This year’s is an atypical summer. We have had to add an extra garment to our wardrobe and are getting used to travelling in a different way. Now we have the chance to get to know Valencia better, in a few months when national tourism is, without a doubt, the best option for getting around.
We present you 10 plans to enjoy Valencia with your family. All of them with the necessary measures to make your stay safe, such as the mandatory use of a mask, the availability of hydroalcoholic gel, the limited capacity or the signposting of itineraries to respect the social distance. Will you have time to try them all?
1. Travel to Africa from Valencia
Who says you must travel miles to get to Africa? If you visit the Bioparc, you will see leopards, hyenas or lemurs, moving around, and you’ll feel like you’re in this great continent, being in Valencia! Moreover, until August 30th, you will have the opportunity to have dinner surrounded by lions! Get all the information about the Dinners in the Savannah that are waiting for you in this innovative animal park of 100 000 square meters.
2. A little bit science, before going back to school?
If there is one thing that cannot be missed on any trip to Valencia, it is a visit to the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències. There, you will be able to enter the Science Museum and the Oceanogràfic, but you will also be able to laugh for a while with your family inside one of the balls or the canoes that will take you around the lakes. For your peace of mind, the Museum has been awarded the Safe Tourism Certified seal by the Institute for Quality Tourism, which guarantees the application of preventive measures against the spread of COVID19.
3. Take a boat trip to L’Albufera de València
What better way to spend a summer’s day than to take a ride in a traditional boat through l’Albufera Nature Park? Enjoy an incredible sunset from this Natural Park, only 10 kilometres from Valencia, lost among rice fields and nature in its purest form. And take the opportunity to taste the paella in its place of birth.
4. Extend your after-dinner conversation in Valencia by enjoying the gastronomy
Beyond the internationally famous paella, Valencia has a wide range of gastronomic options to offer. How would you like to enjoy it in one of the city’s family-friendly restaurants?
Come to the beach area or to the Marina and you can extend your table as much as you like, with the peace of mind of having your children in sight at all times and being outdoors on one of the many terraces in the area.
5. Combine games and visits to monuments
Seeing the tourist attractions of Valencia with children can be great fun! With a special guided tour for them, you won’t have to listen to them get bored because the games and activities that are part of it will keep them entertained.
Write it down in your travel plan for any Saturday and discover together the North Railway Station, the Market Square or the Town Hall Square.
6. Meeting Gulliver
With the heat, you feel like walking through the parks and one of them you can go to is the Jardin del Turia Gardens, 9 green kilometres that are a real green lung for Valencia. When the sun is not so hot, you will have the opportunity to meet Gulliver.
Kids will have a great time on the ramps and slides of this emblematic 70-metre figure. And if they don’t know him yet, while you go back to the hotel, you can arouse their curiosity even more by telling them about Gulliver’s Travels!
7. A getaway with the catamaran to the sea
Family and the sea, what else do you need during the summer holidays to disconnect? A sailing trip along the coast of Valencia, a two-hour cruise, with lunch included, or enjoying a postcard sunset from a catamaran, will make you enjoy a different day.
Once you get your feet on the ground, almost 20 kilometres of beaches will be waiting for you. There are beaches for all tastes: more urban, like those of Cabanyal or Malvarrosa, or wilder, like the Garrofera, where you will be in the heart of the Nature Park l’Albufera.
8. Travel through time and history
A visit to l’IBER, the Tin Soldiers Museum, will take you on a journey through centuries of history, without moving from Valencia. In its 15 rooms you will see more than 85,000 pieces on display with which you will travel back in time and through which children can learn about the most important historical feats.
Moreover, during the months of July and August, you will have the opportunity to visit it any day of the week.
9. Walk around Valencia on two wheels
Valencia is a city known for the ease with which you can move by bike. What if you discover it as a family, on two wheels?
And to make it even more fun, how about if you all go on the same cycle? By renting it with Cyclobikes, you can ride up to six people! I’m sure you’ve never visited a city as a family in such a fun way. You’ll find them in the Turia riverbed, next to Gulliver Park.
10. Spend a day out of town
How about spending at least one day hiking around Valencia?
There you will find an endless number of attractive routes such as the one that will take you to discover the ceramic tradition of Manises (it has more than 700 years of history!), the mark left by the Borgias or the flora and fauna of the Sierra Calderona Natural Park. And everything at your own pace!
But before choosing which of these activities you want to do first (you’ll probably want to do them all!), remember that with the València Tourist Card (also for children over 6 years old) you will have free museums and urban public transport and discounts in shops and restaurants, among many other advantages.