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Things to do in Valencia – To learn, to relax, to enjoy

Interesting things to do in Valencia: Learning New Skills

Learn English and Spanish

Among the things to do in Valencia while staying at City Garden B&B is learning Spanish or English with a professional, experienced, native language instructor. Classes are interesting, practical and 100% conversation. During the sessions you will get an insider’s view on the best of Valencia, for example: where to attend free concerts in beautiful historic buildings, where to enjoy the freshest, most authentic Valenician dishes for a reasonable price, and where to find a beach to have all to yourself. You will be living Valencia like a local as you improve your foreign language skills.

The classes are offered in City Garden and are personalized for you or your group.

Rates:

  •  One-on-one class: 25 euros/hr, 35euros/1.5 hr.
  •  Group of 2  students: 15 euros per student/hr.
  •  Groups of 3-6 students: 12 euros per student/hr.
  •  We can also accommodate larger groups.
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Learn Spanish Cooking

Among the fun things to do in Valencia is attending a Spanish cooking class. Spaniards are among the most well-fed people on the Earth. Their lifestyle revolves around food, and for a good reason. Traditional Spanish cuisine is simple, ingredient-driven fare. No fancy sauces are needed. The star of the show is the unmatched quality of the basic ingredients: the farm-fresh fruit and vegetables, the variety of locally caught fish and seafood, as well as the other outstanding products of this rich, sun-drenched land–olive oil; wines, both red and white; saffron and smoked paprika de la Vera.

While staying at City Garden B&B you can attend a hands-on Spanish cooking workshop in our kitchen. Groups will be small and we will eat what we prepare. The instructor is an expert in Spanish cuisine who has years of experience sharing the joy of Spanish cooking with international visitors to Valencia.

Mediterranean Summer Menu Course

  • All dishes start with basic ingredients, ie. Flour, olive oil, green peppers, Valencia tomatoes, salt, etc…
  • Although all the dishes are made from scratch, they are easy enough to prepare at home.
  • Maximum 8 students per class
  • The session is 3 hours long and includes a meal at the end in which you enjoy the dishes you prepared with a local wine and coffee.
  • Price: 75 euros

Mediterranean Summer Menu

1. Coca Mallorquina

2. Gazpacho

3. Torrijas

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Healthy things to do in Valencia: Relaxation and wellness

Morning Mindfullness on the Terrace

Relaxing things to do in Valencia on your Mediterranean vacation include practicing Mindfulness. In a quiet corner of City Garden’s private terrace, each morning you are invited to join your host, a certified mindfulness instructor, in a one-hour meditation session.

Groups will be small, a maximum of 10 people. Sitting comfortably in chairs or on cushions, in the shade beneath the leafy trellis, your host will lead a series of guided meditations designed to strengthen attentional focus, open awareness to our present moment experience, and nourish the natural reservoir of loving kindness and compassion that we all have within us.

Daily sessions

  • The sessions are open to any guest of City Garden. You may attend as many days as you like.
  • You may choose the session that is most convenient for you. There is a session from 9:00 to 10:00 am. and another from 10:00 to 11:00 am.
  • The price is 15 euros per session.

Special sessions

  • One-on-one instruction is also available upon request. Price: 30 euros per one hour session.
  • We can also accommodate groups, creating customized courses to meet your specific needs.

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City Garden Wellness Package

Among the things to do in Valencia that we are most proud to offer is our Wellness Package. We are privileged to be the only hotelier in Valencia offering a Spa Holiday in collaboration with Tyris Spa and Fitness Centre, Valencia’s most complete premium Gym and Spa complex.

Tyris Spa is only a 3 minute walk from City Garden and is open 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 11:00 weekdays and 8:00 am to 9:00 weekends.

In the Fitness area of Tyris you can train in the large gym which is complete with all the top of the line training equipment that you would expect, as well as attend group classes in a large variety of activities, including Pilates, body pump and spinning.

The Spa area of Tyris is among the best in its class. The atmosphere is calm and soothing in its entirety. The sounds of the bubbling water, the gentle lighting, the aroma of cedar and eucalyptus all lend themselves to carry your cares away. The extensive instalations include: a lap pool for swimming, an enormous hot-tub pool with a jet massage for every taste, Turkish sauna, Finnish sauna, cold plunge pool and much more.

Special rates for City Garden guests

  • 50€ for 5 days (normal price es 25€ per day)
  • 15 euros per day
  • These rates include full use of the both the fitness and spa facilities, and a small and large bath towel.

*The Spa also offers a large array of health and beauty treatments at an additional cost.

