My Guide To The Trendiest Spots In Valencia In 2018/2019
We’ve been to Valencia many times and in different seasons this year…which is why, I could not help but create a list of my favourite things to do in this bright and colourful city. No matter when you are travelling, and with whom, there is always a fantastic set of activities in Valencia for all kinds of inspired travelers.
Chic food & cocktail spots in Valencia
I am a fan of places with a unique ambience, and, luckily, we managed to find a couple of them:
Dos Lunas Beach
If you are looking for a chic food and drinks place by the sea in Valencia, the Dos Lunas Beach Restaurant is exactly what you need. The location is terrific - a stone’s throw from the beach, yet away from the crowds and wind. The interiors are bright and colourful, while dishes and cocktails impress both with their taste and the way they are served.
Make sure to try their tuna with avocado and wasabi & a-h-h-mazing cocktails:
Address: Marina Real Juan Carlos I, s/n, 46024 Valencia
Mercado de Colón (Colon Market)
Colon Market is a beautiful conglomerate of cafes and restaurants gathered together in a stunning building of the ex-market. It is truly gorgeous both from the inside and outside, and offers you a wide choice of cafes and restaurants to have a cup of coffee, wine, or whatever you prefer :) It is perfect for the summer time as most of the sitting places are located in the open air.
Besides, people still come here in winter thanks to the charming festive decorations and Christmas atmopshere of the market, and enjoy the warmth coming from the heaters. This, however, was not enough for us, which is why we asked to heat us some wine with sugar (unfortunately, Spaniards are not much aware of my beloved Glühwein).
Address: Carrer de Jorge Juan, 19, 46004 València
Dodowear & Lounge
Dodowear & Lounge is one of the coziest spots in Valencia that I was lucky to visit. It combines a bar, a restaurant and a small shop with clothes and accessories. Needless to say, I could not resist going inside and ordering a smoothie (well, also a glass of champaign:) when I saw these magical lights and its wooden design.
It is truly worth visiting thanks to it unique ambience - you will crave to take a picture at every corner :)
Address: Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Carrer de les Barques, 5, 46002 Valencia
L'Oceanografic Submarino Restaurant
If you are looking for something special and thrilling for a romantic getaway in Valencia, visit the underwater restaurant belonging to Valencian L'Oceanografic centre. It is a round aquarium engirding the entire restaurant, which creates a mystical effect, making you feel as if you were dining in a submarine or at an underwater station.
The set menu is quite expensive, although the entire experience would perfectly fit a romantic evening. Note that it’s necessary to book your experience in the restaurant in advance, as it’s only opened within limited hours.
Actually, the L’Oceanografic Centre itself is a fabulous place to spend a day with friends or family members; We have been to several other aquariums before, including the one in Barcelona, but Valencia has impressed us the most. The centre is huge and is divided into several pavilions, each of those is designed in its unique way. They even have penguins and belugas!
Address: Carrer d'Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 1b, 46013 València
Beach Time & Partying in Valencia
Marina Beach Club
To be honest, as soon I came across this place, I fell in love immediately and forever, and going there definitely stands on the top of my list of coolest activities in Valencia. Marina Beach Club is a restaurant, bar, nightclub, beach club and pool club at one time. It has a restaurant, two bars, a DJ (two DJs, in fact), a dancing floor, various sitting areas, an infinity pool, a pool bar and a beach zone. The music is always trendy - lounge, yet suitable for dancing in the daytime and electronic at night (depends on the DJ, of course), the interiors are super modern and Instagram worthy.
You don't need to pay for the day entrance unless you want to book the big sunbeds: you can choose any table, including those pool tables for free depending on availability (take caution as the place is really trendy and can get quite busy). If you want to sunbathe all day long on this huge round chaise lounge, you should pay EUR 20 per person - this would also include the waiter service, i.e. waiters bringing food and drinks directly to your spot.
As for the restaurant (it exists somewhat separately from the bar and pool club area), although the food is delicious, I would not recommend going there if you are in a hurry as the service is very slow.
Address: Carrer Marina Real Juan Carlos I, s/n, 46011 Valencia
Top sites and attractions to visit in Valencia
In addition to the white sand beaches and all sorts of restaurants restaurants & bars, Valencia is also a great place to explore culture and admire the - one - of - a - kind architecture:
City of Arts and Sciences
City of Arts and Sciences is definitely one of the most known and appreciated spots in the city. It is a huge futuristic complex that includes a theatre, a botanic garden, a science museum, L’Oceanografic and other entities. If you have a full day to explore it, I would recommend buying one ticket that covers all the activities (including the aquarium).
Even if you are in a hurry, it’s still worth to walk around and take several pictures: you will feel as if you were a part of a futuristic universe from an old movie, which only lacks flying cars and aliens to make the picture complete ;)
Address: Av. del Professor López Piñero, 7, 46013 València
After exploring the Arts and Sciences museums, head to the city centre and make sure to pass through the Parc Gulliver where you will find peaceful green settings, beautiful architecture and locals enjoying their free time in the fresh air.
Address: Jardín del Turia, s/n, 46023 Valencia
Old Town of Valencia
As you walk through the Parc Gulliver and further towards the city centre, you can go shopping in Corte Ingles or shops on the nearby streets, have a coffee or caña in the Colon market, mentioned above, and enjoy the grand Spanish architecture at its best. However, for more authentical experience and unique ambience, head to the Old Town and have dinner in one of its outdoor cafes hidden in the narrow streets and lodged between the ancient walls.
Accomodation in Valencia
If you prefer to stay away from the centre and closer to the Centre of Science & Arts, some shopping malls , and to the beach, go for the Eurostars Rey Don Jaime Hotel, or stick to a more compfortable option for travel groups of 3+ and book a night at this marvellous Air BnB property that really exceeded our expectations.
In case you decide to live closer to the city centre (which I recommend, first of all, for the winter and autumn time when it’s too cold for swimming and sunbathing), opt for a stay at the luxurious Hospes Palau de Mar, with its gorgerous interiors and a spa complex,
Where to stay in Valencia:
Eurostars Rey Don Jaime Hotel
Av. de les Balears, 2, 46023 València
Apartments close to City of Science and beach
Hospes Palau de la Mar
Avinguda de Navarro Reverter, 14, 46004 València