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.
- 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.
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
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.
About the sessions
- The sessions are open to any guest of City Garden.
- To attend you must let us know at least 48 hours in advance.
- The price is 15 euros per person per session.
- 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.
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.
Other Things to do in Valencia
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.