernista period. Delicious wines by the glass and a tasty simple menu, with some gluten free options.
C/José Benlliure 69
Whether you are meeting up with friends before a night out or treating somone special to a nightcap after dinner, this stylish venue is ideal. The H-Club is located in the Westin Valencia Hotel and boasts a team of experienced bartenders who expertly mix exquisite classic cocktails. There is also a beautiful garden terrace with wicker sofas and armchairs providing a magical environment in which to relax and sip a cool Martini.
C/Amadeo de Saboya 16
+34 963 625 900
Located in Valencia’s Eixample district, Café Balli is set over 2 floors where you can chill out to the best of rhythm and blues, jazz and hip hop. It boasts a fantastic cocktail menu and if you’re feeling brave you can concoct your own with the help of one of its experienced bartenders.
C/Almirante Cadarso 11
+34 963 292 195
Brassa de Mar
Brassa de Mar is the perfect spot to enjoy wonderful Mediterranean cuisine with its seafront terrace and interior restaurant, both offering spectacular sea views.
Avenida Mare Nostrum 50
46120 Alboraya (Valencia)
+34 963 557 046
Located next to Valencia’s Las Arenas beach, the stylish Gabbana Beach Hotel is home to a fantastic cocktail bar, famed for its exceptional mojitos.
Passeig de Neptú 30
+34 963 818 461
La Casa Blanca
An oasis in the heart of the city centre, La Casa Blanca serves some of the best cocktails in town and is famed for its extensive Gin and Tonic menu. It is set over 3 floors, with a cocktail bar, two chill out rooms with comfy sofas (the Silver Room and the Golden Room) and an area that can be reserved for private parties.
Paseo de Ruzafa 10
+34 963 511 250
Wakaya Restaurante & Lounge
The Wakaya Restaurante & Lounge is situated in a privileged location on Playa de Pinedo and boasts wonderful views over the Albufera Natural Park. It is the perfect place to enjoy excellent Mediterranean cuisine and a variety of cocktails whilst relaxing in a spectacular chill out area with a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sun loungers and Balinese beds.
Carrera del Riu 426
+34 963 249 021
La Más Bonita
A fashionable place in Patacona, ideal for a continental breakfast, a healthy snack or a fantastic traditional tea with homemade cakes and fresh fruit juices. The atmosphere is cool and summery with a mix of local and international clients.
Paseo Marítimo de la Patacona 11
+34 961 143 611
Horchatería Daniel in Mercado de Colón
‘Horchata’ is a traditional beverage made from ground tiger nuts, water and sugar, and has its origins in Valencia. Daniel has a legendary establishment in Alboraya and has recently opened in the Mercado de Colón, a Modernista building located between Calle Cirilo Amorós and Calle Jorge Juan.
Take a walk along the lively and colourful Port Saplaya dock and enjoy the local nutty beverage, ‘horchata’, in Horchatería Toni.
Avenida de la Huerta 1
+34 963 556 644
Cocotte & Co, Bakery-Food-Market
Cocotte & Co is a vintage style cosy café that aims to make you feel at home. Enjoy the best handcrafted pastries accompanied by a wide range of coffees and teas. Perfect for a girly catch up or afternoon tea with mum.
Paseo de la Alameda 48
+34 963 236 449
Situated opposite the City of Arts and Sciences, this uber hip club arguably boasts one of most amazing outdoor terraces in all of Spain. With its fabulous white sofa lounge area surrounded by palm trees and its large dance floor with an impressive circular DJ booth, L’Umbracle is the ideal place for a glamorous evening during the hot summer months.
Avenida de Saler 5
+34 671 668 000
Located in the centre of the city in the vibrant Canovas area, this exclusive club boasts a fantastic terrace where you can enjoy eclectic sounds, ranging from jazz to flamenco whilst sampling one of the exquisite cocktails on offer.
Gran Vía Marqués de Turia 40
+34 610 037 236
Las Ánimas Café Bar
With music ranging from jazz to pop, and a great atmosphere, this trendy club is the perfect place to start or end your evening.
+34 902 108 527
If you’re looking for a hotspot on a Friday or Saturday night that is buzzing until 6am in the morning then this is the place! Located in the Palacio de los Congresos area of the city, this is not just a club as there is also a restaurant where you can enjoy an exquisite dinner before hitting the dance floor.
Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas 58
+34 647 849 199
Situated in the vibrant old part of the city, known as the Barrio del Carmen, this former 17th Century palace now houses Calcatta, one of Valencia’s oldest clubs. The club has undergone several renovations and is famed for its unique architecture and distinctive music.
