Our Complete Guide to Visit Valencia with Kids (or Without Them)

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Looking for things to do in Valencia? Are you in Valencia with kids, with friends, on your own? No matter your travel style, we’ve got you covered. Valencia Spain is an amazing city to explore. We liked it so much that we stayed for nearly two years! This post is about things to do in Valencia,  but we’ll also recommend places to stay, what to eat, and how to get around. Whether you’re planning a holiday in Spain or considering a longer stay, we’ll tell you about the best Valencia attractions and activities. Valencia beaches, Valencia restaurants, and Valencia festivals…here’s what to do in Valencia Spain.

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Things to Do in Valencia Spain

No matter your travel style, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do in Valencia Spain. Valencian food is excellent, the local traditions are inspiring and the history and Valencia attractions are accessible to travelers of all ages. On top of that, the people are great and there are heaps of Valencia activities — from romantic dinners to family-friendly attractions. 

Now consider that it’s all part of a beautiful, walkable city with plenty of stunning architecture, both old and new. In this mega-post, we’ll cover what to do in Valencia Spain, covering things like Valencia beaches, Valencia museums, and other Valencia attractions, as well as other Valencia events such as Las Fallas and other Valencia festival info. If there’s anything missing from my Valencia travel guide, let me know and I’ll try to add it!

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Our Valencia City Guide: What to Do in Valencia Spain

Prepare yourself, because we’re going to gush about Valencia, our home for two years. We fell in love with this place: the weather, the culture, and the people. We think it’s an ideal place for family travel in Spain…or any type of travel, really. Spain’s third-largest city often gets overlooked by travelers in favor of Barcelona and Madrid, but as temporary residents of Valencia, we can tell you that this place should be on your European travel itinerary. The city is safe, culturally rich, and extremely walkable/stroller-friendly. Valencia beaches are beautiful, Valencia restaurants are fantastic and affordable, and the city’s public transportation is cheap and efficient, as well.

Valencia with kids. Valencia food Paella @ Torres Serrano

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Valencia Attractions: A Quick Summary & Further Links

There are many cool things to do in Valencia. These include many great museums, as well as a beautiful nine-kilometer-long park that’s bookended by the biggest aquarium in Europe on one end and a top-rated zoo on the other. There’s a nature reserve (Albufera) less than an hour to the south, and Valencia beaches are a 30-minute bus ride from the city center. Have I left anything out? Oh right: Valencia festivals. You have the Tomatina in nearby Bunol, and Valencia’s annual Fallas Fire Festival is completely bonkers — lots of fun for everyone, and rivals any other festivals in Spain.

Valencia Tours & Classes

Whether you’re in Valencia with kids or exploring the city on your own, one of the best ways to get the most out of your trip is to take some Valencia tours or perhaps a Spanish cooking class early on. This way the logistics are arranged for you and you can learn and enjoy the experience even more. Here are a few Valencia tours to consider. 

Food-Related Valencia Tours

Paella Cooking Class in Valencia

Tapas Tour in Valencia

Bicycle, Segway & Bus Tours in Valencia

Hop-On Hop-Off Valencia Tours w/Optional Oceanographic Ticket

Old Town Segway Valencia Tours

Bicycle Valencia Tours

Tour Valencia by Bicycle

Other Valencia Tours

Street Art Walking Tour of Valencia w/Horchata & Fartón

Private Tours in Valencia with a Local Host

Museums and Historical Sites

La Lonja - what to do in valencia for history buffs

I’ve written a more detailed post about what to do in Valencia with kids, but this list of things to do in Valencia is for everyone. Occupied by both the Romans and the Moors, Valencian history and architecture are fascinating. If you’re interested in history, architecture or art, then here’s what to do in Valencia Spain.

Torres de Serranos & Torres de Quart

Valencia was once a fortified city with twelve armed torres (towers). Now only two towers remain the only remnants of its walled past. Torres de Serranos is located in the northern part of the city next to Turia Garden Park. A great photo spot and a Valencia attraction in itself. Climb to the top for a great view. If you visit Valencia with kids it on a Sunday, it’s free. Torres de Quart is on the western side of the old city and the only other gate left. The road east from here takes you into Plaza de la Virgen (see below).

