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I’ve always said Valencia is one of the most underrated cities in Europe! It’s a beautiful, historic city with lots to see and a fabulous beach. Valencia is also a breeze to pack for with its casual vibe and easy-going dress code. Almost anything goes in this city when it comes to fashion, but there are a few key pieces that I think you need to have. To make it even easier for you I’ve laid out my 6 best tips for what to wear in Valencia!
What to Wear in Valencia
Written by: Kelly Ella Maz
Workout clothes are a MUST.
Since Valencia is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world (after Amsterdam of course) I highly recommend packing workout clothes so you can comfortably explore this city with a set of wheels. Embrace a sporty style to stay cute, comfortable and practical while you bike your way around the city from Jardi del Turia all the way to the beach. Workout tanks with built-in bras and running shorts are my top choices. Choose fun colors and modern prints when planning what to wear in Valencia.
Two pairs of shoes is all you need.
For shoes I’d obviously recommend an athletic pair of running shoes for biking. I’d also encourage you to pack a pair of flat sandals that can be worn day or night. Choose a neutral style (such as tan leather or metallic) to ensure they match any outfit, at any time of the day. Valencia is much smaller than Barcelona or Madrid, so you don’t need to worry about walking very far once you’re in the city – especially at night.
Read out 10 step guide on how to choose the best shoes for travel!
Get double the wear out of jumpsuits.
With so much to see in Valencia there’s no doubt your time here might be busy. Make getting ready in the morning effortless by packing a few jumpsuits. Jumpsuits are a perfect option as you consider what to wear in Valencia because they’re one piece (no matching required!) and they can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion or the time of day. You can also throw a shirt or sweater over a jumpsuit at night to make it look like shirt and shorts combo.
Cool and comfortable in a cotton maxi dress.
An alternative to jumpsuits is a cotton maxi dress. Just like jumpsuits these maxi dresses are incredibly versatile as well as comfortable. A lightweight cotton also keeps you cool on hot days and is quick-drying when you want to wash it in your hotel room. My favorite maxi dresses are the supper affordable ones at H&M.
Cover-up with a floppy hat.
To easily transition from beach to sightseeing to shopping a glamorous floppy hat is essential. Not only will you keep cool and protected from the sun, but you’ll also look instantly chic while hiding messy beach hair. Can’t be bothered packing one? Pick one up at one of the many tourist shops in Valencia – or at the airport!
Check out our top 15 packable travel accessories including sun hats!
Accessories to dress up an outfit.
Spain in general is a very fashionable country. The women wear casual, laid-back attire but they always look effortlessly cool. One way to achieve this look is to add a few trendy accessories to your travel outfits. Packing accessories doesn’t compromise packing space and it gives you the perfect spanish look for Valencia. Think chunky necklaces, stacks of bracelets and lightweight scarves.
Take a look at our lazy girl’s guide to stylish travel accessories for more inspiration!
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What do you recommend when planning what to wear in Valencia? Please comment below!
For more Europe packing lists, please read:
- What to Wear in Europe: Packing Lists for Every Destination!
- Packing List for Europe in Summer
- Packing for Europe in Summer: Beach Vacation Essentials
- 8 Essential Things to Pack for Europe in the Summer
Suggested travel resources:
- Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring
- Lonely Planet Spain (Country Guide)
- Travel Shoes for Europe
- The Best Carry-on Suitcases for Europe
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Author Bio: Kelly Ella Maz is travel writer from Canada. Her passion for travel and world-wide experience led her to starting her own travel planning business and blog. She recently bought a one-way ticket to Barcelona, where she’ll be living by the beach and travelling around Spain. You can follow her travels at Kellyellamaz.