Looking for inspiration for a weekend in Valencia? Read our tips below on the things to do in Valencia, Spain plus a sample weekend itinerary, where to stay, how to get around, and best restaurants to try!
Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. It is known for its Paella which originates here, its City of Arts and Sciences and of course its football team. Valencia also has beaches. With all these, we really can’t get enough of Valencia. But that’s not all, they still have a lot to offer. Let’s all take a look at it.
If you’re planning to stay in Valencia for a short time, then we got you! In this sample weekend itinerary, it will help you have an idea of what to see, visit and do in Valencia.
3 Day Weekend Trip Guide to Valencia, Spain
DAY 1 – Weekend Guide to Valencia, Spain
City of the Arts and Sciences– Never miss the chance to visit one of Valencia’s top attractions. You will learn a lot here in the City of Arts and Sciences. But not only that, but you’ll also be amazed as you see the stunning structure of the building. Prepare your camera before you go here!
DAY 2 – Weekend Guide to Valencia, Spain
Valencia Cathedral– On your second day, explore Valencia’s gothic cathedral. However, in Valencia Cathedral, you will not only see a gothic style structure but a mixture of different art styles from the past, which makes this Cathedral worth a visit.
Jardin del Turia– After a day in a gothic cathedral, give yourself a time to relax and feel the fresh air in Jardin del Turia. In this park, you will a lot of beautiful plants that are also relaxing to look at. You’d totally feel the vacation vibe in this place.
Barrio del Carmen– Of course, before you end the night, it is recommended to visit Valencia’s most active nighttime area, the Barrio del Carmen. For people who like the nightlife and parties, then this place is a must-visit. There are a lot of pubs, clubs, and restaurants in the area that would totally entertain you.
DAY 3 – Weekend Guide to Valencia, Spain
View this post on Instagram
Casco Historico de Toledo– You should visit this place early in the morning as there will be a lot of areas and streets to stay at. It is very large that a few hours is not enough, but don’t worry, your trip will be all worth it as you see historical places in Casco Historico de Toledo.
Mercado Central or Central Market– Of course on your last day, it is recommended to buy some souvenirs for you to take home with you. Mercado Central has a lot for you. Shop at this large market while seeing beautiful structures.
Where to Stay in Valencia, Spain
(Prices are subject to change depending on the dates that you preferred. Visit the official website to check more accommodation and price)
Where to Stay in Valencia, Spain if you’re a backpacker
Urban Youth Hostel is just 500 m from the nearest Metro Station, Maritim-Serrería, and a 20-minute walk from the City of Arts and Science. All rooms at the Youth Hostel are bright and overlook the street. Some come with a spacious terrace. Each bed has its locker, individual plug, and a reading lamp. Extra lockers can be rented from reception. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared kitchen, a shared lounge, and a games room. There are a self-service washing and drying service. You can reach Valencia Airport in 40 minutes by public transport.
Price: Starts at $12 per night for Bed in 10-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room including taxes and charges, add $2 for breakfast, and it’s non-refundable.
Center Valencia Youth Hostel offers free WiFi, air conditioning, a 24-hour reception, and a communal kitchen. It is situated in Valencia’s historic center, next to the Plaza de la Virgen. The property offers bright and modern rooms and dormitories. Rooms feature a private bathroom and dorms have a bathroom within the dormitory, which is shared with the other guests in the room. Breakfast consisting of coffee, juice, tea, milk, cereals, and toast with jam is available. The building is non-smoking and has an elevator and a terrace. A tour desk, bicycle rental and a safe are available at Center Valencia’s reception. There is also a free internet point.
Price: Starts at $13 per night for Single Bed in 12-Bed Dormitory Room including taxes and charges, free breakfast, and free cancellation.
Located next to Turia Gardens, The River Hostel is 5 minutes’ walk from Valencia Cathedral and Alameda Metro Station, which has direct airport trains. There is a 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi, free parking nearby and free luggage room. Accommodation is in dormitories or private rooms, all with shared bathroom facilities which are separate for males and females. All have air conditioning and heating, while most of them have a balcony. Sheets are provided free of charge. Towels can be provided upon payment of a deposit. There are vending machines for drinks and guests can have breakfast in the onsite café. The hostel also has a games room and lounge and guests can make use of the shared kitchen for free.
Price: Starts at $14 per night for Bunk Bed in 10-Bed Dormitory Room including taxes and charges, add $4 for breakfast, but it’s free cancellation.
Where to Stay in Valencia, Spain if you’re on a budget
Situated in Valencia, within 2 km of City of Arts & Sciences and 3.4 km of Turia Gardens, Tu cama features accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi. The property is located 3.4 km from Oceanografic, 3.5 km from Central Market of Valencia and 3.9 km from Basilica de la Virgen de Los Desamparados. González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts is 4.2 km from the hostel and Puerto de Valencia is 5 km away. The rooms at the hostel are fitted with a seating area. At Tu cama rooms come with a desk and a shared bathroom. The nearest airport is Valencia Airport, 11 km from Tu cama.
Price: Starts at $25 per night for Budget Single Room including taxes and charges, and free cancellation.
