Welcome to Valencia, Spain - stag party Capital of the World! OK, that’s excessive, but make no mistake this cosmopolitan beach metropolis is always has the red carpet rolled out which has earned Valencia a much-heralded reputation for its sights and nightlife. Valencia, the birthplace of the uber-Spanish dish Paella, is located on the Mediterranean Sea about four hours south of Barcelona. For some years Valencia has been undergoing a significant face lift. The 2007 and 2010 America’s Cup breathed new life into the city as did construction of the City of Arts and Science. A stag party in Valencia is not only memorable, it’s unforgettable.
Aside from the beach and City of Arts and Science, Valencia is easily traversed on foot or by bicycle. Renting bikes has become increasingly popular way for visitors to explore this flat city. For about a year, the city has offered public bicycle rentals at more than 100 locations. Metro Valencia, the city’s subways system consists of five lines and covers the city and suburbs. Buses run to just about every part of the city.
Must See/Must Do
• City of Arts and Science - A science museum, planetarium, IMAX theatre and aquarium housed in an architectural masterpiece. An art museum is also in the works.
• Valencia has several city beaches and three major beaches in the outskirts - great news for a stag party! Playa de Malvarrosa and Playa e Levante o de la arenas are the most popular beaches in the city. El Saler is the nicest beach outside the city.
• Hot Springs - Take your stag party in Valencia to bathe where the Moorish king’s harem once did. Located about 90km north of Valencia among mountains, deep gorges and other stunning scenery, the crystal blue waters bubble up at 25 degrees Celsius all year long. Go snorkeling and see the fish and hidden caves or jump off the cliffs into the deeper parts of the lagoon.
• See the towers - The Torres de Quart is a pock-marked medieval tower that is art of the ancient wall that surrounded the old city along with another set of nearby towers, the Torres de Serano.
Originally founded by the Romans, Valencia was then captured and held by the Moors from the 8th to the 13th century. Valencia was the capital of the Republic during the Spanish civil war in the 1930s. When Franco eventually defeated the Republic he prohibited the use of the Valencian language. Valencia is the birthplace of Spain’s most well known culinary export - Paella.
Like much of Spain, Valencia’s residents love a good party. The city has a vibrant nightlife and the club scene is a popular draw with DJs stopping in from all over Europe. There are numerous bars, pubs and dance clubs in the Barrio del Carmen - the heart of Valencia’s nightlife and a must-stop on any stag party Weekend. Try Plaza del Cedro for a less-touristy night on the town. Calle Campoamor is home to four very well known pubs that draw a youthful crowd.
Paella of course is what you should eat on a stag party in Valencia. The city that created this culinary treat is home to dozens of restaurants that specialize in Valencia’s very own variety of the rice dish. For authentic Paella, try the Malvarrosa beach area. Paella is generally eaten during the middle of the day which means most restaurants don’t serve it for dinner. Be wary of those that do as the quality of the food may be poor.