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Third in size, but first in paella (and thus, our hearts)

As Spain's third largest city, Valencia is known for its cafes, shopping, and restaurants, but, most importantly, as the birthplace of paella. It's largely admired for its art nouveau architecture and Gothic and Renaissance monuments. It's proudly one of Spain's most liveable cities, with plenty of wide, open park spaces, large, sandy beaches, and generally lower prices than Spain's other big urban areas. Book a Valencia vacation rental with a fully stocked chef's kitchen, because this culinary capital is most definitely the place to hone your own cooking skills.

Things to do

Where foodie fiends and art aficionados unite!

Architecture lovers won't want to miss the 13th-century Valencia Cathedral or the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, while travelers eager to explore the city's nightlife will love the bohemian Carmen neighborhood. Head to the art nouveau Central Market to shop for fresh fruit, veggies, and fish, or stop at La Lonja, a silk exchange that dates back to the 15th-century. For travelers in town with kids, don't miss the Oceanografic aquarium, or the animals at the Bioparc. Cap your day with a swim at the beach, or a glass of Spanish wine at your Valencia vacation rental.

Activities

If you're in town for La Tomatina, be sure to pack all white

Much like Barcelona, Valencia is known for its lively festival scene, with regular parades that close down the city's streets and turn the entire place into one giant party. One of the most famous is La Tomatina, an annual tomato battle, where people flock the streets to hurl tomatoes at one another. But there are more ways to celebrate the local food scene. Take a food tour of the city, nabbing recs from a local who knows, or book a cooking class where you learn how to make the local signature dish—paella.

Weather

The perfect escape, practically all year long

Summers in Valencia, and especially June and July, are the most popular time to visit, thanks to plenty of beaches to combat the heat. Keep in mind that, like much of Spain, the city empties out in August, and many places close for the month. Spring and fall are particularly vibrant in Valencia, with warm temps and an influx in cultural events to keep your whole crew occupied. Winters in Valencia are mild, meaning many of the city's outdoor dining terraces stay open during the day, even in January and February.

Natural features

From the bottom of a riverbed to the top of the mountains

Set on the Mediterranean, Valencia is bordered by Catalonia to the north and Murcia to the south. Running the length of the city is the Jardins de Turia, an urban park set in the former Turia riverbed. Here, you'll share the trails with other naturelovers, hikers, and cyclists, passing fields of flowers, lush trees, and fountains. If you tire of the urban jungle surrounding your Valencia vacation rental, head for the hills, er, mountains. There's plenty of hiking, birdwatching, and exploring to be found in the nearby ranges that serve as Valencia's backdrop.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Valencia

Fly into Valencia (VLC), the closest airport, located 5.3 mi (8.6 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Valencia North Station, Valencia Joaquín Sorolla Station and Valencia Sant Isidre Station are the main stations in the area. It's easy to get around Valencia by catching a ride on the metro at Colon Station, Xativa Station or Angel Guimera Station.

Where to stay around Valencia?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,591 vacation rentals near Valencia. From 178 Houses to 48 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Valencia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Valencia?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Valencia:

  • Valencia City Centre: 872 vacation rentals
  • Poblados Marítimos: 303 vacation rentals
  • Arrancapins: 572 vacation rentals
  • Campanar: 390 vacation rentals
  • Montolivet: 198 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Valencia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Valencia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Valencia (YJV-Valencia-Joaquin Sorolla Train Station): 1,571 vacation rentals
  • Valencia Cathedral: 1,591 vacation rentals
  • Ruzafa Market: 1,573 vacation rentals
  • City of Arts and Sciences: 1,560 vacation rentals
  • Valencia's Institute of Modern Art: 1,594 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Valencia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Valencia?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 178 Houses in Valencia. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Valencia include:

  • Villas: 48 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 1,287 rentals available
  • Chalets: 28 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Valencia?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 368 vacation rentals with pool available in Valencia. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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