Long ignored by the general traveling public, Valencia is now attracting new crowds with its combination of interesting architecture and coastal culture. Only Madrid and Barcelona are larger cities in Spain, so Valencia is finally living up to expectations of an important place to visit.
Even though it has an enviable location on the Mediterranean, Valencia is a relative bargain within Spain and Europe. Hotel and hostel prices are more modest than in Barcelona, and most other things can be a bit cheaper as well.
Valencia is known as the home of paella, so that dish is easy to find, although you have to be careful if you want to get the authentic stuff rather than the version just made for tourists. It’s usually a lunch meal, so places that feature it in the evening should be suspect.
As with most of Spain, you can find appealing prices on food and drinks if you look around a bit and follow the locals rather than visiting the places with big English signs out front.