Ruzafa is one of the liveliest areas in Valencia, with lots of bars, restaurants and pubs, and is currently one of the trendiest places to hang out. Discover our apartments in Ruzafa, Valencia, and enjoy a truly multicultural holiday.
If you're looking for accommodation in Valencia and want to really explore the city in depth, nothing better than a holiday apartment in Ruzafa. This neighbourhood is right in the centre of Valencia, very close to the city’s monumental Modernista railway station, Estación del Norte, and Joaquín Sorolla Station, where high-speed trains call. It’s also easy to get to the airport from the central Xátiva metro station. Ruzafa’s excellent transport connections make it perfect for travellers and tourists, which is why it has lots of accommodation options, hotels and holiday apartments.
Ruzafa takes its name from the old garden built during the city’s Muslim period, in the Middle Ages. It later became an independent town and remained outside the city walls until the 19th century. It still retains a very characteristic feel all of its own.
It is now a residential area very close to the city centre, full of history and dotted with Modernista and Art Deco buildings. You won’t have to go far from your accommodation in Ruzafa to discover such architectural gems as the Mercado de Colón and Casa Guardiola, one of the most beautiful Art Deco buildings in Europe. If you want to see more early and mid-20th-century architecture, simply walk a few minutes to the area around the Ayuntamiento, where you’ll find the geometrically beautiful Cine Rialto, Cine Metropol and Edificio Gil.
Ruzafa has become one of the city’s hippest neighbourhoods. Friendly Rentals offers guests the very best apartments in Ruzafa in Valencia, known as the Valencian Soho, packed with gourmet boutiques, lost & found spaces, vintage decor and furniture establishments, comic shops like Gotham Comics and a whole host of contemporary art galleries. In short, a great place to stroll around shopping for very special items.
We recommend visiting the prestigious Galería Benlliure, up-and-coming exhibition spaces like Imprevisual, Espai Tactel and Sporting Club, galleries like Pepita Lumier specialising in young illustrators and urban art galleries like Plastic Murs. If you’re an art lover, don’t think twice about booking one of our apartments in Ruzafa.
Ruzafa is also famous for its multicultural bars, restaurants and pubs. To whet your appetite, nothing better than trying a craft beer in places like Ruzanuvol and Olhöps Craft Beer. For the best tapas and traditional Valencian food, check out Rodamón restaurant. If you prefer international cuisine, Ruzafa has plenty of Italian and pizza restaurants and lots of vegetarian restaurants, including Malmö, Copenhagen and La Tavernaire. If you're up for trying something more exotic, this is the right place: without ever leaving the neighbourhood, you can travel to Japan by trying the delicious Japanese brochettes at Hikari Yakitori Bar or find yourself in Cuba by trying the traditional Caribbean food at the old local favourite Salsavana. Naturally, you can also cook for yourself in one of our fully equipped apartments in Ruzafa in Valencia. In any case, we recommend leaving room for dessert and coffee, as Ruzafa boasts lots of delicious pastry shops that have become very popular with locals.
Ruzafa is a bustling neighbourhood all year round, but it really comes into its own during the Fallas de Valencia. This magical neighbourhood is ideal for booking accommodation in Valencia for the Fallas, as you’ll be able to see the lights being turned on in Calle Cuba-Literato Azorín and Calle Sueca-Literato Azorín, a magical event. Whether during the Fallas or any other time of year, our apartments in Ruzafa are the ideal starting point for exploring the city’s rich history and heritage: Mercado Central, Lonja de la Seda, Plaza de la Almoina, the Jewish baths in Almirante, the Romanesque churches in San Juan del Hospital, the cathedral, the frescos in the Iglesia de San Nicolás and the numerous buildings that will take you back in time to different periods of history.
If you fancy unwinding, having a drink or going out at night, you won’t have to go far you’re your apartment in Ruzafa. The nearby streets are packed with plenty of pubs, terraces and cocktail bars to choose from. And if you’re in party mood, you’re in luck. Valencia is world famous for its clubbing culture and Ruzafa has lots of discos. Dance the night away to classic tunes and cutting-edge beats. You’ll be spoiled for choice. On your way home, make a pit stop at the classic “Horno de los borrachos”, a classic pastry shop on the Valencia nightlife scene.
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