Valencia is Spain's third largest city and also one of the most enjoyable Spanish cities, with a beautiful Old Town, a great climate, beaches and a terrific atmosphere.
Valencia city breaks receive far less attention than its rivals Barcelona and Madrid, and the southern Spanish cities of Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada.
Actually Valencia city breaks rival the others in offering not only one of the liveliest and most enjoyable nightlife in Spain, but also in offering plenty of cultural highlights including superb Baroque, Renaissance and Neoclassical architecture, a fascinating cathedral, the beautiful Gotich Silk Exchange and a wonderful modernist covered market. The Museu de Bellas Artes contains a superb art collection.
All Valencia city breaks should include a visit to Valencia's impressive futuristic City of Arts and Science with its planetarium, aquarium and Museum of Sciences.
Barrio del Carmen is a very small area located to the north east of the Old Quarter. The area attracts a mixed group of people of all ages including artists, tourists and locals out to have fun. There are many places to eat and many bars; restaurants and clubs are situated on Calla Cabelleros.
Fiesta fans should plan Valencia city breaks around the city's terrific February Carneval and, above all, Valencia's unbelievable, week-long fireworks extravaganza, las Fallas, in mid March.
Valencia enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate. It is not as hot and dry as the south, with average temperatures in June around 26C. July and August can be much hotter, well over 30C. In the winter months, from November to March, the average temperature is around 13C. In the winter months temperatures can fall dramatically during the night, but the days can be surprisingly warm with the added benefit of bright clear sunshine. Valencia climate sees about 320 sunny days in a year, making for great outdoors venue.
Rain is rare in Valencia. If it happens it doesn't usually stay long. Rain can take any form from a brief tropical downpour to a few drops. It is very unpredictable in when it starts and how long it will last. The usual times for rain are end of September - October and March - April.