My trip to Valencia was a lot of fun and I wanted to put together a Valencia Travel Guide with all of the best restaurants, hotel recommendations and places to see for you guys. I had promised my grandma I would take her there to see her best friend, so we finally made the trip and loved it. The paella in Valencia is truly out of this world!
Where To Stay:
Hotel Las Arenas – This beachfront hotel is the best in Valencia. It is located in one of the nicest neighborhoods in the town near the port and only a 15-minute taxi ride from the center. The staff was super friendly and nice enough to upgrade us to their presidential suite, which included a large living room with two separate bedrooms and bathrooms. We had a beautiful wrap around balcony with lounge chairs overlooking the sea.
Where To Eat:
Llisa Negra – This restaurant offers an innovative gastronomic experience that is primarily product focused. The contemporary and charming environment is great for any occasion! I recommend the Valencia salad with fresh greens and juicy tomatoes, the grilled turbot and of course the Iberico pork.
Lavoe Arroz y Mar – My dear friend brought me to Lavoe for lunch and introduced me to the chef, Toni Boix. We were lucky enough to sit near the open kitchen and experience watching him cook. Lavoe’s menu changes daily based on the availability of ingredients that day. We had the most delicious Valencia tomatoes and red prawns to start. Chef Toni also made three different paellas for us to try! The seafood with artichokes was my favorite!
Casa Carmela – This restaurant started out as a food shack on the beach but is now a traditional restaurant decorated with typical Valencian tiles. Casa Carmela is also one of the best spots for paella in the city! Their wood-fired paellas come in several variations but my favorite has to be the fresh seafood one.
Duna El Puerto – Duna El Puerto has an exceptional view of the Marina Real and is very near Hotel Arenas. Their octopus was so tender and flavorful and definitely the best I have ever tried. The Valenciana paella, made with chicken, rabbit, artichokes and green beans, was also great!
Ricard Camarena – This spot right outside the Old Town serves beautifully plated dishes in a modern, luxurious atmosphere. Their locally sourced ingredients and care for sustainability ensure that the food is not only delicious but also extremely fresh. Try one of their unique tasting menus!
Pilsener – Pilsener’s is conveniently located in the city center and has a modern design inspired by the sea. It is one of the best spots for typical Valencian food. Their specialties are paellas, seafood, and meats. Start with the fresh tomato salad and then try one of their many paellas!
Habitual – Habitual is known for its top-quality, extremely fresh vegetables that are locally sourced from a nearby market. Their unique twist on traditional recipes were some of my favorites during my time in Valencia. Try the cauliflower with pico de gallo and roasted walnuts, the Valencian mussel paella with tomato, and the amazing pumpkin dessert with ginger ice cream!
Racó del Turia – This cozy, family-run restaurant has specialized in traditional Valencian food since 1991. The intimate dining room displays typical Valencian ceramics and paintings. Start with the goat cheese salad or grilled squid, and then try the paella with cod, cauliflower, and chickpeas.
Casa Montaña – This classic spot is situated in a traditional tavern that dates back to 1836! It is internationally recognized for its tapas and wine. The Padrón green peppers, butter bean hummus, and grilled calamari were my favorites.
Aduana – Aduana offers the best local cuisine in a beautiful spot near the harbor. They also have an incredible and extensive wine list. Any of their fresh seafood plates will be delicious, but I especially recommend tuna ceviche and the octopus.
Restaurante Flor de Valencia – One of the best restaurants in Valencia for traditional food! Start with the crunchy octopus and Valenciana salad and then try the seafood and vegetable paella.
What To Do:
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias – The city’s science museum is an absolute must see if you’re in Valencia. Its modern architecture, beautiful gardens, and interactive exhibits are impressive. They even have an underwater restaurant where you can dine next to tropical sea life.
Valencia Cathedral – The Valencia Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral de Santa Maria de Valencia, is another site you can’t miss! Its Gothic architecture is stunning and it is situated in the popular Plaza de la Virgen square. Climb up 206 steps to the top of the bell tower, El Miguelete, to see a panoramic view of the whole city!
Central Market – Many European cities have wonderful Central Markets that offer authentic local food and culture. Valencia’s Central Market, one of the oldest in Europe, is always packed with both locals and tourists alike. Try some of their famous cheeses, jamón, and seafood!
Turia Park – The beautiful Turia Gardens extend throughout the city center all the way to the ocean. They are perfect for a picnic, run, bike ride or casual stroll through town on a nice day!
Colón Market – This lively market near the Old Town was once very similar to the Central Market. Today it is a much more modern spot filled with cute cafes, pop-up shops, art exhibits, and events.
La Lonja de la Seda – This 15th-century building used to be Valencia’s silk market in Medieval times. Back in the day, it was a sign of the city’s wealth and a thriving economy. Today, it is one of the city’s most popular destinations where visitors can admire the beautiful Gothic architecture.