The beautiful city of Valencia, Spain's third biggest, is the home of Paella and if that doesn't appeal you have beautiful beaches, architecture, aquarium, zoo and even the Holy Grail.
Where to stay
Valencia airport is not far from the city centre and can be reached on Metro lines 3 and 5 in around 25 minutes. Xàtiva metro station is part of the central train station, Estación del Norte, on the edge of Ciutat Vella (old town).
There is a large amount of accommodation to meet all budgets and requirements. Most attractions are centrally located so anywhere in Ciutat Vella would be suitable to make the most of the city highlights. The beautiful Plaza de la Reina, which is overlooked by the Cathedral, is considered the heart of old town.
If you want to stay near the beach, El Cabanyal is around 20 minutes by bus or metro (Line 5) from the city centre.
Stadium tour - https://www.valenciacf.com/en/tickets/forevertour
How to get to the Mestalla Stadium
The Mestalla is not from the city centre and should take no more than 30 minutes to walk. There is also Metro station Aragon close to the stadium on Line 5 but stations in old town are limited, the closest being Xativa or Colon.
Where to go before a Valencia match
There are a number of superb squares in Valencia which have a great many bars and restaurants to enjoy in beautiful surroundings, particularly Plaza de la Reina, Plaza de la Virgen and Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
There are also a number of bars close to the stadium, the highly popular Manolo del Bombo is a great sports bar to visit even when there isn't a match.
Not to miss while you're in Valencia
Oceanographic - Europe's largest aquarium provides a great day out for all the family.
Bioparc - Large zoo 'immersing visitors into the animals' habitat and not vice versa'.
Holy Grail - Believed by many to be the genuine artifact, housed in the Cathedrals Chapel of the Holy Grail.
Turía Park - Former riverbed 6 miles long now consisting of well laid out walkways, cycle paths, sports clubs and seating areas.
Paella - Originates from Valencia as a farm labourers' food. Did you know 'la paella' is the name of the cooking pan rather than the dish?