Best Areas to Stay in Valencia, Spain

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Where to stay in Valencia – A guide to this Mediterranean city

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain.

Located on the Mediterranean coast, Valencia is famous internationally for being the birthplace of paella.

Although often overshadowed by other major Spanish cities like Madrid or Barcelona, Valencia boasts a fascinating mix of old and new buildings, which makes it a truly special city. From castles and medieval fortresses to art nouveau and art deco architecture, small and nice boutiques to large shopping centers, Valencia has it all.

The city’s Old Town houses the Cathedral, with its famous belfry Miguelete and impressive old buildings such as the Lonja de la Seda. The most modern face of Valencia shows itself City of Arts and Sciences complex, located a few kilometers southeast of the historic center.

A good part of the central part of Valencia is connected by the Jardin del Túria park, Valencia’s former river, diverted to convert its riverbed into one of the largest urban parks in Europe.

Valencia also hosts some spectacular museums. Many of the works of the Valencian painter and sculptor José Benlliure can be found in the Museum of Fine Arts. The IVAM or Institut Valencià D’art Modern houses a collection of avant-garde paintings from the 20th century, pop art and works by Spanish artists.

Valencia is also a city of beaches, among them the Malvarrosa and Las Arenas offer all services not too far from the city center. If you are looking for something wilder and less crowded, then the Albufera Natural Park, located 10 km from the city is your best option.

When it comes to the best areas to stay in Valencia, surely the historic center of the city (Ciutat Vella) is the most recommended area thanks to the proximity of tourist attractions in Valencia and the possibility of moving on foot or by metro. See hotels in Valencia Old Town. If its beach you’re after, then the district of Poblats Marítims is the closest to the sea in Valencia. See hotels in Poblats Marítims.

This is a guide with the best areas to stay in Valencia.

The best areas to stay in Valencia, Spain

Our recommended area: Ciutat Vella (Valencia Old Town)

Ciutat Vella (Old City) is, without doubt, the most beautiful neighborhood in Valencia.

The picturesque old town of Valencia, or Ciutat Vella, is full of beautiful cobblestone streets, cafés, and architecture spanning several centuries, from Roman times to 20th Century nouveau and deco. It is also the best area to discover the important Arab influences of the city.

Valencia’s Ciutat Vella is home to wonders such as the Cathedral, the Silk Museum, the Central Market or the spectacular Llotja de la Seda, an impressive fifteenth-century silk market and one of the best pieces of non-religious Gothic architecture in Europe.

The historical center of Valencia stands out for its beauty, its numerous museums and for being an extremely easy area to move on foot.

Although all of Valencia’s metro lines border the Casco Antiguo and there are no stations directly in the center, walking to any of the stops should not take more than 15 minutes from any point in the area. Colon metro station (lines 0, 3, 5 and 9) is particularly convenient to move from Ciutat Vella to other corners of Valencia.

Where to stay in Valencia - Ciutat Vella

Where to stay in Valencia – Ciutat Vella

Accommodation in Ciutat Vella - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Ciutat Vella – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a great area to stay in Valencia:

  • Heart of the city
  • Vida nocturna
  • Lonja de la Seda
  • Medieval buildings
  • Best area for tourists
  • Islamic influence
  • Easy to walk around
  • Mercado Central
  • Cathedral

Accommodation in this area

Recommended

Cathedral Suites Hotel

Offering a rooftop terrace with an outdoor pool, Cathedral Suites Hotel is located in the historic center of Valencia, just 50 meters from the city’s cathedral. There is free WiFi.

from €89
Budget

Casual Valencia del Cine

Casual Valencia del Cine is 50 meters from Valencia City Hall Square and offers a 24-hour reception service and free Wi-Fi in all its facilities. The soundproofed rooms have a flat-screen satellite TV.

from €55
Luxurious

Caro Hotel

The exclusive Caro Hotel is located in a 19th-century palace in the center of Valencia, just 200 meters from the city’s cathedral. It combines historical elements with a modern design, and has an outdoor pool open all year.

from €165

 

 

 

Poblats Marítims (Poblados Marítimos)

The Poblats Marítims districts encompasses the neighbrhoods of Cabanyal-Canyamelar, El Grau, Nazaret, Beteró and Malvarrosa.

