5 things to do in Valencia this May
After a tough couple of years, a washed-out March and a chilly April, May is finally here. At BikeAlao, we can't wait to get back in the saddle and ride around under the sun.
Here are five of our favourite May activities:
1. Go for a bike ride
Valencia offers an excellent network of bike lanes, both in and out the city so, of course, our top activity will be going for a bike ride.
Whether content for a gentle ride in the 9-km old riverbed, Jardines de Turia, or something longer, like a route around the Albufera lake to the south, there is a ride for all ages and abilities. Rent a bike in Valencia with BikeAlao and we will show you the best route for you. If you would prefer a guided bike tour of Valencia and surrounding areas, we would be happy to provide one.
|Riding to Patacona beach|
2. Eat a paella by the sea
Valencia, home of paella, has a host of splendid restaurants by the beach. Paella is typically eaten for lunch among good friends or with the family. We love to ride our bikes down to Pinedo, El Saler or, if time allows, the village of El Palmar, and have a beer, some wine and a delicious plate of rice in the sun with good company.
If you don't fancy going so far, the city beaches of Las Arenas, Cabanyal and Malvarrosa have a wealth of fine restaurants by the sea.
|Row of paella restaurants in El Palmar|
3. Get wet
Although summer is not quite here, on a warm day in May the thermometer can hit 30 degrees in the shade. With the sea temperature still quite low, a quick dip in the sea is an awesome way to cool off after a walk or a ride. Try stand-up paddle, kayaking, surfing or rowing in the Marina of Valencia or at Patacona beach in Alboraya.
Another place we love to visit is Parque Central by Ruzafa, where water water shoots up from the ground providing a refreshing blast to cool off in the sun.
|Central Park fountains|
4. Go to a gig
With all restrictions having been lifted, venues are really pushing live music and bands are only too keen to get back to performing, both indoors and out. Some indoor venues we enjoy are 16 Toneladas, Moon, El Loco and we enjoy the outdoor concerts at La Pergola in the Marina. Agenda Urbana has a comprehensive listing of gigs in their May issue and Valencialife.es has a What's on section in English.
|A recent Concert in Sala Moon|
5. Check out an exhibition
Joaquín Sorolla was a Valencia painter, whose works depicted Valencia life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among his works, many focussed on the maritime area of Valencia. Featuring bright colours, beach life and boats, he captured the unique Valencian light in his paintings. There are frequent temporary Joaquín Sorolla exhibitions in Valencia as well as permanent displays of his works in the Museum of Fine Arts in Valencia. Currently, Fundación Bancaja on Plaza Tetuán has an exhibition of Sorolla, Pinazo and Mongrell until 31 July. Other venues to be visited include Bombas Gens, Muvim and IVAM.
|Museo de Bellas Artes, seen from the Turia riverbed|
Whatever you decide to do in Valencia in May, we hope you have a great time. For information on flights, activities and rentals, look up the Kayak Valencia Guide, which contains comprehensive information and booking systems to help you free up time to simply enjoy Valencia.