5 Ways To Keep It Cool In Valencia In Summer
From May through September, Valencia’s summer may get almost unbearably hot. Day time temperatures oscillate between 30 and 40 degrees C (85-105 F), sometimes higher. So if you feel like you are literally on fire, use these tips to stay cool!
1. Drink the nutrient dense horchata
All natural horchata by Mon Orxata.
Consuming loads of liquids is a no brainer. You can get a bottle of ice cold water in most kiosks, bars and small shops.
But did you know that Valencia’s staple drink horchata is actually a perfect thirst quencher? It has been used since the Moorish times for refreshment.
If you have a sweet tooth, you can get the sugary version of the tiger nut drink at any horchatería and many other establishments in the touristy areas near the Cathedral. If you, like me, prefer the pure thing – made of tigernut and water only – get it at the portable quiosks by Mon Orxata. Ask for “horchata sin azúcar”.
2. Start your day early
Sundrenched and shady streets and plazas of Valencia.
Temperatures in Valencia in summer peak early afternoon – around 2-3pm. With this in mind, plan your day accordingly. Do outdoors sightseeing in the mornings, and leave indoor things to do for after lunch!
Time permitting, after a copious Valencian lunch, why not have a nap? Having rested during the hottest time of the day, go to a bar for merienda (sweet snack at about 6 pm). The coffee will keep going until late.
Locals gather for dinner around 10 pm in summer. And though Valencia is famous nationwide for its dance parties, note that clubs do not come alive until 2am!
3. Seek the chill and inspiration at the museums
Centre del Carme is an exhibition center housed in a former convent.
When you have had your share of beach sunshine and sea, explore less exposed treasures of the city. There is no shortage of museums in Valencia – from small to big ones. For example:
The City of Arts & Science’s interactive science building Museo del Príncipe Felipe is great for spending an afternoon with the kids.
There are lots of all sorts of museums in the city. You can get more ideas list here.
And if you need more ideas on what to do, check out my list of 125 things to do in Valencia!
4. Indulge in icy treats
Fresh fruit at the Central Market.
Snack on chilled prepared fruit at the Central Market (7am-3pm, except Sunday) and grab a delicious ice cream. Here are my favorite ice cream spots in Valencia:
Helados Italianos Brustolon – the oldest ice cream place in Valencia, with lots of options, located in Avinguda del Regne de València
Helados Gran Vía – artisan all natural icy treats. Try the local speciality turrón ice cream.
Glasol – delicious ice cream served at multiple locations throughout the city. Try blanco y negro coffee with ice cream.
Els Sarriers – traditional setting away from tourists, where apart from ice cream people come for horchata.
5. Get on the bus
To get from point A to point B use the good old bus (or metro). Public transport in Valencia is very well air conditioned. While the metro station themselves are not, once you get on the train you are sure to feel an immediate relief.
If you would like to explore Valencia culture deeper, join me on a culture & food tour. During the tour you will be taken to the best local bars (off-the-beaten-track!) and learn about the local way of eating and living. Book your tour today!
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