7 activities not to be missed in Valencia

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In this article you will find the activities in Valencia that you can't miss in addition to tasting a delicious paella, drinking horchata on the banks of the Malvarrosa or strolling through the old town of El Carmen.

In 2023, Forbes magazine chose the Spanish city of Valencia as the best city to live in the world. Among the main reasons are its 300 days of sunshine a year, the beach and its gastronomy. But also its location on the coast of Valencia and its proximity to the most important cities in Spain such as Barcelona and Madrid, the latter only an hour and a half away by train, makes it the perfect place to live, enjoying all the advantages of a big city but in a smaller size and with more peace and quiet.

Although the Malvarrosa beach and the Patacona beach give it a lot of life, Valencia is much more than this. First of all, it has an important cultural offer marked especially by its old town with a very present historical past. Without leaving the centre, you can travel from the Middle Ages to the 19th century by visiting the Cathedral of Valencia, the Carme district or the Mercat Central and the Lonja, and then travel to the future by strolling along the old Turia riverbed until you reach the modern City of Arts and Sciences.

But also, if you are looking to disconnect from the pace of the city, Valencia is only 1 hour away from the Sierra de la Calderona Natural Park, the Sierra de Mariola Natural Park or half an hour from the Albufera, places where you can find the peace and quiet that nature has to offer.

If you want to discover what activities to do in Valencia to enjoy amazing landscapes beyond the tourist attractions, don't miss this article.

Jet ski rental in Pobla de Farnals, near Valencia, Spain.

Jet ski in Valencia
Low Cost Charter

Being hours and hours on the sand bores you and you think that the beach is not for you? Renting a jet ski in Valencia can be a great opportunity to change your mind. On board of a YAMAHA VX 115cv you can ride along the coast of Valencia at full speed feeling an adrenaline and excitement that you have never experienced on the beach before, a fun activity where you will feel like the king of the beach and we assure you that you will want to come back again!

Via Ferrata Fuente Godalla in Enguera

Via ferrata Fuente Godalla in Enguera
Multiadventure Charm

As mentioned above, there are more activities in Valencia than going to the beach, so if you prefer the mountains, just 1 hour south, near Játiva, you will find your paradise in Enguera. The Via Ferrata Fuente Godalla in Enguera, near Valencia is the perfect combination of nature and adrenaline, ideal for the whole family, as it is of low difficulty. It is one of the best via ferratas in Valencia, as the views are breathtaking, especially from its 70-metre-long zip line. Of course, vertigo is forbidden!

Catamaran ride at sunset

Catamaran trip in Valencia
Marine World

Do you want to experience an unforgettable sunset in Valencia? We can't think of a more special way than on a catamaran ride at sunset from the port of Valencia. For 1 hour you can enjoy the beautiful spectacle of lights that the sun offers as it gradually hides and dyes the sky orange and red. This catamaran ride will allow you to see the city from a totally different perspective while enjoying a glass of cava at the same time. An unforgettable sunset in Valencia to share with family and friends that you won't forget!

Banana boat ride

Banana boat in Valencia

If you're travelling to Valencia with friends or children, there's nothing better than spending a day at the beach: swimming, diving or doing one of the many water activities that can be done on the beach. But if you're looking for fun, a banana boat ride around the Port of Valencia is guaranteed fun. A banana boat is an inflatable boat towed by a boat that reaches the maximum possible speed with the aim of making the occupants of the banana boat fall off. Will you be able to stay on top of the banana boat?

Paddle surf rental

Paddle surfing in Valencia

For some years now, paddle surfing has become the trendy sport par excellence: easy, for all ages and during which you can observe incredible landscapes. Renting paddle surf in Valencia is an original way to discover the coast while you test your balance and enjoy the sea. Moreover, as the Mediterranean sea is very calm, it is perfect to practice this sport, because we assure you that while you paddle over the waves you won't notice the work you are doing on your abdomen, arms and legs. Are you ready for the stiffness?

Canyoning in the Barranco del Nacimiento ravine in Millares

Canyoning in the Barranco del Nacimiento ravine in Millares

Canyoning enthusiasts should not miss the Barranco del Nacimiento in Millares, 70 kilometres from Valencia, one of the best canyons in the region. However, it is only suitable for sportsmen and women and people with previous canyoning experience, as its 5 abseils, especially the last one 60 metres high, will put you to the test. But the spectacular views are well worth the effort.

Tandem parachute jumping at 4200 metres in Requena

Skydiving in Valencia
Skydive Requena

Finally, if you are an adrenaline junkie, fasten your seatbelt, because just 50 minutes from Valencia you can take a tandem parachute jump in Requena, where you will jump in tandem with the pilot at an altitude of 4,200 metres and reach a speed of 200 km/hour for about 40 minutes. You will jump in tandem with the pilot at an altitude of 4200 metres, reaching a speed of 200 kilometres/hour during a free fall of about 40 minutes, an experience that will not leave you indifferent, but that you will surely want to repeat! In addition, thanks to the location of the Requena Aerodrome, you will enjoy breathtaking landscapes of vineyards and mountains during the fall.

After seeing these activities in Valencia you can only agree with Forbes that this city is one of the best to live in or, if you don't have that kind of wealth, at least visit it for a few days. If you want to continue exploring the beautiful coastal landscapes of the Valencian Community, take a look at these activities in Alicante, Valencia's little sister, whose Costa Blanca will surprise you.