Hugging the Mediterranean Sea on Spain’s east coast, the Valencian Community is an autonomous region centring around the cities of Valencia, Alicante and Castellon de la Plana. It encompasses fascinating old towns and sun-drenched beachside resorts, as well as craggy peaks within the Iberian mountain range.
Things to do in Valencia
Spend a day exploring Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences, a cultural and architectural complex that’s been designated as one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. Step into Europe’s largest aquarium at the Oceanografic building and get hands-on at the Prince Felipe Museum of Sciences before experiencing a theatrical, dance or opera performance at the grand Palau de Les Arts.
On the Valencian Community’s idyllic Costa Blanca is Benidorm, a former fishing village that’s been transformed into one of Spain’s most popular seaside resorts. Relax on the sands of Levante and Poniente beaches or watch the comings and goings on the palm-lined promenades, then discover the legendary nightlife for which Benidorm is renowned.
A short drive south is the port city of Alicante, which centres around the atmospheric old town of Barrio de la Santa Cruz. Wander between the colourful houses that have been built atop the remains of the city’s medieval walls, then ride the elevator that leads to the hilltop Castillo de Santa Bárbara for panoramic views across Alicante and the Mediterranean coast.
Getting around Valencia
The Valencian Community is served by Alicante Airport, Valencia Airport and Castellon-Costa Azahar Airport, all of which offer flights to destinations across Europe. An extensive railway system connects towns and cities across the region while buses and trams serve Valencia, Alicante and Castellon de la Plana. Most of the centres are compact enough to explore on foot.