El Carmen/Plaza de la Virgen

One of the oldest districts in the city. Expect excellent old-world ambiance and plentiful restaurant & museum options nearby. One of the best things to do in Valencia with kids (or without them) is to simply wander these streets, stopping to admire the old buildings and graffiti, eat gelato, and find a meal in an al fresco Valencia restaurant.

La Alomina Archaeological Museum

Valencia was founded by the Romans, and the ruins beneath today’s city are well preserved and exhibited here, with some multimedia elements. One of the best things to do in Valencia for anyone interested in history, archaeology, or the Roman Empire. Fantastically preserved remains.

Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia

This is a fine art/religious art museum with many works by the Valencian artist, Joaquín Sorolla and other more well-known Spanish masters such as Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, and Goya. This is what to do in Valencia for art lovers. My daughter loved it. My son…not so much.

The Toy Soldiers Museum (L’Iber Museo de Los Soldaditos de Plomo)

You don’t have to be in Valencia with kids to appreciate this place. In fact, history buffs might consider this one of the most interesting things to do in Valencia Spain. On display, you’ll find over 85,000 toy soldiers, many placed into intricate dioramas of battlefields and other historical events. But there are more than just soldiers: many famous and/or notorious figures and scenes from history, as well. Completely overwhelming and a highly recommended thing to do in Valencia with kids…or without.

The National Ceramics Museum (Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas)

Once a wealthy merchant’s mansion, this Valencia museum now houses ceramics, antiques, and other precious items. Like the Museo de Bellas Artes mentioned above, this is a hit or miss with children, depending on their personality. Fine, ornate things can be fascinating or boring depending on a child’s interests. But if you appreciate exquisite pottery and furnishings, then this is what to do in Valencia Spain.

The Fallas Museum (Museo Fallero)

Never heard of Valencia’s Fallas Festival? Just look at the pictures here and tell me you don’t want to see it. It’s amazing. In fact, the best time to visit Valencia is during Fallas, I think. Most Fallas figures are burned at the end of the festival, but the public votes on one to be “pardoned” each year. This museum contains those saved from the flames. It helps to read about Fallas beforehand, as there are no English explanations provided. The creative essence of Valencia Spain is found here. Some Valencia tours make a stop here, as well.

The Falleras Artists Workshops

These warehouses are where the artists who create Fallas figures work on them during the 360 days leading up to public display/immolation. The workshops are more-or-less open to the public but located about a 30-45 min bus ride out of town. I haven’t found many Valencia tours who visit here but it’s definitely one of my favorite things to do in Valencia during the weeks leading up to the festival. See some of the final works here.

La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

This UNESCO heritage site is in the former home of the region’s silk trade, and its history and gothic architecture are spellbinding…for parents like me. But for my son? Not so much. It won’t keep (most) kiddos engaged for long, but it’s right around the corner from the Central Market and can be experienced in less than half an hour if so inclined, so drop by if you like this kind of stuff. It’s also included in many Valencia tours. 

The City of Arts and Sciences

City of Arts and Sciences what to do in Valencia Spain for architecture buffs

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By all means, learn the historical side of the city, but this impressively modern set of buildings is what to do in Valencia to see its present and future. The City of Arts & Sciences is a great place to explore in Valencia with kids, but an equally fantastic Valencia attraction for adults, too. There are fountains, jaw-dropping architecture, a first-class science museum, an astounding aquarium and much more. You’ll also find live music and small-time water rides here on weekends.

Valencia Tours of the City of Arts & Sciences:

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The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum

This modern science museum has lots of hands-on activities in what looks like the set of a sci-fi film. It’s one of the most visually impressive museums in Valencia and one of the best things to do in Valencia with kids.