This picturesque area of the city is located east of the Old Town, next to the Mediterranean coast.

Poblats Marítims (Maritime Villages) have a traditional atmosphere and, as their name implies, they boast strong seafaring and marine influences. In many ways, this district feels like a fishermen’s village.

As it could not be otherwise, Poblats Marítims is home to the main urban beaches of the city (such as La Malvarrosa, Las Arenas or Cabanyal), making it the best place to stay in Valencia for sun and beach holidays.

Due to its coastal position, this area has a large amount of accommodation that ranges from small family-run bed and breakfast properties to large beach resorts.

Regarding transportation, although there are some railway stations in this district, namely Marítim – Serrería (lines 5, 7, 6 and 8) and València Cabanyal (RENFE commuter and regional trains), transportation in and around this area depends largely on the bus system.

Best districts to stay in Valencia - Poblats Marítims

Best districts to stay in Valencia – Poblats Marítims

Accommodation in Poblats Marítims - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Poblats Marítims – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a great area to stay in Valencia:

  • Valencia beaches
  • Best area for a beach holiday
  • Great restaurants

Accommodation in this area

Recommended

Hotel Boutique Balandret

Hotel Boutique Balandret is located in Valencia, facing the beach of Las Arenas and its promenade, and offers a restaurant and bright rooms with free Wi-Fi.

from €63
Budget

Urban Youth Hostel

Offering a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi, Urban Youth Hostel is just 500 meters from the nearest metro station, Marítim-Serrería, and a 20-minute walk from the City of Arts and Sciences.

from €40
Luxurious

Las Arenas Balneario Resort

This 5 star resort has an excellent location facing the sea and direct access to the beach of Las Arenas in Valencia. Las Arenas Balneario offers a luxury spa and 2 outdoor swimming pools, open seasonally and surrounded by sun loungers.

from €136

 

 

 

Around the City of Arts and Sciences

Valencia’s Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences) is a complex designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava.

This large group of buildings is located on the old bed of the Turia river. This complex is dedicated to scientific and cultural leisure and consists of several modern buildings that have become authentic icons of the city. The largest of them, the Principe Felipe Science Museum, is made up of a huge rectangular pavilion that offers various interactive science and technology exhibits. On one of its sides, surrounded by water and the entrance area, is the Hemisphere, a 3D digital cinema whose main feature is its inverted concave 900 meters screen.

The Oceanographic, with seven different marine environments, is largest aquarium in Europe. The Umbracle (greenhouse) is free of charge and you can walk through its gardens with plants typical of the Mediterranean climate.

The area around the City of Arts and Sciences is very different from what can be found in the old town of Valencia. Modern buildings, wide avenues and newly created residential and commercial areas are the norm in this neighborhood.

The neighborhood of the City of Arts and Sciences is an excellent area to stay in Valencia, especially due to the large amount of business type accommodation and cheap hotels in the area. As a negative point, this neighborhood does not have fast transport connections (metro or train), however it is connected by Valencia’s extensive bus network.

Best areas to stay in Valencia - Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Best areas to stay in Valencia – Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Best neighborhoods to stay in Valencia, Spain - Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Best neighborhoods to stay in Valencia, Spain – Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Accommodation around Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation around Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a great area to stay in Valencia:

  • Contemporary architecture
  • Budget hotels
  • City of Arts and Sciences

Accommodation in this area

Recommended

Barceló Valencia

The elegant Barceló Valencia is located next to the City of Arts and Sciences and offers a wellness center, a terrace with views of the city and a small seasonal pool. It offers modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV.

from €79
Budget

Rooms Ciencias

Rooms Ciencias is located 300 meters from the City of Arts and Sciences and offers rooms with air conditioning, heating and free Wi-Fi. The rooms have plenty of natural light, a flat-screen TV with international channels and a private bathroom with a shower.

from €38
Luxurious

Tryp Valencia Oceánic Hotel

The Tryp Oceanic offers a gym, outdoor pool, sun terrace and views of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia. The bright rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV and a safe that can accommodate a laptop.

from €149

 

 

 

Eixample de Valencia

Ensanche de Valencia is located to the south and southeast of Ciutat Vella.

