Valencia for Friends
Collected by Peter Sands
Spain's third largest city, Valencia is best known for paella. Founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC, Valencia's boasts a 169-acre historic center packed with historic monuments, unique shops, bars and eateries, and it's all just minutes from the beach.
Carrer de la Llanterna, 6, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Spend a few hours making new friends and learning new culinary skills at the Food and Fun cooking school. You can sign up for a cocktail-making class, be taught by Michelin-starred chefs, learn how to make authentic tapas, or even join a cooking...
Carrer de la Llotja, 2, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia's La Lotja de la Seda, or silk exchange, is a castle-like structure in the middle of the city's old town. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it's considered one of the best examples of Gothic-era civil architecture in Europe. Dramatically...
Calle de Guillem de Castro, 118, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Wander the minimalist spaces at Valencia's Modern Art Institute and find your favorite contemporary and modern masterpieces. There are exhibitions dedicated to photography, abstract and pop art, large-scale installations, and sculpture. In the...
Plaça de Tetuan, 22, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Head to Plaza Tetuán and tour the Convento de Santo Domingo, where detail-oriented visitors will find examples of Gothic, neoclassical and renaissance architecture. Snap shots of fluted columns ending in intricate stone arches in the main...
Carrer de Polo y Peyrolón, 15, 46021 València, Valencia, Spain
Support Valencia's local live music scene and dance or simply sip drinks on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the Black Note Club. Most of the artists and bands that play here are local, but a few hail from other parts of Spain and the rest of...
28, Carrer de Xàtiva, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
Bull-fighting rarely leaves spectators without strong reactions, but whatever your attitude toward this particular Spanish tradition, you're bound to be impressed by the splendor and sheer size of Valencia's neoclassical bull-fighting ring and...
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 27, 46005 València, Valencia, Spain
Watch as the chefs prepare and serve exquisite and unique versions of traditional Spanish and Valencian dishes in Quique DaCosta's diaphanous foodie haven on Joaquín Costa Street. The house cocktail, "Hola Mercatbar," is crisp but sweet, a...
C/ General Gil Dolz, 16, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
Savor rich dishes and wines from Spain's Ribera del Duero region, like Lechazo, roasted milk-fed lamb, with delicious, meaty reds. The restaurant is spotless: Tables draped in creamy linens stand out against an accent wall papered in pictures of...
Carrer de Dalt, 11, 46003 València, Spain
Sometimes a boutique just simply understands the discerning, high-end but quirky shopper. High ceilings featuring exposed dark-wood ceiling beams give the space an airy feel, despite the fact that it's fairly crowded with inventory. Racks and...
Carrer de Bonaire, 6, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Covet large-scale installations by international and national artists at Luis Adelantado's beautiful gallery space in Valencia. Afterwards, if you simply can't stand to leave empty-handed, settle on something more portable to take home....
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