Rainy Day Valencia

Valencia is a beautiful city known for its sunny and warm climate. However, even in paradise, sometimes rain clouds do gather, and you find yourself caught in a sudden downpour. Don’t let the rain dampen your spirits, though, because there’s plenty to do in Valencia when the weather turns wet. In fact, the city offers some fantastic indoor activities that can keep you and your loved ones entertained for hours.

Interestingly, you might be surprised to learn that stormwater management wasn’t studied in Spain until 1993. In contrast, the techniques had already been studied in the US since the 1970s. But despite this fact, Valencia has done an impressive job in recent years of implementing sustainable measures to manage rainwater and prevent flooding. And with so many things to do indoors, you’ll hardly even notice the rain pouring outside!

Coffee and cake

Everyone that knows me, knows I will never say “no” to cookies, pastries or cakes….well, really anything sweet. Coffee is an important part of Spanish Culture. In fact, Spaniards usually drink a small cup of coffee after most meals. So, if you are caught in the rain, grab yourself a cup of joe (café con leche (espresso with milk), café cortado (espresso with a drop of milk) or café solo (espresso) and chill until the rain the subsides. Here are some of the places we hang out at…

Blackbird Café
Cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Specialties: Coffee, tea, cakes, pastries and sandwiches

The Brunch Corner
Relaxed and Specialties: Coffee, tea, pastries….and more!

Café de las Horas
Cosmopolitan atmosphere and neo-baroque decoration. Specialties: Coffee, tea, cocktails (Agua de Valencia) and cake!

Gastronomic Experiences

When the weather turns wet and cold, move the experience indoors so you can still sample delicious freshly-prepared tapas and dishes and sip on exquisite local wines. Here are some of our regular haunts…

One of the two authentic Greek restaurants we highly recommend.

The best authentic Indian food restaurant in Valencia!

El Rodamon
Our favorite Mediterranean fusion restaurant. Always fresh and delicious.

Explore the City of Arts and Sciences

Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in modern architecture and science. Designed by renowned Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, this futuristic complex boasts six stunning buildings that showcase his signature style. Among the highlights are the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, a state-of-the-art opera house and performing arts center, and L’Hemisfèric, a spectacular Imax cinema, planetarium, and laserium.

Other must-see attractions at the City of Arts and Sciences include the Museu de les Ciències, a cutting-edge science museum, and Oceanografic, an open-air aquarium that’s home to thousands of aquatic animals. L‘Umbracle, a garden walkway, and Ágora, a versatile event space (currently under renovation), are also worth exploring.

Surrounded by streams and pools of water, the City of Arts and Sciences is a serene and relaxing place to stroll day or night. And if you’re lucky enough to visit during the summer months, you might catch a performance by the talented students of the Berklee College of Music, who have a campus here and often perform on the outdoor stage. So don’t miss the chance to explore this extraordinary complex and experience Valencia’s cutting-edge culture and science scene firsthand.

Visit the Museums

If you find yourself with some free time on a rainy afternoon in Valencia, why not explore the city’s world-class museums? Art lovers will be delighted by the impressive collections at the IVAM (Institut Valencia d’Art Modern) and the MUVIM (Museo Valenciano de la Ilustracion y la Modernidad), which showcase a range of modern and contemporary art.

If you’re interested in history, you can step back in time at the Museum of Prehistory or learn more about the city’s rich past at the Valencia History Museum. For something a little different, check out L’Iber Museo de Los Soldaditos de Plomo, the world’s largest toy soldier museum. With over a million pieces in its collection, including almost 100,000 on display, it’s a fascinating and unique attraction that’s sure to capture the imagination of visitors of all ages.

Whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, or just looking for something fun to do on a rainy day, Valencia’s museums have something for everyone. So take your pick, and get ready for a day of culture and learning!

Go to the Spa and Relax

A spa day in Valencia combines everything we love about the Spanish lifestyle – food, nature, and healthy living along with incredible relaxation.

Las Arenas Spa – If you’re in need of some relaxation and rejuvenation, a visit to Las Arenas Spa is sure to hit the spot. Located inside the stunning Las Arenas Balneario Resort, this luxurious spa offers a wide range of treatments and facilities to help you unwind and recharge. From saunas and steam rooms to hydrotherapy pools and sensory showers, there’s no shortage of ways to pamper yourself at Las Arenas.

For the ultimate indulgence, try one of the spa’s signature treatments, such as the volcanic hot stone massage or the algae body wrap. Or, if you prefer a more traditional approach, opt for a classic Swedish massage or a facial. With its elegant decor, tranquil atmosphere, and professional staff, Las Arenas Spa is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and treat yourself to a day of pure relaxation.

Spa Bodyna Valencia – If you’re looking for some pampering and relaxation on a rainy day in Valencia, head to Spa Bodyna. Located in the luxurious Hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar, this tranquil oasis offers a range of indulgent treatments, including massages, facials, and body wraps, all designed to help you unwind and rejuvenate. With its elegant decor, serene atmosphere, and top-notch amenities, Spa Bodyna is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and treat yourself to some much-needed TLC.

So there you have it, our top 5 picks for what to do in Valencia on a rainy day. From exploring the futuristic architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences to indulging in some pampering at Spa Bodyna, there’s no shortage of fun and exciting activities to enjoy when the weather turns gloomy. And if all else fails, you can always head to one of Valencia’s fantastic museums or cozy cafes to pass the time. So don’t let a little rain dampen your spirits, embrace the opportunity to discover Valencia’s many hidden treasures and make the most of your time in this beautiful city.

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