We think you may fall in love with València. It’s a magnificent place; just as buzzy and exciting as Barcelona or Madrid, but on a more manageable scale. This city is known for its arts and sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium, an opera house and an interactive museum, plus a large, characterful 'old quarter'. Valencia has a great location beside the sea, and the beaches are wide and long, with clean soft sand. The city also boasts a wetlands reserve with a lake... and many cycling, walking and running trails. Spain’s third-largest city is a magnificent place with thriving cultural, eating and nightlife scenes.

Never afraid to innovate, Valencia diverted its flood-prone river to the outskirts and converted the former riverbed into a glorious green ribbon of park and botanical gardens, which winds through the centre of the city. This is a very nice place to spend any free time you have...

Nestled between the Mediterranean sea and the mountains of Sierra del Negrete, the city has a thriving cultural and gastronomic scene. Resorts packed with bars and restaurants, famous as the home of rice dishes such as paella, offer a rich mixture of history and tradition, which balance perfectly with the city's drive for modernity.

Valencia centre is compact, making it easy to get around on foot and find the best attractions - and it's a fabulous place to just 'be', to just 'hang out'.

The sunny climate suits an outdoor lifestyle, whether that’s socialising, exercising or working. It doesn’t usually get too cold in winter, and you can often sit outside during the day even in January and February. Spring and autumn are the liveliest seasons for cultural events and you are almost guaranteed warm temperatures and sunshine.

Whatever you look for in a city, we think Valencia may will exceed your expectations.