Doing Valencia like a local

This travel post is a bit curious since I have never been to Valencia myself. However, when my parents booked a weekend in this lovely city a couple of months ago, they asked if I could do a bit of research for them. So I dived into my favourite travel sites and asked my Spanish friends who are from Valencia and know the city very well. Finally, I put together this itinerary for my parents who really enjoyed themselves and I will definitely have to test it myself soon.


Day 1

Focusing on the historical part

Mercado Central
Iconic Food Market
Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, 46001

La Lonja de la Seda
Grandiose architectural details
Carrer de la Llotja, 2, 46001

Ciutat Vella + Catedral de València
Visit the gothic cathedral and a stroll around the old town
Plaça de l'Almoina, 46003

Sidrería El Molinón
Stop for some typical tapas
Carrer de la Bosseria, 40, 46001

Plaza de la Reina
Pass by the main square
Plaça de la Reina, 46000

Chocolatería Valor
Afternoon break for some coffee and churroz
Plaça de la Reina, 20, 46003

Canalla Bistro
Dine with the locals, but make sure to book a table well in advance
Carrer del Mestre Josep Serrano, 5, 46005

Day 2

The other side of town

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Inconic development with impressive modern architecture
Av. del Professor López Piñero, 7, 46013

Casa Carmela
Enjoy some paella for lunch, but book in advance
Carrer d'Isabel de Villena, 155, 46011

El Cabanyal
Walk along the beach or the promenade to the fisherman’s quarter

Casa Montañ
And finish the day with some more tapas
Carrer de Josep Benlliure, 69, 46011


Here are a few places that were recommended by my friends that did not fit into the two-day itinerary.

Coffee and Churroz

Café de las Horas
Carrer del Comte d'Almodóvar, 1, 46003

Daniels Mercado de Colon
Mercado de Colón, Carrer de Jorge Juan, 19, 46004

Horchateria Santa Catalina
Plaça de Santa Caterina, 6, 46001

Horchateria Fabian
Carrer de Ciscar, 5, 46005

Food and Paella

Carrer d'Àngel Guimerà, 61, 46008

La Riua
Carrer del Mar, 27, 46003

Las Carabelas
Passeig de Neptú, 18, 46011

El Forn del Carmen
Carrer de Sant Ramon, 2, 46003

The Hip Places

El Carmen

Carrer de l'Historiador Diago, 24, 46007

Bodega La Pascuala
Carrer del Dr. Lluch, 297, 46011

Bocado Bar
Passeig de l'Albereda, 1, 46010

Mercado de San Valero
Gran Via de les Germanies, 21, 46004

Daniels Mercado de Colon
Mercado de Colón, Carrer de Jorge Juan, 19, 46004

Horchateria Fabian
Carrer de Ciscar, 5, 46005

Old Town and Sightseeing

La Plaza Redonda

Torres de Serranos

Torre del Micalet


Walk along or rent a bike from the Jardin del Turia untill the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

Visit and walk along the harbour to discover some more modern architecture and stop by one of the many bars.

Go to La Albufera and take a boat tour, check details online.

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