There are few cities like Valencia, able to harmoniously combine the remnants of its farthest past, dating to the year 138 BC, with the most innovative and avant-garde buildings from the new millennium. – Spanish tourist board
If you take a good dash of history and a big handful of art and mix it all up you will end up with the beauty of Valencia. This city has it all; charming back streets, massive ancient city gates, graffiti to die for and wine like you have never tasted. Valencia is in our top 5 cities to visit because you can never get bored of all it has to offer.So it seemed like the right choice for us to immerse ourselves in the festivities here over the christmas period. Just a 10 minute car ride outside of the city gates is where we stayed, a small area called little Venice! It has this name for good reason as all the apartments are built right along the marina, with little inlets where all the boats are bobbing up and down right outside your front door. With a massive beach that stretches for miles and is great for beach combing, there is also the mayors plaza that is lined with lovely little restaurants where the smell of awesome seafood is wafting through the air. I will just add if you are a foodie like me there is a supermarket here to die for! It’s huge with aisles and aisles of delights…I had to be dragged out in the end. I could have quite easily spent my christmas holiday in there, but no there was so much more to see! As we headed into the old city we were met with the amazing culture that engulfs this Old Town Valencia. Backstreets lined with hole in the wall cafés with people eating, drinking, sharing small tapas and chatting on the street. Our next destination was the central market. The plan here was to buy fish for christmas dinner at the incredible fish counters. Now this is no ordinary market, if you have never been here before than give your self all morning to get lost in here. The colours, smells, atmosphere is electric! From stalls piled high in fresh herbs, mounds of prawns to towers of tomatoes, and full on on-site butchers this is where all the locals come for their fresh food. Attached to the outside of the market are small cafés that will cook your fish for you that you just bought from the fish stall, you can sit with a glass of wine and easily watch the day go by.As the christmas lights twinkle along the streets the buskers and stalls get set up. Street performers sit completely still like statues dressed in magical costumes, artisan crafts fill the tiny side streets and people mill about enjoying the plaza. Valencia is a beautiful place to be during Christmas. Its a huge family holiday here in Spain and everyone is out to have a good time with friends and family. People in Valencia are incredibly friendly, openminded, and excited to share with you what their city has to offer. You can sit outside and eat on the steps of a historical church while talking about the local wine with the owners of restaurants. We traveled here with Tilly dog who was very welcome all around the city. If you are traveling with pets, don’t be afraid to come to this city!