Where To Stay In Valencia: A Guide To Areas With Insider’s Tips & Photos
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Uncover the best areas to stay in Valencia, depending on the purpose of your visit. Whether you are coming for business, culture or in search of sun & beach – this guide with insider’s tips and map will help you easily identify your best area where to stay in Valencia!
Valencia’s Old Town – Best Area For Culture Lovers
One of the things to know before visiting Valencia is that what makes it so special in the first place is its frame worthy sights in the Old Town. This is the best area to stay, if you want to have all the sightseeing musts and top cultural spots at your fingertips.
This area has an impressive list of iconic landmarks, churches, cultural corners and museums.
The heart of Valencia possesses lots of Medieval and Baroque pizzazz. And there is no shortage of renovated AirBnB apartments available for rent. (Find best hotels in the area, listed below).
It’s fun to mooch your way through the Old Town… From tapas to paella, there are both great traditional and contemporary places. As long as you keep clear from the touristy places!
Old Town Travel Tips
How to find the Old Town:
Enter “Ciutat Vella Valencia” in Google Maps.
Best hotels in the Old Town:
Caro Hotel – 5 stars
One Shot Palacio Reina Victoria – 4 stars
Vincci Lys – 4 stars
Vincci Mercat – 4 stars
Hospes Palau de la Mar – 5 stars
Sights not to be missed in the Old Town:
- the magnificent square Plaça de la Verge
- the unique Silk Exchange
- Europe’s biggest market – Mercat Central
Old Town Hidden gems:
- the hard-to-find Plaça del Negret – a nice little square great for a drink at night
- the oldest standing building in town – Banys del Almirante
Pros of staying in the Old Town:
- Easy access to the must-see sights
- Lots of charming streets that take you to Valencia’s glorious past
Old Town Cons:
- it’s swarming with tourists in peak season
- areas with bars can be noisy at night
Stay In Russafa For Food & Parties – Hip & Trendy District
If you would like to stay away from tourists, but still be within a walking distance to the heart of Valencia, Russafa is perfect.
The name Russafa (Ruzafa in Castilian Spanish) means a garden in Arab. This area was settled in the 9th century as a country estate for the Moorish governor of Balansiya. It only became part of Valencia at the end of 19th century and presents a sophisticated but charming look.
Russafa boasts its own huge fresh produce market, third-wave coffee shops, vintage clothes shops and quirky galleries. So once you have ticked off all those tourist sites, dedicate some time to exploring gastronomy. In Russafa, tasty tapas are never far away!
Russafa Travel Tips
How to find Russafa:
Enter “Russafa Valencia” in Google Maps.
Best Accommodation in Russafa:
The best way to stay in Russafa is to rent one of many apartments available in the area, such as City Garden Bed & Breakfast.
Otherwise, there is a large 4-star Senator Parque Central Hotel perched on the edge of Russafa.
- The best part of Russafa is the amount of pleasant streetside terraces and adorable nooks and crannies.
- Enjoy a mind blowing selection of delicious pastries at Dulce de Leche
- Have a delightful breakfast at Bluebell Coffee
- Try innovative cuisine at Dos Estaciones
- Take a delicious trip around internationally inspired tapas at Canalla Bistro
- Stroll the streets lined up with vibrant buidings and visit the Russafa market to watch locals shop
- Join my Hidden Gems, Wine & Tapas Tour to get exclusive access to a 1932 bar’s wine tasting room!
Pros and Cons of staying in Russafa:
- Stunning neoclassical architecture
- Far less touristy than the Old Town
- Located within a walking distance to the Old Town
- Lots of options for dining and partying
- But with all this partying this area can be noisy at night
Cabanyal-Canyamelar – For A Beach Vacation
If you want to venture outside the box, and especially if you have already been to Valencia and mostly crave some beach and sun, Cabanyal-Canyamelar area could be a good choice.
Beyond the beach, this seaside district’s enticements include unique pop-art architecture and some serious eats. Gobble up seafood at such traditional restaurant as Restaurante El Cabanyal, or go for a wide selection of traditional local tapas at the culinary heavy-weight Casa Montaña that will take you to the Old World Spain.
If your preference is renting an apartment, this area can be hit or miss – some streets in this district are quite run down. So make sure to carefully read reviews, before you make a booking. Otherwise, check out the best hotels listed below.
Cabanyal-Canyamelar Travel Tips
How to find Cabanyal-Canyamelar:
Enter “El Cabanyal-El Canyamelar” in Google Maps.
Best Hotels in Cabanyal-Canyamelar:
- Las Arenas – the best hotel in Valencia
- Hotel Neptuno – 4 stars
- Casa Montaña tapas bar from 1836
- Fábrica de Hielo – a quirky art & music lounge
- Rice Museum – a tiny museum showcasing one of Valencia’s emblematic traditions
- La Tahona del Abuelo – an old bakery with delicious typical pastries and bread
Cabanyal-Canyamelar Pros & Cons:
- Historic area with interesting architecture and few tourists
- Close to the beach
- Far from the Old Town
Has this guide helped you choose a great area for your stay in Valencia? Share in the comments below. And if you want to experience truly authentic local food, perhaps, you would be interested in joining my top-rated food tours? My evening tapas tour takes place in Russafa, and I am about to launch a day time market & tapas tour in the Old Town!
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