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The third largest city in Spain is mainly known for its oranges, for paella, and for the kilometres-long beaches that stretch along the eastern coastline. But Valencia has a modern side as well: stylish architecture, smart design and new ideas in the culinary scene.
This superb gallery showing works by renowned Spanish artists is housed on the second floor of a townhouse from the 1920s with mosaic floors and cast-iron balcony railings on the genteel Calle de la Paz.
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This more than 100-year-old classic bodega in the El Cabanyal fisherman's neighbourhood has long become an institution.
The Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM) is the most important modern art museum in Valencia.
As the name suggests, this hotel is located in the El Carmen district right near the city's old town. The small but fine hotel has 25 rooms ...
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This former butcher's shop is nowadays a blend of bar and book store. The only reminders of the old days when livestock was slaughtered here are the white tiled walls ...
This charming hotel in the Ciutat Vella neighbourhood is only a short walk away from the historic cathedral.
The owner of the award-winning restaurant Ca‘ Sento is Raúl Aleixandre. Guests in the maritime neighbourhood of El Grau enjoy the fish dishes in particular.
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The speciality of the house is a cocktail named Aigua de Valencia, or Valencian water, made of cava, orange juice, vodka, gin and sugar.
The Westin Valencia stands within the walls of the former lanera, a historical wool factory dating back to 1917. It's one of the most impressive modernist buildings in the area.
The paella restaurant La Pepica was established in 1898. It's one of the best known in the city and was a favourite of Hemingway's.
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The friendly restaurant La Sucursal with its minimalist design is located inside the IVAM, Valencia's Museum of Modern Art.
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Pan de Queso is a true insider. They serve pan de queso, rolls baked with cheese, in all varieties.
This is the most significant church in Valencia. The Gothic cathedral with its famous bell tower is undoubtedly the city's hallmark.
The urban beach of Valencia stretches nearly 2,000 metres between the village of Alboraya and the Calle Acequia de la Cadena.
Housed in a futuristic building, this 4-star hotel offers a breathtaking view of the City of Arts and Sciences.
To get an impression of the incredible variety of Valencian tapas, make sure to grab yourself a spot at the bar of the Vuelve Carolina.
On the ninth storey of the Hotel Confortel Aqua you'll find the restaurant Vertical. The menu is inspired by traditional cuisine.
In the beautiful Eixample Noble district you find the 5-star boutique hotel Hospes Palau de La Mar housed in a 19th century building.
I love the Russafa district in Valencia. The ethnic diversity, the young artists, and the great cafés make it a thrilling and exciting place.
Arrocería Duna is a real legend among restaurants. Located next to the sea shore, it offers guests an incomparable view.