Buy Tickets to the Principe Felipe Science Museum 

The Hemisfèric

IMAX-style movies, planetarium exhibits and laser shows. You may not have come to Valencia with kids to go to the movies, but these are no ordinary movies.

See a 3D Film at Valencia’s Hemisfèric

The Oceanogràfic

This is the largest aquarium in Europe, and super modern. They filmed the sci-fi movie “Tomorrowland” here. A perfect choice if in Valencia with kids. Also one of the best things to do in Valencia for anyone interested in sea life and modernist architecture. 

Buy Tickets to Oceanogràfic (Biggest Aquarium in Europe)

The Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía Opera house

One of the best things to do in Valencia for classical music lovers. The venue hosts opera, ballet, and concerts. It’s fun just to walk around the building, but there are tours available if interested. At certain times of the year, they do “open house” style events that are free (or reasonably priced) for the public. Definitely go to these if you can because the building is amazing and the performances there are a true spectacle.


Described as a park, Valencia’s Umbracle is more like a walking path near the Hemisfèric and the Science Museum, with an open-air sculpture gallery containing work by contemporary artists. Not one of the top things to do in Valencia, but a great spot for a selfie or family portrait.

Parks, Playgrounds and Open Spaces

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The Turia Gardens (Antiguo Cauce del Rio Turia)

This nine-kilometer-long public park used to be a river running through town. Now it’s an oasis of green, with playgrounds, fountains, jogging and biking lanes, public exercise equipment, a variety of sports fields and more. It connects many parts of town, so if you get lost, have someone point you towards the park. One of the most enjoyable things to do in Valencia is to rent bicycles and ride all (or some) of Turia Park’s length.

Gulliver Park

This huge and imaginative playground is made to look like Gulliver tied to the ground, his body serving as a place for kids to climb up and slide down from. This is what to do in Valencia with kids in primary school. No Valencia is complete without coming here.

Plaza in front of Palau de la Musica

This is home to the symphony, but the large fountain in front becomes a meeting place for locals on weekends. If you like people watching, then this is a fun thing to do in Valencia. 

Bioparc Valencia

Quite a unique zoo, where animals appear to be in their natural environment instead of concrete boxes. We usually avoid zoos, but I kinda liked this one, and the kids loved it. If you like zoos then consider this one of your things to do in Valencia. 

Buy “Skip-the-Line” Admission to Bioparc Valencia

Bioparc Valencia Full-Day Entrance Tickets

Markets & Shopping

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Central Market

This is one of the most beautiful public markets in Europe. The variety of food, the cafes, and stalls outside, and the building itself are all extremely photogenic. Culinary travelers: this is what to do in Valencia. Hams, cheeses, olives of a hundred types, beautiful produce, wine, coffee, and more. 

Colon and the Colon Market

This spot near the Colon shopping district is great for a drink, a meal or just people watching. Toy shops and kids clothing sold in the surrounding stores, as well.

The Russafa Market

This was our neighborhood market, and while it isn’t the biggest or the most beautiful, it has its significant charms. See it before Central Market when you visit Valencia.

Other Fun Things to Do in Valencia

Whether you’re in Valencia with kids or not, here are a few more fun Valencia attractions worth looking into. 

Valencia Beaches

One of the best things about living here was that Valencia beaches were never far away. Playa Malvarosa is a short bus ride from downtown. Playa El Saler is in prime paella country. Then there is the beach town of Cullera, a short train ride away and where many Valencians spend their summer holidays. Valencia beaches are on the Mediterranean, and are great things to do in Valencia when you need a little “vitamin sea.”

Yelmo Cinemas (movies in English)

Keen for a movie in English? This theater is your best bet. Look for the letters “V.O.S” next to your film of choice — that means it’s in original language with Spanish subtitles. If you’re in Valencia with children and looking for the latest blockbusters, this is where I recommend you go.

