Valencia has some fantastic museums that are perfect for a rainy afternoon. Modern-art fans will be absorbed for hours by the collections at the IVAM (Institut Valencia d’Art Modern) or, just down the road, you can step back in time at The Museum of Prehistory.
The vast stretch of sandy beach isn’t the only place you can go to relax in Valencia. The city also has plenty of spas, from thermal pools to pampering retreats. If you feel like splashing out, the seafront Hotel Las Arenas houses the most luxurious of them all.
This is a city that takes food seriously, and Valencian cuisine is not to be missed. Plus, lingering over a long, lazy lunch is a great (and truly Spanish) way to spend a rainy afternoon. One of the city’s best-loved restaurants is Canalla Bistro, where you can try some creative, international cuisine by Michelin-starred local chef Ricard Camerena at a reasonable price. Or for something more traditional, go for one of the city’s fantastic (and non-touristy) paella restaurants.
You might be surprised to find that a relatively small city like Valencia has not one but two world-class concert halls. Check the programmes of the Palau de la Musica and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Part of the City of Arts and Sciences) to see what’s on. If you prefer jazz, rock or something else there are plenty of great bars with live music around the city.