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You have booked a holiday home near Valencia and are you looking forward to it, but are you still wondering what you can do in Valencia. Or are you planning to book a holiday home with swimming pool, but first you want to know what there is to do and see in the area. For both applies; you’ve come to the right place! In this week’s blog, we will tell you more about the best activities in and around the city of Valencia. Sit back and enjoy the ride!

The city of Valencia was founded in the year 138 before Christ under the beautiful Spanish name “Valentina edatanorum”. Over the years, Valencia has grown to become the third largest city in Spain. The 15th century plays a major role in this and is considered the Golden time of Valencia; in this period, the city grew strongly in both economic and cultural terms. A large number of beautiful palaces and churches were built, which we can still visit today. For a long weekend in Valencia, there is more than enough to do! Read here the top 5 activities to do during your holiday in Valencia.

Tip 1. Rent an electric scooter

Valencia is a big city with a lot of sights. An easy way to get around in the city is by renting an electric scooter. The new share-a-step system is not only an easy way to get from A to B, it is also an environmentally friendly choice.

With the so-called e-step you can see many things in the city in a relatively short time. You can rent an e-step at different locations in the city for only €30,- per day. A big advantage is that you can decide where you want to go on the bicycle paths in Valencia (no scooting on footpaths). You can easily lock the e-step with the supplied lock so that you can enjoy a well-deserved ice cream or visit one of the many sights on the way.

Tip 2. Visit the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias or the “City of Arts and Sciences”. This is Valencia’s most prominent landmark and definitely worth a visit during your holiday!

The construction of this extraordinary building began in 1989 and took two decades to complete. The iconic building was designed by world-renowned Spanish architect “Santiago Calatrava”. As a visitor, you can walk through the surrounding city dunes.

Inside the buildings you can carry out scientific experiments and visit the opera house. The complex is located on the drained Turia river that ran through the centre of Valencia. This river was drained to stop/prevent the floods and the accompanying ravages.

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Tip 3. Visit the Cathedral of Valencia

A special church built between 1262 and 1356. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mary, the building is a mixture of Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque styles. The building is built around a mosque. What makes this cathedral so special apart from its unusual appearance? The building houses valuable paintings that can be admired from the museum that is located in the building. And for those who want to enjoy a panoramic view, there is nothing better than climbing the Miquelete. To get to the top of the bell tower you will have to brave 207 steps, but the effort is well worth it. It is said to be the best place to take pictures of the city.

Tip 4. See the famous Torres de Serranos

The Torres de Serranos is one of the twelve gates that make up Valencia’s 14-century old city walls. This is one of the best-preserved monuments of Valencia. The Torres de Serranos served as the main entrance to the stand with a defensive function. Besides the defensive function, it also served as a use for important and official ceremonies of for example kings. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) paintings were hidden in the towers. Today, the towers are no longer used for outside dangers, for the storage of paintings or as a prison, because that is also what they were used for. Today, there are pleasant festivities here. For example, there are medieval markets with medieval products, but also snacks and drinks.

After a day of sniffing up culture, you are ready to relax. Villa Montana is highly recommended. Because of the quiet surroundings and the beautiful nature you can relax in your private pool.

Tip 5. Visit the traditional market Mercado de Ruzafa

Mercado de Ruzafa is a traditional Spanish market dating back to 1957 where they sell all kinds of local products. The market is over 4780m2 and is divided into 3 parts. Two of which are foodstuffs with more than 160 stalls and one part for the administrative part. It is completely covered which makes it nice on a bad rainy day as well as on a hot summer day. Perhaps the most striking feature of the market is its unusual appearance. Every colour stands for a meaning, for example the blue colour stands for the fish market. And when you come back with all kinds of delicacies, you can enjoy them at your private swimming pool.

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