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10 Things to Do in Valencia in July

July is the month of the formal start of summer in Valencia, of festivals and of the hottest days in which the city offers a wide variety of excursions.

Keyvis Montilva

Keyvis Montilva

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10 Things to Do in Valencia in July

Valencia, Spain | ©Jonny James

Valencia, as a coastal and beach city, has its peak of tourists during the summer and among the summer months, July is one of the months that receives more visitors, since the usual tourism is added to the public that congregates in the capital of the Valencian Community to follow the events and festivals.

In addition to the activities to see and do in Valencia throughout the year, in July you can enjoy the centenary Gran Feria, visit the Cuevas del Turche and the beaches of the city and attend some of the festivals, which include everything from food trucks to contests to choose the best ice cream on the Spanish coast.

1. Take a dip in the Turche Cave

Turche Cave| ©Agustin B
Turche Cave| ©Agustin B

Buñol, in addition to La Tomatina, has one of the most beautiful natural attractions in the Valencian Community. The Cuevas del Truche stand out for the 60-meter waterfall and the natural pools that can be reached after walking the hiking trails and a protected lagoon.

The amphitheater of the Cuevas del Truche is one of the largest of the outside of Valencia, along with the Gorgo de la Escalera. It is only surpassed in size by the Cuevas de San José, which contains the largest subway lake in Europe, with almost 3 kilometers of navigable channels.

July is the best month to visit the Cuevas del Truche because it is when the waterfall has more water flow and when temperatures are ideal for a swim in the natural pools.

Visiting the Cuevas del Truche is one of the best excursions to do from Valencia in summer.

Details of interest

  • Price... The entrance to the caves has an approximate price of 5 euros per person.
  • Location... Buñol, Valencian Community.
  • Opening hours... Every day from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm.
  • How to get there... By car on the A-3 road and by bus lines 63 and 70 combined with bus line L265A.

Book an excursion to visit caves, blackberries and mountain springs in Valencia

2. Visit the Great July Fair in Valencia

Valencia July Fair| ©Jakub Jerabek
Valencia July Fair| ©Jakub Jerabek

July is a month of traditions in Valencia and one of the most famous in the city is the celebration of the Great July Fair. Undoubtedly, it is one of the highlights of the Valencian summer and, in a way, represents the beginning of the summer season in the city.

The fair, which has been held since 1871, opens each year with a musical performance by local artists and a fireworks display. During the following days, activities take place ranging from musical shows to sports championships, children's workshops, art exhibitions, foam parties and gastronomic contests.

All these events of the fair are not centralized in the same space, but are spread throughout the city. Some of the venues are the Jardines del Palau, the Parque del Oeste, the Plaza Redonda and the Tapinería Market.

Details of interest

  • Price... Admission to the fair is free.
  • Location... In different locations, including the Jardines del Palau, the Parque del Oeste, the Plaza Redonda and the Tapinería Market.
  • When... Every year in July.

3. Participate in the Gelato Festival

Different flavors of Gelato| ©Lama Roscu
Different flavors of Gelato| ©Lama Roscu

Gelato Festival is presented as the most gourmet event of the summer and proposes that each visitor try 5 tubs of ice cream flavors for free, only in exchange for voting for the one they like the most. With this background it is difficult to refuse to participate in the event that promises to discover the ice cream route in the city and is usually part of the best gastronomic tours of Valencia in the Valencian summer.

This festival takes place during July every year at Malvarrosa Beach. The entrance fee, which costs approximately 10 euros per person, includes a Gelato Card with free entrance to the Gelato Festival School, to learn how to make handmade creams, and a visit to what is presented as the first Mobile Laboratory in the world dedicated to the scientific dissemination of ice cream recipes.

Gelato Festival is part of the international tour of authentic Italian gelato that includes stops in Berlin, Amsterdam and London, among other places in Europe. During the closing of each year's edition, the winners will be chosen from among the exhibitors according to consumer voting.

Details of interest

  • Price... The entrance to the festival has an approximate cost of 10 euros.
  • Location... Malvarrosa Beach, Valencia.
  • When... Every year in July.
  • How to get there... Buses line 32 and Metro 5 of Valencia combined with buses line 93.

