We've chosen the beautiful city of Valencia to tie the knot, and as it would be a pity if you left without visiting it, we recommend you to spend 3 or 4 days sightseeing, eating and going to the beach (considering the post-wedding hangover on Saturday).
Founded in 138 BC, the city has an interesting history, incredible architecture with ancient buildings contrasting with ultra-modern ones, nice beaches, unique festivals, exquisite cuisine (birthplace of paella!) and to top it all, it is easy to get around and the prices are very reasonable.
A walk in the old city center is very pleasant; we recommend walking on the narrow streets and observing the beautiful old buildings everywhere.
The sights we can especially recommend to include in your itinerary are the following:
A 9km park that snakes through the city and is filled with things to see and do. It is filled with people exercising or just enjoying the gorgeous outdoor space and greenery. Turia Gardens was originally a river and it was created due to a flood. Make sure you stop to admire the many bridges along the way, as el Puente de las Flores (Flowers bridge) as well as the Gulliver Park. On the west side you can find the Bioparc (an animal park that has been designed under the concept of zoo - immersion) and on the east side you reach the City of Arts and Sciences.
This modern part of the city is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex. The complex, and the beautiful green park winding through it, is located on the former riverbed of the River Turia. The futuristic buildings here are home to several museums– the Science Museum, the Planetarium, the Aquarium, the Arts Museum and the IMAX theatre.
There is a lot to see and do in the City of Arts and Science but if you have limited time, we recommend taking a 1 ½ hour guided tour in the Opera House or visiting L’Oceanogràfic, the largest oceanographic aquarium in Europe.
La Malvarrosa beach is split into three main areas, which are the Malvarrosa, Las Arenas and Patacona beaches, all of which are clean, family-friendly and a great place to spend a low-cost, relaxing time on holiday.
The beaches are easily reached by public transport from the main city centre, and the tram line 5 (going to station Neptu) can be caught from the Metro stop in the centre of Valencia known as Colon (5min walk from Hotel Dimar).
Slightly further out of Valencia and again very popular with the locals and those ‘in the know’ is the beach of El Saler. It is located about 13 kilometres to the south of the city and it is accessed only by road.
Only 10 kilometres from València you will find the Albufera Natural Park, a Mediterranean ecosystem with unspoilt dune beaches, forests, rice fields and a huge lake where you can enjoy boat trips.
This is where paella was invented and where you can try other culinary delights made with local products, such as all-i-pebre (a garlic and paprika-based dish) and marinated mullet. There is no better way to discover the area's biodiversity than experiencing one of the park's six routes on foot or by bike.
The park is home to the largest lake in Spain and one of the most important wetland areas in the Iberian Peninsula. It is a place of great ecological interest with rare species of wading birds and a rich variety of wildlife. Its waters have been traditionally worked by fishermen and rice growers, supplying ingredients and inspiration for many of the regions most succulent dishes. To sample the best of the local gastronomy, go to the village of El Palmar, a setting for many of the works of Blasco Ibáñez. It is an excellent place to try classic dishes such as Paella, Arroz a Banda, or All i Pebre made with eels freshly caught from the lake. After the meal, there is nothing more relaxing than a boat trip on the Albufera lake contemplating the red and amber tones of the setting sun dancing across the water.
How to get there:
You can get there by car or by touristic bus. This will drive you to the Albufera National park where you can discover rice fields, and the Albufera Lagoon ecosystems. There is an Albufera boat trip included. The route duration is about 2 hours. You can also have the option of adding a typical paella lunch to the trip.
BIOPARC Valencia is an animal park that has been designed under the concept of zoo - immersion. The incorporation of the multispecies enclosures and depth of vision makes it possible to contemplate from one point different spaces and to enjoy a unique experience noticeable only in the wild nature. As a result we get closer to the animals without visible barriers like staying in places origin of species.