With so many beautiful buildings – including the Gothic Valencia Cathedral, La Lonja de la Seda and Torre de Santa Catalina, along with the hyper-modern Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, it’s safe to say that Valencia’s skyline is one to appreciate from a rooftop. It’s perhaps little surprise, then, that there are scores of rooftop and terrace bars dotted throughout the city. Although many of them belong to hotels, all of the excellent Valencia rooftop bars on this list are open to the general public.
Although it might not offer the most expansive or captivating views of Valencia, ATIC Resto Bar is hard to beat when it comes to rooftop ambience. The space is split into a bar and a restaurant area, filled with leafy plants and touches of elegance throughout, such as the blue-and-white upholstery, the parasols finished in colourful fringe and the fine, decorative china. The homemade cocktails are a real hit: for example, the Old Velvet, a blend of single malt whisky, anise, muscovado sugar and orange foam.
Are you looking for a rooftop bar with atmosphere? If so, try La Terraza VLC Urban Club, on the northern side of Turia Park. Supposedly, it’s the excellent views that draw people here during its opening months from May to October. Most likely, though, it’s the large pool, which is ostensibly for the hotel guests – but if you come prepared, nobody checks. The bar serves all the normal beers, house wines and cocktails, and there’s a good kitchen serving up gourmet beef, veggie or chicken burgers with fries.
Needless to say, Valencia’s nightlife is something special. Feel like a local and stay in one of the city’s best holiday apartments, or relax at one of the many beach hotels, now bookable via Culture Trip. If trying southeastern Spanish cuisine is at the top of your agenda, the nearby city Alicante hosts many unmissable bars and restaurants. For trips further afield, Spain’s railway system is praiseworthy and makes it easier than ever to explore the country at your leisure.
This is a rewrite of an article originally by Clare Speak.