Book a gastronomic tour with tastings in Valencia

4. Visit the beaches of Valencia

Beaches of Valencia| ©Pascual
Beaches of Valencia| ©Pascual

July is one of the hottest months of the year in Valencia and visiting its beaches is one of the best options. If you want to visit the beaches in the center you can opt for El Cabanyal, located in the neighborhood of the same name, La Malvarrosa and La Patacona, famous for its palm tree vegetation.

The beaches closest to the center of Valencia have golden sands, crystal clear waters of the Balearic Sea and a wide range of services around, such as restaurants and entertainment places, but you can also choose other beaches less visited by tourists and more natural and wild, such as El Saler, La Garrofera, La Devesa, Pinedo or Recati, all beaches surrounded by the Albufera Natural Park.

Visiting the beaches in July, either with a walking tour or a bike ride, will ensure you the best weather in town, warm waters and will also allow you to contemplate some of the clearest sunsets on the Spanish coast.

Book a bike tour along the beaches of Valencia

5. Visit Solmarket, the festival of food trucks and music.

Solmarket| ©Juan Guzman
Solmarket| ©Juan Guzman

One of the best things to do in Valencia in summer is to visit Solmarket, the festival of food trucks, music and live shows that takes place every year in El Puig de Santa Maria Beach. Solmarket is focused on boosting the tourism potential of the Valencian coast, so it is 18 kilometers from Valencia, which you should keep in mind during your visit.

Solmarket also stands out in each edition for its decoration, consisting of artificial grass, palm trees, Valencian flowers and neon lights that turn the beach into a promenade during the days of the festival. In the food trucks you will be able to taste the wide gastronomic offer of Valencia's cuisine.

In Solmarket you can also try what is considered the best hamburger in Spain, from Jenkins restaurant, and you can watch from the beach one of the best sunsets in Valencia.

Interesting details

  • Price... Admission to the festival is free.
  • Location... El Puig de Santa María beach, Valencian Community.
  • When... Every year in July.
  • How to get there... By car on route V-21 and by bus lines C6, 71 and 81.

6. Visit the summer flea market at the Malvarrosa Beach

Summer Market| ©Magdalena Baldoni
Summer Market| ©Magdalena Baldoni

During July, after the Great Fair that officially inaugurates the Valencian summer, the city's street markets are held, among which the one on the Malvarrosa Beach promenade stands out.

There you can find clothing stalls, gifts, souvenirs and children's activities, making it one of the best plans if you visit Valencia with children

The Malvarrosa Beach flea market is a place of entertainment, but it is also presented as a contribution to the Valencian culture, a support to street artists and also an area of promotion for the care of the environment, as it promotes recycling, waste separation and the use of compostable elements.

The Malvarrosa Beach flea market remains open until the end of the summer, also coexisting with the Cabanyal flea market and the rest of the city's flea markets. An ideal activity to end a trip along the Valencian coast.

Details of interest

  • Price... Entrance to the market is free.
  • Location... Malvarrosa Beach, Valencia.
  • When... Every year in July.
  • How to get there... By bus lines C6, 19 and 32.

7. Have fun at the Amusement Fair in the Turia Garden

Turia Garden Amusement Fair| ©Europa Press
Turia Garden Amusement Fair| ©Europa Press

The Turia Garden Amusement Fair is the amusement park of the Great July Fair, but due to its success it has become independent and now has its own calendar.

This fair has attractions for the whole family, tombola, food stalls, fairground stalls and tickets at affordable prices every year. There are also live shows and tours of the Turia Garden, which is one of the most emblematic of the city for its cultural importance and geographical location.

The fair is located on the old Turia riverbed, between the Peineta Bridge and Las Flores Bridge, and among its most distinguished attractions are the Ferris wheel from which it is possible to contemplate the city at night, bumper cars for young and old, water games and the tunnel of terror. The ideal destination if you visit Valencia for a day during the month of July.

Interesting details

  • Price... Admission to the festival is free. The attractions have an initial cost of approximately 3 euros.
  • Location... Turia Garden, Valencia.
  • When... Every year in July.
  • How to get there... By bus lines C2, 6, 95 and 115.

