A Guide to Valencia: a vibrant, cosmopolitan region offering magnificent beaches and endless cultural activities
Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, is strategically located in the middle of the Mediterranean coastline, equidistant from Madrid and Barcelona.
Being home to the most important container port on the western Mediterranean coast and one of the world’s largest trade fair centres, El Palacio de Congresos, Valencia attracts a significant number of international visitors every year for business. Having hosted world class sporting events such as The America’s Cup competitions, the European Grand Prix of F1 racing and the Valencia Open 500 tennis tournament, it has rapidly developed into a vibrant, attractive city, boasting modern facilities and noteworthy tourist attractions such as the City of Arts and Sciences.
With 300 days of sunshine a year, an average temperature of 18ºC, over 20km of beaches and fine local cuisine (the star dish being the paella), Valencia is an ever popular choice with visitors to Spain both for vacations and relocation.
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.
Voramar beach, Benicàssim
Located in the province of Castellón, about an hour’s drive from the centre of Valencia, Voramar beach is home to some of the most beautiful villas on the Benicàssim coast. This blue flag beach boasts fine golden sands and is protected by the nearby Sierra de Oropesa.
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 cusines 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
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
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
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
Events (from Jan 14)
Arenal Sound is a pop-rock, indie and electronic music festival held on the beach in Burriana, a coastal town in the province of Castellón, about an hour’s drive from the centre of Valencia. This sun drenched music festival has been taking place since 2010. With its breathtaking beach setting and glorious Spanish sun, the festival is renowned for its amazing party atmosphere where over 100,000 revellers can also enjoy numerous beach activities.
31 July – 3 August 2014
The Valencia Marathon is held annually in the historic city of Valencia which, with its entirely flat circuit and perfect November temperature, averaging between 12 and 17 degrees, provides the ideal setting for such a long distance sporting challenge. Starting and finishing at the City of Arts and Sciences, the route takes you alongside the Mediterranean coastline and past many of the city’s major sights, including the Formula 1 circuit and The America’s Cup port.
16 November 2104
Valencia Open 500
The Valencia Open 500 is a professional tennis tournament played as part of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour. It was first played in Valencia in 1995 before moving to Marbella for the 1996 and 1997 tournaments. From 1998 to 2002 the event was held in Mallorca before finally moving back to its original location in 2003.
18 – 26 October 2014
El Gran Premio de la Comunidad Valenciana del Campeonato Mundial de Motociclismo
This event has taken place at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo since 1999, putting Valencia firmly on the map of the motorcycling world. Situated in the municipality of Cheste, the circuit is just 20km from the centre of Valencia and 5km from Manises International Airport.
7 – 9 November 2014
Now in its 5th year, the Toro Loco Valencia Triathlon takes place in September in La Marina Real Juan Carlos I. With more people participating every year, the race includes the following categories: women’s triathlon, super-sprint, paratriathlon, sprint and Olympic triathlon.
6 – 7 September 2014
Mediterranean Equestrian Tour
Now in its 3rd year, the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour is an international hurdling competition that takes place in Oliva Nova, with three tours throughout the year. With over 2,300 horses expected to participate this year, it is now considered one of the most important Equestrian shows in Europe.
14 – 26 January 2014
11 February – 2 March 2014
18 March – 6 April 2014
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
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
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