Apart from its Golf courses it delivers fare more then all the factors required for a enjoyable golf holiday:
Valencia offers 300 days of sun per year with an average temperature of almost 18º. The perfect climate to discover the city, while walking under blue skies and stopping now and again at a sunny terrace. A plan so simple that you’ll love!
Beaches with blue flags to make them even better! In Valencia there’s 7 kilometres of beach to choose from, whether you prefer the fun of urban beaches, with all types of services and a great atmosphere or the tranquillity of natural beaches at the Albufera Park.
Although paella is an international dish, you probably haven’t tried one as good as the ones here. So, don’t leave without having a real Valencian paella and discovering all that our cuisine has to offer: all types of rice dishes, traditional fish and seafood stews, excellent wines, horchata (with pastry fartons to dip, of course) and spectacular citrus fruits. Is your mouth watering just reading about it? Don’t miss Valencia Cuina Abierta Restaurant Week, the city’s most important gastronomic event.
Grilled cuttlefish, steamed mussels, Serrano ham, clams, “esgarraet”, baby squid, patatas bravas… If it’s already making your mouth water, just wait until you try them! You can start the route at the stalls of Plaza del Mercado, continue past the Lonja steps, the Plaza del Collado, Plaza Negrito and Calle Caballeros, finishing at Plaza de la Virgen.
Noise, music, gunpowder, colour and creativity are the main components of ite celebrations. And in Valencia, there’s always something to celebrate! From 15th to 19th March, the city is taken over by Fallas celebrations (declared Intangible World Heritage by UNESCO), although there are other celebrations that shouldn’t be missed either: Semana Santa Marinera (Easter week by the sea), the Virgen de los Desamparados move, the Valencian Corpus and the July Festival. Make a note in your diary!
City of Arts & Siences Visit Valencia
ncia is a constantly evolving city. A city that showcases its historic past while being adventurous with large 21st century constructions. If you are interested in architecture, then the City of Arts and Sciences by Santiago Calatrava, the Convention Centre by Norman Foster and the Veles e Vents building by David Chipperfield are musts. Other modern spaces worth visiting are the MUVIM museum, the Exhibition Centre (Feria Valencia), the Palau de la Música and the IVAM museum.
If you come to València a visit to the City of Arts and Sciences is a must. Work of the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, several of its buildings have become icons in the city. It is a scientific and cultural leisure complex which can be enjoyed with family or friends, covering around two kilometres of the former riverbed of the River Turia.
You will need tickets to enter the Hemisfèric, the Science Museum and the Oceanogràfic, and you can buy them separately or combined for the buildings that you would most like to visit.
This is the largest aquarium in Europe, with the capacity to house 45,000 living creatures from 500 different species. The planet’s main marine ecosystems are represented here.
Its avant-garde architecture, the layout of the different aquaria and its scientific, recreational, and educational objectives bring the marine world to the public, raising awareness about protection of its flora and fauna. It serves, moreover, as a platform for scientific research.
The Oceanogràfic is made up of different buildings, housing examples of the most important ecosystems from each of the planet’s seas and oceans.
Located in the centre of the complex, this is the most emblematic building of the Oceanogràfic, given the peculiarity of its roof. Designed by Félix Candela, it brings to mind a figure similar to a water lily. It has a large aquarium on the lower floor.
This is one of the largest dolphinariums in the world, with 26 million cubic metres of water, and a depth of 10.5 metres.
With a total of 5 pools, this facility can house groups of about 30 dolphins, making it the largest in Europe.
The Malvarossa Beach is the most famous and best-known of all the beaches in Valencia and has inspired great artists. It got its name when it was transformed from a swampy area into a hollyhock flower plantation in the middle of the 19th century. What a change!
The range of outdoor activities is unrivalled: fitness courses, cross-fit and everything else you could wish for. It also has a marked-out channel section for surfing, paddle surfing, windsurfing, canoeing… Divers are free to visit Malvarrosa Reef, and volleyball fans can rent one of the many courts available on the town sports field. Exciting, isn’t it? And when you are finished, all the restaurants and entertainment you could wish for await you on the promenade – a complete plan!
Founded in 138B.C. by the Romans, València is an overlap of Roman, Visigothic, Muslim and Medieval cultures. Indications of this are iconic monuments such as the Silk Exchange (declared a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO), the Almoina, The Serrrano and Quart towers and the Cathedral. Beyond the architectural, the Tribunal de las Aguas (founded in the year 1000 and recognised by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage, is a vestige of the past which can be witnessed every Thursday at 12:00 under the Apostles Gate at the Cathedral of Valencia.
València intense commerce is a fusion of tradition and modernity. Spend an afternoon shopping in the historic centre, el Carmen, Ruzafa or Eixample, and choose from international brands and creations of Valencian designers which are sure to surprise you. There are also big 2 shopping centres at the City of Arts and Siences and Bonaire, the shopping city close to the airport.
From 1st to 19th March, the city is taken over by Fallas celebrations (declared Intangible World Heritage by UNESCO).
It’s a festivity that combines tradition, satire and art which shouldn’t be missed for anything in the world.
