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You won’t be short of places to drink in Valencia. If you’re considering this destination for your legendary stag do, look no further, you’ve found the dream.
Barrio del Carmen district is a great place to start and finish a stag night out. There’s a little hive of bars with epic drinking establishments on every corner from sports bars to dive bars, cocktail joints to craft beer emporiums. If you’re a stag, you’re sorted.
Plaza de Canovas is a hub of eclectic nightlife in the Ensanche area. It’s the perfect day drinking spot to soak up some sun after a morning’s activity.
If you’re visiting in peak season, head to the beachfront where you’ll find open-air bars or pop up venues to enjoy a drink looking out across the bright blue ocean. Paradise.
"Few women admit their age. Few men act theirs."
- Spanish proverb
Take the boys out for a night in Barrio del Carmen for a scorching night out in this buzzing Spanish city. Aged and electric, Barrio del Carmen is Valencia's old town and is brimming with punk cafés, retro discos, Flamenco bars and sexy senoritas; it's the place to go when the sun sets and a tide comes in.
The locals say Valencia is a city with its back to the sea, and that backside (if you'll pardon our Spanish) makes for a brilliant Valencia stag weekend backside. It's ideal for high octane water sports or a siesta to get rid of any nagging stag hangovers.
Valencia is the birthplace of paella.
Valencia is the only Spanish city with two top flight American football teams.
Valencia Cathedral is among many places that claim to have the Holy Grail.
The world's biggest tomato battle takes place in nearby town of Bunol. Food fight!
Eats - Spain's most famous food, paella, was born in Valencia, meaning that the city is the best place to sit down around an epic paella pan and tuck in to this hearty stomach filler. For sweet toothed stags there are bunyols, a fried doughnut served with a sweet topping like sugar or chocolate.
Drinks - A local favourite and a cheap mixer the boys will take back home with them, kalimotxo is half and half red wine mixed with cola. Sounds dodgy, tastes awesome!
Many of Valencia's best areas and sights are within walking distance of the city centre making mastering the local transport system unnecessary. A trip to the beach or anywhere further afield might require the Metro Valencia or a tram, but tickets are not expensive. 72 hour passes are available at very good prices however, making public transport very economical over a weekend.
Public bike hire points are dotted around the city if the boys want to work off their Valencia stag do hangovers with a spot of exercise.
"Hola" - Hi.
"Qué camino al bar más cercano?" - Which way to the nearest bar?
"Puedo tener una cerveza, por favor?" - Can I have a beer, please?
"Puedo tener dos cervezas por favor?" - Can I have two beers please?
"Puedo tener mucha más cerveza, por favor?" - Can I have a lot more beer, please?
"Quiers bailar con migo?" - Would you like to dance with me?
"No" - No.
A number of UK airports offer direct flights to Valencia including the three major London airports, Manchester, Bournemouth, Bristol, East Midlands and Edinburgh. Check your closest airport well in advance to secure the best deals and the best prices.
Valencia Airport is located 12 kilometres from the city centre meaning you can be in and partying in as little as twenty minutes. There are both Metro and bus services which can take you directly into the centre, plus taxis, but the easiest way of getting to your accommodation is via private airport transfers which will be ready and waiting to take you straight to your hotel/apartments.
Tipping, as with most places in Europe, is not necessarily considered necessary, but leaving 10% in restaurants if your service was good is a nice gesture.
Depending on where you are, you can pick up a price for around €3, though this can fluctuate.
Valencia is an outstanding alternative to the two other big Spanish cities with loads of great activities and a vibrant party scene. Being a coastal city you have the option of both land-based and nautical adventures, plus you can spend the day relaxing on the beach before you hit the town for the groom’s big night out.