C/Reloj Viejo 4
+34 637 488 505
Located next to Veles e Vents, this ‘terrace on the sea’ hosts DJs, private parties and live music and has the unique feature of being accessible directly by boat. This is a landmark cultural entertainment hub in Port America’s Cup, with a buzzing vibe and a great atmosphere whether you’re enjoying a beer and the view or some late-night clubbing.
Marina Beach Club
This stylish venue offers a wide range of cool beach activities from lounging in hammocks and ordering poolside sushi to chilling in a choice of restaurants or partying the night away to DJs and live music. Located in a great spot between the marina and Las Arenas beach this is one of Valencia’s most stylish places to be seen or simply relax and watch the world go by.
La Marina de Valencia
The wide, bustling street of Calle Colón is the backbone of Valencia’s main shopping area, home to numerous fabulous boutiques and high-end fashion houses. The area is also home to the Mercado de Colón. Situated in a renovated Modernist building and declared a National Monument, it was built in 1914 by the architect Francisco Mora and restored and redesigned in 2003 as a leisure area with shops, restaurants and cafés.
La Milla de Oro de Valencia
La Milla de Oro (the Golden Mile) is an area concentrated around the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas, the streets of Poeta Querol, Salvá and Miñana, and Plaza del Patriarca. Packed with swish designer boutiques, this chic area offers some of the most exclusive and luxuriuos brands, including Hermes, Loewe and Lladró.
Centro Comercial Aqua
Aqua is a stunning new shopping and leisure centre situated by the City of Arts and Sciences. Distributed over 5 floors, it offers numerous shops and upmarket boutiques as well as many places to eat, 10 cinema screens and a sports club with a wellness and spa centre.
+34 963 308 429
Centro Comercial Bonaire
Situated in the outskirts of Valencia, this open-air commerical centre is one of the 3 largest shopping centres in Southern Europe. It covers an area equivalent to 100 football pitches and is home to numerous shops and boutiques as well as a multiplex cinema and a factory outlet centre.
Carretera A3 Km 345
+34 961 579 224
Situated in the north of the city, Arena Multiespacio is characterised by its environmentally friendly building and modern design. The space covers approximately 30,000m² with nearly 100 shops specialising in fashion, accessories, sports and home furnishings, a Carrefour supermarket and many restaurants and cafés.
C/Santa Genoveva Torres 21
+34 963 689 878
Sports Centres & Outdoor/Indoor Activities
La Hípica Club Deportivo
More than just an equestrian centre, La Hípica also offers tennis and padel courts, a swimming pool, a football pitch and a restaurant. It also provides a fabulous venue for all kinds of occasions including weddings, communions and corporate events.
+34 963 615 363
Sporting Club de Tenis
Sporting Club de Tenis offers 8 tennis courts, 5 fast courts and 6 padel courts, as well as a swimming pool, a gym and a spa area with a sauna and a Turkish bath. This family friendly club also has various spaces that can be used for social events, a restaurant and several terraces, providing the perfect place to relax.
Avenida Baleares 29
+34 963 372 625
Piscina de Valencia
Real Club Náutico de Valencia
Founded in 1903, the Real Club Náutico de Valencia is a prestigious sailing club offering numerous sporting activities including sailing, fishing, tennis and padel.
Camino de Canal 91
+34 963 679 011
Tyris Spa Fitness
Tyris Spa Fitness is an exclusive club situated in the heart of Valencia offering a wide range of activities from traditional step and spinning classes to Pilates, yoga and meditation classes, with programmes tailored to suit your individual needs.
Avenida Reino de Valencia 10
+34 963 354 969
For sports lovers, the stunning Malvarrosa and Cabañal beaches are ideal for beach tennis, football and volleyball.
+34 694 419 325
A walk in the Jardín del Turia, beautiful gardens set in the old riverbed of the River Turia
One of Valencia’s best experiences, it is the city’s main green area, with 8km of greenery and countless unique spaces. There are numerous gardens and parks such as the Gulliver Park, ideal for children.
Hotel Spa Balneario las Arenas
The Arenas spa resort is the ideal place to disconnect.
C/Eugenia Viñes 22-24 46011 Valencia +34 963 120 600
Veles e Vents
This innovative and award-winning entertaining space by prestigious architects David Chipperfield and Fermín Vázquez was originally built for the 32nd America’s Cup. It is a must for lovers of culture and entertainment, with 11,000m² and 4 floors of diverse building that seems to float in the air, housing 3 restaurants, entertaining spaces, terraces and beautiful views of the city, marina and Malvarrosa beach.
