Make a holiday villa in L'Eliana your home away from home
Holiday homes in L'Eliana are a little removed from the bustle of Valencia, but are set in an area with fantastic transport links to the city. This means that at a L'Eliana holiday villa you'll be close to superb Mediterranean beaches, beautiful historical sights, as well as all the entertainment and amenities of one of Spain's major cities. L'Eliana holiday homes are perfect for those seeking a little indulgence - most rentals here are large, catering to six people or more, and are equipped with air-con, private gardens, not to mention private pools.
Things to do
-Valencia attractions. A major recent addition to Valencia's list of sights is the City of Arts and Sciences, as much a draw for the imaginative design of its buildings as what you'll find inside them. Here there's a planetarium, various museums devoted to art and science, as well as an IMAX cinema. Meanwhile, Valencia's Central Market is also an attraction in its own right - housed in a lovely modernist building, it's a great way to get a taste of city life.
-Beaches. The coastline north of Valencia's port is easiest to reach from L'Eliana. Here you can get to Las Arenas and Malvarrosa, which are both backed by the Paseon Maritimon and are endowed with comprehensive services and facilities. Malvarrosa is almost two kilometres in length and 60 metres wide, and is a venue for a variety of events throughout the year, including an airshow in summer. Las Arenas is a little smaller, but famed for the high quality of its restaurants.
-Cuisine. Paella, one of Spain's best-loved culinary exports, originated in the Valencia area. It's a rice dish, simmered in a large iron pan and generally contains either blend of meat (chicken and rabbit) or fish and seafood. Valencia is in a key area for rice-growing, so it's an important feature of the cuisine, also featuring in arros negre, which is usually langoustine simmered in rice dyed black with squid ink. During the famous Fallas celebration, doughnut-like Bunyols are the sweet of choice.
-Fallas. Taking place every March, it's worth timing your visit to the city to catch this celebration, which involves huge papier mache models, often satirical in character, many parades and lots of noisy fireworks. Three events involving fireworks take place daily throughout the week-long celebration. The most significant is Mascleta, in which 120 kilogrammes of gunpowder is detonated in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
-Historic buildings. To see some of Valencia's most impressive historic architecture you should make for the Barri del Carme, at the heart of the old centre. Buildings here have parts that go all the way back to Roman and Moorish times. A UNESCO-listed structure is the Silk Exchange, a celebrated piece of Valencian-gothic architecture dating to the late-15th Century. Be sure to make time for the Cathedral, medieval hospital, and the many churches dating to the middle ages.
Weather in L'Eliana
Holiday at a villa in L'Eliana in summer and hot, dry weather awaits, with temperatures that regularly push above 30 degrees. The climate here is a mix of Mediterranean, subtropical and semi-arid, with long summers, brief transitional seasons and mild winters that tend to last for about three months. Frosts are practically unheard of in winter, and on a normal day temperatures can be expected to rise to 16 or 17 degrees in December or January. The wettest period of the year arrives at the end of summer in the shape of short and sudden rainfall.
Travel to L'Eliana
L'Eliana holiday accommodation is convenient to Valencia Airport (VLC), which is about 15 minutes by car from this community. It's a mid-size airport, with plenty of links to the UK, especially during the warmer season. Most carriers serving Valencia from Britain are low-cost airlines. Valencia has excellent transport connections to the rest of Spain, with a high-speed AVE line to Madrid, and long-distance railway to Barcelona. L'Eliana is also on Line 1 of the Metrovalencia mass transit system, with trains every few minutes to the heart of the city.