Valencia’s coastal location on the edge of the Balearic Sea means that fresh seafood is the order of the day; in fact, seafood paella remains one of the most popular dishes in the city. Valencia is also a cultural delight and provides an experience quite different to Spain’s largest cities, Barcelona and Madrid. There is a swath of historical buildings, museums and galleries to explore, but one of the highlights of Valencia is the modern, contemporary architecture that dots a reclaimed riverbed, now a beautiful green space. The Ciutat d les Arts i les Ciencies (City of Arts & Sciences) is a remarkable example. The Old Town is also worth exploring, either on foot or by hopping on and off the metro. Make sure you spend time in some of the many bars, cafes and restaurants; try the local Valencia orange juice – it is delicious! Discover Playa de la Malvarrosa, widely considered one of Valencia’s best beaches, or head south to the coast to the more secluded beaches of Denia and Xabia.

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