Valencia is undoubtedly Spain’s most elegant city. And it is has everything. A historical old town. A beautiful city beach. Nightlife in Russafa. Paella, tapas and wine. Even a drained riverbed park. Happily, you can see the best of the city in just two days. Here is 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. And to the trendy You & Co. Quart Boutique with its great restaurant and exposed brick-walled rooms.
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.
Spend the afternoon exploring the Russafa neighbourhood, 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. Ubik cafe is one to try; it’s thought of as one of the first trendy establishments that helped to put Russafa on the map. A cafe and restaurant with bookshop and gallery, this multi-purpose space is perfect for a coffee, cocktail or beer or two.
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.
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 favourites. After lunch, you could take a dip in the sea. Or, if you’re feeling active, walk back into town through Turia park, past the impressive arts and science center.
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. Finish your evening at Cafe de las Horas, famed for Agua de Valencia. This is a Valencian speciality 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 all our Valencia based tours, which will ensure you make the best of your time in the city. And why stop at Valencia? Madrid is just a few hours by train and a great place to continue your Spanish adventure.