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Neighbourhoods and Monuments

Valencia is a truly Mediterranean city, welcoming and full of charm. The cobblestone streets, colourful façades, balconies, and of course the Valencianos and their live-for-the-day culture are a seductive combination that leave visitors enchanted. It makes just walking its streets one of the best things to do in Valencia.

The Old City Centre

EL CARMEN

EL CARMEN

El Carmen is the city’s oldest neighbourhood and a journey through history. There are also cafés and restaurants where you can stop and refuel. A walk through El Carmen is a must for any visitor to Valencia. On the edges this district you will find the Quart and the Serrano Towers.

SILK EXCHANGE

SILK EXCHANGE

Declared as a World Heritage Monument by Unesco, the Lonja is a jewel of civic gothic architecture, some experts considering it the best example of this style in Europe. It is an emblematic building representative of Valencia’s wealth during the golden, XV century.

CENTRAL MARKET

CENTRAL MARKET

The Central Market of Valencia, built in 1928, is the largest in Europe and is a spectacular example of pre-modernist architecture. The Central Market, where you will find local Mediterranean products, is a favourite of Valencians and visitors alike.

THE CATHEDRAL

THE CATHEDRAL

Constructed on the XIII century on top of a Roman temple and later a mosque, it cannot be classified as any one style because several historical styles coexist in its architecture. We recommend you enjoy a spectacular view of the city from the top of Miguelete bell tower.

The Central Ensanche District of Valencia

Ensanche means expansion in Spanish, and it refers to the neighbourhoods in the city just outside what would have been the original walls of the Old City Centre. It is comprised of Ruzafa, El Pla del Remei and Gran Vía neighbourhoods. This area is a cultural delight. One of  the favourite things to do in Valencia is simply roaming these streets and discovering for yourself. You will find buildings from the Renaissance and baroque eras, as well as numerous small squares with fountains and narrow pedestrian walkways. City Hall Square is the largest and most central square in Valencia. It is adorned by a big central fountain, colourful florists, and is surrounded by some of the city’s most emblematic buildings: City Hall, The Post Office, The Bullring, and the North Train Station, among others.

CITY HALL

CITY HALL

This imposing building was built at the beginning of 20th century in a modernist style. It is well worth going inside to see the monumental marble staircase, and to visit the Crystal Room and the Assembly Hall to enjoy their delightful decorative details.

POST OFFICE

POST OFFICE

This building was also designed at the beginning of 20th century and has been recently restored. Among its highlights are the façade and the telegraph antenna. Today it is still the city’s main Post Office.

NORTH RAILWAY STATION

NORTH RAILWAY STATION

The North Railway Station, designed by Demetrio Ribes, is another fine example of the Valencia’s modernist architecture. Highlights include exceptional ceramic mosaics depicting Valencia’s farm life, with lots of oranges, as well as the beautiful stained glass windows, and intricate ironwork.

BULLRING

BULLRING

Next to the Station is Valencia´s Bullring. It was built in a neo-classical style between 1850 and 1860. The major bullfights take place during the “Fallas” festival and during the July Fair. This arena is also used for other cultural events such as concerts, exhibits and festivals.

Museums and Expositions

With more than 40 museums, Valencia is a paradise for culture lovers. Whether you are a fan of Modern Art or History, Science and or Spanish culture, there is a museum for you. Our short list of cultural things to do in Valencia includes:

IVAM - Valencia Institute Of Modern Art

IVAM - Valencia Institute of Modern Art

This museum promotes the 20th century art, with permanent exhibitions of Julio Gonzalez and Ignacio Pinazo, and temporary exhibitions of different national and international artists, conferences and workshops. In one of the halls, you can also see a section of the old city ramparts. www.ivam.es

MUVIM - Valencian Museum Of Illustration And Modernity

MUVIM - Valencian Museum of Illustration and Modernity

This museum is dedicated to promoting the understanding of ideas, concepts and ways of life from the period of the Enlightenment until today. It focuses on different forms of media: printing, photography, cinema, computers, design, publicity, as well as others. www.muvim.es

PRINCIPE FELIPE SCIENCE MUSEUM

PRINCIPE FELIPE SCIENCE MUSEUM

It is located within one of City of Arts and Sciences’ futuristic buildings. Combining science and technology, the museum offers different activities, including interactive exhibitions, experiments, and conferences. www.cac.es/museo/

BELLAS ARTES MUSEUM

BELLAS ARTES MUSEUM

Housed in an XVII century school, The Fine Arts Museum of Valencia is internationally renowned. Its wide collection includes works by Francisco de Goya, José de Ribera, El Greco, Joaquín Sorolla and Diego Velázquez, among others. www.museobellasartesvalencia.gva.es

CERAMIC MUSEUM

CERAMIC MUSEUM

Located in the Marques de Dos Aguas Palace (with a Rococo façade that you can’t miss), this is one of Valencia’s most visited museums. It houses an extensive ceramics collection that extends from pre-history time to Picasso. One of its most popular exhibits is an authentic traditional Valencian kitchen. www.mnceramica.mcu.es

FALLAS MUSEUM

FALLAS MUSEUM

Fallas is a traditional Valencian festival that has been celebrated since the end of the 18th century. This museum, situated in an old hospice, displays the collection of all the figures (ninots) that have been saved from the flames by popular vote since 1934. Posters, photographs, and an informative video about the Fallas Festival completes the visit to this museum.

