Valencia is one of Spain’s most underrated cities and doesn’t get the tourist traffic that places like Barcelona, Seville and Madrid do. Yet, it offers enough history and interesting sites to make it worth an overnight stop if you find yourself traveling through eastern Spain. Located on the Mediterranean Sea (about 200 miles southwest of Barcelona), Valencia is blessed with wonderful cuisine and claims to be the birthplace of paella – a saffron-tinted rice dish that’s a regional specialty, and to some the national dish of Spain. Note: Paella is traditionally eaten only at lunch time.
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Luckily, the pace in Valencia is slower than in Barcelona, so take it easy while you’re here. Enjoy a stroll through the colorful, historic Old Town neighborhoods of El Carme, El Mercat, and La Seu. Or head out to the coast to enjoy the sun and the sea; there are restaurants, cafes and boutiques along the water’s edge and the beaches are nice. The city offers plenty to see and admission prices to museums were some of the lowest we’ve encountered in Spain, maybe even in all of Europe.