I had been wanting to visit Valencia ever since my best friend, Maria moved there to study, 4 years ago 😑 I know it took 4 years but I finally visited her! It was a week before Fallas (a traditional celebration exclusive to Valencia) and also my birthday fell on a Saturday so I decided it’s now or never and booked tickets to Valencia ✈️.
I instantly fell in love with this Spanish city and am already looking forward to planning another trip there 😜. The city itself is just beautiful, the food was amazing and the general atmosphere and vibe was so relaxed but also lively! I also want to thank Maria for planning the perfect weekend in Valencia and managing to show me so much of it in just 2 days! So this post, and all the stunning places we visited are all thanks to her, thank you Maria 😘.
1. Old Valencia
Valencia as a city is stunning! Especially old Valencia: cobbled roads, colourful buildings with cute balconies, and a vibrant atmosphere. I was happy spending the morning just walking through the alleyways in old town Valencia.
I honestly fell in love with the architecture in the old town, it might not seem like anything special but I loved the simplicity of the rows of buildings, each with their own character and colours! It adds such a happy colourful vibe to the town and with the sun shining through I couldn’t stop taking photos!
We took the metro to Carnival station and walked from there, taking in the city along the way.
We also went for brunch at Federal cafe, but I’ll be writing another blog post about the best places to eat and drink in Valencia soon!
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One of my favourite things about the Old Town in Valencia is the buildings, each with its own individual personality 🌇 rows of colourful buildings, cute balconies each decorated differently with potted plants and flags 🌿🇪🇸 . For more photos of Old Town and more places to go in Valencia check out my latest blog through the link in my bio: 7 Stunning Places in Valencia ❤ . #valencia #love_valencia #spain #oldbuilding #oldtown #architecture #buildings #europeancity #streetphotography #travelphotography #travelpostdaily #travelblog #building #city #cityphotography #cityscape #weekendgetaway #bestplacestogo #canon700d #coffeetravelrepeat
2. Torres de Quart
We had planned to visit Torres de Serrano but as we were exploring the streets in the old town we came across Torres de Quart. Both the towers are in the city, but this tower was closer to our next destination so we figured visit this one instead. It only cost €1.50 for a student ticket, so we paid and up we went.
It’s not a very big tower but you get a lovely view of the city from the top! You also get a 360º view of the city and you can stay as long as you want just observing Valencia from above. We could even see Torres de Serrano on the other side of the city!
It’s a lovely spot for photos with the old brick walls or Valencia’s colourful buildings in the background!
3. Botanic Gardens
Next we made our way to the Botanical Gardens, it’s only about a 5 minute walk from the towers! A student ticket here cost €2 only! The botanical gardens are actually part of the university: Jardí Botànic de la Universitat de València. And it’s simply a peaceful oasis in the middle of a vibrant city.
Once you enter all you see is greenery, the sun shining through, birds chirping and it was a welcome break from walking through the busy streets all morning. We spent about a couple of hours here, relaxing on a bench, under the sun, taking it all in.
I also found it fascinating looking at trees and plants from different places around the globe, tropical plants from Japan to palm trees from Mexico. Also if you’re a cat lover like me you’ll love this place even more, there are quite a few cats strolling through the greenery 😸.
There are also several greenhouses with different types of plants including one with just orchids and another with carnivorous plants!
I definitely recommend visiting the botanical garden it’s such a beautiful place! Also living in London, it was nice to be surrounded by so much nature for a change!
4. Arts and Science Center
Now you’ve seen old Valencia it’s time to see some modern architecture at the Arts and Science Centre or “Opera house” of Valencia. A cultural centre and of stunning piece of architecture!
These building were designed by Santiago Calatrava, a Valencia born architect and structural designer, who also designed the olympic stadium in Athens!
There’s a lot you can do here, from seeing exhibitions, to canoeing in a man made lake or simply just admiring the buildings!
There is also the Umbracle which is a sculpture park under futuristic arches It’s worth coming just for this place! Under the arches the park is lined with palm trees, combining modern architecture and nature beautifully!
Also perfect spot for that artsy insta shot 😉
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I might be a tad palm tree obsessed so I instantly fell in love with this stunning sculpture park at the Valencia Arts and Science Park. Talk about the perfect place for an insta shot … 🌴 I mean look at it! It's the perfect blend of modern architecture and natural greenery! There is so much to do and see here at Valencia's most popular modern tourist spot. 🎨 The architecture itself is worth seeing! The whole Park was designed by Santiago Calatrava who also designed Athena's Olympic stadium! ✍️🏻 Check out my latest blog post 7 STUNNING PLACES IN VALENCIA for more photos on the modern architecture and other places to visit in Valencia! Link is in my bio! 🌇 #valencia #santiagocalatrava #architecture #palmtrees #travelphotography #travelpostdaily #travelblog #blogger #blog #roamingwomen #cypriottraveller #spain #passionpassport #seetheworld #sculpture #artsandscience #femaletraveler #curlyhair #coffeetravelrepeat
5. Ria del Turia Park
While you’re at the Arts and Science Centre, take a stroll along Ria del Turia Park, right next to the Arts building.
I didn’t manage to see much of it, but did enjoy the sun beginning to set against this beautiful sculpture. The park runs throughout the whole city so check it out if you happen to be near it, chances are you probably will be!
6. Fallas Fireworks
I know this isn’t a place but if you can you should definitely try and visit Valencia during or near Fallas. Fallas is a week long celebration, but the celebrations started at least a week before, when I was there.
Walking around at night during Fallas, the streets are alive, if not busier than during the day! Churro stands, sculptures, lights, fire crackers going off, the Valencians really go all out for Fallas. Not to mention the amazing fireworks displays they put on! 🎆 Definitely worth seeing!
7. Playa de Malvarossa
I may have saved the best till last because come on not much beats a day by the beach. Especially a beautiful beach like Playa de Malvarossa with a palm tree lined boardwalk and deep blue sea 🌊.
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Don't know what it is about palm trees but there's something so peaceful about standing under one 🌴 especially when you have clear blue skies and an ocean breeze 🌊 anyone else as palm tree crazed as me? 😄 . This was at Playa de Malvarossa in Valencia 🇪🇸 number 7 on my list of 7 Stunning Places in Valencia 👌 click the link in my bio to read about the other 6 😉 . #traveler #travelphotography #palmtrees #oceanbreeze #travelpostdaily #travelblog #blogger #valencia #spain #passionpassport #wanderingtourist #fridaymood #igdaily #nature #naturephotography #bluesky #bluesea #seascape #beachbum #beachday #beachwaves #bestplacestogo #roamingwomen #seetheworld #palmtree #sandy #cypriottraveller #coffeetravelrepeat
I mean come on just look at all these palm trees! I am a sucker for plam trees and blue seas, so this was the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday in Valencia before I flew back to London.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my post and get to check out these places for yourself! If you liked it then feel free to share it and make sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest to see my next posts! Safe travels! 😘