Valencia is undoubtedly Spain’s most elegant city, and it is has everything. A historic old town; a beautiful city beach; nightlife in Russafa; paella, tapas, and wine. Even a drained riverbed park. Nevertheless, you can easily many of the city’s highlights in just two days. Be sure to consult with our guide to the best time to visit Spain and what to expect in each season. With our offering of tours of Valencia, getting the most out of your time in the city couldn’t be easier. Read on for our ‘2 days in Valencia itinerary’, full of insider tips, ideas on where to stay and what to do.
Where To Stay
We have a number of excellent hotels in Valencia to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Special mention for the luxurious NH Collection Valencia Colon, with its gorgeous, decadent design. We also love the trendy You & Co. Quart Boutique with its great restaurant and exposed brick-walled rooms. For more great hotels in Valencia, check out our full guide on where to stay.
2 Days In Valencia – Day 1
The best way to acquaint yourself whilst getting a bit of exercise is with a customizable Valencia bike tour. Along with seeing some of the city’s best monuments, you’ll also get to cycle through Turia park. This is an old riverbed that runs through the city and was drained and turned into an impressive, very long park. The tour is a great way to learn about Valencia’s rich history and cultural heritage.
First, get a taste of history and culture with an Old Town walking tour, where you’ll learn about the fascinating layer-cake of cultures and styles through Valencia’s architecture. You’ll see stunning buildings with Gothic, Baroque, Neoclassical, Romanesque, Arab and modern influences, as well as the largest fresh produce mart in Europe! Then, move on to the Russafa neighborhood, just south of Valencia’s old town. This is an up-and-coming area with plenty of inspiring art galleries and independent boutiques. There are also coffee shops and bars and restaurants, where the young and the artistic while away their afternoons.
Valencia is home to an exciting and diverse wine scene, the best of which can be experienced in a wine tasting in Valencia’s old town. You’ll get to meet an experienced sommelier who will guide you through a tasting of Cavas, whites, and reds, all paired with local tapas. This is a great way to spend aperitif hour before heading on to dinner. Check out La Pilareta, or Casa Montana for authentic Valencian fare.
2 Days In Valencia – Day 2
Continue your vinous education with a morning winery tour. You and a select few others will be whisked away from the hustle and bustle of Valencia to its beautiful and tranquil wine region. On the way to one of Valencia’s best wineries, you’ll get to visit the towns of Utiel and Requena, famous for their contribution to wine production. At the winery itself, you’ll be treated to a tour of their vineyards as well as a wine tasting. Our guide all about wine tours in Valencia will help you make the most educated choice of which experience is for you.
No trip to Valencia would be complete without sampling its most famous culinary masterpiece: Paella. The restaurants that line the city’s beach are a great place to start. La Pepica, La Paz, and Casa Carmela are locals’ particular favorites. If you’re in the mood for a dose of nature, try this tour to beautiful Lake Albufera. You’ll spend the day in a unique area just beyond the city, boating across a stunning lake and exploring the quaint village of El Palmar, enjoying local paella and wine.
Take an informal approach to dinner with a Valencian tapas trail. The best hole-in-the-wall bars to try are Tasca Angel, Bar Pilar, and Casa Montana. But if you like your dinner with a side of culture, our Valencia City Of Arts & Sciences Tour With Rooftop Wine Tasting And Tapas would be a blissful way to round out your 2 days in Valencia. Afterwards, finish your evening at Cafe de las Horas, famed for Agua de Valencia. This is a Valencian specialty made of Cava, fresh Valencian orange juice, and vodka or gin.
An Exciting Trip Awaits In Valencia
2 days in Valencia is a perfect amount of time to visit the city. But if you’re here for longer, check out our Valencia-based tour packages, which will ensure you make the best of your time in the city. Those who want to thoroughly explore the city can opt for the Valencia 6-Day tour package which combines all the best experiences in one whirlwind adventure. And why stop at Valencia? Madrid is just a few hours by train and a great place to continue your explorations of beautiful Spain.