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 comfortable, modern hotel accommodation.
The Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, flies you direct to Valencia with Ryanair from Glasgow International and includes hand luggage and four nights room only accommodation, based on two sharing a double or twin room at the 3* Hotel Casual Valencia de las Artes.
The city breaks are for four nights, flying out from Glasgow International on the following dates:
16th, 23rd, 30th April
7th, 14th, 21st May
4th, 11th, 18th June
Flights are direct and depart at 06:30 and arrive in Valencia at 10.25. Inbound flights depart 11:30 and arrive in Glasgow at 13.25.
The Hotel Casual Valencia de las Artes is located in the centre of Valencia near many of the city’s major sights like the Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts, Modernisme Plaza of the City Hall, and Prince Felipe Museum of Sciences.
Its spacious air-conditioned rooms include a mini bar, safe, TV and bathroom with hairdryer and free toiletries.
There are many bars, restaurants and shops in the streets surrounding the hotel. Valencia’s Old Town is three kilometres away and offers a wide selection of dining options and lively nightlife.
Amistat Metro Station is 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel and connects with the rest of the city. Valencia Port and the beach are three kilometres away.
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.
The Hotel Casual Valencia de las Artes has plenty of positive guest feedback on TripAdvisor, including these recent reviews, edited for length:
‘A great hotel in a location where you are no more than 30 minutes walk away from the beach, Valencia City and the park is approximately 10 minutes. Staff are all friendly and welcoming and buffet breakfast caters for everyone. Rooms have air conditioning along with mini fridge to put drinks etc in. Fresh towels everyday and bed linen changed 3 times during my 1 weeks stay. Would definitely recommend!’
‘My husband and I have just returned from our 3rd visit to this hotel. We love Valencia, and find that this small hotel suits all of our needs. The staff are amongst the friendliest and most helpful that we have ever met. I emailed ahead of our visit, requesting a particular room, and our request was granted. The room was perfect for us with an enormous bed, good wifi and fresh towels daily. So thank you to all of you in reception, breakfast room and housekeeping for, yet again, making our stay so comfortable.’
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 Glasgow and stylish accommodation, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy this memorable destination, relax on the beach and engage in some evening tapas crawls.