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Entertainment in Valencia: Clubs, Theatre, Eating Out, Music, Shopping, Museums and Galleries in the Centre of Valencia City, Spain

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Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
Valencia is one of the best cities in Spain to head to for entertainment. It is the third largest city in the country and has entertainment options to match it. It is a modern city with a modern outlook, ensuring that cultural events take place throughout the year that will please both young and old. If you are a culture vulture you will love Valencia's theatres, galleries and museums. If you love music, you will find something of interest every night of the week in the city. For foodies there is a long list of high quality places to try out to suit all budgets. If your idea of fun is an afternoon in the shops, Valencia will not disappoint. If you are a creature of the night, Valencia's clubbing and nightlife scene is sure to impress you.

This page will provide you with links to more detailed pages where you will find listings, tips and insider advice on theatre, music, clubbing, eating out, shopping and museums and galleries in Valencia.


Theatre in Valencia

During your trip to Valencia you could consider a trip to the theatre. Obviously you will have to take into account the fact that the play or musical may be in Spanish. However, from time to time you may find plays in other languages. Also, you might decide that you would like to visit the theatre in spite of the language difference. There are some beautiful old theatre buildings that are worth a visit for the overall experience. For listings of the theatres in Valencia, plus address, contact details and a location map, see our Guide to Theatres in Valencia.


Eating out in Valencia

A restaurant behind the cathedral in Valencia's old town
A restaurant behind the cathedral in Valencia's old town

One of Valencia's greatest assets is its gastronomy - the city is jam packed with quality places to eat out. Whether you would like to try some experimental modern cuisine, local classics, a night of tapas or simply food on the hop, there will be something to suit your needs in Valencia. It is a city where food can be an important part of the entertainment. Not particularity well known for its tapas, Valencia is famed throughout Spain for its rice dishes. It is also the perfect place to head for a midday glass of horchata with friends. For a link to full explanations of the famous Valencia delicacies, plus listings for restaurants and fast food joints and a tapas tour of the city, see our Guide to Places to Eat in Valencia.


Music in Valencia

Valencia Palau de la Musica during the Feria de Julio by night
Valencia Palau de la Musica during the Feria de Julio by night

The people of Valencia are proud of their music scene. Throughout the city you will find places to head to experience all manner of different types of music. Venues such as the Palau de la Musica and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia are integral to the music scene of the city. There are also smaller venues offering everything from blues and jazz to rock and pop. On top of this, Valencia enjoys a thriving and up-to-date clubbing scene, with international DJs coming to play in the city on a regular basis. For listings of some of Valencia's most important music halls plus links to other music information and programmes, see our Guide to Valencia music scene.


Shopping in Valencia

Loewe designer shop in Valencia's shopping district
Loewe designer shop in Valencia's shopping district

If you are a fan of shopping you are bound to find hours of entertainment in Valencia. Valencia's old town is full of shopping opportunities. If you enjoy affordable high street fashion you will find the many of the major brand Spanish stores in the city centre. There are also most of the major designers labels in another area of the old town. If you enjoy rummaging for vintage and antique classics you will also find shops like this in Valencia. And if you have some extra time on your hands you could head to one of Valencia's ultra-modern out-of-town shopping centres. For a full guide to shopping in Valencia with advice and links to listings, see our Shopping in Valencia page.


Museums and galleries in Valencia

Valencia is one of the cities in Spain with the highest number of museums and galleries. If you are a fan of art, you will find exhibitions of all number of styles including everything from ancient to modern art. You will also find important museums covering everything from Las Fallas to ceramics and history. For listings of Valencia's museums and galleries plus a location map, see our Guide to Museums and Galleries in Valencia.


Tip There is a card that is available for tourists from tourist information in Valencia called the Valencia Card. With this card you will be able to gain discounts at many of Valencia's major attractions including restaurants, shops, galleries and attractions. For a guide to where to buy the card, how much it costs and exactly what it can be used for, see our Guide to the Valencia Card.


Clubs and nightlife in Valencia

During your trip to Valencia you will find a thriving bar and club scene that sees the city come alive at night. Wander around the streets surrounding the cathedral in the old town after dark and you will find buzzing cocktail bars, restaurants, tapas joints and clubs. Different areas of Valencia will suit different tastes, ages and wallet sizes. For a guide to what to expect on a night out in Valencia, with descriptions of the different areas and links to more detailed pages on tapas tours, clubbing and restaurants, see our Guide to the Nightlife in Valencia.


Tip Whilst you are planning a trip to Valencia, it is worth checking whether there will be any fiestas on during your visit. These are the times of the year when there is more entertainment than ever in the city. Important festivals include Las Fallas, Feria de Julio (a fair that lasts the whole of July and sees a cultural calendar crammed with events) and Semana Santa. For dates and descriptions of Valencia's fiestas, see our Guide to Valencia Festivals.


Valencia City of Arts and Sciences by night
Valencia City of Arts and Sciences by night

Valencia is not considered to be Spain's most beautiful city. But what it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for in entertainment. It is a young and bustling city where there is always something to do both day and night. Find out a bit about the events and attractions that are available in Valencia prior to your trip and you can make the most of all of the entertainment that Valencia has to offer.


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