Central Station Valencia Hostel is located in the Extramurs district in Valencia, 1.2 km from Barrio del Carmen. This property features free WiFi. Rooms at this hostel include air conditioning and heating. Some rooms have private bathrooms and others have access to shared bathroom facilities. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. The nearest airport is Valencia Airport, 9 km from Central Station Valencia Hostel.
Price: Starts at $60 per night for Budget Double Room with Shared Bathroom including taxes and charges, and free cancellation.
Hotel Sercotel Acteón Valencia is 15 minutes’ walk from Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences. This design hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and free WiFi. The spacious, soundproofed rooms feature carpeted floors and large windows. They have a work desk and safe. The private bathroom with a bath comes with a hairdryer and a hot towel rail. The Sercotel Acteón Valencia restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine and there is a café-bar. It offers a daily breakfast buffet, and room service is available. Guests receive a welcome drink. Buses to Valencia city center, 5 minutes’ drive away, stop in front of the hotel, and Ayora Metro Station is 650 m away.
Price: Starts at $76 per night for Double or Twin Room including taxes and charges, add $16 for breakfast, and it’s non-refundable.
Where to Stay in Valencia, Spain if you want Luxury
The modern Hotel Conqueridor is located in central Valencia, just 250 m from Norte Railway Station. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms have free Wi-Fi and flat-screen satellite TV. The hotel is just 300 m from Valencia’s main shopping area, and 300 m from Plaza Espanya Metro Station. Buses from Plaza Espanya also offer easy access to the beach. The Conqueridor Hotel’s restaurant is located on the ground floor and offers a varied breakfast. In the evenings it offers modern versions of classic Spanish dishes. The hotel has a free sauna and a small gym. The lobby also has a free internet terminal.
Price: Starts at $181 per night for Standard Single Room including taxes and charges, add $11 for breakfast, and it’s non-refundable.
Vincci Palace is located in central Valencia, 5 minutes’ walk from the Cathedral. It is an attractive design hotel offering elegant rooms with satellite TV and free internet access. The Hotel Vincci Palace serves a buffet breakfast, which includes gluten-free products. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can help to book tickets for guided tours, live shows, and other events. Meeting and conference rooms are also available at the Vincci Palace. The hotel has excellent transport links, with 2 bus stops outside the hotel and Colón Metro Station located just 5 minutes’ walk away. From here there is a direct service to Valencia Airport.
Price: Starts at $224 per night for Double or Twin Room including taxes and charges, add $15 for breakfast, and it’s free cancellation.
Vincci Lys offers spacious, elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and minibars. Situated in the center of Valencia, it is only 300 m from Valencia Train Station and Valencia Town Hall. Each of the Vincci’s air-conditioned rooms is soundproofed and offers elegant, classical-style décor. Rooms also feature a pillow menu and a safe. The private bathroom offers toiletries and a hairdryer. Vincci Lys offers a varied buffet breakfast daily which includes gluten-free products. The hotel has Room Service for guests. Early check-in and late check-out are available upon request, as well as meeting and conference facilities. It is a 10-minute walk to Valencia Cathedral. Xàtiva Metro Station, 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel, offers direct services to Valencia Airport.
Price: Starts at $276 per night for Double or Twin Room including taxes and charges, add $15 for breakfast, it’s free cancellation, and no prepayment needed, you can pay at the property.
List of restaurants that you can try while in Valencia, Spain
It’s a traditional tapas restaurant. It serves Mediterranean, Spanish, and European cuisine. They also have a variety of wine.
- 1:00pm-4:00pm (Monday-Friday)
- 7:30pm-11:30pm (Monday-Saturday)
- 12:30pm-4:00pm (Saturday-Sunday)
Address: Calle Jose Benlliure 69, 46011 Valencia, Spain
La Pappardella is an Italian, Mediterranean, and European cuisine. Have their best tasting pasta and pizza in a well-decorated restaurant.
Operating hours: 12:00pm-12:00am (Sunday-Saturday)
Address: 253 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 9HP, England
Palace Fesol serves Mediterranean, European, and Spanish cuisine. You can try their fish dishes and paella.
Operating hours: 8:00pm-10:00pm(Monday-Thursday) / 10:00am-4:00pm (Monday-Friday)
Address: Calle Hernan Cortes 7, 46004 Valencia, Spain
It has a modern and elegant style. Also, perfect if you love drinking. The friendly staff will welcome you.
Operating hours: 11:00am-3:00am (Sunday-Saturday)
Address: C/ Marina real Juan Carlos I, 46024 Valencia, Spain
Serves Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine. It’s been serving for 15 years but still able to maintain the authentic and traditional foods that the customers love.
Operating hours: 7:30pm-1:00am (Sunday-Saturday) / 12:00pm-5:00pm (Friday-Sunday)
Address: Calle Caballeros 47, 46001 Valencia, Spain
How to go to Valencia, Spain from the UK
Via Ryanair: (one way)
*From London Stansted to Valencia Airport
Ticket Price: £31.20
Via Easyjet: (one way)
*From London Luton to Valencia Airport
Ticket Price: £53.43
* Prices are subject to change.
Are you on Pinterest? Pin these!
About the Writer
Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.