Valencia, the light that never goes out
The fact that ‘Valencia’ is one of Instagram’s most-used filters is no coincidence. That light that tints millions of photos on social media is a thousand times more beautiful in real life and bathes this Mediterranean city, whose climate and culture makes it a top choice for a getaway.

The city centre is home to the iconic Colón Market, a Covent Garden of sorts where you can enjoy a drink under an authentic symbol of modernism. Surrounding the market is the commercial zone that houses the city’s exemplary range of services, ideal for high-end shopping.

Ciutat Vella, the city’s oldest district, is where you can find all the main monuments and museums. A stroll through this area is a must! But if you’re looking for the more alternative neighbourhoods, you definitely have to go to Ruzafa and El Cabanyal. Ruzafa is centrally located and packed with fashionable locals and lots of nightlife. El Cabanyal stands on the sea and little by little has started to fill up with interesting places for you to delve into.

Any self-respecting foodie can’t leave the city without trying authentic Valencian paella. Just any won’t do, you have to try and find the real thing made from chicken and rabbit, cooked over a fire. Try your luck in Malvarrosa or a farmhouse on the outskirts of the city.

At this stage of your trip you will have already realised that Valencia is not only rich in tradition but also innovation, with groundbreaking projects such as the City of Arts and Sciences, the Valencia Marina or emerging art centres such as the newly-opened Bomba Gens or Las Naves.

Whoever comes to this city knows that Valencia is a place that has it all, and always leaves you wanting more.

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