See a Soccer Match

When we were living in Valencia, neither of the city’s La Liga teams (Valencia CF & Levante) were doing very well. Regardless, we went to the games and it was a lot of fun. Valencia CF has had a few good seasons now (they even beat Barcelona!). So if you’re a futbol fan or traveling with one, then this should be a blast. One of the best things to do in Valencia for sports fans. 

Valencia CF Stadium Tour

This was certainly my son’s favorite thing to do in Valencia. The city has two La Liga/Champions League teams, the most well-known one being the eponymously-named Valencia CF. You can go to an actual match, but the stadium tour is great as well. 

Valencia Events

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See the Fallas festival for yourself. It’s what to do in Valencia, above all else. If you have a flexible travel schedule, then try to arrange your visit during one of the major Valencia events for an added dose of fun. 

Las Fallas

As mentioned earlier, the Las Fallas festival is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. Easily one of the top Valencia events…or of any events I’ve seen…ever. 

Moors and Christians Festival & Parades

Several times a year in different parts of the Valencian community, you’ll find parades commemorating the Crusaders re-taking the city of Valencia from the Ottoman Empire. This usually involves horses, marching bands and hundreds of people in ornate costumes.

La Tomatina

Lots of people have seen videos of this crazy food fight, but few know that this is just outside of Valencia. Imagine thousands of people throwing tomatoes at each other and you start to get an idea. 

Living in Spain

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Why do we know so many things to do in Valencia? because we lived there for two years. We applied for residency. We lived in a local neighborhood. Our kids went to local schools and our son played on local soccer/futbol clubs. It was a lot of work to pull it off but we had a great experience.

I get lots of questions regarding Spanish residency. Lots and lots of questions. Many of the answers are in the posts linked below, but not all of them. That’s because I can’t really answer a lot of Spanish residency questions. Why? Well for one, each region of Spain does things differently. The requirements and documentation may be different. Hell, you may even get two different answers from the same office in the same city. Then there are issues related to types of visa, taxes, office appointments, etc. I can only tell you about my experience. I’m not an expert. That said, I’ve tried to detail a lot of it in the posts linked to below. Please look through these before asking me anything, and understand that just because we had two years of Spanish residency doesn’t make me an expert. 

Getting Around Valencia 

When you visit Valencia, you’ll find a medium-sized city with lots of transportation options. At its center is the old city (once behind a wall in Medieval times), with additional sections of town radiating out from there. Sitting atop the old city and rolling out nine kilometers from west to east is the Turia, a beautiful green park built into the old riverbed. Almost everything you want to see and do is either in or near these areas. You can walk to and from all major attractions in the old city area, while buses and the metro can take you just about anywhere else. This is one of the things we love about getting around Valencia with kids, but it’s great for all Valencia tourism.

On Foot

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If we haven’t made this clear yet, Valencia is extremely walkable. In fact, it’s what to do in Valencia: just go for a walk with friends or family after a meal. Sidewalks are broad and ubiquitous, and unlike some of our favorite destinations in Asia, cars and other vehicles reliably give pedestrians the right of way. The Turia Garden Park stretches nine kilometers through the city and is an excellent place to walk, run, bike or rollerblade. And if you get lost, simply locating the park can help you find your way.

Public Bus

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When you don’t want to walk, the buses are our favorite way to save time and energy, or when extending your visit beyond the old city quarter. If you have a smart device hooked to the internet, then the combination of Google Maps and the city’s EMT app for buses work extremely well. We used it daily.

Each bus stop has a number that you’ll see next to the route map. Plug this into the “Proximo Autobus” function of the app and you’ll get an up-to-the-minute update on which buses are on the way. You’ll have to find out for yourself exactly which bus you need. I would say a useful one to know is Bus #95.  This route follows the Park and makes stops at (or near) many places you might be going. It stops at City of Arts & Sciences, Gulliver Park, Bellas Artes, Torres Serranos, Yelmo Cinemas, and Bioparc.

We keep a list of Bus Station and Bus Route numbers on our phones and use it alongside Google Maps and the EMT app to determine either where the nearest bus stop is, or how much time we have to get there before our bus pulls away. This has saved us lots of time.

