Top Tips For Solo Travel In Valencia

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This is a guest post from Linn Haglund.

Valencia is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and a great solo travel destination. As the third largest city in Spain, it is safe, mostly walkable, and jam-packed with history, culture and great food. From cycling to the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences to admiring the 600-year-old Silk Exchange in the historic centre, there are so many fun things to do in Valencia for solo travellers.

Read on to find out everything you need to know before planning your solo travel in Valencia.

Best Time To Visit Valencia

Valencia is fantastic to visit all year round with over 300 yearly days of sun, fantastic culture, food, and amazing attractions. But every season comes with its own pros and cons, and if you plan it well, you might catch a unique Valencian fiesta (because, trust me, the Valencians know their fiestas!). I’ll break up the seasons for you here so you can see which suits you the best.

Summer

The summer months are hot and sunny, and the best time of the year to combine city life with a beach vacation. In July you can catch the Feria de Valencia, and throughout the summer there are different music festivals such as the Valencia Jazz Festival.

Autumn

The fall doesn’t really start before late October in Valencia, as the city enjoys a prolonged summer, often with a bit lower temperatures than in August. However the best part of it is that the summer crowds have left, so you really enjoy the beaches. The only thing you’ll notice is that the evenings get cooler the closer you get to December. There are fun foodie and music festivals throughout the autumn months which also extend the summer feeling.

City street with tall buildings on either side and a tower at the end.
The city of Valencia (photo copyright Linn Haglund)

Winter

Valencia in winter is mild and usually sunny, yet this is the time of the year with the most rain. There are large temperature differences between day and night, especially on sunny days, so make sure you wear layers as it gets cold as soon as the sun disappears. In winter you can enjoy the Christmas markets, the Three King’s Parades on 5 and 6 January, and the Carnival in February.

Spring

In spring, you start getting hotter days that are perfect for relaxing at the beach, but maybe still a bit too cold to go swimming. From 1 to 19 of March you can partake in Valencia’s biggest festival, Fallas, and during Easter Week you can watch the unique Spanish Easter Parades.

Things To Do In Valencia For Solo Travellers

These are some of the highlights of a trip to Valencia.

Take A Walking Tour Of The Old Town

One of the best ways to get an introduction to Valencia when traveling alone is to join a walking tour with a local guide. These usually take you through the main attractions in the historic centre, like Valencia Cathedral and the Silk Exchange.

I love to take a walking tour as soon as I arrive in a new city because then I get to know the city a bit and it is easier to navigate on my own later. It is also a great way to meet other travellers. Maybe you will find someone to grab lunch with later or meet up with for a couple of drinks in the evening.

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Visit The City Of Arts And Sciences

The City of Arts and Sciences is one of the best places to visit in Valencia. The beautiful waterscapes connecting the futuristic buildings form a wonderful recreational area. You can even go paddleboarding here! There are also a number of museums in the park above the waterscapes, including an interactive Science Museum that is not to be missed.

The City of Arts and Sciences is located a bit outside the historic centre, and you have a few options for getting there. If you don’t plan on visiting the museums, the best way to go is on a bike tour with a guide. Alternatively, it is about a 30 minute walk through the Turia Park: in the daytime this is a safe and highly frequented park, so it is perfectly fine to walk alone. But there are also frequent buses if you prefer.

Woman standing against a railing looking out over a stretch of water with futuristic buildings on either side.
At the City of Arts and Sciences (photo copyright Linn Haglund)

Explore Valencia Cathedral

Valencia Cathedral is a must-visit whether you go on a tour or visit on your own. It is a blend of baroque, gothic, and renaissance styles and has a stunning interior. Apparently, Valencia Cathedral is also home to the Holy Grail – the exact same one that Jesus Christ used in the last supper! The entrance ticket include an audio guide so you can learn all about it.

Don’t miss out on the views from Miguelete Bell Tower. After climbing a whopping 207 steps, you can take in the views of the beautiful Plaza de la Virgen below.

Discover The Silk Exchange

The Silk Exchange (La Lonja de la Seda) dates from the 15th century, when the city’s silk trade was flourishing. It was later used as a commercial centre, and is now one of the most important visitor attractions in Valencia. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stunning Gothic building is often included in walking tours of the city if you prefer going with a tour guide to learn more about the silk history of Valencia.

Try A Valencian Paella

Valencia is said to be the birthplace of the famous Spanish rice dish, paella, so you have no excuse not to try it while you are here. Usually, paella is made for a minimum of two people, so I highly recommend joining a food tour. Yet another way to meet other travellers, while sampling the local cuisine and learning a bit about the history of paella.