Valencia has grown into a fantastic new city holiday destination in recent years and now really can compete with more traditional Mediterranean choices. With beaches, a very toasty climate, incredible nightlife and a fantastic vibe within the city, not to mention the fantastic food, this city pretty much has it all! Spain loves to party and the relentless good mood in Valencia reflects this. There's culture on tap, breathtaking architecture and a huge population of friendly local Spaniards who will make you feel right at home in no time over a crisp, cold cerveza or a healthy glass or two of vino tinto. If you've done Spain and the Med over and again and you've had enough of questionable frozen sex on the beach buckets, tacky bars and sunburnt Brits, a stag weekend in sophisticated Valencia presents the perfect antidote. This historic, sunny-drenched pale sandstone jewel on the Med takes the party vibe from Benidorm and Ibiza, adds it to the class Marbella and the beauty of Barcelona and rolls it all up into one perfect city package - it's the Spanish summer holiday all grown up and take it from us, your stag group will never want to leave. Combining the incredible nightlife with activities may just make for one of the best weekends of your life!
We're not suggesting that you all take group pre-stag language classes or stay up studying the dictionary all night, not many of the locals speak good English in Valencia and menus, signs and guides are likely to be written in Spanish, so getting a few useful phrases down will help you get on, make some new friends and maybe even get a date on your Valencia stag do!
The Spanish most certainly love to eat and you're sure to get yourself some real gastronomic delights on your Valencia stag do. Here's a quick guide to ordering in shops and restaurants, as well as some local delicacies which will tickle your tastebuds.
tengo hambre! - I'm hungry!
Un bocadillo - a filled roll. These are staples of Spanish café culture and usually mean a crusty roll filled with something tasty like ham and cheese.
La cuenta - the bill.
Patatas fritas - chips.
La tapa/la media ración/la ración - small portion/half portion/full portion. Spanish dishes generally come in three sizes, so order up a big one if it's a favourite or a small tapa if you only fancy a taster! Handy.
Mesa - table.
Un café con leche - coffee with milk. This isn't your usual instant with a dash of skimmed though. The Spanish really know how to make a good coffee and they take it pretty seriously, so if you're a java lover, be sure to get a couple of these strong yet milky delights in.
Un vino tinto/blanco - red/white wine. Wine flows freely in Spain and now you can order up a glass for that pretty señorita who's smiling at you over the bar!
Paella - this is the quintessential Spanish dish, but did you know that it originates from Valencia? Try out this delicious saffron rice and seafood dish which often includes chicken, rabbit and vegetables too in its homeland - just avoid poor tourist restaurants which advertise the dish with big, shiny photographs outside.
Arròs negre - literally black rice, made from rice coloured with squid ink. Only for the more gastronomically adventurous amongst you…
Llet merengada - perfect for those with a sweet tooth, this tasty ice cream tastes like cinnamon and lemon.
Bunyols - a must if you're nursing a hangover that just won't shift, bunyols are little round deep fried doughnuts which are eaten dipped into hot chocolate - there are even pumpkin versions on offer!
Estoy lleno… - I'm full…
The Spanish love a good party and will take any excuse for a dedicated fiesta. In fact, there are so many fiestas in Spain that even if you attended more than one a day over an entire lifetime, it would be impossible to see them all! That's true dedication to having a jolly good time. Valencia does its bit to contribute too, with a good selection of incredible festivals throughout the year to choose from. Whenever you go, there's bound to be something going on and it's perfect alongside your activities.
Las Fallas - March
Perhaps the city's most famous fiesta, the Las Fallas festival of fire comes in March and is an entirely unmissable affair involving huge amounts of fireworks, floats, figures, traditional Spanish costume and a whole lot of things on fire. For the pyromaniacs amongst you, it's a must.
Feria de Julio - July
Pronounced hoo-lio (think Julio Iglesias), this festival runs throughout the entire month of July and involves concerts, theatre, sports and yet more fireworks on the beach. It all ends with a slightly bizarre ‘battle of flowers' where Valencians take to the streets and pent one another with pretty blooms - bring along your flower power and free love, man!
Benicàssim - July
This festival is one of the coolest around and despite being very affordable, it welcomes massive names every year, such as Oasis, Bob Dylan and Kraftwerk. It's a mad week of sunbathing, drinking Sangria for breakfast, meeting new friends and watching some of the biggest bands in the world perform well into the night because it's just too hot to dance and sing during the day! Incredible. Why not try and coordinate a visit for your Valencia stag?