Valencia’s beautiful Beaches

The Valencia Region is blessed with some of the best beaches on the Mediterranean, all with a “blue flag” rating. You must experience one of the most popular things to do in Valencia – relaxing on the beach.

LA MALVARROSA Y LAS ARENAS

LA MALVARROSA Y LAS ARENAS

These fine sand beaches have a total length of 5 kms. It is easy to get there by bus, tramway or cycling. The popular beachfront promenade is great for jogging, skating, cycling or just walking and relaxing by the sea. Here there are a wide variety of cafés and restaurants. The area closest to the Marina is famous for its seafood restaurants and lively nightlife.

EL PINEDO Y EL SALER

EL PINEDO Y EL SALER

El Pinedo beach is the first beach that you will find going South, about 5kms from the city. It is a long beach, with fine sand and a beachfront with restaurants and bars. Continuing south, El Saler beach is about 10kms from the city, in the Albufera Natural Park. It is prized for its natural surroundings, fine sand, and the broad pine forest that is its backdrop. 

LA DEVESA

LA DEVESA

La Devesa beach is the next beach going south.Behind the sand dunes there is a lake nestled in the pines, in the center of the Albufera Natural Park of. Cycling and walking paths make it easy to explore the area and enjoy nature. How to get there: By car take CV500, by bike take the cycling path from Valencia, by bus line 25.

Valencia’s Tourist Sights and Landscapes

Turia Riverbed Gardens

After the 1957 flood, the Turia River was diverted to flow outside the city’s boarders, and recently its old riverbed was converted into the city’s largest park. It is almost 10kms long, crossing the city from West to East and ending at the City of Arts and Sciences. The park contains great botanic diversity, incuding centenary trees, grassy  fields, colourful flowers and ancient stone bridges.

The park is perfect if you are looking for athletic things to do in Valencia. It  has outdoor sports facilities for a variety of activities including football, table tennis, petanque (a traditional lawn bowling game) skateboarding, and rugby among others. There are special paths for cycling, jogging and walking.

You will also find people doing yoga, tai-chi or just relaxing under the shade of the trees. It is also a great place to take the family. Children love the train ride through the park, the Bioparc natural habitat zoo, and the giant Gulliver Slide Park.

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The City of Arts and Sciences

If you are looking for things to do in Valencia with the whole family, Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences is a must. It comprises a large open space of about 350.000m2 in the old Turia riverbed, and is famous worldwide. It is one of the city’s major sights, and the second most visited sight in Spain.

It is an ultra-modern architectural ensemble primarily designed by the famous Valencian architect, Santiago Calatrava. It’s colossal dimensions capture the imagination, and its wide range of venues offers activities for everyone’s taste, including:

  • The Oceanografic, the largest aquarium in Europe.
  • The Principe Felipe Science Museum, offering didactic and interactive exhibitions.
  • The Hemisferic, a 360° Imax cinema.
  • The Reina Sofia Arts Palace, a very avant-garde opera house.
  • The Agora, used for sportive events like the Valencia Tennis Open 500.
  • The Umbracle, a raised walkway garden with spectacular views of the city.
  • The impressive Assut de l’Or bridge
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The Albufera Natural Park is a nature-lover’s paradise.

Located about 10 km south of Valencia, this protected natural reserve is one of the largest wetland areas in Spain. For centuries, its rich waters provided a livelihood for fishermen and rice cultivators and was the source of the traditional gastronomy. If you are looking for things to do in Valencia in nature but close to the city, this is the place to go.

The village of El Palmar is the perfect place for enjoying typical valencian dishes like Paella, Arroz a Banda and All I Pebre (made with eels from the lake).

We highly recommend a boat trip on the Albufera lake. Sunset is especially stunning, when the reddish hues are reflected on the lake’s calm surface. This delightful scene can also be enjoyed from the wooden dock. The excellent El Saler and La Devesa beaches are also part of the Albufera Natural Park.

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As you can see there are a lot of things to do in Valencia.
If you would like more tourist information check our Valencia tips from our hosts.
Have a wonderful vacation!
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