Buy a Bus Card

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When using cash, bus fares are 1.50€ per person, per ride. That same ride, however, is 0.80€ using a bus card, which can be purchased at Kiosks, Metro stations and tobacco shops, which are all over town (see pic below). You can then re-charge the card online. When you get on a bus, remember to touch the card to the machine next to the bus driver (sometimes there are two scanners). It should make a beep. One beep per person. If there’s no beep, then it probably hasn’t recognized the card yet.

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This card drops your transportation prices dramatically, especially if you’re traveling in Valencia with kids or just in town for more than a weekend. For example, with a family of four like ours, one round-trip costs 12€ using cash. With a pre-paid bus card, however, that same trip costs 6.40€. Now multiply that savings over several days (or weeks, or months) and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Important: factor in that kids younger than 6 are free, and up to two kids under 6 y/o can get on the bus without charge.

Cards are convenient

These cards are much more convenient than cash, as well. For example, you don’t need a separate card for each person: if the card has enough money on it, you can swipe it over the bus scanner once for everyone you’re getting on the bus with. As long as everyone in your group stays together, you can all use one card. Also, you can transfer buses without paying extra if you change buses within 30 minutes. With cash, you need to pay again, which doubles your transportation costs. The metro subway uses a separate card (see below). If you need to pay cash for the bus, however, keep small bills or coins handy. The driver is required to have change if you present bills smaller than 20€, but that’s not always guaranteed, and can slow things down if a lot of people are getting on behind you.

Valencia Metro (Subway)

Getting Around Valencia. The Metro.

The city of Valencia is not a vast metropolis, but still not small enough to walk everywhere quickly. The bus works really well, but for long distances to further flung Valencia attractions, the metro gets you there faster. You can purchase tickets for the Metro at the entrance gates using a similar system to the bus: one ticket can be used for an entire party if it has enough money charged to it. Children under 10 y/o are free if riding with paying adults. Ticket dispensers have instructions in English and French.

Combo Bus & Metro Card

If you are visiting Valencia with kids for less than 3 days, then I recommend a special card that’s good for unlimited rides on both the bus and the metro. It’s only for the central “A” zone for metro, but that is sufficient to reach most things to do in Valencia. There are options for 1-day, 2-day and 3-day tickets (called T/1, T/2, T/3) for a cost of 4.00€, 6.70€, and 9.70€, respectively. Please check the official website for more details.

Valencia Tourist Card

If you are ready to take full advantage of public transport and visit lots of things to do in Valencia  Valencia tourist card might be the best option. You get unlimited rides on public transportation (EMT bus and Valencia Metro) including to/from the Valencia airport, as well as free entry to public museums/monuments and other Valencia attractions, as well as a discount at participating stores. This is most effective on weekdays. Remember that many things to do in Valencia are free on Sundays/Holidays. Please check the official website for more details.


valencia taxis. getting around valencia spain

In our experience, taxis are fair, professional and affordable. They start at 4.00€ during normal hours (7:00-22:00), and 6.00€ for other hours. Some drivers speak English, but most don’t, so be prepared to speak Spanish or show the address to wherever you want to go. Keep small bills or coins to pay here as well, since most drivers don’t carry a lot of change with them.


Valenbisi Bicycle Rental Station

The city is very bicycle-friendly and has a fantastic public bike system, Valenbisi. You’ll see stations everywhere. We used them all the time for grocery shopping and random errands, and they’re free for the first half hour. The bikes themselves are big and clunky, but they’re sturdy, have a basket and operating lights for after dark. Best of all, they’re cheap and available all over the city. Valenbisi has a short term rental option if you use a credit card: about 13€ for 7 consecutive days, of use. If interested, please check their website for more details. A few tips regarding the bikes:

