Valencia & Costa del Azahar Destination Guide

The ‘Orange Blossom Coast’ is located in the province of Valencia and has an unspoilt, breath-taking countryside with lemon and orange groves, nature reserves and pristine beaches. The local cuisine is based largely on fresh seafood and rice. Paella is unquestionably one of the most popular, and famous, dishes as well as Tombet del Maestrzgo, a traditional soup. This area has a fantastic climate with warm, sunny weather throughout the year. The nearest major airport is located in the city of Valencia.

As Spain’s third largest city, Valencia is, of course, a lively metropolis with a mix of contemporary and traditional architecture and a wonderful combination of city, sea and sunny weather. There is over 100 km of coastline.

Activities

The beaches are very well maintained with excellent facilities and plenty of water-based activities on offer. These include sailing, swimming, kite surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. In the old town, of El Carmen, there are some incredible museums and art galleries, as well as the Valencia Cathedral. This was constructed in the 13th century and claims to hold the Holy Grail. The incredible views from atop the Miguelete bell tower are unquestionably worth the climb.

The nightlife in Valencia is unmatched. You can often find musicians playing their instruments and singing outside one of the many pubs and restaurants. Plaza de la Reina is located in the old town. It is a great location for enjoying a drink and a traditional meal. Plaza Redonda has a slightly quirkier reputation, with its circular design and unique stalls selling souvenirs and local crafts. Valencia is probably most famous for its delicious Paella. In particular, the combination of chicken and rabbit. Aside from the many cultural and historical sites, there are beautiful public gardens, and a central market with around 1 000 stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to meat, cheeses and even sweets. Just opposite the market, you will find La Lonja de la Seda. This is a 15th-century silk exchange market and has been named a UNESCO world heritage site.

The Fallas festival, which takes place in March, is an interesting experience. There are street parties, parades, fireworks and even an array of over-the-top, eccentric statues and figurines. The climate is very pleasant. With warm sunny days throughout the year, it is without a doubt incredibly popular destination for tourists.

Travel

Valencia airport is conveniently located approximately 10 km from the city centre.