The architecture is incredible, the old town streets are remarkable and the Spanish cuisine is our favourite. Make sure you visit the Mercado Central, bike ride through Parque Turia and laze around on the Malvarossa beach. The water is lovely and warm right through until November time.
La Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias
Unlike anything you’ve ever seen, apart from maybe in a crazy sci-fi futuristic film. This complex is something that can’t really be explained until you are stood underneath it. Home to L’Umbracle, an outdoor nightclub, an opera house, science and art centres, it’s awesome.
Take a walk through Russafa
Really cool area of shops, bars and cafes in the centre of Valencia. Book shops that turn into bars, parks that turn into venues, it’s really worth strolling and chilling.
Explore El Carmen and El Mercado Central
Stroll through the old town and explore the Central Mercat. It's a beautiful old building and full of a wide range of fresh produce. It also has restaurants to eat inside with delicious Spanish food. It’s open everyday from 8:00-2:00 and always has a buzzing atmosphere. The stand called “Retrogusto CoffeeMates” serves great coffee!
Cycle Through La Turia
You’ll most likely be treated with days of sunshine on the East coast of Spain so hop on a bike and cycle through Parque Turia and stop off for some freshly squeezed orange juice, famous in Valencia.
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The ‘valenbisi’ is a bike scheme which is incredibly popular in Valencia. This is highly pragmatic and given how cheap it is (30 euros for a years subscription) it is definitely worth it, not to mention it is really fun as well! Get yourself a Mobilis card from the Tobaco store. You can put your Valenbisi membership on there (buy online), as well as add metro/bus journeys for a very cheap price. A yearly valenbisi membership is around 20 euros, but is without doubt the most economical and efficient way to get round with the high abundance of bike lanes even on the busiest roads.
Valencia does not have Uber, but it does use “Cabify” and “Free Now” which are similar. BlaBlaCar is great to get to other cities in Spain. Also, renting a car and going with friends is also relatively easy and usually costs less then train fares.
The metro is quite good as well, with 2 or 3 lines running through the city. Valencia has 2 train stations that are well connected to other parts of Spain.
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Barcelona is mostly a fairly flat city, where it’s always sunny, so getting around by bike is a very good option. Barcelona has its own version of Boris bikes called Bicing. Also apps like Yego where you can rent mopeds all over the city for around 20 cents a minute.
It is also a good option to buy a T-10 card. With this card you will have 10 trips on all public transport, otherwise it’s €2.20 per ride. The metro runs 5am to midnight Sunday to Thursday, till 2am on Friday and 24 hours on Saturday.
Avoid Uber if you can. It’s a very small city, so its very easy to walk places. FreeNow is a reliable taxi service around the city.