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All About Valencia
Founded by the Romans in 138 B.C., there is plenty of history in Valencia. Spain’s Mediterranean port town was excavated in the mid-1980s, allowing visitors to catch a glimpse of what life was like here thousands of years ago. Don’t fancy yourself a history buff? Valencia is also home to top-notch Mediterranean beaches, all accessible from the city center, and a regional cuisine that includes such world-famous dishes as paella. If you’re travelling as a family, it’s worth checking out the City of Arts and Sciences where you can find a range of impressive buildings. Those of you in search of an urban adventure should head to Parque de Cabecera, where you can rent a paddle boat before kicking back with a picnic on the perfectly pruned lawns with the locals.
The best time to stay in a holiday rental in Valencia
Valencia’s Mediterranean climate makes it a great place to visit all year long. If you’re looking to make the most of its beaches, then July and August are the hottest months, when the sea water is warm and inviting. But if you’re more interested in exploring the city’s monuments and museums, then both autumn and spring are great seasons to stroll around the city without having to reach for your fan every five minutes. Those looking to experience local culture should reserve their villa in Valencia for mid-March when the famous Las Fallas celebrations take place across the city. The events, which are held in commemoration of Saint Joseph, involve handmade monuments being ceremonially burnt, in addition to spectacular firework displays.
Top things to do in Valencia
The Historic Quarter
The historic heart of Valencia is ideal for those who love to stroll. Within this maze of narrow streets you’ll find most of the city’s major sites, not to mention charming cafes and artisan shops. There’s no better place to pick up some authentic souvenirs for friends and family back home. Pay a visit to the popular Plaza de la Reina for traditional churros before climbing the Quart and Serranos towers, which once formed part of the ancient city walls.
Catch a glimpse of the chalice
One of Valencia’s most intriguing attractions lies inside the walls of the city’s cathedral. It’s claimed that this religious building is home to what is known by Christians as the Holy Grail, the chalice that Jesus is said to have drank from at the Last Supper. In fact, there was even an attempt by a former mayoress to rename Valencia “The City of the Holy Grail” in order to attract more visitors.
Shop with the locals
One of the most emblematic buildings in the city, the Central Market is a sight to behold, as is the selection of meats, cheeses, fish, and spices all available inside. Once you’ve sampled a few traditional dishes, there are plenty of bars and cafes where you can grab a refreshing horchata.