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How to Spend 3 Days in Valencia

How to Spend 3 Days in Valencia

With three days in Valencia, you have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere, see the historic sights, take a bite out of the food scene, and journey deeper into the region. Here’s how to make the most of 72 hours in Spain’s 3rd-largest city.

Day 1: Explore the city

Get your bearings on a walking, biking, or Segway tour. Many itineraries focus on the Old Town, with its mazelike center filled with Gothic, Renaissance, and baroque architecture. Landmarks such as the Valencia Cathedral contain elements of each of those styles. For more flexibility, opt for a private or hop-on hop-off bus tour. After lunch, wander the futuristic complex of the City of Arts and Sciences. Guided walking tours introduce you to local son Santiago Calatrava’s strikingly modern buildings, and often include a drink on one of the city’s tallest terraces. Stick around the complex for dinner—you’ll find lots of options.

Day 2: Dive into the food scene

Valencia is the birthplace of paella, so there’s no better place to taste one of Spain’s most famous dishes. Go a step further and learn how to make it. Many cooking classes begin with a tour of a busy public market—typically the Mercado Central or Mercado de Colón—where you’ll join the locals in shopping for the ingredients you’ll need. Afterward, head to the kitchen to discover the secrets of authentic paella-making before enjoying the fruits of your labor with a glass of wine. If you don’t feel like cooking, choose a tour of the markets (including samples of traditional dishes) or the city’s best tapas bars. Finally, make your way to the Old Town for alfresco drinks on the sidewalk. 

Day 3: See more Valencia

Spend your final day away from the hustle and bustle of the city, exploring the surrounding countryside of the autonomous community of Valencia. Around 45 minutes south of the city, Albufera Natural Park is home to Spain’s largest lake, lush wetlands, abundant wildlife, and a bird observatory. Tours from the city usually include hotel transfers and a visit to the charming fishing village of El Palmar, where you’ll see a local fish market and a historic fisherman’s home. 

Back in the city, round out your trip with a flamenco show, or embark on a sunset cruise through the bay. Both experiences often include dinner and drinks.

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Authentic Valencian Paella Cooking Class

Authentic Valencian Paella Cooking Class

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Step into the shoes of a Spanish chef and learn to make Valencia’s signature dish during a hands-on paella cooking lesson. Travel outside the city to a traditional farmhouse, where a gourmet instructor shows you the secrets behind this famous rice-and-seafood dish. Sit down to enjoy the home-cooked cuisine while surrounded by a landscape of orange trees and rice paddies for an authentic Valencian experience.
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  • 4 hours
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$81.88
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$81.88
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All of Valencia Private Bike Tour

All of Valencia Private Bike Tour

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Some group city tours can feel impersonal and rigid. This private bicycle tour of Valencia offers the flexibility of customizing it according to your own interests and takes you pedaling through the city streets to see the top sights and off-the-beaten-path gems in the company of just your chosen travel companions and a guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$66.23
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Old City of Valencia Private Walking Tour with a Local Expert

Old City of Valencia Private Walking Tour with a Local Expert

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Avoid the tourist crowds with a private walking tour of Valencia’s Old Town, benefiting from your guide’s personalized attention as you explore landmarks including Plaza de la Virgin, Torres de Serranos, and traditional craft workshops. Gain insight into Valencia’s rich history, as well as tips and recommendations for the rest of your visit, and enjoy an intimate perspective of the city as you stroll its streets, at a time that suits your party.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$24.08
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Valencia Segway Tour

Valencia Segway Tour

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Roll through Valencia's historic Old Town and past modern landmarks like the impressive City of Arts and Sciences on a Segway tour. Follow a guide through winding medieval streets and along bustling boulevards as you explore the city's layered architectural history, from Roman roots through the legacy of Visigoth and Arab rule into its era as a modern Spanish metropolis. It's a great way to see most of the city's highlights while saving your feet from fatigue.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$90.31
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Valencia City of Arts & Sciences Tour with Rooftop Wine Tasting and Tapas

Valencia City of Arts & Sciences Tour with Rooftop Wine Tasting and Tapas

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With its futuristic buildings and fascinating exhibits, the City of the Arts and Sciences is an attraction at the top of many Valencia itineraries. Combine a visit to the site with tapas and wine tasting on one of Valencia’s highest terraces on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people. Pose for photographs outside of the dynamic buildings, and then ascend to the rooftop terrace to indulge in a tasting menu of Valentian delicacies and regional wines. Drop-off to your hotel at the end of the experience is included.
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  • 4 hours
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Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences Tour

Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences Tour

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Experience the modern masterpiece at the heart of Valencia’s cultural scene with a guided, 3-hour tour of the spectacular City of Arts and the Sciences. Walk along the length of this futuristic complex designed by celebrated Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, while learning about its construction and the many events and attractions contained within its eye-popping structures. Step inside several buildings, including the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and the Oceanogràfic — Europe’s largest aquarium.
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  • 2 hours
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$66.23
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Valencia Sunset Cruise with Dinner at the Beach

Valencia Sunset Cruise with Dinner at the Beach

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Experience the enchantment of a Spanish sunset on a 1.5-hour cruise from Valencia. On board a modern catamaran, enjoy an alternative perspective of Valencia’s skyline while sipping a glass of sparkling wine. Admire secluded beaches and the dramatic silhouette of Mt Penagolosa as the sun begins to sink into the sea. Once the sun has set, disembark at Playa de las Arenas beach to enjoy a traditional Spanish meal of tapas and paella.
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  • 3 hours
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$127.64
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Valencia Arts and Sciences Segway Tour

Valencia Arts and Sciences Segway Tour

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Save you feet while getting a glimpse of Valencia’s modern architecture on this 2-hour Segway tour of the City of Arts and Sciences complex with professional art historian guide. Glide past some of Valencia’s most important contemporary buildings as you admire visually striking structures like ‘L'Hemisfèric,’ ‘L’Umbracle,’ Science Museum ‘Príncipe Felipe,’ and much more.
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  • 2 hours
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Tapas Dinner and Flamenco Show in Valencia

Tapas Dinner and Flamenco Show in Valencia

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Immerse yourself in Spanish culture as you tuck into tapas and clap along to live flamenco music! First, feast on a hearty spread of traditional tapas, then get ready for a spectacular 1-hour flamenco show. Sip a complimentary glass of sangria as you get swept up in the passionate performances and marvel at the live musicians, professional dancers and dramatic costumes.
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  • 2 hours
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$96.33
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Valencia Historical Walking Tour with Traditional Meal

Valencia Historical Walking Tour with Traditional Meal

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Get the perfect introduction to Valencia’s history, culture, and cuisine on an afternoon walking with a traditional paella (it could be lunch or dinner) at a local restaurant. Get a history lesson from a knowledgeable guide and see the main sights of the beautiful port city’s old town, including the Valencia Cathedral, Generalitat Palace, Plaza de la Reina square, and Barcas Street. After working up an appetite on the stroll, settle into a local restaurant for a delicious meal featuring your choice of authentic Valencia paella complete with dessert and drinks.
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  • 3 hours
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$89.11
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Albufera Natural Park Tour

Albufera Natural Park Tour

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Enjoy a serene escape from the city with a tour of Albufera Lake and nature reserve, located a short distance from Valencia. Explore the charming fishing village of Palmar, and get a sense of traditional waterside life with a peek inside a historic fisherman’s home and a boat ride on the lake.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$30.10
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