Take a weekend break to Valencia and find a beautiful city by the sea, with a lively promenade and a plethora of beachside cafes and seafood restaurants. With over 7km of golden sandy beaches, savour the local paella (long rumoured to have been invented here), a glass of the sweet local drink horchata or sugary bunyols (fried donuts) dipped in melted chocolate from open terraces overlooking the water.
While on holidays in Valencia, don't forget to wander through the trendy Barri del Carme neighbourhood in the historic old town, to enjoy a mixture of Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical architecture. From the UNESCO listed Silk Exchange building with its mischievous gargoyles to the futuristic Arts and Sciences centre designed by renowned local architect Santiago Calatrava, the cityscape is a true testament to Valencia's varied influences throughout the ages.
With direct flights from Dublin to Valencia on a regular basis, short breaks to this sunny part of Spain have become increasingly popular. Coincide your weekend in Valencia with one of the amazing festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. Witness the famous Fallas festival with spectacular fireworks and huge burning effigies that light up the sky or paint the town red in nearby Buñol, where the crazy tomato throwing festival, La Tomatina, is held each August. We provide a selection of specially selected hotels in Valencia, so you'll have somewhere lovely to relax and unwind after an eventful day.