Valencia Ciutat Vela - 1 Day in Valencia Spain

Best of Valencia 1 Day Itinerary Before Your Ibiza Ferry

Welcome to Valencia, Spain’s third-largest and vibrant city on the east coast full of history, arts and charm. If you’re in Valencia on a brief stopover from Madrid or awaiting your ferry to the Balearic Islands, take advantage of this 1 Day in Valencia Itinerary to explore historical landmarks, dive into local cuisine, and relax on one Valencia’s spectacular beaches for a memorable Mediterranean day in Valencia that will have you longing to revisit.

As you’ll notice from the tips throughout, this Valencia itinerary is intentionally written for the first time Valencia solo traveler and/or older traveler (I am over 50 and have been traveling solo FOREVER). Yet, anyone can use this travel itinerary and guide it to plan and book the perfect day in Valencia.

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Plaça de Bous de València bullring Valencia Spain
Plaça de Bous de València

All You Need to Book 1 Day in Valencia

Here are all of the sites you need to successfully book this perfect day alone in Valencia, Spain.

I even give you my suggested Valencia hotel as a budget friendly and centrally-located stay in Valencia’s Cuitat Vella, an ideal location for one day in Valencia solo travel while awaiting your Valencia to Ibiza ferry.

I recommend you bookmark and use these sites early to lock in your Valencia day itinerary and get the best Valencia travel deals.

Mercado Central de Valencia Spain
Mercado Central de Valencia

Spain Solo Travel Guide

If you need more Spain travel tips to supplement your Valencia solo travel planning, consult my ultimate Spain Solo Travel Guide full of tips on culture, entry requirements, currency, tipping, using electronics, safety, and a lot more to plan solo travel in Spain.

Book Your Flight to Valencia Early to Save Money

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L' Umbracle Garden Valencia Spain
L’ Umbracle Garden

Valencia Travel Packing Essentials

Here some travel essentials ideal to making your solo travel in Spain easier, if not more eco-friendly.

Playa de las Arenas Valencia Spain
Playa de las Arenas
La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia Valencia Spain
La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

Top Tips for This Valencia 1 Day Itinerary

  • This itinerary assumes staying in the vicinity of my suggested Valencia hotel in Valencia’s Cuitat Vella.
  • This 1 day itinerary is best if arriving Valencia the night before or by 10am the day of arrival.
  • Travel in the shoulder season for good weather and long daylight hours, less tourists, and lower costs.
  • Most of this itinerary is covered by walking in Valencia, which is flat and consisting of concrete and cobblestones. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Additionally, there will be options for riding the Hop On Hop Off Bus, to see more of Valencia, and taking a sunset cruise.
  • Dress in layers to allow for different outdoor activities and changes in weather if traveling Valencia in the shoulder or low seasons.

Reserve in Valencia City Center Early for the Best Deal

Plaça de l'Ajuntament-ciutat vella Valencia Spain
Plaça de l’Ajuntament, Ciutat Vella

1 Day in Valencia Itinerary

How to absorb as much of Valencia in 1 day? Here is how I spent an incredible day in Valencia with alternate options if they better suit your tastes. With such a limited time, always check entry admission times and days, and do all tour bookings, in advance.

Late Morning

Embark on a self-guided Cuitat Vella walking tour, taking in the beautiful architecture of Plaça de l’Ajuntament and seeing the historic La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia (Silk Exchange), Tribunal de las Aguas (Water Tribunal) and the Fallas – a combined UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Església de Sant Joan del Mercat.

Take a break from site seeing for local cuisine. Grab a bite to go at Mercado Central de Valencia if you want to keep moving, or relax at an outdoor restaurant of your choice for a leisurely, late lunch.

Outdoor dining Valencia Spain
Outdoor dining in Ciutat Vella


Once rested, walk to the closest Hop On Hop Off Bus stop in Cuitat Vella for an open-rooftop ride to see more of Valencia while making your way to Valencia’s marina and expansive coastline.

CaixaForum and Pont l'Assut de l'Or Valencia Spain
CaixaForum and Pont l’Assut de l’Or

Get off at the port stop for a short walk to the beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. Spend a few hours doing whatever you want: walk along the Passeig de Neptú, relax on the beach, or pop into the Marina Beach Club for a cocktail, music and incredible beach views.

Playa de las Arenas from Marina Beach Club Valencia Spain
Marina Beach Club


The sun may be setting or you’re getting hungry again, leave the beach area to grab the last Hop On Hop Off Bus port pick up back to Ciutat Vella for a night of fresh paella and sangria at a restaurant of your choosing.

Glasses of sangria

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