This lovely festival returns to Burjassot, just a short metro ride north of the city, for its fifth year. Music, theatre, dance, clowns and jugglers make up more than 30 mostly free performances throughout the ten days. There is also an excellent medieval fair that winds through the plaza Ayuntamiento and up to the Patio. Absolutely not to be missed!
Burjassot is about a ten minute journey on Line One (Yellow) of the Metro from the city centre. You'll find much more information on this and other great events - including restaurant reviews and listings for bars, clubs and restaurants at www.thisisvalencia.com
The most upmarket of the Hôme group in Valencia (not to be confused with the other Hôme Deluxe Hostel in the centre). Each of the rooms is created by an artist with a different theme. The place has a modern, stylish feel and the other guests were couples of all ages and families with older children. There are several restaurants, cafes and small shops in the neighbourhood, and a shopping mall 5 walk minutes away. The City of Arts and Sciences is on your doorstep, and you need to take a 15 min bus journey into the older heart of Valencia, but it’s an easy and cheap journey.
There was a bright red self-catering kitchen where breakfast was served and a sitting area with large TV and 2 free internet stations. There is 24-hour reception and internet facilities as well as underground parking which would be useful if you were driving through Spain. The multi-lingual staff were efficient and helpful. We paid €70 for a double and €100 for a triple room for a mid-week stay - it's slightly more at weekends.
You can see my review and photos on my blog
Hôme Rooms Deluxe Hostel, Instituto Obrero, 20, (46013) Valencia
Newly opened zoo which tries hard to present itself as ecologically sound and involved in saving species. It's a taxi ride away in the west of Valencia. Children will love being really close to the animals - and it will be even better once the monkeys are there. Rather pricey at € 20/adult.
Take a taxi which will cost under €10.
What makes Valencia unique is its river, or rather the lack of it. After a disastrous flood in 1957, the Túria was diverted to the edge of the city, leaving an empty riverbed that now forms a green ribbon twisting 9km through the city, with a lagoon, trees, gardens, playing fields and cycle paths. At the park’s heart is the breathtakingly ambitious City of Arts and Sciences designed by local architect Santiago Calatrava. You'll need to hire a bike to see it all.
A short walk beyond the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, the Oceanogràfic, opened in 2003, claims to be Europe’s biggest oceanarium. It is organised into eight educational zones and includes an eye-popping shark tunnel, sinister crustaceans and cute penguins. Make sure you catch the fantastic dolphin show. Although pricey, it certainly is impressively stocked.
Avenida Autopista del Saler, 1, 3, 5 y 7; Buses: take the 95 from the Torres de Serranos or the 35 from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento; Admission: a combined ticket for the science museum, the Hemisfèric Imax cinema and the Oceanogràfic costs €28.80 for adults and €21.60 for children, students and OAPs; www.cac.es/oceanografic
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