A friend of mine recently referred to Spain’s third largest city as “the Cinderella city” – beautiful, but shunted aside by the domineering Ugly Sisters of Madrid and Barcelona. It’s an apt description; Valencia is too often overlooked by tourists heading for the buzz of one of the bigger metropolises. Give this city a chance to work her charms, however, and you won’t be disappointed. It’s not often that a city ticks every single box but Valencia manages it. Beach? Check. A mix of ancient and contemporary architecture? Check. A thriving music and nightlife scene? Check. Quiet places to relax and good transport links around the city? Check. And as an added bonus, Valencia is the home of paella which means you’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re hungry after a day spent relaxing on the beach or exploring the narrow colourful streets of the Old Town.
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