8. Enjoy the sunset on a boat ride on the Balearic Sea

Sunset in Valencia| ©Verner187
Sunset in Valencia| ©Verner187

One of the attractions of Valencia in summer is the possibility to practice water sports, go on jet ski excursions, live snorkeling experiences and take boat rides along the Valencian coast.

If you choose this last option, I recommend that you choose an afternoon ride to see some of the best sunsets in Spain from the Balearic Sea.

Also, on these boat trips around the bay you will be able to see the best attractions of the Valencian Community from the sea.

Keep in mind that during the summer and high season months the excursions may sell out or increase in price at the last minute, so it is ideal that you book the tours in advance, especially if you are planning a short stay in the city. If that is your case, here is a list of activities you can do to discover Valencia in 3 days.

Book a jet ski tour

9. Live the nocturnal experiences at the Oceanografic

Oceanografic| ©Javier Pereda
Oceanografic| ©Javier Pereda

Oceanografic is the largest aquarium in Europe and one of the reasons why Valencia is considered the capital of arts and sciences in Spain. Its interior houses specimens of 600 different species, including beluga whales, sea lions, penguins, sharks, dolphins, rays, seals and crustaceans.

In July, in addition, the cycles of guided nocturnal visits are enabled and it is the ideal month to make this excursion since during August and September the visits increase significantly.

During these tours at dusk visitors avoid the value of daylight hours and you can also opt for a walk with a smaller influx of tourists.

The evening tours can include, at extra cost, a dinner in the area of the lagoon, on the terrace of the Océanos restaurant overlooking the Lago Vivo, which is actually a lagoon that collects salt water from the Malvarrosa Beach.

Details of interest

  • Price... General admission costs approximately 34 euros for adults. Children up to 12 years pay an approximate reduced rate of 25 euros.
  • Location... Carrer d'Eduardo Primo Yúfera 1B, Valencia.
  • Opening hours... Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.
  • How to get there... Buses lines 10, 19, 24, 25 and 35.

10. Attend the Mar i Jazz Festival of Valencia

Valencia Sea and Jazz Festival| ©Esther Campos
Valencia Sea and Jazz Festival| ©Esther Campos

Mar i Jazz, the music concert on the shores of the Mediterranean, is one of the most important jazz festivals in Europe and is held every year in July in Valencia in the Dr. Lluch Park, in the Cabanyal neighborhood.

Some of the best jazz musicians in the world participate in Mar i Jazz. In addition, during the festival there are food, gift and souvenir stands and if you plan to visit Valencia with children in each edition there is a Kinderland, where the kids can do workshops and children's activities.

Details of interest

  • Price... Season tickets for all days of the festival have an initial cost of approximately 49 euros.
  • Location... Dr. Lluch Park, Valencia.
  • When... During a weekend in July.
  • How to get there... Buses lines 31 and 92.

Temperatures in Valencia in July

July in the city of the arts| ©Johan Källström
July in the city of the arts| ©Johan Källström

In Valencia the temperature in summer has highs of 33° and lows of 21°, and on average reaches 25°, so the weather is mild, dry and hot, but not suffocating, which helps with the tours of the historic center of the city and other attractions.

The weather in the city is usually pleasant at all times of the year, since in Valencia during the winter the temperatures drop substantially, but rarely fall below 0°.

The influx of tourists in Valencia in July

Strolling and tasting in the Central Market| ©julián sanmartín
Strolling and tasting in the Central Market| ©julián sanmartín

Valencia's high season runs from June through September, so summer is when most tourists visit the city, which you'll need to take into account when organizing your itinerary.

If you plan to do excursions, I advise you to book them in advance, to avoid delays in hiring and last minute price increases.

Prices in Valencia in July

Money in Euros| ©Pixabay
Money in Euros| ©Pixabay

Summer is the busiest time in Valencia, so it is also when prices are the highest.

However, if you prepare your itinerary in advance you can pre-book excursions online and get reduced rates.

What to pack to visit Valencia in July?

Preparing your suitcase| ©Craig Adderley
Preparing your suitcase| ©Craig Adderley

July is the beginning of summer in Valencia and the days become hot, so I recommend that you include the following items in your suitcase:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sweaters or light summer coats
  • Bathing suit
  • Sweaters or light summer coats
  • T-shirts