Top 5 things to do when it rains in Valencia.
Valencia on the east coast of Spain is famous for having more than 300 sunny days a year. Unfortunately, rainy days do happen and when it rains, it pours! Luckily the city has plenty of great indoor activities to keep everyone entertained, whatever the weather.
*Stormwater management wasn’t studied in Spain until 1993 whereas in the US, the techniques had been studied since the 1970s.
Here are our top 5 favorites:
1. Coffee and cake
For anyone that knows me, I will never say “no” to cookies, pastries or cakes….well, really anything sweet. Coffee is an important part of Spanish Culture. In fact, Spaniards usually drink a small cup of coffee after most meals. So, if you are caught in the rain, grab yourself a cup of joe (café con leche (espresso with milk), café cortado (espresso with a drop of milk) or café solo (espresso) and chill until the rain the subsides. Here are some of the places we hang out at…
Cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Specialties: Coffee, tea, cakes, pastries and sandwiches
The Brunch Corner
Relaxed and Specialties: Coffee, tea, pastries….and more!
Café de las Horas
Cosmopolitan atmosphere and neo-baroque decoration. Specialties: Coffee, tea, cocktails (Agua de Valencia) and cake!
2. Gastronomic Experiences
When the weather turns wet and cold, move the experience indoors so you can still sample delicious freshly-prepared tapas and dishes and sip on exquisite local wines. Here are some of our regular haunts…
One of the two authentic Greek restaurants we highly recommend.
The best authentic Indian food restaurant in Valencia!
Our favorite Mediterranean fusion restaurant. Always fresh and delicious.
Be sure to check out more of our favorites here.
3. Explore the City of Arts and Sciences
The City of Arts and Sciences futuristic buildings are one of Valencia’s most famous landmarks and showcases the designs by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. It is made up of 6 buildings that include El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía — Opera house and performing arts centre; L’Hemisfèric — Imax Cinema, Planetarium and Laserium; L’Umbracle — Walkway / Garden; El Museu de les Ciències — Science museum; Oceanografic — Open-air aquarium; Ágora — A versatile space that will allow the holding of varied events (currently under renovation). The buildings are surrounded by streams and pools of water, it and the surrounding areas of the “city” are typically used as a relaxing place to walk day or night. The Berklee College of Music has one of their campuses here and during sunnier days, they could be performing on their outdoor stage.
4. Visit the Museums
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) and at the MUVIM (Museo Valenciano de la Ilustracion y la Modernidad). You can also step back in time at The Museum of Prehistory or be entertained and learn at the same time at The Valencia History Museum. You can also find specialty museums like The L’Iber Museo de Los Soldaditos de Plomo. It is the biggest toy soldiers museum in the world. The collection boasts more than a million pieces with almost a hundred thousand on display.
5. Go to the Spa and Relax
A spa day in Valencia combines everything we love about the Spanish lifestyle – food, nature, and healthy living along with incredible relaxation.
Las Arenas Spa – Get ready to be swept away by the luxurious treatments available at Hotel Balneario Las Arenas, a beachfront hotel.
Balneario La Alameda – Step into this famously beautiful historic building that contains a Roman spa circuit with hot and cold pools, water jets, sauna and Turkish bath. Other treatments include mud baths, full body massages and much more. It is a very popular spa and can get crowded at weekends, so book an appointment ahead of time or visit during the week if you can.
Enjoy all these activities and more and be sure to contact us for other fun guided tours around the city like SEX AND THE CITY!