Go to Mercado Central in Valencia. I honestly think that this is one of the best markets in all of Spain because you can tell that it's where the locals go and do their shopping. I think a lot of the Spanish markets have gotten overrun with tourists and that's who they kind of cater to a bit too much. The market in Valencia is the real deal and the restaurants in it are phenomenal too. All in all though Valencia is not one of my favorite cities in Spain. I like it and it's fun but it just doesn't hit me the way other places do. Obviously, there are plenty of folks who entirely disagree with me on this one.
There are few cities like Valencia, able to harmoniously combine the remnants of its farthest past, dating to the year 138 BC, with the most innovative and avant-garde buildings from the new millennium.Valencia is trade and culture, cinema, theatre, museums, magic, business. It is the centre of international and avant-garde design, and one of the most active cities in Europe regarding fairs and conferences.Thanks to its location, Valencia has historically been Spain’s Mediterranean port and has that special charm of cities that are also seaports. And the fine sand and clean water, the vastness of the sea and the closeness of the coastal mountains make the valencian coast uniquely attractive.