Activity in Puerto Cabello

Castillo Libertador

North of the old town, and separated from it by the entrance channel to the harbor, is colonial Fortín San Felipe, later renamed Castillo Libertador. It’s a fine-looking fort, though in a state of disrepair. It...

Activity in Valencia

Bambu

Located by the Plaza las Esculturas in El Viñedo is this sleek and contemporary restaurant-bar-disco. Kick back on beanbag chairs on the terraced wood decks in front, sipping mojitos that go down like Shirley...

Architectural in Valencia

Casa de la Estrella

The sovereign state of Venezuela was born in this historic house on May 6, 1830, when Congress convened here and decreed secession from Gran Colombia. Erected as a hospital around 1710 (thus being the city’s...

Activity in Campo Carabobo

Campo Carabobo

For a taste of unadulterated Venezuelan patriotism, visit the Carabobo Battlefield, 32km southwest of Valencia. This is the site of the great battle fought on June 24, 1821, in which Bolívar’s troops decisively...

Museum in Valencia

Casa Páez

This beautifully preserved historic mansion is the former home of Venezuela’s first president, General José Antonio Páez. He distinguished himself by forging a formidable army of llaneros (plainsmen) who fought...

Activity in Puerto Cabello

Museo de Historia

Built in 1790 as a residence, this decaying building has graceful facades over both the historic streets Calle de los Lanceros and Calle Bolívar; they’re both next to each other and off the plaza. There isn’t...

Activity in Valencia

Ateneo de Valencia

Every two years in October, the prestigious Salón Arturo Michelena opens in the Ateneo de Valencia and goes on for five months until March. This is Venezuela’s oldest visual arts show, held every year since 1943....

Seafood in Valencia

Casa Valencia

Oozing classic Venezuelan ambience – aqua chairs, lime tablecloths, a bamboo roof and a honker of a central grill flanked by dangling lanterns – this elegant restaurant in old-hacienda style is worth a splash-out...

Activity in Valencia

Kaffas Coffee Shop

The name doesn’t do this trendy cafe justice. There are 40 types of coffee, but this beautiful patio fills up with pretty people for good wine and an extensive menu of gourmet fusion (try the rich risotto...

Activity in Puerto Cabello

Teatro Municipal

The colorful Teatro Municipal dates from 1880 and is a replica of one in Havana, Cuba. It’s a beautiful theater with 617 seats, two balconies and a huge 640kg chandelier. Ballerina Ana Pavlova, tango songbird...

Activity in Puerto Cabello

Fortín Solano

On the 100m-high hill to the south of the city sits this fort built in the 1760s to secure commercial operations. Reputedly the last colonial fort built in Venezuela, it commands excellent views of the city and...

Activity in Valencia

Catedral

This colonial cathedral is about 420 years old, but it’s been altered by so many generations that today it’s a hodgepodge of historical styles. The latest restoration was in the early 1950s, which saw the ceiling...

Activity in Puerto Cabello

Pizzería da Franco

This seafront spot boasts opera on the radio and an Italian owner frantically switching between La Liga and Serie A on the DirecTV. It ain’t Napoli, but the pizzas are decent, made by a 15-year-old venezolano....

Museum in Valencia

Museo de Béisbol

This museum in the popular Centro Comercial Sambil, 5km north of the city, is totally devoted to baseball fanaticism. It even has a pitching machine under the distinctive half-dome baseball roof of the shopping...

Activity in Puerto Cabello

Restaurant Los Lanceros

In an old colonial building with a sea view, this upmarket Spanish restaurant has terrace seating along with a small, pleasant, air-con bar area. On the menu are paella, seafood and meat dishes. Go for the catch...

Activity in Valencia

Aramarjomi

This Syrian-bent Arab spot on pleasant Plaza Sucre does cheap and tasty shawarma, kebabs, falafel and other Middle Eastern delights. A real treat when you are sick of arepas (which, of course, you are).

Activity in Valencia

Bar 21

It’s mostly standing room-only at this box-shaped bar teeming with youngish wannabe players, their chicas and an oddly eclectic mix otherwise fighting for legroom due to some serious space issues.

Health Food in Valencia

Calabacín y Nueces

For vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, the best budget option in the center is this healthy spot. It serves up hearty meat-free set meals, delicious cakes, fresh juices and salads.