Valencia, Spain

Valencia is Spain's third largest city, behind Madrid and Barcelona. The City of Arts and Sciences is an impressive collection of attractions, including an opera house and performing arts center, IMAX cinema, planetarium, science museum and oceanographic park. Surrounded by its huerta, a fertile zone of market gardens, Valencia is famous as the home of rich dishes such as paella, but its buzzy dining scene offers plenty more besides; it's a superb spot for eating.

Nearby explore the Gothic city of Requena, featuring perfectly preserved 100-year old wine cellars. In Lladro's City of Porcelain museum, explore the production facilities, or visit the National Ceramics Museum, located in the former palace of nobility.