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Bus tours

The open-roof Valencia Bus Turistic operates a daily, hop-on hop-off service that covers Valencia's main attractions. From March to December, it also runs a separate service to La Albufera, and during March's Fallas festival it offers a special service that tours the city's celebrations at a leisurely pace. Tickets are available online, in hotels, from tourist information counters and on the bus itself.

Tel: +34 699 982 514.
Website: http://www.valenciabusturistic.com

Walking and bike tours

Valencia Guias, the city's official tour company, organises themed walking and biking tours around Valencia. Choose from historical tours that centre on the old quarters, night tours that include a chance to sample local drinks or city tapas tours. Bicycle tours can be organised in groups or individually, with four different routes available.

Tel: +34 96 385 1740.
Website: http://www.valenciaguias.com

Valencia excursions

Benicàssim

Best known for its annual festival, the village of Benicàssim comes alive every summer with an array of musical performances from international acts. Away from the all-night-party of Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, a multitude of nature walks, cycling routes and cultural attractions are to be found. The village is located an hour from Valencia's city centre.

Tel: +34 964 300 962.
Website: http://www.benicassim.org

Castelló de la Plana

Situated an hour from Valencia, the medieval city of Castelló de la Plana offers a multitude of museums, historical buildings and culinary delights. Essential sights include the Saint Miquel Palace, the Ethnological Museum and el Fadri, a 16th-century bell tower. Thanks to its strategic seaside location and the mountains, activities range from fishing and diving to hiking and mountain biking.

Tel: +34 964 283 621.
Website: http://www.castellonturismo.com

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Hotel Villacarlos

This simple, traditional hotel benefits from easy access to Valencia's beaches and cultural attractions via nearby bus and metro links. The functional rooms are decorated in creams and wooden furnishings and offer free Wi-Fi and flatscreen TVs. Ask for the rooftop suite; it has its own sundeck.

Hostal Antigua Morellana

Set in an 18th-century townhouse, this classic Spanish inn is run by four sisters and situated in a narrow lane close to Valencia's historic silk exchange and cathedral. Its cosy, no-frills rooms feature memory-foam mattresses and private bathrooms, as well as TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms also have small balconies.

Hotel ibis Valencia Alfafar

Opposite Albufera Natural Park, this straightforward, chain hotel features modern, budget rooms with flatscreen TVs and Wi-Fi access. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, a bar and a fitness centre, plus guest parking, a business centre and an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast.

Hotel One Shot Colon 46

Within walking distance of the Cathedral, this hotel is part of the Spanish hotel chain One Shot and offers simple chic for a reasonable price. The unfussy rooms have smart TVs, mini-fridges and rain showers, and those on the top floor have balconies. There's a cafe in the first floor where breakfast is served.

Hotel Ad Hoc Monumental

Situated near Valencia's Cathedral and the Serranos Towers, this charming hotel dates back to 1881 and boasts original features such as exposed brickwork and wood-beamed ceilings. The airy rooms are decorated in old-world style, and many have marble floors and private balconies.

Hotel Las Arenas

Set on the beach, this resort-style hotel dates back to 1898 and offers bright, modern rooms with city, garden or sea views. Its renowned spa and wellness centre includes indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, bubble beds, ice fountains and a relaxation garden. Its brasserie offers the best in modern Spanish gastronomy.