The Top 5 Things to See and Do in Valencia, Spain

  • City of Arts and Sciences

Designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, the City of Arts and Sciences is a beautiful example of modern architecture and a must-see in Valencia. The "city" is made up of the following five buildings: El Palua de les Arts Reina Sofia- Opera house and performing arts center; L'Hemisferic- Imax Cinema and Planetarium; L'Umbracle- walkway/garden; El Museu de les Ciencies Principe Felipe- science museum; L'Oceanografic- Europe's largest aquarium. The world-famous monument is breath taking and cannot be missed.

  • Old Quarter

> While walking through the tiny winding streets of the Old Quarter you see into the heart of Valencia. You find yourself immersed in Spanish culture as you are surrounded by beautiful museums, medieval churches and amazing markets. Stop at one of the many cafes, restaurants or bars and sample a feast of tapas, paella (a dish Valencia is known for) and freshly caught seafood.

  • Valencia Shopping

The beauty of shopping in Valencia is that you can sightsee and find nearly anything you're looking for at the same time. There are a variety of shops ranging from inexpensive boutiques to designer stores sprinkled through out the city. You'll find international favorites like Zara and Mango, but you will also stumble on treasures in the small shops along the way. You should also visit the world-famous Mercat Central, which sells an enormous array of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat.

  • Beaches

Just a 15 minute tram ride from the center of town, you will find 2.8 km of sandy white beaches. There are a variety of restaurants and hotel accommodations in the area, and it is the perfect location to sit and relax away from the chaos of the city.

  • Nightlife

Valencia is known for its nightlife; however, according to Florida State University study abroad student Mackenzie Monteiro, these are the three best places to go in Valenica during the after hours.

First, Bolseria- This Spanish pub is the perfect place to go before heading to a disco, with a great selection of music and a constant crowd dancing. Located in a central plaza in the Carmen district, Bolseria always draws in a large crowd of both local and traveling college students.

Second, Corona15- Corona15 is a disco-pub located in the Carmen district. In just a few hours you can see it transform from a quiet, relaxing pub into an active disco with a crowd of dancers. However, what makes this pub so unique is its design and atmosphere. The inside of the building has been transformed into an exquisite and modern-looking jungle, complete with tree-shaped pillars and lights hung from the ceiling.

Third, La Indiana- One of the legendary Valencian nightclubs, it is a place of glamour, fashion and high-end pop culture. The waitresses look like they came right off a cat walk, and the security- straight from the U.S. Secret Service. The venue is famous for its state-of-the-art decor, with sharks and other exotic fish swimming in the aquariums.