Best Areas to Stay in Valencia
If you are choosing Valencia for a romantic city break, there are plenty of different hotels and accommodation options to suit all styles and budgets. Staying in a cosy bed and breakfast, small boutique hotel or luxury 4 or 5 star hotel is the best option. If you are looking to be close to the beach, one of the best hotels to choose would be Hotel Boutique Balandret, situated right on the seafront of Las Arenas beach. Or if you would prefer to stay closer to the Old Town during your stay, why not opt for MD Design Hotel – Portal del Real, right in the heart of Ciutat Vella where views of the Turia Gardens can be enjoyed from the hotel’s sun terrace.
Where to stay in Valencia for best nightlife ? Old Town (El Carmen)
Wanting to make the most of Valencia’s nightlife? Then El Carmen in the Old Town is a must stop destination during your stay. The area is situated between the two gates that once formed part of the city’s Medieval Walls – Torres de Quart and Torres de Serranos. One of the oldest parts of the city, El Carmen is home to buzzing bars and trendy nightclubs. Blanco y Rojo is renowned for its famous cocktails and acrobatic bartender, whilst La Flama hosts live music and comedy, with the L’Ermita Café offering artwork alongside its selection of drinks. Whether you want to dance the night away or enjoy a quiet drink and unwind, El Carmen has something for everyone.
Valencia’s location on the southern coast, where the Mediterranean Sea and Turia River meet, means that the city enjoys a warm climate all year round. With its wonderful Mediterranean weather, no visit would be complete without visiting one of its incredible beaches. Malvarrosa beach is great for activities with a wide promenade offering space for rollerblading, skateboarding and cycling. The wide sandy beach is great for families and features children’s play areas too. The El Cabanal beach is close to El Cabanyal, the old fisherman’s quarters. As a primarily residential area, it offers perhaps a more authentic taste of local Spanish culture. Las Arenas beach is best for those who want to stay near the beach, with plenty of hotels close by. It also is near to the L’Oceanografic Aquarium and the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, one of Valencia’s popular cultural complexes.
What holiday would be complete without souvenirs? Valencia offers some amazing shopping opportunities so you can also enjoy some retail therapy. L’Eixample is the best district for shopping and provides everything from local boutiques to well known high street names. The neighbourhood comprises three main shopping streets – Russafa, Turia Avenue and Calle Colon and is close to the main transport hubs, making it very easy to access. The market in Mercado de Colon is fantastic for picking up local buys and there are often concerts held to soundtrack your shopping trip. The most expensive residential areas of Valencia fringe this district, with Gran Via Marques del Turia and Pla de Remei offering some of the most desirable and sought-after homes in the city.
There are a number of different ways to reach Valencia, but if you are travelling by train, then the Valencia Nord train station area is a great way to enter the city. Close to the Bullring, this elegant station takes you straight into the heart of the L’Eixample district and offers fast trains to Madrid if you fancy exploring a second city as part of your stay.