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 that they invented paella here?
Find out the secrets of this alluring city for yourself with today’s Big Deal, offering a four night spring or summer 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 four nights room only accommodation, based on two sharing a double or twin room at the four star Senator Parque Central Hotel.
The city breaks are for four nights, flying out from Edinburgh International on the following dates:
5th, 26th March
7th, 14th May
4th, 18th June
Flights are direct. March flights depart at 09:30 and arrive in Valencia at 13:25. Inbound flights depart 07:00 and arrive in Edinburgh at 09:05.
April to June flights depart at 08:25 and arrive at 12:20. Inbound flights depart 21:40 and arrive at 23:45.
Four star accommodation
Just a few minutes from both the stunning Old Town and the train station, Senator Parque Central Hotel has plenty of facilities for a relaxing stay.
The leisure club offers both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a sauna, steam bath, gym and massage treatments. There are also various areas for eating and relaxing, such as a restaurant, dining space, café, bar and TV room.
Each of the 192 ensuite guest rooms is well-equipped, including a king-size bed for a good night’s sleep, TV, WiFi, air conditioning, safe, minibar, phone, hairdryer, fridge and even a mini-fridge for keeping your drinks cold.
Breakfast is served each day and there is also a laundry service.
There are various shopping and entertainment venues nearby, as well as the trendy Ruzafa area, known as the ‘Valencian Soho’. The nearest sandy beach can be easily reached by public transport.
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.
This TripAdvisor user loved their recent stay at Senator Parque Central Hotel in Valencia:
‘Great hotel with nice rooms, bar, great breakfast and friendly staff. Is situated in the Russafa district about 10 mins walk to Station Nord. Lots of great bars and restaurants in the area. Gym on site. Will definitely be staying again.’
Today’s Big Deal for a spring or summer Valencia trip is a great opportunity to enjoy a Mediterranean break with a difference. This vibrant and welcoming city has some spectacular sights to experience, plus great food and that balmy climate.
With direct flights from Edinburgh and a four night stay in stylish accommodation, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore a memorable destination, relax on the beach and engage in some evening tapas crawls.