The origin of this classic neighborhood dates back to 1865, when Valencia’s defensive walls were demolished to begin th expansion process of the city.

The Eixample (literally “Expansion”) boasts a large number of stately art nouveau and deco style. The Valencian Ensanche was designed following the Cerdá Plan in Barcelona, an orthogonal design with large blocks and palaces.

The Ensanche district is made up of three neighborhoods: Ruzafa, El Pla del Remei and Gran Vía. Pla del Remei and Gran Vía are two of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Valencia.

Ruzafa in particular is a very attractive neighborhood to stay in Valencia. Alternative and full of life, Ruzafa concentrates a great gastronomic offer, with tapas bars, restaurants and great nightlife.

Calle Colón is the most important commercial street in Valencia, known for its stores and department stores. Mercado de Colón is a great example of art nouveau architecture. It was completely restored in 2003 to be converted into a luxury shopping arcade.

The Eixample is one of the best connected areas of Valencia, thanks to the proximity of Estació del Nord, the main railway terminal in Valencia.

Best districts to stay in Valencia - Ensanche

Best districts to stay in Valencia – Ensanche

Accommodation in Eixample - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Eixample – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a great area to stay in Valencia:

  • Best area for nightlife
  • Estació del Nord
  • Very central

Accommodation in this area

Recommended

Petit Palace Ruzafa

This boutique hotel, located in the center of Valencia, has an impressive 19th-century façade and offers elegant accommodation and a variety of modern services. Petit Palace Ruzafa is surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops in the center of this lively Mediterranean city.

from €64
Budget

Sevilla Apartments

Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Sevilla Apartments is located in Valencia, 1.5 km from Barrio del Carmen. It is 1.9 km from the City of Arts and Sciences. The accommodation has living and dining area and kitchen with microwave, toaster, fridge, coffee maker and kettle.

from €49
Luxurious

Hospes Palau de La Mar

Hospes Palau de La Mar is housed in a 19th-century building and offers an impressive lobby, a spa and a restaurant. It is located in the Eixample Noble district of Valencia, a 15-minute walk from the city’s AVE train station.

from €128

 

 

 

Extramurs

The Extramurs district of Valencia is located west and southwest of the Ciutat Vella.

Its name (Beyond the walls) refers to the fact that, in medieval times, this was a peripheral neighborhood.

Extramurs attractions include the Torres de Quart, an old walled gate to Ciutat Vella, the Botanical Garden, with a large number of native Mediterranean species or the Estació del Nord, located at the southern end of the district.

Extramurs offers easy access to the Ciutat Vella on foot and it is definitely one of the most convenient neighborhoods to stay in Valencia as far as public transport is concerned.

Several metro stops (Bailén, Pl Espanya, Àngel Guimerà or Jesús) and the railway station Estació del Nord are all located in this area.

Where to stay in Valencia - Extramurs

Where to stay in Valencia – Extramurs

Accommodation in Extramurs - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Extramurs – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a great area to stay in Valencia:

  • Very central area
  • Estació del Nord
  • Torres de Quart

Accommodation in this area

Recommended

Zenit Valencia

The Zenit Valencia offers a fantastic location in the center of Valencia, in front of the Estación del Norte and the bullring of the city. It offers free Wi-Fi and has a gym, sauna and parking.

from €69
Budget

Zalamera BnB

Zalamera BnB offers eco-friendly accommodation using solar panels and bio fuel and includes free Wi-Fi, a café and a solarium. In the morning, a hot breakfast with local products is served.

from €49
Luxurious

Hola Valencia – Holiday Apartments

Hola Valencia – Holiday Apartments is located 1.7 km from Barrio del Carmen and 2.7 km from Bioparc Valencia, in Valencia, and offers self-catering accommodation. Free WiFi available.

from €95

 

 

 

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