The uncontested home of paella, the world-renowned dish is a mixture of flavours and combinations which reflect the city’s diverse history. The ever-modernising Valencia is a vibrant fusion of old and new – packed with culture, stunning beaches, fizzing nightlife and extraordinary food.
Wondering where to visit? The City of Arts and Sciences (one of the 12 treasures of Spain) is an impressive architectural complex designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. Covering two kilometres the complex is home to attractions such as the Oceanogràfic, Europe's biggest aquarium; the Hemisfèric, a digital 3D cinema; a remarkable science museum; and a huge open-access garden.
One of the most historically significant sites is the Valencia Cathedral, a Gothic-style building which dates back to the 13th century. The Chapel of the Holy Grail has been home to the Holy Chalice for more than 100 years, while you can also find some of the most important artworks from the Spanish Renaissance in the cathedral. While you're there don't forget to climb the Miguelete Tower for sensational panoramic views of the city.
A city steeped in history, there are few places this is more evident than the El Carmen neighbourhood - found in the city's old quarter. In addition to the famed architecture you've also got bustling markets, fantastic tapas bars and atmospheric pubs to enjoy.
And finally, if you're after some of the best paella head on down to Albufera Natural Park and El Palmar, around 10km from the city - the place where it all started.