Valencia might not be the most famously romantic city in Europe, but it’s actually a great choice for a romantic weekend getaway. Not only is it famous for flowers, music and good food, but it’s far from the tourist crowds, so you can stroll easily through the historic centre. If that’s not romantic enough as it is, here are a few more ideas to inspire you.
Bridge of Flowers
This pretty bridge over the Turia riverbed gardens is completely covered in flowers. The Puente de los Flores (bridge of flowers) features a cycling path, wooden walkway, and benches to sit and enjoy the view. It’s a short walk from the Alameda metro station through the green Turia gardens to reach the bridge, and then you can continue your walk or cycle through the gardens.
Torres de Quart
Valencia has several vantage points from which you can enjoy a great view over the Old City district, including the Torres de Quart, a former gateway in the (now demolished) medieval city wall, which is a beautiful piece of architecture as well as having a great view (and being the best place to get the perfect couple selfie.)
Just down the street from the Torres de Quart, the Botanical Garden is one of the city’s most beautiful green spaces. It’s packed with trees and flowers from all corners of the globe, with aromatic herbs and more palm trees than you ever thought possible. The tranquil atmosphere makes it perfect for a romantic walk, and entry is just a couple of euros.
Palace of Music
Music is the food of love, and Valencia is full of it. The Palau de la Musica is the best place to catch a classical concert, and its setting in the lush Turia river, next to a large fountain, just makes it all the more romantic.
Old Town Cafés
The historical district is full of pretty pavement cafés, and any one of them would make a romantic spot to share a drink. We recommend stopping at the shady terrace of the little Sant Jaume café in the heart of the historic centre. This is one of the best places to share a carafe of Agua de Valencia – the city’s favourite cocktail, based on the celebrated local cava and orange juice, spiked with vodka and other secret ingredients that vary in every establishment.
Just ten kilometres outside the city is the quiet, picturesque Albufera Lake. The local area is said to be the original home of paella, so there are plenty of places to enjoy the dish nearby. But the most romantic thing to do here is to board one of the small fishing boats that sail out into the shallow waters just before sunset, when you can watch the light play on the serene surface.
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