A few Tips For Visiting Valencia, Spain. Land of paella, Horchata, and beaches. This quick guide with tips for visiting Valencia, Spain with kids will make your Spainish vacation easier…
The Malva Rosa beach is the most accessible beach (you can public transit – bus – to it and there is also free public parking). This accessibility also makes it very crowded. There are reasonably priced restaurants along the boardwalk where you can sit down for lunch or take out. FYI – there are no nearby public washrooms at the Malva Rosa beach so plan your restaurant trips accordingly to use their facilities.
Picnicing at the beach is very popular. You seen most people bring coolers, chairs, umbrellas and spend the day.
Valencia, Spain is known for the Paella Valenciana. It’s a big deal. There are different variations of paella: seafood, meat only, mixed. But it always comes with the signature yellow rice.
Horchata and Fartons are the go-to snack.Horchata is a dairy-free cold drink made from tiger nuts (which is supposed to be a super food). Fartons are something between a long donut and cake topped with sugar. You dip the Fartons in the Horchata or eat them on their own. And yes, my son laughed every time we said “fart-ons”.
Visiting Valencia, Spain
Spend at least one day downtown; visiting the old city. There are several beautiful churches you should not miss (one has the skeleton arm of a saint behind glass — something you don’t see everyday).
The Biopark is the zoo in Valencia. It does get very hot in Valencia so plan your visit AFTER 6pm when the early evening hours bring cooler weather. We were warned NOT to go during the morning or early afternoon because it’s just too hot.
However, L’Oceanogràfic – the aquarium in Valencia – has underground/covered areas so it’s a cooler experience. It’s a good destination on a cloudy day when it isn’t beach weather.
There are several neighbourhood outdoor markets which are fun to browse and can bring you good deals on dresses and fans. However, be wary of pickpockets!