Experience the unheralded delights of an often-overlooked city break destination when you opt for a Valencia short break from The Co-operative Travel.
Lovely weather - warm summers and mild winters - and clear light make a visit to Valencia a visual treat all year round.
El Carmen, the city's old town area, is understandably the focus of much weekend activity. Its maze of streets, each bursting with character and packed with a vast choice of bars and restaurants, are a treat to explore thanks to its myriad of architectural styles, encompassing Baroque, neo-classical and Renaissance buildings, as well as many modern delights.
Chief among these has to be the futuristic City of Arts and Science, promising a visual feast in its planetarium, museum of sciences, and massive aquarium, which is home to more than 7,000 species. If you like your entertainment on the grandest possible scale, you'll also find an IMAX cinema and laserium
After sundown, Valencia shows why its party scene is a close match for that of Madrid or Barcelona, with the added bonus that as a less obvious destination for foreign visitors, its attractions are far more authentically Spanish.
So you'll find lots of places where you can stoke yourself up with a hearty paella or fish stew, in preparation for a night of dancing well into the morning, or simply as an entrée for a relaxing time sipping the cocktails for which the city has a fine and fully warranted reputation.
But the ace up Valencia's sleeve as a city break destination surely lies in the prospect of enjoying all this while also holding out the possibility of adding in some beach time. The two main beaches, Las Arenas and La Malvarossa, are just a bus or tram ride away, and their promenades are lined with yet more shops, cafes and restaurants for you to linger over.
A city with so much to offer so many, Valencia counts as a gem of a destination. Visit it soon with the help of The Co-operative Travel, and you'll discover a short break or weekend break location to treasure.