The city of Valencia is one of the cities to visit in Spain.
This is because this city has a combination of city life and a beach. The following are the best things to see or visit while in this city:
✦ Visit The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia
The City of Arts and Sciences is located at the end of the riverbed of Turia River. Certainly, this is Valencia’s top landmark. It is also one of the best examples of modern architecture in Europe.
The city of Arts and Science is made up of 5 elements. These include:
- Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia
- El Museu de Ciencias Principe Felipe
This is a city within a city of Valencia, which is meant to educate and entertain.
✦ Learn the History Silk Exchange at La Lonja de la Seda
La Lonja de la Seda is listed on the World Heritage sites and a true masterpiece of Gothic architecture in this city.
This historical building was a silk exchange center.
It was where the traders would meet and make deals.
In the building, you can marvel at the main hall and look up at the incredible detail of the vaulted ceilings.
Both the inside and inside of the building are great and unique.
The audio guides are available but at an extra coast.
✦ Visit the Valencia Cathedral
The construction of the Valencia Cathedral dates back to the13th century.
This cathedral has several architectural styles that can be observed on the three doors. This includes the Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque.
After a climb of a number of stairs, this will lead to the top of this building. And from here, there are panoramic views of the city and the sea.
This cathedral has an interesting part that is known as the Holy Chalice. And at the alter, there is of the chalice that is claimed to have been used by Jesus Christ during the last supper.
There is an entrance fee.
✦ Visit Valencia Central Market
This is a public market that is located right opposite the Llotja de la Seda.
This market has more than 1200 stalls with fresh farm produce. In addition, there are souvenir shops and restaurants located inside the market as well.
It is popular with the locals as well as tourists. Whether you want to buy the local products or enjoy the cuisine, the Central Market is the place to go.
✦ Hang Out at the Turia Gardens
A visit to the Turia Gardens will sum up your trip to Valencia. This is because the gardens are a haven of peace and tranquility.
After serious flooding in 1957, the city diverted the Turia river and then transformed its bed into a beautiful park. In the real sense, the city of Valencia turned adversity into a success story.
It is a truly beautiful garden and besides being an ideal place for a picnic under the trees, it is a good environment for running, cycling, walking, and children’s attractions.
In the gardens, there is the Gulliver Park which is great for children.
✦ Get Lost In the Oceanogràfic
The Oceanogràfic is found at the edge of the City of Arts and Sciences.
This aquarium is arranged in several zones, and each of them has a distinct environment.
You can spot sand tiger sharks, beluga whales, penguins, walruses, dolphins and sea lions.
✦ Listen to the Calming Burbles of the Turia Fountain
The fountain is one of the Plaza de la Virgen’s main attractions.
It is surrounded by the statues of 8 women who are naked. This works of art is actually a representation of Valencia’s Turia River and its eight tributaries.
✦ Visit Valencia’s Main Train station
The main train station in Valencia is called Estació del Norte in Spanish (English: North Station).
It is located at the heart of the old town and is the central hub for trains coming in and out of the city of Valencia.
The station is made up of two main sections. In one section there is the lobby area where you can buy tickets and the other one is the main station building.
✦ Enjoy the Beaches of Valencia
In Valencia, there are several to visit. These includes:
- Las Arenas Beach
- La Malvarrosa Beach
- Patacona Beach
- El Saler Beach
- La Garrofera Beach
- La Devesa Beach
These beaches are all clean and family-friendly but they can get busy in the summer months.
✦ Visit the Plaza de Toros in Valencia
This is a bullfighting arena that is located in the central district of the city of Valencia.
It is an iconic building that is next to Estación del Norte and has a similar style to the Colosseum of Rome. It can hold a capacity of around 12,000 people.
In this bullring, concerts and sporting events are held in this venue.
✦ Visit the Palau de la Musica in Valencia
This is a concert hall that is located in the Turia Gardens.
It has a distinguishing feature of the glass enclosure that overlooks the Turia Gardens.
From here, you can watch the fountains that have been designed to spout to the beat of the music from Palau.
Concerts, operas, ballets, conferences, and presentations, just to mention but a few, are held inside this building.
✦ Chill Out at the Plaza de la Virgen
Plaza de la Virgen is located in the heart of Valencia’s historic district.
This is a square that dates back to Roman times. And without a doubt, this area offers a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of this city.
The square is surrounded by three of Valencia’s most renowned landmarks. These includes:
- The Cathedral of Santa Maria
- The Basílica de la Virgen de Los Desamparados
- The Palace of the Generalitat
The area host quite a number of cafes and outdoor terraces.
This is a popular spot for the locals and visitors alike. It’s a great area to eat, drink, meet or even to watch life go by.
✦ Take a Stroll Through L’Umbracle
Indeed, this part of the City of Arts and Sciences complex. It was designed as an entrance to the complex.
In this botanical garden, there are plant species indigenous to Valencia. These include rockrose Romero, honeysuckle, bougainvillea, palm tree, just to mention but a few.
There is also an art gallery with sculptures from contemporary artists.
✦ Admire the Impressive Valencia Opera House
The Valencia Opera House is also located in the City of Arts and Sciences complex.
It serves as both a major performing arts facility for Valencia and as a dynamic urban landmark.
The opera house consists of a major auditorium seating of more than 1500, which is suitable for opera productions as well as concerts and ballet.
There is also a 380 seat chamber music hall for performances, drama and other events like meetings.
Finally, there is an auditorium that is equipped with advanced film and video projection systems. This offers different and great possibilities for viewing performances on the screens.