The most common paellas are with seafood, but there are other variants, even vegan paella.

Take A Day Trip To Cueva Del Turche

One of the best day trips from Valencia is to Cueva del Turche in the town of Buñol. This is a lovely waterfall and swimming spot surrounded by wilderness. It is a popular spot among locals and tourists alike but gets especially packed on the weekends.

It takes about 40 minutes to drive from Valencia to the Cueva del Turche and the train ride to Buñol is under an hour. The waterfall is a 10-15 minute hike along a dirt trail from the parking lot. When you arrive you will find picnic tables so you can bring lunch with you.

If you feel adventurous, I recommend hiking the entire 9.5km Ruta del Agua trail which passes Cueva del Turche, Charco Mañán, and Cueva de las Palomas. These are all incredible swimming holes with waterfalls, and parts of the trail take you along the river where you can dip in any of the many natural pools.

People bathing in a pool beneath an enormous rock formation.
The dramatic scenery of Cueva del Turche (photo copyright Linn Haglund)

Enjoy A Boat Tour

Valencia is located right on the coast so going on a boat trip is certainly a great adventure for any solo traveller in Valencia. It is a great way to meet other travellers and gives you a break from the city sightseeing.

There are many fun boat trips to choose from like catamaran cruises with swimming and snorkelling, and trips to the mesmerizing Albufera Natural Park where you can explore the area by boat and by bike on the same trip. If you are a foodie, you should not miss out on a boat trip with a paella lunch. After all, you are in the birthplace of paella …

Hit The Beach

The beaches in Valencia are stunning and if you want to relax with a book and soak in some sun, there is nowhere better to be. Arenas Beach is the one that is closest to the city and also the most popular. It is easy to get there by bus or tram in only 15-20 minutes. You will find all necessary amenities on the beach and there are loungers and parasols for rent. There are plenty of beach bars to grab a bite to eat when you get hungry, or you can walk to the picturesque Cabanyal neighbourhood.

Other beaches worth checking out are Malvarossa Beach, Patacona Beach, and Saler Beach.

Best Places To Stay For Solo Travellers

Now that you know what to do, you need to figure out the best area to stay in Valencia. Staying in a central location gives you easy access to all the top attractions, but in summer you might prefer staying close to the beach. Another consideration is that you can find plenty of great hostels to meet other travellers in the centre of Valencia.

Here is an introduction to the top areas for solo travellers.

Valencia Old Town

This is a great place to stay to be in the middle of the top attractions with plenty of restaurants and bars. And of course the vibes of the historic centre are hard to beat.

Ruzafa

This is a hip neighbourhood close to the train station where you find plenty of trendy cafés and bars and some of the city’s best street art. It is within a short walk from the old town.

Cabanyal

This is set by the beach and is perfect if you are looking for a slow and relaxing vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the centre. The neighbourhood is well connected with the city centre by bus and tram. It is also an affordable taxi or Uber trip if you decide to stay out in the city until late.

How To Get Around In Valencia

Valencia is easy to get around with bus, metro, and tram, but it is also very walkable. The only places you really need public transport to get to are the beach and the City of Arts and Sciences. If you don’t mind walking, it is a 30 minute walk to the latter from the old town through the Turia Park which is really nice. You can also opt for renting a bike.

You may wish to purchase a 24-, 48- or 72-hour Valencia Tourist Card, which gives you unlimited travel on the city’s buses, metro, tram and commuter trains. It also entitles you to free entrance to many of Valencia’s main museums and tourist attractions.

Is Valencia Safe For Solo Travellers?

Despite being the third-biggest city in Spain, Valencia is fairly safe for solo travellers. Of course, you can experience pickpockets in busy areas like in any big city so you should always hold on to your valuables, but crime rates towards tourists are almost non-existent. Harassment towards solo female travellers is also low, but you should avoid any empty, dark alleys at night – as you would anywhere else.

Conclusion: Travelling To Valencia Alone

Valencia is the perfect place for solo travel with plenty of activities and fun things to do. Whether you prefer a relaxed and slow-paced vacation by yourself or want to meet other travellers and go on plenty of tours, there is something for you in Valencia. The fabulous mix of beach and city life in a safe city makes it such a great choice.

Author bio: Linn Haglund is an avid traveller who has been based in Spain for the last 10 years travelling the country extensively. She now slow travels full-time in a van and you can follow her adventures on YouTube.

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