It tends to get overshadowed by Madrid and Barcelona, but Valencia deserves to be regarded as one of the great cities of Spain.
Superb architecture, from Roman to 21st-century, brilliant tapas bars, an atmospheric old town… there is just so much to admire in this Mediterranean metropolis.
Oh and did we mention, they invented paella here?
Find out the secrets of this alluring city for yourself with today’s Big Deal, offering a three night break in Valencia with direct flights and four star hotel accommodation.
The Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, flies you direct to Valencia with Ryanair from Edinburgh International. It includes hand luggage and three nights room only accommodation, based on two sharing a double or twin room at the four star Hotel NH Valencia Las Artes.
The city breaks are for three nights, flying out from Edinburgh International on the following dates:
10th, 24th November
8th, 15th December
12th, 19th January
Flights are direct and depart at 09:30 and arrive in Valencia at 13:25. Inbound flights depart 07:00 and arrive in Edinburgh at 09:05.
Hotel NH Valencia Las Artes is a four star design hotel opposite El Saler Shopping Center and a five-minute walk from Valencia’s City of Arts & Sciences entertainment and culture complex. Buses outside the hotel will take you to the Old Town area.
The hotel’s leisure club offers a gym, sauna and heated indoor pool with lounge chairs.
There is also a garden view restaurant serving Valencian cuisine, a bar area and room service until midnight.
All guest rooms are decorated in soothing shades of grey, green and brown. Features include wide and comfy mattresses, free WiFi, air-conditioning, a plasma TV and even a pillow menu (basically, you get to choose what kind of pillow to lay your head on).
There are also regular activities available in the hotel.
Valencia lives up to the travel show cliché about being a city of contrasts. Close to the hotel is the fabulous space-age architecture of Santiago Calatrava’s Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias, a museum, gallery and exhibition centre complex built in a brilliant and awe-inspiring pattern of soaring curves and reflective surfaces.
It also includes Europe’s largest aquarium, with displays devoted to conservation.
A short bus trip away and you are in the atmospheric streets of the medieval old town, shady lanes packed with bars, boutiques, clubs and little tapas places serving up delicious Mediterranean dishes.
Don’t forget that Valencia was the birthplace of paella. It’s a dish traditionally eaten in the daytime, at weekends usually, in one of the restaurants lining the city beaches, where the locals head as soon as the sun appears.
Another local delicacy is horchata, the almondy drink that is just as delicious and refreshing as the local orange juice, which is arguably the world’s best.
A recent guest at Hotel NH Valencia Las Artes posted this rave review on TripAdvisor:
‘Exceptional 10/10. This hotel is fabulous. I would highly recommend. It’s my second NH hotel to stay in during my business trip to Valencia for two weeks. I travel 8 times per year and I will definitely be staying here again. They were so helpful on arrival as I lost my passport… there is a minibar with many things which was welcomed, the room had more than enough space… plenty of storage space and a safe which is very handy. Air conditioning is exceptional. Pool is beautiful and the terrace bar is amazing. Overall 10/10. I will return. I am very happy…’
This Big Deal offer to Valencia is a great way to enjoy a Mediterranean break with a difference. This vibrant and welcoming city has some spectacular sights, great food, and that balmy climate.
With direct flights from Edinburgh and stylish accommodation, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy this memorable destination, relax on the beach and engage in some evening tapas crawls.