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  • Hospes Palau de la Mar – Part of the Hospes Boutique Hotels of Spain. Great location on a residential street a short walk from everywhere
  • Parador Alarcon – about 2hrs from Valencia


  • Valencia Cathedral – 13th century Cathedral
  • Climb up the 14th century “El Miguelete” Tower
  • The 15th century Lonja (silk exchange)
  • Serrano Gate – one of the remaining gates to the old Medieval wall
  • City of Arts of Sciences – Architect Santiago Calatrava’s magical futuristic and out of the world Science park
  • Palau de la Musica – the large glass dome auditorium along the Turia Gardens.  Designed by Ricardo Bofill it is said to have the best acoustics in Europe.
  • The Mercato Centrale – one of the best central maerket
  • Barrio del Carmen – the oldest part of the city and best place for tapas and paella


Drink the original Horchata, made from chufas (tiger nuts). The Moors introduced rice to Valencia and the city is famous for dishes like: Paella Valenciana (made with chicken and rabbit), Paella Negra (with squid ink), Arroz al horno (oven cooked rice), and Arroz a banda (fish and shellfish). Most dishes are served with aioli (garlic and oil sauce). And have a glass of “agua de Valencia” (valencia orange juice mixed with cava sparkling wine. There are also some great wines from Jumilla in the province of Murcia a little southwest of Valencia.