  • Here’s a map of the bike stations, which can help to plot out your route.
  • There are bike lanes in many parts of the city, but not everywhere. You can ride on the road and on sidewalks, but be reasonable and always give pedestrians the right-of-way.
  • Remember the bike lanes in Turia park. It’s beautiful in there, there’s no traffic, and it’s super-easy to get from the science museum area back to the old quarter by bike. One of my favorite things to do in Valencia is to ride through Turia.
  • The bikes are for 16-years-old and older, but we’ve put our kids on our bikes and towed then through the park, and have seen locals doing it, as well.
  • As mentioned above, the bikes are free for the first 30 minutes. That’s why many locals ride from one station to another one around 25 minutes away, and then return the bike and get a new one for the next 30 minutes. We’ve never needed to do this because everything we need is basically within a 30-minute ride.

Where to Stay in Valencia  

Looking for a romantic getaway? Or maybe you need a place to stay in Valencia with children? Valencia’s modest size means that you can stay near the train station, the old town, the Turia park or the City of Arts and Sciences and still be close to everything. If you decide to stay by the beach though, it might be a different story. There are lots of family-friendly hotels in Valencia. Here are a few that we recommend.

Where to Stay in Valencia

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There are lots of great hotels and apartment rentals in Valencia. We suggest staying in the downtown area, but of course, there are great options near Valencia beaches as well. 

Palacio de Rojas

These luxury serviced apartments feel like a home, and they’re smack in the middle of our favorite part of the city. Close to everything, comfy beds, stocked kitchen, good wifi, etc. We loved staying here. If you’re coming to Valencia with kids, then this is an excellent option.

The Westin Valencia

A well-regarded option. About ten minutes to downtown and five minutes to the park or football stadium. The pool, sauna, and steam room are run by a separate company and may have different policies than the Westin.

Hotel Dimar

This Valencia hotel is strategically located between the old city area and the science museum. There are lots of eateries on nearby streets, and the Turia Garden Park and Gulliver Park are right there for anyone in Valencia with kids. Using a nearby bus station (Amèrica – Marqués del Túria /Bus stop ID: 777), you can take a bus to L’Oceanogràfic. 

Petit Palace Bristol

This Valencia hotel is in the old city quarter, just across from the Ceramics Museum and a 15-min walk from many of the major historical sites. You can easily walk to Central Market, City Hall, the Colon shopping district, Torres de Serranos, and other things to do in Valencia. Plenty of restaurant and cafe choices on nearby streets. They have a quad room if you are a family of four like us.

Hostal Venecia Valencia

Has a nice view of Valencia City Hall from some rooms, since it stands right at Plaza del Ayuntamiento. In just a short walk south, you’re at the Estació del Norte (North Station) of Valencia (if you want to head to Cullera or other Valencia beaches) or head north and you’re in front of the Valencia Cathedral. 

Family-friendly Youth Hostel in Valencia

Quart Youth Hostel

We stayed in a private room here for the first 3 days after our arrival and had a good experience. The place is clean, has a fun and funky style and is well located next to Torres de Quart and a 5-min walk to Central Market. The lobby is two flights of steps up, and there’s no elevator, so if you have luggage, you’ll have to carry it up as we did.

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What & Where to Eat in Valencia with Kids 

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We love Spanish food, and Valencia has some of the best food in Spain. Here you have the best of the sea, with the fertile lands surrounding Valencia heaving with beautiful fresh produce. 

Very Important: Remember that Valencia practices a Spanish siesta time schedule, which means that many places — including most of those recommended here — will be closed for a few hours in the afternoon: usually between 14:00 and 17:00. Some major tourist spots stay open, but check before you go. You may want to plan a break or some chill-out time during the Valencian lunch hours, which are typically 14:30-16:30.

Spanish people eat on a different schedule than most places in the world. And they eat more meals, typically as well. You and I may consider three standard meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Spanish (and especially Valencians) have FIVE meals a day: Desayuno, Almuerzo, Comida, Merienda, and Cena. Before you plan all the things to do in Valencia, you may want to consider how things are done here. 

