Valencia’s spectacular rejuvenation over the last few years has not gone unnoticed, as visitors flock to see the cutting-edge architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences complex, designed by the renowned Valencian architect, Santiago Calatrava. Upbeat and futuristic it contrasts with the old centre with its cobbled streets, ancient churches, Unesco heritage-listed medieval market and Baroque palaces. Make sure you see both.
Wander around the quaint, Barrio del Carmen, the most historic part of the city, and visit some of the city's architectural treasures, recommends the Telegraph. Take a look at the Gothic splendour of the heritage-listed Silk Exchange (La Lonja de la Seda), the Cathedral containing a chalice allegedly used in the Last Supper, and the Quart and Serranos towers, part of the old city gates.
One way of exploring the city is by taking a bicycle tour (www.valenciabikes.com) and cycling from the centre to the sea along the old river bed of Turia. The tour winds up in the wonderful City of Arts and Sciences, taking you on an invigorating trip from ancient to modern.
Valencia is now home to events such as the America's Cup and Formula One. The city’s Film Festival has just ended but Plácido Domingo is due to perform at the new opera house in November and there’s ATP circuit tennis from October 30 to November 7. Throw in a seriously lively night life and a number of top-notch restaurants and you have more than enough reasons to book a budget flight with Easy Jet or Ryan Air to one of Spain’s most vibrant cities.