Valencia, Spain - beach, party, sunshine, tapas, las fallas.
The nightlife in Valencia is unforgettable! Typically, the Valencianos tend to go out around 1am to a few bars before hitting the clubs at 4am with most clubs closing at 8am!! The timetable of the Valencianos takes some getting used to as the party into the early hours of the morning. The biggest club is Las Animas (located on the beach) and features an incredible roof terrace in summer. There's nothing like watching the sun rise at 7am whilst dancing on a roof terrace overlooking the Mediterranean sea! (Tip: if you become a member of tillate.es you can sign up to VIP list which means if you enter before 3am it's free as opposed to paying €18 on the door or €10 with a ticket!). Another popular club during the winter is Pacha (again free entry with tillate.es). My personal favourite club is Mya, which is situated under the City of Arts and Sciences.
It costs €8 entry on Thursday which is student night, and is well worth the money. Aside from the nightlife, Valencia offers miles upon miles of beaches and a beautiful Old Town which is typically Spanish... a maze of winding streets and plazas lined with tapas and paella restaurants. Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Plaza de la Reina and Plaza del Virgin are the three main squares that are well worth a visit. A trip up the Miguelete Tower for just a few euros provides breath-taking views of the city. On Wednesdays, the restaurant chain Cien Montaditos (100 little sandwiches) offers everything on the menu for €1 which is incredible value for money! This is located in Plaza de la Reina and in El Saler shopping centre.
- Useful local words: 'horchata', 'fartons', 'fallera'.
- What not to pack: thick trousers.
- What to pack: summer clothes (Valencia has 300 sunny days a year!), an umbrella - when it rains in Valencia, it rains! camera to take photos of the stunning City of Arts and Sciences, guide book and map to explore the winding roads of Barrio Carmen.
- Couldn't have done without: My camera...
- Word of advice: Get ready to party, the city has loads to offer. Make sure you keep an eye out for student deals.
by Emma Hutchings from Leeds University.
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