HomeAway can help you choose the apartment in Extra Murs that has all you need for a memorable holiday. This district is right next to the Ciutat Vella, home to some of Valencia’s most beautiful and historically significant architecture. There’s also a wealth of culture, shopping destinations, restaurants, bars and entertainment easily reached from Extra Murs holiday homes – accommodation here is stylishly furnished and fitted with up-to-date kitchens, bathrooms and living facilities. In most Extra Murs apartments there’s air-consitioning to help you cool off in summer, and Internet, allowing you to stay in touch.
-History. One of Valencia’s most important landmarks and a UNESCO site, the Llotja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) is a beautiful gothic building dating from the 15th Century. Don’t miss the Hall of Columns with stunning vaulted ceiling. In the Barrio del Carmen area you’ll encounter architecture from both the Roman, Moorish and Medieval periods, while the Saint Mary Cathedral is an unusual blend of Islamic, baroque and gothic styles.
-Coast. Just south of the city is the Albufera Natural Park, which protects a large freshwater lagoon that supports biodiversity that is almost unrivalled in Europe. You can explore this scenery on a guided boat tour, best taken at sunset. Some gorgeous beaches are less than half an hour from the centre of the city – El Puig and El Saler are both relaxing choices.
-City of Art and Sciences. One of the big visitor attractions in Valencia, this large complex contains state-of-the-art cultural and entertainment institutions, all housed by some unforgettable modern architecture. There are interactive museums devoted to science here, as well as a large performing arts venue. At L’Oceanografic you’ll find the largest aquarium in Europe.
-Food and drink. Rice is cultivated in the countryside near the city, and Valencia is famous for being the city where paella originated. This simmered rice dish is delicately seasoned with saffron and normally contains a medley of seafood, including mussels, prawns and squid. If you’re having tapas, then Allioli, a kind of garlic mayonnaise, accompanies many dishes in this part of Spain.
-Las Fallas. Certainly one of the most vibrant and colourful celebrations in the country, Las Fallas takes place every year in mid-March. Different neighbourhoods in the city build large models from papier maché , which are paraded around the city before getting burned in a spectacular ceremony on the 19th. Throughout this time there are all kinds of parties around Valencia, most of which involve noisy firecrackers (mascletás).
Arrive at a holiday home in Extra Murs in summer and you’re almost guaranteed to experience lots of hot, sunny weather. This season lasts for around five months, from May to October. The climate here is classed as subtropical, and that’s how it will feel from June to September, when temperatures regularly soar above 30 degrees. The rest of the year has pleasant conditions, with moderately warm weather in spring and autumn, and mild winters. Temperatures usually get up to 17 degrees during a winter’s day.
Valencia has its own international airport (VLC), which is one of the busiest in Spain. You can get there at any time of the year with a handful of low-cost airlines from Britain. The airport is eight kilometres west of central Valencia and you can make this short trip on the metro, the Aero-Bus, which has services every 20 minutes or by car or taxi. Valencia also has ferry connections to Palma, San Antonio and Mahon in the Balearic Islands.