Things To Do Tips
The city's coast consists of three beaches: Las Arenas, la Malvarrosa and Alboraya, in addition to the Cabañal neighborhood, where the city's fishermen once lived. If you are fit enough, try to walk along all three in just one morning. If not, just enjoy the landscape and the sea breeze while sipping on a refreshing drink in any of the open-air terraces facing the sea.
Located in the heart of the old town area of Valencia is Plaza de la Reina. This is a pretty square, with flowers in the middle, and cafes, restaurants and grand buildings around the edge. The one thing you can't help but notice when you are in the square is the Cathedral and bell tower, which stand at its northern end. Just off the square, at the south west end, is the small Plaza Santa Catalina, where you can visit Iglesia de Santa Catalina.
The Plaza de la Virgen sits on the site that once was the forum of Roman Valencia. It is surrounded by impressive buildings and home to lots of pigeons. You can't miss the impressive Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados on the eastern side of the square, and on the western side is the Gothic Palau de la Generalitat, the seat of government for the Valencia region. Also in the square there are some cafes with plenty of outside seating for the obligatory people watching.
The Balneario La Alameda has opened its doors to the public in Valencia. After a meticulous process of refurbishment, the spa was inaugurated in the old Casa de la Lactancia, which is extremely close to the 600 metre deep, 42 ºC thermal spring. As a modernistic palace built at the beginning of the 20 th century to host the 1909 Valencia Regional Exhibition, the Casa de La Lactancia remains one of the most unique buildings in the city.
Harbour Cruise, take a relaxing boat trip around Valencia's port, the biggest commercial port in Spain. The price of around 10 Euro included a light lunch and the trip lasted for about an hour. Ok if you like ports and shipping but I would have preferred to walk on the beach! Walk to the port area and they are moored alongside the quay.