Menu del Dia

Throughout Spain, the best deal in town is usually lunch. You’ll see signs all over that say “Menu del Dia,” and this is almost always a 3-course meal that usually comes with a drink, coffee, and dessert. Try them wherever it looks interesting or delicious. Chances are it is. You’ll find plenty of Menu del Dia in the old town, in the Colon shopping area and in the La Gran Via part of the L’Eixample a few streets west of the park (recommended). Below are a few other options we can heartily recommend.

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An excellent place for pintxos, the northern Spanish form of tapas (see picture above). Usually served on slices of baguette, pintxos can be served hot or cold and can have any number of items on them (ham, Spanish omelet, sardines, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, crab salad, etc.).

It’s all held to the bread by a toothpick. Pintxos can be beautiful, and Orio serves them that way. All the pintxos are self-serve: you’re charged by the number of toothpicks left on your plate. At Orio, they’re two euros each. We recommend Orio, but if they’re full, check around, as there are a number of other pintxo places on this street. This form of tapas is a great way to eat in Valencia with kids.


This chain restaurant serves up a cheaper version of pintxos, and on Sundays, they’re 1 euro each. If you go in during prime hours, newly fixed pintxos will be served.

Las Cuevas

This tapas place has a menu that would take weeks to eat your way through. Fantastic food, and in a great part of the old city, so if you’re here in the warmer months you can eat in the beautiful courtyard.


We stumbled onto this place while my parents were visiting and had one of the best menu del dia of their trip. Excellent food, service, and atmosphere.

Ubik Cafe

Don’t let the hipster ambiance of this coffee house throw you off. The Russafa neighborhood may be the “it” place at the moment, and children are welcome everywhere in Russafa. In Ubik cafe, there are even a kids’ room and bookshelves near the entrance.

Central Bar

Located in the Central Market, this restaurant stall is run by Michelin-starred chef Ricard Camarena and is the cheapest and most casual way to eat in one of his establishments with a family.

La Pilaretta

Excellent Tapas (try the mussels & grilled squid) and the al fresco ambiance at this intersection is hard to beat. Many other dining options around this corner, as well.

Mythos VLC

An excellent choice from the La Gran Via neighborhood mentioned above. Great lunches, but plan an hour or more to finish. It’s Spain, after all.

El Rek

Exceptional paella, great ambiance, and room for the kids to run outside (there’s a fenced-in garden next to a canal to the wetlands). It’s in Albufera, which is out of town, but worth it, especially if you make Albufera into a day trip.

Gelato & Candy

No this ain’t “food,” but if you’re ok with the occasional spike in your kids’ sugar levels, then visit Valencia. There are gelato stands are everywhere, as are pay-by-weight candy stores, the most well-known chain being Belros. Just the name of the place sends my daughter into Pavlovian sugar cravings. Just be careful with how much they get — it’s easy to buy too much, and if you mix different-priced candies, the cashier will not be happy with you.

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Paella in Valencia

paella in valencia - what to eat in valencia

If you eat one meal in Valencia with kids, it should be paella. This is what to do in Valencia for any culinary tourist. Paella originated in Valencia and it’s here where it is best preserved. Hundreds of places serve it, but if you eat in a touristy area of town, you may get an inferior (and overpriced) version of the famous Valencian dish. One piece of advice our local friends have told us: in Valencia, paella is for lunch. If you see a restaurant serving paella for dinner, it is not making Valencian paella for locals.

The best Valencia paella we’ve ever eaten was made by a friend who grew up in the area, but since he’s not around to cook for you, you’re on your own. The best-known district for paella restaurants is Albufera, the farming district and nature reserve just south of town where much of the rice for paella is grown. One of the most authentic things to do in Valencia is to eat paella in the Albufera area. We had an exceptional meal in the area at El Rek, but the entire Albufera area deserves its own post. Until then, you’ll just have to experience the other thousands of great restaurants in the area.

Conclusion: What to Do in Valencia 

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Further Reading


Things to Do in Valencia Spain PIN 2

Our Complete Guide to Visit Valencia with Kids (or Without Them)

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