14 Best Things To Do In Valencia Spain
Valencia, Spain

The city of Valencia is located on the east coast of Spain. It is the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.

Indeed, this city offers a great combination of city, sun and the beach. The following are the best things to see or visit while in the city of Valencia:

1 ✦ 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.

City of Arts and Sciences
City of Arts and Sciences

This futuristic complex comprises five elements:

  • Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
  • L’Oceanografic
  • L’Hemisferic
  • El Museu de Ciences Principe Felipe
  • L’Umbracle.

This is a city within a city of Valencia, which is meant to educate and entertain.

2 ✦ Learn the History Silk Exchange at La Lonja de la Seda

La Lonja de la Seda was constructed in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. This building is a UNESCO site and a true masterpiece of Valencian gothic architecture.

La Lonja de la Seda
La Lonja de la Seda

This is where the traders would meet and make deals.

Inside this building, you can marvel at the columns of the main hall and look up at the incredible detail of the vaulted ceilings.

La Lonja de la Seda
La Lonja de la Seda

Both exterior and interior of building are magnificent and unique. It is an absolute must see while visiting the city of Valencia.

Practical Information

The audio guides are available.

3 ✦ Visit the Valencia Cathedral

The construction of the Valencia Cathedral dates back to the13th century.

Valencia Cathedral
Valencia Cathedral

It has various architectural styles, from the romanesque to the baroque. This can be observed on the three doors:

  • The main door is baroque
  • Puerta de los Apóstoles is gothic
  • Puerta del Palau is romanesque

There is a spiral stairway inside that leads to the terrace. Here, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the city and the sea.

Valencia Cathedral
Valencia Cathedral

The most fascinating part of this cathedral and perhaps controversial, is the Chapel of the Holy Chalice. At the altar, there is one of the few chalices claimed to have been used by Jesus Christ during the last super.

Practical Information

There is an entrance fee.

4 ✦ Visit the Valencia’s Central Market

This is a public market that is located right opposite the Llotja de la Seda.

Central Market
Central Market

This market has more than 1200 stalls with fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition, there are souvenir shops and restaurants located inside the market as well.

Central Market
Central Market

It is popular with the tourists as well as the locals. Whether you want to buy the local products or enjoy the cuisine, the Central Market is the place to go.

5 ✦ Hang Out at the Turia Gardens

A visit to the Turia Gardens will sums up your trip to Valencia. This is because the gardens are a haven of peace and tranquility.

Turia Gardens in Valencia

After serious flooding in 1957, the city diverted the Turia river and then transformed its bed into a beautiful park. In real sense, the city of Valencia turned the adversity into a success story.

Turia Gardens in Valencia

It is a truly beautiful garden and besides being an ideal place for picnic under the trees, it is a good enviroment fo running, cycling, walking, and children’s attractions.

Practical Information

In the gardens, there is the Gulliver Park which is great for children.

6 ✦ Get Lost In the Oceanogràfic

The Oceanogràfic is found at the edge of the City of Arts and Sciences.

Oceanografic, Valencia

This aquarium is arranged in several zones, and each of them has a distinct environment.

Oceanogràfic  in Valencia Spain

You can spot sand tiger sharks, beluga whales, penguins, walruses, dolphins and sea lions.

7 ✦ Listen to the Calming Burbles of the Turia Fountain

The fountain is one of the Plaza de la Virgen’s main attractions.

Turia Fountain
Turia Fountain

It depicts Neptune surrounded by eight naked women. This work of art is actually a representation of Valencia’s Turia River and its eight tributaries.

Turia Fountain
Turia Fountain

8 ✦ Visit the Valencia’s Main Train station

The main train station of 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.

Valencia's Main Train station
Valencia’s Main Train station

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 the main station building.

9 ✦ 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 of course, they do get busy in the summer months.

The beach

10 ✦ 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 similar style like of the Rome’s Colosseum. It can hold capacity of around 12,000 people.

Plaza de Toros
Plaza de Toros

This bullring is particularly impressive when illuminated at night.

In addition, the concerts and sporting events are held in this venue.

11 ✦ 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.

Palau de la Musica
Palau de la Musica

From here, you can watch the fountains that have been designed to spout to the beat of the music from the Palau.

Palau de la Musica
Palau de la Musica

Concerts, operas, ballets, conferences, and presentations, just to mention but a few, are held inside this building.

12 ✦ 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 the Roman times. And without a doubt, this area offers a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of this city.

Plaza de la Virgen
Plaza de la Virgen

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

It plays host to several cafes and outdoor terraces that serve traditional Valencian cuisines.

 Plaza de la Virgen
Plaza de la Virgen

This is a perfect spot for eating, drinking, and watching life go by.

13 ✦ 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.

L'Umbracle Valencia Spain

In this botanical garden, there are plant species indigenous to Valencia. These includes rockrose romero, honeysuckle, bougainvillea, palm tree, just to mention but a few.

There are also an art gallery with sculptures from the contemporary artists.

14 ✦ 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 as 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.

 Opera House In Valencia

There is also a 380 seat chamber music hall for performances, drama and other events like meetings.

Opera House in City of Arts and Sciences Valencia

Finally, there is an auditorium that is equipped with advanced film and video projection systems. This offers different and great possibilities of viewing performances on the screens.

Thank you for stopping by and stay positive!

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