For years, Valencia has been a popular destination for Spanish seeking a break in a historic city, grand carnivals and beaches. Over the years, Americans, tourists from other Europeans countries and recently also Asians have discovered Valencia. Some visitors like to explore the historic city center, others admire the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences, sun lovers head to the beaches, whereas others want to join a genuine Spanish fiesta. A travel guide shows you what the city of Valencia has to offer for visitors.
Travel guide to Valencia, Spain
Valencia is perhaps best known as the home of paella (a rice dish), the home of the Holy Grail (you can see it in the Cathedral), lively old town, and unique science center. Yet, there are many more curiosities in the city.
The legend of bat
If a visitor doesn’t know about the historic bat legends of Valencia, he or she may miss many bat statues and images. They are actually visible all over the city, on the facades of public buildings, towers and even on streets. Many stories about bats saving the city, waking up soldiers to fight against an enemy, and leading them to victory are familiar to local people.
When to visit
Spanish culture and customs differ from the rest of Europe. Valencia was founded by Romans, ruled by Arabs for five centuries, and the dictatorship of Franco ended only 1975. The travel guide also gives tips to those elements of the Spanish culture that tourists are likely to encounter.
Here are a few tips to determine when to visit Valencia.
- Summer months are warm and very humid, which is why people like to escape to the beach or to the mountains to cool off (make sure your accommodation has air-conditioning).
- If you want to join a massive carnival, the Fallas in March is your choice.
- It is party time in the old city center every weekend, and every day is an exciting day in the City of Arts and Sciences.
- For outdoor activities, or exploring the city on foot or by bicycle, autumn, winter and spring are the perfect seasons.