Book one of our Holiday Inn® hotels in Valencia, Spain, to discover medieval churches by the Mediterranean Sea. Stroll the cobbled passageways near Valencia Cathedral, then relax over a coffee at a 17th-century café.
It’s a quick metro ride from our hotels in Valencia to the Old Town. Ringing church bells will guide you to Valencia Cathedral, standing at the medieval heart of the city. The Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque chapels guard what locals believe is the gleaming Holy Grail of Arthurian legend. Our Valencia hotels are near the City of Arts and Sciences, a blindingly white, futuristic masterpiece designed by renowned Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. The curvaceous buildings house several museums and concert venues. Pale grey beluga whales and leggy octopi reside in the Oceanográfico, Europe’s largest aquarium, while the Palau de les Arts stages concerts and theater.
Browse the shops hidden down the Old Town’s medieval lanes for decorative blue azulejo tiles and hand-stitched lace. Begin the evening as Valencianos do, with a glass of cava, sparkling Spanish wine, or iced horchata, a milky drink made from locally-grown tigernuts, sugar and water. Centuries-old restaurants serve up tapas, small plates of chorizo sausage, cured olives and manchego cheese, all evening long in the Old Town. Guests of our Valencia hotels dine in restaurants along Arenas Beach’s seafront promenade on steaming paella, a savory, saffron-rich rice dish invented in Valencia’s Albufera rice paddies and packed with fresh-caught shrimp, fish or rabbit. A fruity glass of Spanish Rioja or Tempranillo wine is the perfect complement.
Reserve a room in our Holiday Inn Valencia hotels in spring, when evening bonfires, fireworks and parades celebrate the St. Joseph Las Fallas festival, or in summer, when Arenas Beach’s refreshing surf marks the perfect antidote to a sultry Mediterranean day.