Marina de València
Muelle de la Aduana s/n
La Casa del Mar
This vast 1,200m² open space pays homage to surfing, beach life and fun in a chic warehouse dedicated to shopping, eating, drinking and enjoying live music. With high ceilings and surfboards punctuated by palm trees and dangling lights La Casa del Mar is very close to the Patacona resort, and although it’s set back from the beach, you’ll believe you can feel the sand between your toes.
Av Novelista Blasco Ibáñez 8
El Bosque Club de Golf
Opened in 1975 and designed by the renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones, El Bosque Club de Golf has hosted some of the most important international championships, such as the Mediterranean Open, the PGA Senior of the European PGA and the Queen’s Cup. With its undulating, tree-lined, park layout, this 18-hole course has been skillfully designed so that all types of golfers can play but the most expert of players can also be challenged.
A3 a Madrid, exit 337
Godelleta Km 4,1
+34 961 808 009
El Parador de El Saler
The Parador de El Saler Golf course is considered by professionals, amateurs and institutions alike to have one of the best course layouts in the world. Built in 1968 by the recognised golf architect, Javier Arana, the course is located in the El Saler Nature Reserve, on the shores of the Mediterranean sea, and offers a varied layout, ranging from beach links to areas of typical Mediterranean forest. The club also offers excellent facilities including a golf school, a driving range, putting greens, a pro-shop, a restaurant and a snack bar.
Avenida de los Pinares 151
46012 El Saler
+34 961 611 186
Club de Golf Escorpión
Set in an attractive, pine covered valley surrounded by undulating hills, this prestigious course is relatively flat with 5 lakes and orange groves acting as the rough. Designed by Ron Kirby, the Club de Golf Escorpión first opened for play in 1975. It was later enlarged, under the supervision of Alfonso Vidaor, to include 9 more holes.
Ctra San Antonio de Benagéber a Bétera s/n
+34 961 601 211
La Galiana Campo de Golf
Opened in 2011, La Galiana Campo de Golf enjoys a spectacular setting in a valley surrounded by pine and orange groves and offers fast greens and a challenging design.
Ctra Alzira – Tabernes de la Valldigna CV-50 Km 11
+34 961 103 838
Club de Golf Oliva Nova
Designed by Severiano Ballesteros, three times British open winner and the most important golfer in Spain, this excellent course is situated close to the resort town of Oliva with a number of strategically positioned lakes. The club also offers excellent facilities including a golf academy with a team of multilingual coaches, a driving range and two putting greens.
Urb Oliva Nova Golf
+34 962 857 666
The Albufera Natural Park
The Albufera Natural Park is home to the largest lake in Spain and one of the most important wetland areas in the Iberian Peninsula. It is a place of great ecological interest with rare species of wading birds and a rich variety of flora and fauna.
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (the City of Arts and Sciences) is a cultural and architectural complex situated at the end of the former riverbed of the Turia River, which was drained and turned into a picturesque sunken park after a catastrophic flood in 1957. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, the complex is home to an IMAX cinema, an interactive science museum, an open-air oceanographic park and an opera house.
Avenida del Profesor López Piñero 7
+34 902 100 031
Catedral de Santa María de Valencia
Situated in the heart of the city’s old town, the Catedral de Santa María de Valencia was built on the site of a Roman temple in the 13th Century. It is an impressive structure that spans a variety of architectural styles, including Baroque, Romanesque and Gothic. The interior contains numerous religious and artistic treasures, and the octagonal tower, El Miguelete, has 207 steps that can be climbed for spectacular views over the cathedral and the city.
Plaza de la Almoina s/n
+34 963 918 127
La Marina Real Juan Carlos I
La Marina Real Juan Carlos I is one of the city’s most important landmarks, not only due to the events that are held there, but also due to its unique buildings. Located in the heart of the city, just north of the commercial port and close to the beach of Las Arenas, it is home to the19th Century Harbour Sheds, the Edificio del Reloj and the Veles e Vents building, the emblem of the new marina. The marina also offers numerous shops, bars and restaurants, with spectacular views, and two docks, both with first class facilities capable of accomodating boats of up to 150m.
Muelle de la Aduana s/n
+34 963 462 007
Mercado Central and La Lonja de la Seda
Dating back to the 13th Century, the Mercado Central is one of Europe’s oldest and biggest markets. It is now situated in a masterpiece of Modernist architecture, covering over 8,000m² with more than 1,000 food stalls, offering everything from fresh fish, fruit and vegetables to spices, dried fruits and flowers.
Built between 1482 and 1548, La Lonja de la Seda is a Gothic style civil building situated in the heart of the city. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of Valencia’s principal tourist attractions.
Plaza Ciudad de Brujas s/n
+34 963 829 100