Where to Go Clubbing in Valencia

LUmbracle, Valencia. Photo courtesy of umbracleterraza.com
L'Umbracle, Valencia. Photo courtesy of umbracleterraza.com

Valencia is a city that really knows how to party. From the endless bars filling the city centre to its calendar full of raucous festivals, this is pretty obvious. Decades ago, it had a bad reputation as a sort of Spanish sin city, where people from across the country came to indulge in their various vices. At the time, experimental DJs reigned supreme in Valencia – long before Ibiza was the place to go. Most of the big clubs from those days have now closed down (and Valencia has cleaned up its act and become a lot safer), but the party spirit lives on.

For the best night out in Valencia a little pre-planning helps. There’s no main drag full of nightclubs here; the best clubs are dotted around the city, and pre-booked tickets go a long way to making your night more enjoyable. Like elsewhere in Spain, the clubs here don’t really get going until about 1am, but there are plenty of interesting bars to check out first. Here’s our guide to some of the best places to party until the small hours.

Barraca

A kind of pilgrimage for clubbers, Barraca has been open for 50 years and is still going strong. It’s one of the few still remaining from the city’s heyday as a clubbing mecca. People still flock to this temple of electronic and techno music for the amazing sound system, superstar DJs and beachside location outside the city (it’s very much worth the trip). You can’t help but feel the history in the air when you walk into this huge space, divided into four rooms with a total capacity of over two thousand. The outdoor terrace in the summer months could definitely be mistaken for Ibiza, and locals cool off after a long night of dancing by skinny dipping in the sea. Tickets start from €15.

Calle Les Palmeres, Sueca, Valencia, Spain

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