Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, for ages languished in the long shadows cast by Madrid, Spain’s political capital, and Barcelona, the country’s cultural and economic powerhouse. No longer. Stunning public buildings have changed the city’s skyline – Sir Norman Foster’s Palacio de Congresos, David Chipperfield’s award-winning Veles i Vents structure beside the inner port, and, on the grandest scale of all, the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencas, designed in the main by Santiago Calatrava, local boy made good.
An increasingly popular short-break venue, Valencia is where paella first simmered over a wood fire. It’s a vibrant, friendly, mildly chaotic place with two outstanding fine-arts museums, an accessible old quarter, Europe’s newest cultural and scientific complex – and one of Spain’s most exciting nightlife scenes.
Best places to stay in Valencia City
La Tomatina: a guide to Spain's tomato-throwing festival
'La Tomatina: In Uniform' by dahon. Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs Location: Plaza del Pueblo, Buñol, Valencia, Spain Date: Last Wednesday in August. 28 Aug 2013; 27 Aug 2014; 26 Aug 2015...
Valencia City destination guides
Las Fallas: a guide to Spain's firework and sculpture festival
'DSC_0639' by joe calhoun. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike This is an excerpt from Lonely Planet's A Year of Festivals. Location: Valencia, Spain. The fireworks displays are in Plaza del Ayuntamiento...
Valencia: the perfect summer city
Dreaming of a sunny weekend dash to Europe? In this excerpt from Lonely Planet Magazine, we shine a light on the juiciest picks of Valencia, the Spanish city that checks all the summer city break boxes...