The Botánico area is in the centre of Valencia, just a few minutes from the heart of the city: Ciutat Vella. It has excellent transport connections, with several bus routes and two metro stations. So if you book one of our apartments in Botánico, Valencia, you’ll find it easy not only to get around the centre but also to get out to the beach or to the City of Arts and Sciences
This area used to lie outside the city walls, next to the River Turia. When the walls were knocked down, its excellent connections to the main city thoroughfares helped it grow rapidly during the 19th century. Although the walls are no longer there, you can still see the Torres de Quart and the Torres de Serranos, fortified gates granting access to the city which were used as watchtowers in the Middle Ages. If you would like to visit one of the towers during your stay in one of our holiday apartments in Valencia, you’ll enjoy some of the best views in the city.
We also encourage you to use your city break to reconnect with nature! Not something you can do everywhere, but then not every city has a park like the lovely Jardín Botánico de Valencia, which you’ll have right on your doorstep if you book your holiday apartment in this neighbourhood. Its huge collection of over 3,000 species of plants and trees from all over the world is a welcome breath of fresh air. The origins of the University of Valencia’s Botanical Garden Valencia date back to the 16th century, although it didn’t take on its present form until the 19th century. It is now famed for its collection of palm trees, cacti and succulents, although you’re sure to be drawn to its shady conservatory.
As you leave the Jardín Botánico in Valencia you’ll see the Torres de Quart. Pass through them to El Carmen, a fresh, young, open-minded neighbourhood packed with bars, restaurants and clubs perfect for popping out for a drink or some tapas. The streets of El Carmen have a very cosmopolitan feel and are decorated with hundreds of murals of street art. Art lovers should also head over to the permanent exhibitions at the M.U.V.I.M. and I.V.A.M. , very close to our apartments in Botánico in Valencia.
You may have heard the Valencia has the largest historic city centre in Europe. It’s true! There are hundreds of well-conserved historic buildings, including the cathedral, with its lovely Torre del Micalet, offering views as far as the beach, the famous Lonja de la Seda, El Mercado Central and the area around the Antiguo Hospital, where you can relax and have something to drink on one of its terraces.
Don’t go home without seeing the amazing Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas, one of the few surviving examples of Rococo architecture in Europe. Moreover, Valencia also boats a whole host of Modernista buildings, including the Casa del Punt de Gancho, Estación del Norte and Mercado de Colón. If you want to check them out for yourself, Mercado de Colón is in the Ruzafa neighbourhood, a very hip, multicultural area in Valencia, where you can go shopping in its many record and vintage clothes shops. It’s also a good area for stopping to eat in one of its many international restaurants. If you prefer, you can buy some tasty fresh food in the gourmet shops in the market and cook your own meal in your holiday apartment in Valencia. All Friendly Rentals holiday apartments are fully equipped with everything you need to whip up delicious meals for yourself.
If you fancy heading out for a drink or going partying, the Botánico neighbourhood is perfect, as you can be in Ciutat Vella in a few minutes. Explore the city by night and discover the pubs on Calle Alta, Plaza del Negrito and Plaza del Doctor Collado, next to the Lonja. If you want to show off your moves on the dancefloor, check out classic clubs like Jimmy Glass Jazz, Radio City, Fox Congo and Café Bolsería.
The Botánico neighbourhood is also perfect during the Fallas, as you can experience all the magic of the Mascletá, Nit del Foc and Cremá without having to walk far from your accommodation in the centre of Valencia.
Book your holiday apartment in Valencia with Friendly Rentals y and enjoy firsthand what the locals call “the land of flowers, light and love”.