Beautiful cities and sun-drenched coastlines
Valencia offers the pace of a sleepy seaside town but with culture and history in abundance. Oh and the mother of all parties - Las Fallas.
Don't miss Europe's largest aquarium - the Oceanografic - containing around 45,000 living sea creatures. The aquarium spans several buildings; each representing different geographical themes. Visit the Antarctic for a glimpse of those lovable penguins, and the Arctic for those big beasts the walruses and beluga whales. The Tropical zone will whisk you through a journey from the Pacific and Atlantic to the warm waters of the Caribbean.
There's a popular dolphin show every day, make sure you check out the show times as soon as you arrive - you don't want to miss it.
Tip: For a surreal meal head to the Submarino restaurant, as its name suggests it's an underwater restaurant!
Valencia is home to an array of beautiful parks, each one a tranquil oasis from the busy streets. The main park is the Jardin del Turia; a dried out riverbed crossing the entire city. The park provides the perfect means to get from one end of the city to the other, all the time walking through lush gardens and pretty flower beds. If you're with the kids, check out the Gulliver's Travels amusement park.
If you love animals head to Cabecera Park - just at the top of Jardin del Turia - there's an open-air zoo! For everything flowers, make your way to the Botanical Gardens, founded in 1567 and now part of the university.
Valencia's Old Town is a treasure trove of both Roman and Arabic architecture - you'll want to spend a good few hours exploring. A good place to start is the Cathedral of Our Lady - a massive Gothic church - just in between La Plaza de la Reina and La Plaza de la Virgen. From here wander down Knights' Street and you'll come across El Carmen quarter and the stone building of La Lonja de Seda (the old silk market) and directly in front of this sits the wonderful art nouveau Mercado Central - one of the largest indoor markets in Spain.
Tip: The district of El Carmen is the best spot to grab a bite to eat and a refreshing drink.
Prices based on lowest available Standard Class return fare per person.
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