What To Do In Valencia In February
Chose to visit Valencia in February? You won’t be sorry. During the low season you will be able to avoid tourist crowds. So take it slow while enjoying the Mediterranean climate, fresh healthy food and the spectacular sights!
Image credit: Ana Guzzo
Go Back In Time
Start discovering Valencia from the beginning of it all. In L’Almoina archeological complex, located just behind the Valencia Cathedral, you will find a hidden gem! More than 2000 years of history lay beneath us in that wonderfully preserved underground space.
Call in advance and book a private tour in English. (Which by the way is ridiculously cheap).
Or discover it at your own pace. The signage in English is plentiful.
Free entry on Sundays.
Grab A Unique “Paella Bouera”
Bull offal paella. Image source: fentdetutto.blogspot.es
Valencia in February is not very cold, but we do crave comfort food nevertheless… And what better comfort food than a winter version of paella!
So take a note. North of the city in the towns like Alboraya and Tavernes Blanques there is a local winter rice dish cooked on home stoves in winter. It is a rustic paella, in which the protein component is bull’s offal: liver, gizzard and heart. The most prominent vegetable components are green endives and chickpeas.
It’s hard to find this dish in the restaurants, as it has always been a humble homemade favorite. Paella bouera allowed people to put to good use the variety meats left from butchering of a cow.
However, there are a couple of restaurants that serve this paella (also called paella de fetge de bou – “paella with bull’s liver”). One of them is Hotel and Restaurant Estela, located within a 10 minute drive from Valencia.
Keep in mind it is an unpretentious, lowkey restaurant. A kind of restaurant that tourists who like to experience the real life would enjoy.
Visit the Futuristic Opera House
If you are feeling like you would rather keep warm while in Valencia in February, tour the opera house!
The futuristic looking Opera House in Valencia (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia) is a masterpiece of modern architecture. Even though its construction (as well as the rest of the City of Arts and Science) is of questionable gain for the city in the eyes of the locals (due to the over the top spending on the complex build-out), it is well worth a visit.
Take a guided tour, which lasts for just under an hour and allows you to visit each of the halls, the panoramic elevators outside and gardens.
Get a 25% discount using Valencia Tourist Card!
Take A Delicious Food Tour
A great opportunity to learn about the local culture and food and to meet fellow food loving travellers is to join my food tour. If you opt for the evening tapas & wine tour, you will spend 3+ hours hopping from one emblematic tavern to another (5 of them in total) and discover traditional Valencian food and local wines.
But this is not just an eat-and-drink experience! During our walk you will hear about the local history and traditions.
The tour takes place off the beaten track and shows you the real Valencia!
See The Rural Life
Why not get warm in Valencia in February by eating a traditional paella cooked over a wood fire or a great all i pebre (Valencian eel and potato stew in spicy sauce)! Experience the traditional way of life, which can now only be done outside of the capital.
Just a 10 minute drive away from Valencia, outside of the little town of Meliana, there is a restaurant-museum – Barraca Toni Montoliu.
Old typical to this land farming and household tools decorate the restaurant’s walls.
Also, the owners keep horses and can organize an equestrian outing. And there is a playground for kids!
Enjoy your stay in Valencia in February and should you wish to join me on one of my tours, feel free to reach out to me!