ORIGIN OF THE FALLAS
The origin of las Fallas comes from the old carpenter’s tradition who, when celebrating the arrival of spring on 19th March, used to burn pieces of wood (parots) that were used to prop up their lights during the winter.
To this bonfire they gradually started to add old belongings and rags, which gave the wooden structure a human-looking aspect, until they became the ninots that we know today. The Valencian sense of humour soon gave the irony shown in the ninots which is maintained at present.
The Fallas celebrations have evolved into temporary works of art which, in some cases, cost millions of euros.
The passion of the Fallas lovers for their celebration has filled the Fallas week with thousands of things to do: traditional (and not so traditional) music, tonnes of gunpowder, emotive religious acts, paellas in the street… Enjoy Fallas with the 5 senses, you must be looking forward to it already!
Our passion for fire is only comparable to our passion for gunpowder. And mascletà is proof of that.
The name of the act come from “masclet”, the type of fireworks that explode with a loud noise when the Fallera Mayor declares “Senyor pirótecnic pot començar la mascletà” (“Mr. Pyrotechnic, the mascletà can start now”).
To watch this spectacle of sound you should head to Plaza del Ayuntamiento at 2pm, any day from the 1st to the 19th March. And remember to keep your mouth open a little to avoid damaging your ears when it reaches 120 decibels!
Set-up starts usually a week before the 15th of March but all the monuments that are set up in Valencia must be fully finished by the morning of 16th. That is the day that the judges award the best ones and choose the ninot induldat, the only figure to be saved from the burning.
Watch out for the road blocks in Valencia’s city center during Fallas!
The falleras mayores and their commissions take part in a procession towards Plaza del Ayuntamiento on the morning of 17th, to pick up their prizes. You should know that the more than 750 monuments that are set up in Valencia, are divided into categories with the Special Section being the most impressive of all.
The night skies are filled with light and colour during Fallas thanks to the impressive firework displays which are set off at midnight at Alameda. An act which brings together a multitude of people and reaches its peak with the Nit del Foc, a unique firework display celebrated in the early hours of the 18th.
All the Fallas commissions of Valencia parade through the city from their neighbourhood to the Plaza de la Virgen for a flower offering to the Virgen de los Desamparados, patron saint of Valencia. The act takes place from 4pm until the night, with bunches of flowers that become part of an impressive 15-metre high structure representing the Virgen’s cape.
Visiting the square after the 2 days of ofrenda is an olfactory experience which is worth it, we recommend it!
All the Fallas, small and large, must be burned on the 19th. Although it’s a shame, seeing how the flames reduce these monuments to ash is an artwork in itself. So, put on some comfortable shoes and prepare for the cremà route: at 08pm the small monuments start to burn, and at 10:00pm the big ones go up in flames, except for the 1st prize-winner which is burned at 10.30pm. The Fallas celebrations end when the monument at Plaza del Ayuntamiento is burned, at 11pm.
From Open-Air concerts in July to Operas in the Palau Reina Sophia. The countdown to a new season begins at the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia with an exceptional programme dedicated to enthusiasm and resilience.
You will also find dance, symphonic music, flamenco and concerts by great masters of the lyrical and musical world, as well as a tour of other musical genres, from jazz to cabaret.
And if you want to explore the fantastic building designed by Santiago Calatrava, don’t miss the open day on 13 September.
Just 10 km from the city. Nature in its purest form, magical sunsets, boat rides and the chance to disconnect like nowhere else. An urban oasis surrounded by paddy fields and woods: that is what L’Albufera Natural Park means to anyone who is familiar with it. You will definitely want to pay a visit if you’d like to discover the origins of Valencian cuisine. Because what better reason to come than the fact that paella was invented right here?
Head over to the town of El Palmar and try their traditional dishes. Sample some All-i-pebre (eel stew flavoured with garlic and pepper) and marinated striped mullet. Take a walk along one of the six signposted routes through the nature reserve. Discover all the waterfowl and vegetation, live like an authentic local fisherman on Spain’s largest lagoon. You can take a boat trip on the lake. Ask us, we will organise it for you.
València is full of surprises, like the river that has been transformed into a lush 9-kilometre-long park through the city for all types of leisure activities and sports. The old river bed of the River Turia is a meeting point for Valencian people and tourists which can be enjoyed from morning to evening. Another of our most iconic and interesting natural spaces is the Albufera Park, just 10km away from the centre. There are spectacular sunsets there, which can be enjoyed even more with a boat trip.
There are many shopping centers in Valencia, like on Avenida Francia, oposite the City of Atrs & Sciences or Bonaire by the airport, the Turia Metro Station Shopping Center as well as Calle Colon in the City Center.
Want to find out why Valencia has a reputation for its animated nightlife?
Before going out, have dinner by the sea. Your are spoint with choices of good restaurants at the Malvarrose, the habour or in the city centre. Then have drinks on a terrace at Valencia’s habour or in the city centre, in the area of el Carmen, or in a XVI century house and end up dancing techno, indie or pop until you can’t carry on. And if you’re hungry before you go to bed, an “esmorzaret” is a great idea.
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