Valencia

Spain’s third biggest city is one of the country’s underrated hotspots, with its magnificent Old Town full of picturesque plazas and orange blossoms, its huge stretch of sandy beaches (a perfect spot for a paella maybe!?) and the “pinch me, I’m dreaming” City of Arts & Sciences. We’ve prepared one of our famous weekend guides, and stories on everything from Russafa to the Turia gardens.

las-fallas-festival-sharper

Hard to describe, impossible to forget: Sam Howe urges us to give in to our primal instincts and join Valencia in celebrating Spain’s most spectacular festival. It always goes off with a bang… To prepare for Las Fallas, I asked seasoned Valencians to describe what I should be bracing myself…

albufera-lake-valencia

Just a short drive from Valencia lies Albufera lagoon, a vast and surreal wetland that is home to Spain’s largest lake and the region’s famous rice fields. Duncan Rhodes explores by boat… Rarely has a grey and gloomy day appeared quite so enchanting to me as it did on the day of my…

valencia-paella-restaurants

No seafood please, we're Spanish! The Editor embarks on a quest to try the authentic Valencian-style paella, which has its roots in the marshes and not the Mediterranean as many people believe...

russafa-district-valencia

For one reason or another the area around the train station in any given city was always one of the least desirable areas of town and rife with drugs and petty crime. Walking around today, it's hard to believe that not so long ago Ruzafa was that district...

turia-gardens-valencia-spain

Where once a river ran through it, now 9 kms of park snake through the heart of the city. The Editor explores Valencia’s green belt by bike, finishing the day at the sensational City of Arts and Sciences… It’s T-shirt weather in Valencia in December, as I pedal from my hotel to the nearby Turia…